Author: Judith Frizlen

Judith Frizlen

Judith Frizlen is the founder of the Rose Garden Early Childhood Center and author of Words for Parents, Words for Teachers and Caregivers and Unpacking Guilt, a Mother's Journey to Freedom. Books and blogposts are on her website at judithfrizlen.com. She is a fan of early childhood, urban architecture and the revitalization of Buffalo.

If you could choose between a shopping experience that is sedentary, solitary and fills the pockets of strangers and one that is active, social, and benefits your community, which one would you choose? The good news is you can choose, the bad news is that according to research data, in the last three years, more and more people are choosing online shopping, the sedentary, solitary and disconnected option. A conversation with Sue Marfino at Shoefly while I was purchasing boots, got me thinking about the local economy and what I want to support in my shopping practices. Why do people…

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It is that time of year when the days grow colder, and the nights grow longer. Time to cozy up indoors. Add a book and you can make an evening of it. If there are children in the home, it is helpful to have a collection of of carefully selected books next to a comfortable chair ready for a reading session. In recognition of the power of stories, the fifth annual WNY Children’s Book Expo is gearing up to celebrate children’s literature. During KidsLit Week, the WNY Children’s Book Expo hosts a week of events connected to children’s literature. From…

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Children need caring families. Families need caring societies. Caring societies need a caring world. Who cares for those who welcome foster or adopted children into their families? To fill that need, there is a new organization called Adoption Perspectives, founded by Patricia Jones and Marcella Moslow. They are both licensed social workers who have experienced adoption personally. Jones is an adoptive parent and Moslow is an adoptee. Both adoption experiences were through FANA, an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia. Both know first-hand the importance of support for children and families. For them, the work is personal, professional and instrumental in shaping…

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There are times to build and times to rest. For artist Ben Perrone, 86 years old is a time to build. To build not only a house to live in but to create an iconic structure (see 133 School Street). Driven by his commitment to the environment, the desire to create a space to hang his art and a studio for creating more, Perrone is one of the unique individuals who calls Buffalo his primary home. No doubt, his building will attract a lot of attention; people may wonder about the person who created the design and had the courage…

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When the weather gets colder and the days shorter, our bodies react, at least mine does. There is no denying that the seasons affect us. Muscles contract, aches and pains can call our attention. Then what? There is nothing like a good massage to relax the muscles, relieve the aches and pains and make you feel good again. Joseph Myers, owner of Frequency Therapeutic Massage wants to get the word out that massage is for everyone, so he opened a studio in the Horsefeathers Building at 346 Connecticut Street. A native Buffalonian, Joe is coming home after operating his business…

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If you have met Tanya Zabinski, you know her positive, calm and infectious spirit! It has left its mark on Planet Love, the hand-printed clothing company with a positive message she cofounded with husband Joe DiPasquale, the Elmwood Arts Festival she also cofounded with Joe and other activists, her artwork, and now her first children’s book, Peace, Love, Action!: Everyday Acts of Goodness from A to Z. In the introduction to a Peaceful Activist, we meet Tanya’s life-affirming world view as well as Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Shirley Chisholm and others who embody the spirit of the book. Throughout,…

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Buffalo has renowned historic buildings, an interest in preserving them and a shortage of laborers skilled in the crafts required for building restoration projects. An acute need for training has been identified by the NYS Department of Labor and local contractors alike; UB Architecture professor, Dennis Maher decided to address that need. In September 2017, Maher started a 15-week skill-building, work readiness and job replacement program called SACRA to train qualified candidates in the building arts. SACRA, an acronym for Society for the Advancement of Construction Related Arts, recently graduated its fourth class. According to Maher, “In the SACRA program,…

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A born entrepreneur, Elena Robertson has been running a small business since she was eighteen years old when she started selling organic cupcakes at the Clarence Farmers’ Market. In 2015, she opened Nature’s Apothecary selling plant-based juices in the Horsefeathers Building on Connecticut Street. Now she is set to open Keepsake Consignment on Potomac Avenue in the heart of the Elmwood Village. Her husband, Laird Robertson along with her father, Jay Capozzi completed the store’s build-out. Clearly, Robertson has support, vision, know-how and a growing collection of clothes, including one of a kind items. When I walked in to inquire…

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When a once vibrant building is restored, it confirms what we know about our town. A good strategy for bringing back neighborhoods is reusing our existing structures, the ones that made us great in the past. It is a labor of love to do so; it requires vision, passion and courage. It’s time to celebrate another historic renovation. Schneider Development Services has reopened Shea’s Seneca, a South Buffalo landmark! Michael Shea built the 2178 Seneca Street movie house in 1929 in the heart of South Buffalo. For South Buffalonians who saw movies there in their youth, it is a treasure…

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Would you like to walk or run a mile for a good cause? You don’t have to look far to find reasons to join the inaugural Seneca Street Mile on Saturday, August 25th at 6:00 p.m.. All proceeds from the event will go toward the nonprofit Coalition for a Vibrant Seneca, an organization dedicated to improving the streetscape along the Seneca corridor and enhancing the overall living experience in the Seneca Parks Community. Business owners, community members, elected officials and developers make up the organization’s membership. Together they are stimulating progress on Seneca Street. The race is the fourth leg…

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