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Research and Design brings life to vacant Lewiston space
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 11:00 am
Lewiston residents Rani (Somayaji) and Dennis Salemi recently opened Research and Design inside the former HSBC Bank on Center Street. The interior redesign is, quite frankly, shocking, as the space that once housed teller windows, cubicles and a conference room now boasts a mural; an open retail design with designer clothing, shoes and jewelry; and a children's room brimming with toys and Lewiston-branded shirts.
October declared Disability Employment Awareness Month
Tue, Oct 12th 2021 04:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday issued a proclamation declaring October as Disability Employment Awareness Month.
43North announces 2021 startup competition finalists
Wed, Oct 6th 2021 02:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the 19 finalists for the 43North seventh annual startup competition. The finalists will be coming to Buffalo later this month to pitch for one of eight investments totaling $5 million, including a top prize of $1 million.
BBB: Don't forget to check with bureau before you hire a snow plow contractor
Tue, Oct 5th 2021 05:35 pm
We know that winter isn't too far away in upstate New York. Even though the leaves are just starting to fall, now is the time to start looking at hiring a snow plow contractor for the winter season.
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA welcomes Ardene
Tue, Oct 5th 2021 05:35 pm
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA has announced plans to open multiple new stores this fall - starting as soon as Oct. 8 with the grand opening of Ardene, a Canadian-based clothing store. Ardene, which touts an offering of comfy basics to the latest trends, specializes in apparel, accessories and footwear for women and girls - with a growing selection of Ardene men's clothing options in select stores.
SBA loans available to help businesses, individuals impacted by flooding
Fri, Sep 24th 2021 07:00 am
Back in July, I wrote about the terrible storms and flooding that did tremendous property damage across Niagara County. The torrential rainfall hit in a line from Lewiston to Lockport, wreaking havoc on many areas below the escarpment. Thank you to everyone who took time to file damage reports with Niagara County Emergency Services.
Local PRSA chapter honors outstanding work and professionals
Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 08:35 pm
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter celebrated the return of its annual Excalibur Awards Program, which honors outstanding public relations campaigns and tactics throughout Western New York. The organization bestowed 43 Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards and additionally honored work on behalf of Rich Products and the University at Buffalo School of Management as this year's platinum winners.
Henderson named director of NCCC Small Business Development Center
Wed, Sep 22nd 2021 01:05 pm
Maureen Henderson was named director of the Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center. She replaces previous director Lynn Oswald, who retired Sept. 1 after 12 years in the role.
Niagara's cardiac cath lab listed in US News report
Tue, Sep 21st 2021 06:55 pm
The cardiac catheterization laboratory at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center was listed in the U.S. News & World Report 2022 "Best Hospitals" edition for its participation in good standing in the American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR).
Higgins on extension of northern border shutdown: 'completely unnecessary & unexplained'
Mon, Sep 20th 2021 12:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, who serves as chair of the northern border caucus and the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary group, released the following statement in response to the news the U.S. is extending border restrictions for Canadians through Oct. 21.
New York Power Authority awarded WELL Health-Safety Rating for COVID-19 response
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:25 am
The New York Power Authority was awarded the WELL Health-Safety Rating at its facilities for its operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address the ongoing COVID-19 environment and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.
Ascension Industries named Member of the Month
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 10:05 am
The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas named Ascension Industries its Member of the Month.
'Shop 716' e-gift cards and buy local campaign return to boost Erie County small businesses
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:00 pm
National Small Business Week is here, and Erie County is building on the success of 2020's popular small business initiatives by joining with partners to relaunch the "Shop 716" e-gift card and buy local marketing campaign programs for the final months of 2021.
New Lewiston shop looks to weave past culture, present community
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 07:00 am
With the advent of vaping, and the increasing popularity of hemp-based oils and derivatives (CBD), smoke shops have opened up all across Western New York. It seems inevitable, then, that one would open in Lewiston.
