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I had my hands on the keyboard when I learned last week that Stan Lee died. I did not think about Hollywood blockbusters or celebrity actors or even the national movie conjecture about how the thing done at the end of the last Avengers movie might somehow be undone in the next one. I thought instead about a place called Naetzker’s, which was the kind of operation that L…

Fashion

Name: Caitlin Deibel, 31. Who she is: Marketing manager at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, since 2016. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion design from Syracuse University, with a minor in communications. She’s also a visual artist. What she’s wearing: A Pendleton quilted barn coat with plaid lining from eBay; First Standard Co. me…

Lifestyles

Buffalo is my home, and my hometown. I've spent almost my entire 64 years in and around our fine city. Everywhere I go, I tell people what a wonderful, underrated place it is. But as long as I can remember, there has been another city with a special meaning for me. A place that I knew very little about, because it sits 1,253 miles southwest of Buffalo. A place called Mi…

Books

Author Jamie Scalise will speak about her late father, Richard Matt, and his breakout from a high-security New York state prison at a book-signing at 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Book Outlet & More store in the Boulevard Mall in Amherst. Scalise and her co-author, Bob DiCesare, will discuss "He's Out!," the new book about Scalise's fractured relationship with her father, …

Colleges

Hours after the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team made the Top 25 for the first time in its history, some Western New York fans were looking to see if its Monday night road game against Southern Illinois was being televised. It was ... for a price. The game was available through the ESPN app on ESPN+, the cable sports network’s new direct-to-consumer subscr…

Sabres

It has been a year of TV revivals and the Buffalo Sabres’ on-ice revival is becoming one of the most popular programs in Western New York. The Sabres' turnaround has made their games must-see TV for local sports fans again. The National Hockey League team’s 2-1 victory Tuesday over a first-place Tampa Bay Lightning team hit a season-high rating of 9.7 on NBCSN, which…

YOUNG ADULT Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman; Simon & Schuster, 390 pages ($18.99) Ages 12 and up. ... This harrowing, page-turner of a novel of teens struggling to survive apocalypse – a catastrophic drought in Southern California –   is dedicated "to all those struggling to undo the disastrous effects of climate change" and has already been optio…

Gusto

If director Ben Stiller’s goal in the Showtime series “Escape at Dannemora” was to illustrate how boring life is for the inmates and the workers there, he wildly succeeds. However, the actor best known for his work in comic movies, didn’t need eight hours over seven episodes to make the case in a film inspired by the prison break at Clinton Correctional Facility that wa…

Gusto

Kathy and Jim Szramkowski have lived in their farmhouse in the Southtowns since 2004. She’s a teacher’s aide at Iroquois Middle School; he’s a letter carrier. They have two grown children, ages 32 and 33, and their first grandchild is due in March. They love to entertain and are hosting Thanksgiving for 20 people. Here is how Kathy Szramkowski described the place for…

Gusto

Buffalo writer-producer Tom Fontana is working on his next drama project for Showtime, but he is just as excited about what’s happening to the first project that propelled his Emmy-winning career. “St. Elsewhere,” the groundbreaking hospital series set in Boston that ran on NBC from 1982-88, became available on the streaming site Hulu last month. Fontana’s TV writing…

Bills

Just like the Buffalo Bills' fortunes changed big time in a week, so did the TV rating for the team’s games. Armchair Bills fans were back in front of their TV sets in big numbers Sunday afternoon. A week after the Bills’ embarrassing 41-9 home loss to the Chicago Bears, which was the lowest-rated Bills game this season and one of the lowest rated in several years, t…

TV

CBS analyst James Lofton often runs his mouth faster than he ran routes as a Hall of Fame receiver for the Buffalo Bills. And that’s saying something. But he said more interesting and astute things in the first few minutes of Buffalo’s shocking 41-10 victory over the New York Jets Sunday afternoon than he said during the entire Bills’ 20-13 loss to Houston he worked …

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Unit championship games, offering extra points, will be held at all ACBL sanctioned clubs in the area Monday, Nov. 12, to next Saturday, Nov. 17. • • • The Airport Bridge Club celebrates Veterans Day with two extra-point games at no extra charge on Monday, at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. A snack will be provided to those who play both games. • • • The Niagara-on-the-Lake Fall…

Gusto

Two of the greatest writers from Buffalo’s Hollywood Connection are in the news this week. Tom Fontana, the Buffalo native and SUNY Buffalo State College graduate whose writing and producing credits include NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” and “Homicide: Life on the Street” as well as HBO’s “Oz,” will be here at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of “The Downtown Jesuits Distinguished Speake…