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Mark Sommer

Mark Sommer is an enterprise reporter and former arts editor at The Buffalo News. He writes about an array of subjects, including development, the waterfront, transportation and culture.


Buffalo

The 1.5-mile abandoned rail corridor that runs from Canalside to South Buffalo now has a name. "The Riverline," unveiled by the Western New York Land Conservancy on Tuesday, comes as the latest step to turn the DL&W corridor along the Buffalo River into an urban nature trail and greenway. The conservancy has branded the trail with a logo with letters that resemble r…

Buffalo

The DL&W corridor project – a 1.5-mile stretch of abandoned rail line from Canalside to the Buffalo River near the Tesla plant – now has a name. The Western New York Land Conservancy announced the nature trail and greenway will be called "The Riverline." Three sections of the trail also will have names: "the Del," "the Junctures" and "the Basswoods." The trail…

Catholic Charities' Women, Infants and Children nutrition program recently relocated three of its Erie County offices – in Buffalo, Cheektowaga and Lackawanna – with a fourth at the Jamestown office in Chautauqua County. The new Erie County locations are the Northwest Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave., Rooms 311-312; the Caritas Medical Arts Bldg., 2625 Harlem Road, Ste. …

Buffalo

Buffalo's Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board were within their rights to allow Affinity Elmwood Gateway Properties to proceed with its four-story, mixed-use project at Elmwood and Forest avenues, a state appellate court has ruled. The project called for about a dozen buildings to be demolished in a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. …

Buffalo

Actor Kim Coates doesn't live in Buffalo, but he loves it here. Oh, he really does – and he let it be known on Monday during a film convention announcement at the North Park Theatre. "I want to start by apologizing for wearing a cap to this incredible day, but it won't leave my head," Coates said, referring to his Bills cap. "I go to bed at night and it's on the side ta…

Buffalo

English broadcast journalist Laura Flanders of "The Laura Flanders Show" will attend Anti-Displacement Summit, presented by Our City Builds on Saturday. The third annual event, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 429 Plymouth Ave., will feature workshops on several topics, including education and transportation, arts and climate justice and immigration and housing. Flanders …

Books

Critics have hailed Mexican-born author and New York resident Valeria Luiselli's "Lost Children Archive" for her inventive writing style, which includes poetic prose, sounds, Polaroids, documents and stream of consciousness writing. Luiselli's convention-defying writing isn't something she learned from creative writing classes. "I was never taught the discipline or t…

Buffalo

An international gathering of film commissioners known as Cineposium will come to Buffalo in September. The announcement was made at the North Park Theatre on Monday by a gathering of politicians, local film industry officials and actors William Fichtner and Kim Coates. "We're incredibly thrilled to bring this conference here," said Jess Conoplia, president of the As…

Local News

The annual Coats 4 Kids program will have its first distribution from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave. There is a limit of one coat per person, with proper identification required. Donations can be made at Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. People are asked to donate gently used or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, h…

Buffalo

The Suneel’s Light Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave. This year's event, titled Night for Hope, will include food and cocktails and music by the Speedy Parker Blues Band. There will be auction items from the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, as well as packages from restaurants, shops and companies. Al…

Buffalo

Erie County government just finished writing a check to cover the cost of repairing the Times Beach Nature Preserve boardwalk from last winter's storm damage. Now, county officials will have to repair it again. Last week's storm, followed by 66 mph winds, wreaked havoc at the preserve. The extensive damage to the boardwalk and other pathways led county officials on M…

Buffalo

Dennis Maher routinely scouts around for artifacts to include in his art installations. So, at first glance, the bucket the artist found for $20 at an estate sale on Grand Island seemed nothing unusual. That's until Maher took a closer look at the architectural renderings and blueprints tucked in among the rakes, shovels and cans of motor oil. The preserved documents…

Art

Shonnie Finnegan has been coming to the Albright-Knox regularly since 1964, almost the entire time as a member. So it wasn't surprising that the Williamsville resident was at the museum Sunday, hours before it was to close its doors for a $160 million expansion that's expected to take around two years. "We wanted to say goodbye to old favorites for several years," sh…

Buffalo

The Olean Times Herald will no longer publish a newspaper on Sundays. Instead, publisher Jim Bonn said a new Weekend Edition, combining Saturday and Sunday content, will be published on Saturday mornings to home subscribers, store racks and vending machines. The reason for that, Bonn told The News, is tied to the decision to use the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the dai…

Buffalo

Buffalo-born modernist architect Gordon Bunshaft will be the subject of a book talk and discussion entitled "Bunshaft + Buffalo" at the Martin House's Greatbatch Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Speaking about Bunshaft, best known locally for his 1962 addition to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will be Nicholas Adams, a professor emeritus in the history of architecture a…