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BlueCross BlueShield connects with 50,000 at-risk members through targeted efforts amid pandemic
Wed, Feb 24th 2021 09:45 am
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has hit a major milestone: connecting with 50,000 members since it launched an outreach campaign to connect at-risk members with support and resources amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The health plan will continue to expand its targeted efforts for the next several months to help even more members manage the impacts of the pandemic.
Higgins: Biden-Trudeau meeting positive step in rebuilding binational trust & progress
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 07:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the congressional northern border caucus, released the following statement in response to Tuesday's bilateral meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
ECMC prepares updated visitation guidance for Terrace View
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 07:20 pm
Based on the New York State Department of Health's recently updated guidance regarding general nursing home visitation, Terrace View Long-Term Care (located on ECMC's Grider Street Health Campus) is updating its visitation policies for its residents' families, friends and loved ones.
Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative launching 'Community Currency Program'
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 05:45 pm
The Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative (CHNFC) is set to launch "Niagara Falls Community Currency" on Feb. 25. The new program is an organized exchange system where members earn time for time spent helping other members in the community. Members can exchange hours of service they want or need with the time, or hours they have earned.
Cuomo: New directive requiring insurers to cover infertility services, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the Department of Financial Services issued guidance requiring New York health insurers to cover fertility services for all New Yorkers regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
DEC announces agreement with state & local partners to redevelop former industrial sites in Niagara, Orleans counties
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 05:40 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Tuesday announced a new cooperative agreement with the state comptroller's office; Niagara County; Orleans County; the cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda; and the Niagara Orleans Regional Land Improvement Corp. (NORLIC) to promote the redevelopment of dozens of potentially contaminated properties in Niagara and Orleans counties.
BISON Children's Scholarship Fund receives $3.5 million grant from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 05:40 pm
The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund announced a $3.5 million grant from the New York-based Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. This is the largest grant in BISON Fund history, and it allows the BISON Fund to expand its reach across Western New York and administer financial support through existing programs in Rochester and Syracuse.
Grand Island's Civil War soldiers to be memorialized
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:50 pm
Mary Cooke was attending her first Memorial Day ceremony at the former DeGlopper Park early in her Grand Island political career when an Island resident's comment sent her on what has become a nearly quarter-century search of Islanders who served during the Civil War in the mid-1800s.
Reassessment answers just a video away
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:50 pm
It's no longer a coming attraction. The new video about the town's 2021 reassessment project arrived last week on the town's website,
Temporary trail route OK'd for hikers, bikers
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:45 pm
Bicycle riders crossing either bridge will soon be greeted by directional signage sending them 12 miles through the South Parkway Bike Path, along the West River or an approximately 6-mile new temporary route through the center of town that will connect the Niagara Greenway Shoreline Trail's 37 miles from Lackawanna to Youngstown.
St. Martin's donates baby items to Family Justice Center
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:45 pm
On Feb. 1, the Family Justice Center received a "ton of diapers, wipes, and other baby items" from the Ladies in Faith Together group of Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church. In addition, the group donated $250, which the Family Justice Center requested to establish a new pantry for baby items.
Making her mark: Islander Danielle Martin is competing in tattoo beauty contest
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:45 pm
Danielle Martin is making an impressive showing in the 2021 Inked Magazine Cover Girl Search, a worldwide tattoo beauty competition. After three elimination rounds in the online contest, Martin is holding strong at first place in her group.
'Grandpa' Goulding enjoys 5-generation family
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:45 pm
Bob Goulding, 90, the patriarch of a five-generation Island family, is proud to welcome the family's youngest member - his great-great-grandson Wyatt Nicholas Lancaster.
Grand Island author rereleases book on Polish herbs, folk medicine
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:40 pm
Longtime Grand Island resident and retired nurse Sophie Hodorowicz Knab is going strong in her second career as the author of a series of books on Polish history and customs.
Seneca Niagara: Temptations & Four Tops, Cedric The Entertainer shows postponed
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:20 pm
Due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on live entertainment performances, shows featuring The Temptations and The Four Tops (Aug. 13), and Cedric The Entertainer (Sept. 17) at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino have been postponed. New show dates will be announced once confirmed.
Erie County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Task Force completes draft plan
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:20 pm
The Erie County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Task Force, formed last summer pursuant to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order 203, announced the completion of a preliminary report and recommendations ready for public review and input.
ECMC centers earn national recognition for quality services
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:05 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. announced the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has again recognized ECMC's Family Health Center and its Internal Medicine Center for achieving sustaining practices through the New York State Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program.
Photographer Janet Schultz will exhibit at Marjim Manor
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:05 pm
The Winery at Marjim Manor will host a photography exhibit by Janet D. Schultz, with a grand-opening event from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Refreshments will be served. All attendees are asked to follow COVID-19 safety protocols.
NACC announces spring class lineup
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:05 pm
The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center has announced its new community education class lineup for spring.
Higgins welcomes a return to US-Canada collaboration
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins. D-NY-26, who serves as co-chair of the congressional northern border caucus, welcomed the bilateral meeting between President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Cuomo announces 4-point plan to reduce sexual violence in educational institutions as part of 2021 Women's Agenda
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a four-point plan to reduce sexual violence in educational institutions as part of the state's 2021 Women's Agenda. As part of this plan, the governor has directed SUNY and the state's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence - a newly reimagined agency proposed by the governor in his 2021 State of the State - to establish an innovative hub to develop enforceable policies, trainings and outreach programs to combat and end sexual violence on college campuses.
