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Lewiston Senior Center food drive
Fri, May 15th 2020 07:00 am
Though the Lewiston Senior Center remains closed under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE," Director Carol Jacobs said, "We wanted to help the community. We are having a one-day food drive on Saturday, May 30, to benefit the Ransomville Food Pantry. It will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. here at the center in the parking lot" (4361 Lower River Road).
FeedMore WNY Foundation turns signature fundraiser into virtual event to help hunger-relief organization meet increased need
Fri, May 15th 2020 07:00 am
In order to help meet the increased need for food assistance in the community, the FeedMore WNY Foundation will hold a virtual event from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20. "Sweet Expectations at Home," co-presented by James Desiderio Inc. and Wegmans, will allow guests to participate in an online auction and purchase chocolate-covered pretzels with the potential of winning gift cards ranging from $10 to $50.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee to meet May 20 for announcement of Greenway awards
Fri, May 15th 2020 07:00 am
The meeting for the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee announcement of awards will be conducted via videoconference at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20.
Niagara Ministerial Council offers hope to community with '3 Days of Prayer, Praise, and Worship' online event
Fri, May 15th 2020 07:00 am
The Niagara Ministerial Council is presenting a special, three-night, online live event called "3 Days of Prayer, Praise, and Worship."
Lewiston Garden Club hard at work, even in pandemic
Fri, May 15th 2020 07:00 am
Members of the Lewiston Garden Club have been busy preparing for planting day, which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20.
Lew-Port: Additional details on budget vote, BOE election
Thu, May 14th 2020 09:00 pm
Last week, we were finally able to announce the date and details of the Board of Education election and budget vote. We now have more detail:
Botanical Gardens 'Great Plant Sale' available online with curbside pickup for first time
Thu, May 14th 2020 08:45 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is holding its annual "Great Plant Sale" online for the first time. The Botanical Gardens has been closed to the public since March, so organizers said this event is an extremely important fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization.
Cuomo: New York has issued first-in-the-nation criteria to health care professionals defining COVID-related inflammatory illness in children
Thu, May 14th 2020 08:45 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday announced New York has issued first-in-the-nation criteria to health care professionals establishing an interim case definition for COVID-related inflammatory illness in children. The criteria establishes a new name for the syndrome - pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome - and a definition of what symptoms health care providers should look for. Case definitions also help standardize tracking and reporting and can help ensure a better health outcome.
Municipal updates, event changes
Thu, May 14th 2020 03:55 pm
Niagara-Wheatfield is now accepting online student registration for all new students. If one has a child who will enroll in the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District this fall, they can now register online.
Artpark concert update
Thu, May 14th 2020 12:20 pm
Canceled concerts: Dropkick Murphys & Rancid (May 24), The Head and The Heart (May 27), AWOLNATION with Andrew McMahon (May 31), Vampire Weekend (June 2), Bright Eyes (June 14), Andrew Bird and Calexico and Iron & Wine (June 15).
Coronavirus stats for May 14
Thu, May 14th 2020 12:10 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 14
Clerk's Corner: Town of Lewiston news and dates to mark
Thu, May 14th 2020 12:05 pm
Life as we have been very fortunate to enjoy, has taken a huge twist in the last couple of months. Please be safe.
Catholic Charities continues to provide necessary services
Thu, May 14th 2020 11:50 am
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Catholic Charities has been committed, now more than ever, to serve as a beacon of hope to our neighbors in need. In the last eight weeks, we have provided 6,081 services to more than 3,900 individuals and families throughout Niagara County.
