By Kerry Alsheimer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (BBBSEC)
It’s time for that old cliché: when did it become October?! It seems like only yesterday we were gearing up for a long summer. Seeing our Little Brothers and Little Sisters at BBBSEC get settled into their first few weeks of school also makes me feel like my own school days were only yesterday. Read more
By Monique Perez, Site-Based Mentoring Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (BBBSEC)
The one thing all the Littles at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County’s (BBBSEC) Site-Based mentoring Program have in common is their love of food. Preferably anything that is sugary and sweet. During the last week of school, we decided to celebrate by making an all-time classic snack: Read more
By Shannon Linehan, Program Specialist - Buffalo Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Project, Journey’s End Refugee Services
Journey’s End has been partnering with the Child Care Resource Network of Western New York in The Buffalo Refugee Childcare Micro enterprise project.
This exciting project provides refugees with the required New York State Day Care Health and Safety Training, technical assistance, business planning support, and targeted ESL instruction necessary to start a childcare business in their home as a NYS Registered Family Day Care Provider. Read more
By Tim Maxwell, Founder, National Chair & Buffalo Co-Chair, The Dude Hates Cancer
The Dude, Jeff Bridges’ lead character in the Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski, seems like a pretty laid back guy. However, he does have some pet peeves, including: nihilists, The Eagles, and (I presume) cancer. So, when I decided to start a bowling fundraiser in 2006 in honor of my parents, who’d both been diagnosed with forms of blood cancer, it seemed only natural to name it after The Dude, who, after all, loved bowling. Read more
By Laura Kirkpatrick
This summer, so far, has been pivotal for Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. Perkins+Will have done a stellar job in a short amount of time meshing the hopes of Buffalonians with the needs of the ECHDC. But the focus on the Outer Harbor has been long-running, and for students of Professor Sean Burkholder at UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, it culminated last spring. Burkholder challenged his students to create park-first land use visions for Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The assignment asked the students to Read more
By Alicia Bartsch & Kerry Alsheimer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (BBBSEC)
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (BBBSEC) is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBSEC is overjoyed at the number of long-lasting friendships that have been made over our 40+ year history. The story of Big Brother Sean Myers and Little Brother Conyai is just one example…
By Lonnie Barlow, Organizer, PUSH Buffalo
Summers are fun in PUSH Buffalo’s Green Development Zone, but August is usually very busy for us over here. We have two events coming up this month that will be pretty interesting.
To many of you who may not know the story, we started a campaign to Read more
By Seamus Gallivan
My love and understanding of Buffalo is greatly informed by my love of bicycling.
When I was a kid, after learning how to ride a bike in Western New York’s most densely populated square mile of Kenmore, I’d spend entire days biking the Niagara Riverwalk section of the Erie Canalway Trail, from my grandmother’s home in the Marine Drive towers beside Erie Basin Marina to Nia-Wanda Park and Old Man River in Tonawanda, enjoying the scenic Niagara River and Canadian shoreline while observing how the Niagara Thruway (I-190) so terribly separated West Side neighborhoods from our waterfront. Read more