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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.

Explore Buffalo Announces May Tour Schedule

Explore Buffalo Announces May Tour Schedule

Explore Buffalo has released an exciting and interesting lineup of local architecture, history and neighborhood tours during the month of May. 

Stand Out From the ‘Selfie’ Crowd with a Professional Headshot

Stand Out From the ‘Selfie’ Crowd with a Professional Headshot

There are countless reasons why an individual may require a professional headshot —  applying for a new position, a recent promotion at your current place of employment or being appointed to the board of a nonprofit organization are among the top reasons. But whatever the reason, it’s always best to be prepared with both knowledge and the name and number of an experienced headshot photographer.

“A professional headshot is often your first opportunity to make a positive impression,” said Elizabeth Snyder, owner of Elizabeth Snyder Photography, LLC of Grand Island. “Some companies are now requiring a profile image along with a resume at an in-person interview, so planning in advance is key. And in today’s ‘selfie’ world, you will really stand out and show your professionalism.

Open House, Derby Luncheon and Dance Workshop Coming to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Open House, Derby Luncheon and Dance Workshop Coming to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

An Open House, Kentucky Derby Luncheon and Victorian Dance Workshop highlight a fun-filled May calendar at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst.

The annual Open House is a free event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, featuring tables from all of the organization’s creative guilds and information on how you can become involved at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. Guests will also find information on renting the museum, becoming a member or sponsor, getting involved as a volunteer, and all of Heritage Village’s upcoming events! Brief guided tours will be offered at 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. Guests will also have an opportunity to meet the staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers, and twin Jersey calves Jack and Flynn! There will be a report to the community presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. and a reception of coffee, tea, water and goodies.

‘Nothing Here is Real’ is the Latest Release from Publisher No Frills Buffalo

‘Nothing Here is Real’ is the Latest Release from Publisher No Frills Buffalo

“Nothing Here is Real,” the first novel by local author Matt Bindig, is set for April release by No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

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. 

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

 

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Creative Springtime Events

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Creative Springtime Events

“Two Peas In a Pod,” an exhibit featuring the work of mother and daughter artists Sharon and Lauren Fratantonio, opens Friday, April 8, at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The artwork will include Sharon’s funky doodle drawings and pottery and Lauren’s colorful clay fungi creations and incredible drawings.

Career Development for Artists with Gerald Mead will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. A noted artist, independent curator and art collector, Mead will discuss strategies for getting broader exposure for you and your artwork through exhibition opportunities, networking and promotion. The cost for this class is $20.