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Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA & Sunnking to host free e-recycling drive-thru event
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 01:50 pm
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA has partnered with Sunnking to host its annual electronic recycling event from 8:30 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Sept. 18, at the shopping center, 1900 Military Road, Niagara Falls. Attendees will be able to visit to drop off their electronics from the convenience of their vehicle.
Erie County Department of Health reminds residents of West Nile virus risk from mosquitoes
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 01:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is alerting residents to a mosquito pool test result that confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in area mosquitos. Municipal partners collected the sample from a location in the northern part of Erie County in mid-August.
Higgins: $500,000 for Housing Opportunities Made Equal Inc.
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 10:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced two Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) grants totaling $500,000 awarded to Housing Opportunities Made Equal Inc. (HOME). Funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, FHIP grants help experienced nonprofits, as well as state and local governments agencies, execute fair housing enforcement to eliminate discriminatory housing practices.
Fisher places 4 priests on administrative leave
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 12:45 pm
The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo released the following information: Bishop Michael W. Fisher has placed four retired priests on administrative leave after being informed that informational documents have been filed with the federal Bankruptcy Court as part of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese's Chapter 11 reorganization proceeding. Specifically, bankruptcy claimants have filed confidential documents containing information about their allegations against the priests.
Severe driver shortage affecting Discover Niagara Shuttle service
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 12:40 pm
Team Discover Niagara Shuttle released the following update:
ESD: Linde to invest $17 million in first North American PEM electrolyzer plant in NYS
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 10:20 am
Empire State Development (ESD) recently announced Linde, a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2020 sales of $27 billion, will build its first North American PEM (proton exchange membrane) electrolyzer plant in Niagara Falls. The $17.3 million project will include two parallel systems, to maximize daily production of green hydrogen.
Draft State Historic Preservation Plan available for review
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 10:10 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division for Historic Preservation announced the release of the Draft New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-2026)/Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
City of Niagara Falls: 20th anniversary remembrance of attacks on 9/11
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 10:10 am
This Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. The City of Niagara Falls will honor and remember all those who lost their lives that day.
NYS Office of Mental Health announces funding to create 10 new youth assertive community treatment teams
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:35 am
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has issued a request for proposals to award $9.4 million in funding to expand youth assertive community treatment teams throughout New York.
Erie County RSVP, Homeland Security & Emergency Services Department join partners in honoring 20th anniversary of 9/11
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:30 am
On Saturday, Sept. 11, Erie County will join 60 communities across the country to memorialize those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, in a special ceremony hosted by the Erie County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, the Erie County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the WNY Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial, and Explore & More - The Ralph C Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum. The ceremony will take place rain or shine at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park at 8:30 a.m.
Hochul signs 4 pieces of legislation to 'boost workplace safety & put more money in workers' pockets'
Tue, Sep 7th 2021 05:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed four pieces of legislation designed to "help boost workplace safety and put more money in the pockets of working New Yorkers."
Niagara County DMV goes to appointment-only system
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 12:55 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski announced all three Niagara County Department of Motor Vehicles offices will be going to an appointment-only system beginning the week of Sept. 6. He said this decision was made based on feedback from DMV customers and discussions with other county clerks.
Higgins announces launch of
Thu, Sep 2nd 2021 10:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Wednesday announced the launch of, what he called an easier way for Western New York families to sign up to receive the Child Tax Credit. The new portal, made possible through a collaboration between the White House and Code for America, includes a mobile-friendly design that allows parents to register on a cellular phone with both English and Spanish language features available.
Harmonia Chamber Singers, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral team for 9/11 remembrance
Thu, Sep 2nd 2021 10:25 am
"The Lord Is My Shepherd: Music and Meditation on the 20th anniversary of 9/11," will be presented by Harmonia Chamber Singers and St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.
Hochul requests physical disaster declaration from Small Business Administration for Rensselaer, Otsego & Niagara counties
Thu, Sep 2nd 2021 10:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced she has requested physical disaster declarations from the Small Business Administration for Rensselaer, Otsego and Niagara counties. These requests are related to severe weather events that caused damage to homes and businesses.
