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ECMC launches 'BRAVE' program to counter violence
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. and its community partners recently introduced "Buffalo Rising Against Violence at ECMC, or 'BRAVE.' "
County COVID-19 update for April 24
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 12:40 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Roswell Park, Catholic Health, University at Buffalo unite to answer question: Who will develop severe COVID-19?
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 12:25 pm
Western New York health care and medical research leaders are joining forces in an effort to uncover hidden information from the cells of those who have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, seeking insights on how best to care for those who develop COVID-19 illness. Called the Western New York Immunogenomic COVID-19 Study, the new initiative unites three leading regional health care organizations - Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Catholic Health and the University at Buffalo - in a project with great potential for advancing our understanding of COVID-19 for the benefit of patients worldwide.
Niagara Falls to be lit blue to raise awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:55 am
In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Niagara Falls will be lit blue - the nationally recognized symbol for child abuse prevention - for a short time this evening beginning at 9 p.m.
Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club participates in #GivingTuesdayNow
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:50 am
The Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. Traditionally, #GivingTuesday is held each November, but as a result of the unprecedented needs caused by COVID-19, a new global day of giving and unity, #GivingTuesdayNow will be held May 5.
NYS Health Facilities Association, AG talk about nursing home safety
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:50 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living, 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:
NYSEG and RG&E remind customers to call 811 before you dig
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:40 am
With the warmer weather approaching, NYSEG and RG&E, AVANGRID companies, remind contractors and homeowners to have underground utilities marked before starting any excavation project. This is essential to protect themselves and others from injury and to prevent damage to underground electric lines and gas pipes. Remember to contact Dig Safely New York by calling 811 at least two and not more than 10 full working days before the start of any excavation project.
New toolkit offers mobile produce markets a roadmap for success
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:40 am
As mobile produce markets become an increasingly popular strategy around the country for addressing food access and food security, operators now have a new tool they can take advantage of whether they're just getting started or looking to expand.
Higgins votes to support hospitals, testing, small business & workers
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins voted in favor of a coronavirus emergency package that provides relief to health care providers, expands the Paycheck Protection Program to keep small businesses afloat and employees working, and funds testing capacity toward the goal of restarting the economy. At the same time, Higgins expressed great frustration that the bill didn't include funding he supported for communities dealing with COVID-19 response.
Kearns announces 'emergency curbside' registrations, license plate transfers at Erie County Auto Bureau
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns announced Erie County residents performing frontline and essential work can make an online request to register their vehicles or transfer license plates through the County Clerk's website to make sure they have transportation to work.
Boating in NY in 2020: New York Sea Grant's Top 10 safety reminders, new resources
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
In mid-April, with boating opportunities opening up with some restrictions related to marina operations, social distancing, and sanitization, the Empire State Marine Trades Association, Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York, and New York Sea Grant are providing resources to encourage people to boat in a socially responsible way.
New report shows severity of COVID-19 impacts on hotel industry
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
As COVID-19 continues to devastate the hotel industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released new data showing 70% of hotel employees have been laid off or furloughed as eight in 10 hotel rooms across the nation remain empty.
AAA offers advice to snow birds returning north
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
As we enter the final weekend and the last week of April, many so called "snow birds" will be returning home to Western and Central New York from winter getaways down south. Snow birds is the common term for local residents who spend their winters down south and their summers up north. With limited travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, AAA Western and Central New York is seeing an influx in calls from snow birds who are looking for the safest routes to return home. As a safety advocate, AAA wants to ensure that all travelers have a positive experience on their return with health and safety measures in place.
Erie County Senior Services, partners announce Hearts and Hands is ready to assist with transportation, deliveries, and more for senior & disabled communities
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:10 am
Recently, the Erie County Department of Senior Services, in conjunction with the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, announced a partnership with Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action, the IDEA Center at the University at Buffalo, Wegmans and others to assist with transportation, deliveries and social connection needs for seniors and the disabled.
Jacobs urges Senate, Assembly leaders to call Legislature back to work
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:05 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs has asked the leadership of the New York State Senate and Assembly to call both houses back into session and implement the rule changes necessary to allow senators, members of the Assembly, and their staffs to continue to work remotely.
WellNow Urgent Care now announces testing for COVID-19 in WNY; available in Niagara County
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 10:15 am
Beginning today, WellNow Urgent Care is offering two types of COVID-19 testing at its Western New York facilities: molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and blood antibody serology testing. Individuals who have or recently had COVID-19 symptoms are eligible to receive the tests. Tests are available seven days a week with no appointment needed.
With HART helping at-home seniors, services more important than ever
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 07:00 am
HART (Home Assistance Referral Team) is an organization that has served the Greater Niagara community and adjacent areas since 1982. Our mission is to enable the elderly and infirm to maintain an independent lifestyle in their own homes by linking them with qualified and affordable assistance.
Niagara County has face coverings available for essential businesses
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 01:40 pm
As essential businesses across Niagara County seek to comply with executive orders requiring face coverings for employees, legislators David Godfrey and Jesse Gooch on Thursday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has obtained a supply of cloth face coverings that are being made available to essential businesses at no cost.
