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Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich

A print journalism graduate of Buffalo State College, I also studied nursing at Trocaire College in South Buffalo. I am a licensed attorney at law admitted to practice in New York State. But it is the newspaper that I am most passionate about.


Michael J. VonHeckler, 63, may earn more money as an electrical engineer, but he admits being a wine expert is more fun. VonHeckler holds a diploma in wines and spirits from London’s Institute of the Masters of Wine, an accomplishment that took him traveling around the world and seven years to achieve. In 2000, VonHeckler and a group of investors launched a vineyard and …

Guerrilla gardening comes naturally to Sharon Danna as she drops by some of Buffalo’s more depressed neighborhoods to beautify neglected, barren or overgrown spaces. By planting vibrant flowers and shrubs, Danna has cultivated community pride in gardens near the corners of Goodell and Sycamore streets, and Ohio and Louisiana streets; the outer harbor access road; lower N…

You may have a bottle of Robitussin cough syrup in your medicine cabinet, and perhaps a box of Coricidin cough and cold tablets. Some Sudafed, too?These and other popular cold remedies available over the counter no longer will be sold to minors after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signs legislation, perhaps as soon as today. The restrictions would take effect in late December.The ne…

Frederick Garrasi was on his way to the dentist in early May when his Yamaha motorcycle collided with a car that cut in front of him on Lake Shore Road in Hamburg. Garrasi, an Evans off-duty police officer, was thrown into the path of an oncoming vehicle and killed.Patrick Conway was heading to school on his high-performance motorcycle in Clarence when police pulled him ov…

Dr. Lorna Fitzpatrick, 44, was born in Belfast before her family moved to Ballycastle on the north shore of Ireland. Her father was a physician who moved his family to Buffalo in 1973 to take a job at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.Fitzpatrick, who was a preschooler at the time, can still recall her first crossing of the Peace Bridge.She grew up in Hamburg, and attended Nar…

You see them sweeping beaches and parks, hunting for buried treasure.They are relic hunters with metal detectors in hand and ear phones on their heads listening for the sweet clicking sound of discovery. Perhaps an old coin. Maybe a ring. More often, it is an old pop top from a beer can. Then there are some true legendary finds, like the retired electrician in England who …

Melanie Shorey knew the challenge she faced in rehabbing the house on Whitney Place that she bought three years ago at public auction for $3,000. It had been a hangout for drug addicts; their used syringes littered an adjoining alley.“The first few months I was living there, people were still doing drugs in the back alley,” recalled Shorey, who is 27 and works for an e…

Ann Emo made a career in stage costuming. The associate professor in the Theater Department of SUNY Buffalo State grew up in Queens, where she learned at a young age from her mother and grandmother how to sew Halloween costumes.After earning an MFA at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Emo worked in New York City for 10 years as a design assistant at the leg…

A significant jump in the number of suicides nationally over the last decade – particularly among baby boomers – has raised a red flag among mental health professionals.But in Erie County, the number has dropped in recent years, from a high of 99 in 2010 to 75 last year.These numbers come into focus as area mental health professionals and families of people who have ta…

Dick Wellenc grew up in North Tonawanda and attended Bryant & Stratton College before settling in as a salesman at the old Sears, Roebuck & Co. He worked 16 years for Sears in the automotive department, but he always kept his hands on bicycles. At age 15, Wellenc got his first job at a bike shop on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda. Today he’s 74 and operates Dick’s Bic…

Speedster Alexi Salamone, of Grand Island, scored the winning goal in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games that earned a gold medal for the USA Sled Hockey Team.Friday, the Chernobyl-born player who started in sled hockey at age 16 took part in a scrimmage at the Northtown Center in Amherst. It marked the first training camp of the season for the national team, which is det…

Crista Botticello was voted the student with the “Most School Spirit” when she graduated from Iroquois High School in 2009. She would go on to study education at SUNY Buffalo State before she opened Ooo la la boutique at 663 Main St. in East Aurora.Her mobile boutique is a recent addition. Painted bright pink, the former delivery truck rolls up to local fashion and mus…

Being a produce merchant runs in the blood for Paul Desiderio, who has operated his stand at the Clinton-Bailey market for decades. A native of East Lovejoy, Desiderio’s interest in food came with the neighborhood. Surrounded by bakeries, corner delis and pizza shops, he was raised in a large family of food industry workers.Desiderio graduated from Bishop Timon High Scho…

The heavy gusty rainstorms forecast for much of the Northeast later today are likely to miss the Buffalo-Niagara region, said Jon Hitchcock, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.“The chance of us getting severe weather is not quite zero, but it’s pretty close,” Hitchcock said. “There is a 30 to 40 percent chance of widely scattered showers and isolated th…

When Mustafa Abdo and Aung Myat launched their computer repair business, I.T.Garden, on Grant Street earlier this summer, they were aware of the street crime that had riddled the West Side neighborhood where many immigrants have settled.“Too many crazy things were going on before. Drug sales, gangs. Three years ago, a 15-year-old high-school student was shot to death by …