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BBB: How to choose a tax preparer
Wed, Feb 2nd 2022 01:15 pm
This year, taxpayers must file their income tax forms before the April 18, 2022, deadline. For many people, major life changes, business ownership, or simply a lack of knowledge about the ever-changing tax laws make finding a trustworthy tax preparer a good idea. However, not all tax preparers have the same level of experience and training.
Tips to lower your home's heating bills this winter
Tue, Jan 18th 2022 11:10 am
A frosty winter wonderland is fun to experience - outside. Inside is another story. By keeping your home heating system running at peak performance, you'll lower your winter utility bills and experience increased comfort.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP warns of carbon monoxide and fire hazards during extreme cold weather
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 04:20 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection on Friday issued a consumer alert about the dangers of carbon monoxide and fire hazards in extreme cold weather. The winter months pose the most risk for these hazards - as the temperatures drop, consumers may turn to dangerous heating alternatives to stay warm. Propane heaters, generators, space heaters and/or outdoor grills all pose lethal risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards when used improperly.
State Office for Aging offers cold weather tips, emergency resources for older adults, caregivers & neighbors
Thu, Jan 13th 2022 04:35 pm
With recent sub-zero temperatures - and many more weeks of cold weather still to come - New York State Office for the Aging Director (NYSOFA) Greg Olsen reminds older adults, their caregivers and neighbors to take extra safety precautions and check in on one another.
Wise giving: Honor Betty White by supporting animal charities
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 09:55 am
You may have seen it on Facebook or other social media platforms: People asking for support or supporting animal charities in honor of the late Betty White.
FASNY applauds governor for signing chemical flame retardant ban legislation
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 10:35 am
The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) applauds Gov. Kathy Hochul for signing legislation that bans carcinogenic flame-retardant chemicals in household items, furniture, and electronic enclosures.
Red Cross: Donate blood - or platelets - to help patients avoid delays in care
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
As holiday celebrations continue, concern is rising for the nation's blood supply, which has now dipped to concerning levels and could force hospitals to hold off on essential blood and platelet transfusions for patients.
You better watch out: Insuring against holiday mishaps
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 03:40 pm
The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but many serious household accidents occur in December. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on average, there are about 160 decorating-related injuries each day during the holiday season, with almost half of the incidents involving falls. In the 2019 holiday season, about 14,800 people were treated in emergency rooms due to holiday decorating-related injuries.
'Check It! Challenge' could lead to lower risk of heart disease and stroke
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:15 pm
The American Heart Association is now recruiting participants for the "Check It! Challenge." The challenge is a communitywide program encouraging people to check, change, and control their blood pressure. This year, the program is expanding to be statewide.
Eight Days of Hope responds to Mayfield tornado
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 12:05 pm
Eight Days of Hope (EDOH) is responding to the deadly and devastating tornado that traveled over 100 miles, leaving many grieving the loss of loved ones and their homes in Mayfield, Kentucky.
It's National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 04:55 pm
December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Holiday season is here, many people will attend holiday parties, and AAA Western and Central New York wants to remind drivers to have a plan in place to get home safely after a night of festivities. As an advocate for traffic safety, AAA has supported more than 50 years of public education efforts against impaired driving. Yet, the work is not finished.
FASNY: Heat your home safely
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 12:55 pm
This year, we saw a short autumn, leaving New Yorkers to feel the cooler weather sooner than normal. As a result, residents have been turning on their heat and curling up next to their fireplaces. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) wants to remind everyone to follow some simple tips when preparing their homes for winter.
Tops partnership with Salvation Army continues to ring in Christmas cheer for those in need
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 12:55 pm
The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is a staple of the holiday giving season at Tops Friendly Markets. Just dropping a few pennies into the kettle will help make a huge impact. In fact, the partnership between Tops and The Salvation Army has spanned more than 30 years and has helped the organization raise over $920,000.
