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Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich

A print journalism graduate of Buffalo State College, I also studied nursing at Trocaire College in South Buffalo. I am a licensed attorney at law admitted to practice in New York State. But it is the newspaper that I am most passionate about.


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A “power hour” starts in the afternoon for nearly 100 schoolchildren who daily are bused from various schools to the Boys and Girls Club of Black Rock. The hour has nothing to do with game-playing or muscle-building. Power hour encourages children from kindergarten through eighth grade to do their homework, said the club’s unit director. It is the first of three hours of g…

Amherst

This is a busy time of year for licensed massage therapist Rachel Minniefield. Holiday stress, she said, drives people to her door, as does the pending expiration of last year’s gift cards.The 35-year-old graduate and instructor at the New York Institute of Massage works at Buffalo Body Work, a business she started at the new YMCA in Amherst. Minniefield recently completed…

Buffalo

Marsha Davis first noticed her spunky neighbor earlier this year, shortly after Jean Padgett and her family moved into their two-story house on Briscoe Avenue. Padgett, a warm-natured woman with braided hair, moved to Buffalo with her two daughters and five grandchildren from Long Island in January.The family was looking to start a new life after suffering the death of Pad…

Erie County

Janet Nieman’s neighborhood food pantry has gobbled up much of her Cheektowaga house. It has taken over the basement, a three-car attached garage and is threatening to creep up the basement stairs into her kitchen. For 25 years, Nieman operated the pantry in Cedar Grove Heights, an area where about 70 percent of the families live in poverty.She calls her food pantry Evange…

Local News

The output from the lake-effect storm that enveloped Western New York could be swept from the pavement in Buffalo, West Seneca and Amherst.In parts of the Southtowns, however, you needed a backhoe to clear the 2 feet of snow that fell with a fury in North Collins, Dunkirk and Boston.One meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Buffalo compared this snow-churning bl…

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Daniel J. Seeloff of North Tonawanda sports a bushy beard, flowing white hair and has a laugh that could shake a room. His uncanny resemblance to the man in red has earned him the nickname of Santa from friends, passers-by and the students who ride the school bus he drives for a living.Seeloff, who was born and raised in Wheatfield, spent much of his adult life working as …

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Even before you enter the mall, airport, post office or store, the stress and frustration of parking can kill your holiday cheer.Maybe it’s the parking hog who takes up two spaces or the creeper who circles like a vulture looking for an open parking spot.Don’t be freaked out by holiday parking.There are ways for drivers to avoid parking fines, towing bills and the parking …

Buffalo

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site sits like a grand dame on Delaware Avenue. The Greek Revival structure and former home of Ansley Wilcox is one of the stately mansions that remind us of Buffalo’s strong line of blueblood families. For the past 17 years, it has served as a workplace for Molly Quackenbush, its executive director.From her office on the second floor, Quac…

Education

Tuesday was Thanksgiving Day for 200 students at International Preparatory School who received a taste of American culture during a daylong open house attended by parents, teachers and invited guests.Their guests, in turn, got a taste of the culture and the sometimes-harrowing life stories of some of Buffalo's newest residents.“Thanksgiving can be celebrated by anyone, any…

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A Buffalo disc jockey braves freezing November temperatures to camp out in a tractor-trailer for one week to collect frozen turkeys for the Food Bank of Western New York. The sleep-out last year raised $22,842 and 41,989 pounds of food – including 2,508 frozen turkeys. In downtown Rochester last month, 11 teams designed and built giant themed structures made entirely from …

Erie County

Taking your dog to visit swim therapist Mary Beth Glatz is like going to the day spa. Her indoor in-ground pool was custom-built for SandDancer, the canine swim and therapy business she named after her black Labrador retriever. The business is located on Powers Road in Orchard Park.The pool – four feet deep with water heated to 92 degrees – becomes a healing ground for can…

Buffalo

When Sergio Rafael Rodriguez arrived in this country with his parents at age 10, he did not know the language or the culture. He didn’t know why his family left the Dominican Republic for Suffolk County, Long Island.Within two years, the inquisitive youngster would be packing groceries, working for tips at a local food store. At age 18, Rodriguez joined the U.S. Marine Cor…

Expect to see embattled Southern food celebrity Paula Deen next February when she visits the area for a live cooking show to inaugurate her new store in Clarence.It’s been a tough year for Deen, whose racist remarks – she admittedly used the N-word – cost her numerous endorsements and knocked her off the Food Network. Most recently, Deen’s camp has denied published reports…

Education

When freshman Michael Gehrke ordered a fish sandwich for lunch Wednesday in the cafeteria of Frontier High School, he didn’t bank on all the attention it would attract. After all, fish is not a favorite food among most teenagers.“I’ll give you part of my cheeseburger,” offered best friend Kevin Crosta.“Be a man,” urged another classmate.“Just shove it in your mouth,” said …

Icy conditions combined with high winds cut the signal for WKBW-TV, Channel 7, to a portion of viewers Monday night and throughout this morning, reported Michael Nurse, station president and general manager.“It started breaking up around 10 p.m.,” Nurse said, adding that service was restored shortly after noon today.Subscribers of Dish Network and DIRECTV were affected by …