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$3.36 million in Greenway funds for Veterans Memorial Park project
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 11:15 am
On Tuesday, the Host Community Standing Committee (HCSC), which administers and oversees projects financed by the Niagara River Greenway Recreation/Tourism Fund, awarded $3.36 million to Veterans Memorial Community Park in the Town of Niagara. The funds will be used to cover phases III and IV of the park's master plan. The project was deemed consistent with the principles of the Niagara Greenway by the Greenway Commission on March 3.
Army Corps report focuses on Old Fort Niagara shoreline protection
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 11:15 am
The U.S., Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, has released its project findings for the Old Fort Niagara Streambank and Shoreline Erosion Protection Study. A 735-page report represents the federal government's response to the Lake Ontario shoreline erosion problems that threaten historically significant structures at Old Fort Niagara.
Thunder of Niagara air show canceled
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 11:00 am
The Thunder of Niagara 2021 air show has been canceled, organizers announced Wednesday. The show was originally slated for June 19 and 20 and was set to feature the Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
Deskside with David: Livestreams need to stay: Districts livestreaming high school sports with reduced fan limitations
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 10:55 am
As we pass the year anniversary (I guess you can call it that) of COVID-19 shutting the nation down, I have continually looked back and asked myself, "Has anything good came out of this pandemic?"
Riz Ahmed, Darren Criss, Kaley Cuoco, Daveed Diggs, Gal Gadot, Mindy Kaling, Nicole Kidman, Anthony Mackie, Paul Mescal, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jurnee Smollett presenters for 32nd Annual Producers Guild Awards
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 10:05 am
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the first round of presenters for the 32nd Annual Producers Guild Awards presented by General Motors.
Oak Ridge Boys celebrate 40th anniversary of 'Elvira'
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 10:00 am
Grammy Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Grammy-winning song "Elvira" which was originally released in 1981.
Michael Symon joins Anne Burrell to mentor fan-favorite recruits in 'Worst Cooks in America: Best of the Worst'
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 10:00 am
Iron Chef Michael Symon joins Anne Burrell for the first time in boot camp to mentor all-star kitchen catastrophes on "Worst Cooks in America: Best of the Worst," where fan-favorite recruits from past seasons return for another chance to transform from culinary disaster to kitchen master.
Buffalo Common Council reforms apprentice law
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 09:45 am
On Tuesday, the Buffalo Common Council voted unanimously to strengthen the city's apprentice law.
All 6 of WNY's FQHCs call on state to reverse or delay 340B 'carve out'
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 09:45 am
Earlier this week, all of Western New York's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) together called on New York to reverse or delay the 340B "carve out" included in the 2021 state budget, which is currently being negotiated. The 340B "carve out," they said, "would mean a devastating loss in funding for the region's most vulnerable and traditionally marginalized patients, which include communities of color, individuals living with HIV, refugees and the LGBTQ+ community."
Legal Aid files lawsuit to secure New Yorkers in prison access to COVID-19 vaccine
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 09:40 am
The Legal Aid Society has filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on behalf of three persons incarcerated in New York state prisons, "demanding the state grant people in custody the same access to the COVID-19 vaccine that has been afforded others in virtually every other congregate residential setting - settings which by their very nature place individuals at high risk for contracting and transmitting the virus that causes COVID-19."
PSC approves electric reliability standards to meet peak summer demand
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 09:25 am
The New York State Public Service Commission has approved an increase in the amount of electricity kept in reserve during the summer peak in New York to ensure adequate levels of electricity capacity are available to serve peak load and system emergency conditions.
Taste of Buffalo announces scholarship program
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 09:20 am
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program to support Western New York-area high school seniors aspiring to careers in the foodservice and hospitality industries. This year's program will award four recipients with a $500 scholarship to be applied toward nontuition expenses, such as room, board, books and fees.