Ortt, colleagues request investigation and oversight into nursing homes
Thu, May 14th 2020 11:15 am
On Thursday, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt was joined by his colleagues, Sens. Pat Gallivan and Chris Jacobs, in requesting a formal, independent investigation into New York state's nursing homes. The request for this investigation was made to the New York State Senate Health Committee, the New York State Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Kaleida Health: Free trauma therapy for frontline workers
Thu, May 14th 2020 10:20 am
Kaleida Health and CWA Local 1168 have teamed up to offer a new mental health resource to employees on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. A team of licensed trauma therapists, The Western New York Trauma Recovery Network Association, is now providing pro bono eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy via telehealth to health care workers and first-responders who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Niagara County sends letter to governor regarding Newfane nursing home
Thu, May 14th 2020 10:15 am
On Tuesday night, the Niagara County Legislature unanimously agreed to send a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding the situation at Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Center and asking for his intervention. It read:
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announces 'Spring into Summer Reimagined' - a virtual event
Thu, May 14th 2020 10:15 am
Typically at the start of the park season, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy holds its annual fundraising luncheon, "Spring into Summer." While guests are not able to be together this year, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is creatively offering a virtual, reimagined event that will showcase much of the fun and fanfare that the vibrant in-person event is known for.
Lewiston's Michael LaDuca raises funds for small businesses, makes donation to Mt. St. Mary's
Thu, May 14th 2020 08:40 am
Lewiston native, artist and entrepreneur Michael LaDuca recently created an online campaign to support local businesses. He raised funds through a GoFundMe initiative, where, for a $50 donation, people could purchase an 11-by-39 print of his famed Lewiston landscape watercolor photo.
Department of Labor: Emergency measures will ensure unemployed New Yorkers with forfeiture days on their accounts will receive benefits during this emergency
Wed, May 13th 2020 03:45 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Wednesday announced that, in just over a month, more than 330,000 New Yorkers have been approved for the pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) program, which provides unemployment benefits to individuals who do not qualify for traditional unemployment insurance. In total, the Department of Labor has now paid $7.4 billion in unemployment benefits to New Yorkers since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March - three-and-a-half times the total paid in benefits last year.
Niagara County still has face coverings available for businesses as they prepare to reopen
Wed, May 13th 2020 02:15 pm
On Wednesday, the Niagara County Center for Economic Development noted that, "as Niagara County and Western New York prepare to reopen, it is vital that all businesses have a reopening plan, which implements guidelines and protocols to ensure the health and safety of all employees and customers."
Higgins calls for deployment of HABITATS pilot program on Lake Erie to fight harmful algal blooms
Wed, May 13th 2020 02:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, recently urged the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure to adapt and deploy the innovative HABITATS (Harmful Algal Bloom Interception, Treatment, and Transformation System) pilot program on Lake Erie to fight harmful algal blooms in their next water infrastructure bill. The Congressman proposed policy text for the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), major legislation that dictates the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects and practices.
North Country set to reopen May 15
Wed, May 13th 2020 02:10 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, as of today, the North Country has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan when "New York State on PAUSE" orders expire on May 15. The area joins the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions.
Oral argument held at US Court of Appeals in Kearns' lawsuit challenging constitutionality of 'Green Light Law'
Wed, May 13th 2020 01:55 pm
On Wednesday morning, the U.S. District Court, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, heard oral arguments regarding the County Clerk Michael P. Kearns' appeal of a lower court decision dismissing his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the "Green Light Law."
DiNapoli: State's financial plan reflects a bleak economic outlook
Wed, May 13th 2020 12:35 pm
The state's enacted budget financial plan anticipates a dire fiscal outlook in state fiscal year (SFY) 2020-21 and projects sweeping budget cuts that could affect essential services provided by the state, schools and local governments, according to an analysis released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
NYS Health Facilities Association: We'll need 'significant assistance' to increase testing at nursing homes
Wed, May 13th 2020 12:35 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living, representing over 400 skilled nursing providers and adult care/assisted living communities, issued the following statement on Tuesday:
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2020 canceled
Wed, May 13th 2020 12:35 pm
The Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day has been canceled for 2020 due to social distancing requirements in New York state because of COVID-19. The DD Awareness Day committee unanimously voted to cancel this year's events.
Boy Scouts to offer virtual event
Wed, May 13th 2020 12:35 pm
The Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council, announced it will host a "virtual camporee," since "traditional campouts can't take place right now."
