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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.
NYS Senate Republicans introduce resolution to repeal Cuomo's mandate prohibiting sale of alcoholic beverages without food
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 09:50 am
The New York State Senate Republican conference has introduced a concurrent resolution (B477) to rescind Gov. Andrew Cuomo's mandate that prohibits bars and restaurants from serving alcoholic beverages to patrons who do not order food.
Buffalo Sabres announce ticketing details for March 20
Wed, Mar 10th 2021 07:30 pm
The Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday announced the on-sale dates and ticketing details for the team's game on Saturday, March 20, against the Boston Bruins. A limited number of tickets will be available for the game. Season ticketholders will have the first chance to purchase tickets.
BBB: Gift cards an increasingly popular tool for scammers, study finds
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 02:30 pm
Gift cards are that gift that always fits and stands up to social distancing.
Not so sweet: UB study finds increased risk of death among breast cancer patients who drink sugar-sweetened soda
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 02:25 pm
New research from the University at Buffalo suggests breast cancer patients who drink sugar-sweetened beverages regularly are at increased risk for death from any cause and breast cancer in particular.
Sloop Part II: Interest, hope spurs for beached sailboat
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 04:40 pm
The saga of the little sloop continues.
Youngstown families displaced by fire; cause remains under investigation
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 04:35 pm
Niagara County fire officials are continuing their investigations into a structure fire on Tuesday evening that caused extensive damage to an apartment complex at 310 Main St., in the Village of Youngstown.
Price Rite Marketplace, University at Buffalo football team partner to 'Sack Hunger'
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:15 am
While last year's college football season was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it didn't stop Price Rite Marketplace and the University at Buffalo football program from teaming up in the fight against food insecurity through the annual "Sack Hunger" campaign.
Erie County, Pegula Sports & Entertainment partner to open COVID-19 vaccination clinic at KeyBank Center
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:30 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced the county's partnership with Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
Event, arts & entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity beginning April 2
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 06:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of negative test prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors.
Biden: US on track to vaccinate all adults by end of May
Wed, Mar 3rd 2021 01:55 pm
President Joe Biden offered the following remarks Tuesday on efforts to vaccinate the American public against the coronavirus:
COVID-19: New York State Legislature set to repeal Gov. Cuomo's emergency powers
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 04:05 pm
Democrats New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday announced the New York State Legislature will pass legislation repealing the temporary emergency powers that were granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation will allow current directives pertaining to preserving the public health to continue.
On 1-year anniversary of COVID-19, NYS passes 4.5 million vaccine doses administered
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 01:15 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "It's been exactly one year since we first identified COVID in New York, and while we've made incredible progress towards defeating it, testing and vaccinating more and more New Yorkers, we need to stay vigilant."
'The Artpark Idea Series' conversations explore past, present & future of visual arts legacy
Mon, Mar 1st 2021 09:30 am
Artpark & Company on Monday announced a special series of online conversations to explore Artpark's visual arts legacy in a modern context. The "Artpark Idea Series" will feature eight notable artists connected to Artpark over six weekly sessions to be held via Zoom beginning Friday, March 19.
Higgins announces passage of legislation supporting local National Heritage Areas
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 03:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved legislation that includes the National Heritage Area Act, authorizing $750,000 per year for each National Heritage Area, including the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, through fiscal year 2036.
Erie County Department of Health offers information to wedding & event venues
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 03:45 pm
New York state has released additional "New York Forward" interim guidance for weddings and similar catered events.
Buffalo Sabres join RISE to bring 'Diversity Foundations' program to Western New York high schools
Wed, Feb 24th 2021 04:05 pm
The Buffalo Sabres announced the team will bring the Diversity Foundations for High School program to local schools through a partnership with national nonprofit RISE and EVERFI. The program will be made available free of charge to all high schools in Western New York.
Red Cross calls for healthy blood donors following severe weather
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 12:15 pm
Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. have had a significant impact on blood and platelet donations. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals - especially those with type O blood - to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help can't wait.
New Aquarium of Niagara exhibit highlights dangers of illegal wildlife trade
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 11:40 am
The Aquarium of Niagara has teamed up with full-service local energy company NOCO to highlight the impacts of illegal wildlife trading and the importance of local conservation efforts through a visually unique and interactive new exhibit.
Pump prices continue rising nationally
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 11:00 am
Monday's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.64, up 13 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.47. The New York average is $2.70 - up 10 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.61.
Niagara University presents 'A Conversation with Angela Rye'
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 10:55 am
Attorney, political commentor and analyst Angela Rye will give the keynote address at Niagara University's annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. The presentation takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Castellani Art Museum. It is co-sponsored by NU's office of multicultural affairs, multicultural affairs advisory board, campus programming board, Niagara University Student Government, president's office, office of student affairs and Niagara University Opportunity Program. It will be available to the public via Zoom.