BMHA board of commissioners approves contracts for more than $4 million in capital improvements at 5 housing developments
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 09:20 am
Earlier this week, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) board of commissioners approved $4.02 million worth of contracts for infrastructure improvements at five BMHA housing developments.
UB: Achievement and escapism can lead to online video game addiction
Fri, Mar 19th 2021 09:00 am
As online video games increase in popularity - particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people to stay home - some players are becoming addicted as they seek feelings of achievement and escape, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.
NYS & COVID-19: More fans can return to sports, entertainment venues
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 10:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was joined by Major League Baseball dignitaries on Thursday as he announced the New York Mets and New York Yankees can resume play with spectators in the stadiums beginning April 1.
More community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 10:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 16 community-based pop-up vaccination sites are coming online over the next week at churches, public housing developments and community centers. These sites are expected to vaccinate more than 4,500 people throughout the week.
Erie County DA urges governor, legislators to prioritize public safety in marijuana legalization
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 10:25 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn voiced his concerns about potential threats to public safety as state legislators create legislation to legalize adult use of recreational marijuana.
NFL sets deals with networks, streamers
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 10:25 pm
Are you ready for some (more) football?
UB to hold in-person, outdoor commencement ceremonies
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 09:30 am
University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi on Wednesday announced plans for the university to safely hold in-person, outdoor commencement ceremonies to honor students graduating from UB this academic year.
HEALTHeLINK awarded federal funding to expand immunization information sharing
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 09:30 am
HEALTHeLINK is the recipient of federal funding from the Strengthening the Technical Advancement and Readiness of Public Health via Health Information Exchange (The STAR HIE Program): "Improving COVID-19 Vaccination Data: Connecting Immunization Information Systems (IIS) to Health Information Exchanges" from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Grand Island school nurses get Zonta Yellow Rose award
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 11:00 pm
For Zonta women worldwide, March 8 is not only International Women's Day; it is also Zonta Yellow Rose Day. On this day, countries all over the world celebrate the achievements of women, while also acknowledging their ongoing quest for gender equality. In many countries, this day is also a national holiday. March 8 was designated Yellow Rose Day, by Zonta International in 1999 to celebrate women's achievements through the beauty of a yellow rose.
Attorney General James sues Erie County sheriff for allegedly failing to address rampant sexual misconduct in correctional facilities
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 02:40 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Erie County and Erie County Sherriff Timothy Howard for "failing to follow mandated procedures to timely and effectively address numerous allegations of sexual misconduct between corrections officers and incarcerated individuals at the Erie County Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility."
Higgins: More than $391 million for school districts in Erie & Niagara counties
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 02:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced school districts in Erie and Niagara counties will receive over $391 million in funding provided through the American Rescue Plan recently approved by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden.
FeedMore WNY's 'Champions for Meals' week to spread awareness on critical need for Meals on Wheels services
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 02:35 pm
Government officials and key community partners will give back to the community and spread awareness of the importance of FeedMore WNY's Meals on Wheels services as part of the nonprofit's "Champions for Meals" event. From March 22-26, participants will deliver nutritious food and vital companionship to homebound, aging community members and neighbors living with disabilities who rely on FeedMore WNY's Meals on Wheels program.
'We have to be better': Buffalo Sabres fire head coach Ralph Krueger
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 12:15 pm
Calling it a "tough day," Buffalo Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams announced Wednesday afternoon the team fired head coach Ralph Krueger and assistant coach Steve Smith.
NU's Ward to be honored as community hero by National Federation for Just Communities
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 11:00 am
Dr. Rolanda L. Ward, director of Niagara University's Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equity & Mission and associate professor of social work, will be honored as a community hero by the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York at its 2021 NFJC Re-Envisioned Community Heroes Awards on March 19.
Canisius Women's Business Center announces COVID-19 recovery programs
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 10:55 am
The Women's Business Center at Canisius College launched the "ReConnect. ReStart. ReGrow." COVID-19 recovery programs to help women-owned businesses improve their finances in today's challenging marketplace - whether they are struggling to keep an already existing business going, hoping to launch a new business or managing fast-paced growth as a result of the pandemic.
