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Niagara Falls 1 of 26 US cities awarded Asphalt Art Grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies
Tue, Oct 26th 2021 05:30 pm
Niagara Falls is one of 26 U.S. cities across the country to be selected to receive a $25,000 Asphalt Art Grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The grant application was submitted by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area (NFNHA) in partnership with the City of Niagara Falls.
NYS DCP, Department of Public Service alerts consumers of scammers pretending to be from utility companies
Tue, Oct 26th 2021 12:35 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) and the state Department of Public Service is alerting consumers of phone calls in which scammers, pretending to be from electric companies, are looking for overdue payments - and threatening to suspend electricity services unless they receive a payment immediately. Payment has been requested by means of untraceable services such as gift cards, and money transfer apps, including PayPal and Zelle.
Amigone to relocate Tonawanda crematory
Tue, Oct 26th 2021 12:30 pm
On Tuesday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan and Assemblyman Bill Conrad announced their legislation (S.6171B/A.6740), which will allow Amigone Funeral Home to relocate its Sheridan Park crematory to a nonresidential area approved by the Town of Tonawanda, was signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Erie County Department of Health announces COVID-19 vaccine booster dose availability
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 07:25 pm
Following authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain eligible people, the Erie County Department of Health is experiencing strong demand for booster doses at its clinics.
Oh deer! New York deer crashes peak in autumn
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 12:45 pm
New York drivers need to buck up this fall and watch for animals on the roads. AAA analyzed New York crash data and found that October, November and December are by far the peak months for animal crashes, notably deer, in the Empire State. There were 33,956 animal-related crashes statewide in 2020 - the second-highest level in the past decade - that's equivalent to one animal-related crash every 16 minutes.
Aspen Dental offers dental care for military veterans on Saturday, Nov. 6
Fri, Oct 22nd 2021 06:05 pm
In recognition of Veterans Day, Aspen Dental locations nationwide will open their doors to provide free care to military veterans across the country. Now in its seventh year, the day of service provides much-needed dental care for veterans at no cost to honor their service and break down barriers to health care.
Fairgrounds Festival of Lights drive-thru returns nightly this December
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:40 pm
The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights drive-thru will return to brighten up the holiday season for families across Western New York this December.
New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Vista celebrates Energy Awareness Month
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:15 pm
As October is Energy Awareness Month, the New York Power Authority is hosting two energy-related events at the Niagara Power Vista in Lewiston: The Electric Vehicle (EV) Guest Drive on Saturday, Oct. 23, where licensed drivers can test drive an electric vehicle; and a Halloween trunk or treat event for families and kids on Saturday, Oct. 30, where families can trick or treat through an array of electric vehicles.
Speakers express opposition to proposed zoning change
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:05 pm
Residents of East River Road and Timberlink Drive expressed their opposition to a proposed local law to rezone portions of Whitehaven Road from B-1 to B-2 at a public hearing held at the Oct. 18 Grand Island Town Board meeting.
Application process open for Community Foundation's 21st Century Fund $100,000 grant
Tue, Oct 19th 2021 06:50 pm
The 21st Century Fund, a fund and giving circle of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for its 2021-22 grant cycle. Application information, including the link to apply online, can be found at Applications are due by 4 p.m. Dec. 3.
United Way launches 'Show Up United' campaign
Tue, Oct 19th 2021 06:45 pm
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County launched its annual major community giving campaign - "Show Up United" - on Tuesday.
Higgins & Filicetti announce $200,000 COPS grant for Niagara County
Tue, Oct 19th 2021 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Niagara County Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced a federal grant totaling $200,000 for Niagara County through the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
DiNapoli: State tax receipts exceed initial projections by $7.2 billion through first 6 months
Mon, Oct 18th 2021 02:45 pm
State tax receipts in state fiscal year (SFY) 2021-22 exceeded the enacted budget financial plan forecast (May estimates) by $7.2 billion through the end of September, according to the monthly state cash report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Hochul announces groundbreaking for $46 million welcome center at Niagara Falls State Park
Sat, Oct 16th 2021 02:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the beginning of construction for a new, $46 million state-of-the-art visitor center in Niagara Falls State Park. The new facility, her team said, "will be a gateway to adventure along the Niagara River Corridor, greatly improving the visitor experience, complementing nature, and increasing the length of visits within the park in all four seasons. The newly built center will welcome new and returning sightseers, enhancing awareness of regional recreational and cultural offerings."
Gil C. Quiniones resigns as president and CEO of New York Power Authority
Thu, Oct 14th 2021 08:35 pm
The New York Power Authority announced Thursday that President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones has resigned after 10 years in the role to accept a position as CEO at Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd).
ESD to hold public update on Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Fund
Wed, Oct 13th 2021 02:45 pm
Empire State Development will hold a project update on the Niagara Falls Strategic Economic Development Fund, a new funding initiative to spur investment on targeted commercial areas along Niagara Street, Main Street, Portage Road and Pine Avenue, from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, via Zoom.
Red Cross enters third week of emergency blood and platelet shortage
Wed, Oct 13th 2021 02:45 pm
The American Red Cross continues to experience an emergency blood and platelet shortage that has caused the blood supply to drop to the lowest post-summer level in at least six years.
$230 million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers in October
Tue, Oct 12th 2021 04:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for October. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment later this month, which will result in an infusion of about $230 million in federal funding into the state's economy.
Pair of motorcycle crashes in Falls
Mon, Oct 11th 2021 09:25 am
At approximately 4:50 p.m. Sunday, the Niagara Falls Police Department was called to 22nd Street and Whitney Avenue to investigate a two-vehicle crash with injuries.
