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PSC: Winter electricity & natural gas bills expected to remain flat; slight rise possible for natural gas
Thu, Oct 18th 2018 05:25 pm
The New York State Public Service Commission on Thursday announced the price of electricity this winter is expected to be about the same as last winter on average, while the price of natural gas will move slightly higher. However, based on a normal weather forecast, more moderate weather is expected to counter higher prices and, as a result, customers' bills on average should remain the about the same compared to last year.
PSC helps financially struggling National Grid customers
Thu, Oct 18th 2018 02:10 pm
The New York State Public Service Commission on Thursday approved National Grid's proposal to implement an electronic deferred-payment agreement program. The upstate electric and gas utility will be allowed to offer electronic deferred-payment agreements to residential electric and gas customers who might be struggling to pay their utility bill.
Mega Millions jackpot reaches record-high $970 million
Thu, Oct 18th 2018 01:50 pm
The estimated annuity value of the jackpot in tonight's Mega Millions drawing was increased today to $970 million, making it the largest in the game's history and second-largest in U.S. lottery jackpot history.
Empower to honor 9 at annual luncheon
Thu, Oct 18th 2018 01:45 pm
Empower, the not-for-profit organization formerly known as Niagara Cerebral Palsy, will hold its third annual Living the Values Awards Luncheon at noon Friday, Oct. 26, at Four Points by Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave. Tickets are $35, and may be reserved at 716-297-0798, ext. 120, or [email protected]
DOL continues to assist displaced Tonawanda Coke employees
Wed, Oct 17th 2018 05:00 pm
The New York State Department of Labor rapid response staff continues to engage Tonawanda Coke employees who have been impacted due to the site closure earlier this week.
DEC announces complete shutdown of coke oven production at Tonawanda Coke facility
Tue, Oct 16th 2018 07:20 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation continues to oversee the safe shutdown of operations at the Tonawanda Coke facility. The coke battery consists of 60 ovens, of which 30 remained in operation at the time of shutdown. On Monday, the last of the remaining 30 ovens were fully emptied, marking the end of coke production at the facility.
NU to dedicate Statler Foundation Hospitality House, residential living & learning community for event management students
Tue, Oct 16th 2018 07:20 pm
Niagara University will officially dedicate the Statler Foundation Hospitality House, a residential living and learning community for students studying event management in the university College of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The college marks its 50th anniversary this week with a series of events, including the hosting of the 2018 International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators Conference and its annual awards dinner.
National Fuel's 2018-19 winter heating season forecast: Slight uptick compared to last year if a 'normal' winter pattern returns
Sat, Oct 13th 2018 12:20 pm
Depending on which weather source is deemed most reliable, the upcoming 2018-19 winter is predicted to feature either "teeth-chattering" cold or have milder-than-average temperatures with above-normal precipitation levels of rain and snow.
State agencies, partners kick off national Disability Employment Awareness Month with initiative for NY businesses
Sat, Oct 13th 2018 12:15 pm
In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with the Employment First Commission, announced an employment initiative to help employers hire dependable employees with special abilities.
Youngstown trustees take no action on parking
Sat, Oct 13th 2018 07:00 am
Following a boisterous public hearing last week in Youngstown - one to consider changes in the village code on a 15-minute parking provision fronting a Lockport Street business - no action was taken by the Village Board of Trustees on Thursday night.
St. Peter's dedicates new playground
Sat, Oct 13th 2018 07:00 am
The Most Rev. Richard Malone joined with students, teachers, faculty members, community leaders and friends to officially open the St. Peter's playground on Friday. The recreational space is located behind the gymnasium and adjacent to the Lewiston elementary school. It was dedicated to Dr. Irene Elia.
Oh deer! New York deer crashes peak in autumn
Fri, Oct 12th 2018 09:40 pm
New York drivers need to buck up this fall and watch for deer. AAA analyzed New York crash data and found that October, November and December are by far the peak months for deer crashes in the Empire State. From October to December 2016, there were 9,720 deer crashes across the state - equivalent to one deer crash every 15 minutes.
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper: $3 Million award from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Thu, Oct 11th 2018 05:30 pm
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper on Thursday announced $3 million has been awarded to support the organization's mission and efforts to physically improve waterfront access for the residents and visitors to the City of Buffalo and Western New York. The investment is expected to improve recreational access to water for the public, including people with varying levels of mobility, while increasing eco-tourism opportunities and encouraging community revitalization.
