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It's not easy finding a good chicken wing 1,000 miles from Buffalo, but when Western New York natives walk into Al’s Bar and Grill in a northern suburb of Kansas City, they not only find an authentic wing, but a place just like home. With Bills and Sabres memorabilia throughout, the sports bar feels like something you’d find in Buffalo. That’s exactly what the owner, Ha…

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Deepali McCloe (Oberoi), 42, didn't plan on ever leaving Buffalo. It never crossed her mind. Her family immigrated from India in 1976 and Western New York became their home in 1981. Deepali grew up in Williamsville, went to high school at Williamsville North and happily immersed herself in the cultural diversity that the University at Buffalo readily provided when sh…

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Bryan McKnight. The Goo Goo Dolls. Rick James. John & Mary. All of these legendary music acts have one, enduring thing in common: they’re from Buffalo. And one day soon, 24-year-old Nick Chiari hopes to add his name to that list. [Gallery: Grabbitz and fans in Town Ballroom] Going by Grabbitz – a stage name from high school that somehow stuck – Chiari currentl…

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There’s that old saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side.” For Allison Mora, it’s literally true. Mora, 47, currently lives in Orlando, Fla., where the grass is most certainly greener, the weather sunnier and the snow nonexistent. But something is missing. For Mora, that “something” is the nagging feeling of not being “home.” The former Allison Tripp g…

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As an adolescent, Jessica Smith had to write an essay when she applied for a scholarship to attend Nichols School. It was the first time she successfully pleaded a case, but it wouldn't be the last. Smith, 31, headed off to St. Lawrence University and achieved her bachelor’s degree in government in 2007. She toyed with the idea of law school, something that would allow …

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If you’ve ever driven though Saratoga County during the weekday morning hours, chances are you’ve heard Shanna Hoy’s raspy voice reverberating through your car stereo. For the past four years, Hoy has been the co-host of a morning radio show based in Albany. They play '80s and '90s throwback hits, and modern easy listening artists like Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5. Hoy love…

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Paul and Linda Hardaway first met at the original Zionist Baptist Church on Maple Avenue when they were both starry-eyed teenagers. For 13-year-old Linda, it was love at first sight — so much so that she even bet her friend (now sister-in-law) a dollar that she was going to win Paul's heart. For 14-year-old Paul, it was only a matter of time before Linda won the bet. Th…

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Growing up in Marblehead, Mass., Jessie Shetterly never thought about owning a business. She never imagined she’d live anywhere else but the small sailing town outside of Boston, either. But things change. Shetterly lives in Hamburg now and owns three Edible Arrangements franchises throughout Western New York.  “It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s been my life. I wouldn’t…