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Grand Island School District trimming budget: Tentative tax rate would increase by 3.21%
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:00 am
Grand Island School District administrators are working through the next fiscal year's draft budget to whittle away at expenses and find ways to increase revenue in order to cut the tax rate and the tax levy, yet still maintain an excellent, quality education and an adequate fund balance.
Beach House owner eager to go to 75% capacity
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:00 am
Beach House Restaurant owner Mike Mongan is happy New York state announced that restaurants can increase seating capacity to 75% beginning March 19, but he wishes the starting date was two days earlier on St. Patrick's Day, which is his busiest day of the year.
Grand Island: Snow may be departing, but plow controversy persists
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:00 am
Snowplows were on the minds of Town Board members at a March 1 workshop meeting. Not because of a big snowfall, but because when the flakes flew furiously in mid-February, dozens of residents called town officials to complain.
Undie Sunday donations bring joy, thanks
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:00 am
The beneficiaries of the donations to the 21st annual Rotary Club of Grand Island's Undie Sunday were overjoyed with the many packages of new undergarments and socks to benefit homeless men, women and children in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and surrounding areas.
Grand Island: COVID-19 shots resume at K of C
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:00 am
While the prospect of an injection is not usually a happy occasion, the administering of COVID-19 shots at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Wednesday was, for some, a cause to celebrate.
Biden: 'America is coming back'
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 10:45 am
On Thursday, after he signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law, President Joe Biden said, "America is coming back."
Biden: All adult Americans to be eligible for vaccinations by May 1; targets July 4 as return to 'normal'
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 10:35 am
Thursday night, in his first primetime address, President Joe Biden announced the next phase of a "war-time effort" to vaccinate the U.S. population, with the goal of getting the nation closer to "normal" by July 4, Independence Day.
HAL to take 'One Hell of a Ride' with Rocket Man
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 07:00 am
The Historical Association of Lewiston's March program will be "One Hell of a Ride." William Suitor will present this event at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Village of Lewiston's Red Brick Municipal Building gym, 145 N. Fourth St.
Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Standing Committee to meet March 19 for announcement of grant awards
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 07:00 am
The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee announcement of awards will be conducted via videoconference at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 19. For information on how to participate, contact Carol Sampson at 716-842-3232. The meeting will be recorded and posted on the committee website.
Windsong Mammography mobile unit to visit Ransomville
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 07:00 am
First District Niagara County Legislator Irene Myers, left, and the Ransomville Volunteer Fire Co. would like to remind area residents that the Windsong Mammography mobile unit will be at the Ransomville firehall from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13, to conduct mammograms.
Lewiston Town Board opposes change in real property tax law
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 07:00 am
At its Monday work session, the Lewiston Town Board approved a resolution in opposition to §575-b, a proposed amendment to New York State Real Property Tax Law §487 that, if approved, would drastically alter how real property is assessed for wind and solar energy systems.
Obituary: Michael Andrew Cap
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 07:00 am
Michael Andrew, 66, of Grand Island went suddenly to be with God on Feb. 16, 2021.
Lewiston Police Department survey finds strong support
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 07:00 am
The Lewiston Police Department is currently reviewing the results of its just-concluded online performance survey with members of the Town of Lewiston community panel formed to comply with state mandates on police reform.
Excitement for future of Fashion Outlets Mall
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 07:00 am
When it comes to the Fashion Outlets, John Doran says there's actually plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
Destination Niagara cautiously optimistic about 2021
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 07:00 am
John Percy and the Destination Niagara USA team hosted a webinar Wednesday to provide an update on travel, tourism and marketing in what will hopefully soon be a post-pandemic world.
'In the Loop': Lewiston-Porter Board of Education hears of student challenges, hopes & goals in 2021-22
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 07:00 am
The Lewiston-Porter Board of Education met this week for an extensive work session.
93rd Oscars campaign art revealed
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:55 pm
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the campaign art for the 93rd Oscars. The 2021 campaign illustrates this year's tagline, "Bring Your Movie Love," celebrating a global appreciation for the power of film to foster connection, to educate and to inspire people to tell our own stories.
State Historic Preservation Board recommends 20 nominations for State & National Registers of Historic Places
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:55 pm
The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 20 varied properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, including the Manhattan apartment of a prominent African American LGBTQ playwright, an exotically designed former New York City movie palace, and a former New York City feminist headquarters created when women had few places to meet outside the presence of men.
Higgins announces passage of 'commonsense' gun violence prevention bills
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021; and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021. The legislation, both cosponsored by Higgins, would close background check loopholes in federal law.
Memorial inoculates more than 200 against COVID-19 at Doris Jones Community Center
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:50 pm
A clinical team from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center dispensed 240 doses of Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine Thursday during an afternoon clinic at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Center in Niagara Falls.
Read to succeed - in math: Study shows how reading skill shapes more than just reading
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:50 pm
A University at Buffalo researcher's recent work on dyslexia has unexpectedly produced a startling discovery, which clearly demonstrates how the cooperative areas of the brain responsible for reading skill are also at work during apparently unrelated activities, such as multiplication.
