Archive for the ‘Community Involvement’ Category

Cellino & Barnes Donates $21,500 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Cellino & Barnes has donated $21,500 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in support of pediatric cancer research and family support programs through Carly’s Club. At the beginning of the 2010-2011 National Hockey League season, Cellino & Barnes pledged to make a gift for every game won by the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres won 43 games during the 2010-2011 season. Ross Cellino, partner of the firm, visited Roswell Park Cancer Institute today to present the check. (more…)

Cellino & Barnes College Scholarship Program

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Cellino & Barnes will begin accepting applications for our 2011 College Scholarship Program on February 1, 2011.
This scholarship fund awards $1,000 to 100 deserving students who live in the 20 counties surrounding Western New York. The application period begins in February and ends on June 15, 2011.  The winners will be notified by mid-July.  To view last year’s winners, click on:  Cellino & Barnes 2010 College Scholarship Winners.
Since the College Scholarship Program began in 2004, Cellino & Barnes has awarded over $700,000 to area high school seniors.
Ross Cellino & Steve Barnes are proud to support our community.

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Classroom Scholarship Program Has Come to a Close

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The 2010 Classroom Scholarship Program has come to a close.  The winner are listed on our website.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the program.  We look forward to your return in 2011.

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Classroom Scholarship Winners – Weeks 7, 8 and 9

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Congratulations to the Cellino & Barnes Classroom Scholarship Winners for Weeks 7, 8 and 9.

Week 9 Winners

Mrs. Kewley

5th Grade

Wellsville Elementary


Mrs. Mooney

2nd Grade

Alden Intermediate


Ms. Anne Renkas

5th Grade

Buffalo School #33


Mrs. Nancy Lowczys

7th Grade

Our Lady of Hope


Ms. Judy Slade

5th Grade

Winchester Elementary

West Seneca

Ms. Laurie Serpe

3rd Grade

Fairbanks Road School


Mrs. Rhonda Matthews

5th Grade

Allen Creek Elementary


Ms. Alice Lombardo

6th Grade

Chester Dewey School


Mrs. Heather Haynes

2nd Grade

Meadow School

N. Tonawanda

Mrs. Prusha

3rd Grade

Avoca Central School


Week 8 Winners

Lisa Mueller

8th Grade

Dunkirk Middle School


Keren Jennings

8th Grade

Holy Family Middle School


Jean Heyden


Dr. Lydia T. Wright


Caitlin Bogucki

7th Grade

Lovejoy Discovery School #43


Mrs. Bonanno

2nd Grade

Immaculate Conception School

East Aurora

Nina Werner

1st Grade

Global Concepts Charter School


Diane Brooks

2nd Grade

Keshequa Central School


Pat Billone

4th Grade

West Ridge


Andrew Hennigan

5th Grade

Martin Luther King, Jr. School # 9


Mrs. Lazenby

6th Grade

Geneva Middle School


Week 7 Winners

Eric Talbot

4th Grade

Cuba Elementary School


Mrs. Wenke

7th Grade

Olean Middle School


Diane Poliseno

3rd Grade

Blasdell Elementary


Patricia Prokes

5th Grade

Bennett Park Montessori


Claudette Dzieciuch

1st Grade

Trinity Catholic Academy


Dorreen Caldwell

5th Grade

Wolcott Street School


Christa Grant

4th Grade

School of the Holy Childhood


Nancy Ferguson

2nd Grade

adlai e.stevenson #29


Catherine King

3rd Grade

Briarwood Elementary


Sandi Gawlak

6th Grade

Forestville Central School


Cellino & Barnes Classroom Scholarship Winners – Weeks 5 & 6

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Cellino & Barnes would like to congratulate the Classroom Scholarship Winners for Weeks 5 and 6 of the Buffalo Bills season. 

Week 6 Winners – 2010 

Mrs. Linda Kraft 

5th Grade 

Buffalo Academy for V&P Arts 


Mr. Jeff Miodonski 

3rd Grade 

Armor Elementary 


Mr. Jerry Balisteri 

6th Grade 

Depew Middle School 


Mrs. Fabian 

6th Grade 

Northridge Christian School 


Miss MacDonald 

2nd Grade 

Ivan L. Green Primary School 

East Irondequoit 

Mrs. Tortorici 

5th Grade 

Indian Landing Elementary 


Mrs. Saraf 

2nd Grade 

Washington Hunt Elementary 


Ms. Jennifer Plummer 

7th Grade 

North Tonawanda Middle School 

N Tonawanda 

Mr. Mike Putney 

3rd Grade 

Westfield Elementary 


Ms. Megan Bower 

1st Grade 

Ridge Rd. Elementary School 


Week 5 Winners – 2010 

Mrs. Lynn Barnes 

2nd Grade 

School #33 Bilingual Center 


Mr. Thomas P. Burger 

8th Grade 

St. Margaret 


Mrs. Guyton 

5th Grade 

Akron Elementary School 


Ms. D. Cordovano 

6th Grade 

Potters Road Elementary 

West Seneca 

Mrs. Jamie Klotz 

2nd Grade 

NRCS #3 


Mrs. Lynne Lincourt 

2nd Grade 

Northwood Elementary 


Mr. Pokalsky 

3rd Grade 

Archangel School 


Ms. Kate Baker 

6th Grade 

Alfred Almond 


Mr. Clark 

3rd Grade 

St. Paul Lutheran School 


Ms. Tamara Coffey-Keller 

4th Grade 

Manchester-Shortsville CSD 


Cellino & Barnes Classroom Scholarship Winners – Week 3

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Cellino & Barnes would like to congratulate the Classroom Scholarship Winners for Week 3 of the Buffalo Bills season.  We would also like to say that we are always grateful when the students take the time to say thank you.  You are most welcome.

