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Buffalo Sabres sign Linus Ullmark, Sam Reinhart to 1-year contracts
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 10:30 am
The Buffalo Sabres on Sunday announced the signing of forward Sam Reinhart to a one-year contract with an average annual value of $5.2 million.
Niagara County Department of Health: Results of rapid testing of school staff 'very encouraging'
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 12:20 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health on Friday said it has completed voluntary, rapid testing days of teachers and staff in five school districts and, thus far, the results are not showing any significant presence of COVID-19 in schools. According to the health department, 574 tests have been completed, with 571 negative results to just three positives.
NYS: $357 million in new pavement renewal projects
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 12:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $357 million in funding for the renewal of roadways in every region of New York.
Heart, Love & Soul opens one-stop services center for homeless
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 09:25 am
On Wednesday, local officials were on hand as Heart, Love & Soul food pantry cut the ribbon on the newly constructed Sr. Beth Brosmer Center. The center will house its new Daybreak program - a collaboratively designed one-stop program involving more than 30 partner agencies. The organization says the Daybreak program will increase access to services and offer additional support for people experiencing homelessness.
Local officials call on residents to demand state protect theater industry
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 09:20 am
Earlier this week, New York state's movie theater industry breathed a collective sigh of relief as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced theaters across the state (except for NYC) could finally begin to reopen. Per state safety guidelines, theaters can only maintain a 25% capacity; with no more than 50 people in front of each movie screen.
Center Street projects moving along: Work continues on plaza, Fourth & Center, Frontier House
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 09:10 am
Center Street construction projects were delayed last spring by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent "New York State on PAUSE" executive orders. As summer approached and some restrictions were lifted, people expected to see a rush of activity on the village's main thoroughfare.
Niagara County offers extended hours for absentee balloting
Wed, Oct 21st 2020 12:35 pm
The Niagara County Board of Elections will be open expanded hours for absentee balloting ahead of the Nov. 3 general election: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 21-22; Monday, Oct. 26, and Wednesday, Oct. 28; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31.
Barker resident Steven Hefferon promoted to colonel in New York Air National Guard
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 10:55 am
New York Air National Guard Col. Steven M. Hefferon, a Barker resident, was promoted from lieutenant colonel during a ceremony conducted by the 107th Attack Wing at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Saturday, Oct. 17.
UB awarded $8.5 million to improve 'hybrid' space rockets
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 10:15 am
A University at Buffalo research team has been awarded $8.5 million to study hybrid rockets, a technology that could provide a safer and less expensive way to explore outer space compared to conventional rockets.
Distracted driving: It's not just talking and texting on your phone
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 08:00 am
In New York state, 99 people died in 96 distracted driving crashes in 2018, according to the latest data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). AAA believes no life is worth losing to distraction. Focused drivers save lives. AAA urges all drivers to pay attention and focus on the road during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and all year long.
UNICEF tradition continues on Grand Island
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 07:35 am
Do you still connect dressing up for Halloween with carrying a little orange box for Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF? This is the 70th year of this longest-running youth engagement campaign in America.
New York ski resorts allowed to reopen with 50% indoor capacity beginning Nov. 6
Sun, Oct 18th 2020 03:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced ski resorts can reopen with 50% indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance starting Friday, Nov. 6.
Cuomo allowing New York movie theaters to reopen
Sat, Oct 17th 2020 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday said he would allow certain movie theaters to open next Friday, Oct. 23. Fifty people per screen will be permitted in certain regions.
Niagara County's first SPoT Coffee hits the mark, even in pandemic
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 04:45 pm
If you build it, they will come for coffee ... and stay for a meal.
Next steps revealed in Academy Park makeover
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:35 am
Plans are in place for the bandshell in Academy Park to move from the northwest corner of Center Street and Portage Road to the southwest end across from Syros Restaurant and Warren's Village Hardware at Portage Road and Cayuga Street. The stage will face the field.
Niagara Wheatfield's new athletic field stirs Falcon pride for a pair of alumni
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:30 am
Recently, Niagara Wheatfield High School celebrated the completion of its new multipurpose athletic field. The project, which was estimated to cost $7.6 million, included an all-new synthetic turf field and is able to accommodate football, baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer and field hockey. The project also included new bleachers (able to seat 2,000 home and 500 away fans), scoreboards, lights, fencing and backstops.
The Sitting Club: Niagara Falls-based clothing brand reflects on community, friendship, and now, coffee
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:25 am
When Matthew Catanese set out to start his own clothing brand, he knew he wanted his designs to be a reflection of the things that mean the most to him.
Kevin Nephew named president & CEO at Seneca Gaming Corporation
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:05 am
The Seneca Gaming Corp. board of directors on Thursday announced Kevin Nephew, an executive with decades of financial leadership experience, has been named the corporation's president and CEO. His appointment, which followed an extensive search, was officially approved by the board earlier in the day.
Buffalo City Mission launches fall campaign to raise $2.34 million by end of 2020
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 10:45 am
On Thursday, the Buffalo City Mission announced the launch of its annual fall fundraising campaign, a significant annual initiative to advance its work in providing critical programs and services for the homeless of Buffalo.
UB-community partnership helping blunt effect of pandemic on Buffalo's most vulnerable citizens
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 12:35 pm
A powerful partnership that brought University at Buffalo faculty and community leaders together to fight against health disparities has allowed the community to respond more effectively to the pandemic than many cities across the nation, university and community leaders said this week.