Heart attack deaths more likely during winter holiday season than any other time of year
Tue, Dec 7th 2021 03:05 pm
Scientific research over time has shown an uptick in cardiac events during the winter holiday season, and more people die from heart attacks between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 than at any other time of the year.
Red Cross response in 2021: Families face emergency needs amid COVID-19, climate change & global conflict
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 11:25 am
In 2021, people in Western New York and across the country faced great emergency needs as the ongoing pandemic exacerbated the challenges related to severe disasters, blood shortages and global conflict.
Study: Obesity raises risk of gum disease by inflating growth of bone-destroying cells
Fri, Nov 12th 2021 11:40 am
Chronic inflammation caused by obesity may trigger the development of cells that break down bone tissue, including the bone that holds teeth in place, according to new University at Buffalo research that sought to improve understanding of the connection between obesity and gum disease.
Spotting signs of COPD complications can help prevent an emergency
Thu, Nov 11th 2021 09:30 pm
November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. Recognizing when the symptoms of this common chronic condition become an emergency can save a life, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
UB Dental to offer free care to WNY vets in honor of Veterans Day
Wed, Nov 10th 2021 03:25 pm
The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will host the sixth "Dentistry Smiles on Veterans," an annual program that welcomes local veterans to receive a day of free dental screenings, cleanings, extractions, restorations and denture repairs.
AHA: Insomnia may be a risk factor for highly fatal brain aneurysm rupture
Thu, Nov 4th 2021 09:05 am
Insomnia may be a potential risk factor for a brain bleed from a ruptured aneurysm along with more well-known risk factors of smoking and high blood pressure, according to new research published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association.
Consumer alert: Department of State, DCP alerts New Yorkers about real estate & rental scams
Wed, Oct 20th 2021 11:40 am
The New York State Department of State and the Division of Consumer Protection alerted consumers about real estate and rental scams, in which scammers work to steal prospective tenants' money when they are looking to rent a home or an apartment.
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation teams with FDNY for annual National Stair Climb to honor fallen heroes
Mon, Oct 11th 2021 01:40 pm
The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), in partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), will hold the department's annual National Stair Climb on Sunday, Oct. 17, at legendary Belmont Park on Long Island.
Grim reminder: Latest roadside tragedies underscore need for drivers to slow down, move over
Wed, Sep 29th 2021 02:50 pm
The recent deaths of two AAA tow providers, killed while assisting motorists, highlight just how dangerous it is for individuals who regularly work along the shoulders of America's busy and congested roads.
Study: Stimulating the ear's pressure points could help treat chronic abdominal pain in children and adolescents
Tue, Sep 28th 2021 07:00 am
A type of acupressure focused on pressure points in the ear could be a promising treatment for functional abdominal pain disorder (FAPD), a challenging group of disorders that cause chronic abdominal pain in 13.5% of children and adolescents.
BBB scam alert: Receive a text with a surprise offer? Don't click that link!
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 01:15 pm
Everyone loves a deal - including scammers. Con artists often offer too good to be true discounts in the hope that price-conscious consumers will jump on these "deals" without doing their research. Recently, BBB Scam Tracker has seen numerous reports of scammers impersonating well-known companies and offering discounts, some of which are COVID-19 themed.
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 11:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday recognized the 3,723 recipients of the New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship who have pursued their higher education goals over the past 20 years, in honor of their loved ones who died or suffered permanent injury as a result of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
BBB scam alert: Don't send money to fake Venmo friends
Thu, Sep 2nd 2021 10:20 am
When a friend or family member is stuck in a bad situation and urgently needs money, you should help them out, right? Not if they are a scammer pulling this new con. Always double-check before sending money to a friend in need.
American Heart Association: Eating walnuts daily lowered bad cholesterol, may reduce cardiovascular disease risk
Mon, Aug 30th 2021 12:05 pm
Eating about a half a cup of walnuts every day for two years modestly lowered levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, known as "bad cholesterol," and reduced the number of total LDL particles and small LDL particles in healthy, older adults, according to new research published Monday in the American Heart Association's flagship journal Circulation.
