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Cuomo announces new tool to help New Yorkers access critical benefits amid COVID-19
Tue, Nov 17th 2020 09:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new web application designed to help struggling New Yorkers locate benefits to assist them during their time of need. Developed through a public-private partnership with, the user-friendly social services discovery application can help individuals who are either new to or unfamiliar with the state's social programs network.
American Red Cross assisting 14 families displaced by weekend storms
Tue, Nov 17th 2020 09:10 am
Volunteers from the Western New York Chapter of the American Red Cross are providing immediate emergency assistance for a total of 33 people from 14 families displaced by wind damage and lakeshore flooding.
Erie County in 'a bad situation' with coronavirus, but controls its own destiny
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 04:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein again on Monday warned residents coronavirus cases will continue to rise unless safety measures are obeyed. Most of the area is in a "yellow" micro-cluster area, as the number of positive COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed in the past month.
Buffalo Sabres sign top draft pick Jack Quinn
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 04:05 pm
The Buffalo Sabres on Monday announced the signing of forward Jack Quinn to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Fight for Elizabeth's soul begins on 'The Blacklist'
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 03:20 pm
One of the best story restarts took place last Friday on NBC's "The Blacklist." In 42 minutes, fans were given a promising new lead on the true identity of Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader), one of the world's most-wanted criminals - and the FBI's best-kept secret weapon in finding fugitives. Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) finally broke away from "Red" - a man she once believed to be her father - and aligned with her mother, Katarina Rostova (Laila Robins) ... who is also a world-class criminal. She abandoned her task force family - but finally made a romantic move on partner Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff).
Artpark presents 'Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce...Pandemic!'
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 01:45 pm
On Dec. 12, Artpark & Company will join other prestigious theaters and cultural institutions around the world in presenting the Pomegranate Arts production "Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce...Pandemic!" The special, live-streamed event reimagines for this time of social distancing Mac's celebrated "Holiday Sauce" show, which The Los Angeles Times praised for its "freewheeling love and generosity," and called "a present from the island of misfit toys ... and a Christmas miracle."
National Grid crews continue to focus on public safety, power restoration following Sunday's storm
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 12:25 pm
More than 1,400 National Grid line, tree and service workers in Western New York are focused on public safety and are making steady progress in removing downed wires, trees, tree limbs, broken poles and other hazards, and restoring power after a severe wind storm swept across the region Sunday. Crews will continue to work around the clock on the labor-intensive cleanup and restoration efforts.
NYS address confidentiality program, launches new online application for victims of violence to help save lives
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 12:25 pm
The New York State Department of State announced a new online application for the address confidentiality program (ACP) in which victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual offenses and human trafficking can protect themselves from their perpetrators by getting a new undisclosed address. It said this online application will facilitate a swift and secure enrollment into the program for individuals who previously could only apply for the program via mail or fax.
Free food drive-thru at Trinity Church
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 11:05 am
Trinity Church will host a Thanksgiving drive-thru food give-a-way from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island (white building). The event is first-come, first-served, and quantities are limited.
Western New York organizations achieve recognition for workplace health
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 11:00 am
In Western New York, nine organizations received recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health and invest in the health of their workforce as part of the 2020 results of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index.
The gift that keeps on giving: Artpark presents 'A (Virtual) Christmas with The Griswolds' and Chevy Chase & Beverly D'Angelo
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:20 am
Light up your holidays and join Christmas' favorite couple, Ellen and Clark Griswold, for a virtual salute to the holiday classic "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Chevy Chase (Clark) and Beverly D'Angelo (Ellen) will lead audiences through this live Artpark event as they share fan-favorite clips from the movie, reveal their favorite memories from the making of the "Vacation" franchise, and answer fan questions in a live audience Q&A at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.
DEC announces tie for state-record pumpkinseed
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:10 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the state record for a pumpkinseed was officially tied by a catch on the Black River earlier this year.
Capello Salon & Spa to consolidate due to pandemic
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:10 am
Joseph Freitas, owner and president of Capello Salon & Spa, announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Capello Salon & Spa will consolidate all operations to its East Amherst location at 9424 Transit Road.
