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Umpires sought
Fri, Feb 12th 2021 07:00 am
The Niagara Falls Umpire Association is now seeking men and women ages 16 and older to join as umpires. Members work high school baseball games for the Niagara Frontier League, as well as summer leagues in the Niagara County and Grand Island areas.
Porter holds public hearing on revised solar law
Fri, Feb 12th 2021 07:00 am
The Town of Porter began the process Monday toward addressing its nearly year-long moratorium on solar installations, with a public hearing en route to finalizing Local Law No. 1 of 2021 titled, "Solar Energy Systems."
Cuomo's proposed budget draws criticism from Niagara Wheatfield CSD
Fri, Feb 12th 2021 07:00 am
Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his proposed 2021-22 executive budget for New York. His education spending plans have sparked concerns amongst local school districts that they could miss out on millions of dollars in much-needed aid.
Tesla monument proposed for Gratwick Park
Fri, Feb 12th 2021 07:00 am
During Tuesday's Common Council work session, members of the nonprofit Buffalo Niagara Nikola Tesla Council Inc. (BNNTC) proposed a plan to gift the City of North Tonawanda with an art structure meant to pay homage to famous scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla.
State issues comment on CDC quarantine adjustment
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 10:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a statement on updated Centers for Disease Control guidance eliminating quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated people following close contact exposure:
NYS: More than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in 24 hours
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 10:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 106,017 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in New York in 24 hours. As of 11 a.m., New York's health care distribution sites have received 2,002,055 first doses and already administered 89% (1,787,189) first-dose vaccinations and 81% of first and second doses. The week 9 allocation from the federal government continues being delivered to providers for administration.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund announces additional $4.5 million in emergency needs grants to support nonprofits
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 10:10 pm
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund announced it has awarded more than $4.5 million to over 300 nonprofit organizations in the region, bringing the total grant amount from the fund to $13.1 million.
Taylor Swift giving fans new version of her album 'Fearless (Taylor's Version),' 'Love Story (Taylor's Version)'
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 10:10 pm
Taylor Swift shared a surprise announcement on ABC's "Good Morning America" and on her socials this morning that her new version of "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" is done and will be available soon. It has 26 songs including six never-before-released songs from the vault. Also, "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" is out tonight.
Kearns, 'Zombie Task Force' announce 'Stay in Your Home' campaign
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 10:00 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and members of the Erie County Zombie Foreclosure Task Force have created the "Stay in Your Home" campaign in response to the impending foreclosure crisis due to the unprecedented financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Morinello calls for subpoena of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in wake of AG nursing home report
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:40 pm
Republican Assemblyman Angelo Morinello and members of the minority conference held a press conference Thursday calling for a subpoena of New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker.
Catholic Health to acquire land in Lockport for new hospital campus
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:40 pm
Catholic Health has contracted to purchase 104 acres of land in Lockport, which will be the site of the new Lockport Memorial Campus of Mount St. Mary's Hospital. The multiple parcels, located off South Transit Road between Shimer and Ruhlmann roads, are currently under environmental and zoning review. Access to the hospital campus will be off Shimer Road near Transit.
Start of construction on $17 million affordable mixed-use housing development for seniors in Buffalo
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the start of construction on a $17 million affordable housing development that will offer 46 affordable homes for seniors in Buffalo. Known as La Plaza de Virginia, the development will also include a community senior service center and café.
DEC announces 3rd round of annual 'buffer in a bag' program
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:25 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the application period for the Trees for Tribs' "buffer in a bag" program is now open. Private and public landowners who qualify may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat.
Cuomo: New actions to expand access to fertility coverage for same-sex couples part of 2021 Women's Agenda
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday directed the Department of Financial Services to ensure insurers begin covering fertility services immediately for same-sex couples who wish to start a family.
$87 million available for rail & port infrastructure improvements statewide
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the availability of $87 million in state and federal funding for rail and port projects that will enhance New York's position as a global destination for commerce.
Consumer alert: NYS Division of Consumer Protection alert about online dating scams
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:25 pm
In advance of Valentine's Day, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection alerted people about online dating scams known as "sweetheart scams," in which scammers pretend to be dream partners and instead steal personal information and money from victims. According to statistics from the Federal Trade Commission, overall losses in this kind of scam are about $200 million a year.
'Big R': Sid and Carol Jeffery Memorial set for July 23 at Ransomville
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:10 pm
The Sid and Carol Jeffery Memorial night is one of the highlights on the Ransomville Speedway schedule. The 2021 edition will take place Friday, July 23, with the Krown Undercoating Modifieds running a 56-lap race paying $2,000 to win and the Investors Service Sportsman running a 40-lap race paying $1,000 to win.
Lori Allan becomes president of PRSA
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:10 pm
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter welcomes Lori Allan as president for the year 2021. Allan heads a 12-person board of directors, which was recently elected by the local chapter's membership body.
ABC News to launch 'Soul of a Nation,' first broadcast network newsmagazine on Black life in America
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 09:10 pm
ABC News announced it will launch a groundbreaking primetime newscast, the first broadcast network newsmagazine that aims to put Black life in America front and center.
Investigation into sledding hill fatality continues
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 02:55 pm
Police are continuing their investigations into an accident that occurred Saturday morning at Clyde L. Burmaster Park in the Town of Lewiston, which claimed the life of a 16-year-old female and injured a 3-year-old male.