A reminder from National Grid: Aug. 31 deadline approaching for bill payment assistance through HEAP
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 10:35 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 and the Emergency HEAP program.
National Grid offers safety, energy-saving tips for forecasted high temperatures
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 10:35 am
The heat is on this week across upstate New York with forecasters calling for a run of high temperatures and humidity in the region. Prolonged temperatures of 90 degrees or higher can lead to heat-related illnesses, especially for the elderly, young children and those with chronic illnesses. We also offer the following energy-efficiency tips:
2-mile community 'Freedom Walk' on Aug. 13 will kick off 'Igniting Hope' conference
Mon, Aug 9th 2021 10:25 am
An ongoing battle. That's how Pastor George F. Nicholas describes the health disparities that African Americans are still trying to overcome.
Could your body's insulin response influence your food choices? A UB study aims to find out
Thu, Jul 29th 2021 06:50 pm
What is the relationship between the foods people eat and their body's insulin response? The University at Buffalo's Behavioral Medicine Lab is launching a study that aims to find out.
New UB study looks at relationship between microbiome and breast cancer
Tue, Jul 27th 2021 02:20 pm
Researchers are learning more about the relationship between the microbiome and cancer. But many questions remain, especially when it comes to the role of the microbiome in breast tissue and whether it contributes to the development of invasive breast cancer.
The Skin Cancer Foundation offers tips on choosing and using sunscreen
Fri, Jun 18th 2021 11:40 am
As summer heats up and we spend more time outdoors, The Skin Cancer Foundation would like to remind everyone how to use sunscreen safely and effectively as part of a sun protection routine.
ASPCA educates public on how to help stray kittens during Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month
Tue, Jun 1st 2021 04:55 pm
To coincide with the start of Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month and kitten season, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced the launch of a new online tool accessible on desktop and mobile devices to help the public choose the next steps to take if they find stray kittens outdoors.
Area retailers, community members rally to raise funds for FeedMore WNY through 'Check Out Hunger' campaigns
Tue, May 25th 2021 10:20 am
FeedMore WNY is able to provide more nutritious food to its Western New York neighbors in need thanks to support from area retailers and the community. "Check Out Hunger" campaigns at Dash's Market, Lexington Cooperative Markets, The Market in the Square, Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans Food Markets raised a total of $780,323 to help FeedMore WNY continue to respond to the ongoing need for food assistance in the community as a result of the pandemic.
AAA shares motorcycle safety tips for bikers & drivers
Fri, May 7th 2021 04:20 pm
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and AAA Western and Central New York is reminding both drivers and bikers of key safety tips as the weather gets nicer. Many bikers will choose to ride free on the open road.
Women face unique risks for high blood pressure & stroke
Fri, May 7th 2021 09:45 am
Women have a lot on their plates, and sometimes important self-care can take a back seat to work, family and other obligations. In fact, nearly 50% of adult women have high blood pressure, and nearly three-quarters of those with high blood pressure don't have it under control.
Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity to host Chiavetta's chicken dinner at First Assembly of God
Tue, May 4th 2021 02:40 pm
Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity will hold a drive-thru Chiavetta's chicken dinner fundraiser from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at Niagara Falls First Assembly of God, 9750 Niagara Falls Blvd. The fundraiser will be held in partnership with the Niagara Regional Construction Alliance to help raise funds for Habitat for Humanity's newest upcoming home, to be built this summer on 61st Street in Niagara Falls.
Deposits for Food makes Earth Day Donation to local food pantries
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 04:20 pm
In honor of Earth Day 2021, Deposits for Food presented checks totaling $2,000 to Niagara Falls food pantries Heart, Love & Soul and Community Missions.
Brown announces City of Buffalo's continued commitment to environment on Earth Day 2021
Thu, Apr 22nd 2021 05:15 pm
Mayor Byron W. Brown on Thursday announced his continued support for Earth Day. Every year, Buffalo celebrates Earth Month with various events around the city.

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