Contributors

  • William Graebner is Emeritus Professor of History, State University of New York, Fredonia, where he taught courses on film and American culture. He is the author or co-author of 11 books and more than 50 scholarly articles, including essays on “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” and zombie films as they relate to the Holocaust. Dianne Bennett, the first woman to head a large U.S. law firm, is a retired U.S. tax lawyer. Dianne and Bill were early and passionate attendees at the Toronto Film Festival, and today enjoy the film scenes of Los Angeles, Rome, London, and Buffalo, New York. They began reviewing films for the Rome-based website “TheAmerican/inItalia” in 2016, have maintained a blog on Rome for a decade, and published two alternative guidebooks to the Eternal City. They still can’t resist going to the movies, not to mention the ensuing discussions, sometimes heated, over a bottle of Arneis at the nearest wine bar. ​And that's just the beginning of our reviewing process. For one or two hours we discuss the film, as one of us takes notes. The notetaker transcribes the notes and prints two copies. Dianne or Bill (usually depending on who had the most compelling understanding of the film, or who was most taken with it) writes the first draft of the review--supposedly taking into account the views of the other--which is followed by 3, 4, or even 7 more drafts. At some point, sometimes days later, when we're both comfortable with the result (or accepting of it, anyway), it's done. https://www.2filmcritics.com

    Latest Article: Five Cent Cine At Home: Hidden Figures

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  • Abby Wojcik is a student at Canisius College majoring in English and creative writing with a minor in women and gender studies. She is the Features Editor of The Griffin Newspaper and an Executive Board member of Women & Gender Studies Club at Canisius. She is also a freelance writer with The Lancaster-Depew Sun and Rise Collaborative. She is passionate about journalism, poetry, art and all things Buffalo. When not in the classroom, she can usually be found in local coffee shops drinking a chai tea latte.

    Latest Article: Discussing democracy at the annual Buffalo Humanities Festival

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  • Angela Polimeni is an ENL teacher in the city of Buffalo. She is the creator of Eco Tee Co, a sustainable apparel + natural products company which she began as a project to inspire environmental and social responsibility within the community. She believes that a sense of place enables people to live a more sustainable lifestyle as the connection between their location and natural environment motivates them to take action to obviate negative global ramifications. @eco_tee_co | https://ecoteeco.com/

    Latest Article: A Snail’s Pace: The New Buffalo City School Zone Speed Limit

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  • Ashleigh is a Buffalo native who currently lives and works in New York City. She is a writer and associate producer for NowThis News, where she writes articles and creates videos about entertainment, culture, politics, and news. She is a passionate Bills fan and food lover, which is why her hometown remains so special to her.

    Latest Article: Buffalo Provisions: Victor Parra Gonzalez, Chef/Owner Las Puertas

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  • Bill runs Seven Seas Sailing school, and is a staunch waterfront activist. He is also heavily involved with preserving, maintaining, and promoting the South Buffalo Lighthouse. When Bill first started writing for Buffalo Rising, he wrote an article a day for 365 days - each article coincided with a significant historic event that happened in Buffalo on that same day.

    Latest Article: Updated: Toward a Global City: Buffalo County, New York?

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  • BN360 is the region’s premier young professionals program. Through a variety of programs and events, BN360 focuses on the tenets of: connect, develop, and empower—creating an inclusive and collaborative network of resources that can empower talented individuals to achieve their goals for professional growth and success. BN360 is a program of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

    Latest Article: From Professional Consulting to Cidermaking – It’s All About Passion

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  • Bradley J. Bethel Jr. was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He received his Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from the University at Buffalo, and a Master’s in Visual Communications from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Deeply involved with community development, Bradley has worked in numerous non-profit programs, including Locust Street Arts, Clean Air Coalition, and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. He has also provided visual branding for the Restore Our Community Coalition and Preservation Buffalo Niagara. His freelance graphic design services has won awards and accolades for his clients. Bradley has been writing articles for Buffalo Rising since 2013, using his extensive research on Buffalo’s rich heritage. Visit his website at: http://www.bjbmultimedia.com

    Latest Article: The Three Phases of Martin Luther King Park

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  • Carolyn Batt is a Buffalo marketing director by day and international traveler the rest of the time--although always returning to her home for the past 12 years in Allentown.

