Buffalo Philharmonic Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Church Performances, Mambo Kings Concert


It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and the BPO is celebrating.
BPO violist Janz Castelo is leading a string quartet composed of himself, BPO violinists Andrea Blanchard-Cone and Amy Licata and cellist Eva Herer in performances at several churches that serve the Hispanic community. Castelo is the Artistic Director of the Buffalo Chamber Players, is active in the Puerto Rican community, and speaks fluent Spanish. He selected the music to be performed, and will speak on behalf of the BPO at each visit. Casimiro Rodriguez Sr. of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York and the BPO Diversity Council will introduce the quartet to each congregation.
On Sept. 24, the quartet performs during the Spanish-language masses at 10:15 a.m. at Holy Angels, 348 Porter Ave. and at 12:15 p.m. at Holy Cross, 345 Seventh Street. On Oct. 15, the final day of Hispanic Heritage Month, the quartet will perform at 10:15 a.m. at Destiny International Church, 172 15th Street and at 11:30 a.m. at Primera Iglesia Metodista at 62 Virginia St.
On Oct. 14, the BPO is performing with the Rochester-based Mambo Kings at Kleinhans Music Hall. The BPO Diversity Council has arranged performances of Hispanic dance music by Hutchinson Tech’s Tech Tones and Olmsted High’s Jazz F.L.O. at 7 p.m. in the Mary Seaton Room. The Mambo Kings take the main stage with the BPO at 8 p.m. Bradley Thachuk conducts this tour of Latin jazz, featuring music by everyone from Astor Piazzolla to The Beatles, from Dave Brubeck to Tito Puente. The Mambo Kings have been together since 1995 and have earned a reputation as America’s top Latin jazz ensemble, performing with The Florida Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and more. The concert is part of the KeyBank Pops Series.
The Hispanic Heritage Month celebration was spearheaded by the BPO Diversity Council. The Council formed in July 2016 to assist the orchestra in realizing its longstanding goals of presenting diverse programming, supporting artists of color, and engaging with every part of the Western New York community in a meaningful way.
The formation of the Diversity Council places the BPO at the vanguard of a national movement to diversify the American classical music scene. The Council will help the orchestra work towards the goals of featuring artists of color (soloists, conductors, composers) in concerts; creating programs tied to community events and history that are relevant to diverse audiences; establishing collaborative partnerships with diverse organizations; supporting music education in under-served areas and encouraging broad participation in music programs; and seeking diversity at all levels of the organization including the Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers and the orchestra itself.
Tickets to The Mambo Kings range from $29 – $84, with student tickets available for $11 with ID. Purchase tickets by visiting bpo.org, by calling (716) 885-5000, or by stopping at the Kleinhans box office at 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201. Tickets include the pre-concert performances by Hutchinson Tech and Olmsted High School.

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Open Government Advisory Board


At the Open Government Advisory Board meeting on September 21st there were many people in attendance who voiced strong opposition to our ZBA, Town and Planning Boards.  All of the speakers shared the same opinion.  They felt that when they are finally allowed to speak at any of those meetings their concerns aren’t heard or taken into consideration.

I reminded those in attendance that they can make changes to the Town Board with their vote.  Read what the candidates are writing, go to any of the meet-the-candidate events like the upcoming event our committee will host.  The more you learn about a candidate running for Town Board the better the chances are that you will hear a candidate who expresses your feelings and you will know that is the person you would vote for for our Town Board.  The other two Boards: Planning and the ZBA, are not elected positions but rather are selected by the Town Board members.

When candidates purposely avoid attending any kind of candidate forum, like ours, the reason is simple. The public can’t ask them questions about where they stand on the problems of Amherst and how they would try to fix these problems.

None of the Republican candidates have told us they will be attending the meeting our Open Government Advisory Board is holding as a meet-the-candidate night on Oct. 12th.  We set it up to allow the residents of Amherst to come and question all candidate swho are running for office in Amherst.  The Republicans don’t want to be held responsible for the disappearance of what nature gave Amherst; trees and the green of our landscape.  Instead they would vote for a concrete jungle.  They don’t want to reveal their pro-development views.

We have offered an open invitation to all candidates running for office this November.  They have received phone calls and face-to-face invitations to come and let the people hear their views on issues facing our town.

In case the public doesn’t know the names of the Republican candidates. There are two running for Town Board: Erin Baker and Joe Spino.  Marjory Jaeger is running for Supervisor.

The Democratic candidates include Brian Kulpa, Shawn Lavin and Jacqui Berger.  They have all accepted our invitation.

