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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.

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turned Attendees in to Presenters

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turned Attendees in to Presenters

Buffalo Unconference powered by AT&T, an interactive event built to bring together a diverse group of people, so they may share their knowledge on topics they are passionate about through presentations, demos, and open discussions, returned to downtown Buffalo last Saturday (April 16, 2016) by popular demand for its second year. The free conference was open to the public and was hosted at VCAMP Health Accelerator in downtown Buffalo. The more than 250 innovative and creative attendees were encouraged to either participate by presenting on topics such as technology, entrepreneurship, programming, art, music, volunteerism, writing, or virtually any creative subject or sit in the various presentations to learn a new creative skill or passion.  The Buffalo Unconference powered by AT&T organizers curated the talks and categorized them into six different tracks of speakers that ran concurrently and attendees chose which talks to attend. 

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turns Attendees in to Presenters

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turns Attendees in to Presenters

 

Free Self-organizing conference returns to provide for an opportunity for the collision of ideas and collaboration; hundreds of Western New Yorker to spend April 16th teaching each other new innovative skills

 

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Book-signing Event with Author Matt Bindig

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Book-signing Event with Author Matt Bindig

Matt Bindig, author of “Nothing Here is Real,” will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, for a book-signing event. Dog Ears is located at 688 Abbott Road in Buffalo.

Bindig was raised outside of Buffalo and educated at Hobart College and Harvard University. He lives with his wife and children in the Buffalo area where he teaches high school English. “Nothing Here is Real” is his first novel.

A Special Gift in Buffalo for Observance of International Women's Day

A Special Gift in Buffalo for Observance of International Women's Day

 

In observance of International Women's Day, Leslie Jean of American Style Tribal Bellydance, Euhpraxia - created a series of images, to feature on her Instagram account. 

This ongoing project honors women whom she has been inspired by, taught by, loved by and loved in return, mentored by, motivated by,  and humbled by. 

You can view the entire album starting HERE on Facebook. 

Thank you Leslie for showing the rest of us how to be grateful for the immense artistic and diverse community that is Buffalo, Western New York and our world. 

Decorated Veteran is First to Receive New Daemen Scholarship

Decorated Veteran is First to Receive New Daemen Scholarship

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College student veteran Nicholas Pilozzi has been selected as the first recipient of the new Karamanoukian Scholarship established with a generous gift from board trustee Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian and his wife, Karen Karalus Karamanoukian.

“As a strong supporter of our veterans and our country’s military, I’m pleased to award this scholarship to a veteran as inspiring as Nick and to offer him financial assistance so he may achieve his educational goal at Daemen,” said Karamanoukian, a vein specialist and director of the Vein Treatment Center. “This gift will also add to Daemen’s commitment to provide student veterans the resources and support they need at the college, which has been a key focus of President Gary Olson and Vice President Michael Brogan.”

Garbaz Does Zeppelin: Buffalo Style

Garbaz Does Zeppelin: Buffalo Style

BUFFALO, NY-January 30, 2016- What do you call a thunderous, bluesy brand of folk-music, peppered with international sound, created with the intensity of hard rock and lending itself to psychedelia perception?

I call it Led Zeppelin.

On October 30, 1969, the members of the iconic London-based band, still in its infancy, made their inaugural Buffalo performance at Kleinhan's Music Hall. Lack of confidence in the band's ability to draw a Buffalo audience spurred tour managers to keep ticket costs under five dollars. The managers needn't have worried so much.

By all accounts, Buffalo was treated to an addicting performance that night. With the heavy, guitar-driven music of Jimmy Page permeating the powerful, mind-blowing lyrics of Robert Plant, the sounds of Zeppelin reverberated into the hall. Buffalo became hooked on Led Zeppelin that night. The rest is history.