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Betty Jean Grant Named New Erie Co. Legislature Chair

BUFFALO, NY - A new year brings a new chair of the Erie County Legislature.

Democrat Betty Jean Grant was chosen at the body's reorganization meeting Thursday afternoon.

Democrat Tom Mazur was named majority leader and Republican John Mills minority leader.

It's the Legislature's first meeting since being downsized from 15 to 11 members.

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'Twilight: The Musical'

'Twilight: The Musical'

As if the 'Twilight' saga couldn't gain any more recognition, it has been announced that 'Twilight: The Musical' will premiere off-broadway on January 16, 2012 as a one night show. The musical will not follow the story line that fans have come to love so much. Instead it will focus on society's slight obsession with vampires, warewolves and hopeless romance in a mocking fashion. 

Continue reading on Examiner.com 'Twilight: The Musical' - Buffalo High School Theater | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/high-school-theater-in-buffalo/twilight-the-musical

Pond Hockey Tourney Adds More Teams, Night Play

BUFFALO, NY - Organizers are shooting for a bigger and better Pond Hockey Tournament next year with the addition of more teams and night play to the 5th annual event at downtown's Erie Basin Marina.

Hockey under the lights will allow organizers to take advantage of colder temperatures and allow more teams to hit the ice.

This time around, 144 teams will battle it out with each team now allowed to have seven players instead of six.

The Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament is set for Friday, February 10th through Sunday, February 12th.

Team registration opens on Sunday, November 27th at noon to give more teams time to plan. Registration is first come, first served. Last year's event sold out in just a couple of hours. The cost to register remains the same as last year, $250 per team.

Winter Fashion Trends 2012

Winter Fashion Trends 2012

Coldweather is no excuse to let you fashion guard down. Some of the hottest fashion off the runway this winter 2011/2012 season allows you to fight those below average temperatures and snowfalls all while looking fashionable warm. This winter 2011-2012 comes some of the hottest winter fashion trends which are all about  style, quality, versatility and the ability to transform their look on a daily basis all while keeping warm.

Here is a full list of the Hottest Winter Trends for 2011-2012:

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State Economic Development:Albany Model for Buffalo?

  When Governor Cuomo spoke of his pledge to commit at least $1 Billion dollars in economic development aid for the Buffalo area, he also spoke of how the Albany area could serve as a model.

  The Capital Region has received state assistance over the past ten to fifteen years according to F. Michael Tucker who is President and CEO of the Center for Economic Growth in Albany. Tucker says much of the aid went to develop the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at University at Albany. They conduct high tech research to make machines and systems at the molecular level. There is also a new center under development for research involving a consortium of computer chip makers including Intel.

Pull Into ‘Ed’s Garage’ for Full-service Comedy

Pull Into ‘Ed’s Garage’ for Full-service Comedy

The dynamic team of actor Rod Beattie, writer Dan Needles and director Douglas Beattie, best known for their work together on the Wingfield series, return to The Grand Theatre in nearby London, Ontario, with “Ed’s Garage,” a playful comedy set in small-town Ontario. The show will take center stage from January 17 through February 4.

Ed is a very popular former farmer, part-time mechanic and is quick to give advice to those with problems. Entertaining complications arise when Cassandra, an urban psychotherapist, sets up a private practice next door.
Rod Beattie will be onstage with actors Tim Campbell, Adrienne Gould and Doug Hughes. This Canadian comedy has all the nuts and bolts necessary for a gassed up tale!

Mangoz Joins the Diverse Elmwood Strip

Mangoz Joins the Diverse Elmwood Strip

For as long as I can remember, 577 Forrest was an ever-changing restaurant building.  When I was younger I always thought it was a great location and could never figure out why it was empty.  But Elmwood can be deceiving and that youthful and naive version of myself didn’t understand the high costs and the high turnover of the strip.  Restaurants come and go pretty easily downtown, so I tried to hold back my optimism when I found about Mango’z opening several months ago.  But after being open for almost 2 months and purchasing a Groupon deal, Alli and I decided to visit and see how good this place was.