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BIANYS annual conference 2020 going virtual for first time
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 04:45 pm
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) will host its annual conference online for 2020. This one-day event will feature many learning opportunities for brain injury survivors, caregivers and professionals. There will be keynote speakers, presentations and panel discussions.
October is Car Care Month at AAA
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 12:10 pm
October is Car Care Month at AAA Western and Central New York! As the weather cools, AAA reminds motorists that completing a seasonal vehicle checkup can maintain safety and maximize efficiency throughout the fall and winter.
Niagara County DMV doubles number of available appointments
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 01:55 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski said New York state is requiring all previously expired documents that were still considered valid during the pandemic be renewed by Nov. 3: This includes driver's licenses, vehicle registrations and non-driver identification cards.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee to meet Oct. 22 for announcement of 2021 Greenway grant schedule
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 10:50 am
The next meeting of the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, via videoconference. The meeting is open to the public. Contact Carol Sampson if interested in viewing. The meeting agenda includes announcement of the 2021 Buffalo and Erie County Greenway grant schedule.
NYS Smokers' Quitline hosts Oct. 15 webinar on nicotine replacement therapy
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 04:05 pm
The New York State Smokers' Quitline invites all health care professionals to attend a free one-hour webinar at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, titled "Chew on This: How Accessing Nicotine Gum in Combination with the Nicotine Patch Bolsters Tobacco Cessation." Registration is available at
Former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough featured speaker for NU's 'Transformative Visions'
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:35 pm
Niagara University will present the second in its "Transformative Visions" presidential speaker series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. Denis McDonough, former White House chief of staff under President Barack Obama and former White House deputy national security adviser, will present a fireside chat addressing politics, climate change and foreign policy.
Travelers look for experiences from areas without quarantines in effect
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 09:45 am
2020 has been a challenging year for many travelers, and now the rich colors of autumn are inspiring more tourists to book fall getaways. With Columbus Day weekend upon us, and many 2020 vacations disrupted due to the pandemic, many people are looking to escape for the long holiday weekend.
DiNapoli: Pandemic hit to sales tax revenue threatening fiscal health of local governments
Wed, Oct 7th 2020 02:20 pm
New York's municipalities collected nearly $17 billion in sales tax revenue in 2019, representing 9.7% of all local government revenue, according to a comprehensive report on local sales tax released by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Every county and city in the state, along with many towns and villages, depend on these funds to pay for essential services and operations, revealing the statewide impact of the revenue losses from the pandemic.
Coronavirus update for Oct. 5
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 07:15 pm
Coronavirus update for Oct. 5
NFMMC announces more COVID-19 community testing
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 03:05 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct community testing for COVID-19 at four additional sites beginning this week. The testing is supported by CDBG funds allocated for by the City of Niagara Falls. There will be no charge for city residents.
Niagara County announces upcoming civil service exams
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 12:15 pm
Niagara County Legislator Tony Nemi announced the application deadlines for two upcoming civil service exams - for social service worker and correction officer - are fast approaching, and encouraged those who are interested to sign up now for the exam. The application deadline for both exams is Oct. 23, and the respective tests will be given Dec. 5.
Pendleton volunteer firefighter reelected to FASNY's board of directors
Sat, Oct 3rd 2020 11:00 am
Andrew E. Pilecki of Pendleton was reelected to the board of directors of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York during FASNY's 148th annual convention, which was held virtually Aug. 22, due to COVID-19. He previously served on the board of directors last year and has now been elected to a five-year term.
AG James' special investigations and prosecutions unit announces determination of investigation into death of India Cummings
Sat, Oct 3rd 2020 10:55 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James' special investigations and prosecutions unit (SIPU) on Friday announced the conclusion of its investigation into the death of India Cummings. After an exhaustive investigation, SIPU did not find criminal culpability on the part of any of the individuals responsible for her care during the period of her incarceration.
School officials meet with legislators to discuss public health, fiscal crisis
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 11:10 am
The Niagara Orleans School Boards Association will hold a special fall legislative "breakfast." NOSBA represents the 13 school districts of Niagara and Orleans counties. Superintendents and board members from each district will share concerns relating to reopening, proposed state aid cuts, and broadband internet access/connectivity.
UB awarded grant to help pharmacies build community health worker programs
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 10:50 am
University at Buffalo researchers have received a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation to help add community health workers to pharmacies to better connect patients to critical services and lower health care costs.
Overturned kayaker drowned
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 10:30 am
From Mayor Robert Restaino's office: Thursday evening, a kayaker overturned in Hyde Park Lake. He was seen in distress and a rescue attempt was made before he disappeared from view.
Covanta, Greenpac recognized with sustainability award for efforts to advance circular economy
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 01:50 pm
Covanta, a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, has been named a winner of the Business Intelligence Group's 2020 Sustainability Awards in the Service of the Year category for its innovative circular economy partnership with Greenpac Mill LLC in Niagara Falls.
DEC: Southern Tier added to state drought watch list
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 01:50 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Tuesday announced the state expanded its drought watch to the Southern Tier drought region, which includes Cattaraugus, Alleghany, Steuben and Chemung counties.
Niagara County DMV to host 2nd Saturday event for driver's license renewals
Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:50 pm
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski announced the Niagara County Department of Motor Vehicles will hold its second Saturday event for those who need to renew their driver's licenses. No appointment is necessary.
