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Local Artist Matt Schreiner Painting His Way Into the Hearts of Many

Local Artist Matt Schreiner Painting His Way Into the Hearts of Many

 

It’s quite an accomplishment when you can take a hobby and turn it into a career. It becomes a remarkable achievement when you can expand upon that career so that it will benefit countless others in your community and across the country.

But that’s exactly what 26-year-old Orchard Park resident Matt Schreiner has been able to accomplish, with amazing results. After graduating from Niagara Falls High School and Buffalo State College, where he majored in education, Schreiner decided to follow a different career path. This path focused on his artistic abilities and his love of sports and especially his hometown teams, the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills.

Admitted Toys R Us Killer To Plead Guilty on Gun Charges


BUFFALO, NY - The man who admitted killing a Toys R Us employee was back before a judge to answer to separate gun charges Tuesday morning in federal court.

Bernard Grucza pleaded guilty to a charge unrelated to the stabbing death of assistant manager Larry Wells last June.

Grucza admitted to unlawfully obtaining a gun from an on-line broker, and portraying himself as someone else, setting up a fake PO box. The gun broker thought he was sending the gun to a licensed dealer as a result.

Grucza faces 12-18 months in prison, to run concurrently to his state sentence, when he is sentenced in July. He is also ordered to pay restitution of $223,000.

Tomasik Optical Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

Tomasik Optical Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

 

April 22 is Earth Day, a day of great importance to the local eye care experts at Tomasik Optical. In fact, they strive to make a difference in the Western New York community every day — 365 days a year!

For example, Tomasik Optical is proud to carry the only brand of frames certified to be made of at least 95 percent recycled materials. ECO — or Earth Conscious Optics — are the choice of actor Leonardo DeCaprio, who wears both prescription and sunglass styles from this environmentally conscious brand. Are you interested in helping the environment? Ask the experts at Tomasik Optical to show you this unique line of high-quality and earth-friendly frames!

Exhibits, Classes Continue at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery

Exhibits, Classes Continue at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery

 

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca has several creative events and classes planned throughout the months of April and May. The gallery is located at 1168 Orchard Park Road.

The popular Wine, Women & Art class returns from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10.  A girl’s night out, participants in this month’s class will paint a pair of wine glasses and a wine decanter in a grape motif. All supplies are included and the cost of the class is just $25. To reserve your place, please call 675-0204.

Cultural Attractions Collaborate to Create Seven-stop ‘Passport’ Event in Erie and Niagara Counties

Cultural Attractions Collaborate to Create Seven-stop ‘Passport’ Event in Erie and Niagara Counties

 

Seven Erie and Niagara County cultural attractions are teaming up to present a collaborative weekend, May 8-10, enabling guests to visit all seven locations for one low price. “History in Your Backyard” participants will receive a commemorative “passport” that will be stamped at each attraction. The passport will also contain discounts for numerous local restaurants.

Additionally, participants who visit and receive a stamp at each site will be entered into  a drawing to win a helicopter ride over Niagara Falls courtesy of Rainbow Air Helicopter Rides! Participants will also be entered to win a gift basket from each participating attraction. Details will be available at each location.

Daemen Professor Named Health Leadership Fellow

Daemen Professor Named Health Leadership Fellow

Dr. Isiah Marshall, associate professor and master of social work program director at Daemen College, has been selected as a Health Leadership Fellow by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.

The 18-month program is designed to expand the network of highly collaborative and skilled leaders who will serve as advocates to improve the health and well-being of the frail elderly and children from communities of poverty throughout the region.

As a Health Leadership Fellow, Marshall will participate in sessions on personal leadership, leading change, communicating as a leader, results-based leadership, and collaboration. He will also attend two- to three-day retreats led by experts in the field, take part in an inter-organizational team project, and receive executive coaching.

Girls Get Free Prom Dresses


HAMBURG, NY - Happy moments on Saturday for girls getting ready to shine on prom night.

They picked up free prom dresses at the Performing Arts Dance Academy in Hamburg thanks to community donations in the drive held by Urban Valet Dry Cleaners and Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon.

Any high-school aged girl can head there Sunday to get a dress from noon to 3 p.m. The Performance Arts Dance Academy is located on Lake Street.

Two On Your Side multimedia journalist Jim Herr prepared this report on Saturday's event, presented "in their own words."