Not your typical Sunday services: Clarence church puts opioid crisis front and center.

It lasted only about 15 minutes, but the short film during the Sunday church service was still gut-wrenching and emotional for Samantha Bell. The 28-year-old Clarence woman watched as a teenage girl in the movie died alone at night on a concrete slab under a bridge.

Teen actress’ role as heroin user deepens her understanding of opioid crisis. READ MORE

Amherst teen’s singing dream takes her to Buffalo Bills’ last home game.
Camryn Clune of Amherst found out months ago she would be singing the national anthem before the Buffalo Bills’ last home game of the season Saturday, so she’s had plenty of time to practice. But she didn’t count on getting a cold before the game. “She’s been nursing a cold all week,” said her mother, Patty Clune. It’s been about a week and a half, Camryn said, but she’s been using “lots” of home remedies, she said, like steam, herbs and “a lot of natural stuff.”
They must be working, because a cold could not be detected during a telephone interview Friday with the 16-year-old.

Disney princesses visit 5-year-old hurt in park crash
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – Stephanie Sugorovskiy, the 5-year-old girl who survived after being hit by a car in Delaware Park last month, is ready for her ambulance ride to Pittsburgh. But before she leaves, she had some special visitors over the weekend. READ MORE 

The battle against bullying By Camryn Clune
If you were asked to name a famous bully, who comes to mind? Depending on your age, it might be Eddie Haskell from “Leave It To Beaver,” Biff Tannen from “Back To The Future,” Sid from “Toy Story” or perhaps Regina George from “Mean Girls.”
Now, if were asked to name someone in your life who you consider to be a bully, could you? Could you also name someone who is, or was, the victim of bullying?
Almost everyone can.
Bullying has touched every single person in America. Whether it is you, a fellow classmate, a sibling, a relative, a friend – everyone knows someone who has been affected.
The anti-bullying movement is huge. School officials talk about it all the time. We see posters plastered all over the walls. Buses are smeared with anti-bullying campaigns. There are websites and programs everywhere you look. Our society has zero tolerance for bullying. READ MORE

Backyard Broadway holds performance, fundraiser for Variety Club of Buffalo
This past weekend, Backyard Broadway, a group that performs many of its favorite Broadway musical numbers, presented a fundraising event for the Variety Club of Buffalo.
The two performances were held at the Academy of Theatre Arts, located at 5505 Main St., Williamsville.
According to a prepared statement, Backyard Broadway comprises approximately 20 teenagers, who represent 10 schools in Western New York.
“It’s definitely not easy all the time, but we do enjoy it and we learn so many life lessons as we go through the process,” said Camryn Clune, the founder of the group, in a prepared statement. “We are experiencing so much right now and that is priceless. READ MORE

Teens volunteer time and talent to help others
AMHERST, N.Y. — A group of teenagers has come together from high schools throughout western New York to help others.
They go by the name Backyard Broadway.
These teenagers, ranging from 13 to 18 years old, all know each other from the same theater school, but they attend different high schools. That didn’t stop them from getting together this summer, volunteering their time to put on benefit concerts.
“They’ve spent all summer…hundreds of hours doing this,” said Patty Clune, a parent of one of the performers who also helps organize the benefits.
This group, obviously musically inclined, came up with idea to use their talent to raise money for local families in need of help with medical bills, like the family of 8-year-old Andrew Masse, who they raised $4,000 dollars for this summer.
“He has brain cancer, and the kids just dove in. When they could identify it with a little actual person, they just dove in and started working on this,” said Clune.
She says the group will work hard to continue their efforts now that school is back in session. READ MORE


Camryn Clune uses talents to give back to community

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