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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…

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Buffalo Seminary students gathered in the school’s chapel last Friday to listen to guest speaker Gerald Mead discuss his art collection.Each year, a local artist visits Buffalo Seminary to speak to the students and faculty about art and donate some work to Sem. The artwork is later displayed throughout the school.Mead’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including Buffalo’…

Songs:1. “Royals,” Lorde2. “Roar,” Katy Perry3. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus4. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii5. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan), DrakeAlbums:1. “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2,” Justin Timberlake2. “Pure Heroine,” Lorde3. “Nothing Was the Same,” Drake4. “Bangerz,” Miley Cyrus5. “Days Are Gone,” Haim– Associated Press

It seems as though new music is being released profusely, losing more and more vigor as it continues. Mainstream hits appear to follow the same structure, making them predictable and allowing them to fade into the background without a true message. However, a thrilling top-10 hit on the Billboard 200 has the possibility to reverse the regression. The progressive music icon…

Saving the best for last! The Common Application no longer offers “Topic of Choice” as its final essay option. Instead this year we have Prompt No. 5 (commonly referred to as “The Rite of Passage Question”): “Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.”Students wh…

WHAT’S HAPPENINGMOVIES: Opening Friday, “Captain Phillips” (PG-13).CONCERTS: Dopapod, 9 p.m. today, Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave.Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, 9 p.m. today, Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St.Sister Monk, 8 p.m. Friday, Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.Dr. Pain’s Traveling Medicine Show with the Heavenly Chillbillies, Randle and the Late Night Scand…

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Stand up for what is right even if no one is standing with you. As familiar as this sounds, the advice is strong.Jamel Bettaieb, Tunisian activist, trade unionist and high school German teacher at Sidi Bouzid Institute in Tunisia, witnessed the aftermath of a horrific event in his homeland and knew he had to share the story. He did so using social media. His message to Ame…

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For the last few decades at City Honors, the International Baccalaureate program – commonly referred to as IB – has been a mainstay. A new addition to this program is the Higher Level IB Film Course, a rigorous class that focuses not only on the critical analysis of films but also on cinematic production.To outsiders looking in, Film may sound like a less substantial class…

AT THE LIBRARYThe Buffalo & Erie County Public Library will hold a Cheesy Movie Matinee for teens ages 13 to 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the West Room on the main floor of the Central Library, Lafayette Square. For information, call 858-8900 or visit www.buffalolib.org.Also at the library Saturday, the Hill Brothers will present an all-ages show as part of the Young…

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Google “What can you buy for 42 cents?” It sounds strange, I know, but just do it. What comes up? Besides stamps, not much. For pages and pages, all you get is stamps. Now, as anyone who still sends conventional snail mail knows, stamps are very important. But what would the average teenager rather have for 42 cents – stamps or a cold, delicious, blended-to-perfection frap…

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What do you think of when you hear the word “pod”? Some may think of a pea pod, the metaphor “three peas in a pod” or even the innovative, intergalactic space pods. What comes to mind for me is Pizza Plant, a trendy Northtowns restaurant with an extensive menu, which includes their famous specialty – pods.Comparable to a calzone or stromboli, Pizza Plant’s pods consist of …