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Book-signing Event to Feature Author, Poet and Photographer Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil

Book-signing Event to Feature Author, Poet and Photographer Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil

Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil, author of “My Visions, My Truths: Poems and Inspirations,” will host a book-signing event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Hamburg American Legion Post #527, 2 Memorial Drive, Hamburg. The book was recently released by No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

Sinatra Mac Neil is a native of Western New York. She is a graduate from D'Youville College and Lafayette High School and has obtained a dual bachelor's degree in math/computer science and philosophy. “My Visions, My Truths: Poems and Inspirations” is her first volume of inspirational poetry. The book was written to help others cope with life-changing trials as she herself has faced in her own life. This book is a collection of verse and photographs taken around Western New York.

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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.

Olear Team Plans Informational Seminars for Older Adults and Caregivers

Olear Team Plans Informational Seminars for Older Adults and Caregivers

Michael Olear, a licensed real estate broker and member of the Olear Team at MJ Peterson, will present two educational seminars at Crestmount Senior Apartments, 285 Crestmount Ave., Tonawanda, in May and June.

The seminars are open to the community and focus on real estate topics relevant to older adults and their loved ones and caregivers, including right-sizing and simplifying a living situation, legal and regulatory issues to be aware of, and available resources and tools related to these matters. 

The seminars will be held on the following dates:
May 14 at 11 a.m.
June 11 at 11 a.m.
To register, please contact the Olear Team today at (716) 880-4442 or info@olear.com.

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.

Tallamy’s research and his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl, our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size. 

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Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

By Tom Torbjornsen

This is a great question which we will discuss, but first let’s talk about the different ways an automatic transmission acts “funny.”

Slipping: When an automatic trans slips between gears — that is, to describe it as the engine revving up but the vehicle goes much slower than the engine seems to be racing, and then grabbing hold and back into gear, sometimes harshly.

Shuddering: This condition is when in gear while driving, it feels like you’re driving over rumble or alert strips at high speeds on a smooth highway. The whole vehicle shudders and shakes, as if having a convulsion.

Get Moving! Six Ways to Add Steps to Your Day

Get Moving! Six Ways to Add Steps to Your Day

(ProActive Sports Rehab offers a weekly column promoting health, fitness and physical therapy. Please be sure to check back each week for a new topic!)

If you spend a large portion of your day sitting, you're not alone. Inactivity is one of the key factors contributing to the nation's high rate of obesity and its related health effects. Research shows 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours a day sitting, and 20 to 35 percent spend four or more hours a day watching TV.

Replacing Your Home's Windows is Not Always Cut and Dry

Replacing Your Home's Windows is Not Always Cut and Dry

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your home and make it more energy efficient in the process, you may want to start with your windows. But before you sign on the dotted line with a contractor, there are a few things to consider to ensure that you’re making a wise investment.

First, be aware that window quality and installation techniques differ from contractor to contractor. For example, it will pay to know the difference between dual pane, triple pane, argon gas and Low-E glass. What is going to be the best combination for your specific situation?