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Obituary: John Richard Kilmer Sr.
Fri, Jul 3rd 2020 07:00 am
John Richard Kilmer Sr., 94, died at his home on Grand Island on Father's Day, June 21, 2020, with his younger daughter, Geraldine Rapp, and son, John Kilmer Jr., by his side.
How about a 'stay-cation' in northern Niagara?
Fri, Jul 3rd 2020 07:00 am
With Western New York now officially in phase four of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "NY Forward" reopening plan, and the July 4 weekend at hand, many are opting to remain at home in "stay-cation" mode, as far as any travel plans are concerned.
Late-night fireworks are more than just a headache
Fri, Jul 3rd 2020 07:00 am
As the Fourth of July approaches, many residents throughout Niagara County say they are fed up with the barrage of fireworks going off at all hours of the night. Community Facebook forums are filled with countless posts by angry residents who want law enforcement to do more to take care of the problem.
NCCC board outlines reopening for fall semester, sports
Fri, Jul 3rd 2020 07:00 am
This week, Niagara Community College's Board of Trustees discussed fall reopening plans, including its decision to offer fall-season intercollegiate athletics. The board summarized its official reopening procedures that were submitted to, and ultimately approved by, SUNY on Thursday morning.
Higgins: Over $1.6 million for workforce training
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 11:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $1.6 million in additional federal funding for the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The funding, which is allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, will be directed to the WIB's Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. The program previously received two five-year awards; this extends WIB's successful HPOG program for an 11th year.
Niagara Falls opens City Hall
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 11:15 pm
City Hall is now open to the public with some changes as a result of COVID-19.
Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest are throwing a wedding on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan'
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 11:10 pm
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest are throwing a wedding on "Live with Kelly and Ryan"! Bridge and tunnel officers Rasheda Patton and Anthony Presley from Brooklyn had to cancel their June plans due to COVID-19, so "Live" is stepping in to throw them a wedding they'll never forget. During "Live's I in I Do Week," Ripa and Seacrest will feature a week of themed segments and surprises all building up to the wedding ceremony on Friday, July 10.
State Police crackdown on DWI during July 4 holiday
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 11:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions during the 4th of July holiday, beginning Friday, July 3, and running through Sunday, July 5. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.
State Park swimming pools open
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced state outdoor pools across New York will open for swimming for the July 4 weekend under the standard operating schedule of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Pool-goers are reminded to practice social distancing, respect the rules, and do their part to keep the pool area safe for everyone. Pool capacity will be reduced and is expected to fill quickly. New Yorkers are urged to plan ahead by having alternate destinations ready.
Kenmore broadcasting company proud to welcome home 'The Sound of The City,' WEBR radio 1440-AM, to WNY
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:20 pm
Radio station WEBR is making a comeback to its hometown of Buffalo, at 1440 on the AM dial. After a 27-year absence, this historic "Buffalo Born" radio station looks to have a strong reemergence on local airwaves, which will be music to the ears of Western New Yorkers who could not find any trace of the classic standards from the "Great American Song Book" anywhere on the AM or FM dial.
Memorial COVID-19 testing tops 5,000 mark
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:00 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced Thursday that it has conducted more than 5,200 tests of area residents for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
CAO of WNY launches CAO text line to service clients during COVID-19 crisis
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:00 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY has launched a new text messaging service for clients in need called the "CAO text line." The tool was implemented to better serve the community and prepare for the reopening of its sites and services. Text alerts will include important announcements, program and event flyers, contact information, and links to CAO's website pages.
RTO Wireless, Microsoft working with Niagara Orleans Regional Alliance to address rural broadband gap
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:00 pm
An innovative collaboration with several partners will increase internet access by means of public Wi-Fi hotspots for dozens of rural towns in Niagara and Orleans counties, according to Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey and Orleans County legislator Lynne Johnson, who are co-chairs of the Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance (NORA). Deployment is already underway.
Independence Day will look a little different on Grand Island
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 09:35 pm
The July 4th Independence Day holiday has traditionally been the day Town of Grand Island residents celebrate the community like few others in this country. It is a holiday they truly enjoy by inviting family and friends for activities from early morning to late evening when a spectacular fireworks show would light up the sky over the Island and even cause travelers along Interstate 190 to pull over in awe of the colorful displays.
Efforts underway to make Fantasy Island 'beautiful and fun again'
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 08:50 pm
Bill Baldwin, a park entertainer for nearly 30 years who played Black Bart - among many roles - in the popular Western shows, proudly said he was shot and fell to the ground in Western Town 28,678 times during his Fantasy Island career. Upon hearing the park was closing, he contacted his friend, Jay Wilcox, a maintenance supervisor at the park for 20 years and now chief operating officer of Empire Adventures Inc. They began brainstorming about what it would take to bring the park back under local ownership and led by a team of former employees.
Back by popular demand: Rotary Club Shred-It event is July 11
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 08:40 pm
The Rotary Club of Grand Island's annual Shred-It event on June 27 was such a huge success members have scheduled another one on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in the KeyBank parking lot in the Tops Plaza on Grand Island Boulevard.
Cuomo: $4.3 million in federal funding to support local COVID-19 planning & response
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced $4.3 million in federal funding is being made available to county emergency management agencies and the City of New York to support COVID-19 planning and operational readiness.
VIDEO: Niagara County tourism is OPEN!
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 09:05 am
The 2020 summer tourism season has begun in Niagara County, with Western New York now into phase four of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening process.
ACEP July 4th safety tips: Leave fireworks to professionals, avoid large crowds
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 07:00 am
With the Fourth of July approaching and communities across the country still battling COVID-19, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) urges everyone to stay safe and take precautions with large gatherings and firework celebrations, but not to hesitate to go to the ER if you have an emergency.
