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S.J. Velasquez

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S.J.‘s duties include writing for the site, editing the homepage, producing videos and taking over social media on Mondays.

She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in communication studies and religious studies from Canisius College, and a master’s degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism from Syracuse University’s SI Newhouse School of Public Communications.

When not living and breathing Buffalo.com, S.J. is Irish dancing.


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Unyts in urgent need of blood donations

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Blood and organ procurement organization Unyts is in desperate need of blood after a vehicle accident this morning left three dead and eight others injured.

In a statement released earlier today, Unyts announced an “increasing need for blood for the surviving victims of this tragedy.” The tragedy mentioned refers to the crash this morning that occurred near Silver Creek.

Buffalo’s guide to Record Store Day 2013

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Three Buffalo-area music stores will participate in Record Store Day on Saturday, offering deals and hosting live entertainment throughout the day.

Record Theatre’s two locations and Spiral Scratch Records are listed as participating on the Record Store Day website.

Only the Record Theatre shops are marked as official Record Store Day Pledge stores, which means those shops will…

UB professor arrested for protesting anti-abortion display - VIDEO

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A University at Buffalo adjunct professor was arrested Monday for protesting a graphic display in the SUNY school depicting aborted and dismembered fetuses.

Laura Curry, who teaches in the school’s media studies department, was cuffed and taken away by police offers after using profane language while protesting the imagery presented in the school.

Curry, the student-run Spectrum…

Forster rises to occasion, defeats Nickel City Chef Goetz in finale - VIDEO

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Edward Forster, executive chef of Mike A’s at Hotel Lafayette, challenged Nickel City Chef Adam Goetz, of Crave, and arose victorious at the cooking series’ season finale Sunday.

In the 24th installment of the “Iron Chef”-inspired local culinary competition, the chefs were provided with cheese—hand-pulled mozzarella and burrata from Nickel City Cheese and Mercantile, to be…

Volunteer at WNY’s full and half marathons

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The tragic events at Monday’s Boston Marathon have inspired many to stand—or run, rather—in solidarity with the race’s participants, but there are plenty of ways to honor those who were affected by the bombings that took a few lives and injured hundreds of others.

As many runners know, it’s the volunteers and spectators that make the race enjoyable. If you’re not into running, or…

Don’t judge a book by its cover

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The Buffalo Central Library offers a literal take on the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Throughout the month of April, the downtown library is hosting the Blind Date with a Book program, which invites reader to check out a book that’s been completely covered up.

Once the book’s checked out, unwrapped and read, the reader is encouraged to “rate the date” by filling…

Boston Marathon Solidarity Run to take place Sunday

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In light of the horrific incidents that occurred during Monday’s annual Boston Marathon, Western New York’s runners plan to band together Sunday for a solidarity run.

The Boston Marathon Solidarity Run will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday in Delaware Park. Participants are invited to run or walk, and to stick around the park afterward for snacks and basking in Buffalo’s spring…

Selena Gomez announces world tour, stop in Buffalo - VIDEO

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Former Disney darling and pop singer Selena Gomez announced dates for her upcoming world tour, including a stop in Buffalo this fall.

The 56-city world tour announcement, including an Oct. 15 concert at First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo, comes just a day after Gomez put on a buzz-worthy Bollywood-inspired performance at the MTV Movie Awards where she debuted her latest…

Run in your undies April 27

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Strip down to your skivvies for a stroll in the park April 27.

This sort of behavior is otherwise frowned upon, but running in your undies is totally acceptable—encouraged, actually— for one day this spring. The Buffalo Undy 5000 5K benefits the Colon Cancer Alliance and local partners in the Western New York region.

The race takes place at 9 a.m. in Delaware Park and will…

Maid of the Mist opens Friday

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Get up close and personal with the Horseshoe Falls on Friday when the Maid of the Mist boats open to the public for the 2013 season.

The boats will launch at 10 a.m. Friday from both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the border.

The Niagara Falls boat tours have been happening for 167 years, according to the Maid of the Mist website, but The Buffalo News reports this is the last…

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