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SOMETHING TO READ“The Ghost Prison” by Joseph Delaney; Sourcebooks Fire, $12.99 (Grades 5 to 10).Fifteen-year-old Billy is an orphan living at the Home for Unfortunate Boys in this very spooky novella from the author of the Last Apprentice series. The story, with scary black-and-white illustrations by Scott M. Fischer, is set in a time when a teenager might get a job as a …

Many of you will be carving your pumpkins for Halloween in the upcoming week, so NeXt offers some carving tips from Pumpkin Masters’ master carver Gene Granata:Remember safety first and carve carefully: Did you know it’s less dangerous to saw a pumpkin when you’re carving it, rather than slice?1. Create a safe workspace. Set out your carving materials on a well-lit, dry su…

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WHAT’S HAPPENINGMOVIES: Coming Nov. 1, “Ender’s Game” (PG-13), “Free Birds” (PG).CONCERTS: Umphrey’s McGee with the London Souls, 7 p.m. Saturday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.Halloween Party with USS with Time Giant and Whiskey Reverb, 7 p.m. Saturday, Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.Tera Melos with Fang Island and Zorch, 8 p.m. Saturday, Tralf Music Hall, 622 …

Songs:1. “Rap God,” Eminem >>2. “Royals,” Lorde3. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii4. “Roar,” Katy Perry5. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus6. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan), Drake7. “Counting Stars,” OneRepublic8. “All That Matters,” Justin Bieber9. “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?),” Ylvis10. “Let Her Go,” PassengerAlbums:1. “Lightning Bolt,” Pearl Jam2. “Pure Her…

Traditional college application deadlines had always been in January. But early admissions programs that include Early Action, Early Action II, Early Decision I, Early Decision II and a few other programs have become more popular and are forcing many high school seniors to hurry up and stress out.Early Decision (ED) is a binding application program typically with a Nov. 1 …

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Lindsey Zaffarano, a community outreach coordinator for Tops Markets, has developed a program in which she travels to area high schools and talks to students about making healthy eating choices at home and school.Last week, she brought her presentation to Cheektowaga High School.Her presentation isn’t one that is cut-and-dry or cheesy, like those all-too-familiar lessons w…

Songs1. “Royals,” Lorde2. “Roar,” Katy Perry3. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii4. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus5. “Heartbreaker,” Justin Bieber6. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan), Drake7. “Survival,” Eminem8. “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?),” Ylvis9. “Holy Grail” (featuring Justin Timberlake), Jay-Z10. “Applause,” Lady GagaAlbums:1. “Bangerz,” Miley Cyrus2. “The Q…

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Rivalries exist in all sports. Whether the rivalry is Duke University-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees or Liverpool-Manchester United, the experience is special for each athlete and fan involved.For Western New Yorkers, fans are familiar with the rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. As a result, these g…

By Joseph Kraus / NeXt Correspondent

Thu, Oct 17, 2013

On Friday, the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda high school football rivalry continues. One of the oldest high school rivalries around, the game, better known as TNT, will be held at 6 p.m. in George J. Vetter Stadium in North Tonawanda. But it’s more than just the game that makes TNT different; it’s the traditions.North Tonawanda High School Principal James Fisher has worked in …

SOMETHING TO READ“Zombie Baseball Beatdown” by Paolo Bacigalupi; Little Brown, $17.Rabi doesn’t much like his terrible baseball coach Mr. Corcoran, who will never listen to his advice about batting order.But Rabi likes the coach even less when the coach turns into a zombie, starts muttering “Brains” and attacking everyone.The zombie apocalypse begins when Rabi and his frie…

Reed Alexander is an 18-year-old actor who cooks with an appealing zeal that has sparked television show appearances, an interactive website (kewlbites.com) and, now, a cookbook: “KewlBites: 100 Nutritious, Delicious, and Family-Friendly Dishes” (Rodale, $21.99).Probably best known for his role as Nevel Papperman on the “iCarly” television show, Alexander is getting seriou…

What are the advantages of taking a gap year?For the student with a defined career interest, a gap year offers a terrific opportunity to delve into more depth. Many gap year students are able to perform research, volunteer at home or abroad, job-shadow, talk with professionals and get a better understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities of a career in their area of in…

WHAT’S HAPPENINGMOVIES: Coming Oct. 25, “One Chance” (PG-13); Nov. 1, “Ender’s Game” (PG-13).CONCERTS: Wildlife, 8 p.m. today, Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave.Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, 8 p.m. Friday, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.Minus the Bear with INVSN and Slow Bird, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.Big Bad…

For teenagers interested in criminal justice, the Amherst Police Department offers an in-depth look at police work through its Youth Police Academy.The program, open to any high school student attending a school in Amherst or criminal justice students from Erie 1 BOCES, runs for three weeks each summer. Students have a chance to get a feel for police work from officers. Fo…

HAUNTED HISTORY TOURThe Buffalo & Erie County Library will present Haunted History Tours at 4 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Central Library, Lafayette Square. Learn about the history of the library and all things spooky at the library during the one-hour tour. A film, “Haunted Library,” will be shown after the tour. For more information, call 858-8900 or visit www…