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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


In between segments of hot takes from ESPN sports talk radio personalities, corny commercials and the familiar "dadda dum, dadda dum" interlude, you'll hear Christine Lisi's crisp, clear voice. Since 2007, Lisi has been working full time as an update anchor for the "World Wide Leader" in sports. At times, she's had to temper her excitement whenever news about the Buffa…

Donald Jones has been to New Era Stadium before. When he was in junior college, he played in front of a crowd of 200 people for a playoff game. As soon as he stepped out onto the turf during warmups, he called his father. "I told him, ‘I’m standing in the middle of the Buffalo Bills home field and one day, I might play here.’" Jones’ prediction came true. Aft…

If you’ve ever been to New Era Field in Orchard Park, you’ve seen the house. Just across the parking lot, it sits on a nearby side street with its backyard facing the stadium. Painted white with blue and red trim, the Buffalo Bills logo and the signature hashtag #BillsMafia, it’s hard to miss. “It’s owned by a guy named Shane Prouty,” said Breyon Harris. “…

Every Sunday during the NFL season, 83-year-old Irwin Kotlove heads to a restaurant in Boca Raton, Fla. Clad in red, white and blue Bills gear from his hat to his shirt, he meets up with a group of displaced Bills fans to watch the game. Every Sunday, they root for the Bills, ignoring the taunts and boos from the Dolphins, Patriots and Jets fans in their midst. Every Su…

Deepali McCloe (Oberoi), 42, didn't plan on ever leaving Buffalo. It never crossed her mind. Her family immigrated from India in 1976 and Western New York became their home in 1981. Deepali grew up in Williamsville, went to high school at Williamsville North and happily immersed herself in the cultural diversity that the University at Buffalo readily provided when sh…

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…