“Shark Girl” is getting a well-deserved break for a face-lift. She’s been sitting out there at Canalside for more than a year now entertaining enthusiastic visitors who aren’t satisfied with just looking.
The enormously popular toothy attraction has been worn out by all the affection. As News arts critic Colin Dabkowski wrote, the Casey Riordan Millard sculpture will be taken to an undisclosed location by Albright-Knox Art Gallery staffers for some cosmetic work and “structural enhancements.”
Even stars deserve a break from the paparazzi.
Lockport native and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Chris Sacca, along with some 60 celebrities, business leaders, athletes and philanthropists from across the country, including Steven Colbert, get extra credit for “paying it forward” on behalf of the nation’s schoolchildren.
They joined forces for #BestSchoolDay to fund classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org, which lets public school teachers upload requests for funding for various projects and supplies. Donors, from the $5 contributors to the big guns, can chip in.
Sacca, owner of Lowercase Capital, supported 103 projects throughout upstate New York, including 35 public and charter schools in Buffalo, two in Niagara Falls and one each in Grand Island and Cheektowaga.
Among the projects Sacca funded in Buffalo schools: laptops at International Preparatory School for students to work on music composition and theory, headphones for the computer lab and teaching materials for math and reading at School 81, and a classroom printer at McKinley High School.
Sacca and all the donors get a gold star.
Irish eyes will be smiling this weekend no matter what Mother Nature has in store for Buffalo’s pair of St. Patrick’s Day parades.
The Old Neighborhood parade steps off at noon today from the Valley Community Center. The main event steps away from Niagara Square at 2 p.m. Sunday and heads north on Delaware Avenue.
Both days are expected to be rather chilly, but the Irish are an indomitable people. The Irish dancers will be stepping lively to keep warm. The more sedentary types may turn to the usual antifreeze. For all, stay safe and remember: Erin go bragh.