Internet entrepreneurs seem to be everywhere these days, and some of them have leveraged the web into a significant income. Others … not so much.
Sebastian P. Kujawa, according to police, thought he had a good idea. He could sell cookies. Advertise on Craigslist, take orders, bake the confections and deliver them – surreptitiously. The recipe included sugar, eggs, flour and – oh, yes – a pinch of marijuana. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, neighbors could become suspicious of the shadowy figure jumping out of the bushes in the dark, getting into cars and then leaving. Buffalo police followed one of the cars, whose driver gave it up in exchange for leniency. And … well, you can figure out the rest.
It turns out cookies really are bad for you, so remember: Don’t inhale.
With the return of the warm(er) weather, Canalside is putting on its summer face, and it’s a happy sight. Gone are winter’s ice skates and ice bikes. Instead, the operators of Buffalo’s burgeoning waterfront are offering paddle boats, remote-controlled model boats, bicycle rentals, concerts and the gorgeous summer view, best admired from one of the colorfully painted Adirondack chairs. In less than two weeks, the free Thursday night concerts begin again.
And, perhaps best of all, Shark Girl is back, and in a new location. The whimsical statue was hard by the water last year, where she endured some damage from this year’s bitter winter weather. Now, all polished and freshened up, she sits demurely on a footbridge at the Commercial Slip, and a pleasing sight she is.
The turnaround from a moribund, largely unused stretch of prime waterfront land is nothing short of startling. Clearly, Buffalo’s got its mojo back. Go get some!
If you want to learn how to use a smartphone, find an 8-year-old. If you want to plan for a cleaner future, find a college student.
That’s what the Clean Air Coalition did when it was looking for ideas on what to do with the coal-fired Huntley Station power plant when the inevitable day comes that it is shut down. The coalition collaborated with the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning to explore ideas for using the site to create jobs, reconnect to the Tonawanda waterfront and generate new tax revenue.
The ideas were intriguing, and included a green energy education and research center; a solar-shaded boardwalk and new public park while turning the existing buildings into a green-powered data center; a scuba diving training center; and a large entertainment complex and campground. All are worth considering.
Now let’s turn the students loose on One Seneca Tower, the largest – and emptiest – building in Buffalo. Ideas?