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The Westwood Boondoggle

The Westwood development project remains a debacle. The critical issues of mitigating for traffic, sewage disposal and stormwater runoff have not been resolved. Amherst officials should have made it clear from the beginning that owning land does not entitle anyone to a rezone. Especially a rezone that would result in destabilizing the community.

Analysts have said, “Amherst is built out.” To achieve balance in the Town, today, we need to preserve what is left of greenspace and RE-develop the many vacant and obsolete areas with existing infrastructure.

Greenspace and wetlands are Mother Nature’s sponge. They are a way of handling flood control during storm events, snow melt and rainfall. Efforts are always made to trick Mother Nature to allow development where it should not be. No one tricks Mother Nature. She always returns to remind people who really is in charge. Unfortunately, homeowners suffer the consequences, after the perpetrators are gone. This scenario has been played out too many times in Amherst. It needs to stop!

The people of Texas and Florida recently found themselves at the mercy of Mother Nature. The places that fared best with recovery and receding water, were the places where officials insisted that wetlands and greenspaces be preserved. Paving over natural sponges, diverting water and tampering with wetlands, including the Everglades, made a bad situation worse.

Westwood is central Amherst’s treasure and place of tranquility for people and wildlife to live in harmony. There is no reason to destroy 170 acres of greenspace other than to make rich men richer, at any cost and without conscience.

Judy Ferraro

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Trump Names Sarah Palin Ambassador to Nambia

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump on Friday capped a busy week of diplomatic activity by naming the former Alaska governor Sarah Palin the United States Ambassador to Nambia.

By naming Palin to this diplomatic post, the United States has become the first nation in the world to formally recognize Nambia’s existence.

In a joint appearance with Trump at the White House, Palin acknowledged that she “didn’t know a lot about Nambia” but said that she was looking forward to receiving a comprehensive briefing on the nation’s history, culture, and customs from the Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos.

“Then it’s Nambia, here I come!” Palin exclaimed.

In a sign that Palin’s appointment was a popular move, a new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans support her permanent relocation to Nambia.

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How to Store Apples


Though they’re at their best when they’re freshly picked in autumn, apples that ship and store well are available year-round.  When you get them home, store in a dry, cool place.  They’ll keep best if the individual apples don’t touch: It’s true, one bad apple spoils the bunch!

If you store them in the fridge, keep them away from lettuce and other delicate produce, as the ethylene gas naturally produced by apples causes fruits and vegetables to ripen and/or spoil faster.

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6 of the Best Types of Apples for Cooking

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Now’s the Time to Apply for Seasonal Retail Work. Here’s Who’s Hiring.

Retailers are starting to hire for seasonal jobs. Here, a shop at the Walden Galleria was adorned in December 2016. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)
Retailers are starting to hire for seasonal jobs. 

Looking for work? Seasonal hiring has begun at many local retailers, as stores begin stocking up on workers to help with the busy holiday shopping season.

— Macy’s announced it will hire roughly 80,000 seasonal employees to work its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers across the country for this year’s holiday season.

— Target has drastically increased its hiring numbers. It will hire 100,000 temporary workers for the holiday season, which is 40 percent more than last year.

— Michaels, the chain craft store, will add 15,000 holiday workers this year.  There are Michaels stores in Amherst, Cheektowaga and Clarence.
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LeSean McCoy Attacks Trump on Twitter

Bills running back LeSean McCoy didn’t hold back when it came to his reaction to President Trump’s call for NFL owners to fire the “son of a bitch” players who protest the national anthem.

President Trump made the remarks at a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday night, to support the senatorial bid of fellow Republican Luther Strange.

Without mentioning him by name, Trump made reference to Colin Kaepernick and the protests against injustice toward African-Americans the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback led last NFL season by taking a knee during the national anthem.
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Christmas – Yes, Christmas – is Coming to Stores

Brenda Hartman of Barker assembles a Christmas tree at BJ’s in Amherst. (Robert Kirkham/ Buffalo News)
Brenda Hartman of Barker assembles a Christmas tree at BJ’s in Amherst.

Summer is over. The last of the swimsuits are on clearance racks. And stores have begun selling ornaments, artificial trees and other Christmas merchandise.

Yes, Christmas.

When it comes to the holidays, some national chains have no chill. Macy’s has started decking the halls as if Santa were coming down the chimney tonight. Big Lots put out its Christmas wares weeks ago, in case shoppers wanted to begin preparing for their winter wonderland during the back-to-school supply run.

They’re not the only ones.
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GOP Health Bill All But Dead

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