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Wed, Jul 8th 2020 02:30 pm
Western New York has reopened! Read the full edition of the Niagara-Wheatfield-NT Tribune and the Lewiston-Porter Sentinel, and learn more about your favorite locally owned restaurants and retailers. Plus, find hometown news, the latest safery protocols, scheduled events, arts & entertainment, and so much more.
Local businesses worthy of honor, need support
Tue, Jul 7th 2020 05:15 pm
We are at the halfway point of our summer and supporting our businesses are more important than ever. Never have businesses faced an incredibly unique challenge due to the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our small business is the engine that drives the train of our community and our country.
HEAP remains available for customers facing financial difficulties
Mon, Jul 6th 2020 09:45 am
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. announced HEAP has been extended through Aug. 31, 2020, or until the funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.
Moving scams cause financial and emotional nightmares, BBB study finds
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 07:00 am
Allowing someone you don't know to drive away with your belongings is among the many stressful aspects of a long-distance move - especially if that move is complicated or may be prompted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Unfortunately, some people find their stress compounded by fraudulent movers who charge them many times the amount quoted, subject them to unreasonably long delivery windows, hold their items hostage for additional undisclosed fees, and leave them with damaged goods.
AAA offers safe summer travel tips
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:25 pm
Independence Day is almost here and many travelers whose plans have been altered due to the impact of COVID-19 may be looking for local destinations to quench their pent-up desire to travel. AAA's travel forecast was released last week (June 25) and predicted road trips are the summer travel trend this year with motorists making up 97% of all summer travel.
Aquarium of Niagara reopens its doors
Mon, Jun 29th 2020 01:00 pm
The Aquarium of Niagara is preparing to end its COVID-19-related closure this week, as Western New York enters phase four of the "New York Forward" reopening plan. The venue will officially open to the general public on Saturday, July 4, with summer operating hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
More than 103,000 tax returns remain to be filed in Western New York
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 05:25 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on Friday encouraged taxpayers to file their personal income tax returns ahead of the extended July 15 deadline. More than 103,000 tax returns remain to be filed across Western New York.
Attorney General issues fraud alert to protect New Yorkers from unemployment benefits scam
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 04:10 pm
Attorney General Letitia James warned people about new, recently reported scams using New Yorkers' personal information to file fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits.
#AdoptAPupInACup: De Dee's Dairy puts shelter dogs in ice cream cups to help them get adopted
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 10:45 am
Niagara County SPCA has teamed up with De Dee's Dairy in Niagara Falls on a brand-new #AdoptAPupInACup campaign to help raise funds and get shelter dogs get adopted.
EPA awards New York $220 million for water infrastructure improvements
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 04:40 pm
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency celebrates its 50th anniversary year and this month's anniversary theme of "successful partnerships," the agency announced it has awarded $220 million to New York for State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to assist with water infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities throughout the state.
OP-ED: Heat stroke is no joke
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
As states begin to relax stay-at-home COVID-19 restrictions, populations on lockdown are flocking outside - just in time for summer. As the mercury rises, however, so do reports of heat-related illnesses. Heat can trigger exhaustion and heat stroke, and, like COVID-19, can exacerbate underlying conditions like cardiovascular, respiratory, kidney or mental diseases.
Poor outcomes in COVID-19 and immunity to the virus: UB physicians are studying social & biomedical factors at play
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:55 am
The sudden appearance of a novel, sometimes deadly, highly infectious disease about which not much is known is terrifying enough. But when combined with pronounced health disparities among the underserved in communities like Buffalo, the COVID-19 pandemic became all the more devastating.
New York State Office for the Aging reminds New Yorkers to remain vigilant against COVID-19 scams
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 07:40 am
New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) reminds New Yorkers of all ages to stay aware of scams surrounding the novel coronavirus. Scams have become even more sophisticated in recent years, and although COVID-19 cases are currently on the decline across the state, scammers continue to seek to take advantage of uncertainty surrounding the virus.
Destination Niagara USA: 'Unified in Safety' a shared commitment to keep each other safe
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 09:25 am
Destination Niagara USA has released commitment guidelines to support the safety of locals, the hospitality and tourism community, and visitors to Niagara Falls USA as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
BBB tip: 'Like-farming' Facebook scam still going strong
Mon, Jun 15th 2020 09:40 am
You've seen them before: Facebook posts designed to grab your attention and stop your scrolling. There are many versions. Some tug at your heartstrings, others tempt you with offers to win a new car or RV.
Governor signs legislation suspending forfeiture of unemployment benefits during COVID-19 state of emergency
Sat, Jun 13th 2020 09:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday signed legislation (S.8275-A/A.10348) suspending the forfeiture of unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 state of emergency, aligning with the executive order he issued on May 14. Over 44 million Americans across the U.S. have applied for unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this number is expected to grow as the pandemic continues.
Photos, video: Community parade for Lewiston-Porter High School seniors
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 03:05 pm
The River Region community came together Friday morning and early afternoon to celebrate the Lewiston-Porter High School Class of 2020. A parade began on the Creek Road campus and wound its way around the neighboring municipalities, including Center Street in Lewiston (as pictured).
Aquarium of Niagara celebrates 55 years in Niagara Falls
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 05:30 pm
On Friday, the Aquarium of Niagara will celebrate its 55th anniversary as a destination for education, conservation and inspiration in Niagara Falls.
Virtual activities planned for World Elder Abuse Awareness
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 12:10 pm
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is June 15. During the entire month of June, communities around the world work together to promote an understanding of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
Lewiston Farmers Market makes 2020 debut
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 07:00 am
Jamie Symmonds opened her Lewiston Farmers Market on Saturday. Throngs of people came out - wearing masks and socially distancing, of course - to patronize local farmers and small businesses.
