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Amid pandemic, UB students find a new way to help
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:40 pm
With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing normal life to a screeching halt across Western New York, students in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo have found a new way to help out in the community.
15,000 US hotels sign up to support health care community
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:35 pm
The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) announced more than 15,000 hotels have signed up for its new initiative - "Hospitality for Hope" - which identifies hotel properties that have offered to provide temporary housing for emergency and health care workers as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows.
Why does COVID-19 kill some adults but barely affect children? UB study aims to find out
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:35 pm
A new clinical study on COVID-19 launched late last month by a University at Buffalo researcher is investigating why the novel coronavirus is so potentially devastating for adults, but barely causes a reaction in most children.
Aquarium of Niagara tightens procedures in response to first human-to-animal transmission of COVID-19
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 11:50 am
The Aquarium of Niagara is strengthening its COVID-19 procedures in light of the news that a tiger in New York City has contracted the COVID-19 virus. This is the first known case of transmission of COVID-19 from humans to animals at an accredited zoo or aquarium.
27 new COVID-19 cases in Niagara County
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 11:45 am
The Niagara County Health Department today released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Island Dispatch for April 3, 2020
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 11:10 am
The Island Dispatch for April 3, 2020.
Easter parading
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 09:50 am
Since families couldn't visit the Easter Bunny this spring, the Easter Bunny decided to visit them - in grand fashion, nonetheless.
DEC, Agriculture & Markets announce seventh annual Invasive Species Awareness Week, June 7-13
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation, and Agriculture and Markets announced the seventh annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) will be held June 7-13. ISAW is an annual educational campaign featuring numerous statewide events focused on invasive species.
Cuomo: 'Anything anyone needs in Buffalo ... will be there'
Sun, Apr 5th 2020 12:45 pm
In a new conference Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo further explained his idea calling for the transfer of ventilators and personal protective equipment from upstate New York to the downstate area.
Kelly's Country Store pivots in pandemic to offer Easter chocolate to families
Sun, Apr 5th 2020 07:00 am
Easter preparation began, well, right after Christmas for the family behind Kelly's Country Store.
Ruffolo: We need our ventilators
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 06:20 pm
In response to the governor's executive order for the removal of excess ventilators from upstate hospitals to those downstate, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, the only independent hospital in Western New York, stands side-by-side with our partnering health systems in Erie County on holding onto the scarce and precious resources we have to save lives in Niagara County and surrounding areas.
Kearns calls on Hochul 'to be voice of reason,' in regard to state taking PPE, ventilators
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 01:25 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns released the following statement Saturday: "Today I stand with our county executive and all residents of Western New York to oppose Gov. Cuomo's plan to enlist the National Guard to confiscate much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators from the doctors, nurses, health care workers and residents of upstate and Western New York."
Though Distracted Driving Awareness Month is postponed, message still timely
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 09:45 am
Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. Among those killed: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
State Parks moves to update historic preservation plan
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division for Historic Preservation announced the release of the draft scoping document for the Draft New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-25) and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) for public comment.
Atom debuts
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 07:00 am
It is with great pleasure that Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti welcomes the newest member of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Canine team: K-9 Atom.
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute supports neighbors in need
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 07:00 am
Buffalo may be considered the "City of Good Neighbors," but Niagara Falls certainly comes together as a community when times are tough. This community spirit and support has been a hallmark of hope during the global coronavirus pandemic, and the staff at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is doing their part to keep positivity flowing.
'Heroes Rock!' at Mount St. Mary's
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 07:00 am
With limitations in place regarding hospital visitation, Mount St. Mary's was looking for a way to bolster the spirits of both patients and medical personnel.
Erie County advice to 'snowbirds' and travelers returning to WNY; Narcan necessary at open locations
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 10:15 pm
During Friday's live video with County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein, we provided reminders for "snowbirds" and travelers returning to the area, especially if they are elderly or living with serious or chronic medical conditions.
NYS announces passage of Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act as part of 2020-21 enacted state budget
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 04:05 pm
New York state public authorities and agencies announced the passage of legislation as part the fiscal year 2020-21 state budget to dramatically speed up the siting and construction of clean energy projects to combat climate change and help jumpstart the state's economic recovery from the COVID-19 health crisis.
Independent Health to cover all costs for COVID-19 testing, diagnosis & treatment
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 04:00 pm
Independent Health announced it will waive copayments or cost- sharing for COVID-19 medical testing, diagnosis and treatment for its fully insured employer groups, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and individual plan members through May 31.
Chamberlain, Casey's Corner donated to Islander, shipmates
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:30 pm
When business teachers Cheryl Chamberlain asked her entrepreneur class what to do with the snack inventory at their high school store, Casey's Corner, students replied "donate it!"
Grand Island Board of Education meeting to be held online
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:25 pm
Please be advised: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with executive order 202.1, members of the public will not be permitted to attend the board meeting in person, and members of the board of education will attend the meeting remotely on Monday, April 6.
