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Sanitizer donation made to Grand Island Police Department
Sat, May 2nd 2020 07:00 am
The family-owned and operated Hartman's Distilling Co. on Chicago Street in Buffalo, which normally focuses on the production of bourbon, rye, vodka, gin and craft cocktails, has shifted much of its production to bottles of hand sanitizers because of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, it is donating one bottle of hand sanitizer for each one it sells.
Catholic Health receives area's top grades in Leapfrog safety report
Fri, May 1st 2020 07:45 pm
At a time when quality and safety are paramount in health care, Catholic Health once again received Western New York's highest cumulative score in the Leapfrog Group's Spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grade Report. In the national report released this week, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Mount St. Mary's Hospital earned consecutive "A" safety grades, while Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus each earned a "B" grade, improving their overall scores from last year's fall report.
Department of Labor offers update: $4.6 billion-plus in unemployment benefits distributed to New Yorkers since beginning of COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, May 1st 2020 06:55 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Friday announced it had distributed over $4.6 billion in unemployment benefits since the coronavirus pandemic began impacting businesses in early March. In total, the DOL has processed over 1.6 million completed applications for unemployment benefits since March 9, including for both traditional unemployment insurance and the new COVID-19 pandemic unemployment assistance program.
Lewiston-Porter remains ever-hopeful, despite statewide school closure
Fri, May 1st 2020 04:45 pm
Parents, students, faculty and staff are receiving regular communication from Superintendent Paul Casseri, as well as our administrators. Paul's updates are also posted directly to our district homepage, along with vital information regarding kindergarten registration, meal pick-up and child care, upcoming board meetings and other important announcements. We encourage the community to stay current by regularly reading Paul's updates, which are available by following Lew-Port on Facebook and Twitter.
'Compassion in Action' continues at Community Missions
Fri, May 1st 2020 04:30 pm
As the calendar flips over to a new month, we find ourselves continuing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the days and nights have not been easy for anyone, there have been wonderful acts of compassion that have helped brighten our spirits along the way.
Old Fort Niagara: 'Faces of the Fort' interactive video programs provide fun, distance learning for free
Fri, May 1st 2020 04:15 pm
Old Fort Niagara will host a series of free, distance learning videos that share important stories from Fort Niagara's early history on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of May.
Artpark reschedules Joe Russo's Almost Dead
Fri, May 1st 2020 04:00 pm
We remain in regular contact with all artists scheduled to perform this season and await further direction from their representatives on the status of their tours. We can confirm that the following concerts: The Head And The Heart (May 27), AWOLNATION with Andrew McMahon (May 31), and Bright Eyes (June 14) have been cancelled. Joe Russo's Almost Dead has been rescheduled to August 20, 2021. Details on these events have been communicated to ticket holders. If you have tickets to any of these shows and have not yet received an email, please contact us at [email protected]
Elected leaders call for federally designated retail coronavirus testing sites in City of Niagara Falls
Fri, May 1st 2020 01:15 pm
Federal, county and city leaders representing Niagara Falls are calling on the Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett Giroir, who has been designated the coronavirus national testing czar, to coordinate testing sites in the City of Niagara Falls.
Cuomo: K-12, colleges will be closed for rest of academic year & continue distance learning programs
Fri, May 1st 2020 12:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced new York's 4.2 million students will not return to campus before the end of the academic year.
ECMC again earns highest patient safety rating in national survey
Fri, May 1st 2020 12:05 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corporation announced The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit organization founded more than a decade ago by the nation's leading employers and private health care experts, has again rated ECMC's overall patient safety score at "A."
Coronavirus: Niagara, Erie counties update for May 1
Fri, May 1st 2020 12:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report one new death of a Niagara County resident, a 92-year-old female with underlying health conditions. We send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends."
Lori Caso is cleaning out the freezer & fridge
Fri, May 1st 2020 11:30 am
During our quarantine, many of you may be experiencing this: cleaning out your freezer or using up something in your refrigerator before it spoils. In the last week, my challenges included using up my milk before the next delivery from Hoover's Dairy, some sketchy carrots and a loaf of freezer-burned bread.
