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Erie County to deliver $19 million in financial aid to nearly 1,400 small businesses in need
Mon, Nov 30th 2020 07:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Monday announced the completion of the Erie County "Back to Business" grant program, reporting that grant recipients will be notified via email and checks will be distributed by mail beginning today.
Tradition of giving continues through Barb's Butterfly Effect
Sat, Nov 28th 2020 07:00 am
One of Barbara Nowakowski's greatest joys was helping the less fortunate at Christmastime, her family says. After she passed away in September, Barbara's daughters, Susan Nowakowski Miles and Diane Saddler, decided to carry on the program in their mom's memory.
Poinsettia & Railway Exhibit, Santa's Workshop, BOGO Day at Botanical Gardens
Thu, Nov 26th 2020 07:00 am
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens' annual poinsettia and railway exhibit will run Nov. 27 through Jan. 3, 2021. The annual "Santa's Workshop" event will take place Dec. 11-12. A buy one, get one admission (BOGO) day will round out the fun on Dec. 28 to celebrate the holiday season.
SBA: Make a big difference on Small Business Saturday
Tue, Nov 24th 2020 03:50 pm
The Small Business Administration Buffalo District office is encouraging shopping at local small businesses on Small Business Saturday.
Erie County 'Service Link Stop' opens doors to new beginnings
Tue, Nov 24th 2020 02:55 pm
The Erie County Department of Mental Health, in partnership with the Erie County Sheriff's Office and the Community for Greater Buffalo's Racial Equity Roundtable, has created the Erie County Service Link Stop at 120 West Eagle St., Buffalo, to connect individuals leaving detention with a comprehensive set of services to help them stabilize in the community and lead better, healthier lives.
KeyBank, in partnership with First Niagara Foundation, donates $1 million to support D'Youville health hub
Tue, Nov 24th 2020 01:45 pm
KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is donating $1 million to support the Health Professions Hub at D'Youville.
With 'explosion' of COVID-19 cases in Erie County, 'orange zone' could turn 'red' this week
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 07:50 pm
Speaking to press Monday afternoon, Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said, "We are seeing an explosion of cases in the past two weeks."
E-waste recycling drive on Grand Island
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 04:50 pm
The Grand Island e-waste recycling drive will be held from 9 am until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road. It is a free, drive-thru, contactless, drop-off event.
Erie County Department of Social Services promotes remote service options through 'We can help you from home' campaign
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 04:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services has developed remote service delivery options to meet community needs while reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission among clients and staff. ECDSS is now promoting remote service channels through a social media campaign titled "We can help you from home" to highlight the many ways in which Erie County residents can access social services from the safety of their homes.
Erie County Department of Health acknowledges 'unacceptable delays' in COVID-19 test result notification
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 02:10 pm
Following an investigation into reports of lengthy wait times for COVID-19 test results, the Erie County Department of Health acknowledges notification policies in place in November led to "unacceptable delays in positive case notifications."
Habitat corner: Let's talk turkey
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 01:45 pm
This is the time of year for talking turkey, and this turkey talk will be sharing insight into the world and life of the wild turkey. Did you know that turkeys are social and affectionate, and create lasting friendships? That they recognize one another by their unique voices?
Grand Island Memorial Library now curbside-only in 'orange zone'
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 01:10 pm
Due to the New York state micro-cluster "orange zone" status for this area, the Grand Island Memorial Library shifted to curbside pick-up last Friday. ‚Äč
Thruway Authority offers tips for motorists in Thanksgiving travel week
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 01:00 pm
The New York State Thruway Authority offered tips and advice for drivers who must travel this Thanksgiving holiday week, as cashless tolling is now live on the thruway's ticketed system. The historic transition took place at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.
Step-In-Time adapts to the times
Sat, Nov 21st 2020 07:00 am
It was a long time in coming, but Step-In-Time Studio of Dance is finally holding its June dance recital this week. The event, delayed by the coronavirus outbreak, is taking place in a series of daily mini-performances, with about 145 students divided into separate, small shows. With masks, temperature checks and social distancing, the pandemic brought a new date and a new look to the event. And it brought tears of joy to the eyes of a number of parents.
BlackBerry's arrives
Sat, Nov 21st 2020 07:00 am
The ceremonial cutting of a ribbon earlier this week officially completes the transformation to BlackBerry's Bar & Grill from the longtime landmark gathering place, TC's Island Bar & Grille.
Botanical Gardens announces a brand-new series, 'Gardens After Dark'
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 05:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens introduced a brand-new series of exhibits titled "Gardens After Dark." Offered at different times throughout the year, this new experience was created to open the Botanical Gardens in the evening for all to enjoy.
COVID-19 micro-clusters: Erie County goes to 'orange zone,' NT, Wheatfield Niagara County 'yellow zones'
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:00 pm
Following almost a week of warnings by local elected leaders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday did, in fact, move portions of Erie County into an "orange" micro-cluster zone.
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper completes shoreline restoration project on Spicer Creek at River Oaks on Grand Island
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 02:10 pm
Volunteers from across Western New York joined the team from Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for a native tree planting event Saturday to complete Waterkeeper's three-year shoreline restoration project on Spicer Creek at River Oaks on Grand Island.
Higgins announces movement on Pilot Records Database
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 02:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the final rule for the Pilot Records Database has moved to the Office of Management and Budget for review. This is a final step toward implementation of the measure, which has been advanced following the crash of Flight 3407.
