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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.

“Picture Yourself on the BNMC, Powered by AT&T” Attracts Hundreds of Students and their Families

“Picture Yourself on the BNMC, Powered by AT&T” Attracts Hundreds of Students and their Families

Nearly 600 middle and high school students and their parents took part in the second annual  “Picture Yourself on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Powered by AT&T” event today in order to get a behind-the-scenes look at the variety of work that takes place there every day including medical, manufacturing, research and entrepreneurial organizations. The half-day event was designed to introduce future STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, internships and volunteer opportunities to area students in grades seven through twelve and to demonstrate the importance of STEM education and the field’s significant  impact on the region’s resurgence.  Participation in the event exceeded the goal of 500 and increased by about 150 people compared to last year.

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. 

Main Street Marketplace to Host Community Groups Each Week

Main Street Marketplace to Host Community Groups Each Week

Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s 16-week farmers’ market sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, will provide a free informational table each week to a local community group. The market runs from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, next to West Seneca Town Hall. In the event of bad weather, the market moves into the parking lot in front of the West Seneca Ice Rink.

Following is the market’s 2016 community group schedule:

May 12: West Seneca Chamber of Commerce

May 19: Friends of the West Seneca Public Library

May 26: West Seneca Rotary

June 2: Burchfield Nature and Art Center

June 9: West Seneca Community Emergency Response Team

Art Show and Sale to Benefit Students Impacted by Loss of Funds

Art Show and Sale to Benefit Students Impacted by Loss of Funds

A Small Town Art Show and Sale, a benefit to raise funds to replace money allegedly stolen from the Pavilion Central School District Parent Teacher Organization, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at BW’s Country Club Banquet Facility, 11070 Perry Road, Pavilion. 

The show will feature numerous pieces of art donated by local artists and Pavilion students. There will be artwork priced to sell, plus silent and live auctions.

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