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NYSEG and RG&E remind customers to call 811 before you dig
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:40 am
With the warmer weather approaching, NYSEG and RG&E, AVANGRID companies, remind contractors and homeowners to have underground utilities marked before starting any excavation project. This is essential to protect themselves and others from injury and to prevent damage to underground electric lines and gas pipes. Remember to contact Dig Safely New York by calling 811 at least two and not more than 10 full working days before the start of any excavation project.
New toolkit offers mobile produce markets a roadmap for success
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:40 am
As mobile produce markets become an increasingly popular strategy around the country for addressing food access and food security, operators now have a new tool they can take advantage of whether they're just getting started or looking to expand.
AAA offers advice to snow birds returning north
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:30 am
As we enter the final weekend and the last week of April, many so called "snow birds" will be returning home to Western and Central New York from winter getaways down south. Snow birds is the common term for local residents who spend their winters down south and their summers up north. With limited travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, AAA Western and Central New York is seeing an influx in calls from snow birds who are looking for the safest routes to return home. As a safety advocate, AAA wants to ensure that all travelers have a positive experience on their return with health and safety measures in place.
Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University collects masks for seniors
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:45 am
Niagara University's Border Community SERVICE program is leading an effort distribute face masks to seniors in the Niagara Region. The organization is focused on enhancing regional emergency preparedness. It solicited the participation of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members, and partnered with the volunteer group Operation Sewing Squad - Flattening the WNY Curve to make the masks, which it has distributed to local organizations that help the senior and other vulnerable populations in the county.
Niagara Global Tourism Institute continues to support businesses during coronavirus pandemic
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 11:40 am
Main Street businesses, entrepreneurs, startups and employees who are wondering "what's next" during these unprecedented times can turn to Niagara Global Tourism Institute's TReC. The business incubator has put into place a number of virtual resources to help business owners navigate through this uncharted territory.
Catholic Charities launches COVID-19 helpline
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 10:35 am
To more quickly connect Western New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to the crucial services they need right now, Catholic Charities of Buffalo on Monday announced the launch of a dedicated COVID-19 helpline. By calling 716-218-1419 between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., one can reach a Catholic Charities staff member about mental health and substance abuse counseling, make arrangements to obtain food from one of the organization's nine food pantries, or seek assistance with housing, utilities or other related basic living needs.
UB: Minutes of self-care may mitigate stress, trauma & numbness among frontline COVID-19 workers
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 01:55 pm
For health care professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, practicing mindful self-care - even if for minutes each day - can help with avoiding burnout, says University at Buffalo self-care expert Catherine Cook-Cottone.
AG James, Cuomo renew suspension of state debt collection in response to coronavirus, protecting New Yorkers' wallets
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 05:15 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state has renewed a previous order from March 17 that halted the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York and that was specifically referred to the office of the attorney general (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period, in response to growing financial impairments resulting from the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Buffalo City Mission launches new volunteer program in response to COVID-19
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:10 am
The Buffalo City Mission announced a new volunteer program in response to ongoing developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The initiative is open to individuals under the age of 60 who are not experiencing respiratory and related health issues, and features new measures and online access that prioritize safety for all.
FeedMore WNY continues COVID-19 relief efforts with food distributions, home-delivered meals & deliveries to agencies
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 08:50 pm
FeedMore WNY continues to experience a high volume of people who are turning to the organization for food assistance as it reaches the one-month mark of its COVID-19 relief efforts. In order to meet the unprecedented levels of need, FeedMore WNY has been making larger and more frequent deliveries of food to its partner agencies, holding supplemental food distributions, deploying emergency food kits and bags of nutritious food for children into the community and onboarding new clients to its home-delivered meal program.
'Compassion in Action' at Community Missions
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 04:50 pm
Though the past four weeks have been anything but normal, a common theme has arisen, one that carries through no matter the circumstances: Our community cares about our neighbors in need! We are blessed to see this compassion each and every day, whether it is in the phone calls, emails or donations that we receive.
'We can all play a part in supporting strong & thriving families'
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:10 pm
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Pinnacle Community Services has kicked off its second annual campaign by painting Niagara County blue (the color of child abuse prevention) in a virtual way.
Observing COVID-19 precautions, Western New York Independent Living is open for business, serving those with disabilities in Erie County
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 04:05 pm
The Western New York Independent Living Inc. family of agencies (WNYIL), the largest organization of, and for, people with disabilities in Erie County, continues to stay open, utilizing today's technology.
HUD issues new CARES Act mortgage payment relief for FHA single-family homeowners
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:15 pm
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced a tailored set of mortgage payment relief options for single-family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. Also included is an extension period for seniors with home equity conversion mortgages.
Faith community works to keep connected with congregations
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 07:00 am
Though elected leaders and nonprofit agencies are working around the clock to provide resources and educate the public on all of the above, many people still want to seek out their regular places of comfort, guidance and support for further reassurance: Churches, temples and mosques.
A 'Destination of Hope'
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 12:20 pm
On Thursday, Destination Niagara USA released the "Destination of Hope" video across all @NiagaraFallsUSA social media channels.
AARP Innovation Labs launches 'AARP Community Connections' platform to find help, or give it, during coronavirus pandemic
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 10:25 am
AARP Community Connections, a new online platform launched by AARP Innovation Labs, allows users to organize and find local volunteer groups to help pick up groceries, provide financial assistance or lend emotional support to neighbors, friends and loved ones. Across the country, these informal online groups - also called "mutual aid" groups - help communities stay connected at a time when people must practice social distancing to stay safe.
Niagara County Center for Economic Development offers additional resources
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:15 pm
Per the Niagara County Center for Economic Development (www.niagaracountybusiness.com/716-278-8750), more tips and tools for locally owned businesses.
