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LAW AND HIP HOP, REGULARS

The Heroin Epidemic

Mr. Z. lifted the white sheet on the gurney and took what he thought was the last look at his baby boy. Bullet exit wounds showed clearly where the lead ripped through the flesh of his son’s body. He put the sheet down. This can’t be true. He lifted the sheet back up again. Yup, it was Vincenzo.

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REGULARS, UNRAVELED

Are You a Size 2?

Seriously?  I heard that or something similarly derogatory over and over for years.  I laugh now when I think of the days that were filled with nothing but angst over what the scale said, how many more miles I could walk or how many more sit-ups I could do.  Sure, I may have been a size two but that wasn’t enough.  The desire to be even smaller consumed me.

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ALL ABOUT THE H..., REGULARS

ANTI- TRANSGENDER: Bathroom Laws and Why Good People Fall for This Destructive Political Charade

You may have heard a thing or two about controversial “anti-transgender bathroom bills” and confusing messages about what it means to be transgender. Although most of the proposed and existing bathroom legislation includes trans men and trans women, I’m going to focus primarily on trans women because we’re the main target of misleading political propaganda and fearmongering tactics. So, what’s all the fuss about transgender bathroom use and how come no one seemed to care until about a year ago? I’ll attempt to explain that and reveal dangerous implications that may affect all women transgender or not.

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SENIOR LIFE

Does Mom Need Help or Do I?

The old saying “you don’t know what you don’t know” often applies to those who realize that they or their parent’s life is becoming increasingly difficult as the effects of aging sets in. Challenges with activities of daily living, memory, health and social interaction can make the desired lifestyle difficult to maintain. But, without prior experience dealing with aging transitions, none of us know how to research, understand and make decisions about the best options for the next phase of our lives or the lives of our aging loved ones.

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REGULARS

Meet Sean Furey: Niagara County’s Supermodel

Niagara County Deputy Sean Furey’s partner hails from the Eastern European country that has been known to produce the most “supermodels.”  The 85 pound rich sable colored German Shepherd with Czech lines is a rock star in his own right.  Although Vedder was not by Deputy Furey’s side last summer when he along with a group of volunteer firefighters, City Police and fellow deputies rescued a man with onset dementia who had wandered from his home 11 days earlier.  Continue reading

ENCORE CHOCOLATES
ENCORE CHOCOLATES
ENCORE CHOCOLATES
ENCORE CHOCOLATES
ENCORE CHOCOLATES
ENCORE CHOCOLATES
LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT, REGULARS

ENCORE CHOCOLATES

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, the scent of chocolate is in the air.  Did you know the first Valentine’s box of candy appeared in 1861 (1). 20 billion dollars are spent on Valentine’s Day (2). Chocolate was tagged a drink for royalty during Aztec times according to Montezuma (3). Known as the “food of the Gods” and then an aphrodisiac chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, causing excitement, attraction and pleasure (3). Early explorers brought chocolate back to Europe (2).

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ANGELLA'S ADVICE, REGULARS

Networking to GROW Your Business

As business owners, we have a few options on how to obtain new business.  We can pay for advertising, we can ask for referrals from our current clients, we can even pay for leads or we can network and hope to build relationships with potential clients. There is no one answer fits all for your business. Often it becomes a try this, try that and see what works for you. If money is plentiful than long term advertising may be your answer. Just remember consistency is best, you need to prepare for a year minimum of ads to ensure your message is received.

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Financially Preparing For Divorce

This month the Rochester Business Journal debuted an article about women’s “Retirement at Risk” highlighting a local divorced woman. The article discussed qualitative and quantitative data around women’s finances particularly how divorced women are at a disadvantage when it comes time to retire.

While the data has merit, in my opinion, it is imperative to recognize that when it comes to divorce no one wins. In addition, rather than focusing on the outcomes why not be proactive and find a trusted advisor that can help during the transition. In response to the RBJ article, here’s my advice.

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