Author: BRo Guest Authors

BRo Guest Authors

It’s not unusual for authors to come and go. Guest authors range from collegiate interns to writers who will be contributing for a short stint of time. Guest authors might also have a series in mind. Authors are encouraged to submit their ideas to BRO (Buffalo Rising Online), upon which time we will work with the writer towards a productive end.

Author: Valerie Tan When Christine Wittmann, a lifelong western NY native, approached me about collaborating with her in her jewelry business, it was a no-brainer. Christine and I have been friends since middle-school, and now almost 40 years later (did I just reveal our age?), we have found a way to combine our lifelong artistic paths. About 10 years ago, Christine was searching for a better work/life balance than she could get with her industrial sales and marketing job. She wanted to spend more time with her family, and decided that the solution was to change her path by starting…

Read More

I can’t remember when I first met Kenn Morgan, he probably showed up shortly after I established College Street Gallery on Allen Street around 1998 and he never left. I know that after all these years I probably never had someone who so believed in what I was doing. He was an unflinching supporter of not only me, but of anyone in the Arts. Kenn could see the value in what our gallery stood for and I suppose he appreciated my perseverance. So much of what we do in the Arts is based on passion and Kenn was full of…

Read More

Author: Edward Marriott In the second half of the 19th century Buffalo was lucky enough to have a foresightful group of civic leaders who were willing to make the substantial investment that the orchestration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s elaborate plans for the city would require  Thanks to their prospicience Buffalo is blessed with many elements of the gracious Grand Manner Design that makes European cities such a joy to visit.  We have grand parkways reminiscent of Haussmann’s designs in Paris.  The once plain streets of Delaware Avenue and Richmond Avenue were turned into grand tree-lined boulevards with gracious vista terminations. …

Read More

Author: Hector Garrido “Hey Joe” “Hec, what’s up?” If I learned anything from my Italian father-in-law, and his brothers it’s that “old school” Italians are full of great stories, history, and they love to share it with whomever will listen. A simple ‘hello’ leads into the old days of Buffalo and you go down the rabbit hole filled with imagination and amazing stories. This was Joey Giambra. Joe (as I called him) did more than tell you stories and give you history lessons. He also touched your spirit in a way few can. Joe was the security guard at my…

Read More

Author: Jack Nossavage I’ve got my bag of souvenirs, leftover thoughts of yesteryears. -Joseph G. Giambra Over the years, I have often found myself asking the question, “You know Joey Giambra, don’t ‘cha?” I have never received the same answer twice. Anyone I asked always said yes, but what followed was never certain. “You know Joey Giambra, don’t ‘cha?” “Yeah, the musician!” “You know Joey Giambra, don’t ‘cha?“ “Oh yeah, the actor!” “The producer….” “The playwright….” “The cook….” “The cop….” “The guy that was in that one thing, so and so did….” “My friend….” Nobody can deny Joey Giambra lived…

Read More

Author: Daniel Cadzow This was written March 15, 2020 when COVID-19 was starting to creep into the US. At the time, I felt the city had more important things to worry about, and put it in on a shelf. However, now we are entering Phase One of WNY’s “reopening” and this might be a good time to think about what Buffalo’s new normal should be like. Believe it or not, I’m not even going to get into the issues related to large buildings, housing numerous travelers from all over the world, served by residents from all over the city, during…

Read More

Author: Ashley Inkumsah Although COVID-19 cases seem to be on a decline in Western New York, the virus is still hitting individuals with disabilities especially hard. Parent Network of WNY, a local non-profit agency supporting individuals with disabilities, is continuing to advocate for its families throughout the pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, individuals who have: limited mobility or who cannot avoid close contact with others who may be infected, such as direct support professionals and family members, individuals who experience trouble understanding information or practicing preventive measures, such as hand washing and social distancing and individuals who…

Read More

Author: Mark Reynolds and Paige Dedrick COVID-19 is first and foremost a public health crisis, but it has quickly developed into an economic crisis as well. The stock market has been volatile, lurching in ways we haven’t seen since the 2008 recession. Community businesses are making the tough choice to close their doors, as millions stay home to try to limit the spread of the virus. As always, WNYers have proven resilient and warmhearted. Efforts from businesses like Oxford Pennants, Kabab & Curry, and the Grange Community Kitchen, and organizations like PUSH Buffalo have proved, again, that we can be…

Read More

Author: James R Mayer As the Buffalo River and the Outer Harbor are changing from industrial to more recreation use, there is a growing group of people who come to Buffalo’s waterfront to see the large lake freighters that still make deliveries of wheat and other bulk commodities. They call themselves “Boatnerds”. They are armed with an App on their phones to track the ships headed to Buffalo and a radio to listen to the chatter as an approaching ship calls for a tug or to have a bridge raised.  They listen to the deck crew calling the bridge to…

Read More

Members of the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable (SBR) have demonstrated time and again that businesses can exhibit leadership in balancing operational resilience while engaging and nurturing social and environmental advancements. Never has this leadership been more poignant.   Author: Sarah Quintal In the middle of another crisis, President Lincoln said, “the dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the new occasion.” Members of the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable (SBR) have demonstrated time and again that businesses can exhibit leadership in…

Read More