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Lori Allan becomes president of PRSA
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:10 pm
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter welcomes Lori Allan as president for the year 2021. Allan heads a 12-person board of directors, which was recently elected by the local chapter's membership body.
Niagara Pride to host virtual provider lunch and learn series aimed at LGBTQ+ community
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 04:00 pm
Niagara Pride Inc., a community service LGBTQ+ organization servicing all of Niagara County, is hosting the first of a series of virtual community provider lunch and learn Zoom presentations starting at noon Feb. 19. The series will run at the same time on the third Friday of each month.
Buffalo, Olmsted Parks Conservancy partner on tree removal & replanting thanks to DEC grant
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 12:45 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Urban and Community Forestry Program has awarded a $75,000 grant to support the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy's ongoing ash management program.
BlueCross BlueShield presents free, healthy fun for community during winter break
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 11:15 am
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is presenting "February Fun in 2021," a weeklong series of free, virtual and outdoor activities for families to enjoy during winter break from Monday, Feb. 15, through Friday, Feb. 19.
'Ashes-to-go' and Ash Wednesday service at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 02:30 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral clergy will be in Cathedral Park to offer "ashes-to-go," Communion and blessings to all who walk b on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17. "Ashes-to-go" times are 7:30-9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. To honor COVID-19 precautionary measures, all ashes will be distributed in small containers for individuals to self impose.
Jacobs, leaders raise awareness for greater broadband coverage & digital literacy
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 04:25 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, held a virtual press conference Monday with local leaders to address what he called the urgent need for high-speed internet coverage in rural communities. In addition, participants discussed "the growing divide in digital literacy skills" and Orleans County United Way's current efforts to survey residents.
History Center of Niagara receives grant to create virtual lessons on Erie Canal
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 04:10 pm
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has named the History Center of Niagara in Lockport as one of 13 New York state nonprofit organizations or municipalities to receive funding through its IMPACT! Grant program.
Higgins announces passage of legislation supporting, expanding national apprenticeship programs
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the passage of H.R. 447, the National Apprenticeship Act. The bill invests more than $3.5 billion over the next five years to expand registered apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, creating nearly 1 million new apprentice opportunities nationwide.
Norris: Invoke subpoena powers in nursing home hearings
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:10 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown each one of us and our world into uncharted territory. So many things have changed in these unprecedented times, from the ways we do business to how we live our lives, but what hasn't changed is the love for our families and those we hold dearest.
Ortt demands Dwyer program funding be released
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:10 pm
On Friday, New York State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt took part in the State Legislature's mental hygiene budget hearing where he demanded answers as to why the governor did not include the Joseph P. Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Support Program in the executive budget for 2021-22, and what is causing the holdup of the full $4.5 million promised to veterans last year.
CBP warns residents of phone scam/caller impersonating officers/agents
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 03:00 pm
A new type of telephone scam is targeting residents nationwide in an attempt to gain banking information from unsuspecting residents.
Cuomo announces findings of New York investigation of redlining in Buffalo
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:45 am
Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2021 State of the State proposal to increase homeownership rates in communities that have been adversely impacted by redlining, the governor on Thursday announced the findings of a new report by the New York State Department of Financial Services on redlining in the Buffalo metropolitan area.
NF police reports to be made available
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 01:35 pm
People with disabilities to let their voices be heard at WNY Independent Living's virtual Legislative Education Week
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:05 am
Western New York Independent Living Inc. (WNYIL) is participating in the New York Association for Independent Living (NYAIL)'s 2021 virtual Legislative Education Week from Feb. 8-12. People with disabilities in the Western New York area will have the opportunity to speak with local, state and federal elected officials and make their representatives aware of the issues that are important to them.
Quitline: Support available for Black residents who use tobacco products
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:00 am
With 86% of Black tobacco users in New York state addicted to menthol cigarettes and the tobacco industry continuing to heavily market these products in urban neighborhoods, the odds appear stacked against the Black population to become tobacco-free. Fortunately, most want to quit and plenty of free resources are available, including individualized support through the Submitted by the New York State Smokers' Quitline.
USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture awards $4.6M to expand Double Up Food Bucks
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 07:00 am
Field & Fork Network announced that it has been awarded a four-year, $4.6 million federal grant through the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP), by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The funding will continue expanding the Double Up Food Bucks nutrition incentive program across New York.
Jacobs joins colleagues in calling for reinstatement of USDA program
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 03:30 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, joined colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to resume payments for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's coronavirus food assistance program (CFAP).
ECMC updates patient visitation
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 02:20 pm
Based on New York state's recent removal of "yellow zone" and "orange zone" restrictions in Western New York, Erie County Medical Center, on Tuesday afternoon, submitted to the New York State Department of Health the institution's updated patient visitation information.
Hartman named chair of 2021 Taste of Buffalo
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 09:45 am
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops announced Amber Hartman, a benefits manager at the human resources company Employer Services Corp., was elected chair of the festival's board of directors. She will lead planning efforts for the 38th annual event, which takes place July 10-11.
HUD renews $246 million to 521 local homeless programs in NY
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:50 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $2.5 billion to renew support to thousands of local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD's Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will provide critically needed support to 6,597 local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Local homeless assistance programs in New York were awarded nearly $246 million.
