For most of us, our home is our biggest investment, the place where we spend the most time and a source of great contentment or vexation, depending on how we feel today about the half-finished bathroom remodel and the chair that seemed like a good idea at the time.
For all of us, The News introduces its new Sunday Home & Style section.
Home & Style has been a fixture in the Friday News for years. The Friday section will continue, with a heading-into-the-weekend focus on solutions – from home and gardening projects to real estate conundrums to the perfect look for a special evening out.
Sunday Home & Style will focus on places of style, people of style and entertaining. This week: the return of the dress for spring, the return of bow ties for men (there was one in the newsroom last week), the growing popularity of contemporary kitchens and tips on what to buy for Mother’s Day.
The master of all this is Home & Style editor Susan Martin, a Western New York native who has been at The News for 28 years. Martin has a keen sense of what works in Western New York. Her weekly column is moving from Friday to Sunday.
Sunday Home & Style replaces the Spotlight section, but your favorite Spotlight features will be in the new section, including weddings, celebrations, the crossword and the advice columns. The Travel pages will be at the back of Sunday Home & Style. The People Talk column, a highlight of the Sunday News for more than 25 years, is now part of the Where We Live pages on the center spread of the Sunday Region section.
School Board elections happen at an odd time in Western New York. Buffalo residents vote Tuesday. Residents in the suburbs, Niagara County and most of Western New York vote two weeks from Tuesday, on May 20. The consequence of these stand-alone May ballots: Not many people vote in elections that arguably have the biggest effect on our communities.
Education is so important to families and our future that The News devotes six reporters to covering education news. For the city elections, we have put together a one-stop guide to the candidates. It includes candidates’ answers to a questionnaire put together by News reporters, profiles of every candidate and video of joint Buffalo News-WNED question-and-answer sessions with each candidate. Find the one-stop guide at buffalonews.com/bps.
We are creating a similar website for the suburban school elections. In the suburbs, besides electing board members, residents vote on propositions and school budgets. Our guide to the budgets, the candidates and the issues is coming soon.