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Catholic Health hosts luminaria event & prayer service
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 09:55 am
It has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to Western New York. While the year has been filled with sadness, fear and uncertainty, there have also been signs of hope and resilience.
Health insurance: Open enrollment period to end of 2021
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 09:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced expanded tax credits available through NY State of Health, New York's health plan marketplace. The expansion will result in more New Yorkers being eligible for financial assistance and the further reduction in health insurance premiums in New York.
Alzheimer's Association offers free education to workplaces/businesses
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 07:00 am
Alzheimer's disease exacts an enormous economic toll - on individuals and families who exhaust their life savings providing and paying for care, and on state and federal governments that spend billions through Medicare, Medicaid and smaller programs to help pay for health and long-term care.
New York home sales remain strong in February
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 07:00 am
Closed and pending sales rose in February, marking the fifth consecutive month of sales growth in year-over-year comparisons, according to the housing report released by the New York State Association of REALTORS.
FASNY takes new virtual approach to 12th annual RecruitNY campaign
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 07:00 am
This year, RecruitNY Weekend (April 24-25) will be unlike any before. In response to COVID-19, many firehouses across New York state are choosing to organize a virtual open house or conduct other digital outreach in an effort to attract new volunteers. Some firehouses, based upon local conditions, may still elect to open their doors to the public.
Kearns joins FeedMore WNY as 2021 'Champion for Meals'
Wed, Mar 24th 2021 07:00 am
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns joined forces with FeedMore WNY to help deliver meals to home-bound senior neighbors as part of the "Champion for Meals" program.
Catholic Health to redevelop St. Joseph campus into outpatient & ambulatory care center
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 05:40 pm
Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Health had been preparing to implement its 2020-25 strategic plan. Like many things, the plan was put on hold to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
M&T Bank: $400,000+ in funding for pandemic relief & racial equity efforts
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 05:30 pm
M&T Bank announced it has donated $417,000 to support communities in Western New York as they continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic. M&T's grant funding will address urgent issues, such as food security, frontline health care services and racial disparities exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic, including digital access to education and workforce development.
Higgins responds to USPS plan
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 05:05 pm
On Tuesday, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy released a 10-year strategic plan for the United States Postal Service.
Gill Creek is Ron Anderluh's legacy
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 05:05 pm
There are a few areas in our city that have seen such significant "transformation," so prevalent and undeniable, like Gill Creek Park. The dedication of the Niagara Street Neighborhood Revitalization Organization Inc. and the leadership of its most prominent member are to thank for this.
$52.5 million available to protect New York farmland
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 05:05 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a record $52.5 million is now available through the Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program to help farmers across New York protect valuable and at-risk farmland.
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy prepares for golf season at Delaware, Cazenovia & South Park
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 03:40 pm
Season passes for 2021 municipal golf in Buffalo are now available for the three Olmsted Parks golf courses (Cazenovia, Delaware and South Park). Passes can be purchased online at any time through the conservancy's website, or in-person at the course golf shops during weekends in April.
Niagara County: Godfrey proposes solar panel recycling law
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 03:40 pm
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey, joined by all of his colleagues in the Legislature's majority, will propose a local law that requires solar panel manufacturers to finance the recovery and recycling of any of their solar panels installed in Niagara County when the panel is replaced. A resolution to set a public hearing on the local law is set for tomorrow's meeting of the Legislature.
NACC names Katherine Johnson interim executive director
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 03:35 pm
The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center announced a new interim executive director. Katherine Johnson, Ph.D., will serve in this role until a transition is complete with a permanent executive director.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announces appointments
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 03:35 pm
The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center board of directors confirmed its 2021 slate of officers, elected a new member and reelected five incumbent members to the board at its annual meeting on Monday.
Heading the wrong way with 'wrong-way' driving
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 03:35 pm
Fatal wrong-way driving crashes on our nation's highways are a persistent and devastating threat that is only getting worse.
Start of construction for Heritage Point at Canalside in Buffalo
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 03:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the start of construction for Heritage Point on the South Aud Block at Canalside in Buffalo. The project includes two approximately 103,000-square-feet mixed-use buildings separated by an open walkway that follows a portion of the historic Prime Slip. The $30 million project will be complete in fall 2022. See renderings here.
Buffalo: ECHDC board approves partnership to restore aquatic ecosystem on Outer Harbor
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 03:15 pm
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. board of directors met Monday and authorized ECHDC to enter into a project partnership with the U.S. Department of the Army/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for architectural and engineering design services at slip No. 3 on Buffalo's Outer Harbor.
USAN approvals to advance private development in Niagara Falls' Third Street business district
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 03:10 pm
The USA Niagara Development Corp. (USAN) board of directors met Monday and approved two general project plans (GPP) and the transfer of land in support of private development in downtown Niagara Falls.
Free food drive at Trinity Church
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:25 pm
On the last Sunday of the month, Trinity Church at 2100 Whitehaven Road will continue hosting a drive-thru food give-away. The next food drive takes place from 11a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 28, at the church's white building.
Obituary: Nancy Lee Carlson Hayes
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:20 pm
Nancy Lee Carlson "Momo" Hayes, age 86, entered into heaven peacefully on March 11, 2021. She leaves behind her beloved children, Peter C (Karie) Hayes II, Jodi (Bradley) Robinson, Karen (Barry) Smith, and Dana (Ross) Erickson.
