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Health and Fitness

Diana Donnarumma plans to spend Christmas nestled inside the home where she grew up, enjoying the company of more than a dozen loved ones and a mutt named Sunny, and – if she can manage it – at least a few sips of her first holiday mojito since college. "Last year, we celebrated Christmas in the ICU," said Donnarumma, who hasn’t been able to eat or drink during Christma…

Buffalo

Dinorah Santos, a grandmother who decades ago came to Buffalo from Puerto Rico, said the first time she saw the new Christmas lights along Niagara Street, she began to cry. Roger Rivera, who lives on that street above his Genesis Christian Store, said he sometimes sits by a second-floor window to simply contemplate the illuminated stars, candy canes and even palm trees …

Health and Fitness

Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and, most of all, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson inspired Gloria Peay to raise her voice when she was growing up in the 1960s on the East Side. "I've always sang at church," said Peay, who fondly recalled cutting an album at age 12 with the youth choir at Mount Ararat Baptist Church. She lent her pipes for the lead of a song called “God Ca…

Gusto

Every Time I Die has released the venue and supporting lineup for the sophomore installment of Tid The Season, the revamped version of its yearly holiday concert tradition. The local hardcore heroes will once again be taking over Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.) at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 for its one-day holiday festival. Joining ETID at the waterfront complex will be fell…

Bills

These two young Bills fans were decked out in their Bills helmets and jerseys when they headed out to the backyard on Christmas morning for another surprise. Yep, their parents had built a replica of the Bills field for them to play on in the backyard. Watch the adorable video: https://twitter.com/buffalobills/status/945707881046921221

Gusto

Christmas Eve is a night for music. Paul Ferington, the retired conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, loves to celebrate that. In what has become an annual tradition, he will be conducting a free concert with a chamber orchestra on Christmas Eve at Williamsville United Methodist Church, on the corner of Main and Oakgrove in Williamsville. Titled “Stille Nacht…

Local News

Community choirs or individuals who would like to join the chorus are invited to participate in City of Tonawanda Community Christmas caroling from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The carolers will be collecting non-perishables for the food pantry. Transpo Bus Service will provide transportation to carolers between locations. If you would like to sing or would lik…

Columns

For Joe Spina, detailed memory is both a gift and a remedy from all illusions. He was born in 1925, when Babe Ruth was still the greatest sports hero in the land, when a handful of merchants still used horses on the streets of Buffalo and when some elderly immigrants in his neighborhood still saw radio as a form of magic or witchcraft, carrying voices through the air. …

Erie County

The Town of Tonawanda's commitment to being a green, energy-conscious community could add up to some green in town coffers, as well. The town completed a series of actions -- including a discount solar installation plan, solar code training and the purchase of an electric vehicle and electric charging station for town use -- in order to be designated a Clean Energy Comm…

Erie County

Fall is here and the Kenmore Village Improvement Society has spent hours decorating the Delaware Avenue Village Green and gazebo areas with cornstalks, scarecrows, lights, straw, leaves and ribbons to celebrate the season. But they won't take too much time to rest on their hay stacks, holiday decorating planning sessions will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at the Community…