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Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Mike Maccalupo

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Mike Maccalupo

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, will host author Mike Maccalupo for a book-signing event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. 

Maccalupo’s latest book, “Death by Incarceration,” is his first non-fiction novel. Released in July, this new book chronicles the life, murders, trial, incarceration and ministry of Larry Stromberg, an up-and-coming Philadelphia actor and screenwriter who murdered his wife and mother-in-law in 1996. After his conviction and sentencing to two consecutive life sentences he begins his search for God which leads him to start a ministry to spread God's words through plays performed on stage for other convicts in the hope to bring them closer to God.

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High and Middle School STEM Video Challenge Powered by AT&T and BNMC

 High and Middle School STEM Video Challenge Powered by AT&T and BNMC

 

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC) is hosting a video competition for high school and middle school students as one of a number of events and activities that will complement the 2017 Topcoder Open (TCO) hosted by the BNMC in October. TCO is a prestigious programming, design, and data science competition that attracts some of the world’s most talented design and technology experts. The STEM Video Challenge, powered by AT&T, is designed for students to show how they predict technology will lead to a better future in Western New York.

Hotel Owners Turning to Sure Step to Keep Guests and Employees on Their Feet

Hotel Owners Turning to Sure Step to Keep Guests and Employees on Their Feet

Slip-and-fall injuries are a serious concern for all businesses, and the lodging industry is no exception. In fact, think about all the areas in a hotel, motel or bed-and-breakfast that have an increased potential for falls: Lobby floors and uncarpeted walkways, buffet and dining areas, kitchens, around swimming pools and saunas, locker rooms, restrooms. It’s a pretty lengthy list.

To prevent slip-and-fall accidents, more and more businesses, including hotels, are turning to a product called Sure Step, offered locally by Western New York-based Nonslip Safety Solution, to keep guests and employees on their feet. The result: Fewer potential lawsuits and/or missed work days.

M&T Bank to Accept Hamburg Central School, Frontier Central School Taxes

Taxpayers in the Hamburg Central School District and Frontier Central School District will find it more convenient to pay their school taxes this year as a result of an agreement between Town of Hamburg Town Clerk Catherine Rybczynski and M&T Bank.

Beginning this month, school tax payments from both districts, paid in full, will be accepted at M&T branches located at 23 Lake Ave., Blasdell, 5771 Camp Rd., Hamburg, and 6000 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Residents also may continue to pay their taxes in person at the Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

“We are delighted to leverage our longstanding relationship with M&T Bank to provide additional payment locations and convenience to the Town of Hamburg taxpayers,” said Catherine Rybczynski, Town Clerk of Hamburg.

Payments will be accepted until Monday, Oct. 16, the final day for payment without penalty.

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Lessons at WILD All-Star Cheerleading Go Far Beyond the Mat

Lessons at WILD All-Star Cheerleading Go Far Beyond the Mat

While some families register their children for classes at WILD All-Star Cheerleading in Orchard Park to learn the latest cheerleading, gymnastic and dance techniques, it’s the underlying lessons in self-confidence, teamwork, personal responsibility, respect, discipline, social responsibility and family that are providing skills that will last a lifetime.

“While we do our best to offer opportunities to meet the needs of every student that comes through our door, we also get to know each individual and help them set and reach goals, learn the value of commitment and teamwork, and ultimately see their dreams become a reality,” said Rebekah Stiller, WILD co-owner and co-founder. “Our ultimate goal is to create champions both on and off the mat!”

Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

This week, Sept. 10-16, is National Suicide Prevention Week. For some of us, it’s a time to reflect and mourn those we have lost. And for all of us, it should also be a week filled with starting conversations, taking an active role in suicide prevention, and seeking immediate help for those suffering from depression or carrying the burden of suicidal thoughts.

“Suicidal thoughts and depression can impact anyone of any age, race or gender. It does not discriminate,” said Monica A. Farrar, a licensed mental health counselor and private clinician in Williamsville. “Far too often I meet individuals and families who feel embarrassed or ashamed to openly discuss mental illness and suicide, and that needs to end. Help is available, and it may be a simple conversation that opens the door to treatment and a far better life.”

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Funding Needed to Turn a 140-acre Forest on Grand Island Into an Iconic New Nature Preserve

Funding Needed to Turn a 140-acre Forest on Grand Island Into an Iconic New Nature Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy and residents of Grand Island hope to create a new 140-acre forested nature preserve along the Niagara River. That dream came closer to reality this month when funding was committed by the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee and the Gallogly Family Foundation totaling more than $700,000. This funding will be just enough for the Land Conservancy to purchase the property and open it to the public. The Land Conservancy is hoping to raise at least another $600,000 to create an even better walking trail system, restore wildlife habitat and help maintain the preserve in the long run.