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DEC announces agreement with state & local partners to redevelop former industrial sites in Niagara, Orleans counties
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 05:40 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Tuesday announced a new cooperative agreement with the state comptroller's office; Niagara County; Orleans County; the cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda; and the Niagara Orleans Regional Land Improvement Corp. (NORLIC) to promote the redevelopment of dozens of potentially contaminated properties in Niagara and Orleans counties.
Cuomo sets guidelines for billiard halls to reopen; movie theaters in NYC also reopening; weddings & catered events can resume March 15
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that, as New York's hospitalization and COVID-19 infection rates continue to decline, the state is issuing guidance to begin reopening additional sectors of the economy.
Perfect blend: City officials welcome SPoT Coffee to North Tonawanda
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 11:20 am
Business is a-brewing in the Lumber City. On Friday, North Tonawanda city officials hosted a public "Welcome to Webster Street" event to commemorate the arrival of downtown's newest business, SPoT Coffee.
Village of Lewiston provides updates on events, public safety, bandshell & bike path
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 10:00 am
As Lewiston was dealing with its first major snowstorm of 2021, village trustees met Tuesday night to discuss plans for spring and summer. Updates also were given on several longstanding projects.
Memorial Day parade & luncheon on hold until 2022
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 07:00 am
Every Memorial Day since 2016, we have remembered our fallen veterans with a Memorial Day parade, community luncheon and a veterans memorial ceremony at Academy Park.
Viking Strong: Unity through art
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:20 pm
A small Grand Island art studio that's less than a year old has wasted no time bringing the community together in a big way.
Niagara University Ostapenko Center brings valentines to seniors and disabled individuals
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 11:05 am
Once again, Niagara Falls' most vulnerable residents were treated to holiday goodie bags, thanks to the outreach efforts of the Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equity, and Mission at Niagara University, in partnership with the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force.
State Park Police, State Troopers, DEC police & forest rangers remind snowmobilers to ride safely
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 11:05 am
With the recent snowfall, the New York State Park Police, State Police, Environmental Conservation police officers and forest rangers are reminding all snowmobile riders to make safety their priority in an effort to reduce the number of personal injury and fatal accidents throughout New York.
Niagara County DPW: Do not clear snow into road
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 09:45 am
Niagara County Public Works Commissioner Garret Meal reminded residents and plow services that depositing snow from driveways and sidewalks into roadways is illegal.
Reopening: Indoor family entertainment centers March 26, outdoor amusement parks April 9
Wed, Feb 17th 2021 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement can open with a 25% capacity limit beginning Friday, March 26. Outdoor amusement parks can open with a 33% capacity limit beginning Friday, April 9.
Bone-chilling temps pose danger to homeless
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 05:30 pm
The homeless in the Niagara Region have been dealt a double-blow, said officials at Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.
Heart, Love & Soul announces Daybreak opening
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 05:10 pm
Daybreak at Heart, Love & Soul has opened for services to the community, including case management, acute nursing care and health care coordination, showers and laundry for those experiencing homelessness, housing linkage and referral, homeless street outreach, and connection and referral to partner agencies.
Frenetic pace of winter storms to continue this week
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 10:00 am
The onslaught of wild winter weather that has been a repeating presence throughout the first half of February will continue wreaking havoc this week as another major storm system could deliver more snow and ice to many places that already have plenty of snow on the ground, AccuWeather forecasters say.
WNY Land Conservancy, design team seek input on early design concepts for The Riverline
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 10:50 am
The Western New York Land Conservancy and its design team will display early concept designs for The Riverline during a livestreamed YouTube event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. During the event, Western New Yorkers will see design alternatives for The Riverline and hear from Barbara Wilks of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Walter Hood of Hood Design Studio.
Cuomo: Mass vaccination sites to increase capacity for individuals with comorbidities & underlying conditions, who can begin to schedule appointments
Sat, Feb 13th 2021 11:55 pm
The "Am I Eligible" screening tool will be updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions at 8 a.m. Sunday, with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. Starting next week, local health departments will also receive vaccine allocations for these individuals. People can use the following to show they are eligible:
Catholic Health to acquire land in Lockport for new hospital campus
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:40 pm
Catholic Health has contracted to purchase 104 acres of land in Lockport, which will be the site of the new Lockport Memorial Campus of Mount St. Mary's Hospital. The multiple parcels, located off South Transit Road between Shimer and Ruhlmann roads, are currently under environmental and zoning review. Access to the hospital campus will be off Shimer Road near Transit.
Cuomo: Sports & entertainment events in major stadiums, arenas can reopen with limited spectators beginning Feb. 23
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, building off of the successful Buffalo Bills pilot program, sports and entertainment events in major stadiums and arenas with a capacity of 10,000 or more people can reopen with limited spectators beginning Feb. 23.
Municipalities in Erie & Niagara counties to receive $792 million+ in COVID-19 relief under Biden plan
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 10:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced Erie and Niagara counties will receive more than $792 million in estimated federal disaster relief under the American Rescue Plan. The newly released data is provided by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is overseeing the state and local aid component of the bill.
Setting sites on Grand Island heroes
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 03:00 pm
Private First Class Charles N. DeGlopper was a 22-year-old United States Army soldier fighting for his country on June 9, 1944, during the Battle of Normandy campaign in World War II when he was compelled to make a split-second decision that ultimately cost him his life as he was killed in action protecting his fellow soldiers.
