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Our authors are the hard working contributors that make Buffalo Rising possible…

Our Team

  • Austin Rexinger was born in Amherst, NY and is a graduate of Canisius College. Austin is completely obsessed with cars, especially the tremendous innovation in today’s automotive market. Austin has driven everything from electric cars to six-figure exotics. Upon learning to drive a manual transmission in a 2012 Mini Cooper S, any doubt that Austin may have had regarding his passion for automobiles completely disappeared. He was absolutely hooked. If it has four wheels, a seat, and a steering wheel, you can count on Austin being interested. When Austin isn't writing about the auto industry you can find him racing go-karts, competing in time attack events, or autocrossing his Ford Focus ST.

    Latest Article: What Buffalo, NY Can Learn from Burlington, VT

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  • In this series, Tom Akers, owner of renew bath + body, and his team of skin enthusiasts will discuss topics that relate to health, science, beauty, fashion, trends, and how we can all live our best life. renew's team is passionate about restoring and preserving the skin's natural beauty. By marrying nature and science, renew ’s enthusiastic team works to educate men, women, and children on the importance of effective clean skin care, and by providing products that are sulfate, paraben, and animal by-product free.

    Latest Article: It takes a strong man to know the importance of skincare

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  • A program of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, 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.

    Latest Article: The Business of Body Language

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  • We love to hear what the Buffalo community has to say. We offer a space to those who feel that they want to share their stories, without committing to writing ongoing articles. Typically reader submissions are one-offs that contribute to the broader Buffalo conversation.

    Latest Article: Climate Change – Are Carbon Taxes a Solution?

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  • Sometimes the authors at Buffalo Rising work on collaborative efforts in order to cover various events and stories. These posts can not be attributed to one single author, as it is a combined effort. Often times a formation of a post gets started by one writer and passed along to one or more writers before completion. At times there are author attributions at the end of one of these posts. Other times, “Buffalo Rising” is simply offered up as the creator of the article. In either case, the writing is original to Buffalo Rising.

    Latest Article: Buffalo Forge Groundbreaking

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  • Caitlin has covered local food and drink for Buffalo Rising since 2015, having previously written for Artvoice, the Public, and the Buffalo News. She works full time in marketing communications and is earning her master's degree in history at University at Buffalo, the latter of which occasionally informs her writing. Most importantly, she likes the word "moist" and doesn't care who knows it. How else do you describe a great piece of cake?

    Latest Article: Outbound: For Cocktail Connoisseurs, Black Iron Bystro Is a Worthy Trek

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  • Claire Wanzer is from Amherst, NY and currently attends Niagara University where she’s pursuing a degree in English and Communication Studies. Claire is also a member of the women’s basketball team at NU and is extremely passionate about sports. She loves animals, hiking, rollerblading, yoga, hanging out with her friends, and especially writing for her personal blog, ontheairwithclaire.com

    Latest Article: Larkinville: Fresh, Fun, and (Mostly) Free Frolicking

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  • Cynthia has an Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from the University at Buffalo and a BA in art history from SUNY/Empire State College. After library school, she worked at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library for 13 years, half of were in the Grosvenor Room, the local history & genealogy collection, where she developed research and reference expertise in the people, places, things, and events Buffalo history. She was appointed Director of Library & Archives at The Buffalo History Museum in 2007. On her own time, she is the author of Victorian Buffalo (1999), Quotable Buffalo (2011), and the creator of BuffaloResearch.com, a guide to researching ancestors, buildings, and companies in Buffalo.

    Latest Article: Buffalo Will See It Through

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  • Dana Tyrrell is an artist, curator, and writer currently living and working in Buffalo, NY. He has earned degrees from both the University at Buffalo (2015) and the State University of New York at Fredonia (2012).

    Latest Article: X: Indigo Art Gallery Celebrates 10 Years

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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: Linwood Bargain at $999K

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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: https://nonstopnerd748323109.wordpress.com/

    Latest Article: Outbound – Nerd Scene: Say Cheese Pizza Company and the Comic Book Café

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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: Sam Baker at Imagine Event Center in Black Rock

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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 has since moved home and continues teaching refugees for Buffalo Public Schools and participates in a few bands in the Buffalo area.

    Latest Article: Outbound: MEL’s School of Music

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

    Latest Article: Request for Local Submissions: Redesigned, Remodeled, Renovated & Re-invented

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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: THE STRUDEL LADY

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  • 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.