Moving scams cause financial and emotional nightmares, BBB study finds
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 07:00 am
Allowing someone you don't know to drive away with your belongings is among the many stressful aspects of a long-distance move - especially if that move is complicated or may be prompted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Unfortunately, some people find their stress compounded by fraudulent movers who charge them many times the amount quoted, subject them to unreasonably long delivery windows, hold their items hostage for additional undisclosed fees, and leave them with damaged goods.
Volunteers needed for Artpark 'Art of Walking' tours
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:15 pm
Artpark & Company is looking for volunteers to check-in, participate and assist guests attending "The Art of Walking" treks at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. Volunteers will receive a free ticket for a family or friend to accompany them on the walk on the day they volunteer. Walks are one hour long.
Don McLean, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Cindy & Carlos Santana, Jewel, CeCe Winans, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo set for CNN's 'The Fourth In America'
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:15 pm
With many traditional Fourth of July events canceled across the country, CNN'S "The Fourth In America" will showcase musical performances from U.S. military bands, iconic singers, Broadway performers, and feature firework shows in multiple U.S. cities.
Higgins: Over $98,000 in telehealth funding for ECMC
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $98,435 in new federal funding to support telehealth expansion at Erie County Medical Center. The funding, approved by Congress, is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission's COVID-19 telehealth program.
Ramkumar named medical director at Golisano Medical Oncology Center
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
Bhuvana Ramkumar, M.D., was appointed medical director of the Golisano Medical Oncology Center at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, which is a member site within the Roswell Park Care Network.
DEC issues fire danger warning
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos urged New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety during the upcoming holiday weekend. Dry weather throughout the month of June has increased the risk of fires.
National organizations tap UB pediatrics researchers to establish patient registries, develop guidelines for treating children with COVID-19
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
A paper and two editorials by University at Buffalo pediatrics researchers call attention to key issues in health care that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light; they also recommend guidelines for evaluating and treating children infected with COVID-19. All were published in Progress in Pediatric Cardiology.
Higgins: $2M+ in federal funding for Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins on Tuesday announced two federal grants totaling $2,061,984 to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for snow removal equipment at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The grants were awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration, under the U.S. Department of Transportation.
UB research team receives grant that could change the approach to treating alcohol addiction
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
A multidisciplinary team of University at Buffalo researchers has received a nearly $184,000 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to develop a reliable measure of recovery capital, a potentially powerful instrument that could drastically change how clinicians and other health and human service providers treat people recovering from alcohol addiction.
Chao: Nearly $800 million in grants to 347 airports in 46 states & 4 territories
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 07:00 am
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the Trump Administration will award nearly $800 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 46 states, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Marshall Islands.
FASNY urges New Yorkers to play it safe this Fourth of July: Leave fireworks to the pros!
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 07:00 am
The Fourth of July may feel a little different this year due to COVID-19. Smaller barbecues, less parties and limited celebrations filled with displayed fireworks. Although sparklers and similar items can be bought and sold in much of New York, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York urges residents to let professionals handle the fireworks.
HUD awards over $40 million to fight housing discrimination
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 05:25 pm
Grants to support and promote fair housing nationwide; New York awarded over $2.6 million for testing, enforcement, education & outreach
William Mattar kicks off 5th annual 'In the Heat Check the Seat' safety awareness campaign
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 05:15 pm
William Mattar law offices announced the kick-off of its fifth annual "In the Heat Check the Seat" campaign to raise awareness of the heatstroke-related tragedies that take place when children and animals are left in hot motor vehicles.
NYS launches New State Parks Explorer mobile app for visitors
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 05:05 pm
On Tuesday, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation marked the beginning of the summer season by launching a new mobile app for smart devices to provide visitors and prospective visitors useful information about the variety of destinations and activities available throughout the Empire State's parks and historic sites.
As WNY region reopens for business, Department of Labor reminds job seekers of growing number of employment opportunities on Jobs Express website
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 04:45 pm
New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon announced that, as Western New York continues to reopen, there are a growing number of positions available on the Jobs Express website, at jobs.ny.gov. Currently, more than 8,400 jobs are available in a number of different fields from businesses looking to hire immediately.
Old Fort Niagara reopening
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 04:45 pm
Old Fort Niagara will reopen to visitors this Friday, July 3, following its 15-week closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily hours of operation have been shortened slightly, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow for extra cleaning before and after hours. Hourly musket and living-history demonstrations and seasonal food service will resume following proper health and social-distancing guidelines.
Botanical Gardens reopening to the public
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 01:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced Tuesday it will reopen to the public on July 15, with early access to members on July 8. A press release noted staffers can't wait to be #BackUnderTheDome.
Lion on the move: Roary the Lion heads to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:45 pm
This past week, 4-year-old African lion Roary made his way from the Buffalo Zoo to his new home at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio.
ASI now accepting applications for Fendrick Theatre Fund
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:45 pm
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York Inc. announced applications for its David R. Fendrick Theatre Fund are now open. The biannual program awards one $1,000 grant to an individual theater artist in Western New York, and supports the writing or production of new work, the new production of existing work, experimental and multimedia theatrical productions, and/or the completion of a work in progress. Applications are open until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, and selection will be announced in September.
Junior Achievement raises more than $125K during 36th annual JA Bowl-A-Thon
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:30 pm
Junior Achievement of Western New York (JA) announced via a series of video recordings on Facebook that it raised $126,118 through the 36th annual JA Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser. A total of 1,132 individuals, representing 50 local companies, raised funds for JA's financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career and work readiness programs, taught by volunteers in WNY schools. Bank of America has been the title sponsor of the JA Bowl-A-Thon for the past 35 years.
 

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