Although The Good Neighborhood does not endorse any single religion, we appreciate any message dedicated to the greater good as well as the lifetime of contributions to community and writing of Monsignor David M. Gallivan, Pastor of Holy Cross Church on Buffalo’s Lower West Side (345 Seventh St), who offers us a weekly Sunday Sermon.
By Msgr. David M. Gallivan, Pastor, Holy Cross Church
On November 22nd, 1963, at about 1:20pm, I was playing basketball at our diocesan seminary in East Aurora. An upper classman rode up to an open window behind a horse and sulky and shouted: “The president has been shot!” The irony of the scene caused me to shout back: “Who? Lincoln?’ The grave demeanor of the bearer of such horrible news ended our pickup game as we headed to a nearby TV and parked in front of it for the next three days. Read more
Note: There is a Buffalo benefit for this cause in the works for mid-December – stay tuned here for more details to come.
On Friday, November 8, 2013, one of the most dangerous typhoons on record hit the island of Leyte, and neighboring islands, in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Dubbed a super typhoon, Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) was responsible for 3,976 confirmed deaths, with an additional 1,598 missing and 18,175 injured*, damaged or destroyed homes numbering in the 100,000′s, paralyzed local governments and economies, and crippled transportation, power and telecommunications systems throughout the region.
Within the week, the AHV assessment team, led by disaster response veteran and director of international response Marc Young, was Read more
By Bryana DiFonzo, Volunteer Manager, Journey’s End Refugee Services
Volunteering can look different than you expect: how about driving people to see Niagara Falls for the first time; carving turkeys for someone’s first Thanksgiving meal; driving around dropping off toys for Christmas; selling raffle tickets at an art opening? Most of our volunteering opportunities are long-term, but not all of them. This is good news for you if you’d like to help but can’t commit to a long period of time. Read more
By Seamus Gallivan
Tonight in Rockwell Hall on the campus of Buffalo State College (1300 Elmwood Ave, 7pm, $20/$5 for students), alumnus and decorated Army war veteran Thom Tran comes home with a couple comrades in comedy – one a fellow Buffalo native – and a plan to film and deliver a special to soldiers serving around the world on behalf of his GI’s of Comedy.
Tonight’s filming pairs Tran’s hand-picked film crew in from his current home of Los Angeles with Buff State faculty and students, who will prepare a DVD featuring the three GI’s – Tran, Buffalo native Tom Irwin, and Jose Sarduy – that they are in talks to turn into a network special and have an ongoing campaign to deliver 20,000 copies to troops as part of what Tran has termed, “the healing therapy of humor.” He spoke about this and more while relaxing in his Cheektowaga childhood home.
What inspired you to launch the GI’s of Comedy and this special? Read more
By Amy Koch/photos after first by author
As a dog lover, when apartment or house hunting my first questions are in search of the closest open green space and whether or not there’s dog run nearby or within walking distance. I am finding many apartment areas and new builds in Buffalo are not dog-friendly for those over 30 pounds, nor are there any facilities that let the dog have an area of its own. The Barkyard in LaSalle Park (Buffalo’s first and only off-leash dog park) is a great park, but there’s a need for more within the neighborhoods, as not everyone wants to drive to take their dog out to play – many would rather walk. Read more
By Seamus Gallivan
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the monumental non-violent protest rally for civil and economic rights that drew an estimated crowd of between 200,000 to 300,000 people from across America to Washington, DC, and is credited with a big push on the path to passage of the Civil Right Act (1964) and Voting Rights Act (1965). The latter of these acts was recently endangered by a Supreme Court ruling that basically declared defunct any desire to challenge discrimination in voting laws, as such suggestions are ”based on 40 year-old facts having no logical relationship to the present day.”
Such a controversial court decision speaks to a present-day fact that as far ahead as the March on Washington moved race relations in America, led by the “I Have a Dream” speech of Martin Luther King, Jr., the rally that King declared in his opening sentence would “go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation” only partially achieved its goals Read more
By Kate McGowan, Media Relations Manager, Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York (Western NY Region)
Mission Statement: We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy!
Going off the Make-A-Wish® mission, hope, strength and joy all make up the lasting impact of a wish. For 6-year-old Chloe, her Walt Disney World trip helped her forget about the pains of hospital treatment. For a full week, Chloe and her family enjoyed magical moments and received star treatment. That included meeting Chloe’s favorite princess Cinderella and winning a singing contest at Magic Kingdom. Read more
From Seamus Gallivan: Buffalo musician Ben Clarke, known to many from stints in the Alison Pipitone Band and Black Rock Zydeco, reached out with a call for volunteers from his Williamsville-based faith group theWELL, which he writes “is currently in the middle of a series where they examine ‘Loving out’ to the community and encourage people to serve others. theWELL’s relationship with the North American Mission Board and the Southern Baptist Convention is allowing volunteers to help with ‘mudout’ assistance for flash flood victims in Herkimer County. Generally focused on serving Buffalo’s needs, the current series also encourages people to expand their concepts of service, and this excursion to Herkimer County is a reflection of that.”
Can you get away for 2 days to serve our neighbors in Herkimer County? We are looking for a few able-bodied adults who can do some manual labor and help to clean out some homes of the flash flood victims downstate. Even though this was a month ago there are still people who need help to get things back together. We will be trained be SB Disaster Relief. Read more