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Niagara County Peach Festival to return
Fri, May 7th 2021 11:20 am
As announcements continue on the state level with regard to COVID-19 reopening plans and protocol changes, there's some upbeat news on the local level: The annual Niagara County (aka Lewiston Kiwanis) Peach festival is a go for this year.
444 tickets issued by State Police & local law enforcement during National Work Zone Awareness Week 'Operation Hardhat'
Fri, May 7th 2021 08:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced New York State Police and another law enforcement agency issued 444 tickets during last week's "Operation Hardhat" an initiative between law enforcement entities, the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority, to crack down on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving when encountering construction, maintenance and emergency operations along state highways.
Cuomo: Large-scale outdoor venue capacity increase with new fully vaccinated fan sections starting May 19
Wed, May 5th 2021 04:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced large-scale outdoor event venues will only be limited by the space available for patrons or parties of patrons to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet starting May 19. This will apply to outdoor sports, performing arts and live entertainment, and horse and auto racing venues statewide. Appropriate social distancing, masks and other applicable health protocols will still apply.
Destination Niagara: New Yorkers choosing to vacation in state will make a difference in 2021
Wed, May 5th 2021 11:50 am
In a statewide collaboration coordinated by the New York State Tourism Industry Association, New York state residents are being asked to "Roam the Empire" in 2021.
Buffalo City Mission: Nearly $40,000 commitment from Northtown Subaru's 'Share the Love' campaign
Tue, May 4th 2021 02:05 pm
The Buffalo City Mission on Tuesday announced a $38.952.38 financial commitment from Northtown Subaru, a part of Northtown Automotive Companies.
Cuomo, Murphy & Lamont: 'Significant' easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on businesses, gatherings & venues
Mon, May 3rd 2021 02:10 pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday announced a "significant easing" of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on the region's businesses, venues and gatherings given "significant progress" in vaccinations and sustained reduction in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Trash? It's in the bag for Island's 2nd annual cleanup
Mon, May 3rd 2021 12:25 pm
Eric Fiebelkorn, Grand Island Chamber of Commerce president, never imagined he would be so excited being surrounded by so many bags of trash.
NCCC ahead of the curve amidst budding cannabis industry
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 11:00 am
On March 31, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation legalizing adult use of cannabis throughout New York. During the announcement, Cuomo said the development of an adult-use cannabis industry in New York has, "The potential to create significant economic opportunities for New Yorkers and the state." Its estimated the industry could bring in $350 million in tax revenue each year and potentially create 30,000 to 60,000 jobs.
New Silo season begins with new look, new flavor(s)
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 11:00 am
Lewiston's The Silo Restaurant was one of the eateries that took the COVID-19 situation seriously - and took noticeable action to ensure safety and comfort.
Genesis to perform in Buffalo
Thu, Apr 29th 2021 10:50 am
On Thursday, Genesis announced their highly anticipated return to North America for the first time in 14 years with "The Last Domino?" tour dates that will have Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford playing major cities across the U.S. and Canada this November and December. Kicking off at Chicago's United Center on Nov. 15, the group will be joined by Nic Collins on drums, and the band's long-time lead guitar and bass player Daryl Stuermer.
Cuomo: State will end food & beverage service curfew
Wed, Apr 28th 2021 10:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the midnight food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning May 17 and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31.
All NYS mass-vaccination sites open to walk-in appointments for eligible adults
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 02:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced that, beginning Thursday, April 29, all New York state mass-vaccination sites will be open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-served basis for all.
The Riverline: First look at design drafts
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 01:50 pm
The Riverline is coming into focus with a design concept now emerging.
Festivals getting closer to approval, as Cuomo announces 2021 'Reimagined' New York State Fair
Mon, Apr 26th 2021 02:55 pm
It's looking better and better for outdoor summer festivals.
PHOTOS: Niagara Falls State Park to build $46 million, state-of-the-art visitor center
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 05:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the design for a new, $46 million, state-of-the-art visitor center in Niagara Falls State Park. His team said, "The facility will be a gateway to adventure along the Niagara River corridor, greatly improving the visitor experience, complementing nature, increasing the length of visits within the park in all four seasons, and enhancing awareness of nearby recreational and cultural offerings."
Cuomo: Western New York has not taken COVID-19 seriously enough
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 03:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Western New York's state-leading percentage of new coronavirus cases is a direct result of resident behavior. Speaking to the press Friday, he echoed a statement made earlier this week by Erie County leaders.
Maid of the Mist announces launch of 2021 season
Thu, Apr 22nd 2021 05:00 pm
Electricity will be in the air 9 a.m. Thursday, April 29, when the James V. Glynn and Nikola Tesla set sail to commence the Maid of the Mist's 2021 season - the company's 136th consecutive year of operation. The all-electric, emission-free vessels - the only ones of their kind in the U.S. - will ferry guests to the base of the American and Horseshoe falls, providing them with an iconic experience unlike any other.
Cuomo: Decision on festivals coming soon
Thu, Apr 22nd 2021 07:00 am
Will large-scale outdoor festivals and concerts be back this summer - and if so, what will the safety requirements look like?
12 new murals planned for Niagara County this summer
Wed, Apr 21st 2021 07:00 am
Lockport artist Mike Weber of Niagara County Entertainment is partnering with Natalie Brown, program coordinator of the Carnegie Art Center, to create an interactive mural trail in Niagara County. This project will be a series of 12 new murals installed across the county (one per municipality) and painted by 12 different artists.
George Floyd: Leaders respond to verdict
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 08:10 pm
On Tuesday, a Minneapolis jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
COVID-19: Movie theater capacity increasing to 33%; museums, aquariums, zoos & botanical gardens increase to 50%
Tue, Apr 20th 2021 10:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He announced movie theater capacity will increase to 33% starting April 26. Also on that day, low-risk, indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment - including museums, aquariums, zoos and botanical gardens - will increase to 50% capacity.
