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COVID-19: Fauci offers Cuomo guidance on potential holiday spikes
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 08:25 pm
On Monday, the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo in providing an update on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo: Regions will shut down again if they can't control hospitalizations
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York restaurants will face harsher restrictions, and regions will go back on "PAUSE," if the coronavirus-related hospitalizations continue to rise.
Grand Island coalition speaks out against new warehouse project
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 09:15 am
The Coalition for Responsible Economic Development for Grand Island (CRED4GI) is engaging residents to oppose a newly proposed warehouse project by Michael Huntress and Acquest Development.
Niagara County Legislature supports PB&J drive
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 05:05 pm
Pete Robinson, founder of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive, spoke to the Niagara County Legislature on Tuesday about how this year's drive is more important than ever, with so many families struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
'Shop small' push continues
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 04:50 pm
Merchants and restaurant owners annually see that "shop small" support continue into the following weekend, when the Lewiston Christmas Walk and Tour of Homes traditionally bring families and history buffs to the village streets.
Local charity Totally Buffalo's 'Hope for The Holidays' completing annual 'Make a Case for Kids' campaign
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 03:00 pm
Totally Buffalo's "Hope for The Holidays" - one of Buffalo's newest charities - is completing its second annual "Make a Case for Kids 2020" campaign to help out kids in need in Niagara County. After a huge response from members of the WNY community who donated hundreds of toys, the campaign will be stuffing cases and filling dream wish lists of 160 Niagara County children.
Niagara University partners with St. John's & DePaul universities to establish Vincentian Cup Esports Tournament
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 12:30 pm
Niagara University, in partnership with St. John's and DePaul universities, has expanded its Esports program with the establishment of the Vincentian Cup, an annual event for the three Vincentian universities in the U.S. Produced by the Electronic Gaming Federation, the inaugural competition will be held Dec. 9-12 and feature competition in multiple Esports titles.
Poloncarz statement on passage of 2021 Erie County budget
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 11:15 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued the following statement Thursday pursuant to the Erie County Legislature's 7-4 vote to approve the administration's proposed 2021 budget, which funds ongoing county COVID-19 response and also reduces the county property tax rate to $4.43 per $1,000 of assessed value, the lowest it has been since 2005:
New York to receive initial delivery of COVID-19 vaccine doses for 170,000
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 05:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York state will receive an initial delivery of enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for 170,000 residents. If all safety and efficacy approvals are granted by the federal government, the state expects to receive the vaccines - which were created by Pfizer - on Dec. 15. New York expects additional allocations of vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna later this month.
Grand Island: New life for land once considered for Amazon warehouse
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 03:40 pm
The Island Dispatch has learned Michael Huntress, vice president of Acquest Development LLC of Amherst, submitted a site plan to the Town of Grand Island for a proposed 1,080,308-square-foot distribution facility project on Long Road. The structure would sit on land its own, along the New York State Thruway I-190 - an area that was under consideration by Amazon for a proposed 3.8 million-square-foot distribution center.
Erie County Department of Health outlines testing process for schools in micro-cluster zones
Tue, Dec 1st 2020 12:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) will provide use of its Division of Emergency Medical Services new limited service lab (LSL) license to schools within New York state-designated micro-cluster zones. This announcement follows extensive internal discussions about how to best support schools in providing safe testing for students and staff.
Pope Francis appoints Michael William Fisher 15th bishop of Diocese of Buffalo
Tue, Dec 1st 2020 12:20 pm
Washington, D.C., Auxiliary Bishop Michael William Fisher has been appointed by His Holiness Pope Francis as the 15th bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo in an announcement from the Vatican today at noon Rome time.
Niagara County Health Department offers 'key actions to take if you test positive for COVID-19'
Mon, Nov 30th 2020 07:55 pm
As cases continue to rise in Niagara County and surrounding areas, the Niagara County Department of Health is asking the community to remain vigilant and play an important part in reducing community transmission of COVID- 19 if testing positive.
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.
State encourages New Yorkers to shop locally
Fri, Nov 27th 2020 07:05 am
This Saturday, Nov. 28, is "Small Business Saturday" in New York and, on Wednesday, Empire State Development, and the departments of Labor, Taxation and Finance, and Agriculture and Markets encouraged all New Yorkers to safely support their local small businesses, which are in need of help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Holiday Market going virtual
Fri, Nov 27th 2020 07:05 am
As small businesses continue to navigate their way through these difficult times, Willow Consulting has decided to host its annual shopping extravaganza virtually this year.
Youngstown/Porter community baskets assist needy
Fri, Nov 27th 2020 07:00 am
As most realize, COVID-19 has prompted some significant changes in how we plan to mark the holiday season in 2020. Many activities have been outright canceled, with others seeing curtailing or adjustments to community functions.
Local officials hand out free meals to Wheatfield seniors
Fri, Nov 27th 2020 07:00 am
Last Friday, officials from Niagara County and the Town of Wheatfield were on hand at the Wheatfield Senior Center to hand out over 100 Thanksgiving dinners to local seniors. The event was part of Niagara County Legislator Jesse Gooch's "Meals With Heart From Six Feet Apart" program that he created in March to offer affordable meals to seniors in the community amid the ongoing pandemic.
AG James takes action against Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for 'failing to protect minors from sexual abuse by clergy'
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 04:50 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Mondday filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and former senior leaders Bishop Emeritus Richard J. Malone and former Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz, for "failing to follow mandated policies and procedures that would help to prevent the rampant sexual abuse of minors by priests within the Catholic Church."
Special 10th edition of Historic LaSalle Calendar recalls Falls' past
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 04:45 pm
A special 10th edition of the Historic LaSalle Photo Calendar has just been released. Terry Lasher Winslow has again put together a calendar that features historical photographs of the Village of LaSalle.
