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Higgins: Almost $11 million to expand vaccine access in WNY
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 03:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding totaling $10,819,250 for Neighborhood Health Center, Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB), and Jericho Road Community Health Center. The funding, included in the American Rescue Plan, will help health centers expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in underserved communities.
Construction milestone for historic carousel project at Canalside
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 03:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project at Canalside is nearing completion. A steel frame, the organ and the carousel itself are being installed inside the new timber frame building at Canalside. When complete, the historic De Angelis Carousel will be a year-round, family-friendly attraction for the Buffalo waterfront, building on the popularity of the Explore & More Children's Museum and many other activities for visitors of all ages. The carousel is planned to open this summer.
Buffalo City Mission hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new community center
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 02:25 pm
On Friday, the Buffalo City Mission officially opened its new Community Center at 100 E. Tupper St. Known as the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise, the 75,000-square-foot facility will provide preventative services to those who are on the brink of homelessness and many already experiencing homelessness.
'California variants' detected in Erie County COVID-19 samples
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 02:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health on Friday announced five specimens collected from Erie County residents in January have been identified as containing COVID-19 "California variants." This comes from the genetic sequencing of nearly 1,000 specimens by the interdisciplinary team at the University at Buffalo's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.
Catholic Charities: Appeal 2021 reaches $5.4 million
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:40 pm
Appeal 2021, in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Fund for the Faith, reached its halfway point this week, just before Appeal Sunday, March 28. Appeal officials announced the annual campaign has raised $5,425,595, which is 54.2% of the $10 million goal - ahead of the percent to goal over the past four years.
Launch of free citizen public health training program to educate and empower New Yorkers as public health leaders
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of a free, online citizen public health training course for New Yorkers to learn about preparedness for and prevention of public health emergencies from top public health experts.
Jacobs leads call to protect New Yorkers from 'devastating tax hikes'
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:40 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, was joined by Congress members Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Claudia Tenney (NY-22), Lee Zeldin (NY-01) and Andrew Garbarino (NY-02) in calling on New York State Assembly Speaker Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins to eliminate proposals to raise state taxes for the new fiscal year.
DEC releases proposed updates for regulations governing use of state wildlife management areas
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:35 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a draft proposal for public comment that would update regulations governing public use of the state's vast network of wildlife management areas (WMAs).
Erie County, partners offering rain barrels & compost bins
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:35 pm
Erie County, in partnership with the City of Buffalo, the Town of Wheatfield and the Western NY Stormwater Coalition, is once again offering rain barrels and compost bins to encourage households to reduce their environmental footprint through water conservation and reducing fertilizer use.
NYS vaccinations: 14 community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 14 community-based pop-up vaccination sites are coming online over the next week at houses of worship, community centers and local businesses. These sites are expected to vaccinate more than 4,200 people throughout the week.
Villa Maria College's 56th commencement ceremony will be held in-person
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:20 pm
Villa Maria College announced it will hold a face-to-face commencement ceremony in celebration of the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020. The ceremony, which will be held outside in front the Main Building, will take place beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 22.
DEC announces finalization of trout stream regulations
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:15 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the finalization of new trout stream regulations that will take effect on April 1, and help improve the management of inland trout streams across the state.
Praise for ACV Auctions
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:15 pm
A statement from Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler regarding ACV Auctions going public:
Celebrate spring break & 'SEAster' at Aquarium of Niagara
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 11:40 am
The Aquarium of Niagara is stretching its annual "SEAster" event out over two weeks and staying open extra-late to celebrate. The venue will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Saturday, March 27, through Sunday, April 11.
Lewiston Town Board approves local flood law, adopts police reform policy
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 11:35 am
Overall, the workload was light Monday evening for the Lewiston Town Board, as two public hearings opened the regular meeting followed by limited board discussion and approval on various routine matters.
DEC public comment period for proposed Town of Niagara asphalt plant
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 11:35 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is holding a public comment period regarding an air quality permit filed on behalf of a proposed asphalt plant for 4660 Witmer Road in the Town of Niagara. Written comments may be sent to Kerri L. Pickard-DePriest at DEC Region 9 Headquarters, 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203. The deadline for comment recently was extended to May 3.
Lew-Port awaits state direction on reopening
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 11:35 am
Lewiston-Porter is preparing for a return to a traditional five-day, in-person school week. Federal guidance has now changed, allowing for state guidance to follow.
Obituary: Theron E. Bastian
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 11:30 am
Theron E. Bastian passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021. He was the loving husband of Margaret Bastian (formerly Figler). He was predeceased by his first wife, Nancy (nee Olson).
River Region businesses still STILL open for business
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 11:00 am
A year ago this week, we published an article noting small businesses in the River Region would remain open, even as New York state went on "PAUSE" to slow the coronavirus spread.
Senate Republican conference joins Zeldin in calling on governor to fund critical veterans program
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 11:00 am
As the April 1 deadline for approval of New York state's final budget nears, Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and members of the Senate Republican conference were joined Thursday by Congressman Lee Zeldin in calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore funding for the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans' support program.
