January 24, 2012 3:14 PM
By Michele Tucker:
Quick show of hands: how many of you have had an idea that you feel would help take Buffalo to the next level? We have, too - and we want your ideas!
Buffalo always seems to be right on the cusp of a renaissance. We love this city, with its good neighbors, rich history, and beautiful architecture. Buffalo inspires us and captures our imaginations. And let's be honest: there is no shortage of ideas here. What seems to be lacking is action - the action needed to turn these ideas into reality. So let's
January 24, 2012 11:20 AM
By Jason Zwara:
The deadlines set by State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. and Governor Andrew Cuomo for school districts to reach agreement with teacher and administrator unions on a new teacher evaluation system is quickly approaching, with a significant amount of state aid on the line. Commissioner King froze the $9 million in aid the State had awarded Buffalo Public Schools to improve five failing schools; Governor Cuomo raised the stakes, tying proposed increases in state aid to school districts to the success in reaching agreement on a new evaluation
January 24, 2012 9:31 AM
If you made it to Olmsted's Flurrious! festival this past Saturday, chances are that you saw some sights that you will never forget. For me, I thought that the quidditch brigade that led from Ring Road to the playing field was out of sight. The players were dressed in uniform colors, waving flags, chanting, parading, high-fiving and carrying on like nobody's business. By the time they reached the field, it looked like some sort of European village had been plunked down on top of a snowy meadow with rivals duking it out in a high intensity game of soccer or rugby. The only difference was that each
January 23, 2012 11:55 AM
There was a time when The Garden Walk was all the buzz. Of course The Garden Walk is still the premiere horticultural event of the year, but now there is an even bigger, all-encompassing event that is designed to showcase a broader scope of Greater Buffalo flora. The National Garden Festival (NGF) is scheduled to take place from June 22 - July 29, 2012. Before that date arrives, there's plenty of preparation that needs to happen. One of the key events is scheduled to take place in conjunction with Valentine's Day (of course). Hearts in the Garden is a fundraiser that will take place
January 22, 2012 1:20 PM
By Tracy A. Marciano, MS:
New terminology develops as modernity unfurls. In the 1970's we never could have imagined coffee would be labeled as gourmet, computers could be carried in pockets or people would become obsessed with bottled water when tap water in the United States far surpasses potability of most countries on the planet.
In the 1960's and 1970's ideas of environmental protection were beginning to surface thanks to a generation of hippies who saw the potential in societal change, even if the premise was based
January 22, 2012 10:21 AM
By Joanna Gillespie:
PechaKucha Night Buffalo is an ongoing event series affording creative people of all disciplines an opportunity to share their current curiosities, past projects, or future aspirations. Think "show and tell" for grown-ups, but "show and tell" in a uniquely concise format. What is unique about an evening of PechaKucha presentations is that each speaker is only allowed to speak for precisely 6 minutes and 40 seconds - that's 20 images each shown for 20 seconds. This "20x20" presentation is fast-paced and compelling. No aimless
January 22, 2012 9:53 AM
We are all familiar with the brew festivals that takes place during the warmer months, as summer is an especially great time to throw back some cold beers. But that means that beer-lovers are left out in the cold come winter. As far as I know, beer tasting events are not season specific... or shouldn't be, which means that it's due time that someone create a beer festival for the winter time.
Coming up in February is one event that should prove to be well-attended, primarily due to its location at the Connecticut Street Armory, one of the best venues in
January 20, 2012 2:58 PM
The weather is shaping up for the perfect winter festival, to be held tomorrow at The Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park. The 30' x80' heated Brews and Stews tent is up, and the hockey rink looks like it's a go (cross your fingers). Over 200 quidditch players will be arriving this evening to partake in the all-day tournament. Combined with over 165 kickball players, over 50 cyclists, an undetermined number of runners, softball players and snow 'beach' tennis contestants, Flurrious! is well on its way to becoming a fun-filled day... and night. The event starts off at 9am with the Fleet Feet fun run,
January 20, 2012 12:30 AM
Young Citizens for ECC delivered a message today to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "The ECC North Campus expansion happens over our dead bodies!"
The group is protesting Governor's proposed $15 million budget allocation to help build a Health Sciences Center for Excellence at ECC's North Campus, rather than the City Campus where it can tap into
January 18, 2012 9:42 AM
Have you ever been walking in a park, or down a sidewalk and you see a dog that you just know is going to jump up on you? It happens all the time. Usually the dog's owner says something like, "Oh, it's OK... she's friendly." By the time you've gotten yourself untangled from the dog, the leash and the owner, your pants are paw-painted with mud and you're cursing the dog and the owner. Overly friendly dogs can be brutal. At the same time, overly aggressive dogs are no 'walk in the park' either. It can be frightening to own a dog that is unpredictable with people and/or other dogs. Then there're the
January 18, 2012 12:11 AM
Come out and join preservationists, urban planners, architects, and laymen for a great drinks and even better conversation about historic preservation in Buffalo. Buffalo's Young Preservationists (BYP) are hosting their monthly happy hour at the Essex Street Pub (530 Rhode Island Street) tonight from 6pm to 9pm. It's a casual event with great opportunities for networking and discussing future BYP projects and