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New York upping antibody testing
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 11:20 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York is ramping up antibody testing, what he called a key component of any plan to reopen the economy. The state is currently conducting 300 of these antibody tests, and is on track to conduct 1,000 per day by next Friday and 2,000 per day by the following week.
2nd Niagara County Correctional Facility employee positive for COVID-19
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 11:00 am
Niagara County Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced a civilian support staff employee of the Niagara County Correctional Facility has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Empire State Development updates list of essential occupations
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:55 am
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Executive Order 202.8 of March 20, 2020 required non-essential businesses in New York State to reduce their onsite workforce by 100%. Only organizations and entities that were deemed essential by the Executive Order are exempt from these restrictions. Empire State Development (ESD) has updated its formal guidelines regarding essential businesses as of April 9, 2020. Please note that ESD's guidance is subject to change as the State adapts its response to combating COVID-19.
Flags at half-mast
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:40 am
In a message to Kaleida Health employees, Jody Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, said, "As we join together as a community to fight this virus, it is important to remember that every person who lost their battle with COVID-19 was someone's loved one. These are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, friends and neighbors."
U.S. Treasury details for distribution of COVID-19 direct payments
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins detailed the U.S. Treasury's plan for distribution of direct payments to Americans provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27.
Higgins: Over $1 million headed to WNY public safety departments for response to COVID-19
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:20 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced several Western New York communities are slated to receive a combined $1,019,019 in federal funding to assist public safety agencies with the emergency response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Niagara Falls KeyBank, First Niagara Foundation announce support for Memorial Medical Center's COVID-19 response efforts
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:20 am
KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is awarding a grant for $60,000 to support health care workers at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and their ongoing efforts to care for COVID-19 patients in the community.
Structure fire in Ransomville
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 10:15 am
On Friday, the Niagara County Communications Center received a report of a structure fire at 3604 Curtis Ave., Ransomville. Deputies arrived on scene and observed heavy smoke coming from the northwest corner of the residence. All occupants and two canines were safely evacuated without injury. Ransomville and Wilson Fire Companies responded to the scene and quickly extinguished the fire. The damage was contained to the northwest corner of the structure.
Erie County Department of Health: Narcan distribution at Broadway Market
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 08:30 am
The Erie County Department of Health announced the following on Friday.
Message from Supervisor John C. Whitney
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
Heartfelt Passover and Easter wishes to everyone as we truly we live through a pandemic event that none of us could ever have dreamed of.
Hardwick: Picking up the pieces
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
The world has changed in the last month. The pandemic now dominates every news cycle and almost every personal conversation. Our response to this crisis will go a long way toward determining the kind of community we will have once life returns to some semblance of normal.
Tech delivery enables Grand Island students to learn from home
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
When Max Pikula became a principal for the first time in his 20-year career in the Grand Island School District six months ago, he never envisioned doing what is required today with his faculty at Huth Road Elementary.
Grand Island Central School District working to provide meals to students
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
Important advance planning by Grand Island Central School District administrators, along with dedicated, hard-working food service staff and volunteers, has resulted in the uninterrupted distribution of breakfast and lunch to thousands of students since the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools last month.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for April 10, 2020
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
The full version of the Tribune Sentinel combo newspaper.
Here's how the Regents decision affects Lewiston-Porter
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
Closure of all schools will continue now through Wednesday, April 29. The governor states this will again be reassessed in two weeks. There has been no discussion or guidance as to the closing of school for the remainder of the year. As hope springs eternal, we are still operating on the premise that schools will reopen at some certain point this year. We continue to look forward to returning to school and returning to normalcy.
Summer events/seasonal eats update
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
On Wednesday, The Silo Restaurant owner Alan Hastings and GM Lexi Alfiere said, "We are eager to open for the 2020 season and have already started to assemble our team. We wish that we could take advantage of the great spring weather to begin our training, but will keep things on hold for a little while. We are watching the situation closely and anticipate a delayed opening."
Village of Lewiston to approve budget ahead of 'shaky couple months'
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
The Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees stands ready to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2020-21 - one that will include an 8-cent property tax increase for residents.
Artpark announces opportunities for young performers & professional artists
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
During this period of time when the impact of COVID-19 on future public events is still uncertain, Artpark & Company is approaching its nonprofit mission of creating, nurturing and presenting the arts for the community with renewed focus and energy. New initiatives announced for the 2020 season offer learning and performance opportunities for young local singers/musicians, plus a paid contract for a lead artist on a special collaborative large-scale mural project with the "Artpark Bridges" program.
Food Network stars go live, cooking up quarantine recipes and more with #WeCook initiative
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
Food Network and its stars are connecting with fans across the network's platforms in an unprecedented way these days as social distancing and quarantine measures across the country mean more people are isolated at home, craving community, escape and inspiration.
Tops expands senior shopping hours
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 06:00 am
"In these uncertain times, we at Tops Friendly Markets feel the need to address the concerns of our most vulnerable population, our seniors 60 years of age and older. We've heard you and therefore, effective Friday, April 10, 2020, and until further notice, Tops will open its doors for this select audience only, allowing them to shop from 6-8 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday."
