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BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

Identity theft is still a major problem in the United States. Over 15 million U.S. consumers lost $16 billion in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. In the past six years, ID thieves have stolen over $107 billion.

To help combat ID theft and educate the public on best practices to secure personal information, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, in partnership with Tops Friendly Markets, Shred-It, AT&T, Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, and West Seneca Chamber of Commerce will host Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – noon across Upstate New York (Western New York, Rochester, and Central New York). 

The free community shredding events in Western New York will be held at Tops Friendly Markets at 355 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca and 3865 Union Road (corner of George Urban Blvd.), Cheektowaga in the parking lots.

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Positive ways to take action on environmental issues will be addressed at the 13th annual Western New York Environmental Summit taking place Sept. 30 at Daemen College.

“Get Involved: A Toolkit for Action,” which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Daemen’s Wick Campus Center. A continental breakfast will be provided for all event attendees.

“This year’s event is designed to educate attendees on how they can make a difference and have a positive impact on environmental issues,” said Dr. Brenda Young, program director of global and local sustainability. “Understanding the tools that are available to create change will help make efforts more effective in our communities.”

The Environmental Summit will kick off with a keynote presentation, “Empowering Your Organization Brand Through Social Media, to be given by Daniel Wangelin, owner of [re]noun creative, a Buffalo-based design and marketing company.

Tickets Still Available for Annual Buffalonia Event at 500 Seneca

Tickets Still Available for Annual Buffalonia Event at 500 Seneca

Pre-sale tickets for Buffalonia, the annual fundraising event for the Matt Urban Human Services Center and a celebration of our great city, are now available for purchase. Buffalonia will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at 500 Seneca St., Buffalo.

Tickets are priced at just $25 each or 10 for $200 and can be purchased at the Matt Urban Center, 1081 Broadway, Buffalo. Admission includes beer and a food voucher. Lloyd's Food Truck with be there, and DJ Jickster from 97 Rock will join in the festivities. Individuals purchasing a pre-sale ticket at the Matt Urban Center will receive a free Buffalonia T-shirt or a Buffalonia beer mug.

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. 

M&T Bank to Host Local Not-for-Profits at Bills’ Games

M&T Bank to Host Local Not-for-Profits at Bills’ Games

‘The Comfort Zone’ by M&T Provides One-of-a-Kind Game-Day Experience

Eight local not-for-profit organizations will experience an exciting and exclusive game-day experience during the 2017-18 Buffalo Bills season thanks to M&T Bank.

M&T Bank is again donating eight gameday tickets in ‘The Comfort Zone,’ a private section within the M&T Club, to eight local not-for-profit organizations as a ‘thank you’ for their service to the Western New York community. The Comfort Zone features a private club entrance, comfortable lounge seating and complimentary food and beverages.

Annual Western New York Land Conservancy Gala Taking Place on September 26

Annual Western New York Land Conservancy Gala Taking Place on September 26

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host its annual gala in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. For more than 26 years, the regional land trust and its thousands of supporters have saved more than 6,000 acres of forests, wetlands, meadows and farms in the eight counties of Western New York. These places include, among many others, the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora and farmland throughout the region. These places are protected forever because of the Land Conservancy and the efforts of its members.

Andre Reed to Kick Off ‘Read with Reed’ Initiative in Buffalo

Andre Reed to Kick Off ‘Read with Reed’ Initiative in Buffalo

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed will return to Buffalo at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, to kick off his Read with Reed 83 Challenge at the Boys & Girls Club’s Butler-Mitchell Clubhouse at 370 Massachusetts Ave. 

“My reading program called READ 83 has really taken and will support Boys & Girls Clubs in NFL cities,” Reed said. “I was a club kid who made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now I represent what they stand for and I know that through reading, every child can do the same. Reading is a way out!” 

Team Read 83 is also excited to introduce this new collaboration with inner city literacy experts from iKnowABC. In partnership with the Andre Reed Foundation, Pro Athlete Community Engagement Manager Theresa Villano and Cindy Finelli Coleman, M.Ed., of Cindy and Co., have co-created the Read with Reed 83 program.