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Survey: 70% of Americans support more economic stimulus to help reeling travel industry recover
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 11:55 am
A new survey conducted by Morning Consult commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) found that, while Americans remain hesitant about traveling, they overwhelmingly support efforts by Congress to help the travel industry recover - including helping hotels keep their doors open and bring back employees, as well as incentivizing Americans to travel again.
Primary: Jacobs claims victory
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 08:20 am
Republican New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs is claiming victory in the special election to fill the seat vacated by former Congressman Chris Collins. Late Tuesday, Jacobs claimed to have an insurmountable lead over Democrat and former Town of Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray. Currently, his lead is more than 30,000 votes for the NY-27 seat.
'New York Forward' provides details on phase 4
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 11:50 pm
The "New York Forward" website has begun to detail the fourth phase of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan. Western New York is expected to enter this stage on Tuesday, June 30.
St. Peter RC School holds outdoor graduation ceremony for 8th grade class
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 06:00 pm
St. Peter R.C. School held an outdoor celebration of its eighth grade class on Monday, abiding by the governor's rules for social distancing and graduation ceremonies.
Cuomo comments on New York being 1 of 3 three states on track to contain COVID-19
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 05:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered the following statement on Tuesday:
Artpark loses 'Saints and Sinners,' but gains 'Blues Brothers'
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 05:05 pm
On Tuesday, Artpark & Company announced a "The Saints and Sinners Tour 2020" date is canceled. The show was to feature Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party; it was originally scheduled for July 16. Ticketholders have been emailed instructions.
EPA awards New York $220 million for water infrastructure improvements
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 04:40 pm
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency celebrates its 50th anniversary year and this month's anniversary theme of "successful partnerships," the agency announced it has awarded $220 million to New York for State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to assist with water infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities throughout the state.
UB vision researcher's work contributes to a rethinking of what leads to a rare, hereditary disorder causing blindness
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 04:30 pm
A series of papers published recently by two teams of vision researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is revealing important new information about the possible cause of a condition that underlies a rare form of irreversible blindness in young children.
DEC issues fire danger warning
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 04:20 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos urged New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety when burning wood and brush outdoors during recent dry conditions. Although the state's prohibition on residential brush burning ended in May, fire danger still exists.
Higgins: Nearly $15,000 for NeighborWorks Community Partners Niagara Falls
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 04:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced NeighborWorks Community Partners Niagara Falls will receive a $14,969 grant through the U/S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's housing counseling program.
Niagara County to give masks, hand sanitizer away to general public
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:40 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey on Tuesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services will hold its first drive-thru event to provide free masks and small bottles of hand sanitizer to the general public.
Coronavirus stats for June 23
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:35 pm
Niagara County's Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report the death of a 77-year-old male with underlying health conditions. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."
Cuomo: $65 million 'New York Forward' child care expansion incentive
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the "New York Forward" child care expansion incentive program.
Arts Services initiative enters new stage of governance
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:30 pm
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York Inc. announced it is entering the next stage of organizational governance with several members of its board of directors terming off, others elected to a second term, and a few being elected to serve as chairs of specific committees. This news comes as ASI prepares for fiscal year 2021, when it will celebrate its 10th anniversary.
UB: School of Nursing awarded $1.5 million for mental health and substance abuse treatment in rural communities
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:30 pm
The University at Buffalo School of Nursing has received a $1.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase access to mental health and substance abuse treatment by integrating care in nurse-led primary care clinics in rural and medically underserved areas in Western New York.
Erie County DA's Office warns public about potential charges for setting off illegal fireworks
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:30 pm
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is reminding residents that setting off fireworks is not only dangerous and disruptive, but also an illegal activity.
MLK Jr. Park splash pad officially opens for summer 2020 season
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 09:45 am
Safe summer fun has arrived as decade-long partners the City of Buffalo, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announce the opening of the MLK Jr. splash pad at the historic Humboldt Basin.
HUD awards nearly $40 million in housing counseling grants
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 09:35 am
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday awarded nearly $40 million in housing counseling grants to help over 1 million individuals and families access HUD-approved housing counseling to help them avoid foreclosure and make more informed homebuying and rental choices.
NBC to air 'Global Goal: Unite for Our Future - The Concert'
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 09:00 am
Hosted by Dwayne Johnson of "The Titan Games," NBC will air the two-hour special "Global Goal: Unite for Our Future — The Concert" on Saturday, June 27 (8 p.m. ET/PT).
Island Dispatch for June 19, 2020
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 07:00 am
Island Dispatch for June 19, 2020
Survey work to begin on Sunset Drive
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 04:00 pm
The Niagara Count Department of Public Works on Monday announced it will soon begin survey work on Sunset Drive from Upper Mountain Road to Stone Road as the first step in the design process to rehabilitate the driving surface. The actual project would be a few years away.