Lewiston No. 1 receives generous donation
Sat, Oct 10th 2020 10:35 am
Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1 EMS Capt. Matt Grainge said, "Lewiston 1 would like to thank Linde PLC / Linde Production - Niagara Falls for the generous donation of $9,179! These funds allowed us to purchase two Toughbooks and an electronic PCR software for our EMS program."
The MolinaCares Accord in New York, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy team up to promote 'Peace in the Parks'
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:35 pm
With fall foliage starting to peak and temperatures cooling, The MolinaCares Accord and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy are proud to announce "Peace in the Parks," a new partnership that provides a safe, socially distant space for rest, respite and connecting with nature.
Erie County asks: What are you waiting for? Get a flu vaccine, now
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 09:05 pm
There is no more direct way to say it: The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is urging every county resident age 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine this fall.
Buffalo Museum of Science extends 'Golden Mummies of Egypt' to Jan. 3, 2021
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 09:45 am
The Buffalo Museum of Science announced "Golden Mummies of Egypt," presented by M&T Bank, will extend its stay in Buffalo to Jan. 3, 2021. Originally slated to end this month, the exhibit will continue its global premiere in Western New York. Guests can visit "Golden Mummies of Egypt" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Fire at Niagara Frontier Country Club
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 09:20 am
On Wednesday, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received a phone call from an alarm company stating a fire alarm was activated at the Niagara Frontier Country Club. Deputies and fire fighters responded to the scene and reported smoke coming from the main building at the country club. Once inside, it was the discovered there was a fire coming from kitchen area of the country club.
GRYT Health to host 2nd annual 'Global Virtual Cancer Conference'; Jim Kelly to keynote
Wed, Oct 7th 2020 01:50 pm
GRYT ("grit") Health, a digital oncology company that empowers people to be in charge of their own health, is hosting the second annual "Global Virtual Cancer Conference (GVCC)" on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14.
Niagara University establishes Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom Retention Scholarship to assist BIPOC students
Wed, Oct 7th 2020 01:30 pm
Niagara University has established a scholarship to assist BIPOC (Black or Indigenous person of color) students in their academic pursuits. The Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom Retention Scholarship, suggested by junior Lovell Lee and announced during a ceremony on Tuesday, will financially support students of color as they complete their degrees and establish and pursue their career goals.
2020 has shown us why America needs journalists
Wed, Oct 7th 2020 11:05 am
There is one week set aside each year to salute newspapers for the important role they have played in our nation, a role that goes back to the beginning of these United States.
Buffalo City Mission launches virtual program for annual 'Mission Possible Food Drive Challenge'
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 05:30 pm
On Tuesday, the Buffalo City Mission kicked off the fifth year of its "Mission Possible Food Drive Challenge," a communitywide initiative that brings together area schools, church youth groups and other youth programs to engage students of all ages in an exciting, educational and action-oriented food drive challenge.
'Art of Suffrage' on display in Niagara County Courthouse
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 01:30 pm
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. In celebration of this historic milestone, visitors to the Niagara County Courthouse in Lockport can see pieces of the display the "Art of Suffrage." The work had been on display at the Kenan Center since February.
Higgins announces House approval of updated Heroes Act
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 11:25 am
On Thursday, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved updated Heroes Act legislation providing $2.2 trillion to address the urgent needs of the ongoing economic and health crisis, including direct relief to Americans and local municipalities.
Govs. Cuomo & Murphy launch exposure notification apps to help stop spread of COVID-19
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 11:10 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday announced the launch of COVID-19 exposure notification mobile apps in their respective states that will serve as crucial tools to supplement the effort to trace and contact individuals subject to a COVID exposure. The apps, "COVID Alert NY" and "COVID Alert NJ," notify users of potential COVID-19 exposure while maintaining user privacy and security.
DA Flynn reminds residents about resources for victims in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 10:00 am
The Erie County District Attorney's Office encourages anyone experiencing domestic violence to report abuse. Prosecutors and advocates remain available in-person and over the phone to assist victims.
Going purple for domestic violence awareness
Thu, Oct 1st 2020 07:00 am
They've been isolated and living in fear for months, or even years. We don't always see the signs. Nationwide, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence), and many more experience other forms of domestic violence.
Taking a political sign? Yeah, that's illegal
Thu, Oct 1st 2020 07:00 am
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office and its partner law enforcement agencies have received numerous reports of political sign thefts in recent weeks. It is important to know that removing political signs is a crime punishable by the New York state penal law, election law, and local ordinances.
New coalition of public & private sector leaders call on Congress to act on COVID-19 relief before election
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 05:55 pm
COVID RELIEF NOW, a new coalition of nearly 200 major public and private sector groups across the U.S., today called for "No Recess without Relief," imploring Congress to not leave town for the 2020 elections without passing additional COVID-19 economic relief. It stated millions of jobs and survival of small businesses, as well as vital government services, are on the line.
Cuomo reminds New Yorkers 'pink tax' ban goes into effect
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 05:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that, starting today, new reforms go into effect prohibiting businesses from charging a "pink tax," otherwise known as the practice of charging different prices for "substantially similar" consumer goods or services that are marketed to different genders.
UB: 'Hamilton' star Leslie Odom Jr. to kick off Distinguished Speakers Series, virtual edition
Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:50 pm
The University at Buffalo's Distinguished Speakers Series will be virtual this year due to New York state's health and safety guidelines, and will be free of charge.
Buffalo Central Terminal master plan said to guide future reuse
Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:40 pm
A master plan for the Buffalo Central Terminal site and its connectivity to the Broadway Fillmore Neighborhood has started and the first of four public meetings will be held Thursday, Oct. 8.

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