Opening dates & scheduling information for state-FEMA vaccination sites
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 05:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the opening dates and scheduling information for the six community-based vaccination sites being established through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
St. Patrick's Day celebrations adjusting for 2021
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 01:00 pm
St. Patrick's Day 2021 in Buffalo Niagara will look different next month, as the region continues its rebound from the nearly yearlong COVID-19 pandemic.
Second phase of $2 million historic restoration project begins at Buffalo History Museum
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 12:05 pm
The Buffalo History Museum will begin the next phase of restoration to the lower level of its National Historic Landmark Building. Work focuses on improving guest amenities, including new restrooms and an HVAC system. At the end of this phase of construction, the museum's lower level will be restored to the original vision of architect George Cary, with an expansive 4,400-square-foot gallery.
Red Cross urges preparedness in winter weather
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:05 pm
With severe winter weather in the Western New York region, the American Red Cross encourages eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment to give before travel conditions become hazardous or, for those in unaffected areas, to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to help restock the blood supply.
Niagara University Ostapenko Center brings valentines to seniors and disabled individuals
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 11:05 am
Once again, Niagara Falls' most vulnerable residents were treated to holiday goodie bags, thanks to the outreach efforts of the Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equity, and Mission at Niagara University, in partnership with the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force.
Bone-chilling temps pose danger to homeless
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 05:30 pm
The homeless in the Niagara Region have been dealt a double-blow, said officials at Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.
Ortt pens letter to AG; requests expanded investigation into Cuomo team's 'COVID-19 failures'
Tue, Feb 16th 2021 02:05 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Tuesday penned a letter to Attorney General Letitia James respectfully requesting her office to formally broaden the scale and scope of its investigation into COVID-19-related nursing home deaths to also include an investigation into what he called the "clandestine" Feb. 10 meeting held between members of the Senate and Assembly and top staff members from Cuomo's administration.
Cuomo signs executive order extending restaurants, bars & other SLA-licensed entities closing times to 11 p.m. statewide
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 10:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced that, given the continued decline in hospitalization and infection rates throughout New York, he signed executive order 202.94, extending closing times for bars, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, casinos, billiards halls, as well as other State Liquor Authority-licensed establishments, from 10 to 11 p.m. statewide.
GOP takes aim at Cuomo
Fri, Feb 12th 2021 11:40 am
Senate Republican Leader Robert Ortt and members of the Republican conference on Friday called on the Senate majority to convene a special session and immediately strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his emergency powers. They also stressed the immediate need for a thorough, top-to-bottom investigation into the entire administration.
NBC to provide unprecedented network coverage of Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 11:20 am
NBC Olympics will provide complete coverage of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, July 23, creating a full day of Olympic programming on NBC that culminates in what is always one of the most-watched nights in television with the primetime presentation of the ceremony.
NFP's famous 'Best Fish Fry' contest returns
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 10:10 am
Fish fry season has begun again - and we want to know where to eat!
Niagara County DOH partners with Kenan Center for mass-vaccination POD
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 09:50 am
The Niagara County Department of Health has collaborated with Kenan Center in Lockport to conduct point-of-dispensing (POD) operations through the month of February.
UB researchers release major UN report on food systems planning
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:25 pm
Researchers from the University at Buffalo were the driving force behind the publication Friday of a major report that details strategies local governments in low- and middle-income countries can use to create more innovative and equitable community food systems.
NYS passes 2 million vaccination doses administered
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced the state has administered over 2,136,209 vaccine doses through the state's vaccination program. The total week 8 federal allocation of vaccine delivery to providers was to be completed yesterday. As of 11 a.m. Sunday, New York's health care distribution sites had received 1,874,975 first doses and already administered 87% (1,627,191) of first dose vaccinations and 76% of first and second doses. Delivery of the week 9 allocation from the federal government begins mid-week.
Joint statement from departments of health regarding travel & quarantine
Thu, Feb 4th 2021 02:55 pm
The leaders of the five Western New York county health departments (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara) are providing the following joint statement related to the upcoming school breaks and the New York state travel advisory:
Catholic Health to resume limited hospital visitations
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:55 pm
Catholic Health will welcome visitors back to its hospitals starting Wednesday, Feb. 3. Visiting hours will resume from 2-6 pm daily at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, and Sisters of Charity Hospital (Main St. Campus only).
NBC Sports' 'Frozen February' features 29 hockey games in 28 days
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:45 pm
NBC Sports launches "Frozen February" today, a month-long celebration of hockey featuring 29 games over the course of 28 days across the NHL, NWHL and Notre Dame hockey, as well as digital and social content centering on the intersection of race and diversity in the sport as part of Black History Month. Coverage begins tonight and includes nine games this week.
Lew-Port's 'One District, One Book' underway in River Region
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 07:00 am
Lewiston-Porter's "One District, One Book" reveal was hosted online Friday by school librarians Mrs. Zielinski and Mrs. Cumminsky. More than 400 participated in the live telecast event. When it was all said and done, the children's book "Fenway and Hattie," by Victoria J. Coe, was declared the winner.
 

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