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Erie County Department of Health announces COVID-19 vaccine booster dose availability
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 07:25 pm
Following authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain eligible people, the Erie County Department of Health is experiencing strong demand for booster doses at its clinics.
Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority approves 2022 Erie County proposed budget, four-year financial plan
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 04:30 pm
The Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority recently voted unanimously to approve the proposed 2022 Erie County budget and accompanying four-year financial plan, noting Erie County's "responsible financial stewardship" in its budget analysis.
PrEP aware draws attention to preexposure treatment for HIV
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 01:20 pm
For a third year - and a second year during a pandemic - New York state and Erie County are recognizing Oct. 25-31 as PrEP Aware Week. This observance gives community organizations, health care clinics, schools and public health departments the chance to raise awareness about HIV PrEP. The theme for 2021, "My PrEP," features community ambassadors who are sharing their PrEP story and why PrEP is significant to them.
Grand Island: Trick-or-treat hours
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 12:50 pm
Grand Island trick-or-treat hours are 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.
ECDOH: Lead is a poison, but lead poisoning is preventable
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 12:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (Oct. 24-30).
'Playground for All' opens at Erie County's Chestnut Ridge Park
Fri, Oct 22nd 2021 06:15 pm
Erie County's Chestnut Ridge Park was buzzing with excitement Friday as the anticipated "Playground for All" was officially opened and introduced to an enthusiastic public with remarks from public officials and project partners.
Hochul: $76 million affordable housing development and fresh food market in Buffalo's central business district
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new, $76 million development with 201 mixed-income affordable homes and a brand-new, 22,000-square-foot fresh food market will open soon in Buffalo. 201 Ellicott was constructed on an underutilized city-owned surface parking lot in Buffalo's central business district after undergoing brownfield remediation.
Fairgrounds Festival of Lights drive-thru returns nightly this December
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:40 pm
The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights drive-thru will return to brighten up the holiday season for families across Western New York this December.
Speakers express opposition to proposed zoning change
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:05 pm
Residents of East River Road and Timberlink Drive expressed their opposition to a proposed local law to rezone portions of Whitehaven Road from B-1 to B-2 at a public hearing held at the Oct. 18 Grand Island Town Board meeting.
Screening new antiviral drugs against COVID-19 just got easier
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 07:55 pm
Nineteen months into the pandemic, the need for antiviral drugs targeted against COVID-19 is clear, given the global persistence of the virus, its ability to rapidly mutate into new variants, and the possibility that it could potentially develop strains resistant to existing drugs or vaccines.
As Bat Week approaches, ECDOH reminds residents to 'keep the bat'
Tue, Oct 19th 2021 06:25 pm
Bat Week is observed each year from Oct. 24-31, leading up to Halloween. The Erie County Department of Health is using this opportunity to remind residents of how important it is to "keep the bat" if they find one in their house or apartment.
Erie County to participate in 'Welloween' Halloween family health fair at Explore & More
Mon, Oct 18th 2021 06:25 pm
Representatives from the Erie County Department of Health will be stationed at the "Welloween" Halloween family health fair at Explore & More in Buffalo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.
It's a girl! Buffalo Zoo welcomes new female rhino calf
Mon, Oct 18th 2021 03:40 pm
At 3:29 a.m. Saturday, the Buffalo Zoo's greater one-horned rhino, Tashi, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. This is Tashi's fifth calf, but the first with previous male George, who formerly lived at the venue but now resides at another Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facility.
Grand Island Boulevard growing, changing
Sat, Oct 16th 2021 01:20 pm
Grand Island Boulevard has undergone tremendous transformation in recent years, with residential property growth beginning to keep pace with commercial development.
'Food as Medicine': Buffalo to lead growing national movement
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 01:20 pm
You are what you eat, and though that idea was first articulated and explored in the 19th century and beyond, now, some of the nation's leading medical experts and nutritionists will collaborate with Western New York's leading advocates to proactively advance the concept further and highlight the fact that food is indeed medicine, advancing a movement here in Western New York that has been growing rapidly in the U.S. in recent years.
Attorney General James to deliver up to $75 million to Western New York to combat opioid crisis
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 01:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday continued her statewide "HealNY" tour of New York state with a stop in Buffalo, where she announced she will deliver up to $75 million to Western New York to combat the opioid epidemic.
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for Grand Island High School on Oct. 25
Mon, Oct 11th 2021 02:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is partnering with Grand Island Central School District for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25. Organizers will offer Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine; if supply is available, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to people ages 18 and older.
Obituary: Robert Howard "Bob" Miller
Sat, Oct 9th 2021 07:00 am
Robert Howard "Bob" Miller died peacefully at his home on Grand Island on Oct. 3, 2021.
Island Deli closes after 17 years
Sat, Oct 9th 2021 07:00 am
After 17 years in business, two locations, and several changes in ownership, Jax Island Deli and Meat Market is permanently closing its doors.
Environmental concerns raised about proposed Long Road facility
Sat, Oct 9th 2021 07:00 am
Islanders described their concerns about such adverse environmental impacts as increased traffic, noise, and drainage that could result from the construction and operation of Grand Island Commerce Center Inc.'s proposed distribution facility at 2780 Long Road in person and via Zoom at a public hearing held as part of Monday's Town Board meeting.