Higgins outlines relief available for nonprofits in response to COVID-19
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 08:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is providing details on the programs made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help nonprofit organizations respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak.
UB experts are developing models to help local providers prepare for COVID-19 surge
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 08:20 pm
As policymakers, health care providers and the general public struggle to make sense of the COVID-19 pandemic, the somewhat obscure field of health informatics has become a little less so. In just a few weeks, graphs showing the numbers of infections and the rate of hospitalization have become a normal part of the evening newscast.
Higgins: Almost $70 million heading to WNY colleges
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York college students and institutions are scheduled to receive more than $68.8 million in federal funding provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27.
Easter Bunny practicing social distancing in Niagara County
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:35 pm
It seems the Easter Bunny has found a way to spread some holiday cheer in Niagara County this season while still maintaining social distancing. On Sunday, April 12, he'll be bringing that joy to neighborhoods around the Town of Niagara.
KeyBank, First Niagara Foundation announce funding to support Catholic Health's COVID-19 response efforts
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:35 pm
KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is providing $60,000 to support Catholic Health's work on the frontlines of the local COVID-19 response.
Town of Niagara trash collection updates
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:25 pm
The following statement was released on the Town of Niagara Facebook page on Wednesday, April 8.
Unemployed right now? NYS Department of Labor announces partnerships to boost tech capacity & make it easier for New Yorkers to file
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:20 pm
Facing an unprecedented spike in unemployment insurance applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Office of Information Technology Services today announced a "tech surge" in partnership with Google Cloud, Deloitte and Verizon to improve the reliability of the state's online and telephone-based unemployment insurance application systems. The "tech surge" will include critical upgrades to the Department of Labor's technology systems that will increase its capacity to accept and process applications, making it easier for New Yorkers to apply for benefits.
Poloncarz: Working together to weather the storm
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 06:05 pm
I would like to open this month by thanking all of the health care workers; our nurses, our doctors, our Department of Health staff and epidemiologists on the ninth floor of the Rath Building. They are working many long hours, and we could not get through this coronavirus crisis without their dedication to public health and safety. They embody the resolve which we have always relied on to triumph over crises of any kind.
Hopping for happiness: Local NF resident festively spreads cheer during tough times
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 04:20 pm
Gina Streck, a hairdresser at Salon Diaz, took matters into her own hands to spread some smiles this past week. With one of her favorite holidays of Easter coming up, Streck did drive-by visits to local children in the area dressed up as the one and only Easter Bunny.
Poloncarz issues emergency order on use of face masks
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 03:10 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Thursday issued a local emergency order regarding the usage of face coverings and masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended wearing cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as an additional public health measure along with social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other preventive actions.
Next Town of Lewiston meeting can be viewed online
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 12:40 pm
The Town of Lewiston Board will meet and hold a public hearing regarding a proposed increase in the maximum amount authorized to be expended in connection with the establishment of the Town of Lewiston Water District. Councilmen will assemble at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13.
Lori Caso offers recipes for 'Cooking in Quarantine'
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 12:25 pm
I'm one of those folks who tends to bake when I'm stressed or anxious. So, you can only imagine how these weeks in quarantine have been. I've joked that the 19 in COVID-19 will represent my anticipated weight gain.
3 more coronavirus-related deaths in Niagara County
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 11:50 am
"We regretfully had three more county residents pass away from COVID-19 since our report yesterday morning," Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton said. "All of Niagara County sends our condolences to these families."
HUD 'moves quickly' to make nearly $300 million of COVID-19 relief funding available to communities across New York
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 03:40 pm
President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law last Friday, providing much-needed assistance to the American people as the country works diligently to combat COVID-19. Thanks to the president's leadership, families and communities across the country will immediately feel the impact of this relief package as the federal government works to make these funds available.
Nonprofit organizations serving Niagara County invited to apply for grant funding
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 03:30 pm
The Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Lockport and the Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development, two grant funds administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, are now accepting applications from nonprofits serving Niagara County. Qualifying nonprofits are welcome to apply for both grant funds.
Niagara Global Tourism Institute continues to support businesses during coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 01:05 pm
Main Street businesses, entrepreneurs, startups and employees who are wondering "what's next" during these unprecedented times can turn to Niagara Global Tourism Institute's TReC. The business incubator has put into place a number of virtual resources to help business owners navigate through this uncharted territory.
Elected leaders working to reduce crowd sizes
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 12:35 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order extending limitations he placed on social gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19. His mandate, "which closed or otherwise restricted public or private businesses or places of public accommodation, and which required postponement or cancellation of all nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, games, meetings or other social events) ... shall be continued ... until 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2020, unless later extended by a future executive order."
Niagara County COVID-19 update for April 8
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 11:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
For the kids: WarnerMedia networks to air 'Sesame Street: Elmo's Playdate' special on Tuesday, April 14
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 10:25 am
WarnerMedia announced it will air the half-hour special, "Sesame Street: Elmo's Playdate," simultaneously across HBO, HBO Latino, TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network and Boomerang on Tuesday, April 14 (7-7:30 p.m. ET/PT). The special will also air on PBS KIDS at the same time, and will later air internationally in Australia, Canada and the UK.
 

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