Press Pass

A weekly discussion of local headlines with reporters.

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The town of Amherst is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Many view Amherst as a generic suburb, filled with big box stores, office parks and jammed four-lane roadways. But in this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says that characterization is unfair. She says Amherst has a storied history, dating back to the earliest days of our region.


As we transition into fall in Western New York, several major films shot here over the summer are wrapping up. The outlook for fall is the subject of today’s Press Pass with WBFO’s Pat Feldballe and Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark.

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The District Parent Coordinating Council held an informational meeting in Buffalo Monday evening  to discuss the Buffalo School District's hiring policy for coaches.  In this week's Press Pass  WBFO's senior reporter and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey explain why the parent group is speaking out against the policy. They also discuss city student bus pass issue. 


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It could be called Buffalo's most colorful new event. Paint vs Paint featured paintball competitors battling at a former industrial complex on Howard Street that has been transformed into NORMEL Paintball. The event also attracted street artists who painted their creations on the walls throughout the complex. On WBFO's Press Pass, Newell Nussbaumer of Buffalo Rising explains how the event's energy has also splattered into the nearby neighborhood. 


Press Pass: Buffalo Spree's Best of WNY 2018

Jul 31, 2018

The Best of Western New York in 2018 is celebrated in the August issue of Buffalo Spree. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata touches on several categories. We begin with a discussion of the some of the winners in the food and drink categories.


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It seems like every season is the busy season for the film industry in Western New York. A major film just wrapped and another is in the middle of its shooting schedule. One interesting side effect of all this work is the growth of film production facilities in Buffalo. Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark explains on this week's Press Pass with WBFO’s Pat Feldballe.


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The summer months are still busy times for school districts. This week in our Press Pass conversation WBFO’s Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey look at five items the Buffalo Public School District is working on for the next school year. 

Press Pass: Buffalo Spree takes us 'on the water'

Jun 19, 2018
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It was not that long ago that our access to the waterfront was limited. There were few places to enjoy the view, much less enjoying the water itself. The July issue of Buffalo Spree has a special section on how that has all changed. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says there are now many ways for people to experience our waterways.


The motion picture industry in Buffalo and Western New York has been growing steadily for a number of years now and more than a few producers, aware of the support for the film industry and the cinematic resources the area offers, are becoming return customers. WBFO’s Pat Feldballe talks to Buffalo Niagara Film commissioner Tim Clark about one such project, getting underway soon, that features a pretty big name in the movie business.


Though the drowning death of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner remains under investigation, some troubling details regarding the incident continue to emerge. For her recent reporting, Daniela Porat of Investigative Post reviewed United States Coast Guard documents recorded during the search for Lehner. During her monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Porat described how the Niagara River's swift conditions on that fatal day were less than ideal for a training exercise.


More and more Buffalo area restaurants are offering brunches, which is especially important with Mothers Day coming up this Sunday. The May issue of Buffalo Spree  introduces us to some special dining venues for brunch. In this month's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata was asked about her "Letter from the Editor" where she writes about why there is so much food coverage in the magazine.


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Film production activity has been going strong in Western New York and we are about to see a number of finished film projects shot in Buffalo and its surroundings appearing in theaters, on television and on the web. Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark shares the latest with WBFO’s Pat Feldballe on this week's Press Pass.


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Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino has not given up his legal fight in an attempt to return to the Buffalo Board of Education. Meanwhile, a status conference will be held April 23rd in a courtroom on Paladino's federal civil rights lawsuit against the Board of Education. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey explore the issue in this week's Press Pass conversation.  

Everyone likes a great deal. And there's nothing better than something that's free. The April issue of Buffalo Spree introduces readers to a variety of local services that are offered at no cost. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says some free services are new. Others like the library have been around a while.

 


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The business of movie-making in Western New York continues to grow and 2018 looks to be another very active year with many out-of-town producers bringing their projects to the Buffalo area. On this week's edition of WBFO’s Press Pass, Pat Feldballe talks to Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark about the vibrance of the homegrown, Buffalo-based film scene.