    Latest Article: BMC Speaker Series: Great Lakes Shipwrecks

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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: City of Good Neighbors: Urban Valet

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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: Misuta Chow’s Recreates Yokocho Alley, Complete with 2nd Floor Arcade

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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: A Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde House @ 68 Penhurst Park

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  • I (Josh) grew up in Buffalo where I stayed until moving to Chicago for 13 years right after college. It is there that I worked for some of the top sports marketing companies in the country. After meeting my wife (a Chicago native), we decided to move back to Buffalo in 2002 and love every second of it. Last year, I 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, we cover it all!

    Latest Article: Buffalo Bills have #1 Defense in NFL

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  • Judith Frizlen is the founder/executive director of the Rose Garden Early Childhood Center on Lafayette Avenue. She is the author of Words for Parents in Small Doses available at Talking Leaves and Inspiration Point book stores on Elmwood Avenue. Judith and her husband support the arts locally and enjoy recreational activities including kayaking and cross country skiing. They are long time Elmwood Village residents and are happy to say that their adult children have chosen to call Buffalo home.

    Latest Article: Seneca Street Mile

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  • A native of Western New York whose articles focus upon food and development in Kenmore.

    Latest Article: It’s the Real Deal at Jay’s Artisan Pizza

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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: It’s Time – City Year and Buffalo

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  • Kristine Hornung Pottle relocated back to Buffalo from Seattle, where she owned and operated The Wandering Cafe, LLC for twelve years (a catering and events company she began in Buffalo twenty-five years ago). She is currently the COO for Buffalo's echo Art Fair. As an experienced chef and independent event coordinator, Kristine contributes to Buffalo Rising occasionally.

    Latest Article: Buffalo Gears Up for a Community Hockey Game

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  • Toronto born and raised, but with my roots solidly planted in Western New York, I have been visiting Buffalo and enamored with Buffalo ever since I was a kid. I love writing for BRO but equally enjoy writing about Buffalo for Southern Ontario audiences to introduce them to all the great things happening in the renaissance city. When I'm not writing, I'm teaching fitness and health promotion at a community college in Toronto and running my own personal training business. Visit my website at www.lorneopler.com

    Latest Article: This is Not My Uncle’s Buffalo

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  • The founder of New York’s original “supernatural tourism” company Haunted History Ghost Walks, Inc., Mason Winfield studied English and Classics at Denison University and earned a master’s degree at Boston College. In his 13 years as a teacher/department chair at The Gow School (South Wales, N.Y.), he won a 50K cross-country ski marathon and was ranked among the Buffalo area’s top ten tennis players. A specialist in upstate supernatural folklore and an award-winning fiction writer, Mason has written or edited 11 books, including the regional sensation Shadows of the Western Door (1997) and Iroquois Supernatural (Inner Traditions International/Bear & Company, 2011). A lecturer whose talks have been sponsored by Poets & Writers, New York Council for the Humanities, “The Big Read,” and the National Endowment for the Arts, Mason is also a spoken word artist who has appeared at City of Night, Buffalo; Rochester Fringe Festival; and Piccolo Spoletto Festival (Charleston, S.C.).

    Latest Article: King Number One

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  • Mike is CEO of Strategic Growth Real Estate, Inc., the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, Investment, and Property Management firm he founded in Los Angeles in 2012. He founded WNY Metro Horizon in Buffalo, NY in 2006 - the company grew to over 600 apartment units under management before he sold the company in early 2015. That’s the year he became a partner at Buffalo Rising. Mike is committed to supporting the city that he loves, even though he lives on the West Coast. Mike writes on real estate, business, the economy and the environment. He is a devoted husband and father of two boys.

    Latest Article: Some things (thankfully) remain the same…

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  • Former sports reporter for the now defunct Courier-Express. Former vice president/general manager of the Buffalo Bisons. Handled the promotions and publicity for Buffalo’s undefeated heavyweight boxer, “Baby Joe” Mesi. Founder and principal of Billoni Associates. Authored and managed the publication of “Robert E. Rich—Memoirs of an Innovator,” the biography of the founder of Rich Products Corp. Mike and is wife Debbie love Western New York and always try to help others and encourage positive thoughts

    Latest Article: Outbound: Public Invited to the 3rd Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration in Russell J. Salvatore’s Patriots & Heroes Park

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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: Eugene V. Debs Day coming up on Monday at Mickie’s

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  • Buffalo and Niagara Falls are connected as a region. The cities are tied together through an economic, cultural and environmental climate. Not to mention the people that strive to make Western NY a place that is filled with growth and opportunity. Niagara Falls is an international draw that deserves ample coverage when fitting news comes to pass.

