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Erie County: 'High-Risk Youth' Team intervention program for teens impacted by gun violence
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 10:05 am
On Thursday, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced the "High-Risk Youth Team," a multifaceted intervention program for teenagers who are considered at risk of being directly impacted by gun violence in the City of Buffalo.
Back-to-school resources to become tobacco-free
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:50 am
Back-to-school season doesn't have to mean back to cigarettes or back to vape products. Numerous free resources to become tobacco-free are available through the New York State Smokers' Quitline and its partners. One visit to or a call to 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) is all it takes to begin a journey to better health, which will lead to improved mood and concentration in school.
CAO of WNY awarded $10 million-plus in Head Start funding for Niagara County
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:50 am
Community Action Organization of WNY (CAO) has been awarded a five-year grant by the Office of Head Start to provide Head Start programming in Niagara County. CAO said it has a well-established reputation for enhancing the lives of children and families through its comprehensive child and family development program, which serves infants, toddlers, pregnant women, preschools, and their families.
Higgins: Multimillion-dollar grant supports Niagara Falls School District's 'cradle-to-career'
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Thursday announced the Niagara Falls City School District (NFCSD) was awarded a federal grant totaling over $2.1 million annually for five years. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will support Head Start and Early Head Start programs to give the city's children a strong foundation for success.
$200 million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers in September
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:50 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for September. Hochul also directed the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which administers SNAP in New York, to continue working with the federal government to ensure these supplemental benefits will reach households in need throughout the fall.
Sunnking donates more than $13,000 to Camp Good Days during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:30 am
On Thursday, local electronics recycler Sunnking presented a $13,357 check to Camp Good Days and Special Times, a local nonprofit organization helping children and families dealing with cancer. The funds were raised as a part of Sunnking's 11th annual "e-Scrap for Camp" fundraiser. The company saw 353 businesses participate in the electronics recycling donation drive.
Hochul announces suspension of state hiring freeze implemented during pandemic
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:30 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the suspension of the state hiring freeze through the end of the fiscal year, supporting COVID-19 recovery efforts. The hiring freeze suspension comes after the governor released the updated state financial plan, projecting $2.1 billion in revenue above projections as the economic recovery beats expectations.
New York Power Authority awarded WELL Health-Safety Rating for COVID-19 response
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:25 am
The New York Power Authority was awarded the WELL Health-Safety Rating at its facilities for its operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address the ongoing COVID-19 environment and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.
Lutzenkirchen to speak at East Aurora High School
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:25 am
Mike Lutzenkirchen of the Lutzie 43 Foundation, father of the late Auburn football great Philip Lutzenkirchen, will speak on driving safe and making responsible choices. He will address the community at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at East Aurora High School Auditorium.
State Parks adding solar energy project to Niagara Falls State Park
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 09:25 am
As part of a series of new sustainability initiatives being announced by state agencies for Climate Week 2021, New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid on Thursday announced a new solar array will provide clean, sustainable, carbon-free power maintenance operations at Niagara Falls State Park - already the longtime symbol of green energy in New York thanks to the falls' century-old history of hydroelectric power generation.
NCDOH to provide COVID-19 vaccine, breastfeeding and baby-changing station at Niagara Celtic Festival
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 12:20 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health will participate in the 20th Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games this Saturday and Sunday at the Niagara County Fairgrounds in Lockport. COVID-19 vaccine will be offered each day.
AAA: Car crashes No. 1 safety issue for children, yet only 1 in 5 parents has car seat checked
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 10:05 am
Car crashes are the leading safety issue facing children. Approximately 183,000 children were injured in car crashes in 2018, or more than 500 injuries per day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
AAA presents 'Trips, Trucks, and Trunks' car safety event
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 10:05 am
Child Passenger Safety Week kicks off Sept. 19, and AAA is getting a jump start on safety with the New York State Police and Erie County Sheriff's Office by offering free car seat checks and installation advice.
Greater Niagara Ballet Company hosts 'Nutcracker' auditions
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 10:05 am
The Greater Niagara Ballet Company's "The Nutcracker" is returning Dec. 10-11 to the Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Center. The family-friendly holiday show features local dancers, guest artists and character performers.
Ascension Industries named Member of the Month
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 10:05 am
The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas named Ascension Industries its Member of the Month.
2021 Marble Orchard Ghost Walks canceled
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:30 am
On Wednesday, the Lewiston Council on the Arts announced, "We regretfully announce that the 2021 Marble Orchard Ghost Walks have been canceled."
Hochul adds mask requirements amid rise of delta variant
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a series of universal mask requirements designed to protect New Yorkers against the highly contagious delta variant and the recent surge in COVID-19 infections statewide.
DEC proposes regulation allowing counties to opt out of holiday deer hunt
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:25 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the release of a proposed regulation that, if adopted, would allow counties to opt out of the recently established end-of-year deer hunt, slated to occur annually between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. The "holiday hunt" is an extension of the late bow and muzzleloader deer season in New York's southern zone.
Erie County Department of Health shares questions for parents & caregivers to ask child care centers
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:25 am
As many families with young children settle into their "back to school" routines, the Erie County Department of Health is offering parents and caregivers a set of questions to ask child care centers about their health and safety practices related to COVID-19. These include:
Wheatfield Lions 'End of Summer Fest'
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:25 am
The Wheatfield Lions Club will host its "End of Summer Fest" on Saturday, Sept. 18, at American Legion Post 1451, 6525 Ward Road, Sanborn.
