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Independent Health, Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge kicks off Monday
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:20 am
Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills are encouraging Western New Yorkers to stay active and connected by taking part in this spring's Health & Wellness Challenge. This program will take place from April 27 through June 7 and is open to the entire community.
Counties form new regional coalition to fight pandemic, hail new FEMA reimbursements, call for close partnership with governor on restarting economies, and laud county workers in new PSA
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:20 am
In a digital press conference, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) announced a new Northeast/Mid-Atlantic County Coronavirus Coalition, launched a new public service announcement, called on congress to pass another COVID-19 relief package for state and local governments, and discussed reopening local economies on a regional basis.
ECMC to fund community testing with DSRIP Program funds
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 02:15 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Wednesday announced a community-based, inner-city health care initiative designed to support Buffalo's vulnerable, at-risk residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kaleida Health offering temporary voluntary furloughs
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 11:50 am
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related financial challenges that it is facing, Kaleida Health is offering a temporary voluntary furlough program for its staff.
Niagara County COVID-19 update for April 22
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 11:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Ortt, GOP colleagues call for DOL 'failures' to be addressed
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 11:15 am
A statement from Republican New York State Sen. Rob Ortt, and his Republican colleagues:
Facebook partners with Carnegie Mellon to release New York COVID-19 symptoms map
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:20 am
Facebook on Tuesday released the first maps of the COVID-19 symptoms people have self-reported experiencing county-by-county across the U.S., based on aggregate data from the opt-in Facebook survey that was conducted with researchers at Carnegie Mellon.
Jacobs proposes legislation to prevent COVID-19 scams
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:20 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs is proposing legislation to dramatically increase the penalties against anyone who commits a scam by taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis.
ASI reschedules Spark Awards
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:15 am
In light of the current crisis surrounding COVID-19, the health and safety of Arts Services Initiative's (ASI) patrons, employees and community are - as always - the organization's highest priority. ASI has been closely monitoring updates and information issued by local, state and federal governing bodies and, as a result, has decided to reschedule the seventh annual Spark Awards, originally planned for Wednesday, May 13.
NCCC Student Showcase is virtually remarkable
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:05 am
The Niagara County Community College Student Showcase has become an annual tradition, featuring students working with the help of faculty mentors to create projects highlighting every division on campus. In its third year, the showcase was not able to be held on campus due to COVID-19, but that did not stop organizers from pushing forward in a virtual format.
Cambria resident to lead new sustainability division at NOCO
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:05 am
NOCO Energy recently announced the creation of a sustainability division within its commercial and residential heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) business based in Akron. The new division will focus on working with customers in the installation of energy efficiency heating and cooling units and equipment, energy efficiency consulting, LED lighting and other measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Hibbard's planning to open May 1
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 07:00 pm
Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard is anticipating opening for the 2020 season next week.
Island Dispatch for April 17, 2020
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 03:55 pm
The full edition of the Island Dispatch.
Hochul to oversee reopening WNY
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 03:00 pm
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has been tasked with spearheading when and how Western New York will come out of its "New York on PAUSE" restrictions.
Cuomo allowing hospitals to resume outpatient elective surgery
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 02:40 pm
In a press conference Tuesday morning at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Buffalo, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced elective outpatient treatments can resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term.
HUD awards $1.5 million in funding to support COVID-19-related fair housing activities
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 02:15 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday announced it is awarding $1.5 million in Partnership and Special Enforcement Effort funds to HUD Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies to support COVID-19 education activities. The funds are being provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) of 2020, which President Donald Trump signed into law to provide federal agencies with the resources needed to combat COVID-19.
Mallwitz's Island Lanes scores upset victory in food contest
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 01:55 pm
For the Mallwitz family, who have owned Mallwitz's Island Lanes, recreation center and restaurant at 1887 Whitehaven Road for 40 years, "March Madness" is a welcomed revenue stream to accompany its bowling business.
Village of Lewiston adopts 2020-21 budget
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 01:20 pm
The Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees unanimously approved the fiscal year 2020-21 budget on Monday. Residents will see an 8-cent increase in their property taxes, with a fee of $7.65 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. That equates to $12 more for a homeowner with a $150,000 property.
Niagara County Clerk's Office to offer some pistol permit services for those who already hold permits
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 12:55 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Tuesday announced his office had put a new process in place to help certain Niagara County pistol permit holders to make changes to their permits. The pistol permit office has been closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Niagara Global Tourism Institute continues to support businesses during coronavirus pandemic
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 11:40 am
Main Street businesses, entrepreneurs, startups and employees who are wondering "what's next" during these unprecedented times can turn to Niagara Global Tourism Institute's TReC. The business incubator has put into place a number of virtual resources to help business owners navigate through this uncharted territory.
Niagara County coronavirus update for April 21
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 11:30 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regrettably report the passing of a 58-year-old female who had underlying health conditions. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends."
KeyBank, M&T Bank partner with PSE effort to fight COVID-19
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 10:55 am
M&T Bank and KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, have teamed up with Pegula Sports & Entertainment in its direct community aid initiative. PSE began the initiative March 25 in partnership with the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres Foundations. Together, the companies will provide $540,000 to aid front-line workers at Kaleida Health, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) in the local fight against COVID-19.
