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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.
Castellani Art Museum poised for grand comeback in 2021
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 02:15 pm
"We're moving forward," he said. "We have our goals, we have our time set, and we're working towards it as if life will get back to ('normal') and the museum can reopen and reenergize."
Norris shares love from students to seniors for annual Valentine's Day program
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:30 am
Assemblyman Mike Norris of Lockport collected handmade valentines from local students for seniors at community nursing homes. He said his program has special significance this year as nursing home residents have braved extreme isolation from their loved ones and gone without visitors because of the pandemic.
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.
FamilySearch has 'RootsTech Connect 2021'
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:50 pm
FamilySearch has announced the RootsTech 2021 conference will be a free, global, virtual event in 2021.
Consumer Alert: Department of State & Division of Consumer Protection warn of email phishing scheme
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 08:15 pm
The New York State Department of State and the Division of Consumer Protection warned New Yorkers of an email phishing scheme. These illegitimate emails ask recipients to verify their profile to avoid experiencing delay and future problems in renewing their license. The messages link to a non-listed URL. Anyone who received such an email should delete it right away.
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.
Help support Catholic Charities' goal of being a 'beacon of hope' for those in need
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 02:25 pm
Over the past year, 20,333 Niagara County neighbors in need of all ages were served by the 10 programs Catholic Charities offers here. We provided basic emergency assistance, including support for food and finding housing.
Higgins applauds Biden's executive order reversing ban on transgender individuals serving in military
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, applauded President Joe Biden's executive order revoking President Donald Trump's actions banning transgender troops from serving in the U.S. Military. Higgins released the following statement:
Spread the love this Valentine's Day
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 12:40 pm
Have a special someone you want to recognize this Valentine's Day? Make their day by sharing a message in this newspaper and on our website.
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.
Statement from WNY religious leaders on events at Capitol Building
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 11:25 am
"We are shocked and dismayed by the events that occurred in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. Though we come from many faiths, we all share a commitment to integrity in speech and compassion for all. What we saw demonstrated on Jan. 6 was a blatant disregard for integrity, human life and the democratic process."
Proposal for historic New York state election reform part of 2021 State of the State
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 11:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a transformational proposal that "continues to expand access to voting and improves procedures," as part of the governor's 2021 State of the State agenda by speeding up vote counting, and adding additional time for early voting. These efforts build on Cuomo's previous election reforms.
Consumer alert: Division of Consumer Protection urges New Yorkers to be aware of COVID-19 scams tied to federal economic impact payments
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 07:50 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers about scammers taking advantage of COVID-19 economic stimulus payments.
Heastie reelected New York State Assembly speaker
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 02:15 pm
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie issued the following statement Wednesday:
Attorney General James issues warning about scam targeting grandparents during pandemic
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 11:25 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued an alert to New Yorkers, warning them about the "grandparent scam," a common phone scam that targets senior citizens with calls from fraudsters posing as a grandchild of the victim and asking for money.
'Major increase to Great Lakes funding, backed by Higgins, becomes law
Wed, Jan 6th 2021 09:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, a member of the congressional Great Lakes task force, announced the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act (GLRI) has been signed into law, delivering a "major increase" in funding for the Great Lakes.
FeedMore WNY receives $100,000 donation from Kohl's through 'A Community with Heart' program
Fri, Jan 1st 2021 07:00 am
FeedMore WNY recently received a $100,000 grant from Kohl's to help the hunger-relief nonprofit continue its COVID-19 response efforts and meet the increased demand for food assistance throughout Western New York as a result of the pandemic.
Cuomo announces completion of 750-mile Empire State Trail
Wed, Dec 30th 2020 06:50 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced completion of the Empire State Trail, now the nation's longest multiuse state trail, which will be fully open on Dec. 31.
After 'long, difficult road,' Schumer, Higgins announce US agreement with Sudan 'will finally deliver justice' for Buffalo's Granville family
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 05:45 pm
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins announced the omnibus budget package approved by Congress includes "long-overdue justice" for a Western New York family.
National Grid alerts customers to holiday scams
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 12:25 pm
With the holidays in full swing and the COVID-19 pandemic causing financial stress on many individuals, National Grid is alerting customers about recent reports of scams where imposters are promising refunds or discounts. Here's how scammers are trying to prey on customers:
Deposits 4 Food makes Christmas donation
Mon, Dec 21st 2020 07:00 am
Last week, Deposits for Food (D4F) presented checks to Heart, Love & Soul and Community Missions totaling $2,000. The funds were obtained from the collection of returnable containers and scrap metal over the past few weeks. The donation is in recognition of the Christmas season and those in need during this difficult time.
Higgins: $115,000-plus to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for project addressing flooding in Lexington Green neighborhood
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 10:05 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $115,347 in federal funding provided through the 2020 National Coastal Resilience Fund to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for the design of a Buffalo Creek floodplain project aimed at reducing flooding in the Lexington Green neighborhood in the Town of West Seneca.
