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Higgins & Western New York community members 'Fight for future of US Postal Service'
Sat, Aug 22nd 2020 01:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, joined Western New York postal workers and residents Friday in expressing outrage and opposition to operational changes he said threaten to sabotage the United States Postal Service.
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh approves reopening of gyms
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 11:10 am
Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh on Friday announced she is approving the reopening of gyms and fitness centers, including indoor classes, in Niagara County on Monday, Aug. 24 - the earliest date allowed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He left the decision on gym reopenings to local county officials.
'The Seasons of Baseball in Buffalo 1857-2020' now available
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 11:05 am
Following three years of intensive writing and editing, Jim Overfield and his collaborative writing team are weeks away from publishing an updated and expanded version of his father's book, "The 100 Seasons of Buffalo Baseball," originally printed by Joseph M. Overfield in 1985. This new version is titled "The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020."
Invasive 'jumping' earthworms are thriving, with destructive potential, expert says
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 07:00 am
Earthworm scientist Nick Henshue had not spotted invasive "jumping" earthworms in the Buffalo area until 2019.
FOXG1 symposium advances science, gives hope to families battling rare disease
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 12:00 pm
University at Buffalo biologists Soo-Kyung Lee and Jae Lee have devoted their careers to studying FOXG1 syndrome, a neurological disorder that affects their daughter, Yuna.
Buffalo Black Achievers launches Black Quotes Campaign
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 11:55 am
The Giving Project has teamed up with Buffalo Black Achievers to raise funds and awareness for the Black Achiever Scholarship Fund, established at the recommendation of Dr. Catherine Collins, who currently serves as the chairperson of Buffalo Black Achievers. The Black Quotes Campaign features a series of T-shirts from prominent black leaders with inspirational quotes on work ethic.
NU School of Nursing celebrates first graduating class from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 11:10 am
Niagara University and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center recently celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of registered nurses to earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees through an innovative joint program that saw classes taught on the medical center campus.
New french toast-inspired 'Toast-Yay!' Girl Scout Cookie joins lineup for 2021 season in WNY
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 10:20 am
Today, Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) kicked off a countdown to the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season with the announcement of a new cookie in Western New York and other select areas: Toast-Yay!, a French toast-inspired cookie "dipped in delicious icing and full of flavor in every bite."
NCSO DWI crackdown
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 04:35 pm
Acting Niagara County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced law enforcement agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
Cuomo allowing gyms to reopen next week
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced gyms in New York can reopen beginning Monday, Aug. 24.
7 million COVID-19 tests conducted to date in New York state
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 09:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced 7 million diagnostic tests for COVID-19 have been conducted to date in New York state, and that the number of positive cases Saturday - 0.78% - was below 1% for the ninth day in a row.
Lewiston looks a lot different this summer
Sat, Aug 15th 2020 07:00 am
Four-and-a-half months after New York state went on "PAUSE" to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, organizations are still cancelling events. In fact, it's been a pretty steady, rather depressing stream of "See you in 2021 - we hope" messages sent to this newspaper each week.
NU folklorist Edward Yong Jun Millar awarded fellowship from Library of Congress' American Folklife Center
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 11:55 am
Niagara University folklorist Edward Yong Jun Millar recently received an Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to document and preserve the stories, experiences, knowledge and traditions of workers involved with the Ransomville Speedway. His is one of only seven projects in 2020 to have been awarded this competitive annual national fellowship.
Project Olive expires: Amazon seeks new spot
Thu, Aug 13th 2020 10:30 am
The decision by Amazon and its developer, Trammell Crow Co., to withdraw its application to build a 3.8-million-square-foot national distribution center on a 145.4-acre site at 2780 Long Road on Grand Island, essentially came down to growing and potentially uncertain costs. So said Supervisor John Whitney and the president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.
PHOTOS: Artpark drive-in series revisits Tragically Hip
Thu, Aug 13th 2020 09:20 am
The Tragically Hip is a beloved Canadian band that, in any given summer, could've performed for a full month at Artpark and found the venue sold-out each night.
Memorial Medical Center to resume community testing for COVID-19
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 04:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will resume COVID-19 diagnostic testing at select community sites beginning Friday.
Cuomo: $15.1 million in federal funding to support emergency planning, response; Erie & Niagara counties to benefit
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 02:20 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced $15.1 million in federal funding is being made available to New York state and county emergency management agencies to support planning and operational readiness for any type of disaster New York may experience.
Higgins fights effort to 'sabotage' postal service
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 01:35 pm
Along with more than 80 members of Congress, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, signed a letter to the U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to express "grave concerns" about potential changes to the U.S. Postal Service. The letter comes as Higgins and other members of Congress continue their fight to support the postal service amidst the pandemic and subsequent economic recession.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra pivots to video-streamed concerts for 2020-21 fall & holiday programs
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 05:55 pm
As Buffalonians join the rest of the world in adjusting to the "new normal" brought by the pandemic, so, too, must the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Cuomo signs legislation requiring all motor vehicle passengers 16 and older to wear a seat belt
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation (S.4336/A.6163) requiring all passengers in motor vehicles over the age of 16 to wear a seat belt. Currently, passengers aged 16 and older are only required to wear a seat belt in the front passenger seat next to the driver.
