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Slow Rolls on the waterfront and Tonawanda, a Superhero run and walk in Delaware Park, and a 5K in Alden are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Memorial Day on the waterfront: The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park will be the place to be today. The park is op…

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Outdoor fitness classes, health-related author talks and healthy food truck options have become popular fare as Larkin Square has ramped up its wellness offerings during the last six years. Visitors welcome better weather with free use of Hula-Hoops, pickleball courts and a mini-golf course in the revitalized neighborhood several blocks east of downtown. Larkin Square l…

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Concern over the growing threat of tick-borne illnesses has prompted state leaders to announce a new, aggressive tick control plan and hold a Lyme disease summit this summer. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced plans  to raise awareness about the dangers of these diseases, particularly among hunters and hikers – two groups most likely to encounter ticks – and reduce tick n…

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Yoga teacher in training Ashley Feneziani wasn't sure she was ready to lead her first class at Turning Point House, an addictions recovery center for men in the Southtowns. "When I go to yoga classes, it's usually me surrounded by a group of other women in Spandex pants," said Feneziani, a high school French teacher in the Williamsville school district. Turning Point…

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HEAL Bflo co-founders Cheryl Erbacher and Jocelyn Kowalczyk have seen the powerful connections yoga can forge as they've organized a series of community wellness events during the last four years. Two visits by Dan Nevins stand out. Nevins lost both his legs to an improvised explosive device nearly 14 years ago in Iraq. He reluctantly tried Baptiste yoga four years ago,…

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Anne Walters quit nursing school the day her first patient handed her a pair of just-used dentures. It was enough to make her realize that the human condition presents itself in all of its forms when people are vulnerable and feel lousy. She wasn't up for that – yet still told her youngest daughter to pursue a nursing career. "My mom wanted me to be a nurse so I w…

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Joe and Doris Duffey, both 92, don't get around as well as they used to. "It could be old age – too many miles on the car," Joe Duffey said with a smile last week. He and his wife both struggle with knee osteoarthritis. He uses a cane because his arthritis has weakened his left knee; she sometimes gets pain in both of hers. The Williamsville couple was among 170 p…

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Brian Conn started last year struggling with the suicide of his father, trying to soothe the pain through long hours on the job, followed by too much time away from home with friends. Scott Dodson pushed through the year afraid for his life. His kidneys were failing, prospects for dialysis neared and a transplant was the only thing that could save him in the long run. …

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Lynne Jakubowski has felt the sting of pancreatic cancer twice. Her husband, John, 55, a group vice president with M&T Bank, died four months after he was diagnosed in early 2014. Her brother, Mark J. Czarnecki, former president and chief operating officer at M&T, died in February 2017 after a 20-month battle that included surgery, one of few treatments availabl…

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The towns of Aurora, Holland and Wales will celebrate their 200th anniversaries this year, and members of the Foothill Trails Club look to become part of that journey. Two of the towns, Holland and Wales, are home to about 30 miles of the Conservation Trail, a 182-mile branch of the Finger Lakes Trail that extends from Niagara Falls to the Pennsylvania border. The Fo…

The second SUNY Buffalo State Best Buddies Flag Football Showdown will start at 2 p.m. Sunday at Coyer Field near the Grant Street side of campus. Players will include Buffalo State students who spent part of their school year joining people with intellectual or developmental disabilities for walks, lunch, movies and other activities on or around campus. Town of Tona…

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Lights on four iconic structures in Buffalo will go blue at dusk on Tuesday to help raise awareness about the importance of foster care. “In Erie County alone, there are over 900 children age birth to 21 who are part of our foster care system,” said Carolyne DeFranco, president and CEO of Gateway Longview, who is also a foster and adoptive mother. “As our city lights up…

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The American Cancer Society will hold a Friday fundraiser and two important fundraising walks will take place on the weekend. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in Western New York. TUESDAY Tibetan Sound Healing: Join Matt Overfield and experience the healing sounds of Tibetan singing bow…

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Hayley Sullivan has been a hip hop backup dancer, a restaurant server and a nanny in Manhattan. "One of the things that's a blessing and a curse about me is I'm always into five different things," said Sullivan, an Amherst native who graduated a decade ago with a dance and marketing degree from the University at Buffalo. "At one point I thought, 'I think I want to be a …

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A University at Buffalo student who completed suicide as he and his family struggled to get adequate help for his schizophrenia inspired the region’s first Mental Health Awareness Informational Fair and Flash Mob. "He ended up in a group home the night before he died, had some issues and asked to stay, but the staff told him he had to go. Within five minutes, he jumped …