Fall Festival and 'trunk-or-treat' at TUMC
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:25 am
Trinity United Methodist Church will hold its Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and "trunk-or-treat" from 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.
With high patient volumes at local emergency departments, ECDOH & local hospitals remind residents of alternatives
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:25 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and its division of emergency medical services are monitoring emergency department census reports from hospitals and ambulance traffic in Erie County. Local emergency departments are experiencing high volumes and longer-than-usual wait times.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award recipients announced
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:25 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce announces the award recipients for its 54th annual Citizen of the Year Award Celebration. These individuals will be recognized at a dinner to be held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Niagara Falls on Oct. 21.
Leadership transition announced at Botanical Gardens
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:20 am
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is working through a natural progression within the organization and, after 11 years as president/CEO, David J. Swarts will be transitioning into retirement over the next several months.
Botanical Gardens presents newest rendition of 'Gardens After Dark': 'Autumn Twilight'
Tue, Oct 5th 2021 10:05 am
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced its latest exhibit in the "Gardens After Dark" series, "Autumn Twilight." Happening on select nights throughout the month of October, visitors can enjoy the warm glow of the fall season.
Erie County DA's office observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Mon, Oct 4th 2021 04:45 pm
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn reminds residents his office is a resource for victims of domestic violence - and will continue to prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law. Flynn encouraged anyone who has been a victim of domestic violence, as well as those who may be at risk of abuse, to inquire about services available through the BE SAFE domestic violence victim advocacy program.
Poloncarz presents 2022 Erie County proposed budget
Mon, Oct 4th 2021 04:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday presented his proposed 2022 Erie County budget and accompanying four-year financial plan to the Erie County Legislature.
Enter NFP's new pumpkin-carving contest
Mon, Oct 4th 2021 10:50 am
October is the time of year when children and families artfully decorate pumpkins, and display these works for friends and neighbors. Now, your most decorative, scariest, funniest or kookiest pumpkin designs can win you a great grandprize in the Niagara Frontier Publications pumpkin-carving contest.
Mon, Oct 4th 2021 10:45 am
If there is a better food than chicken wings, we haven't found it.
Testing, masking requirements create controversy at school board meeting
Sat, Oct 2nd 2021 10:00 am
Erie County recently chose to abandon its strict guidelines concerning quarantining in favor of New York State Department of Health guidelines, according to School Superintendent Brian Graham, who spoke at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education.
Get screened for breast cancer: Erie County cancer services program urges women to get a mammogram
Thu, Sep 30th 2021 10:50 pm
In coordination with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Erie County cancer services program (CSP) is urging women to talk to their health care providers about scheduling their mammograms. The CSP helps uninsured and underinsured women get free mammograms.
DEC announces annual Arbor Day poster contest
Wed, Sep 29th 2021 02:40 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the start of DEC's annual Arbor Day poster contest.
Erie County Home Energy Assistance Program opens Monday
Wed, Sep 29th 2021 02:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services announced applications for Home Energy Assistance Program regular benefits will be accepted beginning Friday, Oct. 1, approximately one month earlier than usual. This year, in light of continuing coronavirus-related concerns related to public gatherings, ECDSS is strongly encouraging applicants to apply online or to utilize other remote channels to apply. As in previous years, interested applicants are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later.
Erie County distributes face masks & COVID-19 test kits to schools and school districts
Wed, Sep 29th 2021 12:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services distributed supplies to school districts and non-public schools on Wednesday, to aid in their COVID-19 prevention activities.
ECDOH: Prepare for winter with a flu vaccine
Tue, Sep 28th 2021 08:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health strongly recommends a flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older this fall. To encourage county residents to get vaccinated against flu, Deputy Executive Maria Whyte and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein received their flu vaccination Tuesday at a clinic for Erie County employees run by Wegmans.
Higgins encourages students to participate in Congressional App Challenge
Tue, Sep 28th 2021 10:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is inviting Western New York students to take part in the 2021 Congressional App Challenge, an annual competition encouraging middle and high school students from across the U.S. to create and submit original coding applications.
Erie County Department of Health announces school-based COVID-19 testing programs
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 07:05 pm
With support from approximately $18.5 million in federal funding, the Erie County Department of Health is coordinating COVID-19 testing for K-12 students and school staff.
COVID-19 vaccinations, flu shots will be offered to students, employees & general public at Villa Maria College's Health and Wellness Fair
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 01:15 pm
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Villa Maria College will open its doors to the general public for a Health and Wellness Fair. Held in partnership with the college's on-campus food pantry, the Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry, the Health and Wellness Fair offers attendees the opportunity to receive COVID-19 vaccinations through Erie County, and flu shots through Rite-Aid.
Grand Island among 11 new certified Climate Smart Communities
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 01:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the latest round of communities to achieve certification as part of New York state's Climate Smart Communities program, which supports local efforts to meet the economic, social and environmental challenges posed by climate change.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee to meet Oct. 8
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 01:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee meeting will be conducted at Mutual Riverfront Park building, 41 Hamburg St., Buffalo, at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

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