Ortt: State grants over $1 million in communications funding to Niagara & Orleans
Thu, Oct 11th 2018 05:30 pm
On Thursday, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt applauded the awarding of over $1 million in state interoperable communications grants to Niagara and Orleans counties.
Erie County's domestic violence high-risk team receives $900,000 in federal funding to continue, expand its mission to protect survivors
Wed, Oct 10th 2018 03:05 pm
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, Congressman Brian Higgins and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Erie County received $900,000 in federal funding to expand its domestic violence high-risk team.
DEC reminds hunters to put safety first this hunting season
Wed, Oct 10th 2018 07:00 am
With several hunting seasons underway and the start of big game season just weeks away, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos is reminding hunters to put safety at the forefront of their actions this fall when going afield.
Study: System could curb social media harassment, abuse
Tue, Oct 9th 2018 10:55 pm
A new system for automatically detecting prejudice in social media posts can help curb abuse and harassment online, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.
20th annual Family Violence Conference to feature national experts on domestic violence, sex offenses
Tue, Oct 9th 2018 10:30 am
More than 200 professionals from the fields of criminal justice, child welfare, victim advocacy, mental health and education are expected to attend the 20th annual Safe at Home Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls.
Documentary screening, multiple 'Martian invasion' broadcasts mark WKBW Radio's 'War of the Worlds' 50th anniversary celebration
Mon, Oct 8th 2018 11:30 am
The 50th anniversary of WKBW radio's "War of the Worlds," the most famous radio broadcast in Buffalo's history, will be celebrated with the screening of a new documentary film and a re-airing on Halloween night - along with two other unique and famous versions of HG Wells "Martian invasion" story.
As Fire Prevention Month gets underway, FASNY reminds New Yorkers to test smoke alarms
Sat, Oct 6th 2018 11:35 am
Fire Prevention Month is underway, and Fire Prevention Week (Oct 7-13) is rapidly approaching. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is urging New Yorkers to take note of basic fire safety tips and advice that can help save lives. In particular, FASNY asks all New Yorkers ensure their smoke alarms are in proper working order so that they, and their families, are protected against fire.
Fall travel reaching its peak
Sat, Oct 6th 2018 10:35 am
The rich colors of autumn, along with many other benefits, are inspiring more travelers to book fall getaways. With Columbus Day weekend upon us, many people are booking escapes for the long weekend. The top destinations for Western and Central New Yorkers include: upper New England (Amtrak and Tauck tours are popular); Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Pigeon Forge in Smokey Mountain National Park, Tennessee; and, of course, upstate New York, primarily the Adirondack Region and the Finger Lakes.
Grand Island Town Board: Madigan calls McMurray's work environment 'hostile'
Sat, Oct 6th 2018 07:00 am
Councilman Michael Madigan is complaining that Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray's behavior toward him has crossed a line, and he's contemplating legal again.
October is Disability Awareness Month
Thu, Oct 4th 2018 04:40 pm
The Erie County Office for People with Disabilities is partnering with numerous community agencies throughout the month of October to raise awareness about Disability Awareness Month through education, outreach and community events around Erie County.
'Tickets for Troops': Buffalo Sabres, Bogosian, Pizza Logs to provide tickets to military personnel
Thu, Oct 4th 2018 03:50 pm
The Buffalo Sabres announced defenseman Zach Bogosian will continue the "Tickets for Troops" program to provide a pair of seats to a member of the military during every home game for the 2018-19 season. In addition, Original Pizza Logs will also donate four 100-level tickets to a local veteran who will be recognized on the ice prior to the national anthem at each Sabres home game.
Niagara County leaders ask for advance of county's casino revenues
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 06:15 pm
In light of the recent announcement New York state will advance casino revenues to the City of Niagara Falls, Niagara County leaders of the of have asked that the county's casino revenues also be advanced.
PSE announces hiring of Christopher Schoepflin
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 06:10 pm
Pegula Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Kim Pegula on Tuesday announced the hiring of Christopher Schoepflin as PSE's vice president of external affairs and strategic development. Schoepflin will oversee development opportunities across all PSE portfolio companies and manage the organization's government relations at the federal, state and local levels.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month observed in Niagara County
Mon, Oct 1st 2018 01:20 pm
Once again in October we commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month [NDVAM], a time for law enforcement agencies, victim assistance organizations and community leaders to work jointly in generating greater public awareness about domestic violence, prevention strategies and effective responses for victims. It serves as a reminder that communities must speak out in a unified voice to combat domestic violence and to challenge all people in America to support programs that can end this nationwide epidemic.
