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Tops: Pharmacy hours extended to align with senior shopping times on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 01:35 pm
"As we continue to best serve our community, beginning 3/24/20, all Tops pharmacies will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to be in alignment with our new "senior only hours." On those days, pharmacies will also close at 8 p.m. or their normal closing time, whichever is earlier."
SBA implements automatic deferment on existing disaster loans through end of 2020
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 01:00 pm
Today, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through Dec. 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.
Buffalo Marathon weekend postponed
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 12:55 pm
Due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 20th anniversary Buffalo Marathon Weekend, presented by the Buffalo-Erie Marathon Association Inc., is being postponed.
Niagara Wine Trail invites residents to 'Open That Local Bottle Night'
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 12:40 pm
Margo Sue Bittner of The Winery at Marjim Manor (7171 E. Lake Road) offered the following:
Explore & More, The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum, launches blog to help caregivers educate children at home
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 12:40 pm
In response to the school closures in light of COVID-19, Explore & More is focused on helping the local community play and learn. While the museum is temporarily closed, the educational team launched a blog, "Sanity Savers," to help caregivers who are now finding themselves educating their children from home. The blog covers art, culture, STEM, vocabulary, local history and sensory-friendly activities designed to be both fun, playful and educational.
Cuomo requiring hospitals to increase capacity
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 08:00 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday accepted the recommendation of the Army Corps of Engineers for four temporary hospital sites in New York state in an effort to address imminent capacity issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor visited the four sites - the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and locations at SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center — Saturday, and said New York is ready for the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction immediately.
County Clerk Jastrzemski: Further changes at clerk's office based on governor's executive order
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 07:50 am
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski on Sunday announced an update to the operations of his office based on executive order 202.8 of Gov. Andrew Cuomo that is in effect until April 19, 2020. The order includes:
Kaleida Health announces recruitment efforts for surge team
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 07:45 am
Kaleida Health continues to prioritize testing its own workforce to ensure it maintains the health and well-being of its staff. It has been conducting its own COVID-19 employee testing for the past few days.
Gas prices down 25 cents over 2 weeks
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 07:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.13, down 13 cents since last week. One year ago, the price was $2.62. The New York average is $2.40, down 9 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.70.
State of emergency expands in North Tonawanda
Sun, Mar 22nd 2020 05:50 pm
A State of Emergency for the City of North Tonawanda as was declared under Section 24 of New York State Executive Law which preserves public safety. In line with this declaration effective Sunday March 22, 2020 at 7 pm all City Municipal playgrounds, pavilions, and athletic fields including tennis and basketball courts, disc golf, and softball fields will be closed. Swings will be removed by the Parks Dept, and all facilities will be closed until further notice. Walking/riding on trails is still permitted. Working in conjunction with the schools, County Health dept. and the State we are trying to prevent the spread of COVID 19.
Tops, Wegmans working 'to keep shelves stocked'; Poloncarz: 'Avoiding panic buying is important'
Sun, Mar 22nd 2020 05:40 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz today joined with local grocery stores Tops Markets and Wegmans to inform residents of continuing efforts to keep store shelves stocked and shopping environments safe for all. Grocery stores have been classified as essential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic and are working to ensure that all patrons have access to the supplies they need for the health and well-being of themselves and their families.
Let's take a breath
Sun, Mar 22nd 2020 11:35 am
We're all in this together.
Erie County up to 64 positive cases of coronavirus; program changes announced
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health online case mapping tool is reporting 56 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday evening.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19: New York mandating new surge plans for hospitals
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 05:10 pm
The New York State Department of Health has instructed hospitals across the state to update their recently submitted "surge" pandemic plans. The goal is to increase hospital inpatient bed capacity by 50% to help fight the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.
Attorney General James urges employees to file complaints against employers ignoring NYS executive orders
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 12:55 pm
Attorney General Letitia James today issued the following statement asking any employee who believes that their employer is in violation of labor laws or official directives set forth by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to contact the New York State Office of the Attorney General's labor bureau and file a complaint:
WellNow Urgent Care expands telehealth platform amidst public health crisis
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 12:40 pm
Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, WellNow Urgent Care has expanded its telehealth platform, WellNow Virtual Medical. Beginning today, Western New York patients can use any web-enabled device to receive a virtual consultation with a registered WellNow provider from any location within New York - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
5 new COVID-19 positive test results in Niagara County
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 12:30 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Saturday said that, since Friday night, the county has received five new positive test results from the New York State Department of Health.
