Gail's Gazette Archives for 2018-04

Skyway Closure specifics

Skyway Lane closures have begun.
The bottom line is, unless you're commuting from the Southtowns to Downtown during the morning rush hour-- you'll need to find another way, other than the Skyway, to get into downtown from Lackawanna, Blasdell, Hamburg, and points south from today through November. 
The official break-down from the New York State DOT:
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced that construction has begun on the project to perform bridge deck rehabilitation on NY Route 5, the Buffalo Skyway, in the city of Buffalo, Erie County. 
Starting Monday, April 30, at 11:00 a.m. the eastbound (inbound) lanes of the Buffalo Skyway, between Ohio Street and Interstate 190, will be closed and motorists will begin utilizing the westbound (outbound) lanes for both inbound and outbound traffic under the following schedule:
5:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. weekdays, Buffalo Skyway open to inbound (eastbound) traffic only.
11:00 a.m. until noon weekdays, Buffalo Skyway closed to all traffic.
Noon until 3:00 a.m. the following day, weekdays, Buffalo Skyway open to outbound (westbound) traffic only.
3:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. weekdays, Buffalo Skyway closed to all traffic.
Saturdays and Sundays, Buffalo Skyway open to outbound (westbound) traffic only.
Posted detours will direct traffic affected by the closures. This traffic pattern will remain in effect until November 2018. This work is weather-sensitive and will be delayed in the event of inclement weather.
Motorists are advised to obey the posted speed limit along the detour route and allow for additional travel time.  Motorists are also reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit  Find NYSDOT on the web at, and on Twitter at @NYSDOTBuffalo. 


Ch. 2's GREAT Alton Brown-style response to his dissing our wings

She uses Alton Brown's own unique style to respond to his recent remarks about "freakin' Buffalo" on a YouTube foor program. 

Channel 2's Chief Internet Beef and Grudge correspondent, Kate Welshofer, is back again to defend Buffalo and its beloved chicken wings. Last time she roasted Frank's RedHot, this time she took on Food Network star Alton Brown. What she says, though, may shock you.

Channel 2's Kate Welshofer puts Alton Brown in his place



Arrest in NT Cold Case Murder

An arrest yesterday in the 1993 murder of a North Tonawanda high school student.
Mandy Steingasser's murder has been unsolved for nearly a quarter century, though Joseph Belstadt -- the last person seen with Steingasser-- has been the only suspect for decades.
After having strong circumstantial evidence since from the very beginning, Niagara County DA Caroline Wojtaszek says there is now forensic evidence tying Belstadt to the murder.
He was arraigned Wednesday on second degree murder charges.
Buffalo News reporter Dan Herbeck has been covering this story since Steingasser went missing 24 years ago.
Here's the story he filed on Wednesday's arrest:

24 years later, surprise arrest in 1993 killing of North Tonawanda teen


Live Toronto updates from CBS

An attack on Yonge Street in Toronto on Monday, leaves 10 dead, more than a dozen others were hurt in the attack. 
Police were able to arrest the driver, who has been identified as 25-year-old Alek Minassian.  Police chief Mark Saunders said he was taken into custody without incident. 
One official did assure people that the attack is not connected to national security.  

Click for the latest from Toronto


WECK: 102.9 in the Southtowns, and now 100.5 in the Northtowns!

It's crystal clear FM for fans of Timeless Favorites north of the City of Buffalo.

WECK has added yet another way to listen to Buffalo's Very Own Timeless Favorites!

In addition to 102.9 FM in the Southtowns, you can now listen to 100.5 FM in the Northtowns.

As always, you can listen to WECK almost anywhere in Western New York on 1230 AM or anywhere in the world at


Coverage for 100.5 FM

“The response to our full-service, local personality-based adult standards format has been incredible,” stated Buddy Shula, Owner and President of Radio One Buffalo. “Adding FM coverage for rapidly growing parts of our Metro is important to WECK’s overall growth strategy - and to the service to our communities.”

“WECK’s availability on multiple platforms makes Buffalo’s Very Own station easy to hear anywhere in Western New York – and really around the world,” added Glenn Topolski, Program Director of WECK.

WECK’s FM coverage is now provided by two FM translators – and the station is available worldwide at, on smartphones and via smart speaker products, such as the Amazon Echo.

