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Generations ago, women collected silver spoons to represent their children. Gina World wanted something just as permanent, but a bit more portable, so she got tattooed.“I was a young mom, so my first tattoo was my daughter’s name,” she said.Once decoration for sailors, bikers and thugs, tattoos have evolved from a symbol of a rebellious counterculture to an art form embrac…

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Margeaux Hallman was born deaf and has lived with the challenges that come with not being able to hear.So bringing dogs with special needs and misunderstood reputations into her life was no big deal. She and her husband, Jesse, adopted Pearly, a pit bull who was deaf. But they had room in their lives for at least one more, taking in another pit bull, Moo, as a foster dog.M…

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A local chemist turned entrepreneur is out to educate people on the importance of organic cosmetics and skin care.“What you put on your skin you eat,” said Kasia Cummings, owner of Buffalo Gal Cosmetics. “So if you’re putting something into your mouth and you’re so concerned whether it’s this that or the other thing, but you’re putting all these chemicals when you’re washi…

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Trying to manage a career and a large family has always made for great sitcom fodder. Think “The Brady Bunch,” “Eight is Enough” and “The Cosby Show.” For people who live that life, those shows can sometimes feel like a documentary. “It is controlled chaos most of the time,” said Larry Muscoreil, who is raising six kids with his wife, Michelle Muscoreil, in their Darien ho…

The divide between analytical minds and creative minds is often a stark one. Those who debate theorems and theories can find it difficult to understand the poets, artists and philosophical types and vice versa. Local author Sandra Block found that divide within herself. “I really straddled medicine and writing pretty much my whole life,” she said.Block wrote one novel that…

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The 24th annual Three Stooges Film Festival welcomes comedy fans of all ages for an evening with Moe, Larry and Curly at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda).The festival comes from humble beginnings, starting in the home of festival organizer Lenny Potwora in the 1980s.“Some friends would come over from my softball team, and we’d order …

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Superhero movie reboots are all too common. Superman, Batman and Spider-Man have all been made and remade as franchises multiple times.“Fantastic Four” continues this trend. The film released last week is a remake of the 2005 film.As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand, sequels are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean the audience shouldn’t get to know and love …

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“Fantastic Four” is a half-hearted attempt at a superhero origin story and a decent science fiction plot twisted together, yet still not willing to admit it is either of those things.The film is 20th Century Fox’s second attempt at an origin story film for the superhero group and third attempt at a Fantastic Four film. Ten years after the first movie, they still can’t get …

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Students and teachers are not the only people enjoying an extended summer break. So are commuters. And they have the students and teachers to thank for it. The drive to work is going more smoothly for people no matter where they live – in some case, a lot more smoothly – and that improvement is tied to the fact that, as the song says, school’s out for summer.“Every summe…

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The second annual Western New York VegFest brought floods of people to Delaware Park on Sunday’s sunny afternoon. VegFest aims to bring vegans and vegetarians together in a community, a goal that Nicole Frontera of Hamburg thinks the organizers accomplished very well. “I like the sense of community it brings, with promoting health and environmental and animal rights needs,…

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A Buffalo-based entrepreneur is bringing a colorful touch to Rust Belt cities.Lisa Menchetti started her nail polish business Gridlock Lacquer after being inspired by polish collections based on larger cities.“I remember seeing — I think it was like a ‘007’ movie collection — and was like ‘That’s a cool idea,’ and I saw one for New York City — it was like a ‘Big Apple’ col…

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With a little faith, trust and pixie dust, “Peter Pan” stole my heart.The musical opened at Artpark on Thursday night to a crowd of children of all ages – some in wheelchairs and others clutching their mother’s legs.The show began with a peek into the Darling home, where three children – Wendy, Michael and John – live. They played pirates and told stories of Peter Pan. It …

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This weekend, a corner of downtown Buffalo will be transformed into a playground for all ages.On Saturday and Sunday, ChalkFest Buffalo! invites artists of all ability to draw on the sidewalks of Buffalo with chalk, decorating the area on Main Street at Fountain Plaza between Huron and Chippewa streets. The fourth annual event will offer food vendors and trucks, live music…

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“Peter Pan” is flying into Artpark this week with a Rochester native sailing in with it. John Bolton will play Captain Hook in the eight performances at Artpark starting Thursday through Aug. 7.“This is really special for me,” said Bolton, who graduated from St. John Fisher College in Rochester. While he was involved in theater at LeRoy High School, his 25-year career in t…

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People with multicolored hair alongside flower crowns, tie-dyed shirts alongside patched jean vests with studs, and parents alongside their kids all coexisting happily at one concert can only mean one thing: Vans Warped Tour is back in Western New York. On Wednesday, the all-day music festival brought more than 70 bands to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. The venue welc…