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South Buffalo enthusiasts who gather this weekend for The Partners for a Livable Western New York Walk will do so along a thoroughfare remarkably made over since the last such walk two years ago. "Back then, we were focusing on the problem properties and some things that could be done on different points of the street," said Marc Pasquale, president of the nonprofit Sou…

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Sometimes Jerry Janan stops, even now, to contemplate the impossible. The gracious house in a quiet Williamsville neighborhood. The wife who's been at his side for 57 years. The family they built together. The teaching career. The buddies he golfs with. Even the last name that did not belong to him when he was born. "The big thing is," he said, "I feel like I've been…

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South Buffalo has a new barbecue joint. A&B BBQ, 368 Abbott Road, is a new project from the family that has operated Szaras Family Catering for decades. At this point it’s take-out only, but the place has only been selling smoked meat for a week. “We make our own sauce, a Kansas City style, with molasses,” said Allan Szaras. “We do pulled pork, brisket and ri…

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The Irish heartbeat cannot be found in the bottom of a pint of Guinness. It’s not revealed by a marching procession of politicians or via the aroma of boiled dinners; and it’s certainly not exemplified by a slew of stumbling locals clad in green costumes. It can be found in the stories and sounds of Ireland's music — and the members of South Buffalo’s Crikwater kn…

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Whether off the city streets of Dublin, aside the Atlantic coast in Doolin or amid the acoustic echoes of Galway, Ireland’s pubs have always been about one thing: the people. The same goes for the Irish-leaning locales of South Buffalo. Whether straddling bar stools and exchanging stories with family, hanging placards for friends’ stags or hovering over high tops afte…

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1) Snapcase, 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Town Ballroom (681 S. Main St.). Tickets cost $24 in advance or $28 day-of. Commentary: Whenever Snapcase announces a show, social media has a minor freak-out. The hardcore punk band hailing from Buffalo hasn't released new music since 2003 and performs so infrequently that practically every show is a reunion. So, tonight's 25th anniversary…

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1) SantaCon Buffalo, 1:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 on Chippewa Street. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here or in the registration tent outside D'Arcy McGee's at 1:30 p.m. day-of. Also, if you bring a new toy for the kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Black Rock, then you get a free drink at each of the participating bars. Commentary: We hope Santa's liver is prepared for…

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A renovated Doc Sullivan’s is getting ready to return to action. The South Buffalo tavern at 468 Abbott Road, known for its “Smitty style” wings, could open Dec. 12, said owner Thomas Cowan. Remodeling, including bathrooms, is complete, with the kitchen installation to come, said Cowan, who’s running the tavern with partner Justin Steinwandel. “We’d open w…

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Doc Sullivan’s, the South Buffalo tavern known for its “Smitty's style” wings, is getting freshened up under new owners – but the Smitty's wings will stay the same. “The wings are going to stay exactly the same, and we’ll expand the menu a bit and add some wings for people who don’t like Smitty’s,” said Thomas Cowan, who bought the place with a partner. …

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Although The 10 is a weekly look at what's ahead, it's worth revisiting Matt and Kim's Canalside show last night. There's no question a free concert series on the waterfront featuring widely respected bands is fantastic -- and perhaps not the easiest to organize and execute -- so it's fairly excusable when issues arise at the season's first iteration of Canalside Free Thu…

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Conlon’s Bar & Grill 382 Abbott Road Happy Hour: 3 to 5 p.m Fridays with $2 domestic bottles, $2 well drinks, $2 off wine. Specials: Wednesday Mercy Hospital Employee Night 7 p.m.-close has $1 off domestic bottled beer, $2 off wine, $1 off well drinks. Saturday 40 cent wings from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. St. Patrick’s: Special celebrations in March include …

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The Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament will finally be assured of solid ice. Obviously integral to pond hockey, the presence of ice has -- due to Mother Nature's quirks -- been wildly inconsistent in previous Buffalo winters. (According to Buffalo Business First, the annual hockey event has suffered from poor conditions in three of the last seven Buffalo tournaments). If…

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Valle of Mexico still has the best Mexican cuisine in Buffalo. The news is that restaurant owner Hector Martinez has cut down on the service problems that made the wait frustrating-to-impossible some nights at his family restaurant, at 1585 South Park Ave. (at Alamo Place.) Last week I went to his restaurant for dinner, and we finished appetizers and entrees in 45 minu…

Kelly Gasior is a hockey mom and a fitness buff, so when it came time to help put together a fundraiser for the Cazenovia Chiefs Pee Wee Major Hockey travel team, she thought in threes. As in swimming, biking and running. "The Cas Kids Triathlon is the first of its kind in the South Buffalo community,” she told me last weekend during an interview for today’s What are…