Hochul: $89 million in Child Care Provider Stabilization Grant funds disbursed within first month of launch
Tue, Aug 31st 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced that - less than one month since applications opened - $89 million in child care provider stabilization grant funds have been disbursed. More than 10,600 of New York's 18,000 eligible child care providers have applied for Child Care Stabilization Grant funding. To date, child care providers have requested $585 million of the available $1.1 billion in federal funding.
'Find Forgiveness and Feel Love' offers program to help 3 generations use skills & music to stop stress
Mon, Aug 30th 2021 02:50 pm
"Find Forgiveness and Feel Love" will be offered from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 11 and 18, at Unity of Buffalo, 1243 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. The free online workshop is based on "Less Stress, Better Health and More Love," authored by the workshop leader, Dr. Tom DeLoughry. It was honored by AARP's Social Impact Award as "a simple mind body-Spirit program for seniors, adults and teens of any faith, or no faith."
Hochul announces removal of final toll barrier on NYS Thruway
Mon, Aug 30th 2021 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the removal of the final toll booths on the New York State Thruway, a "historic and significant milestone" in the $355 million cashless tolling design-build project.
Higgins & Brown: $95,000-plus in federal funding for City of Buffalo Fire Department
Mon, Aug 30th 2021 10:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins and City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the Buffalo Fire Department was awarded a federal fire grant totaling $95,454.
Retrouvaille weekend program for couples seeking help in their marriages
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 11:10 am
Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long I) will offer a weekend program for couples whose marriages are in distress. The Sept. 17-19 program in Buffalo is designed to provide couples the tools they need to work on their marriage and relationship.
Reminder from National Grid: Aug. 31 deadline approaching for bill payment assistance through HEAP
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 10:50 am
National Grid urges its Buffalo and other Western New York customers who need help paying their energy bill to apply now for federally funded assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Emergency HEAP program.
Hochul announces groundbreaking for $22.8 million supportive housing development in Erie County
Thu, Aug 26th 2021 04:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the groundbreaking for Angela's House, a $22.8 million development that will transform a long-dormant wing of the historic Villa Maria Academy into affordable housing in the Town of Cheektowaga. Funded in part by $3.6 million from the state's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, the project will redevelop the former all-girls high school into 67 affordable apartments, including 21 supportive units that will serve adults over the age of 55 who are grappling with housing insecurity.
Coaches vs. Cancer 716 Golf Classic to benefit American Cancer Society
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:45 pm
Division I NCAA coaches from across the state and special guests will participate in the second annual 716 Golf Classic at Bartlett Country Club on Aug. 30. Funds raised from this event will benefit the American Cancer Society in direct support of cancer research, through the Coaches vs. Cancer partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Spectrum Health marks International Overdose Awareness Day
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:25 pm
Spectrum Health and Human Services says, "The statistics are startling. Here in Erie County, there was a 57% increase in confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths from 2019 to 2020. Nationally, there was a 30% increase. The trajectory for 2021 is not any better: As of July 14, there were 85 confirmed opioid-related deaths, and as many as 75 more once full toxicology reports are reviewed. While tragic, death from overdose is also preventable with education and intervention."
Higgins announces $352,266 grant to Canisius College for academic talent search
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Canisius College was awarded a grant totaling $352,266 through the U.S. Department of Education's talent search program. The grant provides funding for the college's academic talent search program, which is designed to identify students in underserved communities with the potential for success in post-secondary education.
All Wegmans pharmacies now offering vaccine for upcoming flu season
Mon, Aug 23rd 2021 11:15 am
The most important step to protecting yourself during the upcoming 2021-22 flu season is getting the influenza vaccine, which is now available at all Wegmans Pharmacy locations. Getting your family ready for flu season is easy - just stop by your Wegmans Pharmacy during normal business hours; no need for a prescription, and in most cases, the fee is covered in full by insurance.
