Press Pass

A weekly discussion of local headlines with reporters.

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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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Summer is a busy time for filmmakers in Western New York. This season brings Hollywood star and Cheektowaga native William Fichtner to town, where he will be producing his own film.


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Buffalo Spree is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It started in 1967 as a literary magazine that was published quarterly. Today, Buffalo Spree is a city-centric monthly. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says she and her writers have witnessed Buffalo's transformation.


Millions of dollars are being invested into development projects on Buffalo's East Side. While plans are crystallizing at the former site of Buffalo Forge on Broadway, it appears an overhaul of the Central Terminal has been put on hold.  As Business First's Jim Fink points out during WBFO's Press Pass, though the delay may disappoint some,  the overall development discussion provides a positive sign for an often overlooked part of the city. 


Press Pass: Exploring Hotel Henry

May 16, 2017
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The Hotel Henry in the H.H. Richardson complex has been open for a few weeks now. Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata toured the hotel last week and posted some of the photos she took on her Facebook page. On this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Elizabeth says the restored landmark is magnificent.


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The growth of the film industry in Western New York is having a positive effect on jobs. As the number of films produced here increases, so, too, does the number of local people needed to work on their crews. Several area colleges, as well as the regional film commission itself, are now offering courses for entry-level positions on film crews. On this week's Press Pass, WBFO’s Pat Feldballe talks with Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark about the trend.


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The Easter season is a special time, especially for those who are part of Buffalo's Polish-American community. The April issue of Buffalo Spree explores their culture and traditions.


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New York State's largest teachers union was once a powerful force behind the opt-out movement. But with an expected shift of leadership as the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) leader won't seek reelection, will it reshape education policy?  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Reporter Tiffany Lankes will discuss the issue in this week's Press Pass, which we hosted on Facebook Live for the first time Monday.

As is the case in most police departments, Buffalo's Internal Affairs unit reviews complaints against its officers. Beyond that, however, the type of independent oversight found in many communities is lacking in Buffalo. As Daniela Porat of Investigative Post outlines on WBFO's Press Pass, a citizens review commission has been rendered ineffective and city lawmakers appear to have little political appetite for the issue.


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The real estate market in the Buffalo Niagara region is red hot. The March issue of Buffalo Spree explores both residential and commercial real estate in Western New York. Editor Elizabeth Licata says the region experienced little impact from the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008. She tells WBFO's Mark Scott in this week's Press Pass it was that stability which is contributing to the hot market now.


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Tensions were high at last week's Buffalo School Board meeting as members voted on a petition calling on the State Education commissioner to remove Carl Paladino. He remains under fire for his egregious remarks made about the Obamas last month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Tiffany Lankes have more in this week's Press Pass conversation.  

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It’s only January, and but not too early in the year to think about planting seeds. On today’s edition of WBFO’s Press Pass, Pat Feldballe talks to Buffalo Niagara film commissioner Tim Clark, who's traveled to Los Angeles and then will be heading to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, planting the seeds for future growth of the film industry in Western New York.


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The January issue of Buffalo Spree introduces us to some local people who work behind the scenes to make our community better. Plus, there's an article about a Picasso exhibit. And the magazine is beginning its golden anniversary celebration. Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata joins WBFO's Mark Scott for this week's Press Pass. She says her writers enjoy introducing readers to people who are making a difference.

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