    Latest Article: From Dairy a Century Ago to Non-Dairy Now, Elmhurst 1925 Continues to Innovate the “Milk” Industry

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  • If there is one thing you can say about Charlie, it’s probably that he is somewhat a “Jack of all Trades”. Charlie, a Buffalo State communications alum, has focused on photography and different types of event planning. He has been a committee member and stage manger for Music is Art, a committee member and also stage manager for The Witches Ball, and has helped with local music such as igloo music, Factory Nightlife, and Pyramid. Working with different music events over the years, Charlie picked up a camera eventually and found his true calling. Charlie is now the lead photographer for MNM Presents and has shot a wide array of events including Kerfuffle, Canalside Live, and some larger music festivals such as Digital Dreams (Toronto), Electric Island (Toronto), and Movement Detroit to name a few.

    Latest Article: Cobblestone Live 2020 Band Line-Up Announcement

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  • I'm a bodybuilder and content creator with a passion for transforming people's lives through my videos and posts. I went vegan two years ago and have seen so many benefits from it, physically and mentally. I want to influence as many people to adopt a plant based diet/active lifestyle as possible through my videos and posts. I hope to one day turn YouTube into my full time job. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwQnoax3HWID1WOzZ4mqLPQ

    Latest Article: BR60: So a vegan bodybuilder walks into a rock climbing gym…

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  • Dan is from Buffalo, graduating from St. Francis High School and SUNY Geneseo. He believes that in order to be a great producer of content, you must be a great consumer of it. He uses this maxim to justify his shameful Netflix viewing habits.

    Latest Article: BR60: Urban Mushroom Farm 🍄

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  • Dan is a Buffalo native who comes from a long line of Buffalo natives. originally born in Kenmore, moved through Chicago, then Pittsburgh, before returning to spend the remainder of his childhood in the Boston Hills. After High School, he attended college in Boston Mass. Initially studying business management, switched to International Studies after a semester at the University of Cape Town, SA. Returning to Buffalo after Boston, Dan continues to travel and accommodate anyone new to his hometown. Now, you can find Dan checking someone in at the Hostel or leading a Buffalo Bike Tour this summer.

    Latest Article: BR60: Indian Spice House on Pearl St

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  • Darren Cotton works as Director of Community Development & Planning at the University District Community Development Association (UDCDA). His work primarily focuses on housing rehabilitation, small business development, and community capacity building in the neighborhood's surrounding the University at Buffalo's South Campus. Prior to this, Darren served as an Associate Planner at the UB Regional Institute working on a regional sustainability initiative, the remediation of industrial brownfields, and an overhaul of Buffalo's zoning code. As a graduate student at UB, Darren founded the University Heights Tool Library in response to his experience renting from an absentee landlord. With a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies and Linguistics and a Master's Degree in Urban Planning all from UB, Darren works to bridge the gap between research, policy, and grassroots activism and is a firm believer that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

    Latest Article: Dare to Repair Back in the Habit in 2020

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  • Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( www.blurb.com ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste, advocate for a better way of doing things.

    Latest Article: 288 Lincoln Pkwy, WOW!

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  • David Theriault is brand new to Buffalo, NY, hailing from New England, where he was born and raised. David has worked in television production since 2016 and puts his Creative Writing degree to work by writing scripts. He is in search of nerd culture communities throughout the WNY area where he can share his love of all things nerdy. You can find him at your local comic book or gaming stores, cosplaying at conventions, or online at his nerd culture blog: www.nonstopnerd.com

    Latest Article: Nerd Scene: Guide to Supporting Your Local Comic and Gaming Shops in Tough Times

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  • Devin is a videographer, sports, and chicken wings fanatic. Ub graduate, joined the BR team in 2019.

    Latest Article: BR60: Asian Food Night with Buffalo Food Otaku

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  • Dick Hirsch is a veteran Buffalo journalist and author. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is “A new bathtub for the White House,” a collection of some of his favorite essays.