Niagara County hosting drive-thru event offering cloth masks and hand sanitizer
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 04:50 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services will host a drive-thru to provide cloth face masks and hand sanitizer that will be pre-packaged.
New Maid of the Mist vessels christened
Sat, Aug 8th 2020 07:00 am
In a private family ceremony July 31, Maid of the Mist's two new all-electric, zero-emission passenger vessels were christened at the corporation's drydock and maintenance facility on the Lower Niagara River.
Cuomo: Schools can reopen in New York
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 12:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday gave each New York school district the go-ahead to reopen for in-person learning.
Discover Niagara Shuttle rolling out for 2020 season
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 10:25 am
With tourism reigniting in Niagara Falls, the Discover Niagara Shuttle team is excited to kick-off the season today. The shuttle's complimentary hop-on/hop-off service connects visitors and residents to more than a dozen stops between "the Falls and the Fort."
City of Niagara Falls seeks to reallocate CDBG funds for COVID-19 testing
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:45 am
Niagara Falls is on a mission to move forward in maintaining access to COVID-19 test kits for residents.
Department of Financial Services takes action to protect patients from PPE fees
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the New York State Department of Financial Services has issued new guidance to New York health insurers to ensure patients are not charged personal protective equipment fees by health care providers that participate in their insurer's network.
Statewide crackdown on speeding
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York State Police and local law enforcement will be increasing patrols over the next week to crack down on speeding across the state.
Reopening schools: NYSUT, UFT demand clear, statewide policy for building shutdown, tracing, quarantine protocols in event of positive COVID-19 cases
Wed, Aug 5th 2020 09:45 am
As the state prepares to make decisions regarding reopening school buildings this week, New York State United Teachers and the United Federation of Teachers on Wednesday demanded that state health officials issue clear protocols for how and when school districts must close their buildings, and how health officials will perform contact tracing and initiate quarantines in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in a school this fall.
Russ gives again: Russell J. Salvatore Foundation donates an additional $200,000 to Buffalo City Mission
Wed, Aug 5th 2020 09:40 am
The Russell J. Salvatore Foundation announced a $200,000 commitment to help complete the dining room in the Buffalo City Mission's new Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise. The new room will be named the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Room, with a tag line that states, "Be our guest and let the City Mission do the rest."
Casseri provides update to Lew-Port families
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 11:35 am
Lewiston-Porter Central School District Superintendent of Schools Paul Casseri sent out this correspondence on Friday:
Cuomo signs legislation authorizing manufacture & sale of ice cream, frozen desserts made with liquor
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 05:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation (S7013/A8732) authorizing the manufacture and sale of ice cream and other frozen desserts made with liquor in New York state. The legislation will help New York's dairy farmers, liquor and craft beverage producers, dairy processors and manufacturers, food retailers and restaurants meet the increasing consumer demand for these new and innovative products.
Kearns, Military Order of Purple Heart launch 'Purple Heart Week' in Erie County
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 04:10 pm
Every year, Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns honors Purple Heart recipients, adding them to the William J. Donovan Purple Heart Recipients Book of Merit on Purple Heart Day, Aug. 7.
Cuomo: 'Just because a school district says we're open does not mean students are going to go'
Sun, Aug 2nd 2020 03:35 pm
Speaking to the press on Sunday about in-class instruction, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "It's about the parents being comfortable."
UB: If widely deployed, strategies such as wearing masks can help WNY avoid a COVID-19 outbreak like those in the South & West
Sat, Aug 1st 2020 07:00 am
Major challenges await Western New York and other parts of the state in late summer and early fall, but there are strategies the community can take to reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks, according to University at Buffalo data scientists.
Cuomo announces first-in-nation drinking water standard for emerging contaminant 1,4-dioxane
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 11:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced New York state adopted a first-in-the-nation drinking water standard for emerging contaminant 1,4-dioxane, setting the maximum contaminant level of 1 part per billion for 1,4-dioxane.
Lewiston-Porter submits two options on reopening
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 08:50 am
Lewiston-Porter has submitted its reopening plan to the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The reopening plan provides for in-person instruction, remote learning, and a hybrid of the two approaches as required by NYSED. Superintendent Paul Casseri shared our reopening plan with the school community this week.
Poloncarz: Erie County has had 'pretty stern conversations' with bar, restaurant owners
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 05:10 pm
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said his office and the Department of Health "continue to get complaints" about eateries not abiding by New York's COVID-19 safety protocols.
DMV-licensed driving schools can now conduct distance learning pre-licensing courses
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 03:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced Department of Motor Vehicles-licensed driving schools can now conduct distance learning pre-licensing courses.
Rescued harbor seal turns 40: Aquarium of Niagara to offer weekend of celebrations
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 07:00 am
The Aquarium of Niagara is planning a weekend-long celebration for one of its rescued harbor seals in honor of her 40th birthday.
Cuomo adds 3 states to travel list, provides SLA update, invites Major League Baseball to NYS
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 04:45 pm
Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced three additional states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those areas, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly added states are Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota. No states have been removed.
 

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