Author: Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

Taking care of our physical health is a crucial part of living well and supporting our mental health, and movement and exercise are the foundation. With the warm weather finally upon us, we often feel a renewed motivation to get out and get moving after the long, more sedentary winter season. Whether you’re simply looking to incorporate more movement and exercise in your life, to get out and engage with others in a group class, or would like to try out a new type of exercise, there are several opportunities to participate in free fitness classes in our community. Fitness…

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With the current housing climate, most homeowners looking to sell are in an advantageous position. However, there are some situations where putting a home on the market is neither simple nor straightforward. Buffalo Brick and Mortar is a local real estate investment firm that purchases homes from homeowners who may not want or be able to go the traditional market route due to unique circumstances. “A lot of times we’re dealing with older individuals who are looking to downsize or are moving to a senior facility, or family members who are inheriting a home if their mom or dad passed…

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Buffalonians pride ourselves on our resilience, and we witness it manifesting in a multitude of scenarios. Our steadfast loyalty to our sports teams and the continued renewal of our sense of hope amidst even their most disappointing losses. Our ability to survive long seasons of gray, cold days and grueling winter storms – not only surviving them, but embracing what Mother Nature brings us and finding opportunities for fun and connection therein. In the last few years alone, residents of Buffalo have survived the harsh realities of a pandemic, a devastating mass shooting, and a catastrophic blizzard that all claimed…

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In the weeks following the tragic mass shooting at TOPS Market on Jefferson Avenue, we’ve witnessed an outpouring of support in various forms as residents of Buffalo came together to attempt to provide some relief to those affected. From distribution of meals, groceries, and household necessities, to fundraisers and transportation support efforts, to teams of professionals deploying to provide grief and trauma counseling and mental health resources. Many of us consistently turn to music as a source of comfort and solace in our lives, and particularly during times of difficulty. Music has also proven to be a therapeutic tool that…

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Fans of both symphonic music and rock and roll will have quite a bit to look forward to this year as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announces a full line-up of rock and roll shows, elevated by a powerful orchestra in Kleinhans Music Hall. The 2022-2023 BPO Rock Series will feature tributes to rock and roll legends The Moody Blues, Deep Purple, and the Beatles, as well as a performance by Jefferson Starship. “I’m a firm believer that this music, that has been popular for over 50 years, deserves its place in the concert hall with a full symphony orchestra,” said…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra invites audiences to get to know the members of the orchestra more closely with its new video series, “BPO Musician Profiles.”  Each month, the BPO will highlight a different member of the orchestra on it’s YouTube channel, sharing their journey as musicians, from their first instruments, to their training, to how they came to join our local orchestra. The video series also offers a glimpse into who they are and the things they enjoy outside the world of music. The first installment in this series featured Associate Principal Double Bassist, Brett Shurtliffe, who has performed with…

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The midwinter months can be a challenging time of year to get through in Buffalo, with limited sunlight and winter weather continuously bearing down on us. Having an emotional and physiological response to that dreary environment is a pretty common experience for many of us and that response can manifest in a variety of ways. Some of us notice a drop in our energy levels and feel fatigued more frequently. We may experience social isolation as we retreat indoors to find relief from the cold, dark environment outside, which can add to that low mood. There can also be a…

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In the midst of a very busy holiday concert season, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is also looking forward to an exciting kickoff to 2022 with a line-up of January concerts that has something for nearly every musical taste, from opera, to pops, and more. “Returning to Kleinhans with live audiences this season has been an absolute thrill for the musicians and for me,” said Music Director JoAnn Falletta. “Our audiences have been growing larger and larger each week. We missed you all, and we have so much more in store for you in the second half of our season!” First…

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During this busy time of year, it’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle, and unintentionally neglect our health and wellness. BFLO Hydration is kicking off the holiday season with some offerings that can help combat the negative effects of stress, cold weather, and other common seasonal health issues, and help us make the most of the holidays. Just in time for the cold weather’s arrival, BFLO Hydration’s Hertel Avenue location has added an infrared sauna. Unlike a traditional sauna that uses a heat source to warm the air and thus warm your body, an infrared sauna…

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As the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra dives into its full schedule of holiday offerings, one major highlight will be welcoming back Vanessa Williams for a performance on December 7. Williams is not only a Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe award winner with performance talent that spans film, the musical stage, and television. She’s also a famous performer whose familial ties and evolution as an artist are rooted in the Buffalo and Western New York area. Buffalo Rising had an opportunity to interview Williams about her local connection and her upcoming show. You have strong connections to Buffalo and Western New York.…

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