    Latest Article: This word has been stifling careers for years

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  • Doug Sitler has been part of Buffalo's public relations community since 1993. During the day, he serves at the Director of National Media Relations at University at Buffalo. In his spare time, he has been the creative force behind NIGHT LIGHTS, Rock the Barn Clarence, Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival and countless other events.

    Latest Article: Mom Said No. making their mark on Buffalo’s music scene

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  • A goofy kid from Buffalo's lower west side who loved to play the guitar and loved live music. Has moved on to sound engineering, stage lighting, anything live music. Now he's writing about musicians on BR too. Why am I talking in the third person?

    Latest Article: Buffalo Bands Together: A Concert for Michael DiSanto

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  • Evan Thompson moved from Melbourne, Australia to Buffalo, New York when he was 13 years old. After consistently relocating to different countries around the world, his family fell in love with the charm of the City of Buffalo and the people who call it home. After high school, Evan attended Indiana University and studied politics. Upon returning to Buffalo he became an Adult Education Instructor for BOCES before teaching ESL to refugees in the Buffalo Public Schools. Evan then taught and volunteered abroad living in South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. He currently works in adventure tourism and plays music in local bands.

    Latest Article: Building Blocks : Nick Pitillo, Osteria 166

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  • Buffalo Rising Co-Founder. Remote Buffalonian. Designer. Geek.

    Latest Article: BR60: Burger IM on Hertel

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  • Musician and music lover in Buffalo, NY. Member of local group, ponder. Check out my site for lots of music related content and contact info! birkbymusic.com

    Latest Article: The Felice Brothers to Release First Album in Three Years, Playing The 9th Ward

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  • George Besch holds degrees in Ecology and Natural Resources Planning, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, was a Fulbright Scholar to the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Denmark, and the Acting Head of the Department of Appropriate Technology and Human Ecology at Western Washington University. His work includes a Statewide Plan for Illinois, Regional plans in PA, CO, and NM, and site plans or feasibility studies in the UK, France, Austria, India, and Australia. These projects included climatological aspects and lead to his noting that WNY has not only comparative advantages in its natural resources, but in its being exceptionally well-positioned as the effects of climate change impact elsewhere more frequently and severely, prompting him to return to WNY and start Designing to Live Sustainably. After initially publishing and speaking of these advantages, including the expectation of climate migrants, a collaboration with Stephen Vermette at BSC’s Department of Geography and Planning began the process of documenting WNY climate’s differentiation as a precursor to more elaborate downscale modeling.

    Latest Article: Synergy vs Zero Sum Dynamics Part IV—Developing Supply Chain Resiliency

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  • GRANT GOLDEN wears a number of hats. He has been practicing radiology in Buffalo since 1981, for the past 15 years, with Seton Imaging. Dr Laszlo Tabar, internationally famous mammographer, has been his special friend and mentor. Grant began The Old Chestnut Film Society, Buffalo’s only film society, in 1983. Now in its 35th consecutive season, the OCFS does monthly screenings of Hollywood classics in 16mm. He has written the scores (and some of the books) for a number of locally produced musicals, including the old WONDERMAKERS shows, THE OTHER ISLAND, NOBODY’S INN (Alleyway Theatre), IZZY! (Musicalfare), and ME II (Western Door Playhouse). He reviewed local plays on the radio for 20 years--on WBEN and WBFO—before making the switch to BuffaloRising. Grant and his lovely wife Deborah live in Central Park with their dog Ginger, and cats Ella and Felix. They have three adult children, and now, happily, two grandchildren!

    Latest Article: Kavinoky’s production of INDECENT

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  • A Buffalo native, Holly spent quite a bit of time traveling the globe, but after living on the West coast for a bit was called back to her roots in Western New York.

    Latest Article: Ashker’s Juice Bar and Café is a “Nice Downtown Oasis”

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  • Jeff Wilber has written FOR the stage, screen, page and ON many a bathroom wall. He currently works as a drug and alcohol peer advocate and lives on the Westside with his incredibly patient wife and a bevy of incredibly impatient rescued furry beasts.