NYS Homes and Community Renewal announces expansion of COVID-19 rent relief program through Feb. 1
Fri, Dec 18th 2020 09:00 am
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas announced the COVID-19 rent relief program will be reopened for application with expanded eligibility criteria in an effort to serve New Yorkers who may have not had the opportunity to initially apply and those who may have been previously ineligible. HCR will accept applications from households starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and running through Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.
Cuomo: New York state will advance $1.5 billion to organizations needing cash flow until early 2021
Thu, Dec 17th 2020 04:45 pm
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York will advance $1.5 billion to organizations that need cash flow until February or March 2021, as the state awaits a federal stimulus package that helps America's state and local governments. The step will be taken amid media reports that Congress will pass a stimulus package that does not include funding for state and local governments.
American Heart Association warns of snow shoveling health hazards
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 11:45 am
The American Heart Association says that, for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to any health problems. However, the association warns the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some, as the combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart.
Carbon monoxide safety reminders
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:45 pm
Village of Lewiston Building and Zoning Officer Ken Candella is sharing this message from the New York State Division of Consumer Protection. DCP stated:
Jersey Mike's Subs makes $300,000 challenge grant to Wreaths Across America
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 01:50 pm
National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) recently announced Jersey Mike's Subs, a fast-casual sub sandwich franchise with more than 2,500 locations nationwide, has made a $300,000 challenge grant to support the mission to "Remember, Honor, Teach."
How does vitamin D supplementation affect falls in the elderly? It's complicated
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 01:30 pm
A study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine that shows no benefit from higher doses of vitamin D in the frail elderly, while of interest, is not the final chapter on how vitamin D affects this population, according to an editorial in the same issue of the journal.
Cuomo announces results of State Police Thanksgiving crackdown on impaired & reckless driving
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 04:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York State Police issued 13,887 tickets during this year's Thanksgiving traffic enforcement initiative, which targeted unsafe driving behaviors during the holiday weekend.
NYS Office of Mental Health issues RFP to continue work of Project Teach
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 12:55 pm
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has issued a Request for Proposals to continue and enhance the work of Project TEACH (Training and Education for the Advancement of Children's Health), which creates collaborations between primary care providers, such as pediatricians, and behavioral health care providers. This allows primary care providers to better address their patients' mild to moderate mental health concerns and provide mental health services to children, adolescents and their families.
Heart disease risk in women increases leading up to menopause; early intervention is key
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 02:20 pm
The menopause transition, the years leading up to menopause, is a time of increasing heart disease risk for women. Monitoring women's health and lifestyle, while integrating early intervention strategies for good cardiovascular health, are important, especially during midlife and during menopause to help prevent heart disease, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, "Menopause Transition and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Implications for Timing for Early Prevention," recently published in its flagship journal, Circulation.
New York State Office for the Aging reminds older New Yorkers to get their flu shot
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 01:30 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) is reminding older adults and caregivers about the importance of getting their flu vaccination as soon as possible. Flu season is already underway - and can last as late as May. NYSOFA said the flu shot is an essential preventive care service that should not be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tops to bring spirit of the season with gingerbread houses to benefit Oishei Children's Hospital
Tue, Dec 1st 2020 04:00 pm
Tops Friendly Markets is pleased to once again support Oishei Children's Hospital, but this time in a "sweet and delicious way!"
Higgins announces passage of legislation aimed at increasing access to affordable, quality child care
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the passage of H.R. 8326, the Child Care is Economic Development Act of 2020 (CED) Act.
DEC proposes changes to streamline, simplify black bass fishing regulations
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 11:25 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing changes to black bass (smallmouth and largemouth bass) fishing regulations to make these regulations easier to understand while continuing to successfully manage these species for future angler enjoyment.
Higgins announces approval of legislation authorizing $5 billion to address opioid prevention & treatment measures
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 2466, the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act of 2020. The bill provides funding to states and tribes for opioid prevention and treatment measures.
NYS honors older volunteers at Older New Yorkers' Day virtual celebration
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 01:40 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) on Tuesday celebrated Older New Yorkers' Day virtually, recognizing 87 volunteers from across the state who "demonstrate their extraordinary value every day to their family, friends and community." The celebration traditionally takes place each year in May in Albany; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year it was premiered as a virtual event.
VA Western New York Healthcare System encourages veterans to leave smoking behind during annual Great American Smokeout
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:10 am
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging veterans to take the first step. On Nov. 19, vets are invited stop smoking as part of the annual Great American Smokeout to improve their physical and mental health by combining cessation counseling with other VA clinical resources and support.
Niagara County Department of Health reports rabid raccoon in Town of Newfane
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 11:45 am
The Niagara County Department of Health confirmed a rabid raccoon near Lake Road and Phillips Road, Town of Newfane, on Thursday. A hunter was attacked by the raccoon before killing it on Nov. 7. NCDOH submitted the animal for testing to the NYSDOH Wadsworth Center, Griffon Laboratory. The hunter will coordinate with the Department of Health's nursing division to receive post-exposure rabies prophylaxis.

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