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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.
Buffalo: Brown announces $8 million infrastructure & streetscape makeover for entertainment district
Mon, Apr 5th 2021 11:55 am
Mayor Byron Brown recently announced the City of Buffalo would make $8 million in infrastructure improvements along key corridors of the downtown entertainment district. Major street, sidewalk and streetscape upgrades will be made on Chippewa, Franklin and Court streets.
New Lewiston businesses spring forward
Fri, Apr 2nd 2021 08:55 am
In part two of this series, we look at a notable trend in Lewiston: the rise, relocation and expansion of new businesses over the past 13 months, even as the pandemic brought major challenges. Also included is an update on two local construction projects.
Apple Granny Restaurant is 4-time 'Best Fish Fry' contest winner
Fri, Apr 2nd 2021 08:15 am
Though the way in which fish is delivered to patrons has changed often in 13 months - indoor, takeout, curbside, indoor again - Apple Granny's prep standards have remained consistent. In a time when so much is unpredictable, a veteran kitchen staff and dedicated owners have doubled-down on a tried and true Friday fish fry recipe that is bringing some semblance of normalcy back to diners.
Cuomo signs legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis
Wed, Mar 31st 2021 08:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation (S.854-A/A.1248-A) legalizing adult-use cannabis, fulfilling a key component of his 2021 State of the State agenda.
Higgins: Paycheck Protection Program extended
Tue, Mar 30th 2021 04:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act (H.R. 1779) has been signed into law, extending the application deadline to May 31, 2021.
New Yorkers 30 years of age and older eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine; 16 and under on deck
Mon, Mar 29th 2021 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
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.
 

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