    Latest Article: Be More Like Fred

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  • Jessica Marinelli is a WNY native, born and raised in the Lincoln Park area of Tonawanda. She has been involved in local politics from an early age and is currently a Tonawanda Democratic Committee Member. As an avid equestrian and animal-lover, she trained and re-homed over 40 horses. For over a decade, she was an event planner with the law firm, Hodgson Russ LLP, and now owns her own marketing and event management company. She has worked with international and national organizations on large and small scale events. Jessica writes on politics and local events, as well as working with Buffalo Rising as a social reporter.

    Latest Article: BR60: Feeling the Good Vibrations from Hot Mama’s Canteen

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  • founder of mindfulmarket.com and energytshirt.com. current passions include: mindfulness, energy healing, eastern philosophy, buffalo’s rise and japanese whiskey. born raised school - buffalo. contact jim kupczyk l jim@mindfulmarket.com

    Latest Article: 26 Shirts collaborates on New Design with Buffalo Techstars Director

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  • John Straubinger has been an occasional Buffalo Rising contributor since 2007. Born and raised in the city, John lived and worked in Boston, MA in the Research field for over 47 years. Since the early 1990's, he started following what was happening in his home town with a developing interest. Liking more and more of what he was seeing in Buffalo for the last ten years, John decided to return to Buffalo permanently in the fall of 2014. John has an interesting facebook page called Buffalo rehab and Reuse, https://www.facebook.com/groups/929189663802358/. He occasionally contributes articles to BRO as Dr. Rehab.

    Latest Article: New Buffalo Houses In 2019 – A Year Of Something Different 

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  • John (Josh) grew up in Buffalo where he stayed until moving to Chicago for 13 years right after college. It is there that he worked for some of the top sports marketing companies in the country. 6 years ago, he formed Bison Entertainment Group which provides client entertaining and incentives to companies all over the world. Whether it is tickets/suites, private housing at the Masters, Super Bowl, athlete/celebrity appearances, putting together national sales meetings or incentive trips, his company covers it all!

    Latest Article: Another Heartbreak Added to a Long List in Buffalo Sports

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  • John Szalasny is someone who cares about our planet. Born too late to join in on the first wave of organized environmental action in the 60’s, I’m making up for lost time as I get nearer to retirement on various environmental concerns including the plastic waste crisis. Check out my Facebook group Bring NYC’s Styrofoam Ban to My Hometown! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2098476837129562/.

    Latest Article: Governor Cuomo Proposes to Tackle a “Lightweight” Issue in His 2020 State of the State Address

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  • Videographer - I was born in Buffalo NY, and grew up in Riverside. I graduated from Buffalo State College in Spring '17 with a degree in Media Production. I'm currently the STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) Coordinator, and Content Creator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo. I enjoy making Highlights Tapes for various sports.

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  • 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.

    Latest Article: Community during the Pandemic

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  • Katti Theriault, originally from Massachusetts, moved to Buffalo in the summer of 2018 to be a teacher in the Buffalo Public School system through the AmeriCorps program Teach For America. Katti has worked in the field of education since 2013. She has a wide range of experience including working with preschoolers as a JumpStart Corps Member, a preschool teacher at HeadStart, a museum teacher at the Tsongas Industrial History Center, paraprofessional, and most recently as a special education teacher. Katti currently has a Master’s Degree in education and is continuing her education in the field. Acting as an ambassador for equal educational opportunities for all, Katti wants to advocate for the youth of Buffalo by highlighting the educational programs and everything Buffalo has to offer its youth.

    Latest Article: Game Design Coming to a Campus Near You in Fall 2019, Villa Maria College

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  • Kip Doyle is a writer and marketing professional. His interviews have been read in The Public, Artvoice and on Metal Injection, and his satire work has been published by The Hard Times. Doyle is a former managing editor of the Salamanca Press and a former reporter for the Olean Times Herald. He was also an editor at Punknews.org. He graduated from Buffalo State College and has a master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from St. Bonaventure University. His interests include music, comedy, pro wrestling, sports and technology. He lives with his family in downtown Buffalo.

    Latest Article: Interview: Comedian Josh Potter

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  • Ken has been a very active community participant in the world of politics for nearly 50 years. Everything from envelope stuffing to campaign management. From the local council level to presidential campaigns. On the Democratic side. A whole lot of politicians worked for, fought against, had a beer with. Now, "mostly" retired, Ken continues to have a great interest in government and politics on the local, state and federal levels. His blog, politicsandstuff.com provides weekly commentary and opinions about policy, budgeting, candidacies, and analysis of public issues. 

