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OFF MAIN STREET / The offbeat side of the news

Goodbye, SI

For the first time in six years, Buffalo native Jessica White didn't grace the pages of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

The leggy, statuesque White has appeared in eight of the annual swimsuit issues in all -- every year from 2003 to 2011, except for 2006.

The former Kensington High School student, who also has appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalog, has drawn attention for her reported relationships with the NFL's Terrell Owens and actor Sean Penn.

But for some reason, SI left White out of this year's edition, which was released last week.

We called the magazine in high dudgeon, demanding an explanation on behalf of Buffalo's favorite fashion model. White didn't get any less lovely over the past year, we're sure.

However, a spokeswoman said SI doesn't comment on the decisions behind the roster for the swimsuit issue.


That's asking a lot

Any young women hoping to become the next Jessica White get their chance next Saturday, when "America's Next Top Model" holds open auditions at the Boulevard Mall.

Off Main Street meets the minimum height requirement -- 5 feet 7 inches -- but unfortunately we're not a woman between 18 and 27 years old.

However, we still took the time to read through the 11-page application for would-be contestants -- and we were amazed at the level of detail it goes into.

In addition to the expected queries -- Have you ever modeled before? Committed a crime? -- a few others made less obvious sense:

*Email address (If you don't have one, tell us why you don't.)

*Describe your relationship with your mother.

*How often do you get drunk? How do you act when you get drunk?

*How do you deal with anger?

*Have you ever been to a nude beach? If so, what was it like?

In case you wondered, our answers, in order, were: We prefer telegrams; she never calls; like Dudley Moore in "Arthur"; our body turns green and muscle-bound; awkward.


Black-tie tweet

Considering what happened the last time he attended a black-tie event, a colleague of ours was surprised to see this tweet from the account of State Sen. Mark Grisanti on Wednesday:

"Black Tie for History Gala scheduled to take place this Friday," the note stated, along with a link leading to more details.

Back on Feb. 11, you may recall, Grisanti and his wife, Maria, ended up in the middle of a barroom brawl following the Seneca Diabetes Foundation's Chairman's Ball at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

The incident generated one or two news articles and perhaps a report on the local TV news. Nothing major.

Still, we wondered if the Buffalo Republican actually planned to attend Friday's charity event, which supported the Juneteenth Festival, or if he's taking a break from formal gatherings and simply promoting a cause.

In fact, Grisanti wasn't going to the gala because he had tickets to Friday night's Sabres game, said Dan Meyer, his director of community relations.

And, to show he's not afraid of formal events, Grisanti planned to attend tonight's Lincoln Awards Dinner, sponsored by the Town of Hamburg GOP Committee, Meyer pointed out.

Given how rough local politics can get, we'd advise him to be ready for anything.


Snow problem

Never let it be said that Marilla residents are not appreciated by the people who help keep them safe.

During a recent Town Board meeting, Marilla Fire Chief Ron Barr offered some remarks about how things are going at the department. It was pretty standard.

But before he sat down, he said he wanted to thank residents for keeping their hydrants snow-free this winter.

Come to think of it, no community seems to be having a problem with snow-blocked hydrants this year.

Way to go, Western New York! Certificates of achievement for everyone!

Written by Stephen T. Watson with a contribution from Bruce Andriatch.