VA Western New York Healthcare System encourages veterans to leave smoking behind during annual Great American Smokeout
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:10 am
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging veterans to take the first step. On Nov. 19, vets are invited stop smoking as part of the annual Great American Smokeout to improve their physical and mental health by combining cessation counseling with other VA clinical resources and support.
Curbside drop-off sites open for Operation Christmas Child
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:10 am
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, many families are already thinking about Christmas. For those who are including Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts as part of their holiday, more than 4,000 drop-off sites are now open.
DJ Khaled presents 'How I Came Up' during virtual event at Canisius College
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:10 am
Fans of DJ Khaled will want to tune in at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, when the renowned songwriter, producer and media personality speaks (virtually) at Canisius College. In his talk, titled "How I Came Up," Khaled will share his personal story of success and impart on students how they, too, can make successes of themselves.
DEC reminds outdoor enthusiasts to share the woods safely this season
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 09:55 am
With the big game season beginning Nov. 21 throughout much of the southern part of New York state, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to respectfully share the woods and follow some common-sense safety precautions this fall and winter.
DiNapoli: Statewide local sales tax collections decline 5.2% in October
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 09:50 am
Local government sales tax revenue declined by 5.2% in October compared to the same month last year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. October's sales tax collections totaled $1.4 billion for counties and cities, or $74.4 million less than in October 2019.
Ransomville Speedway completes facility upgrades
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 09:50 am
While nary a lap was turned at Ransomville Speedway in 2020, that didn't mean the facility laid dormant during the last few months. Speedway management used the extended offseason to complete some needed upgrades to the facility that will have it ready to come back to life even better in 2021.
NYSEG, RG&E continue response effort as strong winds impacted service areas overnight & during early morning hours
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 09:45 am
NYSEG and RG&E crews are responding as strong winds and thunderstorms continue to disrupt service to thousands of customers across the state. Currently, there are 20,321 NYSEG customers and 529 RG&E customers without power of the approximately 54,000 and 22,000 impacted respectively.
Jingle Falls going virtual in 2020
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 07:00 am
In light of current events, Jingle Falls USA will not be able to take place this year as you have known it for the past three years.
DEC announces annual Arbor Day original artwork poster contest
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 07:00 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the start of DEC's annual Arbor Day original artwork poster contest. Each year, DEC's Urban and Community Forestry Program commemorates Arbor Day with a poster contest that invites the public to submit original photos and artwork that "celebrate the immeasurable value of trees - ecologically, environmentally, aesthetically and socially."
NYSEG, RG&E preparing for strong winds on Sunday
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 03:15 pm
NYSEG and RG&E are preparing for the potential of strong winds which are expected to move into their service areas early Sunday morning. The storm is expected to impact portions of the company's service area statewide.
Niagara Falls: Restaino dedicates historic marker at US Custom House
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 02:55 pm
Mayor Robert Restaino on Saturday announced the official commemoration of the U.S. Custom House at Niagara Falls with the addition of a new historic marker. The mayor held a small press event to commemorate and celebrate the history of the site.
'Disney Holiday Singalong' welcomes Katy Perry, BTS, P!NK, Kerry Washington, Michael Bublé, Ciara, Adam Lambert, Leslie Odom Jr., Chloe x Halle, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough & Hayley Erbert, Andrea Bocelli
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 12:30 pm
On Friday, ABC announced its star-studded lineup for "The Disney Holiday Singalong," the third iteration in the ratings phenomenon franchise, with Ryan Seacrest returning to host the night of merry music and magic on Monday, Nov. 30 (8 p.m. EST).
Emerging artist Walker Montgomery releases 'Bad Day To Be A Beer'
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 12:30 pm
Play It Again Entertainment's flagship artist and emerging singer-songwriter Walker Montgomery has released his new, up-tempo, feel-good single "Bad Day To Be A Beer" across all digital service providers. Click HERE to listen/purchase "Bad Day To Be A Beer." The song, written by Dallas Davidson, Brock Berryhill, Ray Fulcher and Cole Taylor, is the first single from a collection of new music expected next year.
