Sunday, November 15, 2015

Co-op plans expansion to Hertel Avenue

Employee Eric Kendall stocks shelves at the Lexington Co-Op

The Lexington Cooperative Market has been in the Elmwood Village for more than 40 years, in about six months it   will be expanding and opening a second location at 1678 Hertel Ave.
Tim Bartlett, general manager of the co-op  Stressed that the success of the Elmwood location has played a big part in opening a second location. 
“We opened for business in 1971 over on Lexington Avenue and we moved to Elmwood in 2005, and the success of the store has been phenomenal,” Bartlett said.
Over the years the co-op  has grown from bringing in $2 million in sales at the Lexington location, to currently bringing in over $12 million in sales and serving more than 11,000 customers a week at the Elmwood location.
“I think the co-op   has really grown into being both a natural food store and a convenience store for the neighborhood,” Bartlett said.
Individuals can become members by buying a share for an $80 one-time fee.
Since there is not a single owner that will guarantee a loan, the owners have through a capital campaign  raised $2 million in unsecured money to get the Hertel Avenue project going.
The co-op  employs 85 people and expects to employ 50 to 60 more with  the opening of the Hertel location. The new location will be based on the same model as the current store, but will be twice the size and offer full-service meat and seafood. The current goal is to open in June 2016. By Troy Licastro and Tony Reyes

IN DEPTH: Buffalo winters don’t scare bicyclists

          Biking in Buffalo has become a major phenomenon lately and the bikers don’t seem to be intimidated  by the extreme weather during the winter, as long as they are properly prepared. Full story by Darius Crolle and Shavella Saint Preux

Sunday, November 1, 2015

‘Friends’ needs men’s clothing donations

            Friends of Night People is in especial need for men’s clothing for this upcoming winter.
             “We have received a lot of clothing thus far from donations but for some strange reason are not getting a lot of men’s clothing,” said Barbra Williot, a volunteer leader for the organization.
            This reality is highlighted inside of the organization’s storage room where the clothing is sorted out and hung up in different sections. On the men’s clothing rack, there are no more than three jackets hung at the moment.
            This problem is a grave concern for the homeless men who depend on the Friends of Night People for the necessary clothing for the cold weather.
            “We hope that we can get more men clothing before this winter arrives,” Williot said.
            The Friends of Night People located on 394 Hudson St. and is open for donations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. By Darius Crolle and Shavella Saint Preux


Construction on Elmwood ahead of schedule

Local drivers may be excited to hear the completion of the construction on the Elmwood Avenue Bridge has been bumped up.
The original finish date was set for Dec. 31, 2016 but with updated costs and a new construction schedule, the completion date is set to be Nov. 8, 2016.
“We’re shooting for early November,” said Dan Pafkie, spokesperson for the Department of Transportation.
This project has been going on since early June 2015, and it is going to take a while for the bridge to be completed according to DOT standards. It will reportedly cost a little over $10 million for this project to be completed from start to finish.
The goal of this project is to reconstruct the Elmwood Avenue Bridge that runs over the Scajaquada Expressway near SUNY Buffalo State. By Marcus Trueheart, Greg Twarozek and Kayla Yarington

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Farmers market spends winter at Buff State

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from May to November. With the fall season setting in, the growing season, along with the farmers market, will be coming to an end. Kent Miller, owner of Plato Dale Farm in Arcade, has begun to take his chickens and turkeys off the pasture along with covering up vegetables. Mary Oakes Wilson, treasurer of Lynoaken Farms and Chelsea Pelsone of Tom Tower’s Farm, two Niagara County farms, explain that they will be transitioning to selling just apples for the winter months. The last day for the outdoor market will be Nov. 28. The market will move inside, to Buckham Hall, located near the Grant Street side of the SUNY Buffalo State campus, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Dec. 5 to April 30. Free parking will be available on campus during market hours. By Troy Licastro and Tony Reyes

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DaVinci students lend a hand to 'Friends'

Leonardo DaVinci High School students, from left, Lul Abdi, Olivia Edwin, Tyler Spivey, Unique Cathcart and Majeesty Willis, sort clothing for  the Friends of Night People, 394 Hudson St.,  a charitable organization aimed at providing food, clothing, medical care, counseling and hope to those in need. The students were participating in the clothing drive by sorting out and hanging up clothes that were previously donated to the organization for this upcoming winter. The students were volunteering to fulfill their community service hours that is required for all DaVinci students. By Darius Crolle and Shavella Saint Preux

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Westside Stories continues its mission

Joe Petri, co-owner of Westside Stories, a  bookstore on 205 Grant St. Petri opened the shop with his wife after working with many refugees at Journeys End. The shop sells used books, bags and miscellaneous items. The book store contributes to the West Side  by having days where free books are given to refugees. By Alexis Burnett and HyDeia Walker