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."
Thanksgiving donation: Tatler Historic Preservation Foundation donates canned goods to Intandem
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 11:40 am
As part of their longstanding giving tradition during the holiday season, members of the Tatler Inc. of Niagara Falls, donated canned goods collected from the Tatler Historic Preservation Foundation to three residential homes operated by Intandem, who provides services to individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
Cuomo calls on Congress to renew & expand 'critical support programs' for unemployed Americans amid COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on Congress to renew and expand federal support programs for unemployed Americans - many of which have expired or will end just days after Christmas.
Fireproof your holiday feasts
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 11:10 am
Food is a big part of holiday fun, but festivities can take your attention away from cooking and lead to fires.
BBB: 'Secret Sister' pyramid scheme gift exchanges are back
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 07:00 am
A "Secret Santa" around the office or with friends and family can be fun. A gift exchange among online friends and strangers, well, that's a little different and carries a heftier consequence. Better Business Bureau reminds everyone that these gift exchanges, while they look like innocent fun, are really pyramid schemes - and are considered illegal.
Buffalo Bills & Buffalo Sabres to provide Thanksgiving meals for 1,000 families
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 05:00 pm
The Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres foundations will provide 1,000 Thanksgiving meals for families throughout Western New York with a total donation of more than $50,000 this holiday season. The donation is a part of the direct community aid initiative Terry and Kim Pegula launched in March that has committed $1.2 million to help members of the community who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
TV commercial, divine intervention, lead to father-son meeting
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 03:05 pm
In January 2019, Manny Garcia, a father of five, was relaxing on the couch in his New York home with his wife, Johanne Batiz, when a commercial for came on the television screen. They both decided to buy the Ancestry DNA kit for fun. What they didn't expect was how this spontaneous splurge would have the answers to Manny's childhood wishes.
NY Farm Bureau market basket survey reveals small price increase for 2020 Thanksgiving dinner
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 12:55 pm
New York Farm Bureau's 2020 market basket survey shows the price of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner saw a modest uptick from last year's meal. The average total price, which includes a 16-pound turkey and other common items found on a holiday dinner table, is $49.23 - or a $2.86 increase over last year.
Niagara Falls USA launches 360-degree virtual site visits
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:45 am
As a result of COVID-19, Destination Niagara USA created a series of 360-degree videos designed specifically for meeting planners to virtually explore meeting and event venues in Niagara Falls.
Governors encourage colleges to provide testing for students before thanksgiving break, recommend expanded remote instruction
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:05 am
Earlier this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Delaware Gov. John Carney, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced they will encourage residential colleges and universities in their respective states to provide testing for all students traveling home for Thanksgiving break to the maximum extent possible before they leave campus.
Law enforcement officials in 9 WNY counties won't enforce Cuomo's 10-person limit
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 09:55 am
Joining their colleagues in Erie, Fulton, Washington and Saratoga counties, the following Western New York officials have stated they have no intention of enforcing what they called an unconstitutional executive order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo limiting gatherings in private residences to 10 persons or less:
NYS Division of Consumer Protection offers tips for a safe & happy holiday shopping season
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection announced the rollout of a seven-part consumer alert series to help New Yorkers navigate new holiday shopping pitfalls. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most experts predict this year's online holiday shopping season may top records - both in sales and in scams. In the coming weeks, consumers will receive guidance on equitable pricing requirements, credit cards, gift cards, refunds, warranties and data privacy.
COVID-19: What about Thanksgiving?
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 08:15 pm
Local and state leaders have speculated the new coronavirus wave of infections began, in large part, with people having Halloween get-togethers. As such, both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz warned residents to limit their Thanksgiving gatherings.
Memorial Medical Center's 'Bids for Blessings' auction underway
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:20 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's "Bids for Blessings" virtual auction began accepting bids at 5 a.m. Wednesday. The auction features an enticing variety of items, including many that would be unique holiday gifts. Bidding will continue until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
'Buffalo Rock City' KISS tribute album out Dec. 15; raising funds to fight homelessness
Tue, Nov 17th 2020 09:35 am
"Buffalo Rock City" will release Dec. 15 on CD, all digital stores and streaming media. The recording's proceeds are geared to help the Compass House Foundation, a charitable organization that helps homeless youth in Buffalo.
Erie County in 'a bad situation' with coronavirus, but controls its own destiny
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 04:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein again on Monday warned residents coronavirus cases will continue to rise unless safety measures are obeyed. Most of the area is in a "yellow" micro-cluster area, as the number of positive COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed in the past month.
Buffalo Sabres sign top draft pick Jack Quinn
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 04:05 pm
The Buffalo Sabres on Monday announced the signing of forward Jack Quinn to a three-year, entry-level contract.
NYS address confidentiality program, launches new online application for victims of violence to help save lives
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 12:25 pm
The New York State Department of State announced a new online application for the address confidentiality program (ACP) in which victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual offenses and human trafficking can protect themselves from their perpetrators by getting a new undisclosed address. It said this online application will facilitate a swift and secure enrollment into the program for individuals who previously could only apply for the program via mail or fax.
The gift that keeps on giving: Artpark presents 'A (Virtual) Christmas with The Griswolds' and Chevy Chase & Beverly D'Angelo
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:20 am
Light up your holidays and join Christmas' favorite couple, Ellen and Clark Griswold, for a virtual salute to the holiday classic "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Chevy Chase (Clark) and Beverly D'Angelo (Ellen) will lead audiences through this live Artpark event as they share fan-favorite clips from the movie, reveal their favorite memories from the making of the "Vacation" franchise, and answer fan questions in a live audience Q&A at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

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