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Feel like you’ve let your social life hibernate over the past few months? There’s no better time to get out and enjoy the perks of living in Western New York. Get a taste of our impressive dining scene, celebrate the area’s craft beverage boom, uncover what’s on trend in the world of home design and more with these carefully curated events. Local Restaurant Week…

For 30 years, Dick O’Neill has been providing customers the kind of honest, gimmick-free automotive service that reminds people of the good old days. Employed at the South Park Avenue garage since he was 16, O’Neill took it over when the previous owner, Paul Wiles, became ill. “I just couldn’t bear not to come in anymore,” said O’Neill. As it turns out, t…

by Tim Fenster Chris Kreiger, co-founder of the non-profit veterans’ assistance organization WNY Heroes, Inc., knows all too well the obstacles veterans face upon returning home from combat duty. A 10-year U.S. Army veteran, Kreiger served a 12-month combat tour in Iraq. He returned home with injuries to his right leg and lower back, hearing loss in both ears an…

They’ve served up laughs on 103.3 The Edge’s “Shredd and Ragan” morning show for more than two decades. They’ve mooed at Canadians, brought notoriety to the Niagara Falls police blotter and held a lawyer’s billboard head for ransom. They’ve also emerged as a ratings powerhouse and a Western New York institution, driving the water cooler conversation, or as…

It’s a frigid Tuesday evening and inside an old stone church in the heart of the Elmwood Village, Garrett Martin gathers his sheet music and readies his baton. On this night he will lead an eclectic group of 70 men through a rigorous rehearsal. Martin, a transplant who arrived here from Tennessee by way of Austin, Texas in 2013, is the artistic director of the Buff…

By Kristi Runyan When a new year dawns, words like “change” and “resolutions” are frequently batted about, usually regarding our physical health. But what about our state of mind? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there were an estimated 43.6 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with a mental or emotional disorder in 2014 …

At a time when complaints about stress and busyness are as ubiquitous as long drive-thru lines for your morning latte, it’s no wonder that more people — especially women — are seeking spiritual retreats. Whether it’s a weekend steeped in prayer or five days of intensive yoga and meditation, retreats offer a much-needed respite from urgent texts and emails, the d…

Before the advent of Fitbits and smartwatches, most of us probably thought of a fitness tracker as a clunky device that clipped to your belt and counted your steps. Helpful? Sure. Accurate? Maybe. Since then, wearable technology has exploded as an industry. Fitbit reported $506 million in revenue for the third quarter of 2016 alone, and Forbes estimates the entire weara…

Daniel Dorociak Doro Studios Buff State alum Daniel Dorociak’s dedication to the creative process is apparent in his handcrafted concrete pottery, stone art and sculptures. Working with specialized hand tools, Dorociak expertly transforms humble concrete into one-of-a kind items that project a modern/rustic vibe. His line of pottery and home accents includes kit…

The Center for Renewal Retreat & Conference Center at Stella Niagara Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, Holy Name Province, the center provides a variety of spiritual enrichment and learning opportunities for adults seeking growth, relaxation, reflection and healing. Spiritual direction and retreats are directed by an on-staff …

A cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, pickleball originated at the home of Washington congressman Joel Pritchard in the 1960s when he and a friend were forced to improvise with random sports equipment. The most widely accepted theory of the name’s origin is that the family dog, Pickles, would often scamper off with the ball. Whatever the source, the name …

When you’re a single mom pursuing a college education – and often holding down a job at the same time – it’s not uncommon to get derailed by the unexpected, like a sudden lack of childcare or a surprise expense. That’s why the Western New York Women’s Foundation (WNYWF) launched a holistic program to help low-income single mothers obtain associate degrees in…

by Jessica Kelly The scoop: One of Syracuse’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Armory Square is home to cozy cafes, notable restaurants and charming shops. Boasting plenty of character via its historic buildings, the neighborhood always held high importance due to its vicinity to railroads and the Erie Canal. There’s a lot to do, buy and taste in Armory Square, so c…

Vacation minutes are precious, especially when you’re seeking a salubrious escape from cold, gray skies and the unpleasantries of polar vortices. Travelers don’t want to waste any time on exhausting airport layovers, chasing lost luggage, rushing to catch connecting flights or missing them altogether when bad weather cripples a stopover city. To save time and avo…