Western New York community leaders pledging personal financial support in response to COVID-19 crisis
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:25 pm
More than 20 local community leaders have joined forces to launch the Community Leaders Response Fund, pledging their personal financial support in response to the COVID-19 crisis Western New York is facing together. The community leader support effort is being led by Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and CEO of Independent Health.
Coronavirus spike sends Niagara County past 300 positive cases
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:00 pm
"We regret to report the passing of a 65-year-old male with underlying health conditions. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends."
Kaleida Health labs expand testing again
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 12:00 pm
Kaleida Health on Thursday announced it has once again expanded its laboratory testing capability for COVID-19, adding a third clinic, this time on the east side of Buffalo, which has seen significant growth in the number of positive coronavirus cases.
Artpark has new update on summer concerts & events
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 11:35 am
As the summer draws nearer, I am sure you are wondering about the status of Artpark's season and I would like to share some updates with you.
Cuomo announces financial & administrative relief for all New York hospitals
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:50 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced the New York State Department of Financial Services will direct health insurers to provide cash flow relief to, and ease administrative burdens on, New York hospitals in response to COVID-19.
Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University collects masks for seniors
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:45 am
Niagara University's Border Community SERVICE program is leading an effort distribute face masks to seniors in the Niagara Region. The organization is focused on enhancing regional emergency preparedness. It solicited the participation of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members, and partnered with the volunteer group Operation Sewing Squad - Flattening the WNY Curve to make the masks, which it has distributed to local organizations that help the senior and other vulnerable populations in the county.
Colvin Cleaners teaching WNY to make face masks
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:25 am
A week ago, The Billoni family and Colvin Cleaners announced they were bringing back their tailors and seamstresses who were laid off due to COVID-19 to make reusable, washable face masks for their customers and local nonprofit agencies. Within an hour of this announcement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced everyone in New York is required to wear a facemask when out in public.
Independent Health, Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge kicks off Monday
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:20 am
Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills are encouraging Western New Yorkers to stay active and connected by taking part in this spring's Health & Wellness Challenge. This program will take place from April 27 through June 7 and is open to the entire community.
Counties form new regional coalition to fight pandemic, hail new FEMA reimbursements, call for close partnership with governor on restarting economies, and laud county workers in new PSA
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:20 am
In a digital press conference, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) announced a new Northeast/Mid-Atlantic County Coronavirus Coalition, launched a new public service announcement, called on congress to pass another COVID-19 relief package for state and local governments, and discussed reopening local economies on a regional basis.
ECMC to fund community testing with DSRIP Program funds
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 02:15 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Wednesday announced a community-based, inner-city health care initiative designed to support Buffalo's vulnerable, at-risk residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kaleida Health offering temporary voluntary furloughs
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 11:50 am
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related financial challenges that it is facing, Kaleida Health is offering a temporary voluntary furlough program for its staff.
Niagara County COVID-19 update for April 22
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 11:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Ortt, GOP colleagues call for DOL 'failures' to be addressed
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 11:15 am
A statement from Republican New York State Sen. Rob Ortt, and his Republican colleagues:
Facebook partners with Carnegie Mellon to release New York COVID-19 symptoms map
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:20 am
Facebook on Tuesday released the first maps of the COVID-19 symptoms people have self-reported experiencing county-by-county across the U.S., based on aggregate data from the opt-in Facebook survey that was conducted with researchers at Carnegie Mellon.
Jacobs proposes legislation to prevent COVID-19 scams
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:20 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs is proposing legislation to dramatically increase the penalties against anyone who commits a scam by taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis.
ASI reschedules Spark Awards
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:15 am
In light of the current crisis surrounding COVID-19, the health and safety of Arts Services Initiative's (ASI) patrons, employees and community are - as always - the organization's highest priority. ASI has been closely monitoring updates and information issued by local, state and federal governing bodies and, as a result, has decided to reschedule the seventh annual Spark Awards, originally planned for Wednesday, May 13.
NCCC Student Showcase is virtually remarkable
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:05 am
The Niagara County Community College Student Showcase has become an annual tradition, featuring students working with the help of faculty mentors to create projects highlighting every division on campus. In its third year, the showcase was not able to be held on campus due to COVID-19, but that did not stop organizers from pushing forward in a virtual format.
Cambria resident to lead new sustainability division at NOCO
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 10:05 am
NOCO Energy recently announced the creation of a sustainability division within its commercial and residential heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) business based in Akron. The new division will focus on working with customers in the installation of energy efficiency heating and cooling units and equipment, energy efficiency consulting, LED lighting and other measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Hibbard's planning to open May 1
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 07:00 pm
Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard is anticipating opening for the 2020 season next week.
Island Dispatch for April 17, 2020
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 03:55 pm
The full edition of the Island Dispatch.
Hochul to oversee reopening WNY
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 03:00 pm
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has been tasked with spearheading when and how Western New York will come out of its "New York on PAUSE" restrictions.
Cuomo allowing hospitals to resume outpatient elective surgery
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 02:40 pm
In a press conference Tuesday morning at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Buffalo, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced elective outpatient treatments can resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term.
 

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