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Brian Connolly

Brian Connolly is managing editor of The Buffalo News. He's previously worked as The News' online editor and Gusto editor. A Hamburg native, he has been at The News since 2003.


Audrey Zybala, the woman behind the new Sweet Pea Bakery in Hamburg, is thrilled with the new career she’s cooked up. “It was calling me,” Zybala said on Friday night, after wrapping up a busy opening week that will be capped by an official grand opening Saturday. Until June, Zybala was a teacher. But with the support of her husband and two sons – ages 8 and 5 …

Food and Drink

A competitor of Chiavetta's, Bert Weidner's sells much of the same fare as the Erie County Fair. How would it measure up? BBQ Chicken * Steak * Corn on the Cob Bert Weidner's can be found at K10 on the Erie County Fair map. BBQ Chicken Barbecue chicken: I give Chiavetta’s a slight edge when it comes to chicken. But for sides? Advantage: Weidner’s. Also, they have…

Food and Drink

A Western New York classic for barbecue chicken, Chiavetta's boasts a full stand at the Erie County Fair, and chances are you can smell it from a great distance away. Chicken BBQ * Turkey Sub * Antipasto * Stuffed Texas Toast Chiavetta's is located on J6 on the Erie County Fair map. Chicken BBQ Chiavetta's barbecue chicken: This has to be one of the better Fair value…

Erie County

Up to $78.03. That’s how much Colleen Kelly had on her, and that’s what she was willing to pay for some help plowing her brother’s driveway in Orchard Park.Kelly, a West Seneca resident who teaches in the Orchard Park schools, has been at her brother’s Powers Road house for four days. She put her car at the end of his long driveway on Monday, thinking it’d make…

Hamburg

Frigid temps, steady snow and a blinding wind weren't keeping Brennan Hull inside this morning. Hull, 14, spent about 30 minutes snowboarding at Gunther's Hill, a favorite wintertime destination in the Village of Hamburg. “It was really windy,” said Hull, cheeks bright red and glasses fogging.Through whiteout conditions, Hull was headed down Union Street to his home on…

Hamburg

Candace Hines was wishing she had that snowblower back.The Village of Hamburg resident was hard at work late Tuesday morning, shovel in hand, attacking a deep pile of snow at the end of her short driveway.Hines moved into her house at the corner of Center Street and Long Avenue about a year and a half ago. Her last home was a condo, which meant the snowblower was expendabl…

You'd be hard-pressed to find a football fan who hasn't heard of Jim Brown. Even younger generations are familiar with his legend, if only through the endless debates over who was the "greatest": athlete, football player, running back, sports figure bringing social change.But Ernie Davis? Get beyond a certain age, and the name is likely to draw a blank stare, even from a h…

Welcome to our joint community nightmare.Western New York, we feel your pain: No power. No fun. No work. Nowhere to go, nothing to do except watch the trees fall.Do you live in the areas where the dreaded Friday the 13th Storm has socked everyone in? Are the kids bored, your back broken from shoveling and are you exhausted from trying to clear all those darn branches from …

AM 1520 couldn't be much farther right when you look at the radio dial, but it's getting a push to the left -- and pushing Danny Neaverth off the air.KB's owner, Entercom, dropped the station's oldies music format Monday in favor of what the company calls a "progressive talk" lineup.The switch displaces Neaverth, whose time at KB dates to 1958. Tim Wenger, Entercom Buffalo…

Meet Journey.No, no, no. Not the Journey you remember from the prom, your cousin's wedding and that sappy request show on the radio every night.Meet the other Journey.This one is a jam band that believes vocals should take a back seat to powerful guitar solos and meaningful interplay between talented musicians. But don't worry. That other side, the hit machine that packed …

The Lake Effect Machine gives us a hard time all winter, so it's only fair that we get some enjoyment from the beast when summer rolls around. Enter the lakeside environs of the Dock at the Bay.Located in Hamburg, just a couple of smokestacks from downtown Buffalo, the Dock is open year-round with a restaurant and indoor bar. But it's best-known as one of the liveliest and…

During a semester in Ireland, I was in my share of pubs. But in my travels across the Emerald Isle, from Dublin to Doolin, I never came across a pub sporting a rotating dance floor. Until now.OK, the secret is out. D'Arcy McGee's isn't a clone of the watering holes dotting the Irish countryside. That's actually a good thing. Because this place has all the quaint feature…

Level nightclub75 W. Chippewa St.Crowd: Mostly 20sDress Code: Put on your dancing shoesBest time to go: After midnight SaturdayMusic: Hip-hop during prime hoursSignature drink: Apple Martinis Dance floors are like chicken wings. Lots of bars feel the need to offer them, but only a few make the effort to do them right.At Level nightclub, the dance floor is not an afterth…