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Deskside with David: High-risk sports back in action
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 10:15 am
Many of you know me for my dedication to covering the local athletes of our community and telling their stories. Another thing I dedicate myself to is helping the youth of our communities grow through coaching them in sport.
Visit Buffalo Niagara pivots in pandemic to better suit travelers, industry, local business
Thu, Feb 25th 2021 11:35 am
It was a year we would rather forget.
New ID verification tool aims to fight unemployment fraud, speed processing of claims
Thu, Feb 25th 2021 10:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of a new identity verification tool,, to fight unemployment benefit fraud and help New Yorkers with bona fide claims verify their identities and receive benefits faster.
NACC announces spring class lineup
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:05 pm
The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center has announced its new community education class lineup for spring.
Jacobs: Work with Canada to reopen border
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 05:40 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, is releasing the following statement ahead of the virtual summit between President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
New Aquarium of Niagara exhibit highlights dangers of illegal wildlife trade
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 11:40 am
The Aquarium of Niagara has teamed up with full-service local energy company NOCO to highlight the impacts of illegal wildlife trading and the importance of local conservation efforts through a visually unique and interactive new exhibit.
Perfect blend: City officials welcome SPoT Coffee to North Tonawanda
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 11:20 am
Business is a-brewing in the Lumber City. On Friday, North Tonawanda city officials hosted a public "Welcome to Webster Street" event to commemorate the arrival of downtown's newest business, SPoT Coffee.
Pump prices continue rising nationally
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 11:00 am
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.64, up 13 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.47. The New York average is $2.70 - up 10 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.61.
Niagara University presents 'A Conversation with Angela Rye'
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 10:55 am
Attorney, political commentor and analyst Angela Rye will give the keynote address at Niagara University's annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. The presentation takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Castellani Art Museum. It is co-sponsored by NU's office of multicultural affairs, multicultural affairs advisory board, campus programming board, Niagara University Student Government, president's office, office of student affairs and Niagara University Opportunity Program. It will be available to the public via Zoom.
Cuomo: Nursing home visitations to resume
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the New York State Department of Health will allow visitation of residents in nursing home facilities in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines. The Department of Health recommends visitors take a rapid test before entry into the facility, and DOH will provide rapid tests to nursing homes at no cost.
Six Flags Darien Lake scheduled to reopen May 21
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 12:20 pm
Six Flags Darien Lake, the "Thrill Capital of New York," is reopening on May 21, based on the guidelines set by the state of New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The park will unveil extensive safety and security measures including quick and contactless security and temperature checks for guests and team members. Convenient mobile ordering will also be available at many locations. The park is converting to a cash to a card kiosk system, accepting only mobile and card payments to further enhance the safety of guests and team members.
Niagara County DPW: Do not clear snow into road
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 09:45 am
Niagara County Public Works Commissioner Garret Meal reminded residents and plow services that depositing snow from driveways and sidewalks into roadways is illegal.
Higgins: School districts slated to receive estimated $414 million under American Rescue Plan
Wed, Feb 17th 2021 06:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced school districts in Erie and Niagara counties would see an estimated $413,973,000 in COVID-19 relief under President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan. The data was provided by the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, which recently held hearings to advance education measures included in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.
Pecoraro to run for mayor in North Tonawanda
Wed, Feb 17th 2021 06:00 pm
North Tonawanda City Council President Bob Pecoraro announced his candidacy for mayor of North Tonawanda. Pecoraro said he would seek endorsements of the Republican and Conservative committees.
Cuomo announces $4 million to help New York farms address impacts of climate change
Wed, Feb 17th 2021 02:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced $4 million is being awarded through the Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program to help 80 farms across the state reduce their environmental footprints and prepare for extreme weather events resulting from climate change. His team said the projects selected will reduce greenhouse gases by an estimated 90,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, or as much as eliminating nearly 20,000 cars from the road.
Reopening: Indoor family entertainment centers March 26, outdoor amusement parks April 9
Wed, Feb 17th 2021 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement can open with a 25% capacity limit beginning Friday, March 26. Outdoor amusement parks can open with a 33% capacity limit beginning Friday, April 9.
Bone-chilling temps pose danger to homeless
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 05:30 pm
The homeless in the Niagara Region have been dealt a double-blow, said officials at Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.
NFMMC: Weather-related delivery delay causes COVID-19 clinic cancellation
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 02:10 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has canceled Wednesday's COVID-19 vaccination clinic due to a Moderna second dose vaccine delivery delay caused by the winter storm that has pounded much of the continental U.S.
Ortt pens letter to AG; requests expanded investigation into Cuomo team's 'COVID-19 failures'
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 02:05 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Tuesday penned a letter to Attorney General Letitia James respectfully requesting her office to formally broaden the scale and scope of its investigation into COVID-19-related nursing home deaths to also include an investigation into what he called the "clandestine" Feb. 10 meeting held between members of the Senate and Assembly and top staff members from Cuomo's administration.
Niagara County postpones vaccination clinic
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 10:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health's second-dose COVID-19 point-of-distribution event today at the Kenan Center has been postponed due to weather.