UB Arts Collaboratory launches new incubator in downtown Buffalo
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 02:30 pm
The University at Buffalo Arts Collaboratory will launch a pioneering new incubator for artists across all disciplines on Feb. 27. The first of three monthlong programs will feature a distinguished visiting faculty member in the department of art, followed by a multidisciplinary program from two nationally recognized local artists, and finally a visit from one of the world's most respected painters, who for the first time in her career will work collaboratively with local artists on a public art piece.
Niagara University receives grant to continue efforts to enhance mental health services in Western New York
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 02:30 pm
Niagara University has received a $375,000 grant from The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to address the growing mental health needs on campus and in the community. The funding will be used to establish accessible pathways and incremental credentials to improve the quality and availability of services offered by the current and future workforce in support of the region's most vulnerable children and families.
NYPA offers stem education, clean energy workplace skills through new P-TECH collaboration with high schools, colleges
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 02:30 pm
The New York Power Authority announced it has joined a collaboration with the nationally respected Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools program, known as P-TECH, to offer high school students workplace skills, training and the educational credentials they need to land competitive jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Cuomo announces expanded guidelines for nursing home visitations
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 07:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced new, expanded guidelines for visitation of residents in nursing home facilities in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines to begin Feb. 26. The New York State Department of Health recommends visitors take a rapid test before entry into the facility, and DOH will provide rapid tests to nursing homes to facilitate their ability to test visitors on-site and at no cost.
Higgins announces budget committee approval of American Rescue Plan
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 07:25 pm
As the U.S. marked the tragic milestone of 500,000 deaths due to COVID-19, the House of Representatives budget committee took action to advance the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, a member of the committee, said Congress should move with "speed and urgency" to pass the relief to respond to the economic and public health consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, which has "fundamentally altered how we live, work and relate to one another."
Jacobs: Work with Canada to reopen border
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 05:40 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, is releasing the following statement ahead of the virtual summit between President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
Cuomo sets guidelines for billiard halls to reopen; movie theaters in NYC also reopening; weddings & catered events can resume March 15
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 05:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that, as New York's hospitalization and COVID-19 infection rates continue to decline, the state is issuing guidance to begin reopening additional sectors of the economy.
NF Memorial Medical Center resumes COVID-19 vaccine clinics
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 05:35 pm
Sandra Fredemburg, left, receives her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine from a Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center pharmacist during a clinic held Monday at the Niagara Falls High School Fieldhouse.
APPLE TV+ announces 'Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry' live premiere event
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 03:00 pm
On Thursday, Feb. 25, fans around the world are invited to take part in a global live premiere event to celebrate the release of "Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry," a new Apple Original Film from award-winning director R.J. Cutler.
Erie County Soil & Water District announces 'Erie County Envirothon 2021'
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 02:55 pm
The Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District is encouraging high school students to enroll in "Erie County Envirothon 2021," an environmental-themed event where students represent their high school team in academic competition while learning about five environmental science topics: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and current events.
Ortt & Barclay: Stop faking on revoking governor's emergency powers
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 02:55 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt, joined by Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay and members of both Houses, on Monday "called for their timid colleagues who serve in leadership positions in the State Legislature to finally end Gov. Cuomo's emergency powers, which have been in place for nearly a year without any legislative oversight."
Falls council offering presentation & discussion on emotional well-being, coping in pandemic
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 02:40 pm
At 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, the Niagara Falls Ministerial Council is presenting a free public Zoom event titled "Mental Health and Spirituality."
AHLA on CDC vaccination guidelines & hotel workers in phase 1c
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 01:55 pm
The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent update to prioritize "traveler accommodation" under the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) categories of essential workers.
NYSDOH's cannabinoid hemp program now accepting license applications
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 01:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the New York State Department of Health is now accepting applications from businesses seeking to operate as cannabinoid hemp processors, retailers or distributors.
Joel Vaughn to present 'Louder Than The Lies: Live'
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 01:40 pm
Celebrating the release of his critically acclaimed, best-selling new recording, "Louder Than The Lies," singer/songwriter Joel Vaughn is inviting fans around the world to a special online concert this Sunday. "Louder Than The Lies: Live" is set to premiere February 28 (8 p.m. ET), and will feature Vaughn and his full band performing the entire 12-track project on location at Blackberry Meadows Farm near Nashville.
Red Cross calls for healthy blood donors following severe weather
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 12:15 pm
Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. have had a significant impact on blood and platelet donations. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals - especially those with type O blood - to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help can't wait.
Problem Gambling Awareness Month: NYS is facing problem gambling together
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 11:45 am
In honor of Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) in 2021, the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) is challenging everyone across New York state - individuals, agencies and communities alike - to come together to face problem gambling.
New Aquarium of Niagara exhibit highlights dangers of illegal wildlife trade
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 11:40 am
The Aquarium of Niagara has teamed up with full-service local energy company NOCO to highlight the impacts of illegal wildlife trading and the importance of local conservation efforts through a visually unique and interactive new exhibit.
Perfect blend: City officials welcome SPoT Coffee to North Tonawanda
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 11:20 am
Business is a-brewing in the Lumber City. On Friday, North Tonawanda city officials hosted a public "Welcome to Webster Street" event to commemorate the arrival of downtown's newest business, SPoT Coffee.

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