Seneca Resorts & Casinos launches 'Inside the Bear's Den' virtual concert series
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 10:55 am
One year after the global pandemic silenced performance stages around the world, Seneca Resorts & Casinos is bringing the magic of live entertainment back for fans to enjoy - no matter where they are.
NYS: COVID-19 vaccination appointments now available at Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 10:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced appointments are now available at 10 new state-run mass-vaccination sites across the state, including The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls at 101 Old Falls St. All 10 sites will open Friday, March 19, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Each site will have the ability to vaccinate more than 1,000 New Yorkers daily, dependent on supply from the federal government.
Keith Urban & Mickey Guyton to host 56th Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 10:00 am
CBS, The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions recently announced 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban and New Female Artist of the Year nominee Mickey Guyton will host the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards, honoring the biggest names and emerging talent in country music.
The Erwins deliver genre-spanning 'This Is Love'
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 09:55 am
"This Is Love," the anticipated new studio recording from Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning StowTown recording artists The Erwins, is set to release April 9. The eight-song collection showcases a genre-spanning sound that has quickly become synonymous with the Texas-based siblings.
How to celebrate resilience after traumas of past year? UB medical student finds answer in launching a company
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 09:55 am
It's not like Karole Collier needed something else to occupy her time: She had finished the grueling rounds of interviews that determine where she'll train as a surgery resident; she was starting her final semester of medical school at the University at Buffalo; she was working on a new UB summer program for underrepresented students; and she played a major role in organizing an antiracism lecture program featuring activist and scholar Cornel West.
Jacobs helps pass legislation to extend Paycheck Protection Program
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 09:50 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, cosponsored and helped pass H.R. 1799, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension Act.
35 Buffalo Police Explorers sworn in by Commissioner Byron Lockwood
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 09:50 am
On Tuesday at the Larkin Commerce Center, 35 Buffalo Police Department recruits from the Buffalo Police Explorers (BPE) took their oath led by Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood. Officers from the BPD and other dignitaries from the law enforcement community attended the ceremony.
ESD: Innovative pilot plant on Buffalo's East Side to create sustainable protein source for use in aquaculture feed
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 09:15 am
Empire State Development announced River Road Research is building a pilot plant on Buffalo's East Side that will transform food waste into a sustainable protein source useful in pet food, poultry and aquaculture feed.
Center for Elder Law & Justice to host 25th annual golf tournament
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 09:15 am
The Center for Elder Law and Justice (CELJ) will host its 25th annual golf tournament on June 28 at Wanakah Country Club, presented by KeyBank. Sponsors and players are invited to register online at
First-responders tend to Wheatfield structure fire; save cat
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 09:15 am
Late Tuesday, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a fire inside the lower residence at 2954 Niagara Falls Blvd., in the Town of Wheatfield. NCSO deputies responded and observed heavy smoke coming from inside the building.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP to lead Assembly's impeachment investigation of governor's conduct
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 09:15 am
Speaker Carl Heastie and Judiciary Committee Chair Charles D. Lavine announced the New York State Assembly retained the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP to lead an impeachment investigation into allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Erie County DOH shares feedback from COVID-19 case investigations
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 02:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is sharing feedback from recent COVID-19 case investigations to inform Erie County residents of ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in workplaces and activities. Contact tracers have noted common case investigation trends that illustrate situations where COVID-19 is likely to spread.
Higgins, Pascrell hail IRS move to allow Americans to keep full stimulus payments
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 02:15 pm
U.S. Reps. Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), chairman of the House Ways and Subcommittee on Oversight, celebrated a decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to allow recipients of stimulus checks under the CARES Act to enjoy their full stimulus award. Under the IRS's move, Americans who claim the recovery rebate credit will not have their stimulus garnished or diminished by existing federal tax liabilities.

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