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Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 18th Season on Saturday, May 7

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 18th Season on Saturday, May 7

Several new vendors, talented local entertainers, community group informational tables, three KidBiz appearances and two Wellness Lanes will highlight a fun-filled 2016 season at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. The selling season kicks off on Saturday, May 7, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 26. Hours at the open-air venue in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. 

The market will once again start the season on the east side of Elmwood Avenue for the first four to six weeks before moving across the street to its usual location on the west side of Elmwood Avenue. This has become an annual practice for the purpose of grass recovery.

DNA & Paternity, A Child's Perspective With Live Interview

 DNA & Paternity, A Child's Perspective With Live Interview

 

DNA Testing can determine if an adult is the biological parent of a child.

 

The non-invasive procedure involves collecting and examining the DNA [your body contains as many as 100 trillion cells containing DNA or Deoxyribonucleic Acid] of a small sample of bodily fluid or tissue from a child and potential parent. DNA testing can prove biological grandparents, maternity, and siblings.

 

There are various terms associated with DNA Testing such as Paternity Testing, Relationship Testing, DNA Profiling, and Genetic Fingerprinting.

 

Dog Ears Bookstore Offers Free After-school Homework Help Program

Dog Ears Bookstore Offers Free After-school Homework Help Program

The Enlightenment Literary Arts Center at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café is now offering a free After-school Homework Help Program targeting different skills each day. The program offers ELA homework assistance, reading comprehension passages, vocabulary enrichment, test-taking strategies, organizational skill building, study skills, and peer tutoring with Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School and Mount Mercy Academy students.

Assistance is offered for students in grades three through five from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Peer tutoring is the focus on Monday, and New York State test prep skills with certified teachers on Tuesday.

Students in grades six through eight can receive assistance from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, with peer tutoring featured on Wednesdays and New York State test prep skills with certified teachers on Thursday.

War Memorial Stadium, Remembering the Ol' Rockpile

War Memorial Stadium, Remembering the Ol' Rockpile

War Memorial Stadium, Remembering the Ol' Rockpile, 1937-1987 Jefferson, Best & Dodge Streets, Buffalo NY

With the Bisons 2016 home season opener this week at C.C. Field, it seems appropriate to bring back the memories of where we came from as local baseball fans.  

Loss of a child to addiction disrupts natural order

When a couple make the decision to have a child, a natural plan begins to fall into place. With great anticipation they wait for that happy plan to become reality — birthdays, elementary school, high school, college, marriage and eventually grandchildren. Never does that plan include the devastating loss of a child due to addiction.

Day after day we hear about opiate-related deaths in our region and across the country.  Children are dying outside of the “natural order,” and when it occurs it sends people into a tailspin. We’re just not supposed to outlive our children. 

While there is really no “getting over” such a loss, you can begin to integrate it into your life. It’s important to understand that grief is a long journey and finding normalcy takes time. You don't wake up one day and everything's good again.

Dog Ears Bookstore Plans Annual Gala

Dog Ears Bookstore Plans Annual Gala

The eighth annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. The theme for the event is “Buffalo Beats & Eats,” a celebration of local music and cuisine.

Providing musical entertainment will be the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club and Gimme Buffett. Additionally, more than 20 local restaurants will participate in a “Taste of the City” event during the gala. Beer and wine will be included in the ticket price, including a special beer-tasting event by Certo Brothers Distributing.

Gala tickets are $50 and are available in advance at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door. This is a 21 and older event.