FEMA: Trump approves major disaster declaration for New York
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 10:40 am
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced late Friday that President Donald J. Trump approved a major disaster declaration for New York.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos call center update
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 08:20 am
Seneca Resorts & Casinos call center hours have been updated. Anyone looking for information on hotel reservations already booked can call 1-877-8-SENECA between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to rebook for a future stay.
River Region still open for business
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
In the interest of public safety, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has severely curtailed the ways in which people can gather together. Restaurants and bars are limited to takeout and delivery; movie theaters, bowling alleys, shopping malls and hair salons are temporarily closed; events are cancelled; and nonessential businesses have to reduce workforce 100%.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Citizen of the Year award recipients announced
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce announced this week the 2020 Citizen of the Year award recipients are as follows:
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce: Conference call reveals additional safety measures, update for businesses
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Pauly organized a conference call Thursday morning with Lewiston Police Department Chief Frank Previte, Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Les Myers, Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Broderick, Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch, chamber staff and board members.
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 update for Friday, March 20
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 06:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is releasing results of reports from COVID-19 testing on individuals in Erie County. There are currently 36 lab confirmed cases in Erie County residents as of noon today. Additional tests are being run by our Public Health Lab and commercial labs and results will be released when available.
Colvin Cleaners 'Gowns for Prom' postponed; donations still sought
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 05:25 pm
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the 15th annual Colvin Cleaners "Gowns for Prom" distribution event is postponed until further notice.
Having COVID-19 symptoms? Here's what you should do
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 05:20 pm
At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, we've all become experts in the principles of prevention: Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Cough into the crook of your elbow. Avoid crowds and stay 6 feet way from others. Wipe down frequent touched surfaces often. Wash towels daily.
Community Missions program updates
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Greetings from Community Missions. I wanted to pass along an update as to what we are seeing within our programs at this time related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For nearly a century, Community Missions has been an outlet for the community to help one another to get through difficult times. Already in the first few days of this situation, we have seen this generosity of spirit in many ways!
Cuomo puts 'New York on PAUSE'
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 04:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced he is signing the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to "assure uniform safety for everyone."
Niagara Falls Memorial suspends elective surgeries; amends visitation policies
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 04:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has temporarily suspended all elective surgery procedures effective at the close of business Friday. The action aims to make more inpatient beds available in anticipation of an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 who are expected to present to the medical center.
National Grid increases staffing to counter high winds
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:25 pm
National Grid on Thursday announced it's increasing staffing and closely monitoring Friday's weather forecast, which calls for high winds, with gusts of up to 60 mph, across portions of upstate New York.
Cuomo: 100% of 'nonessential' workforce to stay home; here's the list of 'essentials'
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted the following: "I will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. This order excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, and others."
Kaleida Health: Residents should stay home; seeks donations of masks
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:15 pm
Thousands of their doctors, nurses, ancillary and support staffs are working tirelessly to care for patients. Their efforts are nothing short of heroic. As they know better than anyone, flattening the curve is crucial to managing hospital surge.
Empire State Development defines 'essential' business
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 03:10 pm
ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR ENTITIES, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction. (Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health).
Fish fry tradition continues at Tin Pan Alley
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 02:45 pm
The Lenten fish fry has become increasingly popular in the past decade, as more and more eateries have added haddock or cod to their menus. While some are still learning how to perfect that beer batter or the keys to quality coleslaw, Lewiston's Tin Pan Alley has long since mastered the fish fry. In fact, its dish has been a spring staple in the River Region for a quarter-century.
CISA releases guidance on 'essential' critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 01:30 pm
On Thursday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released guidance to help state and local jurisdictions and the private sector identify and manage their essential workforce while responding to COVID-19.
Niagara County: Help available in finding day care for essential workers
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:55 am
The Niagara County Department of Social Services today announced it has been working to identify open child care slots for public and private sector employees who are deemed essential and are having child care issues.
Higgins reports on new northern border restrictions
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins reported Friday on new restrictions at the border between the United States and Canada, which will be put into place by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security effective 11:59 p.m. today, in a binational response to limit the COVID-19 outbreak.
Deposits for Food suspended
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:30 am
Higgins announces Treasury decision to delay tax filing deadline amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Friday announced U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reported the IRS tax filing deadline for this year is being moved to July 15, 2020.
A message to Niagara County businesses
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 09:35 am
We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, clients, and associates very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 

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