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Grand Island supports neighbors in need
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 12:35 pm
The Grand Island Neighbors Foundation has received many donations from members of our community during this COVID-19 pandemic and would like to thank all members of our community who have provided food and cash to help us in our mission to serve those in need on Grand Island. We would like to highlight several of our more significant contributions.
Buffalo Sabres relieve Botterill, promote Adams to general manager
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 12:25 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has relieved Jason Botterill of his duties as general manager. Senior Vice President of Business Administration Kevyn Adams has been named general manager.
Coronavirus stats for June 16
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for June 16
Welcome to phase 3!
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:40 am
On Tuesday, Western New York entered phase three of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening process. This stage includes the following:
Kearns reopens 4 Erie County auto bureau locations by appointment only, except for learner's, CDL permit testing
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:30 am
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns announced that, effective Wednesday, four Erie County auto bureau locations will be reopening to the public by appointment only. The facilities slated to reopen are the Southtowns Auto Bureau (located in the Southgate Plaza), the Northtowns Auto Bureau (located in the Sheridan Plaza), the Downtown Auto Bureau (located in the Rath Building) and the Cheektowaga Auto Bureau (located in the Urbandale Plaza).
New York Power Authority fishing piers to open for season June 22
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:30 am
New York Power Authority fishing facilities including the fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority's Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant will open for the season on Monday, June 22, weather and water levels permitting. The fish cleaning station and handicap access elevator at the dam site will also be available.
Catholic Health announces free interactive webinar: Surgical and non-surgical treatment options for hip pain
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:25 am
Is hip pain affecting your quality of life? Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bone loss and injury are all common causes of hip pain. If painful hips are preventing you from doing everyday activities or the things you love, there are options to consider.
AG James, Cuomo again renew suspension of state debt collection as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:30 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the state has, for the third time, renewed an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period.
AAA: Got a motorcycle? Get covered
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:20 am
The number of U.S. households with motorcycles is growing, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. That means if you own one of the roughly 13 million motorcycles parked in garages or outside homes across the county, you'll need to take one more important thing with you on the road to keep you and your prized machine protected: specialty insurance.
Can an inhaled steroid help COVID-19 patients feel better faster? UB study aims to find out
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:20 am
Researchers from the University at Buffalo are conducting a new clinical trial to test the effectiveness of an inhaler-based medication on non-critical COVID-19 patients, using in-home visits, telemedicine and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to evaluate subjects and collect data.
Empower has jobs available for those out of work
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 10:15 am
People looking for work are invited to interview for temporary and permanent direct care positions at Empower. The not-for-profit organization is looking for additional help to support people with disabilities living in sites in Niagara Falls, Lewiston, the Town of Niagara, Sanborn and Lockport. Open interviews will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at Empower's administrative offices, 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara.
Elder Abuse Month: Beware of scams
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:45 am
As June is Elder Abuse Month, this is a prime example of the crimes scammers commit to prey on our vulnerable elder population. If you suspect a family member is a victim of fraud, call your local police agency or NY CONNECTS (1-800-342-9871) to report.
M&T Bank to sponsor 'Storytime at Canalside: The Virtual Chapter'
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:45 am
EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) has received $10,000 from M&T Charitable Foundation for its annual summer literacy program, "Storytime at Canalside." This is the fifth year M&T Charitable Foundation has funded the program.
7 cadets commissioned during ceremonies at Niagara University
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:25 am
Seven Niagara University Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army during ceremonies held May 23 on the Niagara University campus. While this was the 79th consecutive year that members of NU's Purple Eagle Battalion have taken the oath of office, it was the first time the ceremony contained both virtual and face-to-face elements.
SBA's economic injury disaster loans & advance program reopened to all eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:25 am
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and nonprofits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) and EIDL advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.
Destination Niagara USA: 'Unified in Safety' a shared commitment to keep each other safe
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:25 am
Destination Niagara USA has released commitment guidelines to support the safety of locals, the hospitality and tourism community, and visitors to Niagara Falls USA as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Village of Lewiston reconsidering July 4 fireworks
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 07:00 am
As it turns out, fireworks might light the night sky July 4 in Lewiston, after all.
DEC issues guidance to reduce bear conflicts
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 04:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos encouraged New Yorkers to reduce the potential for conflicts with bears in communities across the state.
ECMC medical intensive care unit receives national award of excellence
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 04:40 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Monday announced the hospital's medical intensive care unit (MICU) has again been awarded a silver-level American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Beacon Award for Excellence, which is a three-year designation highlighting the unit's achievement of exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. ECMC's MICU had previously received the silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence in June 2017 and is one of 16 silver- level Beacon awards in New York for 2020.
Attorney General James urges Apple and Google to take steps to protect consumers using coronavirus contact tracing apps
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 02:25 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday urged two of the world's largest technology companies - Apple, maker of the iPhone, and Google, developer of the Android operating system - to take necessary steps to protect consumer information and privacy as New Yorkers and Americans across the country continue to battle the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Cuomo: Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in phase three of reopening
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 02:05 pm
The governor announced global public health experts have cleared Western New York to enter phase three on Tuesday, while the Capital Region is still on track to enter phase three on Wednesday. Business guidance for phase three of the state's reopening plan is available here.
