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Off Main Street / The offbeat side of the news

>Wedding with tailgating?

Lots of brides trek to Forest Lawn or the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to find the proper backdrop for their wedding photos.

Not many head out to the corner of Abbott Road and Route 20, but that's where Tamara Jaeger went earlier this month.

The former Tamara Riggs has been a Bills fan her entire life, following her father, Mark, and her late uncle, Douglas, who was buried in his Jim Kelly jersey, said Tamara's mother, Gail.

Tamara and Robert Jaeger wanted to get married at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but the Bills don't allow weddings on the field. So, after tying the knot Sept. 6 at Beaver Island State Park, the bridal party went out there for photos.

The team doesn't let wedding parties into the stadium for photos, so the group snapped some pictures in a parking lot.

"This was the best they could do," Gail Riggs said.

The couple has been in Greece, and they were expected to return to this area late Friday.

They even stayed up to watch Monday's heartbreaker against the Patriots, Gail Riggs said.

We hope the game didn't ruin their honeymoon.


>Say 10 Hail Marys, too

The Rev. Joe Moreno had a close call with the law recently.

Father Joe, pastor of the East Side's St. Lawrence Catholic Church, has collected pizza and wings, plus school supplies, for flood victims in Gowanda.

On Sept. 4, he was driving a truckload of donated food and supplies on the Thruway when he was pulled over near the Hamburg exit -- for speeding.

Father Joe said he explained to the trooper what he was doing, and the trooper had seen news reports on the priest's work in Gowanda, so he gave Father Joe a pass.

But on one condition: He told the priest he should get out one of the notebooks from the school supplies and write "Thou shalt not speed" 100 times.


>Acting neighborly

Amy Rivera was one of the many in South Buffalo pulling for South Council Member Michael Kearns during this week's mayoral primary against incumbent Byron Brown.

Brown has done a fine job, Rivera said as she cast her vote for Kearns at the Dudley Library on South Park Avenue Tuesday night.

But Rivera said she was looking for a change and maybe a spark to boost the city's economy.

"I feel like he'll do a lot for my interests, which is improve small business and the school system," Rivera said of Kearns.

Oh, and there was one other reason she was voting Kearns:

She lives a few houses from him on Bloomfield Avenue.


>Working for the weekend

Mayor Byron Brown cruised to victory Tuesday, but his predecessor still has his fans.

Tony Masiello was shopping in Macy's in Walden Galleria last weekend when a store employee recognized him.

"You should run again," she suggested.

"No, I'm all done," the former mayor said with a smile.

"Please run again," she said.

"No, I have my weekends," Masiello replied. "Once you have that, you don't go back."

Written by Stephen T. Watson with contributions from Maki Becker, Matt Glynn and Jay Rey.


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