AAF Buffalo, 26 Shirts partner to launch 'Big Tee-Off' with 'Hindsight's 2020'
Tue, Sep 29th 2020 05:45 pm
AAF Buffalo and 26 Shirts have partnered up to launch "The Big Tee-Off" with the theme: "Hindsight's 2020." The shirts are hot off the presses and ready for purchase at
Mammogram device under development to use light, ultrasound to better screen patients for breast cancer
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 10:55 am
The University at Buffalo has received a four-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a new, portable breast-imaging system that has the potential to better identify breast cancer.
Graycliff's annual fundraising dinner goes virtual this October
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 10:55 am
Graycliff's annual fundraising dinner has been creatively pivoted into a virtual format - "Celebrate Graycliff From Our Home to Yours" is now live at and culminates Thursday, Oct. 22, with an online program.
William Mattar to host community blood drive with ConnectLife & 103.3 'The Edge'
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 10:55 am
On Friday, Oct. 2, William Mattar law offices is teaming up with ConnectLife Blood and Organ Donor Network and 103.3 "The Edge" to bring a community blood drive to its Williamsville office located at 6720 Main St. The blood drive is open to the public and will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. DJ Bentley will be on hand broadcasting live from 10 a.m. to noon, giving away prizes to donors.
DEC announces 5-year partnership with New York Invasive Species Institute, Cornell University to address impacts of invasive species
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 10:40 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced new partnerships with the New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI) and Cornell University to develop and support projects and research to help limit the spread of invasive species.
Fatal shooting near Pine Avenue
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 10:35 am
On Friday, Sept. 25, at 4:52 pm, Niagara Falls police officers responded to the report of a subject shot outside 2032 Pine Ave. Officers located a 45-year-old male victim who was transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
Hundreds of girls across Western New York enrich their e-commerce skills amidst pandemic
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 10:35 am
Popular Girl Scout fall product program returns to help Girl Scout troops fund their programs and activities while also giving back to the military.
State Parks announces Grand Island waterfowl blind drawings
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 10:35 am
The Niagara Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced procedures for the 2020-21 waterfowl hunting lottery drawings for the state parks on Grand Island.
Voccio to lead fall foliage walk
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 07:00 am
Niagara Falls City Councilman Chris Voccio will lead a one-hour fall foliage walk along the Niagara River Gorge at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.
Child Passenger Safety Week: AAA, New York State Police remind parents to buckle up
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 01:40 pm
Child Passenger Safety Week runs through Sept. 26, and AAA is reminding motorists to stay safe. In fact, Saturday is National Seat Check Saturday, where parents can make sure car seats are properly installed to protect young children.
Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas postpones awards
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 12:00 pm
The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas announced it is postponing the yearly business awards, including Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Buffalo Bills encourage fans to 'round up' at Rachel's
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 11:55 am
The Buffalo Bills, Harrison Phillips and Rachel's Mediterranean Grill have aligned to support John R. Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) this month through the "Rachel's Roundup" campaign. The three parties are advocating for fans to round up their bill each time they visit any Rachel's location this month, as proceeds will benefit key service lines and programming at OCH that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tool Library expands service area & inventory to bring affordable tool access to communities across WNY
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 11:55 am
The Tool Library announced that, starting today, it will expand its tool sharing service to allow membership from eight Western New York counties. Originally servicing residents in Erie and Niagara counties exclusively, individuals can now join from Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, as well.
Community partners host 'Black Businesses Matter' workshops for small Black- and minority-owned businesses in Buffalo
Wed, Sep 23rd 2020 11:55 am
Three organizations have partnered to host a series of free marketing workshops for small Black- and minority-owned businesses in Buffalo.
Higgins & Office of Sen. Gillibrand invite high school students & parents to Service Academy Night
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 04:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and representatives from the office of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are hosting Service Academy Night 2020, a virtual opportunity for high school students, families, school administrators and counselors to learn more about service academy institutions, programs and the application process.
Local recycler relaunches donation program to benefit Camp Good Days
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 03:55 pm
Sunnking, an electronics recycling company based in Brockport, has reopened registration for its annual "e-Scrap for Camp" fundraiser in Buffalo. This follows a four-month pause due to COVID-19. The program raises money for Camp Good Days and Special Times, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been affected by cancer.
'Live Well Erie' CARES Act child care funding powers virtual learning support centers, emergency child care
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 03:50 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday announced county plans to invest approximately $25 million in U.S. CARES Act funding to support schools, child care providers, and caregivers countywide with critical grant funding.
HUNT Real Estate fundraisers collect $26,000 local nonprofits
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 02:05 pm
In response to the overwhelming needs within the local communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HUNT Real Estate sales professionals and employees organized and participated in multiple fundraisers and charitable initiatives across New York this summer. Nearly $20,000 was raised in total, which will go directly to those in need in the Western and Upstate New York communities.
Addiction Recovery Month online celebration 'Applauding Recovery' to be held Sept. 24
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 02:05 pm
Mental Health PEER Connection's Addict 2 Addict and Family 2 Family - Erie County program, in celebration of Addiction Recovery Month, presents "Applauding Recovery" for persons in, or struggling with, recovery and for professionals in the addictions field. The online event will run from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Individuals can register at:
UPDATE: 'Pedal for Polio' event sponsored by Canadian & American Rotarians
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:55 pm
Bicyclists, donors and sponsors will unite in America and Canada on both sides of the mighty Niagara River on Saturday, Oct. 24 - known as World Polio Day.
Free virtual Narcan trainings offered by Erie County Department of Health
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 10:35 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force are presenting a series of virtual trainings on recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose and on using Narcan to reverse an opioid overdose.

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