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Buffalo CPA Wins ‘Accountant of the Month’ Contest

Buffalo CPA Wins ‘Accountant of the Month’ Contest

Buffalo CPA Wins ‘Accountant of the Month’ Contest

Via Facebook, Accounting Today Selects Sword-Wielding Accountant for July Honor

Accounting Today, a leading provider of professional news, tools and perspective for the tax and accounting community, has chosen Michael Biondo, tax manager at Freed Maxick CPAs of Buffalo, N.Y., as July’s “Accountant of the Month.”

The Accountant of the Month contest challenges Accounting Today’s audience and community of Facebook friends to break the stereotype that accountants are boring.  Entries are submitted through Accounting Today’s Facebook page. At the end of each month, the editors pick the CPA who they believe best demonstrates that accountants can be just as unconventional and outgoing, and just as, well, fun as other professionals.

Western New Yorkers Asking Where’s the Snow?

Western New Yorkers Asking Where’s the Snow?

Jokingly known in some circles across the country as the ‘Snow Capital of America’, Buffalo, NY is certainly looking to break its namesake this winter.

To-date our city has managed to fight off its first snowflakes until December 2nd, a feat that fell just one day short of a record that was set back in 1899.

In addition, we’ve also had only 2.8” of snow recorded so far this month which pales in comparison to last year’s total of 18.7” by December 13th. 

Granted, last year we had a fluke snowstorm that shut down the Thruway, but such little snow is not the norm around our great city and certainly the 52 degree temperatures in mid-December is highly unusual as well, so what gives?

According to the National Weather Service, the majority of the disparities are the cause of an unusual Jet Stream patter

City Native To Discuss Novel At Prendergast Library

City Native To Discuss Novel At Prendergast Library

JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown native who has just published her first book for young adults will speak and sign copies of “Dearly, Departed” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Fireplace Room at Prendergast Library.

Author Lia Habel will greet visitors in full Victorian dress and explain how she came to love zombies and immerse herself in neo-Victorian style and culture. 

“Dearly, Departed” is a fantasy, mystery, and thriller that takes place about 200 years in the future. It has been described as a “hugely entertaining teen zombie novel with an unconventional but tender love story at its heart.”

After she envisioned the plot during an eight-hour bus ride to New York, Miss Habel finished the first draft of the book in a little more than a month in 2008, sometimes writing upwards of 10,000 words a day.

Hauntings in Your Town

Hauntings in Your Town

For paranormal investigators, Halloween means more than just Trick or Treating, dressing up in costumes and scaring the wits out of each other, it’s about the heightened ability to communicate with the spirit world.

While you can communicate and experience the paranormal all year round, there is undoubtedly something extra “spooky” about this time of year that tends to bring out our inner fears.

TV and Hollywood have now brought this field into the forefront with shows such as the Travel Channel’s hit show Ghost Adventures and the Sci-Fi network’s popular Ghost Hunters, and who can forget the major success of the Paranormal Activity franchise.

In fact, those very shows have investigated haunted buildings right here in our own backyard on numerous occasions. 

Ghosts Are Real: My Experience

Ghosts Are Real: My Experience

Here’s my disclaimer: I do not like scary things.

Never in my life have I gone to see a horror movie and for perspective purposes, the movie “Signs” kept me restlessly awake for over a month.

So take that into consideration when I tell you that the idea of the paranormal scares the be-Jesus out of me. 

The funny thing about the paranormal is that it doesn’t care if you are scared, it will exist without you. That was case when I was growing up and is still the case today.

My first memorable experience with the paranormal was when I lived in Alden, NY.  I was just 4 years old at the time and woke up to the sounds of a party going on downstairs in my basement.  By party, I mean people laughing, talking loudly and music playing.  It was loud enough to wake me out of a sound sleep.  As I crept downstairs to sneak a peek at this party, I noticed that the lights were not on.  No one was down there.