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At this time of the year most seniors are so caught up in their essays that many of them forget about another important component of their college application: the letter of recommendation.College counselors advise students to ask teachers at the end of the junior year if they will be willing to write them a letter of recommendation. As some seniors are now finding out, po…

Coffee is in high demand, especially at 7 in the morning at a local coffee shop drive-thru. But there’s a new place in town, and it serves gelato as well as coffee. Mimi’s Central Perk Café, located in the heart of the Village of Lancaster, serves soup, sandwiches, breakfast, gelato and, obviously, coffee. The shop has been open since August 2012 and is a popular hangout f…

Songs1. “The Monster” (featuring Rihanna), Eminem2. “Royals,” Lorde3. “Story Of My Life,” One Direction4. “Roar,” Katy Perry5. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii6. “Let Her Go,” Passenger7. “Counting Stars,” OneRepublic8. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus9. “Demons,” Imagine Dragons10. “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?),” YlvisAlbums1. “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” Eminem2.“Reflektor,” Arcade …

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MIXING IT UPImmaculata students recently participated in national Mix It Up at Lunch Day to promote respect, friendship and unity. The girls switched seats at lunch tables to meet new friends in their class and in other grades. Each table had a character trait assigned to it for the students to reflect on, and a list of “ice breakers” to help get the conversations going an…

The holiday season is officially upon us. Christmas music is already being blared on the radio, the ABC 25 Days of Christmas television schedule is out, and Thanksgiving is around the corner.Many people have been shopping for the holidays for months now, and some of us haven’t even begun to think about it.Teenagers often lose the spirit in school because there’s still many…

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Shane A. Rockey, left, and Ronald L. Krekus were married at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 in Marientahl Country Inn, North Collins, where a reception was held following the ceremony. Rockey’s mother is Grace Marie Woolgar of Orchard Park. Krekus’ mother is Alma Krekus of London, England. Rockey’s cousin Jill Gugino-Redman as well as his nieces Lauren, Nicole and Alexis served as his atte…

The scary good time doesn’t have to end. In addition to Frightworld, 2309 Eggert Road, Tonawanda, which will be operating through Saturday, there are still a few more scares to be had throughout the Buffalo Niagara region:• House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs, 3757 Union Road, Cheektowaga, will be open through Saturday.• District of the Dead and Final Fear, 3701 McKinle…

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. The Common Application made great fanfare of what was touted as the “new and improved” application. Completing and submitting applications was to be made easier for students, high school counselors and colleges.Let’s just say it didn’t work out so well. Here is a sampling of some recent headlines regarding the Common Application debac…

Since when did Halloween have to get so realistic? Why can’t we go back to the days when Halloween was nothing more than an excuse to wear my Darth Vader costume and inhale pounds of KitKats? And I know I sound like those grandmas you see in sitcoms that denounce anything kids do, but I’ll tell you the truth: This time of year is not my favorite.For the past two years or s…

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I slam the car door and rush past the Dumpster toward the break room. It’s 5:45 p.m. and by now a line of customers has formed outside the front entrance. I almost collide with a tall, green swamp monster who is already sweating underneath his thick skin. The makeup line and the smell of e-cigarettes wrap around the room. After throwing on my ripped, floral dress and gas m…

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You can hear a lot of chatter from the top of the stairs, but you never would guess just how many kids can cram themselves into a basement in the name of punk.They’re all lined up down there, mostly on the floor. Seating on the washer and dryer is given on a first-come, first-serve system. They watch their friends set up amps and microphones as they wait for the show to be…

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Although cooler weather has arrived and the area’s free outdoor concert series have ended, the concert scene in Buffalo is still heating up.First Niagara Center has star-studded acts planned for the upcoming months, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Nov. 9) and Justin Timberlake (Feb. 22). FNC is well-known as the No. 1 venue in the area for A-list artists. But while the …

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The seventh Babel series came to a start last week when 2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco came to town.Blanco visited the Queen City to speak to students and the community about his trials and transitions of becoming a writer. Blanco’s work, packed with self-questioning tales of journeys both physical and emotional, and finding one’s sense of home, rings true to many read…

The top 10 songs and albums on iTunes for the week ending Oct. 28:Songs:1. “Royals,” Lorde2. “Roar,” Katy Perry3. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii4. “Counting Stars,” OneRepublic5. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus6. “Rap God,” Eminem7. “Sweeter Than Fiction,” Taylor Swift8. “Demons,” Imagine Dragons9. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan), Drake10. “The Fox (What Does the F…

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ON STAGEBishop Timon-St. Jude High School will present “Seussical” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the school, 601 McKinley Parkway. Tickets are $7-$10. For more information, call 826-3610. Pictured, from left, are Emma English, Simona Lukasik, Tim Keane (in back) and Jon Nguyen.ESSAY TIPS“Learn the Tips and Tricks to Crafting the Successful Colleg…