DiNapoli: Unemployment taxes on employers poised to increase to repay $9B owed to federal government
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 12:45 pm
The historic surge in unemployment claims at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly depleted the New York State Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund, resulting in the state borrowing from the federal government to pay claims. State UI tax rates have already risen to the highest level permissible under law in 2021. Unless the state or federal government takes significant action, federal UI tax rates on employers will also increase in 2022 and beyond, according to a report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Tops kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month; partners with Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 12:45 pm
Tops Friendly Markets, along with vendor partners GOYA, La Preferida, NY Produce, Romero Foods, La Banderita, Ole Mexican Foods and River Valley, is supporting National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) and local organizations such as the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.
SBA enhances COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan to aid small businesses facing challenges from delta variant
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 12:35 pm
U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman recently announced what he called major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support small business communities still reeling from the pandemic, especially hard-hit sectors such as restaurants, gyms and hotels.
69% of leisure travelers to reduce trips amid rising COVID-19 cases
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:35 am
U.S. leisure travelers plan to significantly pare back travel plans amid rising COVID-19 cases, with 69% planning to take fewer trips, 55% planning to postpone existing travel plans, and 42% likely to cancel existing plans without rescheduling, according to a new national survey conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Nearly three in four (72%) are likely to only travel to places within driving distance.
Wegmans ranked No. 1 on PEOPLE's 'Companies That Care' list
Thu, Sep 2nd 2021 10:25 am
Wegmans has ranked No. 1 on PEOPLE's 2021 list of "Companies That Care." The list highlights companies that have demonstrated respect, care and concern for their employees, their communities, and the environment. Wegmans has been included on the list for five consecutive years.
Eyes On America teams with Atwal Eye Care to donate surgical procedures
Tue, Aug 31st 2021 04:55 pm
Eyes On America Founder Dr. Kenneth Anthone and Eyes On America Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ephraim Atwal announced the foundation and Atwal Eye Care recently donated cataract surgeries for both eyes for 89-year-old Jamaican native Keith Fearon. These procedures were performed by Atwal at his office at 3095 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga.
Buffalo Bills extend partnership with Crunch Fitness
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:15 pm
Pegula Sports & Entertainment announced a multiyear extension with Crunch Fitness as an "Official Partner of the Buffalo Bills." This multiyear partnership extension continues the gym's commitment to Western New York and will create opportunities for Bills fans who work out at Crunch.
Statement from Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on OxyChem closure
Fri, Aug 20th 2021 03:10 pm
New York State Sen. Rob Ortt released the following statement on Friday:
SBA announces plan to open supplemental grants for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant applicants
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 11:00 pm
Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration is announcing a call to all eligible Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) applicants seeking economic aid for live entertainment small businesses, nonprofits and venues.
National Grid reminds customers and contractors to always call 811 before you dig
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 12:00 pm
Aug. 11 marks National 811 Safe Digging Day. National Grid reminds customers and contractors to call 811 before starting any digging or excavation project (no matter how big or small) to have underground utility lines properly marked. Dig Safe is a free service, funded solely by its utility members, to promote public safety and avoid costly underground utility damage.
Lawrence H. Cook II appointed to New York State Council on the Arts
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 10:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed Lawrence H. Cook II, senior vice president of programs for The John R. Oishei Foundation, to the New York State Council on the Arts. Cook was one of nine new appointees to the 20-member board and one of two that will represent the Western New York Region. NYSCA preserves and advances the arts and culture throughout the state.
BBB scam alert: Watch out for fraudulent QR codes
Tue, Aug 10th 2021 11:35 am
Companies use QR codes to point consumers to their apps, track packages, or view menus. But because these codes can't be read by the human eye, they have become a way for scammers to disguise malicious links. As QR codes get more popular, BBB Scam Tracker is seeing more reports of con artists using them to mislead consumers.
Fallsview Casino Resort, Casino Niagara to reopen additional amenities
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 11:30 am
One week after its initial reopening, Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara announced the reopening of additional amenities and an increase of offerings at both properties. These additional amenities will reopen in accordance with provincial approvals with capacity limits and health and safety measures in effect.
