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Free Home Tours Saturday


Engage in some shame-free real estate voyeurism Saturday with the Buffalo LIVING Tour.

I love checking out homes at realtor open houses but hate having to admit I'm not in the market for a new place and am there to gawk instead. So this free tour of condos, lofts and suites in adaptive re-use buildings in Buffalo is right up my alley.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., several high-end living spaces will be made open to the public. Folks are encouraged to walk from one location to the next, but two vintage trolleys will also be provided for transportation, originating from Horsefeathers Market & Residences, 364 Connecticut at Normal St.

The buildings will include the Frizlen Group’s Horsefeathers Market & Residences, 364 Connecticut; Ellicott Development’s The Antonio, 257 Pearl Street; Green Leaf Development & Construction’s 1040 Delaware; Buffalo Management Group’s EB Green Residences, 230 North Street and Ellicott Development’s 10 Symphony Circle.

Free parking is available at D'Youville College's lot C on Connecticut Street, two blocks north of Normal Street.

Pick up a tour pamphlet at any stop or download it here.

Free Toothbrush Wednesday

To celebrate National Toothbrush Day (which apparently exists), an oral care company called hello is giving away free toothbrushes.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, anyone who likes the company's Facebook page and registers for the offer will receive a free toothbrush.

For every toothbrush that is given away, hello will donate a second toothbrush to charity.

The toothbrushes are made with biodegradable materials, such as corn resin.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Latest Facebook Scam Seeks Donations


Is nothing sacred?

Scam artists on Facebook are impersonating popular religious leaders in order to solicit "donations," according to the Better Business Bureau.

The scammers put up a fake profile with the name and picture of a famous preacher and write posts about the importance of giving to charity, along with a handy link to the charity he or she supposedly recommends. Of course, the charity is a front and the money goes straight into the scammer's pocket.

If you have already connected to a fake profile, "unfriend" or "unlike" the page, then report it using these directions.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

10 Best Family Cars


Parents magazine and car shopping site have teamed up to choose the 10 best family cars for 2013.

Cars were chosen for safety, fuel efficiency, affordability and the ability to customize dashboard settings.

Here's what they decided: 

Best hybrid, Toyota Prius C, starting at $19,080.

Best budget vehicles, Subaru Impreza, starting at $17,895 and Honda Civic starting at $18,165.

Best sedans, Ford Fusion, starting at $21,900 and Honda Accord, starting at $21,680.

Best crossovers, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, starting at $24,700 and Honda CR-V starting at $22,795.

Best SUVs, Chevrolet Traverse, starting at $30,510 and Nissan Pathfinder, starting at $28,650.

Best minivan, Toyota Sienna, starting at $26,585.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann