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Erie County Department of Social Services receives COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grant from Redlich Horowitz Foundation
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 05:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services on Monday announced the receipt of a COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grant from the Redlich Horowitz Foundation. The department will use the award to support the provision of services to child welfare-involved families while protecting staff and clients from the transmission of COVID-19.
Lewiston Tops adds to delivery service program, provides update on commodities
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Lewiston Tops owner Anthony DiMino is adding an email option to the store's home delivery and pickup services. Customers can now email an order to [email protected]
Kaleida Health labs expand again; open testing up communitywide for those symptomatic
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 03:50 pm
Kaleida Health on Monday announced it has once again expanded its laboratory testing capability for COVID-19, adding anyone in the general public who has been deemed symptomatic by their primary care doctor and has received a prescription to obtain testing.
Stapleton on nursing home residents: 'We're going to do whatever we need to do to make sure that they remain safe'
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 03:40 pm
"We know nursing homes are a sign of concern for us, because the numbers of residents getting sick is going up, and number of positives in the nursing homes are going up. So, it'll allow us to take that hundred and put it towards trying to provide a testing for people who work in assisted living centers, nursing homes. These are people who have symptoms. And it allow us to make sure that we're preventing the spread of the infection through a nursing home or through an assisted living center."
UB: Minutes of self-care may mitigate stress, trauma & numbness among frontline COVID-19 workers
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 01:55 pm
For health care professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, practicing mindful self-care - even if for minutes each day - can help with avoiding burnout, says University at Buffalo self-care expert Catherine Cook-Cottone.
Niagara County golf courses, campgrounds & boat launches open
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 01:25 pm
John Syracuse, vice chairman of the Niagara County Legislature, on Monday said golf courses, campgrounds and boat launches in Niagara County are open in full accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive orders, as well as guidance from the Niagara County Department of Health.
Catholic Health discharges 100th patient from COVID-19 treatment facility at St. Joseph Campus
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 12:20 pm
With Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " playing over the hospital's speaker system and staff clapping during a heartfelt sendoff, Catholic Health's COVID-19 treatment facility at St. Joseph Campus discharged its 100th patient over the weekend.
NYS Health Facilities Association: 'We continue to be deeply concerned about the high mortality rate' in long-term care facilities
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 12:15 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), issued the following statement Monday in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities:
NYS Department of Labor launches new streamlined application for New Yorkers to apply for pandemic unemployment assistance without having to first apply for unemployment insurance
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 12:00 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday announced the launch of a new application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional unemployment insurance or the new COVID-19 pandemic unemployment assistance. This "one-stop-shop" for unemployment benefits will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster, without requiring them to call the Department of Labor.
Lewiston GardenFest canceled for 2020
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:45 am
The Lewiston Garden Club's GardenFest is the latest large event canceled in the River Region.
City of North Tonawanda update
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:40 am
A debt of gratitude goes out to all NT police and fire employees who put their lives in peril every day for our safety. A thank you also to the auxiliary police, volunteer firefighters for their help, as well as the DPW, Parks and Rec. Department, volunteers, and grocery/medical store staff for continuing to assist us every day while isolated.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19 for April 19
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:35 am
Kaleida Health on Sunday released the following updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
New York State Association of Counties applauds congressional formula for providing relief to support COVID-19 response on the ground
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:35 am
A statement sent Sunday by NYSAC President John F. (Jack) Marren in support of continued negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House on an interim emergency coronavirus relief package, or the COVID-19 3.5 supplemental package.
Niagara County Center for Economic Development update on COVID-19 business assistance
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:30 am
Below you will find the latest useful links and information to assist you and your employees as we navigate through these difficult times.
NYS Health Facilities association issues statement on COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care facilities
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:20 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), issued the following statement in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities:
Erie County District Attorney's Office observes National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:15 am
In observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 19-25), Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced his office will continue to be a resource for victims of all crimes despite closures due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Higgins: Smith Boys Shipyard becomes first New York recipient of federal transportation small shipyard grant in a decade
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 10:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a federal grant totaling $317,641 for Smith Boys Shipyard. The award is funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation Small Shipyard Grant Program. This is the first such grant awarded to a New York operator in the past 10 years.
Niagara County coronavirus update for April 20
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 09:50 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Sunday night on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County.
Govs. Cuomo, Murphy, Lamont announce alignment of state policies for marinas & boatyards
Sun, Apr 19th 2020 11:50 am
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Saturday announced marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed.
Study: From watching reruns to relationships, there are many ways of feeling connected
Sun, Apr 19th 2020 07:00 am
New research from the University at Buffalo suggests nontraditional social strategies, which can include so-called "guilty pleasures," are just as effective at fulfilling critical social needs as family connections, romantic relationships or strong social support systems.
PHOTOS: A salute to medical workers, as first responders stage parade at Mount St. Mary's
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 08:30 pm
Personnel from Upper Mountain Fire Co., Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1, Youngstown Fire Co., Tri Community Ambulance, Ransomville Fire Co., Cambria Fire Co., Lewiston Police Department and the Niagara County Sheriff's Department held an "Appreciation Parade" Saturday evening for Mount St. Mary's health care workers. Lights were flashing with cheers and sirens sounding for hospital staff as the procession moved through the main parking lot as a sign of gratitude for those keeping the community safe and healthy.
Catholic Health: Senior leadership to take salary reductions in wake of COVID-19
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:50 pm
Catholic Health has taken many progressive and bold steps over the past several weeks to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and continue meeting the critical health care needs of our community. We made these decisions under the most challenging of circumstances because it was the right thing to do for our patients, associates, and community.
NCCC extends remote learning into the summer
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:30 pm
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Niagara County Community College will continue to deliver all courses through virtual modes of distance learning for the remainder of spring 2020 semester and for the first session of summer courses, as well.
SBA provides update on Paycheck Protection Program
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:30 pm
On Friday, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement regarding what they called the success of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
NY Farm Bureau statement on USDA aid package to help distressed farm families during pandemic
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:30 pm
"New York Farm Bureau appreciates USDA's announcement to provide emergency economic aid to our farmers in light of the serious market disruptions and collapsed commodity prices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. New York Farm Bureau wrote a letter this month to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the direct assistance and a federal food purchase program to help stabilize prices. $16 billion will now be directed to our farm families along with $3 billion to purchase meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables. We also applaud the initiative to get more food from the farm to food banks to help New Yorkers in need. No farmer wants to see food go to waste, but is sometimes left with no other choice considering the major challenges confronting the food distribution chain."
Grand Island businesses help Buffalo's east side
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
Many saw the announcement earlier this month that the Island Deli & Meat Market was temporarily closing due to the economic and health ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Longtime Grand Island resident Richard Gurbacki saw the announcement and placed a call to Eric Berger, the owner, and Tracy Crouse, the manager of Island Deli, and asked what would happen to the food that would not be used when the business was closed.
DeGlopper ceremony pushed to 2021
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
The elaborate unveiling and dedication on June 6 of the life-sized statue of Grand Island's United State Army World War II hero Charles N. DeGlopper will be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
'In the Loop' with the Lewiston-Porter Board of Education: How are you?
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
How are you, Lewiston-Porter? On our homepage, you will find a quick family check-in survey. Please take the time to fill it out and let us know how your family is doing, and the best way to support you and your children during this time.
Tops associates to shop in parallel with Instacart to assist with increased demand for online orders
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 07:00 pm
During these unprecedented times when the directive is to stay at home and to limit your interaction with others, the demand for both curbside pick-up as well as home delivery has seen a sudden spike. In fact, since the onset of COVID-19 impacted our nation, services like Instacart saw longer wait times than usual, noting order volumes increased by 300% last week alone compared to the same period the previous year.
AG James, Cuomo renew suspension of state debt collection in response to coronavirus, protecting New Yorkers' wallets
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 05:15 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state has renewed a previous order from March 17 that halted the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York and that was specifically referred to the office of the attorney general (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period, in response to growing financial impairments resulting from the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Niagara Falls Memorial to reduce management salaries
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 05:10 pm
In an effort to offset revenue losses and skyrocketing expenses attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is reducing the salaries of all its managers effective Monday.
COVID-19 pandemic, response putting pressure on Erie County budget
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 04:50 pm
The pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing response to it in Erie County are reaching beyond the immediate need to treat and care for coronavirus victims. The pandemic is now impacting the county's budget, as well, with unbudgeted-for pandemic response equipment and personnel costs adding millions of dollars in expense to the county budget, even as sales tax receipts shrink due to business closures under shutdowns like "NY PAUSE." While some amount of federal relief funding is expected, that funding by itself will not solve the looming fiscal crisis, leaving an increasing likelihood that ongoing county functions and services will be impacted across all departments due to the fiscal stress that COVID-19 response is putting on the county budget.
COVID-19 and your safety: Niagara County offers tips on making masks
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 04:25 pm
Can't find masks online? Need to make a cloth covering? Not sure how? Niagara County has some suggestions.
Norris announces 'Jump-Start NY' economic plan
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 02:25 pm
Assemblyman Mike Norris (R-C-I-Ref-Lockport) joined with members of the Assembly minority conference to announce their "Jump-Start New York" plan to help reboot the economy, particularly in small-town, upstate communities that have not been hit as hard by the novel coronavirus.
NYS Health Facilities Association issues statement on COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care facilities
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 02:20 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), issued the following statement in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities.
Kaleida labs expanding testing, adding essential workers
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 02:15 pm
Kaleida Health announced it has expanded its laboratory testing capability for COVID-19, adding essential workers.
Colvin Cleaners creates COVID-19 face mask program for WNY customers & nonprofits
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 01:50 pm
Stepping into action when needed is part of the Colvin Cleaners mission to help the Western New York community. Now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Billoni family, owners of Colvin Cleaners, has created an innovative program to provide free, reusable, washable face masks for customers and local nonprofit agencies - including nursing and group homes, which need them most.
Counties update: Expanded testing in Erie, 4 additional deaths in Niagara
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 12:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is announcing the expansion of its testing categories for people with COVID-19 symptoms who can be tested through the Erie County Public Health Lab.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for April 17, 2020
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:50 am
The full version of the Tribune Sentinel combo newspaper.
A quarter of Realtors report homes coming under contract without buyers first visiting the property
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:35 am
A quarter of Realtors with clients putting contracts on homes this week had at least one do so without physically seeing the property, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors. For those clients, the median amount of homes toured - either virtually or in person - before putting a contract on a home was just three. NAR's "2019 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers" found buyers typically looked at nine homes before placing a contract on a home.
 

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