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Erie County observes National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 04:55 pm
Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week from Oct. 25-31.
DiNapoli: Public must be alerted to sewer overflow problems
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 11:05 am
At least 20% of the publicly owned sewer systems in New York state were not reporting overflow events or registered with the electronic notification system (NY-Alert) that tracks those events, potentially putting the public at risk, according to an audit of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
New York state announces more than $100 million in additional food assistance for October
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 03:55 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance to help New Yorkers avoid food insecurity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
People Inc.: Employing people with disabilities is a year-round goal
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 09:45 am
Ensuring that people with developmental disabilities and varying abilities secure and maintain meaningful, competitive employment is an important part of what People Inc. does year-round.
Niagara Pride partners with local business & agencies for Thanksgiving food drive, fundraiser
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 08:10 am
Niagara Pride is partnering with Busy Bee Bookstore in Lockport and other local community agencies to conduct a food drive to benefit Heart, Love & Soul Food Pantry in Niagara Falls, and other local food pantries. This year's food drive is also a fundraising opportunity for Niagara Pride.
NFMMC to test for COVID-19 Wednesday at City Market, Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 08:05 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has scheduled another COVID-19 community testing date for this week. That testing will take place from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday at the City Market, Pine Avenue at 15th Street. Testing also is scheduled from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Bethany Baptist Church, 2002 Forest Ave.
ASI receives Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation CARES funding
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 04:05 pm
Arts Services Inc. was awarded $10,000 from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) through the CARES Arts Organization Relief Grants program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Small to mid-sized nonprofit arts organizations in MAAF's partner states, jurisdictions, and territories were eligible to apply through a competitive process for one-time, nonmatching grants of up to $20,000.
DEC reminds hunters: Be safe during hunting seasons
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 03:35 pm
With several hunting seasons underway or about to start, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded hunters to put safety at the forefront this fall when going afield.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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