Sunday, December 15, 2013
Often described as very brief but bitter time period, the War of 1812 is not only essential to the history of Western New York, but especially essential to the West Side. Although the area was young and developing during the time of the war, the West Side was actually home to a lot of its key events. Full story by Ebony Linzy
After months of planning, Press Raw Foods & Juice is almost ready to open its doors to health food lovers on Grant Street. Since moving from Horsefeathers Market on Connecticut Street, owner Esther Pica is excited to officially put down her roots on the West Side. Full story by Sean Dwyer and Youleidy Vega
Saturday, December 14, 2013
The Global Book Hour, facilitated by SUNY Buffalo State undergraduate and graduate elementary education teaching students, integrates geography, vocabulary, music, visual arts, and healthy eating into a weekly, one-hour, session held at the West Side Value Laundromat. By Sade McKenzie and Shytisha Taylor
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The University Police Department has temporarily suspended its typical grooming standards through Jan. 2, allowing officers to grow goatees during that time period.
The officers who choose to participate are each donating $50 to the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY.
The University Police department will donate more than $1,000 to the charity, which provides youth, senior and housing services in Buffalo.
“I think it’s a good idea as a charitable fundraiser,” Chief of Police Peter Carey said, sporting a goatee of his own. “It’s something different for the officers to be able to do within our grooming standards while still maintaining a professional appearance. And it personalizes us to the community.”
Other local police departments have participated in similar fundraisers in the past, and Carey said his officers wanted to start one of their own at Buffalo State.
“This same thing was done by the Town of Tonawanda police department earlier this year,” Carey said. "The officers in our department saw that and asked if they could do a similar program.”
Twenty three officers have signed up for the fundraiser so far. By Chris Dierken and Leif Reigstad
Fred Daniel, chef and owner of Freddy J’s BBQ, 195 Grant St., conducts cooking classes on Wednesday through Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Cooking classes range from four to five hours and are $35 per person. Register for a class at www.freddyjsbbq.com By Shanice Core and Elias Taveras
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
This house located in Days Park is decorated all out for the holiday season. More houses likely will light up in the neighborhood as well to compete for the best-decorated house in the West Side’s Sixth Annual Neighborhood Festival of Lights. The celebration kicked off on Thanksgiving and runs until Jan. 6. By Caitlin Kupiec and James McDonald
Monday, December 9, 2013
A Cantina Loco bartender shows off his tattoos while serving one of the bar's specialty margaritas. One tattoo he is missing is one of the restaurant's logo, which would get him or any patron agreeing to the tatoos free tacos for a year at the restaurant at 191 Allen St. By Matt Bove and Gabrielle Mediak