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Ben Tsujimoto

I'm Ben. I smiled a little too aggressively for my profile picture. I do digital things for The Buffalo News, live off of Hertel and attended Houghton College.


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1) Resurgence Brewing Oktoberfest, noon to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at 1250 Niagara St. Free to attend. Commentary: One of the best parts of fall? No, not pumpkin spice or apple cider, but stein-hoisting competitions! All those forearm squeezes can pay off. Resurgence's Oktoberfest holds challenges for both men and women on Saturday, plus $10 steins (as you can see from t…

Sports

The high school soccer season is three weeks old, and a crop of contenders for the Prep Talk Player of the Year award for boys soccer is taking form. Following in the footsteps of Pa Lu, Troy Brady, Shane Greene and Brandon Galanti, the next player to receive the honor might not be a forward or attacking midfielder. In fact, the first two players on this list - which…

Sabres

The second day of training camp isn't the only obligation on Jack Eichel's calendar for Sept. 16. The Buffalo Sabres' young star will appear from 4 to 6 p.m. that day at one Dave & Adam's location (8075 Sheridan Drive, Clarence) to sign autographs for fans who spend more than $60 on Eichel Collection Apparel. Tickets, limited to 200 for the two-hour window, can b…

Sports

1) Medaille men (4-1) vs. Buffalo State (3-1), 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at D'Youville College's Dobson Field. Why you should care: With apologies to Fredonia State, the top two local NCAA Division III teams square off on Saturday afternoon, as Micky Blythe's Mavericks will tussle with Mark Howlett's Bengals. Last year's meeting was one-sided - Buffalo State cruised to …

Soccer

The Canisius men's soccer team spent much of the week leading up to Friday's rivalry match against St. Bonaventure working on defending corner kicks. The Bonnies had scored all but one of their six goals off set pieces, so it was logical for Dermot McGrane's side to be prepared. As it turned out, the training for dead-ball situations paid off even more for the Griffs' a…

Soccer

Two years ago, Canisius men's soccer head coach Dermot McGrane referred to the first month of team activities as the "worst preseason in his 20 years of coaching." That team was riddled with injuries - nine starters missed action - and a resulting lack of cohesion; the Griffs went on three- and four-game losing streaks before Oct. 10. A repeat of that preseason was unim…

Food and Drink

1) Music Is Art, 11 a.m. Sept. 9 at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Free to attend. Here's the full music schedule for Saturday, which includes more than 100 bands. Commentary: It's a whole new look for Buffalo's biggest local music festival, founded and organized annually by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac. The destination shifts for the first time from the lawn…

Soccer

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas has sent tremors through the country, and the Western New York soccer community will host an event to support the relief efforts. The Western New York Flash Academy and West Seneca Soccer Club present a night of youth pickup soccer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the West Seneca Soccer Complex (3747 Seneca St., West Seneca)…

Soccer

The non-conference portion of the college soccer schedule is in full swing, and while these contests may not have the importance of conference matches, local rivalries or match-ups between unusual foes help compensate. For a composite calendar of all the home college soccer matches for fall 2017, go here. 1) St. Bonaventure men vs. Canisius, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at…

Food and Drink

1) National Buffalo Wing Fest, noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 2 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.). Tickets are $5 each day. Children 8 years and younger get in for free. The festival guide PDF will answer your questions. Commentary: While the focus is on spicy sauces, creative flavors and eating as messily as possible, the Buffalo Wing Fest has pa…

Soccer

Almost one year ago, Troy Brady suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee, abruptly ending his freshman season at Canisius. The months of grueling recovery exercises paid off, as a rejuvenated Brady smashed a right-footed strike inside the near post just 30 seconds into the first overtime to give the Golden Griffins a golden-goal, 4-3 victory over Rob…

Soccer

From Olean to Niagara, Western New York is home to a wealth of college soccer programs, ranging from NCAA Division I to NJCAA Division 3. The season is packed into two months, with matches seemingly on top of each other. In order to keep the schedule straight, we've created five separate Google Calendars, split into D1 men, D1 women, D2 & D3 men, D2 & D3 women a…

Soccer

It had been seven years since Canisius College women's soccer last beat the University at Buffalo, and when the Bulls' Carissima Cutrona scored four minutes into Tuesday's clash, the trend seemed likely to continue. Not so fast. Canisius freshman Emily Porteous equalized on a right-footed blast in the 69th minute, then classmate Shauna Lee finished a counterattack sp…

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Whether it's due to the power of Instagram or the gravitational pull of FOMO – the fear of missing out – a farm in Sanborn, NY, is bustling with visitors. The farm, owned by Chad and Louise Danielewicz at the corner of Route 31 and Baer Road, boasts acres of sunflowers in full bloom, perfect for family trips, nature photographers, dates and for those with a passion …

Soccer

Laura Ortiz wrapped up her decorated Niagara soccer career when she graduated this spring, and while her talented roommate Eva Bachmann was back in the fold, another Purple Eagles attacker would need to step up to fill the void left by the Spanish playmaker. On Friday against Big 4 rival St. Bonaventure, that was Canadian freshman Bayley Sullivan, who came off the bench…