Pros, cons of Aquest plan debated in separate sessions
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:20 pm
Acquest Development CEO Michael Huntress on Monday restated to the Town Board his company's proposal for building a single 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility on its 145-acre site at 2780 Long Road.
High hopes as Adrian's Custard & Beef opens for season
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:20 pm
Adrian's Custard & Beef opened for the season on March 16, and is gearing up and staffing up to reopen its dining room soon.
Easter Bunny drive-thru visit is DeGlopper fundraiser
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:15 pm
When Megan Shores learned the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping the Easter Bunny away from his usual Grand Island indoor retail stops for the second straight holiday, she became concerned for her two children and others on Grand Island that COVID was now about to take away another Easter tradition.
GIHS Academy of Finance needs your assistance
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:15 pm
Grand Island High School's Academy of Finance is helping students become college, career and future ready through industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships. We work directly with companies to create internship programs that have a lasting impact on students, providing them with invaluable opportunities to explore career options. This year, our academy is in search of 13 paid internships for our Class of 2022 cohort.
'Paws for a Cause' pet drive benefits SPCA
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
The pets at SPCA Serving Erie County will be getting an extra serving of treats, toys and comfort items, thanks to hard work and dedication March 13 by the Junior DECA team of Veronica Connor Middle School.
Barn destroyed in Staley Road fire
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
Fire destroyed a barn on Staley Road on March 12 and also resulted in a considerable loss of livestock who were trapped inside.
Grand Island Police Department drafting policy reform
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:05 pm
The Grand Island Police Department is finalizing with town attorneys a draft of its Police Reform Action Plan and will hold another public comment session before submitting the plan to the state by the April 1 deadline.
East Park Garden Club beautifying DeGlopper Memorial since 1962
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:05 pm
Members of the DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee enjoy talking about the many Town of Grand Island residents, businesses and organizations that have donated their time, resources or funds over the years to create what has been developed at the corner of Baseline Road and Grand Island Boulevard.
Island Dispatch's first subscriber still going strong at 98
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:00 pm
As the Island Dispatch turns 77 years old this month, the newspaper is proud to still be in touch with its very first subscriber, lifelong Grand Island resident Donald B. Loder.
Carrie Underwood's 'My Savior: Live From The Ryman' streaming globally on her official Facebook page Easter Sunday
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:00 pm
Seven-time Grammy Award-winner and three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood will bring her new album, "My Savior," to life with "My Savior: Live From The Ryman," a virtual live concert performance from the iconic, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (also known around the world as the "Mother Church of Country Music.")
Morinello, Senate & Assembly GOP call for repeal of Cuomo's 'restaurant red tape'
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 12:45 pm
Republican Assemblyman Angelo Morinello joined members of the Senate and Assembly minority conferences on Monday for a press conference calling for the repeal of two of Gov. Cuomo's executive orders - 202.52 and 202.74 - which require customers to purchase food with any order of an alcoholic beverage, while forcing restaurants and bars to close at 11p.m.
DEC, NY Sea Grant: $200,000 in grants available to support projects engaging youth in implementing Great Lakes Action Agenda priorities
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 12:45 pm
New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, announced funding is available for projects that engage youth under the age of 21 and address local watershed challenges and New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda priorities. A total of $200,000 - up to $25,000 per project - in New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants will be awarded.
Cuomo, Mujica talk state budget
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 04:30 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Budget Director Robert Mujica Jr. updated New Yorkers on the state's executive budget. Here is an excerpt from that conversation:
Niagara County: If state says it's our call, we will greenlight full school reopening
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 02:05 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh and Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Monday said they are in favor of allowing school districts that can meet the new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) safety measure to fully reopen - provided they continue to meet the other existing opening guidelines.
Higgins: Vaccine progress & collaboration should allow for US-Canada border to fully reopen this summer
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is continuing to push for a full reopening of the border between the U.S. and Canada by July and encouraging a partial reopening, including additional exemptions to allow families to reunite, much sooner. Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the northern border closing to nonessential travel.
Higgins: Grant opportunity for WNY entertainment venues
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application window is scheduled to open April 8. The grant program will offer over $16 billion in federal funding to help performance venues struggling from the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19: 'Roll Up Your Sleeve' campaign encourages houses of worship of all faiths to sign up as vaccination sites
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the launch of the "Roll Up Your Sleeve" campaign to promote houses of worship of all faiths across the state to sign up as vaccination sites for their communities. Worship sites can begin to serve as points of distribution for the COVID-19 vaccine starting in April, significantly increasing the number of doses they can administer.
UB Humanities Institute invites entire community to play an innovative Zoom game that envisions socially just futures
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:30 pm
The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute (HI) is presenting an innovative, card-driven storytelling game delivered via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25. All are welcome to participate.
Free Key4Women webinar to help women in business improve public speaking skills, harness expressive power of their voices
Mon, Mar 22nd 2021 01:30 pm
Key 4Women will present "Know Your Voice," a free, one-hour virtual workshop at noon Wednesday, March 24. The event will highlight techniques based on classical singing, helping those who wish to enhance their public speaking skills by teaching them to harness the expressive power of their voices.

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