    Latest Article: NF Mass Mob Encore Set for Zion Lutheran

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  • The North Buffalo Organization Inc. (NBO) envisions a vibrant and safe neighborhood; a thriving business environment; a healthy community; a neighborhood rich in cultural experiences; and an engaged and well-informed constituency. NBO shares this vision with several other North Buffalo groups and works to collaborate with all stakeholders. NBO’s own role in achieving this vision to date includes: establishing the North Buffalo Farmers Market; conducting clean-up events; promoting local businesses and organizations; keeping the community informed; and hosting public meetings for networking and sharing of resources. Plans are also underway for new initiatives related to public art, economic development, and infrastructure. Do you have an idea? Community input is welcome and encouraged! For more information, contact info@northbuffalo.org.

    Latest Article: One chef’s high-wire act at the North Buffalo Farmers Market

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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: Buffalo United Artists’ AFTERGLOW at The Alleyway does what theater does best, presenting universal themes in intimate settings.

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  • A Buffalo-based undercover restaurant reviewer. In conjunction with Buffalo Rising, this weekly series will present objective, honest reviews of WNY restaurants. What makes a restaurant great? Great cuisine, great service, and consistent delivery.

    Latest Article: Tappo Restaurant Still Going Strong

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  • Philip Wilkins is a Baseball, Hockey and Football fan and an avid Orioles, Sabres and Bills watcher. He moved to Buffalo in 2009 and has an MBA from Canisius College. He has a BA from the University of Colorado-Boulder -Go Buffs!, and has been a Buffalo fan ever since NHL '94 and the 4 Bills Super Bowls. He is a little down about Ryan O'Reilly getting traded but these feelings are more than offset by the acquisition of Rasmus Dahlin, the #1 overall draft pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft.

    Latest Article: Sabres Surprising Start Has Fans Questioning – Are We Good?

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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. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

    Latest Article: The Draft Room and the Labatt Brew House @ Labatt House

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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: Buffalo Mass Mob Returns to St. Adalbert’s for Five-Year Anniversary

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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: Many Hands Make Light Work – Want to give back to your community but don’t want to do it alone? Consider joining the Rotary Club of Buffalo

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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: Purrfect Café and Gallery

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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: BPO Pictures at an Exhibition Concert Features Mike Mills of R.E.M.

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  • A proud graduate of Buffalo Public Schools and Saint Bonaventure University, Sarah has been writing and creating in the corporate marketing world for over a decade, all the while maintaining strong connections in the food industry as a server and bartender. She decided to focus her energy in food service and freelance writing, where she enjoys her work most. She enjoys reading recipes, crafting cocktails, learning about the wines of the world and cooking for friends.

    Latest Article: A Run In with Rin Thai Bistro

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  • Tara Mancini's interest span from Microbiology and Chemistry, Research and Development, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, and Process Improvement Analysis to New York History, Early Civilizations and Child Development and Education. Part of the Quality Assurance jobs was food taster, both sweet and savory. When I travel I make a point of eating everything. Recent projects include founding the Friends of Schenck Hose in Buffalo, NY - an 1823 pioneer and farm estate - that seeks to restore and put into adaptive reuse the historic buildings to recently being awarded a patent for a new chemical production system. Specialties: Operations, Plant Start up, R & D, Pilot plant testing, operations, quality, Sales and Marketing, Production line or plant start up, streamline production, material waste management, recycling, process improvement, Biodiesel, Renewable Energy, Project Development.

    Latest Article: Buffalo’s First Christmas Trees

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  • Tom Tarapacki is employed as the Director of Telecommunications, Utilities and Franchises for the City of Buffalo. His book, Chasing the American Dream, was published by Hippocrene Books, and his articles have appeared in a variety of local and national publications. He has written extensively about the history of pro sports in Western New York, particularly the Buffalo Bills, as well as local Polish American history. In addition, his areas of interest include recreation, fitness, and humor.

    Latest Article: Buffalo Was Once Considered “The Wheelman’s Paradise”

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  • Steve Warzala, maybe better known as ‘Warzy’ is a TV and Radio Sportscaster. He works nationally and locally in WNY. A massive sports fan and self-proclaimed gastronome / epicurean. He has lived and traveled all around the world. Taking up residences in California, Pennsylvania, Switzerland and of course Buffalo. His love for food stems from his parents growing up. Which really parlayed when he lived in Europe. He is excited to share his experiences with Buffalo Rising. When it comes to life, he’ll try anything 3 times! Beyond BR you can catch him on FB, IG and Snapchat @WarzysWorld.

    Latest Article: Outbound: Fresh Catch Poke Co. – Where Fresh Meets Sustainability

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  • Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

    Latest Article: Big Deal: Post Office Delivers Theater District Site to Uniland

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