NYS: Revised nursing home visitation guidance to align with federal guidelines
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:50 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker on Thursday announced the release of revised nursing home visitation guidance to align with guidelines recently released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Niagara Falls USA initiates spring marketing campaign
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:45 am
Destination Niagara USA has activated its overarching brand campaign, "Feel Free" and "Return to Real," inviting consumers to discover a sense of release and relief, and to disconnect and explore beyond a screen, respectively.
State agencies prepare emergency response assets as weather system poses multiple threats
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets as a weather system is forecast to impact upstate locations starting Friday with high winds in Western New York and the Finger Lakes regions, lakeshore flooding along Lake Erie and potential flooding in the North Country through Saturday.
Allegany DOH temporarily accepting vax appointments from neighboring counties
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:20 am
Due to a larger-than-expected influx of coronavirus vaccine doses from New York state, the Allegany County Department of Health is temporarily opening registration for vaccinations appointments to eligible residents in seven neighboring counties at its mass vaccination site in Wellsville through Sunday.
Legislation expanding access to COVID-19 vaccine for all veterans is signed into law
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26 announced President Joe Biden signed into law H.R. 1276, the VA VACCINE Act of 2021, which expands the number of veterans eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include all veterans, not just those currently enrolled in the VA health care system.
Grand Island students called to create cartoon map of Grand Island
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce challenges all Island students from grades 6 through 12 to create a cartoon map depicting local businesses. Prizes will be awarded to the top three maps in the contest supported by the Grand Island Historical Society, Grand Island Schools Business Alliance (GISBA) and the Orange Poppy Art Studio.
Town of Porter approves revised solar law
Thu, Mar 25th 2021 10:10 am
The Porter Town Board approved Local Law No. 1 of 2021, addressing changes to the town's solar energy systems law, at its March 8 session.
Grand Island: Townwide cleanup is April 24
Thu, Mar 25th 2021 07:00 am
Earth Day is Thursday, April 22.
'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' opens as most watched series premiere ever on Disney+
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 09:15 pm
Disney+ Original series "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier" from Marvel Studios ranked as the most watched series premiere ever on Disney+ during its opening weekend, Friday, March 19, through Sunday, March 22 - and the most watched title overall for the same time period on a global basis, including in Disney+ Hotstar markets.
Letter from Miley Cyrus as 'Hannah Montana' is officially 15 years old
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 09:10 pm
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the debut of "Hannah Montana" on Disney Channel, starring multi-Platinum-selling recording artist, songwriter and trailblazer Miley Cyrus.
Canal Fest canceled again this year
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 04:25 pm
Canal Fest of the Tonawandas 2021 has been officially canceled, North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas announced Tuesday. The event was scheduled for July 18-25.
NCDOH distributing vaccinations
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 02:20 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health received 500 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine from New York state and quickly set up point-of-dispensing (POD) operations to ensure prompt use.
Community leader Earl W. Brydges Jr. passes
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 02:05 pm
Earl William Brydges Jr. passed away peacefully early morning Friday, March 19, 2021, at the Amherst home of his daughter, Courtney Peters, and her husband, Geoff. He spent the last two-plus years of his life with them.
The Floyd Concept coming to Rapids Theater
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 01:05 pm
The Floyd Concept is performing April 9 at the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls. This will be a 6:30 p.m. socially distanced show.
NYS attorney general calls on Facebook & Twitter to stop spread of 'anti-vaxxer coronavirus disinformation'; companies addressing issue
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 12:40 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a coalition of 12 attorneys general, on Wednesday called on Facebook and Twitter to take stronger measures to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine disinformation being spread by "anti-vaxxers" on their social media platforms.
Red Nose Day supports children facing poverty
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 11:25 am
Comic Relief US, the organization behind the Red Nose Day campaign to end child poverty, has announced the return of the beloved fundraising event for its seventh year, culminating on Thursday, May 27. With supporters creating a powerful community of change, Red Nose Day has raised more than $240 million in the past six years and positively impacted over 25 million children in America and around the world.
Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution updates summer film release schedule
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 11:15 am
Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution on Tuesday announced new release details for a number of titles on Walt Disney Studios' upcoming slate of films. The announcement updates rollout details for the forthcoming Disney live-action "Cruella," Marvel Studios' "Black Widow," and Disney and Pixar's "Luca," and also includes revised premiere dates for several other titles.
Buffalo Sabres, ConnectLife team up to encourage blood donations
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 10:40 am
The Buffalo Sabres are teaming up with ConnectLife to call upon Western New Yorkers to donate blood during the month of April. All donors throughout the month will receive a Sabres-ConnectLife, royal blue long-sleeve T-shirt.
Niagara County clerk: Driver's license expiration extended again
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 09:55 am
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski on Wednesday said Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued executive order 202.97, which extends the expiration dates on licenses and permits that expired after March 1, 2020, to April 16, 2021. At this time, all transactions must be done by appointment only, although Jastrzemski said his office is working to change that next month.
'Management of our shared border must be prioritized'
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 09:55 am
A joint statement of Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and the Hon. Wayne Easter, P.C., M.P., co-chairs of the U.S. and Canadian sections of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group (IPG), respectively:

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