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BREAKING: Brickyard Brewing Co., Pub & BBQ involved in Center St. blaze
Wed, May 27th 2020 02:40 am
A staple of Center Street in the Village of Lewiston endured a tough hit late Tuesday night. Brickyard Brewing Co., in addition to the Pub and BBQ, erupted in flames that resulted in a partial roof collapse.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to perform COVID-19 testing at residential sites
Tue, May 26th 2020 08:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is expanding its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Niagara Falls.
NHL plans 'Return to Play'
Tue, May 26th 2020 08:05 pm
The National Hockey League on Tuesday announced a "Return to Play" plan, which will see 24 teams compete in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Participating squads will begin in "hub cities." The top four teams in each conference will have a round-robin tournament, while the remaining field of 16 enters a best-of-five-games elimination tournament.
NCCC hosts virtual commencement celebration for grads
Tue, May 26th 2020 04:30 pm
On Saturday, May 23, Niagara County Community College hosted a virtual commencement celebration for the Class of 2020, recognizing over 900 graduates. The prerecorded video allowed graduates to submit a photo of themselves, future plans, and messages of appreciation to friends and family. Additionally, the video included remarks from SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson, and NCCC President William Murabito.
Cuomo: 'We're going to turn the page on COVID-19'
Tue, May 26th 2020 04:05 pm
As part of his Tuesday morning press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced good news, in terms of COVID-19 stats in New York.
VFW Post 313 presents Memorial Day car remembrance
Tue, May 26th 2020 03:15 pm
Over 20 families participated in the VFW Post 313 Youngstown Memorial Day car drive-by remembrance Monday at Universal, Saint Bernard's, Oakland Rural and Old Fort Niagara cemeteries. At each site, veterans got out of their vehicles and offered a salute to their fallen comrades and a wreath was placed at the War of 1812 monument at Old Fort Niagara.
SERVPRO cleaning specialist in Niagara Falls recommends 4 key things to look for as businesses reopen
Tue, May 26th 2020 03:10 pm
For the past several months, people across the country have been sheltering at home to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is no surprise that many consumers are now nervous about rejoining their communities and reentering public spaces. A recent nationally recognized survey reported 89% of consumers were hesitant about visiting a brick-and-mortar business and 40% cited cleanliness as a top concern.
Census Bureau to deliver 2020 census questionnaires in most upstate counties
Tue, May 26th 2020 03:05 pm
The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in most upstate New York counties starting Wednesday, May 27. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Child Care centers hit hard by COVID-19, according to study by Niagara University's Levesque Institute
Tue, May 26th 2020 03:00 pm
A report recently released by Niagara University's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement reveals some sobering statistics concerning the current and future status of Niagara County's licensed, center-based child care centers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Treating substance use disorder amid pandemic
Tue, May 26th 2020 02:50 pm
When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo put out the call in March for health care workers to volunteer in New York City during the height of the pandemic, Tildabeth Doscher, M.D., eagerly signed up: "I said I was willing to do anything, happy to provide support in whatever way was needed."
'Bengalathon': Buffalo State to host livestreamed fundraiser to support students
Tue, May 26th 2020 02:45 pm
Buffalo State College will present Bengalathon 2020, a fundraiser designed to provide emergency financial assistance and scholarships for its students, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, May 31. Bengalathon will air live on WBBZ-TV and be livestreamed on the Buffalo State Alumni Association Facebook page.
AMR of Western New York: 2019 was highest year ever for cardiac arrest saves
Tue, May 26th 2020 02:45 pm
American Medical Response (AMR) of Western New York announced 2019 was a record-best year for cardiac arrest survival statistics, according to the national cardiac arrest registry to enhance survival (CARES) program. Last year, AMR had its highest number of survivors from cardiac arrest, highest rate of survivors with favorable neurologic outcome, and, for the first time, reported survival rates above the national average of agencies to report to the CARES program.
