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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.
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.
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.
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.' "
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.
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.
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.
 

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