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John Ford Coley to perform Jan. 20 at the Bear's Den
Thu, Jan 5th 2023 09:25 pm
John Ford Coley will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, inside the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino's Bear's Den.
Registration is open for 'Cycle the Erie Canal'
Thu, Jan 5th 2023 09:25 pm
Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York's 25th annual "Cycle the Erie Canal" tour, what organizers called "an unforgettable opportunity to bike across New York state and take in the rich history of the legendary canal that transformed America."
DiNapoli urges New Yorkers to spend holiday gift cards
Thu, Jan 5th 2023 09:25 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers to make sure they spend any gift cards they received this holiday season. Unused gift card balances can eventually be turned over to his Office of Unclaimed Funds (OUF), which took in a record $48 million from them in 2022.
Higgins: $6.4 million-plus for Western New York health centers
Thu, Jan 5th 2023 09:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $6,466,603 for Western New York's federally qualified health centers. Included in the awards is $928,681 to ramp up coronavirus vaccination efforts, as the local community is facing the triple threat of increasing cases of RSV, COVID-19 and flu.
Catholic Charities: Appeal 2023 launches with $9.5 million goal
Thu, Jan 5th 2023 09:25 pm
Officials on Thursday launched Appeal 2023, in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the diocesan "Fund for the Faith," with a goal of raising $9.5 million by June 30.
Girl Scouts of Western New York kicks off 2023 cookie season
Thu, Jan 5th 2023 09:20 pm
Girl Scouts in Western New York are now selling the exclusively online, berry-blasted Raspberry Rally cookie alongside the iconic cookie lineup, powering amazing experiences in outdoors, STEM, and beyond.
Disney+ announces Feb. 1 streaming debut of Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'
Wed, Jan 4th 2023 09:00 pm
Disney+ rang in the New Year with fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, announcing the Feb. 1 streaming debut of Marvel Studios' "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."
Mount St. Mary's Hospital welcomes UBMD Emergency Medicine, Buffalo-Niagara Hospitalists to staff its emergency department
Wed, Jan 4th 2023 08:35 pm
Mount St. Mary's Hospital (MSMH) welcomed the providers from UBMD Emergency Medicine to the emergency department on Jan. 1, along with the medical team from Buffalo-Niagara Hospitalists, who will manage inpatient care at the hospital. These two groups are also slated to facilitate both inpatient care and emergency care at the new Lockport Memorial Campus of Mount St. Mary's Hospital when it opens later in 2023.
Ice at Canalside reopening with 'Buffalo Strong' after historic blizzard
Wed, Jan 4th 2023 08:30 pm
The Ice at Canalside, sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, will reopen Friday, Jan. 6, with a new slate of programming to welcome skaters back to "The Ice" in 2023. The Ice at Canalside closed Thursday, Dec. 22, in anticipation of a historic storm.
State Police issue more than 32,900 tickets during national DWI crackdown that ran through New Year's Day
Wed, Jan 4th 2023 08:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Police issued 32,934 tickets and arrested 453 people for impaired driving during the national DWI crackdown, which started Wednesday, Dec. 14, and continued through New Year's Day Sunday. Troopers arrested 453 people for DWI, and investigated 4,417 accidents, which resulted in 528 people being injured and eight fatalities.
Niagara University professor publishes Himalayan travel piece on presence
Wed, Jan 4th 2023 08:25 pm
Dr. Joseph Little, associate professor of English at Niagara University, had been backpacking in the western Himalayas one January when Balrum took him in, graciously providing lodging in a nearby cabin and unforgettable conversations around the campfire as the quiet farmer, with remarkable grace and presence, said farewell to his family.
Buffalo Bills: Damar Hamlin able to communicate verbally
Wed, Jan 4th 2023 05:45 pm
On Wednesday afternoon, @BuffaloBills tweeted the following update regarding Damar Hamlin: "Damar remains in the ICU in critical condition with signs of improvement noted yesterday and overnight. He is expected to remain under intensive care as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him."
Village of Lewiston to review short-term rental feedback, adopt policy on Jan. 17, then enact moratorium
Wed, Jan 4th 2023 08:20 am
A capacity crowd at Tuesday's Village of Lewiston work session provided more than a few items for trustees to consider, as the board works to create new regulations on short-term rentals.
Morinello sworn into office for fourth term
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 04:55 pm
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, R-C-I-Niagara, was joined by his daughter and granddaughters as he was sworn in Monday by Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino to serve his fourth term in the Assembly.
USDA to conduct hemp survey
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 04:50 pm
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will send the hemp production and disposition inquiry to over 1,000 northeastern state producers on Jan. 19. This follows NASS' 2021 hemp acreage and production survey. Like the 2021 questionnaire, this year's survey will collect information on the total planted and harvested area, yield, production, and value of hemp in the U.S. in 2022.
GBNRTC to present preferred scenario for reimagining Scajaquada corridor
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 04:45 pm
The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) has announced a public meeting for Region Central, which covers the area of Buffalo surrounding the Scajaquada Creek corridor, including Route 198. After 18 months of analysis, planning and community input, the meeting will present GBNRTC's preferred scenario for reimagining the Scajaquada corridor.
Cindy Voelker named president & CEO of Spectrum Health
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 04:35 pm
The board of directors of Spectrum Health and Human Services named Cindy Voelker president and CEO, effective Jan. 1.
