For me, the best thing of 2013 was, hands down, a good result from a horrible health scare in the family. Everything else pales in comparison.
So, I asked people on Twitter to give me their best of 2013. Here’s what they said.
@buffalopundit Late to the party, but hoping your wife is continuing her fight. Best of Buffalo to me. Happy New Year.
— Michael Kracker (@makracker) December 30, 2013
— Ra Cha Cha (@HeyRaChaCha) December 30, 2013
— Dave Kelly (@davekellywny) December 30, 2013
@buffalopundit Fred Jackson. No better sportsman role model than him in Buffalo.
— Calvin (@Mr_Faded_Glory) December 30, 2013
@buffalopundit firing Darcy, food truck regulation compromises (eff Tucker), Horsefeathers.
— Christinapedia (@reigningfrog) December 30, 2013
@buffalopundit Larkin Square food truck happy hour
— James Goller (@JamesGoller) December 30, 2013
— Matt Johnson (@twoeightnine) December 30, 2013
— Ryan Nagelhout (@goosesroost) December 30, 2013
— Dan (@danlancedan) December 30, 2013
A protected user suggested: “BCAT opened, Start-UP NY announced, Harbor Center development, Riverbend project, and BNE made a Buffalo video people liked!”
@buffalopundit I finished 2 books! (Published zero, but Rome weren’t built in a day)
— Kelly Sedinger (@Jaquandor) December 30, 2013
— Nick Quaranto (@qrush) December 30, 2013
— SkewedAtBirth (@skewedatbirth) December 30, 2013
— Darrell (@3WolfNight) December 30, 2013
Last – minute entries:
– Bills stay (for a time). Yeah, they lose, but we’d miss them if they were gone.
– Sabres change leadership. No place to go but up
– Dinosaur Barbeque comes to Buffalo. 2014 will taste better than 2013
– Trader Joes comes to Amherst. Ditto
– Unemployment rate in WNY dropping. Good. “nuff said.
– The Stock Market is UP. Not bad for a Kenya – born socialist.
– The Tea Party is DOWN. Only took the near-bankruptcy of the US Government to do this, but hey – count your blessings.
Long Live TOY – Defending Children’s Theatre in the Nickel City is one of the most positive stories to come out of this region in years- which is why we decided to try and tell it in Documentary form.
Meg Quinn, TOY’s Creative Director and Co-founder along with others from the arts community fight the Collin’s 2010-2011 Cultural funding cuts in the midst of their 40th season. The community rallied against Collins to help remove him from office and restore the funding.
Through the prism of a unique non-profit children’s theatre we see the impact and importance of cultural assets.
The film won two audience awards at Buffalo International Film Festival, and many were moved to tears at Sunday’s screening at the Dipson Market Arcade.
A positive story that few will probably see because it’s “just children’s theatre”.
Mary Beth Murray
Long Live TOY Producers
I wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous 2014. If you’re going to be outside tonight for the festivities, please stay warm and safe.
(The slideshow above displays photographs that talented WNYers have added to the AV Daily Flickr Group.)