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Treating substance use disorder amid pandemic
Tue, May 26th 2020 02:50 pm
When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo put out the call in March for health care workers to volunteer in New York City during the height of the pandemic, Tildabeth Doscher, M.D., eagerly signed up: "I said I was willing to do anything, happy to provide support in whatever way was needed."
'Bengalathon': Buffalo State to host livestreamed fundraiser to support students
Tue, May 26th 2020 02:45 pm
Buffalo State College will present Bengalathon 2020, a fundraiser designed to provide emergency financial assistance and scholarships for its students, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, May 31. Bengalathon will air live on WBBZ-TV and be livestreamed on the Buffalo State Alumni Association Facebook page.
AMR of Western New York: 2019 was highest year ever for cardiac arrest saves
Tue, May 26th 2020 02:45 pm
American Medical Response (AMR) of Western New York announced 2019 was a record-best year for cardiac arrest survival statistics, according to the national cardiac arrest registry to enhance survival (CARES) program. Last year, AMR had its highest number of survivors from cardiac arrest, highest rate of survivors with favorable neurologic outcome, and, for the first time, reported survival rates above the national average of agencies to report to the CARES program.
HOPE Day 2020 nets $358,910 for Catholic Charities Appeal
Tue, May 26th 2020 02:00 pm
HOPE Day, the annual day of giving to benefit Appeal 2020, brought in $250,160 on May 22. This total will be increased by another $108,750 in matching funds for a grand total of $358,910.
Buffalo Sabres Alumni Wine Festival canceled
Tue, May 26th 2020 12:00 pm
The Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association on Tuesday announced it has canceled the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Wine Festival, which had been scheduled to take place at KeyBank Center on Thursday, March 12.
Coronavirus stats for May 26
Tue, May 26th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for May 26
Higgins: $2.25 million for Erie County Medical Center to assist WNY dental patients with special needs
Tue, May 26th 2020 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of a five-year federal grant totaling $2.25 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Erie County Medical Center for expansion of its special needs dentistry.
Carnegie Art Center announces a virtual art festival for artists, art collectors
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:55 am
The Carnegie Art Center (CAC) announced the Carnegie Art Festival: A Virtual Art Experience as an alternative to in-person art festivals this summer. The virtual festival will be a website that will be released to the public on July 1 and will be on view until Aug. 1. The CAC is currently seeking artists and craftspeople to apply to participate in the virtual festival. Deadline to submit artwork is Saturday, May 30.
Hotel industry across US & Canada unite around enhanced safety, cleaning standards
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:55 am
As states across the country navigate reopening and hotels begin to safely welcome back guests, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) recently announced hospitality leaders across North America have endorsed "Safe Stay," AHLA's enhanced industrywide cleaning guidelines.
Comfort Windows & Doors wins fifth BBB Torch Award for Ethics
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:50 am
Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York announced Comfort Windows & Doors as the winner of the 2020 Torch Award for Ethics in the large business category.
Cuomo: State & local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced state and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency.
Cornell: US social distancing stabilized, but did not reduce, spread of COVID-19
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:10 am
We were expecting a peak, but we reached a plateau.
Village of Wilson water line update
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:00 am
Attention Village of Wilson residents: The Department of Public Works will be flushing water lines for a few days, beginning Tuesday morning. This may cause low water pressure and possibly brownish water. The village government advises residents to avoid washing any whites and said, "Thank you for your patience during this regular maintenance."
CAO of WNY announces support of WNED 'PBS Learn at Home' programming
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:00 am
The Community Action Organization of WNY has announced it is supporting Buffalo Toronto Public Media's PBS "Kids Learn at Home" programming schedule.
Parent Network of WNY upcoming events
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:00 am
Parent Network of WNY is offering a series of upcoming events:
Island Dispatch for May 22, 2020
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:00 am
Island Dispatch for May 22, 2020
Independent Health and YMCA present 'Fitness in the Parks: Home Edition'
Tue, May 26th 2020 09:45 am
Independent Health is once again teaming up with the YMCA to offer free fitness classes this summer with "Fitness in the Parks: Home Edition!" Through Facebook Live, a series of virtual fitness classes will be offered each week for the community to take part in from the comfort of their own home. All classes will continue to be led by certified YMCA instructors.
Memorial Day observed in Lewiston
Mon, May 25th 2020 12:25 pm
A pandemic wasn't going to stop Veterans of Foreign Wars Downriver Post 7487 from paying tribute to those who gave their lives defending this country.
Cuomo: New York professional sports leagues can begin training camps; reopens campgrounds, RV parks, veterinarian practices
Mon, May 25th 2020 10:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps in state while following appropriate health protocols.
VFW Post 7487 to lay wreaths on Memorial Day
Sun, May 24th 2020 07:00 am
Veterans of Foreign Wars Downriver Post 7487 will hold a Memorial Day observance beginning at 11 a.m. Monday in front of the "Circle of Honor" monument in Academy Park.
Cuomo: NY could enter phase two sooner than expected
Sat, May 23rd 2020 12:50 pm
At a Saturday press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state regions could enter phase two of his "New York Forward" reopening process earlier than expected. Originally, he said locations would have to wait two weeks before going into the next stage.
City of North Tonawanda Memorial Day weekend update
Sat, May 23rd 2020 11:45 am
Finally, we can celebrate the holiday weekend with the beautiful weather we have been craving. Since we are still under the "PAUSE" order of social distancing and wearing masks with no more than 10 in a group, residents need to be careful when picnicking with family. This is a time to be grateful for the blessings we are afforded by the sacrifices of our armed forces.