New market invites local makers to Buffalo History Museum's debut event
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:20 am
The Buffalo History Museum's first Holiday Makers Market will take place from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. Local makers will be present for guests to shop local while finding gifts for the holiday season.
Higgins: $55,000-plus for Williamsville Fire Department
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:20 am
Congressman Higgins announced the Williamsville Fire Department was awarded a grant totaling $55,238, was funded by the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).
UB Dental to offer free care to WNY vets in honor of Veterans Day
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:20 am
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.
Sheehan to perform in Buffalo
Wed, Sep 15th 2021 07:45 am
Trae Sheehan brings his new album, "Hello from the End of the World," to Mohawk Place in Buffalo on Wednesday, Sept. 15.
'Hell's Kitchen,' 'MasterChef' name winners
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:15 pm
On Monday's finale of "Hell's Kitchen," chef Gordon Ramsay announced Trenton Garvey as the winner of season 20.
'Cobra Kai' stars Xolo MaridueƱa & Jacob Bertrand launch new My Cultura podcast, 'Lone Lobos'
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:10 pm
On the heels of the season 5 renewal announcement of Netflix's Emmy-nominated smash hit "Cobra Kai," series stars Xolo MaridueƱa and Jacob Bertrand have joined iHeartMedia's new My Cultura podcast network, dedicated to elevating Latinx voices and creators, and sharing the Latinx experience with millions of listeners.
Hochul: $23.7 million in grant awards to end the gun violence epidemic
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:10 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced funding for several gun violence prevention efforts, which include job training, community activities, and intervener staffing in communities seeing the highest concentration of gun violence.
Ortt awards Liberty Medal to local hero
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:05 pm
New York State Sen. Robert Ortt awarded a New York State Liberty Medal to Ryan Suitor for his "quick and decisive action in helping save the life of a 2-year-old boy suffering from a severe case of Roseola."
Family Promise of WNY to host 6th annual 'Choctoberfest'
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:05 pm
Family Promise of WNY is a community organization providing emergency shelter and support to families experiencing homelessness It will host its sixth annual "Choctoberfest" - a celebration of all things beer and chocolate - from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Flying Bison Brewing Co.
Higgins & Davis: $106,000+ for City of Tonawanda Fire Department
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis announced a federal fire grant totaling $106,145 awarded to the City of Tonawanda Fire Department through the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).
Study: Colon cancer risk extends to second- and third-degree relatives
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:05 pm
Having second- or third-degree relatives with colorectal cancer increases a person's risk of developing the disease, according to the findings of a study led by researchers from the University at Buffalo and the University of Utah.
Scholarship fund receives donation from recycling efforts at Erie County Fair
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:00 pm
The Erie County Fair continues its partnership with the Can Bottle Return Co. of Hamburg to collect and recycle the returnable cans, bottles and glasses used at the annual event. The items were collected on a daily basis at the Erie County Fair from the designated containers placed around the grounds totaling 45,000 items.
'Shop 716' e-gift cards and buy local campaign return to boost Erie County small businesses
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:00 pm
National Small Business Week is here, and Erie County is building on the success of 2020's popular small business initiatives by joining with partners to relaunch the "Shop 716" e-gift card and buy local marketing campaign programs for the final months of 2021.
Great Pumpkin Farm hosts 26th annual Fall Festival
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:00 pm
The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence will kick off its 26th annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to dusk Saturday and Sunday with a special Armed Forces Weekend in collaboration with Clarence Citizens for Veterans. The regular admission fee will be waived for active duty and retired military, police or fire department personnel who present proper identification to WNY Heroes representatives at the gate; they will also be permitted to bring one guest for free.
Hochul announces 'major progress' in providing pandemic relief to impacted New Yorkers
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced "significant progress" in providing pandemic relief to impacted New Yorkers through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and the Excluded Workers Program. The amount of pandemic-related emergency rental assistance paid out has nearly doubled in the past three weeks - growing to $399 million - enabling tenants at risk for eviction to stay in their homes and helping struggling landlords to recoup unpaid rent.
Hulu orders 2nd season of criminally successful comedy series 'Only Murders in the Building'
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 05:40 pm
"Only Murders in the Building," the hit Hulu Original comedy series starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez, has been picked up for a second season.
State Parks announces pheasant hunt lottery
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 05:35 pm
The Niagara Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the annual permit lottery for the 2021 pheasant hunting season will take place Friday, Oct. 1. This will include the drawing for both the youth hunt and the regular season hunt.
Hochul announces appointments to Joint Commission on Public Ethics
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 05:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced appointments to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. She is designating Commissioner James E. Dering to serve as acting chair of the commission, and appointing the Hon. C. Randall Hinrichs to serve on the commission as a governor's appointee.
Grand staircase restoration in Delaware Park announced for 'Olmsted 200'
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 05:30 pm
The Buffalo Olmsted Conservancy announced the grand staircase restoration project at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park. The project aims to finish its capital fundraising and to begin preparatory site work in fall 2021. As the nation prepares to celebrate the 200th birth year of Frederick Law Olmsted, a ribbon-cutting is expected in late 2022 to unveil the new staircase.
Seaman announces sentencing
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 09:00 pm
Niagara County District Attorney Brian D. Seaman announced Michael Blackburn of Niagara Falls was sentenced to two to six years in state prison by the Hon. Richard C. Kloch Sr. for his conviction of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident.

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