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Sometimes, Denise Rodriguez gets to use a cellphone to play games or look at YouTube videos, but she’d rather be outside riding her bike or playing soccer. That’s why the 9-year-old was among a gaggle of kids holding lacrosse sticks and kicking soccer balls outside the Isaías González-Soto Branch Library Friday afternoon. About two dozen children were among the earli…

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The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and KABOOM!, a national nonprofit organization, have announced the winners of its Play Everywhere Challenge — an initiative that will award $1 million to be shared by 22 community organizations across Western New York and southeastern Michigan. The Play Everywhere Challenge invited communities to submit creative design ideas to make it…

Business

The nonprofit city agency responsible for the Northland Corridor and Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park is venturing squarely into parkland creation, as it takes the local reins of the effort to transform LaSalle Park into the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. has been asked by the city to help with downtown waterfront planning and dev…

Buffalo

A group of 10 banks and local philanthropic foundations – including M&T Bank Corp. and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation – are pledging more than $8 million to support nonprofit organizations working on Buffalo's East Side, building off the state's recent commitment of $50 million to benefit the same impoverished areas. The partnership is creating a pooled investme…

Buffalo

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has awarded a $2.8 million grant to the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. to help the city's nonprofit economic development agency with ongoing waterfront planning and development in downtown Buffalo. The award represents another boost for Buffalo's economic development and revitalization initiatives, which have already seen significant …

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What will the redesigned LaSalle Park look like? Here's a video that has plenty of ideas, and might get you fired up about them. It's something of a hype video, just like the ones shown in arenas before professional sports events. It was shown during last week's announcement by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation that it would donate $50 million to turn LaSalle Park o…

Erie County

As executive director of the Niagara River Greenway Commission, Gregory D. Stevens is dedicated to improving and expanding Western New York's burgeoning trail system. So what does it feel like when the region's trail system receives a $50 million gift? "If your passion is healthy outdoor living and the restoration and improvement of the Niagara River Waterfront, this…

Health and Fitness

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation invite parents, coaches, community leaders and others interested in youth sports in Western New York to participate in one of three public conversations this week. Both foundations have asked experts from the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program to talk about the recently release…