New York State In-depth

Feb 1, 2023 – Breaking the Ice

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer-songwriter and king of punk-funk Rick James, who was born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. on this day in 1948 in Buffalo, “whether you’re rich or poor, life is still cold-blooded.”

BUMBLE – An opening reception will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. for “Caffeinated Injustices,” an exhibit by artist Bianca L. McGraw, who paints with coffee to express her reactions to the mass shooting The works also include a Black Lives Matter movement-inspired sculpture by McGraw made entirely of Lego bricks. Visit for more information.

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RELAX – The 36th Annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools Sleepout begins at 6pm on Friday, one of the coldest nights of winter, at the Hoover Schools Complex, 199 Thorncliff Road, Town of Tonawanda. Some will spend the night indoors while others brave the elements outside in coolers to raise awareness of the homeless’ struggles and raise funds for the Family Support Center and the Ken-Ton Closet. Donations can be made online at or dropped off in person at the Hoover Complex on the day of the sleepout.

Ice fishing demonstrations, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter activities for children are offered at Winter Wonderland in the Woods from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga. The SPCA Wildlife Department will speak on wildlife rehabilitation at 12:30 p.m. and rangers will lead an ice rescue demonstration at 1:30 p.m. It’s free. No registration needed. For more information, call 716-683-5959 or visit

HELP FOR VETS – A Veterans Benefit Outreach will be held on Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Department of Veterans Affairs Field Examiner RJ Bishop will be present to answer questions on eligibility and enrollment, toxic exposure screening and women’s health. To register, call 716-332-4375.

PAWS IN USE – Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption Group will be hosting their 2023 Kitten Bowl Saturday from 3pm to 6pm at the Rockin’ Buffalo Saloon, 1800 Union Road, West Seneca. Teams of four or five kittens compete in uniform, with live commentary from Trainwreck Sports. For more information, call 716-646-5577 ext. 2, or visit

SECOND CHANCE – There’s another opportunity to save 10% on auto insurance for three years by taking a defensive driving class, this time from 9am to 3:30pm on February 11th at the Metro Roberts Real Estate Office at 861 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. Places are limited. For information call Donna Jeffers at 716-868-8266.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ashok Subramanian, Cindy Chan, Daisy Skinner, Irene Hedger, Ellen Taylor, Dorothy Blewis, David Safe, Darlene Sikorski, Stan Staniszewski, Mark Tasca Jr. and Maria Peri.

AND THURSDAY – Joseph Golombek Jr., Nancy Hughes, Judy Zeckhauser, Alycin Ringler, Rick Wiles, Tim Delaney III, Sue Sleeper, Daniel McCabe, Campbell Valentine Vogt, Colleen Zimmerman, Pat Harnish, Lynne Ellis, Michael Schmitt, Julie Skrabucha, Elizabeth Gustek and Donna Bondanza.

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