Alzheimer's virtual resources
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 10:45 am
While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, the novel coronavirus presents unique challenges for more than 400,000 New York state residents living with dementia and their care partners.
Bishop Scharfenberger offers encouragement and guidance during coronavirus pandemic
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 am
Buffalo Catholic Diocese Apostolic Administrator Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger encourages prayer and reflection at home and the utilization of life-streamed liturgies for all Catholic faithful deprived of the sacramental life of the church in this Lenten season, due to restrictions required to prevent widespread contagion of the novel coronavirus.
Catholic Charities continues to serve with most essential services
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 11:20 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo is here to help as always, and the human service organization that serves the eight counties of Western New York is continuing to help those most in need with the most essential services, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Health and mental wellness tips for caregivers of the elderly during COVID-19
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 02:55 pm
Elderly caregivers play a vital role in the community and in individuals' lives. Amidst the angst and uncertainty of the COVID-19 epidemic, their jobs are even more essential and likely more stressful. Follow some of these simple tips to make things easier on yourself and your patient.
Attorney General James urges employees to file complaints against employers ignoring NYS executive orders
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 12:55 pm
Attorney General Letitia James today issued the following statement asking any employee who believes that their employer is in violation of labor laws or official directives set forth by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to contact the New York State Office of the Attorney General's labor bureau and file a complaint:
Community Missions program updates
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Greetings from Community Missions. I wanted to pass along an update as to what we are seeing within our programs at this time related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For nearly a century, Community Missions has been an outlet for the community to help one another to get through difficult times. Already in the first few days of this situation, we have seen this generosity of spirit in many ways!
Niagara County: Help available in finding day care for essential workers
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 11:55 am
The Niagara County Department of Social Services today announced it has been working to identify open child care slots for public and private sector employees who are deemed essential and are having child care issues.
Buffalo City Mission announces changes to community partner activity & meal service
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 10:25 am
The Buffalo City Mission announced updates to community partner activity and community meal services - all in response to ongoing developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Buffalo Ronald McDonald House response to COVID-19
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 10:25 am
The Buffalo Ronald McDonald House released the following statement:
Heart, Love & Soul enacts crisis response
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 11:00 am
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help keep guests and staff safe, Heart, Love & Soul will continue operating under crisis-response guidelines.
Salvation Army taking steps to limit coronavirus exposure
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 06:20 pm
"Salvation Army shelters have been following guidance from county and state health officials to ensure current shelter residents stay healthy while putting procedures in place to get the appropriate care for anyone showing symptoms of the virus. Shelter managers and staff are reviewing procedures for such a situation and are making sure spaces are cleaned and sanitized."
Erie County: Countywide elected officials urge restraint, common sense to curtail shoppers' panic buying
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 05:35 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has joined elected officials from across Erie County in a unified call for residents to refrain from panic buying, as well as continue supporting local businesses and restaurants, as fears of the spread of coronavirus grow.
NYS COVID-19 info, list of resources
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 09:00 pm
HERE is a link to the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, the coronavirus, from the New York State Department of Health.
Coronavirus: Cuomo announces new mass gatherings regulations
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 07:25 pm
During a novel coronavirus briefing Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will institute limits on mass gatherings, directing events with 500 or more individuals in attendance to be cancelled or postponed.
Cuomo: $5.89 million in Better Buffalo Fund awards
Wed, Mar 11th 2020 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 10 projects received awards totaling $5.89 million through the fourth round of the Better Buffalo Fund.
Kearns to host spring DisAbility Awareness Outreach Day
Mon, Mar 9th 2020 07:00 am
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and the Erie County Office for the Disabled will hold a special DisAbility Awareness Outreach Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 28, at the new Erie County Auto Bureau located in the Southgate Plaza at 1088-B Union Road in West Seneca. Those interested may utilize the Seneca Street entrance located at the backside of the plaza in the former Bon-Ton.
HART fundraiser returns to Lewiston Event Center with music, celebs
Sat, Mar 7th 2020 07:00 am
The Home Assistance Referral Team's annual "Rock'N with HART" fundraiser will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Lewiston Event Center, 845 Cayuga St. The event includes a basket raffle, a 50/50 split and a batch of celebrity bartenders.
NYS Gaming Commission observes National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Wed, Mar 4th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Gaming Commission is joining forces with the National Council on Problem Gambling, New York state public health organizations, advocacy groups and gambling operators to dedicate the month of March to raising public awareness of problem gambling.
More than 100 jobs offered at Niagara Falls job fair
Wed, Mar 4th 2020 07:00 am
More than 100 jobs of various disciplines will be offered at the 2020 job fair sponsored by the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association. The job fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the new TReC building by NGTI (Niagara Global Tourism Institute), located at 616 Niagara St., Niagara Falls.
Cuomo signs $40 million emergency management authorization for coronavirus response
Tue, Mar 3rd 2020 02:15 pm
During a novel coronavirus briefing, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today signed into law a $40 million emergency management authorization for New York's novel coronavirus response. This appropriation will allow the state to hire additional staff and procure equipment and any other resources necessary to respond to the evolving situation.
DEC announces adoption of 2020 Great Lakes fishing regulations
Tue, Mar 3rd 2020 02:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the adoption of several fishing regulation amendments for New York's Great Lakes. These changes are designed to safeguard and expand certain fish populations while enhancing anglers' continued enjoyment of these world-class fisheries. Most of these regulations are a direct result of DEC's work with anglers during the past several years to identify desired outcomes for Lake Ontario sportfishery management.
Niagara River Greenway Commission to meet
Tue, Mar 3rd 2020 02:00 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission will meet Tuesday, March 10, to determine the consistency of four projects. The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. in the NYPA Vista Community Room, 5777 Lewiston Road.
 

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