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Coping with Grief During the Holiday Season

Coping with Grief During the Holiday Season

We all cope with grief in different ways, but with the holiday season quickly approaching, it can set off emotions that can be extremely difficult to deal with alone.

“For many individuals, intense grieving is often centered around those times of year — birthdays, anniversaries, holidays — when we miss our loved ones even more,” said Monica Farrar, a licensed mental health counselor and private clinician in Williamsville. “When you lose someone close to you, it’s not uncommon to lose interest in celebrating holidays and special occasions because these events magnify your loss.

“While these times may be sad, it is OK to smile and have moments of peace and even laughter. It is OK to remember and honor your love and loss, accept the reality of the situation and allow yourself to feel all emotions, including both joy and sadness.”

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.

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Mike Maccalupo

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Mike Maccalupo

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, will host author Mike Maccalupo for a book-signing event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. 

Maccalupo’s latest book, “Death by Incarceration,” is his first non-fiction novel. Released in July, this new book chronicles the life, murders, trial, incarceration and ministry of Larry Stromberg, an up-and-coming Philadelphia actor and screenwriter who murdered his wife and mother-in-law in 1996. After his conviction and sentencing to two consecutive life sentences he begins his search for God which leads him to start a ministry to spread God's words through plays performed on stage for other convicts in the hope to bring them closer to God.

Local Mom Turned Autism Advocate Hopes to Share Her Message With the WNY Community

Local Mom Turned Autism Advocate Hopes to Share Her Message With the WNY Community

Love without words. If your family has experienced the impact of autism, you already know the pain behind that brief statement.

Clarence residents Molly and Matthew Pitman are the very fortunate parents of two beautiful children, Donovan and Charlotte. Now 14, Donovan was diagnosed with autism at 23 months old … and their lives were changed forever.

“When our daughter Charlotte was about three years old, she asked me why Donovan did not respond when she said, ‘I love you.’ While I was caught off guard, I used her bond with our family dog, Makeo, as a teachable moment,” said Molly. “Makeo plays with you. He gets excited when you come home and he even lets you cuddle with him. Makeo shows you his love without saying a word. Charlotte seemed to have a better understanding, and so did I.”

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.