HOPE Day 2020 nets $358,910 for Catholic Charities Appeal
Tue, May 26th 2020 02:00 pm
HOPE Day, the annual day of giving to benefit Appeal 2020, brought in $250,160 on May 22. This total will be increased by another $108,750 in matching funds for a grand total of $358,910.
Buffalo Sabres Alumni Wine Festival canceled
Tue, May 26th 2020 12:00 pm
The Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association on Tuesday announced it has canceled the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Wine Festival, which had been scheduled to take place at KeyBank Center on Thursday, March 12.
Coronavirus stats for May 26
Tue, May 26th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for May 26
Higgins: $2.25 million for Erie County Medical Center to assist WNY dental patients with special needs
Tue, May 26th 2020 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of a five-year federal grant totaling $2.25 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Erie County Medical Center for expansion of its special needs dentistry.
Carnegie Art Center announces a virtual art festival for artists, art collectors
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:55 am
The Carnegie Art Center (CAC) announced the Carnegie Art Festival: A Virtual Art Experience as an alternative to in-person art festivals this summer. The virtual festival will be a website that will be released to the public on July 1 and will be on view until Aug. 1. The CAC is currently seeking artists and craftspeople to apply to participate in the virtual festival. Deadline to submit artwork is Saturday, May 30.
Hotel industry across US & Canada unite around enhanced safety, cleaning standards
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:55 am
As states across the country navigate reopening and hotels begin to safely welcome back guests, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) recently announced hospitality leaders across North America have endorsed "Safe Stay," AHLA's enhanced industrywide cleaning guidelines.
Comfort Windows & Doors wins fifth BBB Torch Award for Ethics
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:50 am
Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York announced Comfort Windows & Doors as the winner of the 2020 Torch Award for Ethics in the large business category.
Cuomo: State & local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced state and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency.
Cornell: US social distancing stabilized, but did not reduce, spread of COVID-19
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:10 am
We were expecting a peak, but we reached a plateau.
Village of Wilson water line update
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:00 am
Attention Village of Wilson residents: The Department of Public Works will be flushing water lines for a few days, beginning Tuesday morning. This may cause low water pressure and possibly brownish water. The village government advises residents to avoid washing any whites and said, "Thank you for your patience during this regular maintenance."
CAO of WNY announces support of WNED 'PBS Learn at Home' programming
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:00 am
The Community Action Organization of WNY has announced it is supporting Buffalo Toronto Public Media's PBS "Kids Learn at Home" programming schedule.
Parent Network of WNY upcoming events
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:00 am
Parent Network of WNY is offering a series of upcoming events:
Independent Health and YMCA present 'Fitness in the Parks: Home Edition'
Tue, May 26th 2020 09:45 am
Independent Health is once again teaming up with the YMCA to offer free fitness classes this summer with "Fitness in the Parks: Home Edition!" Through Facebook Live, a series of virtual fitness classes will be offered each week for the community to take part in from the comfort of their own home. All classes will continue to be led by certified YMCA instructors.
Memorial Day observed in Lewiston
Mon, May 25th 2020 12:25 pm
A pandemic wasn't going to stop Veterans of Foreign Wars Downriver Post 7487 from paying tribute to those who gave their lives defending this country.
Cuomo: New York professional sports leagues can begin training camps; reopens campgrounds, RV parks, veterinarian practices
Mon, May 25th 2020 10:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps in state while following appropriate health protocols.
VFW Post 7487 to lay wreaths on Memorial Day
Sun, May 24th 2020 07:00 am
Veterans of Foreign Wars Downriver Post 7487 will hold a Memorial Day observance beginning at 11 a.m. Monday in front of the "Circle of Honor" monument in Academy Park.
Cuomo: NY could enter phase two sooner than expected
Sat, May 23rd 2020 12:50 pm
At a Saturday press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state regions could enter phase two of his "New York Forward" reopening process earlier than expected. Originally, he said locations would have to wait two weeks before going into the next stage.