WECK is a local full service, personality-based adult standards station, which began adding live and local personalities in mid-2017, after the station was purchased by long-time Buffalo air personality and radio marketing executive, Buddy Shula.

WECK features market veterans Steve Cichon, Tom Donahue and Gail Ann Huber in mornings; Jon Summers and Harv Moore in middays; Joe Chille weekday afternoons (with Danny Neaverth on Friday afternoons); Moon Rivers with WECK After Hours. WECK is Buffalo’s exclusive CBS News affiliate.

WECK aspires to be a model for the industry in returning to all local programming, with an emphasis on trusted air personalities and local community involvement.


2018 Bills Schedule

Here's the 2018 Bills scehdule, in an easy to print pdf from the Buffalo Bills website:

2018 Bills Schedule


Tickets on sale for Golden Boys show at The Erie County Fair

Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell, also known as Dick Fox’s Golden Boys, will be live in concert at The Erie County Fair on Sunday, August 12th at 7:30p. These men represent three of the most popular teen idols of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The concert will spotlight each of the performers and their all-time greatest hits like “Turn Me Loose,” “Tiger” and “I’m A Man” (Fabian); “Venus,” “De De Dinah” and “Bobby Sox to Stockings” (Avalon); and “Volare,” “Wild One” and “Kissin’ Time” (Rydell).
Reserved seats will be $35 and general admission tickets are $20. Buy online at, at the Fairgrounds Main Office or by calling 1-888-223-6000.


Today Show in Buffalo to celebrate 96-year-old volunteer

The Today Show was in WNY Today.
Al Roker was in Buffalo as a part of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors series and visited with 96-year old Daisy Estelle Anderson with the Ladies of Charities.

Watch: Al Roker in Buffalo


New downtown train station plans unveiled

There was incredible community-wide buzz when there was hope that a new train station might be installed at the old Central Terminal on Buffalo's East Side. That excitement turned to anger when the Central terminal location was nixed in favor of rebuilding the current station.

But as plans for the new station were unveiled by the state DOT, reaction was generally positive.

Mark Sommer reports in The Buffalo News today. 

Plans unveiled for new downtown Buffalo train station


"Smart" transportation coming to the Medical Campus

The latest in driverless technology is part of a cutting edge plan to move poeple through Buffalo's Medical Campus up as far as Canisius College.

Karen Robinson reports on the front page story in today's Buffalo News.

Medical Campus creating downtown Smart Corridor along Main Street


Buffalo Wing Trail

Visit Buffalo Niagara makes it much easier for travellers to Western New York to find the best wings around with the newly unveiled "Buffalo Wing Trail."

See which wing joints made the cut:


The changes coming to your Spectrum Cable service

As Spectrum Cable upgrades it's delivery to digital-- it's going to cost you. If not immediately, eventually. 


Samantha Christmann looks at the changes in The Buffalo News today:


You may soon pay a lot more for Spectrum Cable


Food Truck Tuesdays underway

Food trucks are gearing up for another season at Larkin Square! Food Truck Tuesdays begins April 10 and runs every Tuesday until October 2. The event is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.

Food Truck Tuesdays Begin April 10


Mass Mob on the West Side Sunday

The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to the West Side’s Our Lady of Hope R.C. church on Sunday, April 15, 2018 for 11:00 A.M. Mass. This will be the twenty-sixth Mass Mob the group has staged since it was founded in 2013. The concept is simple. Buffalo Mass Mob picks a church and asks the public to come en masse to worship on a selected Sunday.


More Information: The Buffalo Mass Mob heads west to Our Lady of Hope Parish


Amherst celebrates 200th birthday

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village presents
The Amherst Bicentennial Reception
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
5:00 to 8:00 pm
Join us as we celebrate Amherst’s 200th birthday, and see WECK's Steve Cichon in an original short play from O'Connell & Company.


Polish Proverbs from the Discount Diva

Since everyone is Polish on Dyngus Day, here are some Polish money proverbs – though they may not be Polish in origin – to ponder over your pierogi.-- Samantha Christmann in The Buffalo News


Read more:


Discount Diva: For Dyngus Day, some money proverbs from Poland


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