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Sun safety tips for outdoor learning and recreation
Wed, Sep 23rd 2020 01:35 pm
With summer winding down and school beginning, you may find that sun protection isn't top of mind like it is during warmer months. But harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are present year-round and can be just as dangerous in the schoolyard as they are at the beach. With many schools implementing outdoor learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sun protection for children when they head to school is more important than ever.
Higgins announces approval of CROWN Act
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 04:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved HR 5309, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act. The bill explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of hair texture or style, commonly experienced by Black Americans.
5 states added to travel advisory, 10 million COVID-19 diagnostic tests conducted
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced five states - Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming - have been added to New York State's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.
HUD awards over $212 million in CARES Act relief funds to New York
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 09:30 am
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson recently announced the allocation of the remaining $1.988 billion in CARES Act funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The allocation focuses funds toward places with households facing higher risk of eviction. To date, HUD has provided nearly $5 billion in CDBG funding nationwide to help communities combat the coronavirus and alleviate economic hardship.
New York State Office for the Aging launches new tool to help older new & high-risk individuals protect themselves from COVID-19
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 02:05 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in partnership with BellAge Inc., and the Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) has announced the launch of "CV19 CheckUp" in New York, a free, anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates an individual's risks associated with COVID-19 based on their life situation and individual behavior, and provides recommendations and resources to reduce those risks.
DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections down 7.8% in August
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:55 pm
Local government sales tax revenue declined by 7.8% in August compared to the same period last year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. August's sales tax collections totaled $1.3 billion for counties and cities, or $111 million less than in August 2019.
Cuomo announces executive order extending moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions until Oct. 20
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced an executive order extending the state's moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions and foreclosures an additional month, until Oct. 20.
Voters with disabilities in 5 counties can get free rides to vote
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:50 pm
Independence Express, the transportation branch of Western New York Independent Living Inc. will provide free van rides to people with disabilities living in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties who need a ride to vote on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3). Or, if one would prefer to cast a vote prior to Election Day, one can get a ride to a designated early voting site in their county during its limited hours of operation between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1.
DEC: Youth Pheasant Hunting Weekend for Western New York
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 11:50 am
A special youth-only pheasant hunting weekend will be held in Western New York on Oct. 10-11, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced. The hunt will occur one week prior to the regular pheasant hunting season and enables junior hunters (ages 12-15 years old) to hunt pheasants with a licensed adult companion. The 2020-21 regular pheasant season opens Oct. 17.
Information sought, as Niagara Falls woman struck in hit and run accident
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 10:10 am
At approximately 11:52 p.m. on Sunday, a 36-year-old Niagara Falls woman was struck by a vehicle while she was attempting to cross Walnut Avenue at 20th Street.
Cuomo announces 'Free Fishing Day,' Saturday, Sept. 26
Sat, Sep 19th 2020 07:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York residents can fish for free on Saturday, Sept. 26, which is National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated each year to promote outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and target shooting.
Niagara County Department of Health encourages communities to protect themselves against flu - especially this season
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 04:20 pm
It's fall, and influenza (flu) season is here again. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The virus spreads mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. The virus also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Flu can cause severe illness, hospitalization and death. Anyone can get the flu, and serious problems can occur at any age.
DMV to expand online services
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding online services, making it easier for New Yorkers to do business with the DMV from the comfort of their homes, and allowing the DMV to serve more customers in person who cannot complete their transactions online.
Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick to keynote at NU
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:50 pm
Niagara University will present the first in its "Transformative Visions" presidential speaker series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Castellani Art Museum. Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University, will be the inaugural speaker for the series, which will feature conversations with visionaries who have imagined and struggled to create a just future.
Audit: Wheatfield in 'decent position' to weather COVID-19-related financial problems
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:30 pm
Despite the effects of the pandemic, the Town Wheatfield received a generally favorable review of its finances this week by independent auditing firm Drescher and Malecki. However, the town was cautioned to monitor its finances closely as harsh reductions in sales tax revenue and state aid funding are looming.
Lewiston Town Board work sessions return
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:30 pm
The Lewiston Town Board returned to its monthly work session schedule Monday following breaks to allow for COVID-19 social distancing protocols and the summer months.
Department of Labor: Nearly $1.9 billion in lost wages assistance paid to New Yorkers, state approved by FEMA for 3 additional weeks of benefits
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 10:45 am
The New York State Department of Labor on Thursday announced New York has paid nearly $1.9 billion in lost wages assistance (LWA) benefits to 2.26 million New Yorkers this week, representing retroactive payments of $300 for the weeks ending Aug. 2, 9 and 16. In total, New York state has now paid $44.5 billion in benefits to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic - representing more than 21 typical years' worth of benefits paid in just six months.
NYS Office for the Aging urges older adults and caregivers to learn warning signs & symptoms of sepsis
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 10:05 am
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) urges caregivers and older New Yorkers, particularly those with chronic health conditions and/or a weakened or impaired immune system, to learn to recognize the early warning signs of sepsis, to get immediate treatment, and to learn how to prevent infections that could lead to sepsis. Sepsis is a very serious illness for people of all ages, but it can be particularly devastating, even deadly, for older adults - even more so now because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NFMMC to conduct COVID-19 testing Friday at Tops
Thu, Sep 17th 2020 02:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19 from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept 18, at Tops Markets, 1000 Portage Road, Niagara Falls.
