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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.
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.
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.
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.
Outreach campaign to ensure eligible New Yorkers register for advanced payments of Federal Child Tax Credit
Mon, Aug 9th 2021 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a statewide outreach campaign to ensure all eligible New Yorkers register to receive advanced payments of the federal Child Tax Credit.
KeyBank, in partnership with First Niagara Foundation, awards $765,000 to nonprofit organizations
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 01:50 pm
KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, has awarded five nonprofit organizations in Niagara County a total of $765,000. A press release stated, "These transformative grants are part of KeyBank's $40 billion National Community Benefits Plan and is symbolic of both organizations' commitment to empowering individuals and neighborhoods through investment in programs that provide long term enhancement to the quality of life."
NYSUT statement on COVID-19 vaccinations for K-12 school staff
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 12:35 pm
New York State United Teachers issued the following statement Monday regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for K-12 school staff:
Carriage House Players casting roles
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 11:25 am
The Carriage House Players, in residence at the Taylor Theater in Lockport, are casting adults for the 2021-22 season. The Taylor Theater is located on the campus of the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St.
Rabies vaccine distribution by air and on ground planned for Erie County
Thu, Jul 29th 2021 06:50 pm
In coordination with the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, the Erie County Department of Health will participate in a wildlife vaccination program for rabies using aircraft and on-the-ground deliver to distribute bait.
Niagara County Department of Health joins cooperative effort to wipe out terrestrial rabies
Thu, Jul 29th 2021 06:45 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health Environmental Division is part of a collaborative effort to prevent the spread of rabies in the Western New York region through dissemination of oral rabies vaccine (ORV).
Cuomo signs legislation designating 'Trooper Joseph Gallagher Memorial Bridge' in West Seneca
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 04:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation (S.6091A/A.7432A) designating a state thruway bridge to honor the memory of Trooper Joseph Gallagher, who died in the line of duty after being struck by a distracted motorist.
Cuomo launches second round of $175 million Workforce Development Initiative
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 03:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the launch of the second round of the $175 million Workforce Development Initiative.
Brown announces strategic demolition at former manufacturing site in Riverside neighborhood
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 03:10 pm
City of Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown on Tuesday announced demolition of the sprawling former King Sewing Machine Co. site, located at 308 Crowley Ave., is underway.
Niagara Falls: Stephenson Avenue temporarily closed for National Grid work
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 02:00 pm
The City of Niagara Falls announced National Grid will perform work on the Stephenson Avenue substation between 74th and 75th streets. As a result, Stephenson Avenue in this area will be closed on the following dates and times:
Clean Loop Recycling Center partners with The Eric Wood Fund
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 12:10 pm
On Tuesday, the Clean Loop Recycling Center - an initiative by TOMRA of North America - announced a partnership with The Eric Wood Fund. The new collaboration allows recyclers to donate their bottle and can deposit refunds directly to the foundation. A summer celebration event will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, to commemorate the partnership.
Niagara County announces youth employment grant
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 12:10 pm
The Niagara County Workforce Development Board (NCWDB) on Tuesday announced it was awarded a $250,000 grant through Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Gun Violence Prevention Initiative to focus on providing permanent jobs to Niagara Falls youth ages 18-24. Niagara Falls is one of 20 cities receiving these funds in partnership with the New York State Department of Labor.
Mental Health Advocates of WNY to host 'Unleash the Superhero Within' at Transit Drive-In
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 10:10 am
Mental Health Advocates of WNY (MHA) is hosting "Unleash the Superhero Within" on Aug. 11 at the Transit Drive-In Theatre "to celebrate the superhero in all of us." The event starts at 7 p.m. at 6655 S. Transit Road, Lockport.
House set to vote on funding package that includes over $8.1 million requested by Higgins for WNY projects
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced details of a legislative funding package the House of Representatives will vote on this week that includes several projects requested by Higgins that would benefit Western New York.
Young Audiences of WNY awarded $85,000 Generator Z grant to present an arts-based job training & college readiness program
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 11:55 am
Young Audiences of Western New York has been awarded a grant in the amount of $85,000 by the teen-led initiative Generator Z to make workforce development initiative "ArtWorks: Hired to Create. Inspired to Succeed." into a year-round program.
More than 1,800 jobs available for at-risk youth in WNY, Rochester & Syracuse areas following gun violence community meetings
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 11:45 am
Following Thursday's gun violence prevention community meetings in the Western New York, Syracuse and Rochester areas, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 1,813 jobs will be available for at-risk youth across these three areas in the ZIP codes that make up each zone: 14701,14204, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14210, 14211, 14212, 14214, 14215, 14301, 14303, 14304 and 14305 in the Western New York area; 14605, 14606, 14608, 14609, 14611, 14613, 14615, 14619 and 14621 in the Rochester area; and 13202, 13203, 13204, 13205, 13207, 13210 and 13224 in the Syracuse area.
Niagara County Department of Health Provides breastfeeding & baby-changing station, COVID-19 vaccine at Niagara County Fair
Mon, Jul 26th 2021 11:40 am
The Niagara County Department of Health is providing a breastfeeding and baby-changing station at the Niagara County Fair again this year.
Vicky Wideman to lead NFMMC Health Homes
Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 10:55 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has named Vicky Wideman, LMSW, director of its Adult and Children's Health Homes. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sheila Kee.
 

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