New York state announces $6 million in cooling assistance for vulnerable New Yorkers
Fri, May 1st 2020 11:25 am
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced $6 million is now available to help low-income New Yorkers who suffer from serious health issues exacerbated by heat to stay cool during the upcoming summer months. Cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides an air conditioner to eligible households with a family member who suffers from a medical condition that can be aggravated by extreme heat.
Higgins: Over $3.856 million to protect residents in low-income housing
Fri, May 1st 2020 11:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding to safeguard residents in low-income housing during the public health crisis. The CARES Act, approved in the House of Representatives on March 27, included supplemental public housing operating funds to support measures to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in public housing.
NYS Health Facilities Association: 'Outbreaks of COVID-19 are not the result of inattentiveness or shortcomings in our facilities'
Fri, May 1st 2020 11:20 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living issued the following statement this week in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities and the staff caring for residents:
Water Street Landing to open May 7
Fri, May 1st 2020 07:00 am
Water Street Landing is a unique property in that it normally offers three distinct dining options - outside patio, inside social hall and elegant dining room - each with its own menu.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for May 1, 2020
Fri, May 1st 2020 02:55 am
The full version of the Tribune and The Sentinel combo newspaper.
HART to participate in #GivingTuesdayNow
Fri, May 1st 2020 02:20 am
#GivingTuesday is a national charitable fundraising effort, traditionally held annually in November. Due to the unprecedented needs of not-for-profit organizations caused by COVID-19, a new global day of giving and unity will now be held May 5. The event is designed to drive an influx of giving, helping to mitigate the growing impact of revenue losses experienced by charities, due to the current viral pandemic.
New data shows counties facing over $3.5 billion in lost revenues & aid
Fri, May 1st 2020 02:20 am
The New York State Association of Counties on Thursday announced an updated and expanded economic analysis that projects counties outside of New York City losing in excess of $2 billion, factoring in sales and occupancy taxes, casino gaming revenues and other local fees. Counties are also bracing for another $1.25 billion in cuts to state reimbursement, which was signaled by the state's Division of Budget earlier this week.
Niagara University's mission committee & Levesque Institute partner to collect donations for local agencies
Fri, May 1st 2020 01:55 am
Food access needs in Niagara Falls have tripled over the past month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in ZIP codes such as 14301, which is designated as a food desert.
UB data show COVID-19 hospitalizations in Erie County have reached an extended plateau
Fri, May 1st 2020 01:55 am
Early this week, there was a spike in Erie County's COVID-19 hospitalizations. The number of people hospitalized with the virus in the county reached 258, the highest it has been.
De Dee's Dairy serving up smiles to go
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 06:55 pm
In Niagara Falls, there are few images more iconic to locals than the giant cow that sits perched atop of De Dee's Dairy. Around this time of year, the beloved bovine is usually overlooking scores of sticky-faced patrons and pineapple-sized ice cream cones at the picnic table below. The sight is something of an official announcement that spring is here.
State conducting drive-thru coronavirus testing at NCCC
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 06:40 pm
As part of her weekday afternoon community update Thursday on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said, "That site is being run by the state Department of Health, and they are requiring that you preregister to be tested at that site. Again, you can call 1-888-364-3065, or head to the website (covid19screening.health.ny.gov).
Coronavirus county update for April 30
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 12:25 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report one new death of a Niagara County resident, a 70-year-old female with underlying health conditions. We send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
Convent tower bells to ring during collective moment of daily prayer for COVID-19
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:10 am
The Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, located at Stella Niagara near Lewiston, invite the community to join in a collective moment of prayer beginning on Friday, May 1.
Niagara SBDC receives grant as part of Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation's COVID-19 small business relief fund
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:10 am
On Monday, the Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center was awarded a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. The grant award total was for $36,300.00, part of the foundation's COVID-19 small business relief fund. Thanks to this timely funding award, the Niagara SBDC will be able to offer Niagara County businesses emergency relief services. These services include expert consultation on e-commerce development, free participation in a multiple-part small business crisis management webinar series, and individual advisement on enhanced marketing sales techniques.