Live Well Erie encourages community: Unite to get vaccinated
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 01:25 pm
Like the rest of the nation, the people of Erie County have suffered devastating effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have lost hundreds of lives, and our way of life has been impacted in negative ways that we could not have predicted in early 2020. While we are encouraged by the newly approved vaccines, we pause to mourn with those who have lost loved ones, and to applaud the commitment of front-line health care workers and other essential worker heroes.
Cuomo on COVID: Statewide positivity is 3.54% - lowest since Nov. 25
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 01:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
NYSDOH awards grant to ECMC to eliminate hepatitis C
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 01:20 pm
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) AIDS Institute has again awarded a $1.5 million Eliminating Hepatitis C by Improving Access to Care and Treatment grant to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp.'s Center for Hepatology Care. The center was previously funded by the same state source from 2015-20.
Jacobs statement on agriculture budget reconciliation bill
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 08:45 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, released the following statement after the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture met Wednesday to consider the agriculture portion of the proposed COVID-19 budget reconciliation package.
'Doc Emrick - The Voice of Hockey' - premieres Feb. 21 on NBC, alongside NHL outdoor games at Lake Tahoe
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 08:45 am
NBC Sports will premiere "Doc Emrick - The Voice of Hockey," presented by Discover, detailing the illustrious career of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and eight-time Sports Emmy Award winner Mike "Doc" Emrick - on Sunday, Feb. 21 (2 p.m. ET), on NBC, leading into coverage of the NHL outdoor game at Lake Tahoe featuring the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.
Higgins announces House committee action on American Rescue Plan
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 05:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has begun its work on the American Rescue Plan, passing several components of the COVID-19 disaster relief package in committee.
Buffalo Police Department recruiting for Buffalo Police Explorers
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 05:00 pm
The Buffalo Police Department, along with Buffalo Police Explorers (BPE), worked hard in 2020 to make a difference across Buffalo and is now recruiting BPE for 2021. The Larkin Commerce Center has taken notice of that work and donated space for the Buffalo Police Explorers to meet through 2021.
Lewiston Police Department seeks community input with survey
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 04:10 pm
The Lewiston Police Department issued its anticipated community survey this week, seeking input on its service operations, police practices and any needs for improvement.
Niagara Pride to host virtual provider lunch and learn series aimed at LGBTQ+ community
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 04:00 pm
Niagara Pride Inc., a community service LGBTQ+ organization servicing all of Niagara County, is hosting the first of a series of virtual community provider lunch and learn Zoom presentations starting at noon Feb. 19. The series will run at the same time on the third Friday of each month.
Montante Construction acquires Tedesco Construction Services
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 03:45 pm
Montante Construction and Tedesco Construction Services on Wednesday announced a definitive agreement for Montante to acquire Tedesco. Montante Construction is a full-service construction management and general contracting firm, while Tedesco Construction Services is an established leader in the design and construction of preengineered metal building systems.
Child Advocacy Center of Niagara awarded national reaccreditation
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 03:45 pm
The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara was awarded reaccreditation by the National Children's Alliance - the national association and accrediting body for children's advocacy centers across the country.
Bagneschi named Schoellkopf Health Center administrator
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 03:45 pm
Christopher J. Bagneschi has been named administrator of the Schoellkopf Health Center.
Cuomo: Sports & entertainment events in major stadiums, arenas can reopen with limited spectators beginning Feb. 23
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, building off of the successful Buffalo Bills pilot program, sports and entertainment events in major stadiums and arenas with a capacity of 10,000 or more people can reopen with limited spectators beginning Feb. 23.
Memorial Medical Center rocks red to raise awareness of heart disease in women
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 02:55 pm
Team members at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center showed their support for National Wear Red Day on Friday by rocking their red outfits.
'Food Network Obsessed' podcast picked up for extended second run
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 02:50 pm
Food Network has picked up "Food Network Obsessed," the official podcast of Food Network, for an extended second run with host Jaymee Sire returning.
Wydysh offers insight offered on state, Niagara County COVID-19 vaccination efforts
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 02:20 pm
The Lewiston Senior Club and Town of Lewiston Senior Center hosted 2nd District Niagara County Legislator Becky Wydysh, chairwoman of the Niagara County Legislature, on Tuesday. She visited to offer some insight to an issue of demand among residents: When and where can I get vaccinated?
Preservation Buffalo Niagara awarded 2020 Technical Assistance Grant for 72 Sycamore St.
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 02:15 pm
Preservation Buffalo Niagara is the recipient of a 2020 Technical Assistance Grant from The Preservation League of New York State. PLNYS and its program partners at the New York State Council on the Arts, Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area selected 26 projects representing 18 counties across the state chosen by an independent panel of preservation professionals.
NBC's 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' hits the streets
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 12:45 pm
NBC is reuniting two of the most popular members of the NYPD in TV history with a must-watch crossover that will serve as the launch of the anticipated new Dick Wolf drama, "Law & Order: Organized Crime."
Seneca Niagara announces cancellation of Motown Extreme, Matt Fraser shows
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 12:45 pm
Due to the ongoing nationwide impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on live entertainment performances, the Motown Extreme shows at The Bear's Den Showroom inside Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino have been canceled. The shows had been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 21-22.
Norris calls for broadband for all in NYS budget
Wed, Feb 10th 2021 12:45 pm
Assemblyman Mike Norris, R-C-Lockport, said the governor's "failure to act on signing legislation to ensure proper broadband access was available to all New Yorkers" was "very disappointing." His camp noted calls from citizens about the need for expanded broadband access have been wide reaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people work and learn from home, and e-commerce has become more vital for the state's economy.

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