Niagara County to hold 'walk-up' career fair
Thu, Sep 17th 2020 01:40 pm
The Niagara County Department of Employment and Training will hold a "mini" walk-up career fair next Thursday, Sept. 24, for those seeking employment. Eight companies with open positions have signed up to participate and more are expected to take part.
Parkinson's Foundation to host 'Moving Day Buffalo' virtual fundraising walk
Thu, Sep 17th 2020 01:30 pm
"Moving Day" is a walk to beat Parkinson's disease hosted annually by the Parkinson's Foundation. It is the largest fundraising event of the year for the foundation. The ninth annual "Moving Day Buffalo" is scheduled for noon Saturday, Sept. 26. This year, however, the "walk" will be a virtual one.
Niagara County Community College Foundation seeks 2020 scholarship donations
Thu, Sep 17th 2020 01:25 pm
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Niagara County Community College has decided to postpone its 30th Annual Foundation Scholarship Gala. No official date has been set at this time.
Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins on news of US-Canada travel ban extension
Wed, Sep 16th 2020 05:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, released the following statement in response to multiple news reports indicating the travel ban will be extended between the U.S. and Canada:
September declared Suicide Prevention Month
Wed, Sep 16th 2020 11:55 am
Legislator Jesse Gooch presented a proclamation to Niagara County Office of Mental Health Deputy Director Myrla Gibbons Doxey at Monday's legislative meeting, declaring September "Suicide Prevention Month" in Niagara County.
National Grid economic development grants support 7 Western New York initiatives
Wed, Sep 16th 2020 11:50 am
National Grid has approved more than $760,000 in economic development grants to support a number of Western New York initiatives designed to grow the regional economy.
Sharp attention explains why the early bird gets the worm
Wed, Sep 16th 2020 11:30 am
Many of the characteristics related to auditory attention in birds match those of humans, according to a study from the University at Buffalo.
6 states removed from travel advisory; Puerto Rico added
Tue, Sep 15th 2020 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced six states - California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio - have been removed from New York state's COVID-19 travel advisory. The Northern Mariana Islands were also removed. Puerto Rico has been added.
Gender pay gap isn't closing - and signs point to a divide wider ahead
Tue, Sep 15th 2020 02:45 pm
AAUW CEO Kimberly Churches issued the following statement in response to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau:
NOCO shares energy-saving tips for this fall & winter
Tue, Sep 15th 2020 02:45 pm
With the start of fall right around the corner and cooler temperatures on the horizon, NOCO is offering a variety of household tips to help Western New Yorkers not only stay warm, but also save on their energy costs this fall and winter.
New York state agencies, authorities launch 'Car Free for Climate' campaign
Tue, Sep 15th 2020 07:00 am
New York state agencies and authorities on Monday launched the "Car Free for Climate" campaign as part of the state's recognition of Climate Week 2020 (Sept. 21-27).
Cuomo: $9 million awarded as part of New York's Historic Workforce Development Initiative
Mon, Sep 14th 2020 03:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced 66 businesses, schools and community-based organizations across the state were awarded nearly $9 million as part of the state's historic Workforce Development Initiative. The grants are federally funded and will support job training opportunities across the state for more than 3,600 New Yorkers adapting to the post-COVID economy.
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 14
Mon, Sep 14th 2020 01:05 pm
Coronavirus stats for Sept. 14
NYS: More than $100 million in additional food assistance for September
Mon, Sep 14th 2020 12:05 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance to help New Yorkers adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic avoid food insecurity.
National gas prices continue to drop, as summer road trip season is over
Mon, Sep 14th 2020 11:45 am
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.19, down 3 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.57. The New York state average is $2.28 - down a penny since last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.73.
ESAAL helps families visit loved ones residing in assisted living communities across New York
Mon, Sep 14th 2020 11:45 am
After frequent and growing pleas from the Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL), its member assisted living communities, their residents and family members, on Sept. 9 the New York State Department of Health offered more flexible rules for allowing resumption of resident-family visits, removing a significant obstacle referred to as the 28-day rule. ESAAL is grateful to the department for the change, which allows more assisted living communities to be eligible to resume family visitation with residents.
Judge sets deadline for survivors in Diocese of Buffalo bankruptcy
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 06:50 pm
In a ruling issued Friday by Judge Carl L. Bucki of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of New York, survivors of child sexual abuse within the Diocese of Buffalo will have until Aug. 14, 2021, to file claims against the diocese.
On 19th anniversary, Cuomo signs reconstitution of September 11 Workers Protection Task Force Bill
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 02:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed legislation (S08129/A10249) reconstituting the September 11 Workers Protection Task Force.
Higgins: Additional $9M in COVID-19 emergency funding for WNY communities
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York will receive over $9 million in federal emergency funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak.
BBB scam alert: Tracking code scam can cost online shoppers
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 10:40 am
Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Scam Tracker received several reports of a trick scammers are using to steal from online shoppers. They are exploiting a PayPal policy and deceiving online shoppers into paying for goods that don't exist.
 

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