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Shane Fry, 36, is one of Western New York’s top breakdancers.Fry, 36, of Alden, is a Buffalo native and former high school basketball star who has owned Verve Dance Studio, at 910 Main St., above Hyatts art studio, since 2005. He and his wife, Heather Russell-Fry, are the principal organizers of the third annual Battle @ Buffalo Under the Lights, a dance contest that runs …

Neighborhood Health Center will mark National Health Center Week next week with a back-to-school event and Health-a-Palooza health fair.National Health Center week runs from Sunday through next Saturday and is designed to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care.Local even…

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Breakdancer Shane Fry brings together a group of dance-lovers from across Western New York to his Verve studio downtown. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)   By Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor Shane Fry played two guard for Emerson and Amherst high schools and wanted to play in college, too, but the dance bug bit him instead. “I saw some kids breakdancing and I started pra…

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Tyler Manley is one of three members on the five-member Massachusetts Avenue Project staff who majored or minored in philosophy. How did his University at Buffalo degree prepare him for his job?“How did it not?” he says. “Not only are we creating a local food system, growing food right in the city, we're changing how people think about food.”Manley, 25, grew up on a sheep …

Sometimes, the so-called “good old days” really were better. For example, if the data is correct, then the state of parenting in America has been in slow but steady decline since the 1960s. Child mental health and school achievement were much better back then, when the go-to parenting experts were grandparents.In my public presentations, I sometimes begin sentences with “I…

Dear Dr. Paster: I stink. Yes, I’m a 16-year-old basketball player who smells.When I take off my socks, you can smell them clear in the kitchen – and my bedroom is in the basement. This yeasty smell sickens my mom, who won’t let me take off my shoes in the car after I play.We tried an over-the-counter yeast cream and putting on antiperspirant, but nothing has touched it. I…

Your son and daughter get along famously but get jealous when one has a pal over. How to deal?Parent advice from our panel of staff contributors:You draw boundaries. (Early on would be best!) We are all a family, but we all need our own space; each of you is not allowed to enter the other’s room or use the other’s items without permission. As much as we enjoy each other’s …

Dear Mayo Clinic: How long after a heart attack do I need to wait to resume sexual activity?Answer: For men and women with cardiovascular disease – no matter how young or old – sexual activity is important to quality of life. But after a heart attack, it’s not uncommon to lose confidence in your heart’s ability to work properly under stress. In addition, your partner may w…

I’m lucky: When I hear the phrase “growing pains,” I think of Kirk Cameron, not night aches. I never suffered from growing pains as a child, and as far as I can tell, my 2-year-old doesn’t have them yet, either.So sometimes I wonder: Are growing pains real? If so, what causes them? And how do I make sure my kid never has them? Because I really don’t need another reason for…

Q. I’ve recently read that dark chocolate can help the skin resist the ultraviolet rays of the sun due to its antioxidant qualities. Is that really true?A. You would need to consume high-flavanol (antioxidant) chocolate or cocoa for several months to get this benefit. In one study, women were randomly assigned to drink either high-flavanol or low-flavanol cocoa for three m…

We may never all agree on what “eating clean” really means, but if cleansing your diet means you think about your food, learn more about where it comes from and how healthy it is for you, that’s a good thing.The basics of “eating clean” are actually remarkably simple:• It means eating wholesome fruits and vegetables, especially those that are in season.• It means choosing …

A new, headline-grabbing report reveals the amazing power of two crucial “fat swaps” to protect guys against fatal prostate cancer. We think this way of eating could slash breast cancer risk, too.Just make two changes: 1. Choose vegetable-based fats – extra virgin olive and canola oil, nuts and seeds, avocado – over animal fats. 2. Replace some of the carbs on your plate w…

Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it possible to increase my flexibility? I am 39 and have never been flexible, despite working out regularly. But I feel like it’s getting harder and harder to fully stretch, and I wake up feeling much older than I am. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Answer: Yes, it is possible to increase flexibility, no matter what age you are. Stretching…

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By Scott Scanlon Refresh editorIt was tough to fill up all the boats when Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper started its kayak tours on the Buffalo waterfront four years ago.Not anymore.This summer, the organization’s 30 vessels are booked to capacity for many of the trips planned through September, and those on the tours are hitting the water with a growing number of other enthu…

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Learn firstThe following online sites can teach you more about the WNY paddling scene:• bnriverkeeper.org: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper gives beginner kayak lessons and offers free tours on the Buffalo River, Scajaquada Creek, Black Rock Canal and Cayuga Creek in Niagara Falls. Sign up online. The nonprofit has 30 kayaks available for those who don’t have one – courtesy of …