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Restaurant Owners Turn to Sure Step to Keep Employees on Their Feet

Restaurant Owners Turn to Sure Step to Keep Employees on Their Feet

As you might imagine, the kitchen at your favorite local restaurant is a very busy, fast-paced environment. In addition to all the food preparation and cooking taking place behind the scenes, there’s a tremendous amount of foot traffic — everyone from chefs to dishwashers and house managers to the waitstaff.

Needless to say, on any given day a restaurant kitchen floor also sees its share of spills and splashes. Food, beverages, water and even cooking oil can end up underneath the feet of restaurant employees at any point in time, increasing the likelihood of slips, falls and injuries to staff.

As a result, slips, trips and falls due to wet and slippery conditions are among the greatest kitchen concerns. For restaurant owners, it’s an ongoing battle to keep workers healthy and safe.

Junior League Grant Aids Rural Outreach Center Nutrition Program

Junior League Grant Aids Rural Outreach Center Nutrition Program

The Rural Outreach Center in East Aurora was the recent recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Junior League of Buffalo for its upgraded “Nutrition ROCs” program.

Founded in 1919, the Junior League of Buffalo is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information, please visit www.jlbuffalo.org.

Somerset Family Protects Lake Ontario Land Forever

Somerset Family Protects Lake Ontario Land Forever

Thanks to a new partnership between the Western New York Land Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited Inc., and landowners Tom and Susan Carestia, 63 acres on Lake Ontario in the Town of Somerset are now protected forever and habitat restoration is under way. 

The Carestias first discovered their beloved property in March 2001 when Susan’s mother sent them a newspaper article about an online property foreclosure auction. Tom and Susan, who have always loved living by the water, traveled from Maryland to Somerset, where Susan grew up, to explore the property for the first time. They quickly realized they had stumbled upon a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The property was remarkable — a mixture of wetlands, farmland, shrubland, and successional and mature forest that are a haven for birds and wildlife of all kinds.

Rural Outreach Center Receives Funding for Two New Initiatives

Rural Outreach Center Receives Funding for Two New Initiatives

East Aurora’s Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization offering a wide variety of social services for those living in Western New York’s rural communities, recently received $12,500 from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The grant will fund two new initiatives.

The first program to be funded, “ROC in Motion,” is an exercise and activity program that will be taken to two rural mobile home parks for four weeks this summer, two days per week, two hours per day. 

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.

With WNY on the Upswing, Low-income Families Finding Fewer Quality Housing Opportunities

With WNY on the Upswing, Low-income Families Finding Fewer Quality Housing Opportunities

The City of Buffalo is seeing a resurgence that many of us never thought we would see in our lifetime. New buildings are going up and businesses that never gave Buffalo serious thought are now lining up to purchase commercial space for immediate and future development, all of which is tremendous news for the city by the lake and its surrounding suburbs.

As a result, housing prices are also skyrocketing. Again, that’s good news if you currently own a home in the 716. For those now looking to buy, many are already finding themselves priced out of the market. And those who rent, especially in the city, are dealing with dramatically increasing monthly payments, making the cost of quality rental housing a big burden on our low-income residents.

Personal Service and Education Contribute to Growth of the Solar Industry

Personal Service and Education Contribute to Growth of the Solar Industry

While the popularity of solar energy continues to grow in communities across the nation, many industry experts are coming to the conclusion that the best way for solar — and solar companies — to grow is to take a regional approach. Their reasoning is rather simple: Installation of solar panels is best left to local companies who can better serve the needs of their customers.