Community food drive at Cornerstone Community FCU
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:25 pm
Cornerstone Community FCU, Cornerstone Arena and Mills Jewelers invite the community to come out for a canned food drive on Friday, June 26. Businesses and neighbors are asked to bring their canned goods to help support Niagara County food banks.
USAN announces start of construction on Third Street connector to Niagara Falls State Park
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:25 pm
USA Niagara Development Corp. and New York State Parks announced the start of construction of a new pedestrian entry into Niagara Falls State Park. Located at 305 Buffalo Ave., on the corner of Third Street and Buffalo Avenue, the entry goes through a vacant parcel purchased by USAN through the Buffalo Billion strategic land acquisition program. The program provides funding to acquire vacant or underutilized properties near Niagara Falls State Park.
Cuomo: 10 COVID-19 deaths lowest since March 21
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at
Niagara County Department of Health offers free drive-thru COVID-19 testing
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:20 pm
Testing for COVID-19 leads to quick identification of cases, medical support for those that need it, and immediate isolation of the person to prevent spread. Close contacts to positive cases are considered quarantines to further reduce spread.
Coronavirus stats for June 22
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:10 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 22
City of North Tonawanda update for June 22
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 01:10 pm
I hope all residents are enjoying the summerlike weather we are having now. Everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but please maintain social distancing and wearing your mask when among people. Since the Governor has allowed groups of 25 to assemble, there still needs to be social distancing. While dining outside is enjoyable, the rules still need to be followed. Dining inside is now allowed for 50% capacity.
Solo Roths, 'Bridges' team working on Artpark's second painted parking lot
Mon, Jun 22nd 2020 10:15 am
Artpark & Company drew rave reviews when, in 2017, Director of Visual Arts & Family Programs Tanis Winslow and a team of artists recreated "Niagara 1979" - the late Gene Davis' "Painted Parking Lot."
Cuomo: Yankees and Mets to have spring training in NYC
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 12:50 pm
Spring training appears headed to New York.
Wilson: Lawson sends Father's Day message
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 09:00 am
With Father's Day fast approaching, I wanted to take a moment to share this message of thanks. Today, fatherhood is sometimes drily described as a craft or an occupation, something which competes with career or outside pursuits for time and attention. In our era of new pressures and strains on families, we often forget just what it is that is special about fatherhood.
Free food drive-thru at Trinity Church
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
Trinity United Methodist Church has announced the first of a series of monthly food giveaways.
Town of Grand Island partners with local agencies to address questions related to solar energy
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island has partnered with two local agencies to provide a virtual, live presentation with a question and answer session about solar parks and community solar.
WNY Welcome Center to be used as additional early voting polling location ahead of upcoming elections
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island and the Erie County Board of Elections announced this week that the Western New York Welcome Center on Alvin Road will be used as an additional early voting location for the upcoming elections in New York state.
Grand Island Central School District: 5K vote as school budget passes
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
After a long Tuesday night and Wednesday morning of counting absentee ballots for the budget vote and trustee election, the Grand Island Central School District announced Wednesday passage of its $64 million 2020-21 school budget.
Grand Island Town Board: Playgrounds, rec programs to open
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island Board approved motions at its meeting on Monday to open playgrounds and begin accepting registrations for adult and youth recreation programs this summer because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions being lifted by the state.
OP-ED: Heat stroke is no joke
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
As states begin to relax stay-at-home COVID-19 restrictions, populations on lockdown are flocking outside - just in time for summer. As the mercury rises, however, so do reports of heat-related illnesses. Heat can trigger exhaustion and heat stroke, and, like COVID-19, can exacerbate underlying conditions like cardiovascular, respiratory, kidney or mental diseases.
Higgins: Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Read to Succeed awarded National Day of Service grants totaling over $103,000
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 02:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced two Western New York organizations were selected for September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance Grant awards totaling more than $103,000 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The purpose of the grants is to encourage volunteering as a tribute to victims, survivors, and those who served in response to the attacks on 9/11.
Cuomo's fireside chats conclude
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 02:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday gave his final daily coronavirus update. He has appeared on TV before the media for 111 straight days - since the COVID-19 pandemic began and New York state went on "PAUSE."
Maid of the Mist ready to launch 135th consecutive season
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 02:15 pm
Since 1846 and continuously since 1885, Maid of the Mist vessels powered by steam and diesel engines have carried millions of passengers to the base of Niagara Falls for an iconic, up-close view of one of the wonders of the world.

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