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For many Western New Yorkers, Valentine’s Day has transformed from a romantic candlelit dinner à deux to a more boisterous family affair. When you become parents, you have to take your romantic Valentine’s Days when they happen — and it’s not necessarily February 14. But Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate love for everyone in the family. Whether you’re home wi…

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Last August, after weeks of tests, I heard the words I feared most: the pain in my abdomen was caused by a malignant tumor. I admit to a brief period of wondering how I got “chosen” for this. I had exercised regularly, eaten well, had no family history of cancer, had normal pregnancies, and breastfed both of my children…all things thought to help prevent this type of ca…

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Remember when sitting cross-legged on the floor with a coloring book kept you happy and occupied for hours on end? There’s no need to stop just because you’re older. Adult coloring books have caught on like wildfire, trading in the rudimentary outlines of cuddly kittens and cartoon characters for intricate patterns ranging from Tibetan mandalas and Japanese kimonos to A…

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The holidays are great – but let’s face it, they’re also stressful. Shopping for gifts, decorating, entertaining, attending holiday work functions and sending out hoards of Christmas cards is a lot to accomplish in the span of a month. Add in snow and cold temperatures, and it’s understandable why some people choose to opt out of the holidays altogether. “It’s nice t…

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When Kathy Appel Reid was battling breast cancer, part of her treatment included a drug called Herceptin. According to her son Justin, Herceptin gave his mother hope, helped to prolong her life, and allowed her to live with breast cancer. “That,” said Justin, “is how I got involved with Komen.” Through its National Research Grants Program, the Susan G. Komen organizatio…

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Sometimes you just know when you’ve met “the one.” That’s what Megan and Chris McCune thought when – after only six weeks into their courtship – they made the decision to seek pre-marital counseling. While their just-dating peers were making decisions about what movies to see, Megan and Chris were building their communication skills and examining trust issues guided by …

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A dog loves nothing more than to be completely unrestricted — let off the leash to socialize and play. Fortunately there are plenty of local dog parks where they can do just that. Grab your pup and check out some of the best places where Western New York dogs can roam free. Knox Farm Dog Park Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora If you’re looking for a dog park with a …

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By anyone’s definition, 1970 was a momentous year for Buffalo sports. That year, the Sabres and the Braves were founded in the NHL and NBA, respectively, and the Bills joined the newly merged NFL. This month, history was made again as the puck dropped for the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) — and our own Buffalo Beauts took the ice. “It’…

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"Danceability” isn’t a word you’ll find in Webster’s Dictionary. But, say Robin Bishop and Christine Dwyer, it means “to empower through movement.” It’s also the name of their Cheektowaga-based dance studio that caters to individuals with special needs. Bishop and Dwyer, both in their mid-thirties, founded Danceability in 2007 with the goal of using the “physical, emoti…

Check out these local institutions that preserve memories from Buffalo’s past while keeping pace with contemporary tastes. All that jazz Buffalo not only paved the way for the industrial age in the turn of the 20th century; the Queen City also had a major voice in the jazz era. One of the oldest jazz clubs in the country still proudly stands in Buffalo: The Colored Music…

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While some seniors view moving to smaller, simpler living quarters as a loss — of possessions, a lifestyle or a family home — more and more see it as pure freedom. After all, without a sprawling house and yard to maintain, they can spend more time on experiences: pursuing hobbies, traveling, entertaining or visiting family. Isabel Robitaille, owner of Robitaille Real…

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Meals on Wheels volunteers bring a lot more than nutritious daily meals to the elderly and disabled of Western New York — they also deliver much-needed companionship. In some cases — especially when family members live far away — deliveries can serve as the only social time clients have all day. “It’s a deep and abiding relationship that you see between the volunteer…

Pet ownership has tripled since the 1970s, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Today, approximately 62 percent of American households include at least one pet. That’s roughly 69 million dogs and 74 million cats (not to mention birds, reptiles, hamsters and other critters). Collectively, we spend $50 billion each year keeping our pets safe, happy and he…

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Part of the fallout of Buffalo expatriatism is the distance between grandparents in Buffalo — and their grandkids who live far away. Of course, that’s not just a Buffalo thing. A 2011 AARP survey indicates that 43 percent of grandparents nationwide live more than 200 miles from some of their grandchildren. Fortunately, research shows that the grandparent/grandchild bond…

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An afternoon at the ballpark in 2003 changed Denise Poland’s life forever. On the way home from a Buffalo Bisons game, Poland was in the front passenger seat of the family’s Chevy Yukon when a drunk driver with a suspended license tore through a city street intersection at 80 mph and T-boned their vehicle. “I took the full brunt of the impact,” Poland said. Her husba…