Niagara Falls: Man found deceased on 20th Street
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 02:05 pm
At approximately 1:30 a.m., the Niagara Falls Police Department responded to the report of a man lying on the ground for about 30 minutes at the 500 Block of 20th Street.
New York state announces a boost in nutrition assistance
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 02:05 pm
More than $100 million in emergency food assistance also to be distributed in February The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see a 15% boost when their regular monthly food benefits are issued, as part of an increase that will continue through June.
Marking anniversary of first Social Security check, Higgins answers FAQ
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 12:20 pm
On Jan. 31, 1940, Ida May Fuller became the first person to receive a Social Security payment following enactment of the Social Security Act. As the county marks the 81st anniversary of the first check, Congressman Brian Higgins is sharing answers to some of the questions that frequently come into his office - and, he said, committing to continuing to fight to protect the Social Security program and services.
General Motors awards Field & Fork Network $50,000 to begin workforce development
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 10:00 am
Field & Fork Network announced it has been awarded a $50,000 grant, from General Motors, to propel workforce development and training programming related to the local food system of Niagara Falls. The grant will immediately focus on a planning and piloting phase to provide a better understanding of the needs and interests of local food systems' employers and potential employees.
Tops honors Black History Month with contest for students
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 07:00 am
February is Black History Month and, for the past three decades, Tops has been proud to salute and educate the community about those who have accomplished remarkable achievements in their lifetime.
SHoP Architects lead designer of new pedestrian bridge in Brockport
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 11:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the selection of SHoP Architects as the lead designer of the Brockport Loop Pedestrian Bridge over the Erie Canal. Originally announced as part of the governor's State of the State address in January 2020, this new pedestrian bridge in the Village of Brockport represents the first large-scale infrastructure project to begin under the state's "Reimagine the Canals" initiative.
National Grid's 'Grid for Good' program powers change
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 11:00 am
National Grid recently launched "Grid for Good," a new initiative designed to increase the social mobility and employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the communities they serve in the U.S. and U.K. This program is part of the "Responsible Business Charter," which lays out the company's commitments to the environment, employees, customers and communities.
Cuomo announces extension of partnership with HelloFresh to combat food insecurity among veterans
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 03:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the extension of a partnership between the state of New York and leading meal kit company HelloFresh, focused on delivering free meal kits to veterans and military families in New York City who are presently confronting food insecurity.
CAO of WNY launches COVID-19 nutrition assistance initiative through CARES Act
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 03:15 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY has launched its COVID-19 nutrition assistance initiative through CARES Act funding. The initiative enables CAO to expand its reach in Western New York by hosting more mobile food pantry events and delivering groceries to eligible seniors and those living with disabilities.
Schumer & Higgins call on postmaster general to address 'dangerous' traffic situation at Williamsville Post Office
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 01:50 pm
"Fed up with repeated excuses and delays," U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, are calling on the United States Postal Service to fix what they called a "dangerous" traffic situation in the vicinity of the Williamsville Post Office branch.
Niagara Falls City Council issues response to Brown's resignation from Water Board
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 10:55 am
On Tuesday, the Niagara Falls City Council received Patrick Brown's request to step down as the board's appointee to the Niagara Falls Water Board. As Brown explained in his letter, his decision was based on his family's best interest.
New York's brownfield cleanup program marks successful year
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 10:55 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced another year of successful environmental cleanups as part of the state's brownfield cleanup program (BCP).
Higgins: Federal fire grants available to local departments for fire prevention & safety
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the fire prevention and safety grant application period is now open with a deadline of 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.
New area leadership for Lockport ward of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 11:15 am
R. Bradley Simpson, the stake president of the Buffalo NY Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has called a new bishopric for the Lockport ward located at 6339 Hamm Road.
Higgins & Buffalo State College SBDC to host virtual workshop preparing small businesses for funding opportunities
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 10:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins and SUNY Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) invite local small businesses to a free virtual workshop to help prepare for future funding opportunities by identifying and reviewing required documents and financial information for funding applications.
Funding for Great Lakes projects available
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:50 pm
The Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC) recently announced the call for proposals for 2021 Great Lakes Research Consortium small grants funding. Grants are available up to $25,000 per project as seed funding for new, cooperative projects that contribute to the protection and restoration of the health of New York's Great Lakes and for ecosystem-based management
Council for Older Adults calls for heritage recipes
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:45 pm
The Council for Older Adults in Niagara County launched a unique project to document the area's cultural history through food. The COA invited all Niagara County residents to submit traditional family recipes to preserve and commemorate their cultural history and honor their loved ones through the creation of a community cookbook. "A Taste of History: Heritage Recipes from Niagara County" will be available for sale later this year for a nominal fee.
Buffalo Rotary donating $50,000 to bolster local pandemic relief
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:20 pm
Due to the extraordinary need in the community caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Buffalo will provide much-needed aid to six local organizations that have been challenged to provide assistance to people in need of basic food and supplies.
Following Higgins' request, $13.5 million+ in federal funding directed to Buffalo Harbor breakwater
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 05:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced plans for major improvements to the north breakwater in the Buffalo Harbor thanks to $13.5 million in federal funding. The resources were included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District's funding allocation work plan released this week.
Girls on the Run of Buffalo partnering with Rite Aid Foundation to impact lives
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 10:40 am
As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates community-level health challenges, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations, The Rite Aid Foundation is partnering with Girls on the Run International to support the health and wellness of girls today and into the future.

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