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Mark Sommer

I have worked at the Buffalo News as an enterprise reporter, and as arts editor, for the past 17 years.


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A pack of shark girls. Three people dressed as a turkey, gravy boat and fork. A woman dressed as "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." A man carrying a canoe. The colorful costumes that are a big part of the annual YMCA Turkey Trot's gaiety were on full display Thursday, as thousands of runners took over Delaware Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. They ran from Tacoma Avenue all…

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Start sharpening those ice skates. Layers of ice have been created over the past week so that the Ice at Canalside rink can welcome its first skaters, weather-permitting, on Friday for Thanksgiving weekend. Skaters will also notice something else nearby this year: An imposing steel frame for the new Explore & More Children's Museum rising from the ground. The mus…

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The Buffalo Preservation Board has given its unanimous approval to grant local landmark status for the Wildroot building, 1740 Bailey Ave. The advisory recommendation now goes to the Buffalo Common Council for final approval. The board concluded the building met four four requirements for landmark status. They included exemplifying the historic architectural, economi…

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During the daytime, the new metal-clad building next to the Torn Space Theater on Fillmore Avenue is both workspace and a work of art. But it's at night when the lit-up building comes into its own. The perforated stainless-steel cube gives off a shimmering appearance from the beams of light projected from below. The metal cladding seals the building from the outside …

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Father and son Herb and Aaron Siegel have long shared a deep appreciation for Hoyt Lake and the surrounding parkland. Through their Herb and Aaron Siegel Foundation, they are giving the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy $100,000 to replace rundown paving stones on the west shore of the lake, northwest of Marcy Casino. But that's not all: The Siegels are also providing $…

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Being a sports fan in Buffalo has been pretty dismal for anyone under the age of 25. Eighteen years have passed since the Buffalo Sabres were in a Stanley Cup game, and 23 years have gone by since the Buffalo Bills played in the Super Bowl. And yet the teams' storied histories as well as the athletes and fan favorites who have represented the region have long bound l…

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Preservationists worked for years to save the old Wildroot building on Bailey Avenue on Buffalo's East Side, all in hopes that it could be rehabilitated in the future. Their efforts were validated when the Albany-based Preservation League of New York State named the building to its "Seven to Save" list of endangered properties in 2016. Now, they want to know why the cit…

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The grim future for Eastern European Jews was made clear on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. What happened is known as Kristallnacht, "the Night of Broken Glass." Nazis unleashed horrific violence throughout Germany and in parts of Austria and Czechoslovakia during that 48-hour period. They smashed the windows of 7,500 Jewish shops and looted the businesses. Some 267 synagogu…

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Only five Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow automobiles were ever built, and just three of the Buffalo-made cars exist today. Beginning Sunday, one of those cars will return to Buffalo and be on view. "This is probably the rarest and most exciting car we will ever have," said James Sandoro, co-founder of the Buffalo Transportation and Pierce-Arrow Museum.  "It's breathtakin…

Clinical trials of drugs to improve the lives of boys afflicted with Duchenne muscular dystrophy are making major strides, a leading Duchenne researcher said Saturday. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to allow the drugs to be available to the public sooner, he said. "The longer the trials are going, the more positive it's becoming," Australian researcher …

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Buffalo homicide detectives have made an arrest in a fatal shooting on the East Side that took place on July 5, 2015. Cornelius Jones, 27, of Buffalo is charged him with the fatal shooting of Daquawn Griggs of Buffalo. Griggs, 21, was shot while at an outdoor party in the 100 block of Montana Avenue. Jones is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession …

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Roosevelt Avenue is a peaceful street on the East Side, with rows of mostly owner-occupied, one- and two-story bungalows, cottages and tidy yards. The quiet was shattered Friday night, when four teenagers, ages 15 to 19, were shot at an unsupervised gathering attended by dozens of teens outside 161 Roosevelt Ave. Ambulances took three of the teens to Erie County Medical…

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Four Buffalo buildings have been nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the State and National Register of Historic Places. They are: Temple Beth Zion: The Neo-Expressionist complex, opened in 1967, was designed by architect Max Abramovitz, with artist Ben Shahn designing the stained glass. Ziegele-Phoenix Refrigeration House & Office: The 1888 complex was part of…

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Suneel's Light Foundation's 2017 "Night to Shine" charity event will be held 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Park Country Club, 4949 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville. The non-profit Suneel's Light raises funds for genetic research it hopes will lead to a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and for public awareness efforts. Along with food and drink, there will be autog…

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Aaron Bartley announced Thursday that he will leave People United for Sustainable Housing, an organization widely recognized for helping transform a 30-block area on the West Side. Bartley, 42, has been executive director since co-founding PUSH with Eric Walker in 2004. "I'm leaving because I have long felt that 'founder syndrome' -- when someone settles in for a li…