Drive-thru glaucoma pressure screenings for at-risk patients
Wed, May 13th 2020 12:00 pm
During the COVID-19 pandemic, drive-thrus are common for COVID-19 testing - and now for eye-pressure tests, as well. UBMD Ophthalmology at the Ross Eye Institute is offering glaucoma patients an alternative to in-office visits for their care with drive-up eye pressure testing.
ECMC announces community COVID-19 testing sites program
Wed, May 13th 2020 11:45 am
Erie County Medical Center Corp. today announced 10 community health center and primary care practice organizations have been approved to receive $2.3 million in Delivery Service Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) funds to support COVID-19 testing at 27 sites and from three mobile units operating in 17 priority ZIP codes in Western New York: Amherst, Buffalo, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Wheatfield and Williamsville.
Coronavirus stats for May 13
Wed, May 13th 2020 11:40 am
Coronavirus stats for May 13.
Higgins releases details on proposed Heroes Act
Wed, May 13th 2020 11:20 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, on Wednesday outlined components of the Heroes Act, the latest emergency package constructed to provide relief to workers, families, small businesses and communities impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
'The Heart of Niagara': T-shirt campaign to support Community Missions, Heart, Love & Soul
Wed, May 13th 2020 09:25 am
Destination Niagara USA is launching "The Heart of Niagara" campaign to help support two Niagara County charities.
UB: Loss of taste or smell strongly predicts which health care workers will test positive for COVID-19
Wed, May 13th 2020 09:25 am
A study by a University at Buffalo investigator sheds new light on the link between early COVID-19 symptoms and eventual positive test results. The research could lead to new protocols for determining who will be tested and how best to use testing resources.
Cuomo directs hospitals to prioritize COVID-19 testing for children
Wed, May 13th 2020 09:15 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday directed hospitals statewide to prioritize COVID-19 testing for children displaying symptoms similar to an atypical Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome. The state is currently investigating approximately 100 reported cases in New York where children - predominantly school-aged - are experiencing these symptoms possibly due to COVID-19. The illness has taken the lives of three young New Yorkers, including a 5-year old in New York City, a 7-year old in Westchester County, and a teenager in Suffolk County.
Cuomo: Members of NY congressional delegation will introduce 'Americans First Law' to stop corporate bailouts
Wed, May 13th 2020 09:10 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced members of New York's congressional delegation - Reps. Nydia Velázquez, Thomas Suozzi, Carolyn Maloney, Hakeem Jeffries, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Eliot Engel, Paul Tonko, José Serrano, Joe Morelle, Adriano Espaillat and Yvette Clarke - will propose the "Americans First Law" to help prevent corporate bailouts following the COVID-19 pandemic. First proposed by the governor on May 10, the proposed law states a corporation cannot be eligible to receive government funding if it doesn't maintain the same number of employees that the corporation had before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flyover honors WNY frontline workers
Wed, May 13th 2020 09:05 am
As part of a "Salute to WNY," a 914th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and three F-35 fighter wings from the Vermont National Guard flew over parts of Western New York on Tuesday to salute frontline COVID-19 health care workers, essential employees and emergency responders. The planes were slated to fly over almost a dozen-and-a-half medical locations throughout the late morning.
AT&T donates wireless communications system to FeedMore WNY to enhance nonprofit's operations and support COVID-19 relief
Tue, May 12th 2020 04:05 pm
FeedMore WNY recently received a donation of more than 70 communication devices from AT&T in order to increase the efficiencies of the hunger-relief organization's operations and support pandemic relief efforts.
Erie County Department of Health issues guidance for campgrounds
Tue, May 12th 2020 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing this update to the community related to the opening of campgrounds in Erie County.
UB commencements have gone virtual, but there's still plenty of ways to celebrate
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:20 pm
Some 6,027 University at Buffalo students are candidates to receive 6,600 degrees and certificates this commencement season.
AMA to host national tribute to celebrate new medical student graduates
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:15 pm
The American Medical Association (AMA) announced it will host a national celebration to honor the 30,000 medical students who are graduating this spring. It will bring together leading voices in health care, science and culture to offer encouragement, advice and inspiration to these future physicians.
 

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