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No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

A petty thief, local mobsters and a parish priest who’s more sinner than saint come together in the gritty black-comedy crime novel “Stay Away from Lions,” the latest release from No Frills Buffalo. 

Written by Buffalo natives and St. Bonaventure University graduates J. Matthew Smith and Patrick Reynolds, “Stay Away from Lions” follows the poorly led life of Tommy Patton, a small-time South Buffalo crook who upon being sprung from his latest stint in the Erie County Jail learns he’s in debt to a ruthless mob boss as a result of a robbery gone wrong.

With the payback deadline looming, a two-faced henchman charged with collecting the debt goes behind his boss’s back and hatches a scheme designed to benefit all involved. But when that scheme unravels, unholy secrets are exposed costing people their lives.

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Daemen Ranked Among Nation’s Top ‘Best Value’ Colleges

Daemen Ranked Among Nation’s Top ‘Best Value’ Colleges

AMHERST, N.Y. – Best Value Schools has named Daemen College as one of the “50 Best Value Small Colleges,” a distinction that places it in the top 15 small institutions in the nation.

Daemen, which is the only college in the Buffalo Niagara region included on the list, ranks No. 14 in the 2016 roster from Best Value Schools, an online guide to the best values in college education across the U.S. Selected top institutions have 4,000 or fewer students and rankings are based on net price, retention rate, graduation rate, and class size.

“We are pleased to have Daemen ranked fourteenth among the best small colleges in the country for overall value,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This national distinction speaks to our steadfast commitment to provide a high-quality education that is affordable and to offer our students an exceptional value for their investment.”

Explore Buffalo Reflects on the Past, Plans for the Future

Explore Buffalo Reflects on the Past, Plans for the Future

2015 was a year of remarkable transformation for Explore Buffalo. In just their second year of operation, tour attendance more than doubled from over 6,000 in 2014 to approximately 14,000 in 2015! The tour season brought many new tours, including greatly expanded bus and bike tours, and new kayak tours with partner Elevator Alley Kayak. Tours also expanded to new locations, including the Fontana Boathouse and downtown Lockport, while core tours of Silo City, downtown, Delaware Avenue, mob history and more remained very popular. Overall, Explore Buffalo led 763 tours in the 2015 season. 

Exhibits, Classes and Workshops Fill the Calendar at Enjoy the Journey

Exhibits, Classes and Workshops Fill the Calendar at Enjoy the Journey

A brand new exhibit, “Buffalo Alive,” kicks off a busy schedule of events throughout March and April at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

When you think of Buffalo, what comes to mind? Is it the architecture, beaches, sports, windmills, theater, waterways, public art, Larkinville, Allentown, Silo City or Canalside? “Buffalo Alive” asks the artists to answer this question. An opening reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, and this unique exhibit will be on display from March 9 through April 2.

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First Time Homebuyer Grants Available in Buffalo

First Time Homebuyer Grants Available in Buffalo

The Matt Urban Center is partnering with the City of Buffalo to offer up to $5,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance grants to eligible (low to moderate income) first time homebuyers purchasing a single family home anywhere within the City of Buffalo. Loan funds are provided as a no interest conditional grant. Houses purchased must be in generally good condition and remain owner occupied for a 5 year period after purchase. Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Please call 716-893-7222 x 231, email info@urbanctr.org, or stop by 1081 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212 for more information.

Explore Buffalo Lists Exciting March Tours


Explore Buffalo Lists Exciting March Tours


Explore Buffalo, offering fascinating tours of Buffalo’s interesting architecture and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive list of March events.

Inside St. Mary’s School for the Deaf
March 2, 6 to 8 p.m.
2253 Main St., Buffalo
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 Explorer Pass holders, $5 students

St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, established in Buffalo in 1853 as the first academic school for the deaf in the country, was relocated from Edward Street to its current location on Main Street in 1898. This two-hour walking tour highlights the beautiful architecture of this historic building and offers fascinating information about the history and culture of deaf people in the Buffalo area. The tour also offers a glimpse into the current world of educating deaf and hard of hearing students in the 21st century.

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teacher Volunteers for Literacy Program

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teacher Volunteers for Literacy Program

Dog Ears Bookstore in South Buffalo is in immediate need of teacher volunteers to assist with new elementary school literacy programs that will be offered at the nonprofit bookstore beginning in March. 

“We’re looking for individuals who can donate a couple of hours a month to serve as teaching mentors in our new after-school programs to be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday,” said Dog Ears Director Thomas McDonnell. “Retired teachers and adults with some classroom experience are preferred.”