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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.

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Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.

Tallamy’s research and his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl, our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size. 

Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

By Tom Torbjornsen

This is a great question which we will discuss, but first let’s talk about the different ways an automatic transmission acts “funny.”

Slipping: When an automatic trans slips between gears — that is, to describe it as the engine revving up but the vehicle goes much slower than the engine seems to be racing, and then grabbing hold and back into gear, sometimes harshly.

Shuddering: This condition is when in gear while driving, it feels like you’re driving over rumble or alert strips at high speeds on a smooth highway. The whole vehicle shudders and shakes, as if having a convulsion.

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.

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WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $70,000 from NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants

WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $70,000 from NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state. Representatives of the DEC and the Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event in Skaneateles, in Onondaga County, in recognition of Earth Week, a weeklong celebration of New York's commitment to protecting our environment, conserving open space, and increasing access to the state's vast and magnificent natural resources. The grants are funded through NYS’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), and the Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with DEC.

Stand Out From the ‘Selfie’ Crowd with a Professional Headshot

Stand Out From the ‘Selfie’ Crowd with a Professional Headshot

There are countless reasons why an individual may require a professional headshot —  applying for a new position, a recent promotion at your current place of employment or being appointed to the board of a nonprofit organization are among the top reasons. But whatever the reason, it’s always best to be prepared with both knowledge and the name and number of an experienced headshot photographer.

“A professional headshot is often your first opportunity to make a positive impression,” said Elizabeth Snyder, owner of Elizabeth Snyder Photography, LLC of Grand Island. “Some companies are now requiring a profile image along with a resume at an in-person interview, so planning in advance is key. And in today’s ‘selfie’ world, you will really stand out and show your professionalism.

Wellness Council of America Recognizes Lawley as a “Well Workplace”

Buffalo, N.Y. (April 14, 2016) – Lawley, a Top 100 independent insurance broker in the United States according to Business Insurance, was recently announced as a recipient of the Wellness Council of America’s (WELCOA) “Well Workplace” award. Lawley is one of nine companies in the U.S. to receive the award, which recognizes companies taking responsibility for maximizing the health and wellness of its employees.