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Niagara County Easter fun for 2021!
Sun, Mar 28th 2021 07:00 am
Sure, it might look a little different again this year, but there's certainly no shortage of safe and fun Easter activities to be found in Niagara County. From good ol' egg hunting to Easter Bunny meet-and-greets, there are plenty of reasons for families to be egg-cited this year.
River Region businesses still STILL open for business
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 11:00 am
A year ago this week, we published an article noting small businesses in the River Region would remain open, even as New York state went on "PAUSE" to slow the coronavirus spread.
Niagara Falls USA initiates spring marketing campaign
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:45 am
Destination Niagara USA has activated its overarching brand campaign, "Feel Free" and "Return to Real," inviting consumers to discover a sense of release and relief, and to disconnect and explore beyond a screen, respectively.
Canal Fest canceled again this year
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 04:25 pm
Canal Fest of the Tonawandas 2021 has been officially canceled, North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas announced Tuesday. The event was scheduled for July 18-25.
NYS attorney general calls on Facebook & Twitter to stop spread of 'anti-vaxxer coronavirus disinformation'; companies addressing issue
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 12:40 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a coalition of 12 attorneys general, on Wednesday called on Facebook and Twitter to take stronger measures to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine disinformation being spread by "anti-vaxxers" on their social media platforms.
USAN approvals to advance private development in Niagara Falls' Third Street business district
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 03:10 pm
The USA Niagara Development Corp. (USAN) board of directors met Monday and approved two general project plans (GPP) and the transfer of land in support of private development in downtown Niagara Falls.
Niagara County: If state says it's our call, we will greenlight full school reopening
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 02:05 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh and Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Monday said they are in favor of allowing school districts that can meet the new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) safety measure to fully reopen - provided they continue to meet the other existing opening guidelines.
COVID-19: Pharmacies can vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities; age 50 now vaccine-eligible
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new guidance has been rolled out allowing pharmacies to vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities. Pharmacies were previously able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers.
UPDATE: Grand Island's Niagara Sailing Club heavily damaged by fast-moving blaze
Sun, Mar 21st 2021 11:45 am
Members resolved to rebuild, after fire tore through the Niagara Sailing Club, at 3619 E. River Road, on Saturday. The Grand Island club's flag was spared, and later hoisted up alongside the American flag.
Grand Island: Fire at Niagara Sailing Club
Sat, Mar 20th 2021 10:25 pm
Members gathered together to console one another Saturday, as fire tore through the Niagara Sailing Club at 3619 E. River Road, Grand Island. The club flag was spared, and later hoisted up alongside the American flag.
9-year-old 'Jam Man' interviews the stars
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 02:00 pm
It's probably safe to assume most 9-year-olds didn't spend their COVID-19 lockdown time interviewing Hollywood actors and rock stars.
NYS & COVID-19: More fans can return to sports, entertainment venues
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 10:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was joined by Major League Baseball dignitaries on Thursday as he announced the New York Mets and New York Yankees can resume play with spectators in the stadiums beginning April 1.
NYS: COVID-19 vaccination appointments now available at Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 10:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced appointments are now available at 10 new state-run mass-vaccination sites across the state, including The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls at 101 Old Falls St. All 10 sites will open Friday, March 19, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Each site will have the ability to vaccinate more than 1,000 New Yorkers daily, dependent on supply from the federal government.
Erie County DOH shares feedback from COVID-19 case investigations
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 02:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is sharing feedback from recent COVID-19 case investigations to inform Erie County residents of ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in workplaces and activities. Contact tracers have noted common case investigation trends that illustrate situations where COVID-19 is likely to spread.
Go Red for Women goes digital, expands format
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 02:10 pm
A new Go Red for Women experience is coming to Western New York.
Geary, Burstein honored with 2020 American Public Works Association Awards
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 01:45 pm
The American Public Works Association (APWA) New York Chapter Western Branch has announced Erie County Commissioner of Public Works William Geary Jr. and Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein have each received recognition, with Geary receiving the 2020 Public Works Leader of the Year Award and Burstein being honored with the Most Valuable Service Award, COVID-19 Award.
Higgins: $172 million-plus for students & higher education institutions in WNY
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 11:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced colleges, universities and institutions of higher education in Erie and Niagara Counties can expect to receive approximately $172.7 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan, with the requirement that at least half of the funding is dedicated directly to students.
COVID-19: Wedding receptions & catered events can resume statewide
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 07:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced wedding receptions and catered events can resume statewide. All venues hosting weddings and catered events must follow the state's strict health and safety protocols, including the following requirements:
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus win big at 63rd Grammy Awards
Mon, Mar 15th 2021 10:25 am
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus are the proud recipients of a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Choral Performance" for their recording of Richard Danielpour's "The Passion of Yeshua." The recording features the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta; the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, prepared by Adam Luebke; and the UCLA Chamber Singers, prepared by James K. Bass.
Hochul marks pandemic's anniversary, receives J&J vaccine
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 05:25 pm
Almost exactly a year to the day since the coronavirus global pandemic was declared, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul marked the solemn occasion in downtown Buffalo at Catholic Health's Associate Regional Training Center by thanking health care workers for their "courage" and received a dose of the life-saving vaccine.
