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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.

Get Moving! Six Ways to Add Steps to Your Day

Get Moving! Six Ways to Add Steps to Your Day

(ProActive Sports Rehab offers a weekly column promoting health, fitness and physical therapy. Please be sure to check back each week for a new topic!)

If you spend a large portion of your day sitting, you're not alone. Inactivity is one of the key factors contributing to the nation's high rate of obesity and its related health effects. Research shows 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours a day sitting, and 20 to 35 percent spend four or more hours a day watching TV.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 18th Season on Saturday, May 7

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 18th Season on Saturday, May 7

Several new vendors, talented local entertainers, community group informational tables, three KidBiz appearances and two Wellness Lanes will highlight a fun-filled 2016 season at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. The selling season kicks off on Saturday, May 7, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 26. Hours at the open-air venue in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. 

The market will once again start the season on the east side of Elmwood Avenue for the first four to six weeks before moving across the street to its usual location on the west side of Elmwood Avenue. This has become an annual practice for the purpose of grass recovery.

“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.

DNA & Paternity, A Child's Perspective With Live Interview

 DNA & Paternity, A Child's Perspective With Live Interview

 

DNA Testing can determine if an adult is the biological parent of a child.

 

The non-invasive procedure involves collecting and examining the DNA [your body contains as many as 100 trillion cells containing DNA or Deoxyribonucleic Acid] of a small sample of bodily fluid or tissue from a child and potential parent. DNA testing can prove biological grandparents, maternity, and siblings.

 

There are various terms associated with DNA Testing such as Paternity Testing, Relationship Testing, DNA Profiling, and Genetic Fingerprinting.

 

Dog Ears Bookstore Offers Free After-school Homework Help Program

Dog Ears Bookstore Offers Free After-school Homework Help Program

The Enlightenment Literary Arts Center at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café is now offering a free After-school Homework Help Program targeting different skills each day. The program offers ELA homework assistance, reading comprehension passages, vocabulary enrichment, test-taking strategies, organizational skill building, study skills, and peer tutoring with Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School and Mount Mercy Academy students.

Assistance is offered for students in grades three through five from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Peer tutoring is the focus on Monday, and New York State test prep skills with certified teachers on Tuesday.

Students in grades six through eight can receive assistance from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, with peer tutoring featured on Wednesdays and New York State test prep skills with certified teachers on Thursday.

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