United Way of Greater Niagara providing community agencies with critical funding during COVID-19 crisis
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:10 am
United Way of Greater Niagara has continued to ramp up funding to support its 29 partner agencies within Niagara County. UWGN recently received grants from National Grid, General Motors and Hypertherm, which will be used to support COVID-19 response efforts related to child care services in the Niagara Region. These grants, along with funding from the Beeman Foundation, will provide funding to Youth Mentoring Services in Lockport and the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, two organizations in the county currently providing day care services for essential workers.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates exceptional music educators, young musicians & leadership in music education
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:10 am
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, along with the Erie County Music Educators Association, the Niagara County Music Educators Association and the Friends of the BPO, announced the 2020 recipients of the following prestigious annual awards:
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund awards additional $1 million to support nonprofits addressing immediate needs
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:05 am
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund, coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, has awarded $1 million to an additional 35 nonprofit organizations, bringing the total grant amount from the fund to $5.5 million, supporting a total of 109 nonprofit organizations.
Kaleida Health labs expand testing hours for east side site
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:00 am
Kaleida Health has expanded hours for its COVID-19 testing site on the East Side of Buffalo.
'Good Neighbors Against COVID-19': Win dinner with Thurman & Patti Thomas in online raffle fundraiser for Child Care Resource Network
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:00 am
The Giving Project has launched a fundraising campaign called, "Good Neighbors Against COVID-19," which will benefit the Child Care Resource Network. CCRN is an essential resource for the Western New York community during the pandemic as it is connecting essential workers such as doctors, nurses and grocery store workers with child care services. The organization teamed up with Thurman and Patti Thomas to put together a special raffle prize: Dinner with them at Mullberry Italian Ristorante.
Joint statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin & Administrator Jovita Carranza on review procedure for Paycheck Protection Program loans
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:00 am
Earlier this week, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
Best Fish Fry 2020: Apple Granny wins 3rd title
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 10:30 am
Everything about this year's Best Fish Fry contest was different - except the winner. For the third year in a row, Apple Granny Restaurant battered, I mean bested, the competition. The Village of Lewiston restaurant once again garnered the most votes (and the most voters) to take the title.
Niagara County plans to 'ReStart, ReThink, ReConfigure'
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 10:10 am
Niagara County Legislature Vice Chairman John Syracuse on Thursday announced the formation of three working groups charged with preparing Niagara County for post-pandemic operations. Syracuse said the effort will involve members of the legislature as well as other county leaders, department heads and community partners.
F-E-I-N: NYS Labor Commissioner Reardon announces directive requiring employers to provide information New Yorkers need to apply for unemployment benefits
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:25 pm
New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon on Wednesday announced the New York State Department of Labor has directed all New York-based employers to proactively provide New Yorkers with the information they need to file for unemployment benefits. In a directive sent to over 320,000 businesses, the DOL reminded employers of their legal obligation to provide employees with their employer's New York state employer registration number, federal employer identification number (FEIN), and full employer name and address.
Higgins announces federal grants available to support local fire department response to COVID-19
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins encouraged local professional and volunteer fire departments to apply for new federal fire grants made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27.
New UB app could help with COVID-19 contact tracing
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
To slow the spread of COVID-19, individuals who test positive are asked to retrace the people and places they recently interacted with.
Speaker Heastie, members of Assembly majority call on NY congressional delegation to support federal aid for state & local governments facing 'devastating' budget cuts due to COVID-19
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
Speaker Carl Heastie and members of the Assembly majority sent a letter to the New York state congressional delegation calling on members to support unrestricted aid to state and local governments that have borne the financial burden of confronting the COVID-19 crisis.
Hotels & airlines assure travelers of cleanliness
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
With pent-up demand for travel expected once the pandemic passes, many travelers will be anxious to vacation and check destinations off their bucket lists. Yet it's only natural to wonder if hotels and airlines are safe and clean before venturing out on a trip.
Bored in the house and you're in the house bored? 3 ways to shake up your everyday quarantine routine
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 01:25 pm
Are you getting bored out of your mind? If so, I know exactly how you feel! So, I've decided to come together with my sisters to bring you a few ideas that have given us something fun to do and have shaken up our quarantine routine.
 

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