Daily Archives: Jan 19, 2018

BUFFALO, NY (January 18, 2018) – Persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia undergo changes in the brain that will affect their ability to communicate, including limiting the ability to speak. The Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter is offering a free educational program aimed at helping bridge the communication gap that is inevitable as the disease progresses.

“Effective Communication Strategies” is a one-hour program offering verbal and non-verbal strategies for caregivers to more effectively understand and communicate with their loved one. The office of United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, at 742 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo will host the program at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Registration for this no-cost program is strongly encouraged by calling the Chapter at 1.800.272.3900.

Vista pública ante la JSF contó con altos funcionarios del gobierno actual y de la anterior administración.

(San Juan) Las autoridades de Puerto Rico admitieron el viernes varias fallas al revelar las causas de la crisis económica que tiene al territorio en recesión desde hace 11 años, en momentos en que una junta de supervisión fiscal está exigiendo más transparencia sobre las finanzas de la isla.

Las autoridades revelaron que durante décadas, no se sabía cuántas cuentas bancarias tenía el gobierno, que las agencias públicas usaban uno de cuatro sistemas distintos de contabilidad y que los contratistas del gobierno cobraban más cuando no se les pagaba a tiempo.

El director de la agencia fiscal de Puerto Rico, Gerardo Portela, dijo que una auditoría aun en curso halló $6,800 millones en cuentas oficiales. Destacó que de esos fondos, $4,300 millones de dólares no se pueden usar debido a restricciones financieras.

Enfatizó además que las compañías de electricidad de la isla están en peligro de quedarse pronto sin fondos.

Las expresiones surgieron durante una vista pública ante la Junta de Supervisión Fiscal celebrada hoy en el Centro de Convenciones de Miramar para discutir la liquidez del gobierno de Puerto Rico y todas sus instrumentalidades.

A la audiencia comparecieron altos funcionarios de gobierno de esta administración y bajo la anterior de Alejandro García Padilla.

Hubo dos paneles, y en el primero participará Gerardo Portela Franco, director ejecutivo de Autoridad de Asesoría Financiera y Agencia Fiscal (AAFAF); Pedro Soto Vélez, principal oficial financiero de AAFAF; Raúl Maldonado Gautier, secretario de Hacienda; José I. Marrero Rosado, director ejecutivo, Oficina Gerencia y Presupuesto (OGP); Francisco Peña Montañez, secretario auxiliar de Hacienda (Manejo de Efectivo); y Antonio Tejera, Contralor de la Universidad e Puerto Rico (UPR).

En el segundo panel participará Melba Acosta-Febo, expresidenta del Banco Gubernamental de Fomento (BGF), el exsecretario de Hacienda Juan C. Zaragoza; y los exdirectores de la Oficina de Gerencia y Presupuesto (OGP) Luis F. Cruz Batista y Carlos Rivas Quiñones.

The Community Leaders Awards recognize individuals/organizations in WNY who have made significant contributions to this region through their involvement in volunteer activities and/or their special achievements in specific areas of community and professional life. These individuals/organizations exemplify the NFJC core mission of promoting goodwill,understanding, respect, and trust.

This year’s luncheon will be held at Noon on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Buffalo Convention Center.

Some of this year’s honorees are our own:
Crystal Rodriguez, Esq., Chief Diversity Officer, City of Buffalo
Denise Goñez-Santos and Deacon Miguel Santos (Director of the Erie 1 BOCES Regional Bilingual Education Network and National Grid Consumer Advocate, respectively)
Sharon Osorio Mentkowski, FBI Community Outreach Specialist
Principal John Starkey, Lafayette International Community High School
For more information and tickets visit: http://nfjcwny.org/communityleaders.html

BUFFALO, NY – With less than six months before the Competition, the judges’ panel for the 2018 Competition has been announced.

Francisco Bernier is also a top classical guitarist, having performed in more than 35 countries and winning more than 20 prizes at guitar competitions. He has recorded seven discs, and is a member of the Zahir Ensemble in addition to his vibrant solo career. He currently teaches at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Seville. He is the Artistic Director of the Seville Guitar Festival and General Director of Contrastes Records of London.

Irina Kulikova is one of today’s leading classical guitarists. As a child, she toured her native Russia and Europe, and earned enough critical acclaim to be included in Maurice Summerfield’s book “The Classical Guitar, its evolution, players and personalities since 1800” when she was only 14 years old. She has performed in North America, Europe and Asia, and has recorded four solo CDs. She received more than 30 awards for her artistry, including first prizes at the competitions of Michele Pittaluga in Italy, Guitarra Alhambra in Spain, Forum Gitarre Wien in Austria and Iserlohn in Germany.

Michael Newman established his solo classical guitar career in the 1970s, performing with the Atlanta, Honolulu and Seattle Symphonies, and working with artists such a Frederica von Stade and Eileen Ivers. Today, he is best-known as one half of the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo. The Duo has released 12 recordings, performed in 49 states and on five continents, and served as ensemble-in-residence at Mannes College of Music. Newman has directed Guitar Studies and Ensembles at The College of New Jersey since 2014.