    Latest Article: Politics & Stuff: ECC Enrollment and Financial Updates

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  • I have a passion for helping my fellow Western New Yorkers and advance the great things that are going on in this region. Buffalo Rising is a great booster and it’s a blast writing and contributing to BR about positive happenings in our neck of the woods. I appreciate the help I’ve received over the years from organizations and people who share my passion and supported me in efforts that put thousands of people to work and resulted in a community give back of more than $115M to Buffalo’s neediest during my days at the helm of AmeriCorps. I’m especially grateful for the opportunities that enabled me to help cities devastated by Hurricane Katrina and rebuild more than 700 family homes that were destroyed. Back at home, I was able to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience as a coordinator for ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition where we were able to repair, beautify and upgrade homes for an entire neighborhood on Buffalo’s Westside. Other projects close to my heart include a collaboration with Sail Buffalo to build the Cazenovia Boating Center at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, and my annual Christmas season time is spent at Buffalo’s treasure, the Broadway Market, playing Santa Clause. In my other life, I am a workforce development, business, marketing, public relations and fundraising professional. Earned a M.S. Human Service Management from Buffalo State, and enjoy my family life that includes four amazing grandchildren!

    Latest Article: Historic Beauty & ‘Fresh Voices’

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  • A journalist for nearly 50 years who was an award-winning sports reporter for the Buffalo Courier-Express until it closed in 1982. He was the former vice president/general manager of the Buffalo Bisons and a member of the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. Handled the promotions and publicity for Buffalo’s undefeated heavyweight boxer, “Baby Joe” Mesi. Founder and is managing partner of Billoni Associates. He authored and managed “Robert E. Rich—Memoirs of an Innovator,” the biography of the founder of Rich Products Corp; published 'All In," the memoir of businessman Ronald Zoeller and is currently publishing The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball, the most comprehensive history of professional baseball in the city. It will be released April 17, 2020. Mike and is wife Debbie love Western New York and always try to help others and encourage positive thoughts

    Latest Article: St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy is open and serving meals!

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  • Writing for Buffalo Rising since 2009 covering development news, historic preservation, and Buffalo history. Works professionally in historic preservation.

    Latest Article: The Future of Mobility: Remaking Buffalo for the 21st Century

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  • Paul Fanara is a photographer, writer, and artist living in Buffalo, New York. He founded Living In The Buff Studio as his photography label in 2007, after being an active photographer for over 20 years. Now, in his tenth year of professional photography, he has expanded his talents, and interests to include film-making, and acting. Paul is currently the event photographer for the Yelp.com Community in Buffalo, is an active journalist in Buffalo, and published monthly in Act Dance Model Sing Magazine, based in Los Angeles. Currently, he has joined local film makers with the 48-Hour Film Project, and now writes, directs, and acts with the Buffalo Filming Group, "Welcome to Lovejoy." Find him on-line at http://livinginthebuff.com

    Latest Article: Brewed Awakening

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  • Peter Hall continues trying to figure out how "it" all works. For 20 years, as program host on Classical 94.5 WNED and continuing on-stage with the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, he's conducted over 1,000 interviews with artists as he asks them to explain, in layman's terms, "what's the big picture here?" As mentioned recently in Buffalo Spree magazine, Peter's "Buffalo Rising reviews are the no-holds barred 'everyman's' take." And, on “Theater Talk” (heard Friday mornings at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on WBFO 88.7 FM and Saturday afternoons at 5:55 p.m. on Classical 94.5 WNED) his favorite question of co-host Anthony Chase is simply "What's goin' on?" A member of Buffalo's Artie Awards Committee, Peter holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo. For over twenty-five years he has been an adjunct professor for Canisius College’s Richard J. Wehle School of Business.