Morinello recognizes October as National Women's Small Business Month
Mon, Oct 11th 2021 07:00 am
October is National Women's Small Business Month, which means it's time to celebrate the determination, drive and success of women-owned businesses everywhere, while recognizing the obstacles and challenges these female entrepreneurs have had to overcome.
State & local police to crack down on speeding, impaired driving over Columbus Day Weekend
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 09:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the New York State Police will team up with local law enforcement on special traffic enforcement efforts for Columbus Day weekend, cracking down on speeding and impaired motorists. The campaign began Thursday and will run through Tuesday, Oct. 12.
Leadership transition announced at Botanical Gardens
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:20 am
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is working through a natural progression within the organization and, after 11 years as president/CEO, David J. Swarts will be transitioning into retirement over the next several months.
Hochul: $125 million for landlord rent relief in New York
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:20 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced $125 million in state funding is available to help landlords who couldn't participate in the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program due to a federal requirement for tenants to participate in the application process.
Morinello: Domestic violence a pandemic in itself
Thu, Oct 7th 2021 12:40 pm
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects millions of women and men, and it does not discriminate.
USAN announces public meeting to discuss former Rainbow Centre Mall
Thu, Oct 7th 2021 12:40 pm
USA Niagara Development Corp. and the City of Niagara Falls will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, to provide an update on the AnchorRainbow Centre civic improvement project. Taking place at the Conference Center Niagara Falls, USAN leadership will be joined by officials from the City of Niagara Falls, the design team led by Marvel Architects PLLC, and potential future tenants of the space.
Almost $11.5 million in direct community support distributed to aging Western New Yorkers during pandemic
Wed, Oct 6th 2021 02:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced about $149 million in federal aid has been distributed to counties statewide to help older New Yorkers meet basic needs, remain in their homes and communities, slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and get vaccinated. Of that total, nearly $11.5 million is headed to Western New York.
Western New York unites to make strides against breast cancer
Tue, Oct 5th 2021 09:25 am
Local breast cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and corporate and community members are uniting to make the greatest impact to save lives and ensure no one faces breast cancer alone at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2-mile walk. This noncompetitive, inspirational event helps fund the future of breast cancer research and programs. Participants can expect several new health and safety measures onsite to help protect the community, supporters and staff.
Residents invited to free, virtual Alzheimer's educational conference
Mon, Oct 4th 2021 04:45 pm
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America will host a free virtual Alzheimer's educational conference for New York and New Jersey residents from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, as part of its 2021 national Educating America Tour.
Poloncarz presents 2022 Erie County proposed budget
Mon, Oct 4th 2021 04:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday presented his proposed 2022 Erie County budget and accompanying four-year financial plan to the Erie County Legislature.
DEC announces enforcement action against Cascades
Thu, Sep 30th 2021 10:40 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday announced the execution of an Order on Consent with Cascades Containerboard Packaging Inc. in Niagara Falls that includes a $375,000 penalty and requires Cascades to undertake improvements to protect the community's health and quality of life.
Catholic Charities WIC program recognized with national Breastfeeding Award of Excellence
Thu, Sep 30th 2021 10:50 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo announced its Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program recently received a WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence, Gold, from the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for WIC.
Hochul announces increase in food benefits for low-income New Yorkers
Tue, Sep 28th 2021 08:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will see their level of benefits increase next month resulting from a federal cost adjustment aimed at providing low-income individuals and families better access to healthy foods.
NYS DOL announces $15 minimum wage phase-in to continue as labor shortages drive up wage earnings
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 07:05 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Monday announced the state's $15 minimum wage phase-in will continue, with the next stage taking effect Dec. 31, 2021.
Catholic Health 100% compliant with COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 07:05 pm
Catholic Health on Monday announced that, as of 7 a.m., it is 100% in compliance with the New York state COVID-19 vaccine mandate - between staff who have been vaccinated, applied for religious exemptions, received medical exemptions or deferrals, or been put on 30-day unpaid leaves of absence.
BBB scam alert: Receive a text with a surprise offer? Don't click that link!
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 01:15 pm
Everyone loves a deal - including scammers. Con artists often offer too good to be true discounts in the hope that price-conscious consumers will jump on these "deals" without doing their research. Recently, BBB Scam Tracker has seen numerous reports of scammers impersonating well-known companies and offering discounts, some of which are COVID-19 themed.
SBA loans available to help businesses, individuals impacted by flooding
Fri, Sep 24th 2021 07:00 am
Back in July, I wrote about the terrible storms and flooding that did tremendous property damage across Niagara County. The torrential rainfall hit in a line from Lewiston to Lockport, wreaking havoc on many areas below the escarpment. Thank you to everyone who took time to file damage reports with Niagara County Emergency Services.
Scout to raise funds for bicycle repair operation outside welcome center
Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 06:45 pm
As part of Monday's Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees meeting, Cambria Troop 8's Jack Olszewski presented a Boy Scouts of America proposal to install a new bicycle repair station outside of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce/welcome center on Center Street.
ECDOH adopts New York State Department of Health school guidance
Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 12:10 pm
After receiving feedback from school leaders, the Erie County Department of Health is adopting school guidance set forth by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) as the controlling guidance for k-12 schools in Erie County starting Monday, Sept. 27.
Niagara County announces 'Rise Above the Occasion' campaign
Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 12:05 pm
In recognition of National Recovery and Suicide Prevention Month, the Niagara County Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (NCDMH), in partnership with the Niagara County Opioid (OASIS) Task Force, announced the launch of "Rise Above the Occasion."
$150 million in heating utility assistance available for consumers
Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 11:55 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced funding is now available to help low-income households that have fallen behind on their utility bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the regular arrears supplement is available to households who are eligible for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and behind on their heating utility bills, but that do not qualify for the utility assistance offered by New York's Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

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