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From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

During his younger years, Ken Newton loved to draw and hoped to one day become a famous cartoon artist. He pursued that dream until life eventually got in the way.

Today, the 48-year-old Cheektowaga resident lives a relatively quiet life as husband, father, grandfather and softball coach. While it wasn’t his dream, he’s had a nice 30-year career in the local finance industry. 

But, there’s still that pesky creative itch to scratch …

Daemen Athletic Training Graduates Again Earn 100 Percent Exam Pass Rate

Daemen Athletic Training Graduates Again Earn 100 Percent Exam Pass Rate

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College’s athletic training graduates have for the fifth consecutive year achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the rigorous National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Board of Certification exam, a rate that far surpasses the national average of 83 percent.

“The impressive success of our 2017 athletic training graduates continues the high level of performance achieved by previous classes on the national certification exam,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of students. “Attaining this pass rate speaks to the academic strength, quality of our faculty, and hard work of our talented students to develop the advanced competencies needed for the athletic training profession.”

AAA WCNY, AT&T & NYS Police Team Up with WNY Officials to Host Distracted Driving Awareness Day

 AAA WCNY, AT&T & NYS Police Team Up with WNY Officials to Host Distracted Driving Awareness Day

York State Senators Chris Jacobs and Michael Ranzenhofer, AAA Western and Central New York, New York State Police and AT&T teamed up to raise awareness for AAA’s 100 Deadliest Days (the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb 15 percent compared to the rest of the year), as well as AT&T’s “It Can Wait” public education campaign and NYS distracted driving laws.

Distracted Driving Awareness Day in Western New York was hosted June 1 at AAA WCNY headquarters, where young drivers, parents and all those who visited the Amherst AAA were educated about the dangers of distracted driving.

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (May 10, 2017) – Infinity Visual and Performing Arts welcomes two new instructors! Ryan Hawkins (Steel Drum) and Kate Rinko (Infinite Exploration).

Ryan co-directs Infinity’s Steel Drum Ensemble and beginning Steel Drum classes. Kate is teaching Infinity’s newest private lesson experience,  “Infinite Exploration!”

Do you want to join Infinity, but you aren't sure where to start?

Sign up for "Infinite Exploration", and you will receive a 30 minute private lesson each week exploring a variety of different instruments and art forms!  Discover the right fit for you!

Infinite Exploration Lessons include experiences such as:

Piano, Ukulele, Dance, Film, Photography, Rhythm, Reading Music, Steel Drums, Hand Drums, Guitar, Art

Ryan Hawkins- Steel Drum Instructor

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO-FM 88.7 and AT&T will present a Facebook Live panel event on cyberbullying on Tuesday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley, this online event is not simply to raise awareness of cyberbullying.  This program is about developing strategies that students, teachers and parents can use to minimize cyberbullying. The program will also provide online tools and resources to help facilitate conversations and make a cultural shift around this dangerous behavior.

The panel:

·       Tracy Rodemeyer, the mother of Jamey Rodemeyer, the Williamsville teen who was driven to suicide by cyberbullying in 2011.

·       Amanda Nickerson, Ph.d, Director of UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse prevention.

·       Daniela Wolfe, a social worker for the Amherst School District and serves as a Dignity Act Coordinator.

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (May 1, 2017) – Infinity Visual and Performing Arts welcomes two new instructors! Patrick Becker (Voice) and Sheridan Smith (Awareness Theater).

Patrick Becker- Vocal Instructor

Patrick Philip Becker, Tenor, is an alumnus from Mercyhurst University. He recently performed Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte and Pedrillo in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL with the D’Angelo Opera Theater as well as Cosmic Ray in Thompson Street Opera Company’s production of COSMIC RAY AND THE AMAZING CHRIS.

In past seasons, he was a young artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as the cover for Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI.

Rural Outreach Center Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

Rural Outreach Center Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting, empowering and elevating the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas, has made several new appointments to its board of directors.