Niagara County DA warns of unemployment insurance fraud
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:45 pm
Niagara County District Attorney Brian D. Seaman on Thursday said the filing of fraudulent unemployment insurance claims using stolen identities continues to be a problem, and his office is working closely with the New York State Department of Labor to address the issue.
NYS Office for the Aging participates in 'March for Meals' campaign to highlight nutrition program
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:45 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in partnership with area agencies on aging (AAAs) across the state, is highlighting New York's nation-leading efforts in providing the highest quality meals to older adults as part of the national "March for Meals" campaign, held each year during National Nutrition Month.
Mayor Brown announces reopening of Buffalo's 80+ basketball & hockey courts
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:45 pm
Mayor Byron Brown on Thursday announced the City of Buffalo's more than 80 basketball and hockey courts are once again open for play. The city's Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets has completed installation of basketball hoops and hockey nets in parks and on courts throughout the Queen City.
Assembly to begin impeachment investigation of Cuomo
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 08:00 pm
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie issued this statement Thursday on authorizing the Assembly Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo:
Quarantine for domestic travel will no longer be required starting April 1
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 06:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. state or territory starting April 1.
2021 Northwest Jazz Festival canceled; will resume in 2022
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 02:25 pm
The board of directors of the Northwest Jazz Festival of Historic Lewiston, NY (Lewiston Jazz Festival Inc.) announced Thursday the popular festival has been canceled for 2021. Planning is underway for the 2022 event, slated for Aug. 26-27.
Graham: District committed to full reopening when it can 'responsibly, safely, legally do so'
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 11:45 am
Grand Island School Superintendent Brian Graham said the district is aware of the recent resolution adopted by the Grand Island Town Board regarding the district's educational program.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas & Nick Jonas to announce 93rd Oscars nominations
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 10:20 am
Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas ("The White Tiger") and singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas ("Kingdom") will announce the 93rd Oscars nominations in all 23 Academy Award categories in a two-part live presentation on Monday, March 15, via global live stream on,, the Academy's digital platforms - Twitter, YouTube, Facebook - NY and LA Switch pool ports and satellite downlink feed.
INXS founding member Andrew Farriss shares first solo live concert
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 10:20 am
Songsmith and Americana singer/songwriter Andrew Farriss takes fans and listeners around the world on a musical journey with his first live solo concert available to be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The concert features the songs from Andrew's latest EP, "Love Makes The World," and is the perfect introduction to his solo work.
UB receives $780,000 grant for new 40-foot mobile dental clinic
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 10:10 am
The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has received a $780,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to expand its successful S-Miles to Go dental program through the addition of a second, drivable mobile dental clinic.
Erie County DA alerts public about fraudulent unemployment claims
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 10:10 am
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced he was recently the victim of a scammer who attempted to fraudulently file an unemployment claim using his personal information. Flynn became aware of the incident after receiving a notice in the mail regarding a claim for one week of unemployment in early February.
EPA to request additional input on lead and copper rule
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 10:05 am
On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is extending the effective date of the revised lead and copper rule (LCR) so the agency can seek further public input, particularly from communities that are most at-risk of exposure to lead in drinking water.
Charlie Dieteman hopes cerebral palsy fundraiser raises awareness & funds for cause
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 10:05 am
Charlie Dieteman hopes his senior year at Niagara Career and Technical Education Center (NCTEC) and Lewiston-Porter High School ends on a high note with his annual cerebral palsy fundraiser. He is selling green rubber bracelets for a dollar for an organization known as Empower. Empower is a premier service provider in Western New York that offers diverse programming and individualized care and support to make people's lives better. Green represents cerebral palsy awareness.
CAO providing immediate utility relief services, winter items for families in need
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 09:55 am
The Community Action Organization of Western New York is offering immediate help to families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through two programs.
Builders announce scholarship
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 09:55 am
The William Morehouse Scholarship Applications are available for high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are pursuing careers in construction-related fields. The scholarship is sponsored by the New York State Builder Association Research and Education Foundation (NYSBA REF) through the donation of William Morehouse, a longtime member and supporter of the building industry in New York.
Man shot in leg on Pine Avenue
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 09:55 am
On Wednesday, at approximately 9:20 p.m., there was a shooting in front of the RayMart at 925 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. A male victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room before being transported to ECMC.
Skillet announce spring 2021 'Drive-In Theater Tour'
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 09:50 am
Multi-Platinum rockers Skillet announced a spring headline tour, with support from Jordan Feliz and Colton Dixon for 21 dates on "The Awakening Events Drive-In Theater Tour."
Niagara County to host agribusiness outreach forum
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 09:50 am
The Niagara County Center for Economic Development announced it will again host its annual agribusiness outreach forum, although this year's event will be done virtually. The event will be held over two days, March 23 and 25, from 9-11 a.m. each day.
NYS Senate Republicans introduce resolution to repeal Cuomo's mandate prohibiting sale of alcoholic beverages without food
Thu, Mar 11th 2021 09:50 am
The New York State Senate Republican conference has introduced a concurrent resolution (B477) to rescind Gov. Andrew Cuomo's mandate that prohibits bars and restaurants from serving alcoholic beverages to patrons who do not order food.

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