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Catholic Charities Multisystemic Therapy Presents Award to Niagara County Social Services Director

Catholic Charities Multisystemic Therapy Presents Award to Niagara County Social Services Director

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Multisystemic Therapy (MST) program supervisors in Niagara County recently honored Burt Marshall, director of Niagara County Social Services, with an international award for his support of MST for more than 15 years.

Marshall was recognized as the All Star in the Champion category by MST Services, an international organization that strives to keep troubled juveniles from being placed outside of the home. He had previously received the Whatever it Takes award earlier in 2015, and was chosen from other Whatever it Takes winners this year to be presented the All Star award. Marshall is now eligible to win the annual Whatever it Takes award.

“Burt oversees the MST contract in Niagara County, and has been a large supporter and advocate of the program,” said Marie Andersen-Strait, coordinator of Catholic Charities’ MST program. “He was also a big part of bringing MST into Niagara County.”

WNY Civic Hackathon Powered By AT&T Set To Address Community Issues Through Technology

WNY Civic Hackathon Powered By AT&T Set To Address Community Issues Through Technology

AT&T, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, University at Buffalo, dig Buffalo, InfoTech WNY and Buffalo Open Data partner to host a civic hackathon challenging teams to create innovative software and/or hardware solutions that will serve the community

 WNY Civic Hackathon powered by AT&T, the first ever daylong hackathon dedicated to solving local civic issues in the region, will challenge teams to face off to deliver the best civic technological solution in a 13 hour period for the following local issues; Housing/Property Blight, Transportation, and Advocacy/Public Policy. Cash prizes totaling $3,500 will be awarded, with a grand prize of $2,000, followed by a second place prize of $1,000 and $500 for third place. 

Wedding Bells Ring at Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Wedding Bells Ring at Kenmore Mercy Hospital

When Judith Boris, age 76, of Cheektowaga was admitted to Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Medical Rehabilitation with a stroke a week ago, she was devastated that she would miss her daughter Dawn Boris’ wedding on September 26.

Upon hearing her story, the nursing staff on the unit got working to ensure Judith could celebrate with her family. In less than 48 hours, plans were in place for her to share in her daughter’s special day at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. 

Dawn and Eric Saldanha were married at the planned ceremony at St. Joseph University Parish while Judith watch via Facetime with nursing and medical staff close by.

Following the emotional ceremony, Judith’s family joined her in Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s beautiful chapel for photos and a small reception. 

From Engineer to Entrepreneur ...

From Engineer to Entrepreneur ...

 

By Lauren Kirchmyer

Quitting a steady job to become an entrepreneur is a scary change filled with uncertainty. The move comes with a lot of hope and hard work, but according to local entrepreneur Adam Kern, the change can be a rewarding one.

The Orchard Park native graduated from the University at Buffalo and worked as an engineer when he started designing his own T-shirts through a company he named My Buffalo Shirt.

MQA Teacher’s Act of Kindness is Going Viral

MQA Teacher’s Act of Kindness is Going Viral

 

Jackie Sandel, the AIS reading teacher at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga, has always been a big fan of the band Def Leppard and has seen them in concert several times. But on July 12, when the band visited Darien Lake, it was the very first time she was able to obtain meet-and-greet tickets that would provide a brief opportunity to meet members of the band prior to their local performance.

Sandel, who has a knack for making people feel welcomed and appreciated, decided to present the band with a gift bag welcoming them to Buffalo. One of the items was a “Campbell Tough” T-shirt that she personally designed and created for one of the band members, guitarist Vivian Campbell, who is currently battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Kenmore Mercy Hosts M.A.S.H. Camp for Local Students

Kenmore Mercy Hosts M.A.S.H. Camp for Local Students

Students from Sacred Heart High School got a behind the scenes look at the medical industry today during a tour of Kenmore Mercy Hospital. It's part of Catholic Health's MASH Camp, which stands for Medical Academy of Science and Health. The program gives students the opportunity to meet with working health professionals, participate in hands-on demonstrations, and tour various departments within the hospital, to see if a future career in healthcare might be right for them.

Today, they visited one of the hospital's new operating rooms, seen here, where they learned the inner workings of an OR. 

Drums Along the Waterfront Celebrates WNY Competitors

Drums Along the Waterfront Celebrates WNY Competitors

 

Eight of the top drum corps in the world — who hold 42 combined Drum Corps International World Championship titles — will be visiting Western New York early next month to compete in the annual Drums Along the Waterfront competition.

“This is marching music’s major leagues,” exclaimed Jack Gaylord Jr., president of Drums Along the Waterfront. “The work, the dedication, the talent, the passion … they have made it to the very top.”