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No Frills Buffalo Set to Release Two Books

No Frills Buffalo Set to Release Two Books

No Frills Buffalo, a new Buffalo-based publishing firm founded by Mark Pogodzinski, will soon be releasing two new books, “Broken and Profane” by Jeff Schober, and “Fragments of a Life,” a collection of poetry by Judith A. Rucki. 

In the past year, No Frills has published three books by local writers: “Flashes and Specks,” a novel by Pogodzinski; “Diamonds in the Rough,” a compilation of short sports-related stories by Joe Kirchmyer; and “How to Tame a Macker,” a children’s book written by Mark Privateer and illustrated by Nicole Haberer. 

Horsefeathers Market & Residences to Host National Food Day Event

Horsefeathers Market & Residences to Host National Food Day Event

Plans to convert an historic and currently vacant building on Buffalo’s West Side are ready to move into action, thanks in large part to a local architectural firm with an impressive record of bringing similar buildings back to life.

The City has given a green light to The Frizlen Group to begin rehabilitating an impressive structure located at 346 Connecticut St., known around the neighborhood as the “Horsefeathers” building. The building’s odd but familiar name originated with an antiques store that once occupied a portion of the five-story building.

Zillycakes Scores Big Gig

Zillycakes Scores Big Gig

From a Statement Released by Zillycakes

Zillycakes has been invited to install a new cupcake portrait at Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show on October 1 and 2 at The International Centre in Toronto.

Zillycakes is a "cupcake studio" on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

The subject of the portrait will be revealed as viewers watch as Zilly Rosen, Shannon Pilarski, and Melinda Criola assemble the portrait on Saturday from 9 to 5.  The portrait will be made from 748 white velvet lavender cupcakes, filled with lemon curd buttercream, topped with a homemade fondant disks, then decorated with 4 gumpaste circles each.  We will use over 3,000 gumpaste circles in over 50 different hand-mixed colors to achieve the image!  The finished portrait will measure 4 feet by 6 feet.

Cohen & Lombardo Partner Wins Verizon Hopeline Volunteer Award

Cohen & Lombardo Partner Wins Verizon Hopeline Volunteer Award

Award recognizes her efforts in establishing the Family Justice Center’s Southtowns office

Terrie Benson Murray, a partner at Cohen & Lombardo, a Buffalo based law firm, will be honored with the 2011 Verizon HopeLine Volunteer Award at the Buffalo Bills game on September 25 in recognition of her dedication and tireless work in establishing the Family Justice Center Southtown’s satellite office and her efforts to end domestic violence in Western New York.  The presentation of the award to Benson Murray will be made prior to the game and will be shown on the jumbotron during the game. A representative from Verizon will present a plaque to Benson Murray and $2,500, which will be donated to the Family Justice Center’s Southtowns office at her request.

Independent Health Releases Report on Efforts to Combat Diabetes

Independent Health Releases Report on Efforts to Combat Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 22, 2011) – Independent Health released a report today on the rising prevalence of diabetes nationally and locally, and detailed the positive results of the health plan’s efforts to promote better diabetes care, management and prevention to improve care and reduce costs.  The report is titled, “Combating an Epidemic and ‘Bending the Trend’ on Costs Associated with Diabetes.”

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans and research indicates one in three children born in the United States will develop diabetes in their lifetime if current trends continue. Those diagnosed will spend 2.3 times more on medical costs than those without diabetes. Statistics like these highlight the importance of taking action to curtail the damaging impact diabetes has on quality of life and health care costs.

Matt Urban Center Program Gives Green Jobs Training to Unemployed Workers

Matt Urban Center Program Gives Green Jobs Training to Unemployed Workers

On Friday, the Lt. Colonel Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY (Matt Urban Center) celebrated the second class of graduates for a new program that provides in-demand job skills training in lead paint hazard control, home repair and renovation, and environmental and green demolition contracting to unemployed city residents.

Funded by the Erie County Department of Health and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the program is one of the first in the nation that braids public and private funds to train welfare-to-work program participants to make them eligible for jobs in lead hazard control, environmental contracting and green demolition. 

Ad Club Raises Thousands for Scholarship Fund at Celebrity Bartending Event

Ad Club Raises Thousands for Scholarship Fund at Celebrity Bartending Event

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Yesterday, the Advertising Club of Buffalo hosted its first-ever “celebrity” bartending event -- The Big Tip-Off -- raising more than $3,400 for the Ad Club Scholarship Fund, which supports the local advertising community by awarding nearly $3,000 to area students annually.

“The Big Tip-Off shattered our fundraising and attendance goals,” said Charlie Riley, president, Advertising Club of Buffalo. “We raised enough money to cover all of the scholarships for the upcoming school year, and still have some to spare for additional contributions.”

The event featured several of Western New York’s advertising bigwigs behind the bar at Encore, competing against each other to see who could bring in the most tips.