NYS Department of State announces completion of improvements to Scenic Woods-Bicentennial Park on Grand Island
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:25 am
The New York State Department of State on Tuesday announced the completion of a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) project for Scenic Woods-Bicentennial Park in the Town of Grand Island. The completion of the nearly $600,000 project, which was funded in part with a $197,634 EPF LWRP grant, is helping to transform the town's waterfront into a vibrant destination with public spaces and amenities for residents and visitors.
American Red Cross assisting 14 families displaced by weekend storms
Tue, Nov 17th 2020 09:10 am
Volunteers from the Western New York Chapter of the American Red Cross are providing immediate emergency assistance for a total of 33 people from 14 families displaced by wind damage and lakeshore flooding.
Free food drive-thru at Trinity Church
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 11:05 am
Trinity Church will host a Thanksgiving drive-thru food give-a-way from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island (white building). The event is first-come, first-served, and quantities are limited.
VA Western New York Healthcare System encourages veterans to leave smoking behind during annual Great American Smokeout
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:10 am
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging veterans to take the first step. On Nov. 19, vets are invited stop smoking as part of the annual Great American Smokeout to improve their physical and mental health by combining cessation counseling with other VA clinical resources and support.
Erie Grown passport contest picks a homegrown winner
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 12:15 pm
The Erie County Office of Agriculture announced the winner of the Erie Grown passport contest, Catie Dillemuth of the Town of Evans, who received a Taste NY gift basket for visiting the most local producers and farms this season.
Erie County Sheriff's Office not keen on breaking up Thanksgiving family gatherings
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 12:10 pm
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard recently issued a statement regarding Thanksgiving. "I have no plans to utilize my office's resources or deputies to break up the great tradition of Thanksgiving dinner," he explained. "This national holiday has created longstanding family traditions that are at the heart of America, and these traditions should not be stopped or interrupted by Gov. Cuomo's mandates."
Hope arises for bettering the boulevard
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 07:00 am
When the first South Grand Island Bridge was constructed in 1935, connecting Tonawanda with Niagara Falls, the New York State Thruway Highway 190 did not exist. Travelers heading north used Grand Island Boulevard as its primary thoroughfare, according to Supervisor John C. Whitney. That is why the former bustling Niagara Falls Visitor Center was built at the corner of Grand Island Boulevard and Staley Road - and why there are so many motels along the boulevard.
Grand Island Rotary, Interact clubs collect for less-fortunate
Fri, Nov 13th 2020 04:15 pm
Despite operating under a hybrid school schedule at Grand Island Senior High School, nearly 40 students became members of this year's Rotary Club of Grand Island-sponsored Interact Club.
ECMC issues changes to patient visitation
Fri, Nov 13th 2020 04:00 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. officials on Friday issued updated ECMC visitation guidance for various health services/areas on the ECMC Health Campus.
Erie County Department of Health expands COVID-19 information line hours, days
Fri, Nov 13th 2020 04:00 pm
Starting Monday, Nov. 16, the new schedule will be weekdays from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., and weekends from 8 a.m. until noon. Call 716-858-2929 for information about diagnostic COVID-19 tests, and answers to general questions about COVID-19.
Erie County: 'We need your help' to fight coronavirus
Fri, Nov 13th 2020 12:25 pm
New daily COVID-19 cases this week have been the highest seen within Erie County since the start of the pandemic, with few signs of slowing down soon.
Buy local campaign, Shop 716 gift card to boost Erie County small businesses
Wed, Nov 11th 2020 09:55 am
Building on the success of the popular Erie County Back to Business Grant Program, a $20 million direct investment in eligible local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Erie County Business Task Force is partnering with Visit Buffalo Niagara, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, the Erie County Industrial Development Agency and the NFTA to promote local businesses and stimulate economic activity prior to the holidays.
Curtain rises on Buffalo's presidential history
Wed, Nov 11th 2020 09:10 am
Buffalo's rich and detailed presidential and political history is now on display at the Buffalo Presidential Center, which on Monday unveiled its new, permanent, 1,700-square-foot space at the Downtown Central Library in Buffalo. Until now, the center has operated without a permanent home space and has relied on the collaboration and generosity of other local and regional organizations for a place to gather audiences, share information, and display selections from an extensive collection of more than 10,000 political artifacts.
Erie County Department of Health announces change in COVID-19 diagnostic test criteria
Tue, Nov 10th 2020 04:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is announcing a change to its COVID-19 diagnostic testing criteria. The change will start with appointments scheduled on Thursday, Nov. 12.
Change to Veterans Day ceremony on Grand Island
Tue, Nov 10th 2020 03:30 pm
The Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday on Grand Island is now restricted, as Erie County was placed into Gov. Andrew Cuomo's micro-cluster action initiative "yellow zone" on Monday.
Grand Island apartment complex visitor stabbed by delivery driver
Mon, Nov 9th 2020 01:40 pm
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reported the arrest of a Niagara Falls resident following an assault and stabbing on Grand Island.
Erie County comptroller calls for transparency in awarding OF COVID-19 business grants
Mon, Nov 9th 2020 01:40 pm
Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw has notified 43North, the agency responsible for allocating $20 million in business grants via Erie County, to preserve and protect all documents related to how the money is being disbursed.
Higgins welcomes big plans to invest $44.3 million in Buffalo's waterfront over next 5 years
Mon, Nov 9th 2020 12:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed adoption of a general project plan (GPP) for Buffalo's Outer Harbor by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.
Cuomo placing Erie County in 'yellow zone'
Mon, Nov 9th 2020 11:55 am
In a Monday morning conference call, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is placing parts of Erie County into his micro-cluster action initiative "yellow zone." Maps will be released this afternoon.
 

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