It is a time-honored tradition in Western New York. Tuesday will be Kids Day in Western New York, a once-a-year day when the Buffalo News publishes a special edition, with some proceeds to benefit Children's Hospital and other local children's charities.
The Tiny Desk online series features music performances shot at NPR in Washington with bands playing in a small space behind a desk. It has featured big names like Buffalo's Ani DiFranco, but is mainly an opportunity for little known musicians to get a following. Musicians compete in an annual contest for a spot in the series, with winners announced Monday. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with Buffalo area artists who are hoping to be among the winners.
WBFO's Nick Lippa talks to several Buffalo bands who are looking to gain a larger audience through NPR's Tiny Desk Contest
Among the challenges veterans face upon ending active duty and entering civilian life is being able to communicate one's thoughts and emotions to spouses, other loved ones and other peers. The Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center in East Aurora played host this week to a group of veterans and spouses who were participating in Project Odyssey, a retreat facilitated by the Wounded Warrior Project.
From the WBFO Veterans News Desk, Michael Mroziak reports on a visit to Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center, where horses and veterans bonded in a non-riding exercise designed to help the veterans become more open with feelings locked in, perhaps as the result of post-combat stress.
The STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – have traditionally been dominated by men. And that can make it tough for women to break in – or gain respect. The Me Too movement is highlighting those issues. And some female professionals in the Great Lakes Region have their own stories about the culture of gender bias.
Developers shaved one floor off their plan for a mixed-use building at Elmwood Avenue and Bryant Street in Buffalo and received key variances from the city Zoning Board of Appeals for the project Wednesday. A final go-ahead is probable at Monday's city Planning Board meeting.
Things are moving fast for Bank on Buffalo. Less than two years ago they began as a start-up division of CNB Bank with a loan origination office. Today they announced their regional headquarters will be located at the Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo to accommodate their growing customer base.
Count two local government leaders among the many who are eager for prolonged cold, wet weather to end. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz both say the longer it stays, the longer it holds up the start of critical public works projects, beginning with road repairs.
Construction will begin at the end of this month on the $29 million rehabilitation of Buffalo's Route 5 Skyway, leaving the question of how much impact there will be to commuters and those who rely on them.
Since the Parkland, Florida school shooting there has been a high demand for Mental Health First Aid training in our community. As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a Mental Health First Aid session at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna.
WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a Mental Health First Aid session at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna.
The E.B. Green-designed mansion where Bishop Richard Malone and five other Roman Catholic bishops have resided will be put up for sale this summer. Bishop Malone announced the decision to sell the Bishop's Residence on Oakland Place to raise funds for a program set up to assist victims of alleged past sexual abuse by clergy.
A law firm which, last month, released a report identifying more than a dozen priests accused of sexual abuse while serving within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has issued a more detailed second report. In addition to revealing more names and histories, attorney Mick Reck and others urged the Diocese to disclose what they say is still-secret identities of additional priests accused of abuse.
One of Buffalo’s oldest sister city relationships was celebrated this weekend with a visit by special guests. A delegation from the city of Dortmund, Germany toured the town in honor of their 40 years of friendship with the Queen City – a friendship that has deep roots.
Plans for a new Amtrak station, in downtown Buffalo, are moving forward. The state is planning to start work on the $25 million project this fall. But, Congressman Brian Higgins is not giving up on locating the new station in the historic Central Terminal.
When the new Public Safety Building opens in downtown Buffalo, there will be a colorful concrete sculpture in front, with colors to represent police, fire and the historic use of the Michael J. Dillon Building as a courthouse.
Late next week, a clinical professor and Associate Director of the University at Buffalo's Center for Dental Studies will join volunteers to deliver dental services to hundreds of war-displaced refugees along the Lebanese-Syrian border. Even before the United States launched missile strikes against the Assad regime late Friday, Dr. Othman Shibly told WBFO that Miles for Smiles will move ahead with its latest mission, regardless of the situation.
As a stalemate continues in a casino compact dispute between New York State and the Seneca Nation, local municipalities that depend on casino cash are feeling the strain. In Niagara Falls, they've already scaled back projects including road repairs.
Six candles were lit inside the offices of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz Thursday, a candle for every million Jews put to death as part of the Holocaust. But those taking part in the annual solemn ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day pointed out that it wasn't only Jews who were murdered by the Nazis, and that many ethnic minorities worldwide - and in America - are still being subjected to hate.
Applications are now being accepted for the 5th annual 43North START-UP Competition. It includes a top prize of $1 million and six runner-up prizes of $500,000. All winners also receive free space in 43North's business incubator.
Some local high schoolers are looking for a way to create a common ground during divisive times. Their solution? A student-run social enterprise that supports and develops music and art projects relating to unification.
WBFO's Nick Lippa sat down to talk with Rumbler Records and how they plan to achieve their goals.