Virtual Black History Month events by Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 04:10 pm
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is celebrating Black History Month through a series of virtual events this February. Each Friday at 7 p.m. this month, the public can join discussions relating to Black history from the comfort of their home.
HEALTHeLINK releases 2020 report to community
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 01:20 pm
HEALTHeLINK, the health information exchange (HIE) for Western New York, continues to play a vital role in the delivery and quality of patient care. As highlighted in the HEALTHeLINK 2020 Report to the Community, the value of HIE has never been more evident.
Castellani Art Museum poised for grand comeback in 2021
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 02:15 pm
"We're moving forward," he said. "We have our goals, we have our time set, and we're working towards it as if life will get back to ('normal') and the museum can reopen and reenergize."
New York Power Authority awarded $250,000 to study impacts of ice on Niagara Power Plant
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 12:30 pm
The New York Power Authority announced it has been awarded two grants to fund demonstration projects - one that will analyze the impact of ice on a hydropower plant and one to test an advanced technology that evaluates the health of high voltage assets in a substation.
Lewiston Moose Lodge donates to LPD
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:05 am
Members of the board of officers from Lower Niagara Moose Lodge 584 on Water Street in Lewiston gathered last week with area law enforcement and local officials for a special presentation.
Joint statement from departments of health regarding travel & quarantine
Thu, Feb 4th 2021 02:55 pm
The leaders of the five Western New York county health departments (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara) are providing the following joint statement related to the upcoming school breaks and the New York state travel advisory:
Community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced 35 community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week at churches, community centers, public housing complexes and cultural centers. These sites are expected to vaccinate over 25,000 people throughout the week, with more sites coming online every week.
Survey: 56% of Americans likely to travel for vacation in 2021; 21% report traveling since pandemic
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:05 am
A new survey conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows consumers are optimistic about traveling again in 2021, with 56% reporting they are likely to travel for vacation this year.
Cuomo: Federal vaccine supply to increase to 20% for next 3 weeks
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. As of noon, New York's health care distribution sites have received 1,554,450 first doses and already administered 91% (1,414,241) first-dose vaccinations and 76% of first and second doses. Delivery of the week 8 allocation from the federal government begins mid-week.
New York State Parks highlights Black History Month
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 02:05 pm
New Yorkers can help celebrate contributions to state history through a series of events, programming and visits to State Parks and historic sites during Black History Month.
Cuomo gives blessing to wedding receptions
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 04:50 pm
Speaking to the press on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the recent model of allowing pretested fans into Buffalo Bills Stadium can be replicated to include other events - including wedding receptions.
ESD announces release of consultant recommendations for revitalization of Broadway Market
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 08:40 pm
Empire State Development announced the final consultant recommendations for the Broadway Market in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. The proposed changes, for one of the country's oldest and largest city-owned public markets, include preserving and expanding the market's best features while planning its evolution as a unique regional center for fresh and international foods.
Attorney general on nursing homes: Investigations reveal DOH publicly reported data undercounted COVID-19 deaths
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 04:00 pm
Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday released a report on her office's ongoing investigations into nursing homes' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, James has been investigating nursing homes throughout New York state based on allegations of patient neglect and other concerning conduct that may have jeopardized the health and safety of residents and employees.
Is raising speed limit worth the risk?
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 10:05 am
Drivers want to save time, and local transportation agencies want to improve traffic flow, but at what cost? With posted speed limits increasing on many roadways around the country, a vehicle's ability to protect drivers in crashes is in doubt.
Cuomo pulls WNY out of micro-cluster zones
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 12:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said the holiday coronavirus surge is over, and he canceled the micro-cluster zones in Erie and Niagara counties.
New York Power Authority's economic development awards creating 583 jobs in WNY
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the New York Power Authority's board of trustees approved four economic development awards that will support 583 jobs and spur $356 million in private capital investments across Western New York.
NF National Heritage Area digital archive funding uncovers mysteries in Falls
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:25 pm
The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area (NFNHA) is uncovering mysteries in Niagara Falls by funding the Oakwood Cemetery Burial Permit Digital Archive Project and the Niagara Falls Public Library Local History Collection Project. It said Niagara Falls is known for its role in the Underground Railroad, but only a few precious artifacts have survived.
Botanical Gardens new 'Gardens After Dark' series has 'Enchanted Winter Escape'
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens recently introduced a brand-new series of exhibits titled "Gardens After Dark." It then introduced "Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape" for 2021.
Longtime COVID-19 patient reaches goal of rooting Bills to Super Bowl from home
Sun, Jan 24th 2021 02:05 pm
A Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center patient achieved that goal Saturday, as nurses and other staff members gathered at the hospital's main entrance to cheer on COVID-19 patient Richard Portale, who was headed home after a 60-day stay.
FeedMore WNY urges community to help 'Check Out Hunger'
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 04:50 pm
Western New Yorkers will be able to help feed their hungry neighbors while shopping for groceries at area retailers now and into the coming months. Dash's Market, Lexington Cooperative Market, The Market in the Square, Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans Food Markets will be holding their annual "Check Out Hunger" campaigns to support FeedMore WNY's programs and services.
The Plant Shack puts spring in our step, while giving back to many worthy causes
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 11:50 am
I can actually see, touch and smell something green, vibrant and cheery now that The Plant Shack has opened a new location on Center Street in Lewiston.
 

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