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Doyle starts effort to shine light on pandemic victims


Like many others during the COVID-19 pandemic, Eva M. Doyle spends much of her time at home. During a brief conversation with WBFO, she mentioned frequently that she is a senior citizen. Doyle, a columnist for The Criterion, also shows that age doesn't restrict compassion or limit a desire to spread goodwill. She's calling on residents to illuminate their front porches at night over the next month to honor those who have died due to COVID-19.

"We see all the statistics. We hear all the numbers but I want to remind people, these are people," Doyle said.

"These are family members. These are friends and neighbors. And I don't want us to lose sight of that."

It's a grass roots effort, with Doyle reaching out through her column, radio show and friends, but she is hoping for a widespread response.

"I live on the East Side of Buffalo, but this is not just an East Side-of-Buffalo thing," said Doyle, who spend 30 years as a teacher in Buffalo.

"I'm encouraging everyone across Western New York to think about others, to think about their family and to unite."

Doyle began the effort last night by keeping her porch lights on from dusk until dawn. She heard from friends who followed her lead. The plan is to keep the lights on until the end of May.

"We are the City of Good Neighbors."


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Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.
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