With winter storm warnings in effect, AAA shares safety tips
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 12:40 pm
With winter storm warnings in effect for Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, AAA wants to make sure drivers across the region are prepared to battle the snow and cold. Hazardous storms and inclement weather are a factor in more than half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. AAA urges drivers to slow down, be cautious and prepare their vehicles for the cold days ahead for their own personal safety.
Emergency response assets prepare, as heavy snow, sleet & ice forecast to impact most of state
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 11:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets in advance of a major winter weather system forecast to impact much of the state with heavy snow, cold temperatures and ice in many areas.
Erie County DOH outlines plan to vaccinate residents with certain medical conditions
Sat, Feb 13th 2021 11:55 pm
A press release noted, "After consulting with local infectious disease and medical experts, ECDOH decided to distribute next week's NYS-directed vaccine allocation to hospitals for people with comorbid conditions. As of this media release, ECDOH has not been notified of the vaccine allotment for this population for the week of Feb. 14. Hospitals will evaluate inpatients during their hospital stay and vaccinate those who are most at-risk due to one or more comorbidities. Hospitals will also identify outpatients with significant comorbidities, such as those accessing specialty clinics, and offer them COVID-19 vaccine."
Cuomo: Restaurant & bar closing times to be extended to 11 pm statewide
Fri, Feb 12th 2021 12:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced that, given the continued decline in hospitalization and infection rates throughout New York, closing times for restaurants and bars will be extended from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. statewide beginning Sunday, Feb. 14.
NYS: Melissa DeRosa clarifies statements
Fri, Feb 12th 2021 11:55 am
In the wake of a New York Post story, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa released the following statement Friday regarding comments made during a Zoom conference call with state legislators:
Cuomo on COVID: Statewide positivity is 3.54% - lowest since Nov. 25
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
NFP's famous 'Best Fish Fry' contest returns
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 10:10 am
Fish fry season has begun again - and we want to know where to eat!
Higgins pushes for Western New York health centers to receive a direct federal allocation of COVID vaccine
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 04:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for Western New York Federally Qualified Health Centers to receive a direct allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government.
NT: Pappas won't seek reelection
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 03:20 pm
On Tuesday, North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas announced he is moving on:
CNN legends part of online fundraiser for Buffalo Broadcasters Association
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 08:55 am
CNN journalistic legends Wolf Blitzer and Susan Candiotti are the guests in the Buffalo Broadcasters Association (BBA) online speaker series "A Conversation With ...".
Virtual Black History Month events by Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 04:10 pm
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is celebrating Black History Month through a series of virtual events this February. Each Friday at 7 p.m. this month, the public can join discussions relating to Black history from the comfort of their home.
NYS passes 2 million vaccination doses administered
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced the state has administered over 2,136,209 vaccine doses through the state's vaccination program. The total week 8 federal allocation of vaccine delivery to providers was to be completed yesterday. As of 11 a.m. Sunday, New York's health care distribution sites had received 1,874,975 first doses and already administered 87% (1,627,191) of first dose vaccinations and 76% of first and second doses. Delivery of the week 9 allocation from the federal government begins mid-week.
Buffalo Sabres: NHL announces updates to regular-season schedule
Sat, Feb 6th 2021 10:15 am
The National Hockey League on Saturday announced updates to the 2020-21 regular-season schedule. The complete 2020-21 NHL regular-season schedule can be found at
Castellani Art Museum poised for grand comeback in 2021
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 02:15 pm
"We're moving forward," he said. "We have our goals, we have our time set, and we're working towards it as if life will get back to ('normal') and the museum can reopen and reenergize."
Lewiston Moose Lodge donates to LPD
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:05 am
Members of the board of officers from Lower Niagara Moose Lodge 584 on Water Street in Lewiston gathered last week with area law enforcement and local officials for a special presentation.
Niagara Falls Memorial, Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force hold community vaccination clinic
Thu, Feb 4th 2021 09:05 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on Thursday joined the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force, a group consisting of more than 20 nonprofit leaders, in an innovative effort to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to people of color who reside in city neighborhoods and meet the state requirements for priority 1A or 1B vaccine recipients.
UB department of surgery launches anti-racism & health care equity initiative with Cornel West as inaugural speaker
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 05:55 pm
An anti-racism and health care equity initiative designed to address and mitigate the effects of systemic racism and inequality in health care has been launched by the department of surgery in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.
The Weeknd announces his return to the global stage with 'After Hours World Tour'
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:30 pm
Global music superstar and Super Bowl LV halftime show headliner The Weeknd announced his 104-date global tour will kick off on Jan. 14, 2022, in Vancouver at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena. Additional stops include Buffalo, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris and Berlin, before wrapping Nov. 16 in London at The O2.
Super Bowl weekend DWI crackdown
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:55 pm
Niagara County Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced Niagara County law enforcement agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
Catholic Health to resume limited hospital visitations
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:55 pm
Catholic Health will welcome visitors back to its hospitals starting Wednesday, Feb. 3. Visiting hours will resume from 2-6 pm daily at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, and Sisters of Charity Hospital (Main St. Campus only).

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