'The Summer We Camped At Home': Girl Scout camp reimagined
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 01:35 pm
Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) on Monday launched its new reimagined Girl Scout summer camp with "The Summer We Camped At Home" virtual summer camp experience. This new form of summer camp allows girls and their families a variety of ways to stay connected and get outdoors given the limited camp and outdoor options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NYSEG and RG&E to resume work delayed by COVID-19
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:25 pm
NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of AVANGRID Inc., announced they will begin a phased approach to resuming customer-facing work that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase will begin in the coming weeks and will include work that will directly support customer safety and service reliability, such as indoor gas line safety inspections, which state regulations require the companies to complete.
Niagara County Department of Health offers free drive-thru rabies immunization clinic in Wilson
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:25 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health, in partnership with the Niagara County Veterinary Society, will hold a free "drive-thru" rabies immunization clinic from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11.
NYS: SNAP recipients to receive additional $100 million in food assistance
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:15 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance for New Yorkers adversely affected by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. About 750,000 low-income individuals and families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable benefit for June to help them avoid food insecurity.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America to Hold Free Virtual Educational Conference
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:10 pm
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America's (AFA) will host a free virtual educational conference as part of its national Educating America Tour to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's disease during the COVID-19 crisis. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. It is designed to provide information and advice from health, legal and caregiving experts. Guest speaker is Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show." The event is free and open to all. To register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour.
Higgins: $2.2 million-plus grant for University at Buffalo to support Parkinson's research
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of a five-year federal grant totaling $2,224,925 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to University at Buffalo for the development of a method to accurately diagnose Parkinson's disease (PD) before clinical symptoms are present.
Broadway Market virtual community engagement meeting scheduled for June 23
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 12:00 pm
A Broadway Market virtual community engagement meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. The purpose of the meeting is to obtain public input to help develop a comprehensive business and marketing plan for the revitalization on the iconic downtown Buffalo market. The goal is to develop the market as a focal point for the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood and eventually, as a regional attraction.
UB announces plans for fall semester; to offer mix of in-person & online instruction
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 11:50 am
The University at Buffalo is planning to return to campus this fall, offering educational and research programs under a "modified in-person" format.
Coronavirus stats for June 15
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 11:40 am
Coronavirus stats for June 15
Nancy Price Memorial Scholarship recipients named
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 10:35 am
Scholarships are given annually to area graduates in memory of Nancy Price, who was the beloved director of Youngstown Recreation for 20 years. She worked tirelessly in all aspects of her work with youth and truly made a difference in the lives she touched. These scholarships allow our community to continue to make an impact on our youth in Nancy Price's memory.
NU: Learn how to lead your business during COVID-19
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 10:25 am
Learn from a panel of top executives in the automotive and real estate industries, as well as business consultants, about ways to help guide a business and employees into the future as society continues to navigate the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This last in a four-part virtual series exploring "How Western New York Businesses Are Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic" will be held from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, June 18, via Zoom.
City of North Tonawanda update
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 10:25 am
North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas announced the following on Saturday:
Attorney General James announces 'Election Protection' hotline
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 10:25 am
Attorney General Letitia James announced her office will make its "Election Protection" hotline available for the June 23 election and during New York's early voting period, which lasts from June 13-21. The hotline will be available to troubleshoot and resolve a range of issues encountered by voters, including voting by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 crisis or in-person at their polling place.
BBB tip: 'Like-farming' Facebook scam still going strong
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 09:40 am
You've seen them before: Facebook posts designed to grab your attention and stop your scrolling. There are many versions. Some tug at your heartstrings, others tempt you with offers to win a new car or RV.
Cuomo: Low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three can begin July 6
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 09:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three of reopening can begin on July 6, with up to two spectators allowed per child.
Cuomo warns regions could 'PAUSE' again if noncompliant; SLA will target misbehaving eateries
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 09:25 am
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned he could stop reopened regions from advancing to the next phase, knock them down a phase, or send them back to "New York State on PAUSE" nonessential closings if they get too loose with safety regulations designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Governor signs legislation suspending forfeiture of unemployment benefits during COVID-19 state of emergency
Sat, Jun 13th 2020 09:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday signed legislation (S.8275-A/A.10348) suspending the forfeiture of unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 state of emergency, aligning with the executive order he issued on May 14. Over 44 million Americans across the U.S. have applied for unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this number is expected to grow as the pandemic continues.
Sleepaway camps to remain closed this summer
Sat, Jun 13th 2020 12:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker on Saturday said sleepaway camps will not be permitted to operate this summer, because of the possibility the coronavirus could spread among children.
Western New York expected to enter phase 3 on Tuesday
Sat, Jun 13th 2020 12:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday reaffirmed Western New York is slated to enter phase three on Tuesday.
 

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