Houses of worship can reopen
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 12:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced houses of worship - churches, mosques and synagogues - can reopen to 25% capacity in phase two regions. Previously, the governor said these institutions couldn't reopen until phase four of his "New York Forward" reopening plan.
Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force created in response to health disparities related to COVID-19
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
People of color and those with compromising health conditions make up the majority of COVID-19 deaths according to national, state and regional data. In response to these facts, community leaders in Niagara Falls announced the creation of the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force.
Learn how to navigate financial impact of COVID-19 on family businesses
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
Join a panel of financial experts from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, June 4, as they provide insight into ways to navigate the financial challenges family businesses are facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The discussion, presented via Zoom, is the second in a four-part virtual series exploring "How Western New York Businesses Are Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic."
Niagara Hospice special events going virtual for community
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
In placing the highest priority on the health and safety of the community, Niagara Hospice is adapting its annual special events schedule into virtual events for the remainder of 2020. The organization's special events department has developed alternative activities, including trivia night and paint kits, and virtual versions of the Hospice Gran Fondo bike ride and Mighty Niagara Half Marathon & Hospice Dash 5K, to engage with supporters of all ages and interests.
DEC urges New Yorkers: If you care, leave it there
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently reminded New Yorkers to appreciate wildlife from a safe distance and resist the urge to touch or pick up newborn fawns and other young wildlife. Human contact with wildlife can carry unintended consequences detrimental to the creatures people intend to help.
10 Mile Garage and Sidewalk Sale postponed
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:25 am
Niagara Frontier Publications is postponing the annual 10 Mile Garage and Sidewalk Sale.
Farmers Market to open in Lewiston
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:00 am
Jamie Symmonds of Willow Consulting is bringing her Farmers Market back for a third summer, starting up again on Saturday, June 6.
HOPE Day 2020 nets $358,910 for Catholic Charities Appeal
Tue, May 26th 2020 02:00 pm
HOPE Day, the annual day of giving to benefit Appeal 2020, brought in $250,160 on May 22. This total will be increased by another $108,750 in matching funds for a grand total of $358,910.
Percy: 'Brighter days are ahead'
Thu, May 21st 2020 04:35 pm
As we head into Memorial Day weekend, which is typically the official kickoff to our busy summer season, I know that we are all feeling a sense of anxiousness and fear about the outlook of our industry. While we cannot change the current circumstances we are facing, I would like to take this opportunity to share a bit of hope with all of you that brighter days are ahead.
Prevent identity theft and fraud during this extended tax filing season
Thu, May 21st 2020 10:15 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is urging taxpayers to be vigilant and guard against identity theft during this extended filing season. The Tax Department shared tips to help New Yorkers protect their private information.
New law for New York state pharmacies could lead to more people quitting smoking
Wed, May 20th 2020 03:15 pm
May 18, 2020, marked a new day for public health in New York state. Per a new law passed earlier this year, sales of tobacco and vapor products are now prohibited in pharmacies. The change could be a catalyst for increased quit-attempts among state residents. That's good news for the New York State Smokers' Quitline.
'Spread the Love' food drives seek peanut butter donations for FeedMore WNY
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
In order to help FeedMore WNY replenish its supplies and distribute more nutritious food to hungry neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit's board of directors and community ambassador council are encouraging the community to support the upcoming "Spread the Love" peanut butter drives. The food drives will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays, May 23 and 30, at various locations throughout Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties.
New York offers comprehensive new testing site map
Sun, May 17th 2020 02:25 pm
On Sunday, the governor's office posted a site where people can find coronavirus test sites by ZIP code.
Botanical Gardens 'Great Plant Sale' available online with curbside pickup for first time
Thu, May 14th 2020 08:45 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is holding its annual "Great Plant Sale" online for the first time. The Botanical Gardens has been closed to the public since March, so organizers said this event is an extremely important fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization.
'The Heart of Niagara': T-shirt campaign to support Community Missions, Heart, Love & Soul
Wed, May 13th 2020 09:25 am
Destination Niagara USA is launching "The Heart of Niagara" campaign to help support two Niagara County charities.
NYS Department of Labor to proactively inform applicants of their claim's status
Fri, May 8th 2020 06:25 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Friday announced a new initiative to proactively inform New Yorkers of the status of their unemployment benefit application to help them follow its progress. The effort, part of a broader campaign to proactively communicate with New Yorkers applying for unemployment benefits, will use emails and text messages to keep New Yorkers informed throughout the process - from submission to approval.
'Compassion in Action' continues at Community Missions
Fri, May 1st 2020 04:30 pm
As the calendar flips over to a new month, we find ourselves continuing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the days and nights have not been easy for anyone, there have been wonderful acts of compassion that have helped brighten our spirits along the way.
New York state announces $6 million in cooling assistance for vulnerable New Yorkers
Fri, May 1st 2020 11:25 am
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced $6 million is now available to help low-income New Yorkers who suffer from serious health issues exacerbated by heat to stay cool during the upcoming summer months. Cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides an air conditioner to eligible households with a family member who suffers from a medical condition that can be aggravated by extreme heat.
Higgins: Over $3.856 million to protect residents in low-income housing
Fri, May 1st 2020 11:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding to safeguard residents in low-income housing during the public health crisis. The CARES Act, approved in the House of Representatives on March 27, included supplemental public housing operating funds to support measures to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in public housing.
ECMC launches 'BRAVE' program to counter violence
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 02:45 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. and its community partners recently introduced "Buffalo Rising Against Violence at ECMC, or 'BRAVE.' "
 

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