AAA: National average gas price jumps 3 cents
Mon, Oct 1st 2018 12:10 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.88, up 3 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.56. The New York state average is $2.99 - the same as last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.75.
Hundreds turn out to 'paint light' on Old Fort Niagara for RIT's Big Shot photograph
Sun, Sep 30th 2018 01:05 pm
The opportunity to "paint light" on a historic fortress drew hundreds of people to Old Fort Niagara on a crisp, fall Saturday night, helping make the Rochester Institute of Technology's nighttime Big Shot photograph a picturesque success.
5th annual Domestic Violence Ribbon Walk & Survivor Art Exhibit in Niagara Falls
Sat, Sep 29th 2018 09:30 am
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Family & Children's Service of Niagara is coordinating the fifth annual Domestic Violence Ribbon Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 2, starting at 4:30 p.m. The walk will begin at the corner of Main and Third streets in Niagara Falls. Following brief remarks, the participants will take a collective stand against DV as they walk down Third Street tying purple ribbons on the trees between Main and Niagara streets.
Foundation grant to support NFMMC young women's empowerment program
Fri, Sep 28th 2018 03:30 pm
A new program to empower and improve self-esteem among adolescent girls in Niagara Falls has been awarded a $4,000 grant by the WNY Women's Foundation.
Higgins announces House approval of 5-year FAA reauthorization
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 07:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved a five-year reauthorization (H.R. 302) of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Community Missions, NFMMC announce annual Interfaith Community Prayer Service for mental illness recovery & understanding
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 12:00 pm
Community Missions Inc. and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, a pair of prominent mental health service providers, will again join to host the eighth annual Interfaith Community Prayer Service at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.
LivinNF Street Fest offers full day of family-friendly events
Tue, Sep 25th 2018 04:15 pm
LiveNF is hosting the first-ever LivinNF Street Fest on the 400 and 500 blocks of Third Street on Saturday. Third Street will be closed to traffic from Main to Niagara streets. The day will kick-off with the 24th Pints for Progress at the Craft Kitchen & Bar. All attendees will have the opportunity to present or vote for a community-minded project.
Evergreen Health & KeyBank present 'Dining Out For Life'
Tue, Sep 25th 2018 02:25 pm
For the 16th consecutive year, Western New Yorkers can help raise funds to assist individuals and families in the community who are affected by HIV simply by enjoying a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 9, as part of Dining Out For Life, a national fundraising event held annually in more than 60 participating cities.
Pizza power: Jingle Falls USA announces 'Festival of Slice'
Tue, Sep 25th 2018 02:00 pm
"Niagara Falls, New York, has the best pizza options in the world. Chicken wings are only relevant because of pizza. These are party tray size statements, but we are ready to back them up."
Mount St. Mary's Hospital to host free mammography day on Oct. 13
Mon, Sep 24th 2018 07:00 am
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mount St. Mary's Hospital will host a free mammography screening from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the hospital, 5300 Military Road in Lewiston.
Regional leaders to discuss future of health care industry
Mon, Sep 24th 2018 07:00 am
Leaders from the region's top health systems, insurers, physician groups and community health organizations will come together on Oct. 26 for an all-day forum to discuss the current state and future of health care.
Grand Island Town Board: Comprehensive plan approved
Sat, Sep 22nd 2018 07:00 am
After passage of the 2018 Town of Grand Island comprehensive plan, Deputy Town Supervisor Jim Sharpe said the 25 people who participated in the plan process "can now say, 'We have now made a mark on our community that will be dealt with for the next 20 years.' "
ESD announces seven finals judges for 43North 2018 competition
Fri, Sep 21st 2018 04:40 pm
Empire State Development announced the panel of finals judges that will determine the prize money for the fifth annual 43North startup competition. The esteemed group of judges will evaluate pitches from 10 finalists on stage in front of a live audience at Shea's Performing Arts Center in downtown Buffalo at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. The judges will award one top startup 43North's $1 million grand prize with seven other competitors receiving $500,000 prizes.

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