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Excellent meals at reasonable prices are available across Western New York. The February issue of Buffalo Spree introduces us to 30 local restaurants offering "cheap eats," plus we find out just how difficult it is to make good sponge candy. On this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata said people can enjoy international cuisine without breaking the bank.

 


Continuing the momentum of recent years, 2018 is expected to be a busy year for the film industry in Western New York. With that activity comes a need for undiscovered locations that could serve as the backdrops for those films. Pat Feldballe and Film Commissioner Tim Clark talk about how you can get involved in this week's edition of WBFO's Press Pass.


The new year is a time when many people focus on their health and wellness. The January issue of Buffalo Spree explores a half-dozen wellness strategies -- some of them new and controversial. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says the use of medical cannabis is one strategy more and more people are looking at.

 

On this week's Press Pass, Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark and WBFO’s Pat Feldballe look back at the biggest year in Buffalo filmmaking yet and look ahead to some of what’s in store for 2018, including a "really big star" coming to the area in March.


With assets in excess of $1.1 billion, the UB Foundation has enjoyed great success raising funds in support of the activities at the University at Buffalo. However, a foundation investment in a fund that profits from natural gas and oil industries is raising controversy in some university sectors. As Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post discusses on WBFO's Press Pass, some see the investment as a contradiction to the university's values on sustainability.


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The Buffalo Public School District is seeking applications for an outside receiver to take over the B.U.I.L.D. Academy. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Jay Rey discuss the legacy of the school and time line for selecting a receiver.

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Just in time for holiday celebrations, Buffalo Spree's December issue is exploring local distilleries, wineries and craft brewers. On this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says a recent change in state law paved the way for local distillers to begin making spirits.


It has been a busy and productive year for filmmaking in Buffalo and Western New York. On this week's Press Pass, WBFO’s Pat Feldballe talks with Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark about the year’s events and what’s heading to town in 2018.


The October issue of Buffalo Spree features a series of conversations on a variety of important local topics. One of them is whether Buffalo has too many restaurants. Another is the proposed expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. There are some concerns about how the gallery expansion would eliminate part of the 1962 wing designed by Gordon Bunshaft. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata said there's little dispute the Albright-Knox needs more exhibit space.
 

In her recent story on the Buffalo Police Department, Daniela Porat of Investigative Post brought to light how two units have been focusing on high-crime areas. Some of the units' tactics, including police checkpoints, are drawing concern. One critic views the tactics as "bullying the community."


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With longer school days and the addition of two community schools, the Buffalo School District is slowly taking on a new look.  According to Buffalo News Education Reporter Jay Rey, supporters believe the changes will boost student achievement and parental involvement. As for another notable change - the removal of Carl Paladino from the School Board - Rey says, "It doesn't look like this is over." 


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With over 7 million views of its website in 2016, it's clear that Buffalo Rising has connected with the community. Newell Nussbaumer and Jessica Marinelli believe their editorial focus on publishing solution-based stories is key to that success. On WBFO's Press Pass, they highlight two recent examples: bringing an architectural gem to the city and re-connecting a divided Delaware Park.


Press Pass: Buffalo's global cuisine

Aug 29, 2017
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You're familiar with the Taste of Buffalo. Many other communities in the area hold their own "taste" events. And now, Buffalo Spree's September issue offers a Taste of the World. A dozen local  restaurants that offer global cuisine are profiled. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says each offer authentic dishes.


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Buffalo Spree is celebrating the Best of Western New York in its August issue. This is the magazine's 12th annual list, covering the best in dining, theater, music, media and much more. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says the "best of" issue allows readers to have their say.


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Some Buffalo Public School students live in some of the most violent neighborhoods in the city. Unfortunately students have become innocent victims of stray bullets targeted for others. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes, who for months has been tracking city school children facing with this tragic issue.  

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