Table of Contents

December 2009/January 2010 issue



COVER STORY: Extreme Makeover Home Edition Designers, Michael Moloney, Paige Hemmis, and Eduardo Xol were catalytic in revitalizing Buffalo’s West Side this past November. THRiVE! photo by Matt Brown


Letter from the Editor

The Launch of THRiVE! Media Group,via helicopter. By Kyle Patterson

THRiVE! is online. Follow THRiVE! online at, on twitter, or facebook.

Partners.  The organizations that keep THRiVE! alive.

Upcoming. Three must-see events this holiday season.

Poverty. Working with the poor by Stuart Harper

Global Vascular Institute. A world class health care system by Matthew L. Brown


Pioneering a New Buffalo. A risky venture, the new downtown high-rise blazes a trail Carl J. Montante shares his thoughts. By Kyle Patterson

Weight, Weight…Please tell me more. Find out how Jason and Emily Long can help you this New Year—or sooner! by Sandra Arcadipane     

No Mag Like Nomad. Did you know Buffalo has a portable art gallery? by Dan Bogdan

Shop Local, Celebrate Christmas. Support local businesses.

Rain in Masailand. A personal journey. by Mary Beth McCune Compiled by E. Hogenmiller

10 Ways to Give Back in 2010. Plug into the community. by E. Hogenmiller

Extreme Makeover Special Section

Extreme Makeover Design Team Meets City of Good Neighbors. by THRiVE!

Paige Exclusive Interview. One-on-one with designer Paige Hemmis.

Powell Family Account. The family who united the city.

Word for Word. Capturing the moments of the makeover.

Community Spotlight. A look at the 373 Normal Avenue Project.

Picture Page. The Makeover in photos. by Matt Brown