City of North Tonawanda Memorial Day weekend update
Sat, May 23rd 2020 11:45 am
Finally, we can celebrate the holiday weekend with the beautiful weather we have been craving. Since we are still under the "PAUSE" order of social distancing and wearing masks with no more than 10 in a group, residents need to be careful when picnicking with family. This is a time to be grateful for the blessings we are afforded by the sacrifices of our armed forces.
Kiwanis Club donates to Lewiston DPW
Sat, May 23rd 2020 11:40 am
The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston donated more than a dozen food packs to the village's Department of Public Works on Friday. Each kit included a can of soup or ravioli, a reusable bowl, oatmeal, pudding, water and, of course, peaches - all courtesy of Kiwanian Dean Beltrano. In addition, Kiwanian Jan Mathews dropped off a tray of cookies.
DEC encourages New Yorkers to get outside safely, responsibly & locally during state's ongoing response to COVID-19
Fri, May 22nd 2020 10:20 pm
Prior to the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos encouraged New Yorkers to engage in responsible recreation close to home during the state's ongoing response to COVID-19. DEC recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice physical distancing, show respect, and use common sense to protect themselves and others.
ESD, Homes and Community Renewal detail more than $100 million available through 'New York Forward' loan fund
Fri, May 22nd 2020 10:05 pm
Empire State Development (ESD) and Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) on Friday detailed the $100 million "New York Forward" loan fund announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, aimed at providing working capital loans to small businesses focusing on MWBEs, small landlords and nonprofit organizations that did not receive funding from the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program and economic injury disaster loans. The fund will target those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including small businesses and nonprofit organizations with 20 or fewer employees, and small landlords who own small multifamily rental portfolios.
Cuomo launches $100 million 'New York Forward' loan fund to help small businesses
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the launch of the $100 million "New York Forward" loan fund to provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses, focusing on minority and women-owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance. The state will take a smart, targeted approach for distributing these loans, focusing on businesses with 20 or fewer employees and less than $3 million in gross revenues. Businesses interested in receiving a loan should visit esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans.
Wear a mask! Western New Yorkers make a video that sends this critical message
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:40 pm
Most New Yorkers know that, when they're in public, they should wear a mask; but as anyone who's been outside lately knows, it's a message that bears repeating.
Supervisors in towns of Niagara, Wheatfield cautiously optimistic as county enters phase one of reopening
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:10 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement that, beginning Tuesday, Western New York could officially enter phase one of the state's reopening plan. The announcement came after local officials said the area had fulfilled the final requirements for reopening. These required metrics dictated that the area needed to secure 521 contact tracers, and have hospitalizations and deaths fall (or at least remain low) over three days.
Town of Niagara: Proposed Lockport Road solar project moves forward
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:05 pm
Plans involving a proposed solar energy facility on Lockport Road took a few steps forward at Wednesday night's Town of Niagara regular board meeting. The project first gained traction at last month's board meeting, after board members authorized Supervisor Lee Wallace to sign a non-binding letter of intent. The letter allowed solar energy firm Nexamp Inc. to begin a study for a proposed solar energy project at a former Niagara landfill property owned by the Town of Niagara and located at 4798 Lockport Road.
Student pharmacist steps up to help community
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:05 pm
Pandemic-fueled "panic-buying" left store shelves lacking personal care items in late March. This effect carried over to nonprofits, including Pinnacle Community Services. Pinnacle's supporters have a history of providing many of these necessities, but donations were depleted at the onset of the pandemic.
Assembly Speaker Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins announce plans to convene session next week
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:00 pm
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Friday announced the New York State Legislature plans to convene session next week to pass legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Committee meetings are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 26, with session scheduled for the days following.
Town of Niagara cancels summer events
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:00 pm
The following message was posted on the Town of Niagara Facebook page on May 20.
 

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