NYPA board of trustees approves $1 million to help towns & villages purchase electric vehicles
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 03:30 pm
The New York Power Authority board of trustees on Tuesday approved $1.1 million in additional funding to help New York's municipal and rural electric cooperative systems bring more hybrid and electric vehicles into their fleets. The additional financial assistance, available through the Municipal and Rural Cooperative Electric Utilities Electric-Drive Vehicle Program, will expand a long-running clean energy partnership that encourages electric vehicle use and reduces greenhouse gas emissions across New York.
Cuomo launches second round of $175 million Workforce Development Initiative
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 03:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the launch of the second round of the $175 million Workforce Development Initiative.
Fodero joins UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 02:05 pm
Western New York's largest orthopaedic and sports medicine group is growing again with the addition of Jesse Fodero, M.D., a primary care sports medicine specialist.
AAA: 'Miles-to-empty' warning fuels when drivers decide to fill up
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 10:10 am
In-dash fuel economy displays estimate the number of miles a vehicle gets per gallon, including how many "miles to empty." AAA tested the accuracy of these systems and found their estimates vary significantly over shorter trips or are dependent on the consistency of things that affect gas mileage like speed and acceleration.
Empire State Development and SMART Local 71 cut ribbon on expanded training facility in Buffalo
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 03:20 pm
Empire State Development and SMART Local 71 on Monday announced the ribbon-cutting for SMART Local 71's expanded training center in Buffalo. SMART Local 71 is the local union of International Association of Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation Workers ("SMART").
NYS REALTORS calls for state aid to renters & landlords
Wed, Jul 21st 2021 03:00 pm
The New York State Association of REALTORS Inc. released the following statement:
HUNT Mortgage teams up with Buffalo Bills & Sabres for Give716 Day
Fri, Jul 16th 2021 09:50 am
HUNT Mortgage is teaming up with the Buffalo Bills and Sabres Foundation for Give716 Day, Western New York's communitywide day of giving.
Catholic Health begins psychiatric pharmacy clinical consultation service
Thu, Jul 15th 2021 07:40 pm
To better meet the treatment needs of patients with behavioral health disorders, Catholic Health has implemented a psychiatric pharmacy clinical consultation service. The program offers psychiatric pharmacotherapy review and consultation services to manage behavioral health medication regimens, mitigate adverse drug reactions, and plan for transitions of care.
Modesty Marketplace to host grand-opening celebration
Thu, Jul 15th 2021 07:35 pm
Modesty Marketplace, a proudly woman-owned clothing and retail store located at 4498 Main St., Amherst, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, July 17. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all customers will receive 25%-off any purchase and receive a free gift with purchase when visiting the store.
Hotel industry launches 'Hotels are Hiring' campaign to fill open jobs; promote benefits of working in industry
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:20 pm
To help fill thousands of open hotel jobs and communicate the benefits of a career in the hotel industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and its charitable giving arm, the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) announced a new advertising campaign across five major hotel markets. The new advertisement will run until early August on digital platforms, radio and in print in select markets.
Cuomo signs legislation repealing provisions of law prohibiting practice of barbering on Sunday
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation (S.3812/A.436) that repeals provisions of law prohibiting the practice of barbering on Sunday. Though rarely enforced, there had been a law on the books making it a misdemeanor to cut hair or provide a shave to another person on Sunday.
New accreditation for UBMD Pediatrics' Sleep Medicine Center
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 10:25 am
The UBMD Pediatrics Sleep Medicine Center has received accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), making it Western New York's only pediatric-dedicated sleep center with this accreditation.
Bailey named chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
Mon, Jul 12th 2021 05:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has named Hannah Bailey, M.D., FACOG, as chief of its department of obstetrics and gynecology. The appointment was announced by Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Vijay Bojedla, M.D.
 

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