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These are my people: a gay perspective on Orlando shootings

These are my people: a gay perspective on Orlando shootings

I woke up to something I did not expect today. I learned that 30 people died from a mass shooting at Pulse, an LGBTQ bar in Orlando, Florida today at the hands of 29-year old Omar Mateen. Later, I would learn the death toll had reached 50 people.

Yes, I know that hate crimes still exist. The timing seemed like a cruel twist of faith. This hatred was tacked onto the end of a great week-end. I had chaperoned an LGBT youth prom on Friday. . . To read more, click these are my people.  

 

 

Author of Buffalo-based Crime Novel to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

Author of Buffalo-based Crime Novel to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

Mark Hannon, author of “Every Man for Himself,” a crime novel about racketeering set in Buffalo during the early 1950s, will take part in a book-signing event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

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.

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (April 22, 2016) – Infinity Visual and Performing Arts welcomes two new instructors!

Lisa Johnson, Strings - Lisa is a violin and viola teacher with over 25 years of teaching experience. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Indiana University of PA and also a Masters in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University. She has taught students of all ages, from 4 years old through 70 years young. Her goal as a teacher is to provide her students with the tools and skills to become lifelong musicians and lovers of good music. Lisa is patient and nurturing, and encourages her students to always do their best – to achieve their full musical potential. She loves to find new and creative ways to motivate and teach, and looks for ideas to keep things fun.

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. News

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Infinity Visual and Performing Arts News

Ellen Feldt, Art Instructor - Ellen Feldt is an artist from Jamestown NY, who has always had a passion for art. When she was little, she went with her mother to Fredonia State College, where she visited the art classrooms her mother was taking at the time. This is where her love of art began. Seeing her mother's paintings sparked an interest in her, that would last a lifetime.  After that, her parents would take her to art museums on her birthdays. Throughout school, art was her favorite subject, and she took every art class offered. After high school, she continued her art education by watching how-to videos on YouTube and learning different techniques.

Decorated Veteran is First to Receive New Daemen Scholarship

Decorated Veteran is First to Receive New Daemen Scholarship

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College student veteran Nicholas Pilozzi has been selected as the first recipient of the new Karamanoukian Scholarship established with a generous gift from board trustee Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian and his wife, Karen Karalus Karamanoukian.

“As a strong supporter of our veterans and our country’s military, I’m pleased to award this scholarship to a veteran as inspiring as Nick and to offer him financial assistance so he may achieve his educational goal at Daemen,” said Karamanoukian, a vein specialist and director of the Vein Treatment Center. “This gift will also add to Daemen’s commitment to provide student veterans the resources and support they need at the college, which has been a key focus of President Gary Olson and Vice President Michael Brogan.”