HUD issues new CARES Act mortgage payment relief for FHA single-family homeowners
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:15 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced a tailored set of mortgage payment relief options for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. Also included is an extension period for seniors with home equity conversion mortgages.
ECMC leadership stands with its nurses
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:00 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. executive leadership stood Friday with its dedicated nurses, calling on the federal government to utilize the Defense Production Act to make personal protection equipment (PPE) for caregivers here and across the country.
WNY elected leaders, medical officers against proposed downstate transfer of PPE, ventilators
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 02:40 pm
On Friday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to sign an executive order wherein the state can take ventilators and personal protective equipment from upstate New York hospitals and reallocate them to downstate medical facilities. With a higher number of positive COVID-19 cases in the five boroughs, Cuomo said this is where the equipment is needed most right now.
Tops' latest limited-item list, Easter hours
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 01:55 pm
The health and well-being of our customers and associates is our first priority. In January, our internal "Tops crisis management team" started the process of preparing for the COVID-19 event that had just started. Since then, the team has taken daily action to ensure increased supply of products coming into our warehouses and stores for our customers to purchase.
Niagara County coronavirus update for Friday, April 3, 2020
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 12:05 pm
The Niagara County Health Department today released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Niagara County Community College establishes student emergency relief fund amidst coronavirus crisis
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:35 am
Joining other SUNY campuses across New York, Niagara County Community College has established a student emergency relief fund in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This fund is designated to support the highest, short-term financial needs to students currently enrolled at NCCC who are now facing extenuating circumstances related to housing, food, and other vital resources.
Kaleida Health participating in experimental therapies for current patients; local eateries donate food
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:30 am
Eligible COVID-19 patients at Buffalo General Medical Center and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital will begin participating in a number of FDA-approved experimental therapy options as early as this week. These therapies include a clinical trial of the arthritis medication, sarilumab; convalescent plasma infusions for critically ill patients as a way of introducing antibodies from individuals that have fully recovered from COVID-19; and the use of a promising antiviral medication, Remdesivir.
NCCC announces commencement postponement due to COVID-19
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:10 am
In a letter to eligible graduates and college employees on Wednesday, April 1, Niagara County Community College President William J. Murabito, Ph.D., announced commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe.
Catholic Charities: $3.75 million raised to date for Appeal 2020
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:05 am
Appeal Sunday, a decades-long Palm Sunday tradition, would have played out in parishes across the Diocese of Buffalo this weekend. Volunteers would greet Mass attendees at the church vestibule or ensure they were encouraged by their pastor to put their envelopes in the basket as it was passed. Although none of that will happen because of the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Charities of Buffalo is pressing on. It provided its first update on Appeal 2020.
NU's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement provides resources for the community
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:40 am
Niagara University's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement has developed an array of online programming for the broader community to offer supports while the pandemic continues.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos announces temporary furloughs, support for workers
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:40 am
Seneca Resorts & Casinos on Thursday announced temporary furloughs for some team members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective Monday, April 6, temporary furloughs will be implemented. Though there is no specific date slated for the furloughs to end and the resorts to reopen. The Seneca Resorts & Casinos executive leadership team continues to monitor the situation daily.
EC Department of Social Services reminds residents to access programs from home
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:35 am
Social Services Commissioner Marie Cannon is reminding Erie County residents that they do not have to (and are not advised to) visit Social Services offices to access the assistance programs the department offers. Programs can either be accessed online or by requesting an application over the phone.
Higgins: Nearly $20 million in COVID-19 emergency funding for Western New York communities
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York will receive over $19.939 million in federal emergency funding to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently approved by Congress to address urgent public health and economic crisis.
Susan G. Komen Upstate New York reschedules 2020 'More Than Pink' Walk to Sept. 5
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:15 am
Susan G. Komen Upstate New York has rescheduled its annual Western New York "More Than Pink" Walk amid health concerns around COVID-19. The original date of June 13 has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 5. The event will remain at Buffalo RiverWorks.
DEC encourages New Yorkers to #RecreateLocal & enjoy birdwatching while state is on 'PAUSE'
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:10 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers across the state to recreate locally (#RecreateLocal) and use DEC's "I Bird NY" as a resource to enjoy nature and stay connected to the great outdoors.
Municipal updates
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:05 am
Town of Niagara to receive almost $600,000 in Greenway funding for Veterans' Memorial Park
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:00 am
On Tuesday, the Town of Niagara was awarded nearly $600,000 in Niagara River Greenway funding for a proposed Town Square project for Veterans' Memorial Community Park, bringing the total funds provided by Greenway to upward of $1 million.
Tonawanda Creek in Lockport reopening to 2-way traffic
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 08:50 am
The Niagara County Department of Public Works announced Thursday the Lockport portion of the Tonawanda Creek Road Rehabilitation and Tonawanda Creek Slide Stabilization project will be open to two-way traffic by the end of the business day Friday.
 

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