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The Food Bank of WNY distributes 15 million pounds of nutritious, fresh and shelf-stable food each year to its 318 partner hunger-relief agencies throughout the region. In any given month, the Food Bank and its partners assist as many as 43,000+ households. In this season when food is the center of so many family gatherings, we asked CEO Tara Ellis a few questions. You…

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Author, researcher, storyteller and supernatural historian Mason Winfield is the founder of Haunted History Ghost Walks. He has written or edited 14 books, and most recently appeared on Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum.” His September release, “The Rose Witch,” is a study of Western New York’s ethnic supernatural lore and traditions. His newest book, the second no…

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Five years ago, Janne Sirén moved from Finland to take over as director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. There’s been a flurry of activity since, including the largest single private donation ever given to a Buffalo cultural institution: $42.5 million. That and additional funds will support a major expansion project to house the museum’s growing collection. You’ve done a…

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Mighty Taco CEO Russell Jasulevich is relatively new to the gig…but he’s not new to Buffalo’s most beloved tacos, having served the last 10 years as company COO. He’s ingrained in the quirky company culture, a brand backed by food that Buffalo expatriates crave by name — and that multiple generations of locals still inhale on the regular. This month, Mighty Taco celebrates…

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After losing his job in the economic downtown of 2008, Bret Blakely’s career dramatically changed course – he moved home from NYC to cofound OnCore Golf with his dad, Keith, and friend/partner Steve Coulton. Their first ball, the hollow-core CALIBER, was designed by a local engineer who wanted to reduce his own side spin. Now in business for six years, the company offers a…

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For more than 25 years, Henry Cisneros has been one of the nation's leading figures in urban development and affordable housing. As secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for five years under former President Bill Clinton, Cisneros oversaw the federal government's efforts to address the needs of cities to create more housing opportunities, particul…

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NYC-based writer Arthur Bovino spent months eating (and drinking) his way around Buffalo as research for his upcoming books. The first — Buffalo Everything: A Guide to Eating in Nickel City — is out this June. What surprised you the most about the food scene here? How much I became obsessed with it! I was expecting great wings, weck and pizza, sure, but I didn’t expect t…

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Mark Klein knows he probably sounds nerdy to a lot of people. After all, he's a tax lawyer, and he loves it. Klein has been working for Buffalo's largest law firm, Hodgson Russ, for his entire 35-year career – all of it in the same practice area. He's considered one of the state's leading tax-law experts, and has written five books about state tax issues while also teac…