On eve of Earth Day, Higgins warns EPA rollbacks could unravel decades of progress in Western New York; EPA responds
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 10:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins office said that, as the U.S. prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, he is deeply concerned the Environmental Protection Agency's "lax policies" are a threat to the "incredible progress" made to improve Western New York's air and water quality.
NYS DOL issues fact sheet on new and streamlined pandemic unemployment assistance application
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 10:50 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday released a fact sheet outlining how New Yorkers can apply for the COVID-19 pandemic unemployment assistance program and answering the most common questions regarding the federal program. The release of this new resource follows the launch of a new, streamlined unemployment benefits application that will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster.
An Earth Day conversation at Niagara University
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 10:35 am
Join Dr. Mark Gallo, professor in the department of biology and co-chair of the Niagara University sustainability committee, and the Rev. Aidan R. Rooney, C.M., vice president for mission integration, as they discuss Pope Francis' encyclical, "Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home," at noon Wednesday, April 22.
Catholic Charities launches COVID-19 helpline
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 10:35 am
To more quickly connect Western New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to the crucial services they need right now, Catholic Charities of Buffalo on Monday announced the launch of a dedicated COVID-19 helpline. By calling 716-218-1419 between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., one can reach a Catholic Charities staff member about mental health and substance abuse counseling, make arrangements to obtain food from one of the organization's nine food pantries, or seek assistance with housing, utilities or other related basic living needs.
Niagara Falls goes purple to honor hospitality employees
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 10:25 am
On Monday, Niagara Falls was illuminated purple for #HospitalityStrong, to honor hospitality industry workers worldwide who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The color purple was selected to represent hospitality as not only a symbol of luxury but also as a blend of red and blue which represent confidence (red) and comfort (blue).
Erie County provides new testing criteria, has Narcan for those who need it
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 09:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is updating its criteria for COVID-19 testing to include any person who has symptoms of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its list of COVID-19 symptoms last week to include:
Erie County Department of Social Services receives COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grant from Redlich Horowitz Foundation
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 05:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services on Monday announced the receipt of a COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grant from the Redlich Horowitz Foundation. The department will use the award to support the provision of services to child welfare-involved families while protecting staff and clients from the transmission of COVID-19.
Lewiston Tops adds to delivery service program, provides update on commodities
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Lewiston Tops owner Anthony DiMino is adding an email option to the store's home delivery and pickup services. Customers can now email an order to [email protected]
Kaleida Health labs expand again; open testing up communitywide for those symptomatic
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 03:50 pm
Kaleida Health on Monday announced it has once again expanded its laboratory testing capability for COVID-19, adding anyone in the general public who has been deemed symptomatic by their primary care doctor and has received a prescription to obtain testing.
Stapleton on nursing home residents: 'We're going to do whatever we need to do to make sure that they remain safe'
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 03:40 pm
"We know nursing homes are a sign of concern for us, because the numbers of residents getting sick is going up, and number of positives in the nursing homes are going up. So, it'll allow us to take that hundred and put it towards trying to provide a testing for people who work in assisted living centers, nursing homes. These are people who have symptoms. And it allow us to make sure that we're preventing the spread of the infection through a nursing home or through an assisted living center."
UB: Minutes of self-care may mitigate stress, trauma & numbness among frontline COVID-19 workers
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 01:55 pm
For health care professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, practicing mindful self-care - even if for minutes each day - can help with avoiding burnout, says University at Buffalo self-care expert Catherine Cook-Cottone.
Niagara County golf courses, campgrounds & boat launches open
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 01:25 pm
John Syracuse, vice chairman of the Niagara County Legislature, on Monday said golf courses, campgrounds and boat launches in Niagara County are open in full accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive orders, as well as guidance from the Niagara County Department of Health.
Catholic Health discharges 100th patient from COVID-19 treatment facility at St. Joseph Campus
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 12:20 pm
With Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " playing over the hospital's speaker system and staff clapping during a heartfelt sendoff, Catholic Health's COVID-19 treatment facility at St. Joseph Campus discharged its 100th patient over the weekend.
NYS Health Facilities Association: 'We continue to be deeply concerned about the high mortality rate' in long-term care facilities
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 12:15 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), issued the following statement Monday in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities:
NYS Department of Labor launches new streamlined application for New Yorkers to apply for pandemic unemployment assistance without having to first apply for unemployment insurance
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 12:00 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday announced the launch of a new application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional unemployment insurance or the new COVID-19 pandemic unemployment assistance. This "one-stop-shop" for unemployment benefits will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster, without requiring them to call the Department of Labor.
Lewiston GardenFest canceled for 2020
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:45 am
The Lewiston Garden Club's GardenFest is the latest large event canceled in the River Region.
City of North Tonawanda update
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:40 am
A debt of gratitude goes out to all NT police and fire employees who put their lives in peril every day for our safety. A thank you also to the auxiliary police, volunteer firefighters for their help, as well as the DPW, Parks and Rec. Department, volunteers, and grocery/medical store staff for continuing to assist us every day while isolated.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19 for April 19
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:35 am
Kaleida Health on Sunday released the following updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
 

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