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Lyndsey D'Arcangelo is freelance writer and award-winning author. Visit her at lyndseydarcangelo.com and/or follow her on Twitter @darcangel21

Toni (Butera) Lambert believes that everything happens for a reason. So when her husband, Jordan, was laid off from a fire and sprinkler inspection company in 2007, she saw it as a golden opportunity. The couple, now both in their 30s, had talked about leaving Buffalo before, and they were young, just married and open to new possibilities. During his job search, Jordan fou…

Giving away unwanted items has been a long and honored tradition for people throughout Western New York. But with Habitat for Humanity ReStore, you’re going one step further — you’re helping build homes for people in need. “We’re helping to create a world where everyone has a place to live,” said John Walzak, ReStore manager. “Instead of throwing things aw…

Bryan McKnight. The Goo Goo Dolls. Rick James. John & Mary. All of these legendary music acts have one, enduring thing in common: they’re from Buffalo. And one day soon, 24-year-old Nick Chiari hopes to add his name to that list. [Gallery: Grabbitz and fans in Town Ballroom] Going by Grabbitz – a stage name from high school that somehow stuck – Chiari cu…

There’s that old saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side.” For Allison Mora, it’s literally true. Mora, 47, currently lives in Orlando, Fla., where the grass is most certainly greener, the weather sunnier and the snow nonexistent. But something is missing. For Mora, that “something” is the nagging feeling of not being “home.” The former…

Sitting at a corner table in Spot Coffee on Delaware Avenue, William Fichtner is not only happy to be back in Buffalo but he’s savoring each and every moment. In town for a quick meeting with Tim Clark of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, the 60-year-old actor is getting ready to shoot a movie that he co-wrote and is starring in. He teases the plot with a knowing s…

Ever since he was a little kid, Emile Haynie dreamed of living in one of those sprawling, classic Victorian homes near Delaware Park. He still remembers the look and feel of the timeless architecture that has come to define Buffalo as vividly as if he were standing right in front of it. “It's truly one of the most beautifully built cities in America and the houses are…

During the Blizzard of ’77, the amount of snow that fell relentlessly from the sky was more than a young, wide-eyed Jesse L. Martin could handle. His family had moved from Virginia where the weather was mild at best and the first major snowstorm of his Buffalo-winter experience was something to behold. “I was in elementary school at the time and I swear, we were…

Just a few short years ago, Chad Hornberger was jamming on the guitar and rocking out with his band, Crashfuse. But in early 2016, he traded in his vintage tees and worn jeans for a suit and tie, and moved to New York City to become a graphic artist for the Disney Theatrical Group. Hornberger, 25, spends his days designing branding materials and show kits at the New Amster…

When Kim Krytus was 16 years old, she learned about the devastating famine that was crippling Ethiopia and how many children were dying of starvation. From that moment on, Krytus dreamed of traveling the world so she could help as many people as she could. But that dream was put on hold once she graduated from Depew High School. “I grew up in Depew and graduat…

If you’ve ever driven though Saratoga County during the weekday morning hours, chances are you’ve heard Shanna Hoy’s raspy voice reverberating through your car stereo. For the past four years, Hoy has been the co-host of a morning radio show based in Albany. They play '80s and '90s throwback hits, and modern easy listening artists like Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5. Ho…

Paul and Linda Hardaway first met at the original Zionist Baptist Church on Maple Avenue when they were both starry-eyed teenagers. For 13-year-old Linda, it was love at first sight — so much so that she even bet her friend (now sister-in-law) a dollar that she was going to win Paul's heart. For 14-year-old Paul, it was only a matter of time before Linda won the bet. …

Growing up in Marblehead, Mass., Jessie Shetterly never thought about owning a business. She never imagined she’d live anywhere else but the small sailing town outside of Boston, either. But things change. Shetterly lives in Hamburg now and owns three Edible Arrangements franchises throughout Western New York.  “It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s been my life. I…

It’s been over a year since Dillon Williams lost his legs in a freak mowing accident. There’s no more pain. No more soreness. Both of his legs are fully healed, and he’s learning how to walk again with state-of-the-art prosthetics. But every now and again, the frustration sets in and the 21-year-old can’t help thinking about what he could have done differently t…

Growing up in Medina, Alix Gilman and Scott Robinson often heard and repeated the phrase, “There’s nothing to do around here.” Now, Alix wonders if they were just too young and unaware to notice all of the things that Western New York had to offer. Alix and Scott, both 32, first met in sixth grade when Scott passed a note in English class, hoping Alix would go out…