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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee is a columnist for The News.


Welcome to the New Buffalo. It’s a city brimming with hope and fresh attitudes. The rebirth of the city’s economy is changing how we work, live and play. It’s also reshaping the city’s landscape. Nowhere is that more evident than at three big projects that will be unveiled in 2017. In South Buffalo, on land once left behind by Republic Steel, the first sol…

Katie Olszewski had all the illusions of a first-time mom. With 12 weeks off to care for her newborn twins, the dental hygienist imagined that she would finish up her time off with spring cleaning done.Then reality hit – times two. She found that she was lucky to fit in a shower or load the laundry if her boys finally dozed off together for 20 minutes.And nap when the ba…

If you’ve been here long enough, you can feel it in your bones. It seeps into your psyche. It is built into your roots. You do not shake the feeling that something will go wrong. You wait for the bad news that inevitably follows the good. You know, with 8 seconds left, the ball will not go through the uprights.This, after all, is Buffalo, the hard-luck town that, for yea…

What does today’s Girl Scout look like? Meet Zandra Cunningham. At 15, with jeweled magenta eyeglasses and a trademarked signature, Zandra already knows the power of her brand. Her name graces bottles of lemon tea tree hand lotion and mint vegan body wash in shops across Buffalo and in five different states. She’s spoken before 1,300 teens and traveled to Mexico to tel…

There’s a folder tucked away in the back of Amherst Pizza and Ale House that’s chock full of ideas. The restaurant that brought you pizza fries has been cooking up some breakfast concepts. But don’t look for them on the menu. Not yet, anyway. Those breakfast pizza recipes are on ice and likely to stay that way, at least until the state eases up on one of its absurd l…

Peeling gray paint crackles under Jason Molino’s feet as he steps onto a front porch. Time has weighed down this old Victorian. The porch sags. The flap on the empty mailbox is open. No one has been home for years.But Molino sees potential. It might just be right for Batavia’s latest housing experiment.This old home on the corner of Ross and Ellsworth could be in any c…

Sen. Ted Cruz defended his take on "New York values," vowed to put in better border protection and ruled out running on a Trump ticket during an MSNBC town hall meeting recorded at the University at Buffalo today. Asked by moderator Chuck Todd whether he would definitely not accept being Donald Trump's vice president, Cruz responded: "Chuck, it ain't going to happen."…

Sen. Ted Cruz defended his take on "New York values," vowed to put in better border protection and ruled out running on a Trump ticket during an MSNBC town hall meeting recorded at the University at Buffalo today. Asked by moderator Chuck Todd whether he would definitely not accept being Donald Trump's vice president, Cruz responded: "Chuck, it ain't going to happen."…

John Spooner has seen a lot of hot discussion in his 36 years on the East Aurora Zoning Board of Appeals.No kidding.There’s little that is more personal in village government than neighbors fencing over property lines.“We’ve had some hearings that have been hot and heavy because they’re next-door neighbors,” said Spooner, a retired printer who has devoted more th…

Duffs? Anchor Bar? Nope, it was coffee on Jefferson Avenue and beef on weck at Charlie the Butcher. Hillary Clinton wrapped up a day of campaigning in Buffalo on Friday by posing for photos with potential voters at Golden Cup Coffee Co. on Jefferson Avenue and shaking hands at the Wehrle Drive roast beef restaurant. She used earlier campaign stops at the Buffalo T…

Former President Bill Clinton told a packed room of supporters at Grapevine Banquets in Depew this afternoon that the upcoming New York primary on April 19 "could matter most in this whole long process." "The rest of this whole process comes down to New York," Clinton told an estimated 850 people gathered at the restaurant. Clinton's appearance in Depew was one of three…

Mamie Simonson wants to make one thing clear: She holds no grudge against Robert Moses.Others may gripe about the way he barged through Niagara Falls, taking land to build a parkway that has cut the city off from its majestic gorge for half a century.Simonson, 87, let all of that go years ago. She and her late husband, Si, weren’t afraid to stand up to Moses back in 1959…

State aid for school districts in Erie and Niagara counties will go up 6 percent in 2016-17 under the budget deal struck by state lawmakers Thursday. That does not include state money schools receive as a reimbursement for construction. All of the districts will see the end of a clawback of state aid that has impacted many area school budgets since 2010. Here's a look…

Mark Kelly orbited Earth 854 times. He flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm and has helped his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, through a grueling recovery after an assassination attempt near Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people.But it was a spinal tap that had Kelly sounding a bit uneasy last week.“They just did one on my brother,” Kelly told me by phon…

Newly elected Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa had a clear message for parents Monday: You have the right to opt your children out of state assessments.As a parent, Rosa said, she would choose that option.“If I was a parent, and I was not on the Board of Regents, I would opt out at this time, yes,” the former Bronx school superintendent told reporters shortly after she…