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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.

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

A petty thief, local mobsters and a parish priest who’s more sinner than saint come together in the gritty black-comedy crime novel “Stay Away from Lions,” the latest release from No Frills Buffalo. 

Written by Buffalo natives and St. Bonaventure University graduates J. Matthew Smith and Patrick Reynolds, “Stay Away from Lions” follows the poorly led life of Tommy Patton, a small-time South Buffalo crook who upon being sprung from his latest stint in the Erie County Jail learns he’s in debt to a ruthless mob boss as a result of a robbery gone wrong.

With the payback deadline looming, a two-faced henchman charged with collecting the debt goes behind his boss’s back and hatches a scheme designed to benefit all involved. But when that scheme unravels, unholy secrets are exposed costing people their lives.

Annunciation School Still Accepting Pre-K Applications

Annunciation School Still Accepting Pre-K Applications

 

Annunciation School, located at 7580 Clinton St. in Elma, continues to accept applications for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 for the 2013-14 school year. Following the New York State core standards for preschools, the primary goal in Annunciation Pre-K is to have your child’s first experience in school be a positive, fun and successful one! 

Pre-K students at Annunciation review colors and shapes and begin pre-math, pre-writing and pre-reading skills, and work to develop the social and learning skills that are important for academic success. Students also begin using sign language as a second language and enjoy art, music, library, computer lab, physical education and science. This is also the perfect age to begin learning prayers.

Western New York to Join the Million March Against Child Abuse

Western New York to Join the Million March Against Child Abuse

 

For the first time in American history on April 22, 2013, people in 200 cities and 45 states will join and will walk together in solidarity to raise awareness of child abuse and crimes against children at the inaugural Million March Against Child Abuse. Buffalo will be one of the participating cities.  Child advocate groups, churches, parents, teachers and many other concerned citizens from across Western New York (WNY) will take part in this national event and will converge on Lafayette Square in Downtown Buffalo and March to Niagara Square loudly voicing their collective outrage against child abuse along their route. 

Don’t Let Your St. Patrick’s Day End Tragically

Don’t Let Your St. Patrick’s Day End Tragically

As St. Patrick's Day approaches, The Resource Training Center, provider of the New York State Drinking Driver Program, is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they've been drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2006 to 2010.  

“Whether you are gathering with friends at the local pub or attending the parade, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely,” said Monica Farrar, program director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst.

Tips to Keep your Purse or Wallet Safe While Shopping

Tips to Keep your Purse or Wallet Safe While Shopping

The Amherst Police Department released a list of tips to keep in mind all year long and especially during the holidays.

Legislator Mills Announces Boston, Orchard Park Library Fundraisers

Legislator Mills Announces Boston, Orchard Park Library Fundraisers

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills will host the 1st annual Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser to benefit the Boston Free Library.

“I am looking forward to the first hot dog roast in Boston and bringing this fun event to the community. I hope everyone will come out and support the library,” said Legislator Mills.

The fundraiser will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Boston Free Library, 9475 Boston State Road, Boston. The event will also feature Bubbleman from 6 to 7 p.m.