Higgins comments on Damar Hamlin
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 04:25 pm
"Like the rest of Western New York and fans across the country, our focus at this moment is to pray and wish for a full recovery for Damar Hamlin."
Prime Video announces premiere date, first-look teaser for new Christoph Waltz thriller, 'The Consultant'
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 04:05 pm
Today, Prime Video debuted the first-look teaser and episodic images for the highly anticipated, Christoph Waltz-led series, "The Consultant." Prime Video announced that the series will premiere all eight episodes exclusively on Feb. 24 in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
5 things we learned about Alzheimer's disease in 2022
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
2022 was a productive and promising year for Alzheimer's research, including discoveries related to the causes, risk factors and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
DEC: Several new requirements taking effect for 2023 to protect consumers from harmful chemicals
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Several new laws are taking effect in the new year to "help protect public health and the environment by reducing exposure to harmful chemicals in everyday items," the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced.
Catholic Health, Highmark BCBSWNY announce long-term contract agreement
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Highmark BCBSWNY, Catholic Health, and Catholic Medical Partners recently announced a new long-term contract agreement. A press release said, "This will ensure Highmark BCBSWNY members will have continued access to care at Catholic Health hospitals and its comprehensive network of services."
IRS announces tax relief for victims of severe winter storm in New York
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Victims of severe winter storm beginning Dec. 23, 2022, now have until April 18, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service recently announced.
Niagara Falls: 9 displaced from early morning fire
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Early Saturday morning, the Niagara Falls Fire Department was called out to a structure fire at 431 20th St., around 2:30 a.m. Crews arrived on scene to find heavy flames coming from the building.
Niagara Falls: Arrest made in New Year's Day homicide
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Niagara Falls Police have arrested a suspect in the homicide that occurred on the morning of Jan. 1 in the 2200 block of LaSalle Avenue. The suspect is charged with one count of murder in the second degree and will be arraigned in Niagara Falls City Court on Tuesday, Jan. 3. 
ESW: Local wrestling stars return to Niagara Falls
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 02:15 pm
Empire State Wrestling starts 2023 in a major way with its next event, "All I Do Is Win." The event will take place Friday, Jan. 20, at the Frontier Fire Hall (2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls).
DEC forest rangers respond to historic storm
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:30 pm
On Dec. 24-27, forest rangers and environmental conservation police officers assisted Erie County emergency personnel with the massive winter storm.
Memorial names new director of marketing, special events & PR
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has named Sean Dwyer its new director of marketing, special events and public relations for the Medical Center Foundation.
'Coffee with Chris' and State Sen. Rob Ortt
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
New York State Sen. Rob Ortt will join Niagara County Legislator Chris Voccio at "Coffee with Chris" at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.
BBB tip: Protect yourself from 'storm chasers' after a natural disaster
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Natural disasters, like the deadly blizzard we saw in Western New York, often bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out contractors taking advantage of those who have already been victimized. 
Hochul announces first-ever round of Office of Strategic Workforce Development Grant awards totaling more than $6 million
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced the New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development has awarded more than $6 million in grants to eight projects across the state through the first round of the Capital and Pay for Performance Grant Programs.
Hochul signs NYS Living Donor Support Act into law
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.1594/A.146A) into law, enacting the New York State Living Donors Support Act, the first state program in the nation allowing individuals to be reimbursed for the costs of kidney and liver donations.
NYS Department of Labor establishes process to expedite employment certification for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) recently announced it has put enforcement measures in place to avert employment certification delays for those applying for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). This program allows eligible full-time public service and nonprofit workers to apply to have the remainder of their federal student loan debt forgiven after 120 qualifying payments.
Hochul signs Digital Fair Repair Act into law
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed the Digital Fair Repair Act (S4104-A/A7006-B) into law, her team said, "making New York the first state in the nation to guarantee the right to repair, protecting consumers from anticompetitive efforts to limit repair."
Hochul urges recipients of government assistance to protect themselves against card skimming
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently urged New Yorkers who receive government assistance via an Electronic Benefit Transfer card to take steps to protect themselves from criminals who have been using "skimming" devices to steal the benefits from unsuspecting recipients.
'One Man Winter' 5K through the orchard
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 01:20 pm
Race Management Solutions and The Winery at Marjim Manor are continuing their partnerships of 5K races through the orchard. Races are scheduled for Jan. 14 and 21. Runners can register at Registering the day of the race is also scheduled.
Hochul signs legislative package to support pedestrians, bikers & riders
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed a legislative package supporting pedestrians, bikers and transit riders across New York. These new laws aim to increase Department of Transportation support for municipal "Complete Streets" projects, and require regional transportation boards have voting seats for transit dependent individuals.
Hochul signs legislative package to crack down on pandemic fraud
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed a legislative package to crack down on pandemic fraud. Her team said, "By increasing rewards for reporting fraud and increasing penalties for fraud that occurs during state emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic, these new laws will deter individuals from committing this crime as well as encourage the reporting of fraud."
Hochul signs legislation allowing individuals to become one-day marriage officiants
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation S.739A/A.6300A into law, creating a new path for people over the age of 18 to apply for "one-day designation," authorizing them to solemnize a single marriage on a specified day in the state of New York.
DEC announces adoption of Advanced Clean Cars II rule for new passenger cars and light-duty truck sales
Tue, Jan 3rd 2023 12:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conversation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the adoption of new requirements to "reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from the transportation sector." The Advanced Clean Car II regulations will require all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York state to be zero-emissions by 2035.

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