    Latest Article: Banned in Buenos Aires, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN at New Phoenix Theatre these days brings a new angle to “Love is Love”

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  • Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

    Latest Article: Photographer James Cavanaugh captures essence of Nichols School’s new Student Commons

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  • RaChaCha is a Garbage Plate™ kid making his way in a Chicken Wing world. Since 2008, he's put over a hundred articles on here, and he asked us to be sure to thank you for reading. So, thank you for reading. You may also have seen his freelance byline in Artvoice, where he writes under the name his daddy gave him [Ed: Send me a check, and I might reveal what that is]. When he's not writing, RaChaCha is an urban planner, a rehabber of houses, and a community builder. He co-founded the Buffalo Mass Mob, and would love to see you at the next one. He represents Buffalo Young Preservationists on the Trico roundtable. If you try to demolish a historic building, he might have something to say about that. He is a proud AmeriCorps alum. Things you may not know about RaChaCha (unless you read this before): "Ra Cha Cha" is a nickname of his hometown. (Didn't you know that? Do you live under a rock?) He's a political junkie (he once worked for the president of the Monroe County Legislature), but we don't really let him write about politics on here. He helped create a major greenway in the Genesee Valley, and worked on early planning for the Canalway Trail. He hopes you enjoy biking and hiking on those because that's what he put in all that work for. He was a ringleader of the legendary "Chill the Fill" campaign to save Rochester's old downtown subway tunnel. In fact, he comes from a long line of troublemakers. An ancestor fought at Bunker Hill, and a relative led the Bear Flag Revolt in California. We advise you to remember this before messing with him in the comments. He worked on planning the Rochester ARTWalk, and thinks Buffalo should have one of those, too (write your congressman). You can also find RaChaCha (all too often, we frequently nag him) on the Twitters at @HeyRaChaCha. Which is what some people here yell when they see him on the street. You know who you are.

    Latest Article: What Does a Saint Have to Say About Church Reform?

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  • The Rotary Club of Buffalo is made up of committed neighbors, community and business leaders dedicated to making Western New York a better place to live since 1911. Since 1989 the club has awarded grants of more than $1.9 million to local community organizations. Learn more about the Rotary Club of Buffalo: Join us at one of our Thursday lunch meetings at 12:15 PM at the Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo for powerful speakers, timely topics, and fellowship. Join leaders. Exchange ideas. Take action.

    Latest Article: Buffalo Rotary and Lorraine Elementary School:  Partners in Learning

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  • Sara is a freelance writer living on Buffalo's West Side. She works full time in human services, part time in freelance, and is currently working towards her endeavor to create a nonprofit focused on telling the stories of the refugee and immigrant communities.

    Latest Article: Infamous Music Venue is Back in Business

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  • 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.

    Latest Article: Buffalo Sewists Join the Fight

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  • Antique aficionado, Steven Appler launched his passion for the hunt at the tender age of twelve, combing the wilds of South Park Lake in South Buffalo for cone-top beer cans, but instead finding a dead body. Since then, he has kept busy as an artist, art educator and college professor, and passionate antique picker, seller, and enthusiast of art and design, history, and research. A vintage find that is meaningful to you aesthetically, emotionally or monetarily is what makes antiquing such a worthwhile experience. Steven loves to share his knowledge from over 40 years of antiquing with his customers, and now his readers.

    Latest Article: New World Man – Rush and Buffalo have a Long History Intertwined

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  • 30 Under 30 Award Winner in 2017. Freelance journalist, traveler, dancer, music fanatic, volunteer enthusiast. Loves meeting new people in any and all capacities and helping our beloved city flourish.

    Latest Article: Buffalo Hospitality Coalition provides resources to local hospitality employees 

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  • Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

    Latest Article: Big Deal: Ellicott Development Picks Up 38 Swan

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  • White Gloved Vegan is a movement to break stereotypes associated with veganism and inspire others to adapt a plant-based lifestyle. The “white glove” signifies that a vegan can be a class act high standing individual and not be ridiculed for going against society norms. Articles are written by founders Brittany Kruse and Alex Miller.

    Latest Article: Bringing Plant-Based Options to Tim Hortons

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  • Zoe Oleshansky is a graphic designer and contributor for Buffalo Rising. She graduated with a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons The New School For Design. She loves Buffalo but hates the cold.

    Latest Article: BR60: Misuta Chows’ Andy Berger Takes the Vision to the Next Step

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