Statement from Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on OxyChem closure
Fri, Aug 20th 2021 03:10 pm
New York State Sen. Rob Ortt released the following statement on Friday:
DEC announces first documented lake trout reproduction in Lake Erie in more than 60 years
Wed, Aug 18th 2021 11:00 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced a "significant milestone" for lake trout rehabilitation efforts in Lake Erie following the confirmed identification of wild fry collected by DEC's Lake Erie fisheries research unit this spring. DEC said the discovery of wild lake trout fry is a historic restoration indicator for a population that was once plentiful, but collapsed due to overfishing, habitat degradation and invasive species.
Statement of Bishop Michael W. Fisher on deadline of Child Victims Act
Tue, Aug 17th 2021 04:00 pm
Bishop Michael W. Fisher released this statement on Monday:
UB social work researcher receives major grant to study child neglect
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 02:50 pm
A University at Buffalo social work researcher has received a $172,000 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that aims to resolve lingering questions raised by two competing hypotheses on the impact of neglect over time on a child's well-being.
Higgins & Emminger announce 'Small Business - Big Impact' grant program
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 12:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joe Emminger announced the "Small Business - Big Impact" grant program, authorized by the Town Board to provide funding to help small businesses in Tonawanda emerge stronger from the pandemic.
Erie County bicentennial celebration continues with African American heritage in WNY
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 12:55 pm
The EC200 committee announced the third event in the EC200 Heritage Commemoration Series will take place Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the historic Roycroft Campus in East Aurora with an evening celebrating African American heritage in WNY.
DEC announces new regulations to improve food scrap recycling and prevent food waste
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 12:30 pm
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the adoption of final regulations to implement New York's Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law.
Pediatric sleep medicine experts to give sleep tips for school-aged children, discuss impact of COVID-19 pandemic on sleep
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 12:30 pm
At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, UBMD Pediatrics will host its first-ever sleep medicine webinar for community members and providers alike.
Traffic safety a concern for law enforcement
Thu, Aug 12th 2021 07:45 pm
The Niagara County Traffic Safety Board is charged with promoting and overseeing traffic safety throughout Niagara County. This coalition includes members of law enforcement, local and county public works departments, and Niagara County legislators. The goal is to ensure the safety of residents and visitors as they travel throughout Niagara County.
Tops Friendly Markets teams with The Teacher's Desk in memory of Pancho Billa to help children in need
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 03:20 pm
Tops Friendly Markets has teamed up with The Teacher's Desk in memory of Buffalo football superfan Ezra "Pancho Billa" Castro to help children in need this school year. Tops will be working with The Teachers Desk to fill backpacks with school supplies to help give students a good start to the school year.
New York state announces $200 million in additional food assistance for August
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 03:20 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance recently announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for August. The agency is also working with the federal government to ensure these supplemental benefits continue to reach households in need through September and beyond.
'Scare Fair': Six Flags Darien Lake hiring over 200 positions for 'Fright Fest' during live auditions
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 10:40 am
Six Flags Darien Lake is looking for team members who aren't scared of the dark to be a part of Western New York's largest annual Halloween event, "Six Flags Fright Fest."
Northwest Bank assisting History Center to promote children's programs
Tue, Aug 10th 2021 12:10 pm
This summer, Northwest Bank is assisting the History Center in promoting its children's programs. As an incentive for parents to enroll their children, Northwest Bank is sponsoring special sign-up times that include a goodie bag for each child registered and paid for that during the promotion. Payment can be made with a History Center representative at the bank by cash or check during the designated times.
2021-22 New York state hunting and trapping licenses on sale
Tue, Aug 10th 2021 11:35 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced hunting and trapping licenses and deer management permits (DMPs) for the 2021-22 seasons are on sale. In addition, DEC announced new opportunities for hunters this year, including expanded hunting seasons and allowing youth ages 12 and 13 to hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow in upstate counties that have passed a local low and "opted in" to participate.

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