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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.


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Mary Kay Heneghan calls it the journey of Irish dance, the path taken by the high-stepping students of Rince Na Tiarna. Many of her dancers begin lessons at age 4 learning in Gaelic to count the steps they will perform on stage. Heneghan, 46, started Rince Na Tiarna 27 years ago, taking its name from a Gaelic phrase that means “Lord of the Dance.”Each week Heneghan teaches…

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Bethany Vaccaro has tried many sports in her 10 years of life.“She tried dancing, cheerleading. She was always three steps behind, or the one in the back,” said Tracy Vaccaro, Bethany’s mother. “She could not keep up.”All that changed when she started skating with the Gliding Stars. “Gliding Stars gives her a chance to shine without competing,” Vaccaro said of her daughter…

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The volunteer landscapers who gathered Thursday morning along McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo dug through frost-covered ground to begin work on the latest makeover of public green space sponsored by the National Garden Festival.Organizers called it Extreme Makeover: Traffic Circle Edition, and by the end of the day more than 100 young trees of four varieties would be pla…

Tipsy bar patrons during this St. Patrick’s Day weekend will have an option of a free cab ride home from participating establishments, thanks to an initiative announced Monday by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty Cab and many clubs in the downtown entertainment district.The initiative runs from 9 p.m. Friday through noon Monday. During that time, if patrons believe…

Diana and Ralph Landwehr were married for eight years when he suffered a traumatic brain injury after the 18-wheeler he was driving became involved in an accident on the Grand Island Bridge. Diana and Ralph, both 65, met in the late 1960s shortly after Ralph returned from serving in the Vietnam War. They married within a year, and had two young children when the accident i…

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Willie Lewis, 63, works in the laundry department for the Doubletree Club Hotel/Hilton on High Street. As a houseman, Lewis daily washes, dries and folds up to 1,700 pounds of laundry. That’s all the bed sheets, towels and banquet linen it takes to supply the 100-room hotel. His supervisors describe Lewis as a model employee who goes out of his way to get the job done.Rece…

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Comic Rob Lederman is first a businessman. After graduating from Brockport State College in 1982 he purchased a string of tanning salons. By 1989 he would buy his first comedy club, the former Comix Cafe in the Town of Tonawanda.Since then, Lederman has become a mainstay in the local comedy scene. Today he operates Rob’s Comedy Playhouse on North Forest Road in Amherst. Le…

Matchmaker Patti Novak has been called the “scolding mother hen of dating,” but that hasn’t stopped the Buffalo native from taking her successful introductions business to Las Vegas.“I’m going to be bicoastal for the next couple of years,” said Novak, who also has a relationship advice column in The News. “I think it’s needed out here. There’s such a lack of integrity in t…

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Diana Macaluso styles hair in creative ways. A photograph of one of Macaluso’s more exotic creations – she called the design Maneater – earned a place on the January cover of Modern Salon magazine. Not bad for a 28-year-old dynamo who grew up wanting to be a dancer.A member of the Clarence High School Class of 2002, Macaluso started dance lessons at age 7, but after an aut…

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Three generations of women gathered one recent afternoon in a Hamlin Park home to share their personal stories of growth. They are all members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the largest African-American organization for women in the country. This year marks 100 years of community service for the group that started on the campus of Howard University in 1913 with 22 young wo…

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Wedding consultant Mattie Stevenson, 44, comes from the corporate side of event planning. Born and raised in the city’s Jefferson Avenue area, Stevenson attended Kensington High School, Erie Community College and Buffalo State College before graduating from Empire State College in 2012.For years, Stevenson enjoyed a successful career as an office manager. She didn’t discov…

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It’s Saturday night and time to check in with your online love.No time to change? No worries – romance between two people can blossom in comfort online. Never mind the lack of physical intimacy that most counselors say is necessary for a healthy union.What kind of people can carry on romantic relations exclusively online, over the phone or by text?“It may be a person with …

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An expanded weekend edition of “Wake Up!” debuted this month on WIVB-TV Channel 4, with two hours of news, from 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.The show is anchored by Nalina Shapiro and meteorologist Bryan Shaw. Master gardener Sally Cunningham joins the telecast on Sundays. The first hour of the program is rebroadcast both days at noon on WNLO-TV Channel 23.Channel 4 …

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Walk into Debbie Bello’s voice studios in Orchard Park, and you’ll be treated to a symphony of sound. For years the voice coach taught voice lessons to people of all ages. Bello learned to sing as a child in Silver Creek, starting with piano lessons at age 5 and adding voice training by age 7. It wasn’t too long before she set her eyes on “The Star Spangled Banner,” our na…

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It takes a while in Western New York for television viewers to change the channel on their favorite newscasts, according to those TV executives who monitor ratings daily.“Locally, you might not make as swift a judgment,” said Chris Musial, general manager at WIVB-TV, Channel 4. “Locally, you take a little bit more time. People here feel like they get to know their newscast…