Week 3 Winners – 2010


6th Grade

St John the Baptist


Ms. Laura McCann

5th Grade

Woodrow Wilson School


Mrs. Margaret Moberg

7th Grade

St. Joseph University School


Ms. Tina Schmatz

3rd Grade

Hoover Middle School


Ms. Heather Crane

3rd Grade

Henry W. Longfellow


Ms. Amy Sweeney

1st Grade

Canal View Elementary


Ms. Kelly Ceckowski

2nd Grade

State Road Elementary


Mrs. Susan Morse

6th Grade

Dundee Elementary School


Miss Roll

4th Grade

Cattaraugus Little Valley

Little Valley

Ms. Julie Hillegeer

5th Grade

Williamson Central


Cellino & Barnes Classroom Scholarship Winners – Weeks 1 and 2

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Congratulations to the Cellino & Barnes Classroom Scholarship winners for Weeks 1 and 2.

Week 2 Winners

Mr. Russell Nixon

3rd Grade

Colonial Village Elementary

Niagara Falls

Ms. Kristin Barber

1st Grade

Ginther Elementary


Mr. Mark Torrey

7th Grade

Greece Christian School


Ms. Ann Brownell

3rd Grade

Hillery Park Elementary


Ms. Julie Murray

3rd Grade

Hillview Elementary School


Mrs. Cathy Graves

2nd Grade

Lincoln Park #44


Mrs. Emily Neitz

7th Grade

Livonia Junior High School


Mrs. Denise Danvir

2nd Grade



Ms. Cynthia Busch

3rd Grade

Roy-Hart Elementary


Ms. Claudia LaFace

4th Grade

Watkins Glen Elementary

Watkins Glen

Week 1 Winners

Mr. Randy Detweiler

5th Grade

Allegany/Limestone Elementary


Mrs. Patricia Kawi

1st Grade

Buffalo Public 94 West Hertel


Ms. Elizabeth Stark

2nd Grade

Council Rock Primary School


Ms. Michelle Wood

6th Grade

East Irondequoit Middle School


Ms. Andrea Foos

3rd Grade

John James Audubon School 33


Mrs. Laura Moore

5th Grade

Lydonville Central


Mr. Lou Catalano

6th Grade

Maryvale Middle School


Ms. Robin Bucci

6th Grade

Palmyra-Macedon Middle


Ms. Melissa Nigro

2nd Grade

Ss Peter and Paul School


Mrs. Kelly Kraus

3rd Grade

Trinity Catholic Academy


Cellino & Barnes Announces 2010 College Scholarship Winners

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

 The Cellino & Barnes Scholarship Selection Committee has reviewed all of the applications and determined that there were many “highly deserving” applications.

We were extremely impressed with the quality of the student applicants – with their dedication to education, extra-curricular activities and to their community. 

Cellino & Barnes has been successful in personal injury law because we work hard and are dedicated to making a difference. We encourage all students to make the most of your college opportunity, by learning from those around you and trying to make a difference.

The 2010 Scholarship winners are being notified by telephone and their names have been posted on our website. 

2010 College Scholarship Winners

Ross Cellino and Steve Barnes thank you for being outstanding high school seniors. Study hard this fall.

Texting While Driving

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is a growing concern in communities across the United States and the world.  In many New York communities from Buffalo to Rochester and to the Bronx, numerous lives have been tragically lost because of texting while driving.

Cellino and Barnes offers this series of blog posts to help grapple with the lingering issues and potential solutions of texting while driving.

Part 1: Overview

One of the leading causes of serious injury and death in America is motor vehicle accidents.  How often do we see distracted drivers behind the wheel? People eating, applying makeup, talking on the phone… there always seems to be some distraction that is inhibiting a driver’s attention. In the last couple of years, a new distraction has arisen: Driving While Texting (DWT).

Under current legislation, the act of driving while texting is defined as: composing, sending, or reading text messages, email, or making similar use of the internet on a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle. The practice is viewed by many authorities as dangerous and has been outlawed or restricted in twenty states and the District of Columbia.

While everybody understands that distracted driving is dangerous, some question how DWT is more dangerous than being distracted by a messy cheeseburger or a hot cup of coffee? Studies show that texting while driving increases the likelihood of accidents and distracted driving. For instance, a study conducted at the University of Utah found a six-fold increase in distraction-related accidents while texting. While a more recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute presents the follow facts:

  • Using driving studies of observing long-haul trucks and light vehicles driving 6 million combined miles, researchers observed 4,452 safety-critical incidents, which includes crashes, near-crashes, safety-critical events, and lane deviations
  • 81% of the safety critical events involved some type of driver distraction
  • Text messaging had the greatest relative risk, with drivers being 23 times more likely to experience a safety-critical event when texting.
  • The study also found that drivers typically take their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of four out of six seconds when texting.

All in all, there is conclusive evidence of the dangers of driving while texting.  This post is part 1 of 6, presented by Cellino and Barnes.  Our firm is committed to helping the community deal with the growing problem of texting while driving.

Cellino & Barnes Donates $26,000 to Juvenile Diabetes

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

During the 2009-2010 hockey season, Rochester Accident Lawyers, Cellino & Barnes, once again, partnered with Derek Roy to help support Juvenile Diabetes. Each time Derek scored a goal during the regular season, Cellino & Barnes agreed to donate $1,000 to help fight Juvenile Diabetes.

Cellino & Barnes is proud to announce that Derek Roy scored 26 goals this season, which resulted in $26,000 being donated to Juvenile Diabetes.

Ross Cellino delivered checks to Mary Ann Fox, Executive Director of the Rochester Chapter and Karen Swierski, Executive Director of the WNY Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes. Each Chapter received a check in the amount of $13,000.