Thursday, April 17, 2014

Finally getting out

Patrick and Debrah Cappola, above, walk along Elmwood Avenue for the first time this season as grandson Jaedyn swings into spring. Left, Michael Michno, cleans up the grounds at the Unitarian Universalist church on Elmwood Avenue and West Ferry Street. Michno said he was relieved to finally have a day that he could work outside. By Shana Campbell and Andrew Manzella

Monday, April 14, 2014

IN DEPTH: Canisius H.S. gets clear look at West Side

Sean Whalen, a Canisuis High School alumni volunteer, says students have a change of heart once they volunteer on the West Side. Full story by Fran McCann

IN DEPTH: Compost adds to fruitful West Side gardens

          While most of America tosses away its yard waste and kitchen scraps, food markets and farmers on the West Side band together to provide compost to nourish the city’s farms and gardens. Full story by Jeff Pawlak and Brittney Singletary

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Global Villages celebrates 2nd anniversary

Global Villages, a gift shop opened by Rwanda native, Louise Sano, will be celebrating its two-year anniversary in May.  
The boutique carries things that are one of a kind ranging from jewelry to home décor. Sano has visited 20 countries on four continents. Sano gets her inventory from Rwanda, as well as 17 other countries including Kenya, Ecuador and Peru. 
 “These past two years I haven’t had a life, it has been business, all business,” Sano said. 
Global Villages' current location at 216 Grant St. began as the West Side Bazaar, which  served as a business incubator for immigrants from various countries to help them become entrepreneurs. 
The Bazaar was started by the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) whose mission is to “to improve the quality of life for the residents of Buffalo’s West Side”.  Since then, the Bazaar has moved to 25 Grant St. Sano is a graduate of the program and her store occupies the Bazaar's original location.
            Since opening Global Villages in May 2012, Sano opened her second boutique, Global Chic a few stores down at 242 Grant St.  This location provides more fashion trends from around the world and even offers seamstress services.
             “This year I’m going to concentrate on building the businesses and having my own life,” Sano said. “Invest more, do more promotion and maintain what I already have.” By Jamie Hall, Kamesha Jones and Jazminia Rivera

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

IN DEPTH: Internship breeds 20-year plan for parks

Brian Dold, associate superintendent of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, began his love affair with the city's park system a decade ago when he was hired as an intern to work with the organization's 20-year plan. Full story by Sean Brock and Ally Rotundo

Monday, April 7, 2014

Soggy doggy

Stanley, left, and his owner, veterinary technician David Gurbacki, find the only patch of dry ground Sunday afternoon at La Salle Park’s Barkyard. Recent snowfall left parks in the area wet and muddy, but that didn’t stop Stanley from getting out to enjoy the sun. The Barkyard is open from dawn to dusk, regardless of weather, and features an area exclusively for small dogs in addition to its general dog run. By Angelica Rodriguez and Brandon Waz

SAT changes A-OK

Administrators at Leonardo DaVinci High School believe   that the retooled SAT,  which will take effect in the spring of 2016, will align with the core curricula being taught in high schools. The changes to the SAT involve making the writing portion optional, and changing parts of the vocabulary portion. College admissions counselors such as Meghan Harmon at D’Youville College think the changes will even the playing field and make the test more accessible. By Sashana Campbell and Andrew Manzella