Biden: All adult Americans to be eligible for vaccinations by May 1; targets July 4 as return to 'normal'
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 10:35 am
Thursday night, in his first primetime address, President Joe Biden announced the next phase of a "war-time effort" to vaccinate the U.S. population, with the goal of getting the nation closer to "normal" by July 4, Independence Day.
Destination Niagara cautiously optimistic about 2021
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 07:00 am
John Percy and the Destination Niagara USA team hosted a webinar Wednesday to provide an update on travel, tourism and marketing in what will hopefully soon be a post-pandemic world.
2021 Northwest Jazz Festival canceled; will resume in 2022
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 02:25 pm
The board of directors of the Northwest Jazz Festival of Historic Lewiston, NY (Lewiston Jazz Festival Inc.) announced Thursday the popular festival has been canceled for 2021. Planning is underway for the 2022 event, slated for Aug. 26-27.
Charlie Dieteman hopes cerebral palsy fundraiser raises awareness & funds for cause
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 10:05 am
Charlie Dieteman hopes his senior year at Niagara Career and Technical Education Center (NCTEC) and Lewiston-Porter High School ends on a high note with his annual cerebral palsy fundraiser. He is selling green rubber bracelets for a dollar for an organization known as Empower. Empower is a premier service provider in Western New York that offers diverse programming and individualized care and support to make people's lives better. Green represents cerebral palsy awareness.
Higgins: American Rescue Plan lays groundwork for better tomorrow
Wed, Mar 10th 2021 03:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved the American Rescue Plan, the final Congressional action before the bill is signed into law by President Joe Biden.
New Yorkers 60 years of age and older, additional public facing essential workers will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning March 10, all New Yorkers 60 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine, while public-facing essential workers from governmental and nonprofit entities will be eligible beginning March 17. This expansion also includes public-facing essential building services workers.
Niagara County leaders frustrated over vaccine allocations
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 09:45 am
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh and Director of Public Health Daniel J. Stapleton on Tuesday said it does not appear Niagara County will be getting the amount of vaccine doses it expected from New York state. The county ordered 6,500 doses of vaccine, including 5,000 of Johnson & Johnson. The county is still expecting a small supply of Moderna.
Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls to serve as mass-vaccination site
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 12:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced, that as the federal vaccine supply continues to increase, New York will establish 10 additional state-run mass vaccination sites - including one in Niagara Falls - to further grow New York's vast distribution network.
COVID-19: Restaurants can move to 75% indoor capacity starting March 19
Mon, Mar 8th 2021 10:05 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced restaurants outside of New York City, which have been operating at 50% capacity, can now move to 75% capacity starting March 19.
What is Builders Club like in 2020-21 at Lewiston-Porter Middle School?
Sat, Mar 6th 2021 11:25 am
Builders Club has worked extremely hard on many projects this year and each has turned out to be a great success.
NYS Legislature passes legislation addressing governor's emergency powers; GOP calls action a 'sham'
Sat, Mar 6th 2021 11:05 am
The New York State Senate Democratic majority on Friday advanced legislation repealing the temporary emergency powers the New York Legislature granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Youngstown families displaced by fire; cause remains under investigation
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 04:35 pm
Niagara County fire officials are continuing their investigations into a structure fire on Tuesday evening that caused extensive damage to an apartment complex at 310 Main St., in the Village of Youngstown.
Village of Lewiston gets favorable financial review; looks to shore up public safety
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 08:55 am
The Village of Lewiston made it through the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in fine fashion. How the numbers look for the brunt of the pandemic is yet to be fully determined.
Niagara County Department of Health removes quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated persons in alignment with updated guidance
Thu, Mar 4th 2021 06:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued an update Thursday regarding quarantine requirements, to reflect the updated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York state guidance.
Event, arts & entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity beginning April 2
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 06:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of negative test prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors.
Biden: US on track to vaccinate all adults by end of May
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
President Joe Biden offered the following remarks Tuesday on efforts to vaccinate the American public against the coronavirus:
Vaccine: Niagara County POD staying in Lockport, as largest shipment is expected
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 12:35 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Wednesday announced Niagara County is expecting to receive 6,500 first doses of COVID-19 vaccination next week - by far the most the county has ever received for a single week. The county is expecting 5,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines and 1,500 Moderna that must be dispensed in that week. These doses would nearly double the total amount of vaccine doses Niagara County has received to date.
Pilot program testing Excelsior Pass at Madison Square Garden & Barclays Center could help fast-track reopening theaters, stadiums & other businesses
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a pilot program to test the Excelsior Pass during events at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center.
$25 million in additional funding for Nourish NY to deliver New York-produced agricultural products to families in need
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced an additional $25 million has been directed to New York's network of food banks and emergency food providers to support the Nourish New York program through July 2021.
NCDOH removes close contact quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated individuals, confirms successful rate of full vaccination series
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 08:45 am
The Niagara County Department of Health announced that, in alignment with the updated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, quarantine will no longer be required for fully vaccinated people following a close contact exposure. More specifically, asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to quarantine within 90 days after the second shot.
 

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