January 12, 2013 12:01 AM
Richard J. Marinaccio, an attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP, is putting on his MONOPOLY top hat as the venerable game's U.S. champion, to defend the game piece that made him America's MONOPOLY king. Mr. Marinaccio, 30, of Amherst, is calling on fans of the board game to give a "Thumbs Up for the Thimble."
"My favorite token is the thimble. It was the token I used to win the U.S. Championship. It seems as though competitors favored the dog, racecar, and top hat, so I thought the thimble was a token I could make my own," Mr. Marinaccio said.
January 6, 2013 11:06 AM
After interviewing Ken Whisenhunt, Lovie Smith, Ray Horton and Chip Kelly, the Bills have reportedly hired Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone. This is the first time in franchise history that the Bills have hired a head coach directly from college.
Based on press reports, Whisenhunt appeared to be the favorite to land the Bills job. And while fans were clamoring for Chip Kelly (or bust), Marrone was the quiet, intriguing choice that didn't get a tremendous amount of attention.
Marrone took over a struggling Syracuse program that
January 1, 2013 11:53 AM
Yesterday, the Bills announced they fired head coach Chan Gailey. Gailey spent three years as head coach of the Bills and he compiled a 16-32 record. Worse yet, Gailey's Bills were 1-19 against teams with winning records.
Today, the Bills have followed up the coaching change by announcing that Ralph Wilson has given up "organizational" control of the team to Russ Brandon. Brandon will become the third ever president of the team - a title only Ralph Wilson and Tom Donahoe have held before.
Brandon met with Wilson in Detroit yesterday. Wilson
December 14, 2012 12:01 AM
The Statler City Annual Ice Ball is back. The New Year's extravaganza will once again fill the lower three floors of Statler City to ring in 2013 in style. Responding to concerns about last year's event, a number of important changes have been made.
This year's event will be limited to no more than 1,500 revelers, less than half of last years' total where overcrowding and lack of table seating was a common complaint. There will also be a larger and improved coat check area, no special VIP tickets (everyone will be a VIP), and plans for plenty of ice.
November 28, 2012 12:00 AM
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has agreed to conduct a review to determine the future of the Skyway. In a letter from the NYSDOT to Congressman Higgins, Commissioner McDonald writes, "I have directed my staff to conduct a "plausibility review" to identify the critical issues associated with an undertaking of this complexity. Once this review is completed, we will be better able to have a meaningful discussion on the Skyway's future."
In separate correspondence to a local resident, provided to Congressman Higgins, the NYSDOT Regional
November 22, 2012 7:46 AM
Retailers have "Black Friday" on the day after Thanksgiving, So Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff Estate is offering an an escape (once you've supported the local retailers in your community of course). We're calling it "Orange Friday" -the color of autumn leaves and the muted hues of Wright's magnificent architecture. With fresh air and stellar architecture aplenty, there are tours every hour on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 23, 2012... and throughout the holiday weekend as well.
(Graycliff will be closed on Thanksgiving Day itself.)