Sean Samimi is experienced on both the performance and the business sides of classical guitar. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. He joined the renowned agency Opus 3 Artists in 2009, and after working as artistic administrator for the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, founded his own agency, Aranjuez Artists, Inc. He frequently serves on guitar competition juries and is also regularly invited to speak on topics related to arts administration at colleges and at festivals.

Eric Sessler is an acclaimed composer and educator. He serves on the faculties of both the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. He holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music (BM), the Curtis Institute of Music (Diploma), and The Juilliard School (MM & DMA). His creative methods utilize the guitar as a conduit for creativity, the result being adapted and manipulated to form music from solo to chamber, vocal and orchestral works. Some of his most notable works include Sonata No. 1 (written for Buffalo native Jason Vieaux), Sonata for Harp and Guitar, and “Hammerhead.”

Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio are the artistic directors of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, a role they have served since the Competition’s inception. Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio have enjoyed a celebrated career as one of the foremost guitars duos in the world. They judge competitions around the world. They have recorded ten acclaimed CDs, two named “Best of the Year” by Fanfare Magazine and American Record Guide. The nation’s capital has embraced them with two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowships. They have been featured in concert at the White House, Smithsonian Institution, the JFK Center for the Performing Arts and are consultants to the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Recently, they were inducted into the Alice Tully Circle of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Applications to compete are due on April 1. Materials are available at https://bpo.org/joann-falletta-international-guitar-concerto-competition. The Competition itself will take place from June 6-9. Up to eight finalists will perform in the semi-final rounds at the WNED studios. Three finalists will be selected to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on June 9, and the judges will select the winner that evening. The competition is co-sponsored by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and WNED | WBFO.

“The caliber of the judges’ panel is a testament to the hard work of so many in presenting a truly top-level competition every two years,” said Castellani. “We are truly eager to meet our competitors this spring and provide them an experience they will be proud to list on their resumes.”


The WNED | WBFO family of stations broadcasts PBS, NPR and Classical music programming throughout the Western New York and Southern Ontario regions. These high-quality programs and community outreach services inform, enlighten, entertain and educate our local and regional communities. Our member-supported stations include WNED-TV (PBS), WBFO-FM 88.7 (NPR), Classical 94.5 WNED, Jazzworks, WNED thinkbright Create® and WNED PBS Kids 24/7. WNED-TV is also a national producer of award-winning documentaries. Additional information about WNED ǀ WBFO can be found at wned.org.

About the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy® winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is an internationally recognized symphony of the highest artistic caliber and an indispensable part of the Western New York community’s quality of life. For more information about the BPO, visit bpo.org.

About Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio

The Competition Artistic Directors have enjoyed a celebrated career as one of the foremost guitar duos in the world. Having received numerous awards and distinctions from the very beginning, they have won two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowships, toured internationally and recorded extensively. For more information, visit www.castellaniandriaccio.com

Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium – Career Navigator Program February 26 – March 2, 2018

A highly intensive training program for professional and semi-professional level job search. http://www.career-navigator.org/index.html

Jump start your job search with this 5-day interactive, strategic approach to proactively managing your future.

· Learn techniques that will get your message out to the people that make the hiring decisions.

· Navigate the obstacles and challenges of the changing economy and learn the new rules of job search.

· Master the ability to successfully transition into new directions of employment and control future employment paths.

· Discover the increased power of working in teams, led by certified career professionals.

Who should attend Career Navigator? Professionals and/or Semi-professionals who:

· Have been unemployed, or looking for a job for an extended period of time.

· Are not satisfied with the progress of their job search.

· Want support in identifying new search strategies, tools and techniques.

Agenda: Day 1: Defining Strengths Day 2: Search Strategies Day 3: Branding and Marketing Day 4: Communication and Decision Making Day 5: Goal Setting and Accountability

In order to attend this 5-day training program, you must be:

* Registered with the Buffalo and Erie County One-Stop System * Meet eligibility requirements as a “Dislocated Worker” * Be able to attend all 5 days

Note – If you’re currently employed, you’re not eligible to participate in this program.

Upcoming Class –

February 26 – March 2, 2018

Buffalo Employment & Training Center

77 Goodell St.

Buffalo, NY 14203 Workshop 3 8:30am – 4:30pm

If you have additional questions contact:

Phyllis DePronio at: 716-819-9845 ext. 119 (pdepronio@wdcinc.org) email is the best means of communication with Career Navigator in the subject line




An individual shall be eligible to participate in the Career Navigator, if he meets the following WIA Dislocated Worker requirements:

The applicant has provided the appropriate verification to verify:

• Citizenship or Eligible to Work Verification

• Selective Service Registrant (if applicable)

• Proof of Age


Meets the definition and provides a verifiable source for one of the following categories:

• Terminated/Laid Off; Eligible for UC and Unlikely to Return to Previous Industry Occupation

• Permanent Plan Closure/Substantial Layoff

• General Announcement of Closure

• Formerly Self-Employed/Currently Unemployed

• Displaced Homemaker


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