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Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

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Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center supports the Buffalo Ornithological Society’s (BOS) ambitious effort every fall to count birds in Western New York.

Whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area, it takes many people -- beginning to advanced birders -- to cover the four-county territory that is counted. 

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Saturday October 8.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

The BOS count has been held every second Saturday in October since 1939.  The date was chosen to coincide with the end of the fall migration. 

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Local Author Bill Metzger

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Local Author Bill Metzger

Bill Metzger, author of “An Empty Desk” and “The Lolita File,” will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 for a book-signing event.

In “An Empty Desk,” on the first day of a new school year, Keisha Jones is told that a student's body has been discovered in the school dumpster. The police have identified the student as Julia Rodriquez, but are having trouble locating her parents. When Keisha provides the police with an address, they tell her she is mistaken, that the house is abandoned. The school social worker decides to visit the address herself. When a neighbor tells her that the house harbors drug addicts, Keisha feels, intuitively, that something is missing from the picture!

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Environmental Summit to Focus on Solar-Powered Energy

Environmental Summit to Focus on Solar-Powered Energy

AMHERST, N.Y. – The benefits of solar power as a renewable energy and Canalside Buffalo’s unique solar-powered carousel project will be explored by industry experts at the 12th annual Western New York Environmental Summit scheduled for Sept. 24 at Daemen College.

The summit, “The Power is You: Sustainable Communities Are Here,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the college’s Wick Campus Center. The environmental-focused event is free and open to the public, and breakfast will be provided to attendees.

“We are pleased to bring together professionals from the solar energy industry who will offer valuable perspective on this renewable energy source and how it is paving the way to a cleaner, more sustainable future,” said Cheryl Bird, executive director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement.

Monday, October 3, is Audubon Birdseed Order Deadline

Monday, October 3, is Audubon Birdseed Order Deadline

Jamestown, NY – With fall just around the corner, now is the time to stock up on birdseed to be sure our feathered friends visit your home throughout the winter.

Monday, October 3, is the deadline for placing orders for the Audubon Nature Center’s fall sale of a variety of birdseeds and related items. In addition to the exclusively formulated Conewango Blend for local birds, specialty seeds, “cakes,” suet cage feeders, and other treats are also available. 

Your many choices can be found by clicking on the “Bird Seed” page at www.jamestownaudubon.org or calling the Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 during business hours. 

Orders can be submitted online, phoned, mailed, or faxed. Friends of the Nature Center receive an 18% discount on pre-ordered birdseed. (You can become a member by clicking on “Membership” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.)

New Release From No Frills Buffalo Follows Author’s Rocky Road to Redemption

New Release From No Frills Buffalo Follows Author’s Rocky Road to Redemption

“The Lost Son: A Rock 'n' Roll Road to Redemption” by Peter McNeela, M.D., M.P.H., is the latest release from No Frills Buffalo publishing company.