Erie Grown passport contest picks a homegrown winner
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 12:15 pm
The Erie County Office of Agriculture announced the winner of the Erie Grown passport contest, Catie Dillemuth of the Town of Evans, who received a Taste NY gift basket for visiting the most local producers and farms this season.
Villa Maria College to complete its fall 2020 academic semester online
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 12:15 pm
Villa Maria College announced that, as of Monday, Nov. 23, it will transition to all-remote instruction for the remaining three-and-a-half weeks of the fall 2020 semester.
Erie County Sheriff's Office not keen on breaking up Thanksgiving family gatherings
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 12:10 pm
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard recently issued a statement regarding Thanksgiving. "I have no plans to utilize my office's resources or deputies to break up the great tradition of Thanksgiving dinner," he explained. "This national holiday has created longstanding family traditions that are at the heart of America, and these traditions should not be stopped or interrupted by Gov. Cuomo's mandates."
T.G. Sheppard & Kelly Lang have playful Christmas song, video: 'Christmas in Mexico'
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 12:10 pm
Country music power couple T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang released a brand-new holiday single on Friday titled, "Christmas in Mexico." The duet is described as "a sweet and romantic trip to sandy beaches and warm sunny days, buoyed by the sounds of mariachi trumpets and steel drums." An accompanying music video premiered exclusively on Music Crowns, featuring footage of the duo in the studio recording the song.
Matthew West serves up a Thanksgiving song & music video to remember
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 12:05 pm
Matthew West has shared a Thanksgiving tune and music video featuring his family for the holiday season. "Gobble, Gobble" is available now along with the video link below.
Trinity Anderson makes her debut with 'Grown Up Christmas List'
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 12:05 pm
Integrity Music announced a debut single release from Trinity Anderson, a "powerful rendition" of "Grown Up Christmas List." This timeless Christmas classic was produced by Grammy-nominated William McDowell along with Clay Bogan.
City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino provides 2021 budget update
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 11:45 am
In a press conference held Friday, City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino provided an update on the 2021 budget. Restaino explained the issues that have held up the budget, including but not limited to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also outlined what is expected within the budget and the intended plans to continue moving this process forward to approve the budget with City Council.
November is National Adoption Month
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 11:45 am
November is National Adoption Month and the Erie County Department of Social Services is celebrating with local families while encouraging other potential foster or adoptive parents to learn more about the difference they can make in a child's life.
Niagara County Department of Health reports rabid raccoon in Town of Newfane
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 11:45 am
The Niagara County Department of Health confirmed a rabid raccoon near Lake Road and Phillips Road, Town of Newfane, on Thursday. A hunter was attacked by the raccoon before killing it on Nov. 7. NCDOH submitted the animal for testing to the NYSDOH Wadsworth Center, Griffon Laboratory. The hunter will coordinate with the Department of Health's nursing division to receive post-exposure rabies prophylaxis.
Lew-Port's Roddy Gayle commits to Ohio State
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 11:25 am
Friday night, Lewiston-Porter junior Roddy Gayle had a big decision to make, but it was one he utmost felt incredibly comfortable with. In front of a few family, friends, media and Lew-Port administration and coaches, Gayle made his commitment to the Ohio State University during a ceremony in the Lancers gymnasium.
'Yellow zone' poses new challenge for Grand Island
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 07:05 am
Kevin Slachciak, who has owned Say Cheese Pizza Co. on Love Road for 25 years, is beginning to believe Gov. Andrew Cuomo "hates small businesses and wants us all to close" after he was notified of the new "yellow zone" restrictions he must follow as a restaurant in Erie County.
Hope arises for bettering the boulevard
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 07:00 am
When the first South Grand Island Bridge was constructed in 1935, connecting Tonawanda with Niagara Falls, the New York State Thruway Highway 190 did not exist. Travelers heading north used Grand Island Boulevard as its primary thoroughfare, according to Supervisor John C. Whitney. That is why the former bustling Niagara Falls Visitor Center was built at the corner of Grand Island Boulevard and Staley Road - and why there are so many motels along the boulevard.
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