'Reimagined' Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival to return in 2021
Mon, Apr 19th 2021 01:50 pm
Due to state, county and city COVID-19 restrictions on public events and the need for social distancing, the 2021 Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival will be reimagined into a "digital blooming."
Kennedy, Cooney, Magnarelli, AAA WCNY, New York State Police, AT&T team up to call attention to Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Mon, Apr 19th 2021 01:50 pm
As traffic begins to pick up across the region with increased vaccinations and decreased pandemic restrictions, AAA Western and Central New York reminds drivers about the importance of focusing on the road ahead and not on their smartphones during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
DOT provides update on Center Street paving
Fri, Apr 16th 2021 12:20 pm
Center Street's face-lift might occur later than originally expected.
Spring Fling returns to Lewiston
Fri, Apr 16th 2021 12:05 pm
At 11 a.m. Sunday, May 16, the Village of Lewiston Recreation Department will host its 25th annual Spring Fling One Mile Fun Run for Kids. This free event promotes community spirit along with physical fitness. All child participants will receive a completion medal along with a commemorative T-shirt.
Barenaked Ladies to perform at Artpark in 2022
Thu, Apr 15th 2021 11:35 am
Multi-Platinum band Barenaked Ladies will return to Artpark in Lewiston to headline a "Tuesdays in the Park" concert on July 5, 2022. The show was originally scheduled for the summers of 2020 and 2021, but was delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19: Restaurant curfew extended
Wed, Apr 14th 2021 09:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the curfew for food and beverage establishments will be moved from 11 p.m. to midnight effective Monday, April 19. The curfew for catered events will move from midnight to 1 a.m.
With 1 week to go before deadline, Higgins presses for immediate release of plan to reopen border
Wed, Apr 14th 2021 01:45 pm
Northern border caucus co-chair and Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to immediately advance concrete proposals for reopening the border between the U.S. and Canada. The latest push comes just one week before the existing order banning nonessential travel between the two countries is set to expire (on April 21).
CDC & FDA put out joint statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine; NYS to pause J&J
Tue, Apr 13th 2021 11:20 am
On Tuesday, Centers for Disease Control Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat and Federal Drug Administration Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Dr. Peter Marks released the following statement on the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) coronavirus vaccine:
COVID-19: Updated guidance for graduation & commencement ceremonies
Mon, Apr 12th 2021 04:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced new updated guidance for graduation and commencement ceremonies organized by schools, colleges and universities. Effective May 1, indoor and outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies will be allowed with limited attendee capacity, depending on the event size and the location (e.g., stadium, arena, arts and entertainment venue).
Higgins & Restaino push for expanded Amtrak service between Niagara Falls & Toronto
Mon, Apr 12th 2021 04:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino are calling for expansion of the Amtrak route between Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Toronto to be a priority as the federal government plans to make investments in rail. The American Jobs Plan, the infrastructure package announced by President Joe Biden on March 31, proposes an $80 billion investment to expand and improve Amtrak service.
Historic Palace Theatre hosts 'Dazzling Through the Decades' gala event
Mon, Apr 12th 2021 01:50 pm
On May 1, the Historic Palace Theatre will host a grand reopening event, "Dazzling Through the Decades."
NYS updates in-person school guidelines
Sat, Apr 10th 2021 04:15 pm
On Friday, the New York State Department of Health updated its interim guidance for in-person instruction at pre-K to grade 12 schools during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Changes related to physical distancing and use of barriers. That document can be read HERE.
Behind-the-scenes work continues at Frontier House, plaza; BBC shooting for summer reopening
Fri, Apr 9th 2021 11:00 am
Two of the largest construction projects underway in the Village of Lewiston are being spearheaded by Buffalo's Ellicott Development, a self-described "full-service real estate, leasing, management and development firm," that handles more than 7 million square-feet of office, retail, residential and hotel space.
Niagara County officials remind community April is Donate Life Month
Fri, Apr 9th 2021 09:10 am
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Rebecca Wydysh and Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski remind the public April is celebrated as national Donate Life Month. Residents are asked to consider registering as organ, eye and tissue donors, and to honor those who have saved lives through the gift of a donation.
ASI Awards $122,500 to 46 WNY arts projects
Fri, Apr 9th 2021 09:05 am
Arts Services Inc. will award $122,500 in New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) decentralization grants to artists and arts organizations for the production of 46 arts projects in Erie and Niagara counties in 2021.
'Black History Now': Social justice education beyond Black History Month
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 06:40 pm
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center (NFUGRR) and the AT&T Foundation have launched "Black History Now," a program to provide online educational resources on Black history, social justice and the legacy of slavery. NFUGRR has provided virtual tours and resources for teachers and students to utilize amidst the pandemic, but the organization aims to keep these lessons in the classroom beyond Black History Month as a way to continue the important conversation.
Empire State Development, Preservation Buffalo Niagara announce East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund awardees
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 06:40 pm
Empire State Development and Preservation Buffalo Niagara announced $500,000 has been awarded as part of the first round of grants being made through the East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund. Nine awardees have been selected to receive funding for the stabilization of historic at-risk buildings on Buffalo's East Side.
Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard open for 2021
Mon, Apr 5th 2021 05:25 pm
Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard opened for the season Monday morning, in what is hopefully a sign of spring - and better days to come.
Celebrating Easter
Mon, Apr 5th 2021 12:05 pm
Easter Sunday was celebrated at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown. The Sunrise Service was officiated by The Rev. Dr. Rex T. Stewart, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown. The Rev. Steve Hong, associate pastor of Family Life, led the worship.
 

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