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Hotel Owners Turning to Sure Step to Keep Guests and Employees on Their Feet

Hotel Owners Turning to Sure Step to Keep Guests and Employees on Their Feet

Slip-and-fall injuries are a serious concern for all businesses, and the lodging industry is no exception. In fact, think about all the areas in a hotel, motel or bed-and-breakfast that have an increased potential for falls: Lobby floors and uncarpeted walkways, buffet and dining areas, kitchens, around swimming pools and saunas, locker rooms, restrooms. It’s a pretty lengthy list.

To prevent slip-and-fall accidents, more and more businesses, including hotels, are turning to a product called Sure Step, offered locally by Western New York-based Nonslip Safety Solution, to keep guests and employees on their feet. The result: Fewer potential lawsuits and/or missed work days.

Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

This week, Sept. 10-16, is National Suicide Prevention Week. For some of us, it’s a time to reflect and mourn those we have lost. And for all of us, it should also be a week filled with starting conversations, taking an active role in suicide prevention, and seeking immediate help for those suffering from depression or carrying the burden of suicidal thoughts.

“Suicidal thoughts and depression can impact anyone of any age, race or gender. It does not discriminate,” said Monica A. Farrar, a licensed mental health counselor and private clinician in Williamsville. “Far too often I meet individuals and families who feel embarrassed or ashamed to openly discuss mental illness and suicide, and that needs to end. Help is available, and it may be a simple conversation that opens the door to treatment and a far better life.”

Hitting close to home

Professional Carpet and Floor Cleaning Will Wash Away the Remnants of Summer

Professional Carpet and Floor Cleaning Will Wash Away the Remnants of Summer

The calendar has turned to September and the kids are back in school. For the first time in a long time, the house is going to be empty and quiet for several hours a day. Sounds like a good time to have your carpets and flooring professionally cleaned!

“When you have kids and they have friends over all summer long, your flooring throughout the house can take a real beating,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Cleaning Services in West Seneca and the father of five active children. “Add a pet or pets into the mix and you’re only adding to the problem. So take advantage of the school days and have your carpets and floors professionally cleaned, especially with the holidays right around the corner!”

A sparkling clean home is also extremely important if you are considering putting your house on the market at any time in the near future.

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.”

Daemen Partners With D’Youville on Pharmacy, Dual Degrees

Daemen Partners With D’Youville on Pharmacy, Dual Degrees

Daemen College and D’Youville College have established a new educational partnership that will give students the opportunity to earn a doctor of pharmacy degree in a shorter amount of time and also provides an option to receive a dual degree. The two agreements were formally signed at D’Youville by Daemen President Gary A. Olson; D’Youville President Lorrie Clemo; Dr. Michael Brogan, Daemen’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college; and Dr. Arup Sen, D’Youville’s vice president for academic affairs. “This newly established partnership between two premier private colleges in Western New York will provide our students with high quality learning and professional opportunities that represent an important step in educational collaborations in the Buffalo Niagara region,” said Olson.

Businesses Take Precautions to Help Seniors Stay On Their Feet

Businesses Take Precautions to Help Seniors Stay On Their Feet

In the average American home, senior citizens are especially vulnerable when it comes to slip-and-fall accidents. Obstacles such as throw rugs, electrical cords, stairs and wet surfaces are among the leading causes of falls that send 1.6 million older Americans to hospitals each year.

Countless lawsuits against businesses are also filed annually due to slip-and-fall incidents that occur on commercial property. With that in mind, many business owners are turning to a product called Sure Step to help eliminate accidental falls and resulting injuries.

When an older customer enters an unfamiliar environment, the odds of a fall will increase. When a wet or slippery floor is added to the equation, the odds of a fall increase dramatically.

WNY STEM Hub, AT&T and partners to offer a unique STEM/STEAM experience for teens

WNY STEM Hub, AT&T and partners to offer a unique STEM/STEAM experience for teens

Students entering grades 7 through 12 in the fall are invited to attend Hand in Hand, Powered by AT&T, a tech and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) experience for teens with a very special dual purpose.

Student participants of Hand in Hand, Powered by AT&T will work in teams to design and fabricate prosthetic hands using 3-D printers and other tech tools. The fully operational prosthetic hands will be donated to youth in need in Western New York and abroad.

The STEAM-focused program is designed to expose students, primarily from local urban middle and high schools, to basic knowledge of anatomy and careers in medical technology, plus fundamental technology skills in 3-D printing, engineering design, computer coding and advanced fabrication, in addition to providing leadership training and service learning.