Kiwanis Club donates to Lewiston DPW
Sat, May 23rd 2020 11:40 am
The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston donated more than a dozen food packs to the village's Department of Public Works on Friday. Each kit included a can of soup or ravioli, a reusable bowl, oatmeal, pudding, water and, of course, peaches - all courtesy of Kiwanian Dean Beltrano. In addition, Kiwanian Jan Mathews dropped off a tray of cookies.
DEC encourages New Yorkers to get outside safely, responsibly & locally during state's ongoing response to COVID-19
Fri, May 22nd 2020 10:20 pm
Prior to the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos encouraged New Yorkers to engage in responsible recreation close to home during the state's ongoing response to COVID-19. DEC recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice physical distancing, show respect, and use common sense to protect themselves and others.
ESD, Homes and Community Renewal detail more than $100 million available through 'New York Forward' loan fund
Fri, May 22nd 2020 10:05 pm
Empire State Development (ESD) and Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) on Friday detailed the $100 million "New York Forward" loan fund announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, aimed at providing working capital loans to small businesses focusing on MWBEs, small landlords and nonprofit organizations that did not receive funding from the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program and economic injury disaster loans. The fund will target those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including small businesses and nonprofit organizations with 20 or fewer employees, and small landlords who own small multifamily rental portfolios.
Cuomo launches $100 million 'New York Forward' loan fund to help small businesses
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the launch of the $100 million "New York Forward" loan fund to provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses, focusing on minority and women-owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance. The state will take a smart, targeted approach for distributing these loans, focusing on businesses with 20 or fewer employees and less than $3 million in gross revenues. Businesses interested in receiving a loan should visit esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans.
Wear a mask! Western New Yorkers make a video that sends this critical message
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:40 pm
Most New Yorkers know that, when they're in public, they should wear a mask; but as anyone who's been outside lately knows, it's a message that bears repeating.
Supervisors in towns of Niagara, Wheatfield cautiously optimistic as county enters phase one of reopening
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:10 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement that, beginning Tuesday, Western New York could officially enter phase one of the state's reopening plan. The announcement came after local officials said the area had fulfilled the final requirements for reopening. These required metrics dictated that the area needed to secure 521 contact tracers, and have hospitalizations and deaths fall (or at least remain low) over three days.
Town of Niagara: Proposed Lockport Road solar project moves forward
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:05 pm
Plans involving a proposed solar energy facility on Lockport Road took a few steps forward at Wednesday night's Town of Niagara regular board meeting. The project first gained traction at last month's board meeting, after board members authorized Supervisor Lee Wallace to sign a non-binding letter of intent. The letter allowed solar energy firm Nexamp Inc. to begin a study for a proposed solar energy project at a former Niagara landfill property owned by the Town of Niagara and located at 4798 Lockport Road.
Student pharmacist steps up to help community
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:05 pm
Pandemic-fueled "panic-buying" left store shelves lacking personal care items in late March. This effect carried over to nonprofits, including Pinnacle Community Services. Pinnacle's supporters have a history of providing many of these necessities, but donations were depleted at the onset of the pandemic.
Assembly Speaker Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins announce plans to convene session next week
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:00 pm
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Friday announced the New York State Legislature plans to convene session next week to pass legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Committee meetings are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 26, with session scheduled for the days following.
Town of Niagara cancels summer events
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:00 pm
The following message was posted on the Town of Niagara Facebook page on May 20.
Ortt announces 2020 Veterans Hall of Fame nominee
Fri, May 22nd 2020 02:55 pm
New York State Sen. Rob Ortt announced U.S. Army Private First Class Robert Alexander Fire as his nominee for New York State's Veterans Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.
Niagara County Center for Economic Development funding announcement: 'NY Forward' loan fund
Fri, May 22nd 2020 02:55 pm
On Friday, Gov. Cuomo announced the New York Forward Loan Fund aimed at supporting New York state small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and "NYS on PAUSE."
ABC News Live, National Geographic join forces for global live streaming & TV event, 'Launch America: Mission to Space Live'
Fri, May 22nd 2020 12:10 pm
As American astronauts launch from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly 10 years, ABC News and National Geographic will join forces to present a two-hour, global live streaming and television event covering NASA and SpaceX's mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, May 27.
Buffalo sports trivia to benefit American Cancer Society
Fri, May 22nd 2020 11:55 am
Buffalo sports fans, assemble! Join Buffalo sports personality Sal Capaccio and the American Cancer Society at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, for the ACS's first virtual Buffalo sports trivia contest.
Coronavirus stats for May 22
Fri, May 22nd 2020 11:50 am
Coronavirus stats for May 22
Enjoy our full newspapers online
Fri, May 22nd 2020 11:40 am
As readers continue to be safe at home, and most businesses remain temporarily closed, we're offering our newspapers online. As in, the full editions. For free. Enjoy (and support our advertisers)!
Niagara University's Mission Committee, Levesque Institute raise $2,700 for local agencies
Fri, May 22nd 2020 11:40 am
A 10-day donation drive organized by Niagara University's Mission Committee and its Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement raised $2,700 to assist three community partners with local food efforts during COVID-19. Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier, the Magdalene Project of Niagara Falls and Heart, Love & Soul will each receive $900 to help as food costs rise and needs escalate as a result of the coronavirus.
New York state park beaches open for swimming
Fri, May 22nd 2020 11:35 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation opened 16 beaches across the state for swimming on Friday, with lifeguards staffed at normal levels to ensure public safety.
 

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