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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UB, partners awarded $750,000 to fight online disinformation
Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 11:50 am
A multidisciplinary research team led by the University at Buffalo has been awarded $750,000 to develop digital literacy tools to curb the deleterious effects of online disinformation.
NCCC to partner with Keuka College
Tue, Sep 21st 2021 07:20 pm
Niagara County Community College will announce an upcoming partnership with Keuka College. President William J. Murabito, Ph.D., and Keuka College President Amy Storey will sign articulation agreements on Friday that will facilitate seamless transfer pathways for students enrolled in the human services A.A. program at NCCC to a social work B.S. program at Keuka College, as well as the NCCC health studies A.S. program to a community health and wellness B.S. program at Keuka College.
Mercy, Sisters of Charity Hospitals introduce 'revolutionary technology' to enhance dialysis care
Tue, Sep 21st 2021 07:00 pm
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Sisters of Charity Hospital have become the first hospitals in Western New York to offer what they called "next-generation technology" for dialysis care called the Tablo Hemodialysis System. The changeover to the new dialysis program within Catholic Health is aimed at improving the patient experience, while reducing the cost and complexity historically associated with dialysis treatment.
'Jazz on the Steps' continues in Niagara Falls
Tue, Sep 21st 2021 06:45 pm
The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center continues its outdoor "Autumn Harvest" concert series with a front-lawn performance by the award-winning Custode & Parisi Jazz Trio from 3-5 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 25, and Oct. 2. Live music takes place on the venue's Pine Avenue steps.
Niagara County rescheduling career fair
Mon, Sep 20th 2021 12:45 pm
The Niagara County Department of Employment and Training's outdoor career fair - originally set for Wednesday, Sept. 22 at Oppenheim Park in Wheatfield - has been rescheduled to Sept. 29 due to the threat of inclement weather. More than 50 companies with open positions have signed up to take part in an event for those seeking employment.
Nonprofit organizations invited to apply for grants benefiting Niagara County
Mon, Sep 20th 2021 10:45 am
The Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development, a fund administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, is accepting applications from nonprofits serving Niagara County.
Over $100 million awarded to Community Action Organization of WNY & Holy Cross Head Start
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 05:10 pm
The Office of Head Start (OHS) has awarded the Community Action Organization of WNY Inc. a $77.1 million grant over five years to provide Head Start and Early Head Start programming to 1,080 Head Start students and 205 infants, toddlers and pregnant women in Erie County. Holy Cross Head Start Inc., formerly a delegate of CAO since 1969, was also awarded a portion of the Erie County grant and will now serve the community as a Grantee agency alongside CAO. Holy Cross was awarded $25 million over five years, serving 500 Head Start children.
Local car shows drive charity fundraising efforts
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 04:55 pm
Beyond the mirrored chrome, gleaming parts and shining body of a classic car, there's an engine that pushes it.
Gooch asks Hochul to intervene on Shawnee Road speed limit
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 10:40 am
Niagara County Legislator Jesse Gooch on Thursday sent a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul asking her to intervene in efforts to lower the speed limit on Shawnee Road in the Town of Wheatfield. Residents have been seeking a speed limit reduction for years, but the state Department of Transportation has refused the request.
$200 million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers in September
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for September. Hochul also directed the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which administers SNAP in New York, to continue working with the federal government to ensure these supplemental benefits will reach households in need throughout the fall.
AAA presents 'Trips, Trucks, and Trunks' car safety event
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 10:05 am
Child Passenger Safety Week kicks off Sept. 19, and AAA is getting a jump start on safety with the New York State Police and Erie County Sheriff's Office by offering free car seat checks and installation advice.
UB Dental to offer free care to WNY vets in honor of Veterans Day
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:20 am
The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will host the sixth "Dentistry Smiles on Veterans," an annual program that welcomes local veterans to receive a day of free dental screenings, cleanings, extractions, restorations and denture repairs.
AAA: Little change at the pump
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 02:00 pm
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.18, down 1 cent from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.20. The New York average is $3.28 - no change from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.28.
Higgins: Nearly $92 million delivered to WNY families through Child Tax Credit in August
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 01:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins shared a new report issued by the Joint Economic Committee indicating approximately 228,000 advance Child Tax Credit payments were distributed in Western New York's three congressional districts delivering an estimated $91.9 million to local families in the month of August.
We remember: Hochul signs legislation to support 9/11 & communications first responders
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 01:50 pm
To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed three pieces of legislation to ensure all first responders who participated in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery and cleanup operations can access benefits available to them.
Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's to take place at Artpark
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 07:00 am
The Alzheimer's Association Western New York Chapter planning to stage the annual Niagara County Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, Oct. 2, in a familiar location: Artpark at 450 S. Fourth St., in Lewiston.
HEAP season starts Oct. 1
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 07:00 am
The 2021-22 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season will open Friday, Oct. 1, with a streamlined application process. Applications have already been sent to qualified individuals who received HEAP last year and meet the early outreach criteria.
Poloncarz, officials proclaim Suicide Prevention Week in Erie County
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 10:50 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Friday by Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and Commissioner of Mental Health Mark O'Brien; Erie County legislators; Chief Executive Officer of Crisis Services Jessica Pirro; Celia Spacone, Ph.D., of the Suicide Prevention Coalition; member agencies and concerned citizens in front of the Edward A. Rath county office building to spread a message of hope and proclaim "Suicide Prevention Week" in Erie County.
Helipad at Mount St. Mary's Hospital to complement growing stroke program
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 01:50 pm
"Time is brain" is a statement often used to describe how minutes matter for patients who suffer a stroke. Mount St. Mary's Hospital is moving forward with plans to install a helipad on its campus at 5300 Military Road in Lewiston, which will provide emergency air transport for patients who may require a higher level of care. Currently, emergency ground transport time to Buffalo is 45 minutes; air transport would cut the time to 8 minutes.
Niagara County awarded funds for microenterprise grant program
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:50 pm
Niagara County has received $300,000 through the state's consolidated funding application for the county's microenterprise grant program, according to Niagara County Legislature Economic Development Chairman Rich Andres. The program, which is run by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, provides resources to support and foster the development of microbusinesses, defined as those with five or few employees.
Project Connect Niagara set for Sept. 15
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:50 pm
Project Connect Niagara, an event designed to connect those in need with critical services in a "one-stop" venue, will return from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Heart, Love & Soul Food Pantry & Dining Room in Niagara Falls.
Free resources available to connect New York job seekers with careers
Tue, Sep 7th 2021 05:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul is promoting numerous free state resources that are available to help connect New Yorkers with vacant jobs as they transition back to the workforce or explore new career paths.
'Moving Day Buffalo, A Walk for Parkinson's' raises funds & awareness for Parkinson's disease
Mon, Sep 6th 2021 07:00 am
The Parkinson's Foundation will host its annual "Moving Day Buffalo, A Walk for Parkinson's" at the Eastern Hills Mall on Saturday, Sept. 18. The event begins at 9 a.m. Between 300 and 500 people are expected to engage in movement demonstrations, Parkinson's-related exhibits and a half-mile walk to beat Parkinson's disease. Funds raised through "Moving Day" will support research and programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson's disease and their families.

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