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PSC chair approves orders suspending rate increases in response to COVID-19
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 10:25 am
The chairman of the Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved an order that will allow New York American Water (NYAW) to delay implementing the previously approved rate increase scheduled to take effect April 1 under its existing four-year rate plan.
AARP Innovation Labs launches 'AARP Community Connections' platform to find help, or give it, during coronavirus pandemic
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 10:25 am
AARP Community Connections, a new online platform launched by AARP Innovation Labs, allows users to organize and find local volunteer groups to help pick up groceries, provide financial assistance or lend emotional support to neighbors, friends and loved ones. Across the country, these informal online groups - also called "mutual aid" groups - help communities stay connected at a time when people must practice social distancing to stay safe.
Preservation Buffalo Niagara introduces 1850 Project
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 10:15 am
In 1996, titans of Buffalo's preservation community, including John Conlin, Edward J. Patton, and Paul Redding, were commissioned by then Common Council President George K. Arthur to identify structures in the City of Buffalo built prior to 1860. The resulting list included approximately 215 buildings, with the oldest from 1818.
New York Farm Bureau honored for effort to donate 7.3 million pounds of food to regional food banks
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 10:15 am
New York's farmers are among the best in the nation when it comes to supporting people in need through their regional food banks. This week, American Farm Bureau Federation recognized New York Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) program for its efforts to donate more than 7.3 million pounds of food to the regional food banks across the state last year. That was the second-highest donation total in the country, behind Florida.
The Salvation Army adjusts to increase in demand
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 10:15 am
The Salvation Army is changing the way it serves people in need. Unemployment in New York state has skyrocketed in just a few weeks. The state labor department reported that parts of the state are seeing a 1,000% increase in jobless claims, and Salvation Army officers and staff members are continuing to meet human needs without discrimination across New York.
Kindness blooms at Alfred State alumna's flower shop
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 10:05 am
When Tami Maglier headed to work on Saturday, March 21, she didn't expect to have much business.
Cuomo announces significant donations to help increase state's supply capacity amid ongoing pandemic
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 09:25 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday announced the state has received significant donations from a number of major corporations, philanthropic organizations and celebrities to help increase the state's supply capacity amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Memorial Day luncheon cancelled; parade and ceremony on hold
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 09:20 am
Lewiston's Memorial Day Remembrance Committee (LMDRC) announced that our Memorial Day free town and village community luncheon has been cancelled for 2020. Of course, the reason is the coronavirus. The governor has required that we not gather in large groups, and serving 500-700 people lunch under a huge tent certainly looks like what he was talking about.
Charter expands free 60-day Spectrum broadband internet and Wi-Fi offer to include educators who are new subscribers
Fri, Mar 27th 2020 09:00 am
On Tuesday, Charter announced it is expanding the eligibility for its 60-day free offer for Spectrum broadband internet and Wi-Fi access to include educators (K-12 teachers and college/university professors) who do not already have a Spectrum account.
Kaleida Health taking extra measures to maintain health, safety
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:30 pm
Kaleida Health is taking extra precautions to ensure the health and protection of its staff, patients and visitors, with the move to "universal masking."
New York State Department of Labor announces initial unemployment insurance claims numbers in midst of the coronavirus pandemic
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:25 pm
The New York States Department of Labor on Thursday announced the initial unemployment insurance claims data for New York state for the week ending March 21, 2020 - the first week in which claims were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial unemployment insurance claims last week, increased over the past year by 520% in New York. Overall, more than 80,500 claims were filed last week. Initial claims for UI increased by a minimum of 284% in each of New York's 10 labor market regions.
Facebook Journalism Project awards grant to Niagara Frontier Publications
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:00 pm
Six local newsrooms in New York were selected to receive almost $30,000 in funding - CNY Latino, Examiner Media, Niagara Frontier Publications, Spotlight Newspapers, Wallkill Valley Publications Inc., and Watertown Daily Times, with each of these recipients getting $5,000. In this first round, 50 local newsrooms across the U.S. and Canada are receiving $5,000 grants to help cover unexpected costs associated with covering the crisis in their communities. Additional recipients will be announced in the coming weeks.
Catholic Health issues COVID-19 update
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:00 pm
Catholic Health admitted the first patients to its COVID-19 treatment facility today at St. Joseph Campus located at 2605 Harlem Road in Cheektowaga. Treatment units at the site are being "phased-in" to help alleviate pressure at other Catholic Health hospitals and support the governor's plan to increase surge capacity.
Empire State Development announces new WNY talent initiative to train, attract & retain tech workforce that will 'power the region's continued growth'
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:00 pm
Empire State Development on Thursday announced the launch of the $12 million Buffalo-Niagara Talent Initiative to help cultivate Western New York's tech workforce. This new initiative is designed to train, attract and retain tech talent to fuel the region's continued economic transformation. The ESD board of directors met today and approved a $2 million grant to TechBuffalo, a not-for-profit that will partner with ESD and lead coordination and implementation for the initiative.
'A Million Little Things' ends second season on creative high note
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 07:05 pm
What "A Million Little Things" has is two things - and these things showrunner D.J. Nash and his crew do better than any other show on TV. It has stars who are not stars, and a storyline that effortlessly leaves viewers desperate for five more minutes each week.
Niagara County debuts COVID-19 map; Stapleton: 'People will get better'
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 03:50 pm
The Niagara County Department of Public Health released a "heat map" today.
Erie County provides virus update, list of local employers hiring
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 03:00 pm
•We have received reports of 31 Erie County residents who are hospitalized as of yesterday due to COVID-19. As of today, at noon, we have had 166 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County residents.
Mayor Welch issues letter, guidance for community
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 02:10 pm
Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch issued the following message to the community. Click the link below for a larger version.
Tops grocery stores enhance safety measures
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:50 pm
Beginning as early as today, Tops will be rolling our additional safety measures at all of its 162 stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, a press release stated. Those safety measures include installing Plexiglas shields on as many of their frontend registers as possible.
Eric Stonestreet & Will Forte jump in hot seat in premiere episode of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,' hosted by Jimmy Kimmel
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:30 pm
Tune-in to the premiere of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" Wednesday, April 8 (10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
Elton John to host all-new benefit special 'FOX Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert for America,' airing Sunday, March 29
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:30 pm
iHeartMedia and FOX announced "FOX Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert for America," a music event to provide entertainment relief and support for Americans to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic.
It's island time this Sunday, as ABC's 'American Idol' heads to the sun, sand & sea at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawaii
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:30 pm
"Hollywood Week" is in the past for the lucky Top 40 contestants as they say aloha to the "Final Judgment" round at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa on the sands of Ko Olina, Hawaii, Sunday, March 29 (8-10 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
BPO suspends all performances & events through April 26
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:30 pm
With Gov. Andrew Cuomo's declaration that all gatherings be prohibited until further notice, the BPO has made the "difficult decision" to suspend all performances through April 26. Details on canceled and rescheduled performances are still in development. Check bpo.org for the latest details.
FeedMore WNY to hold supplemental food distribution at Kleinhans Music Hall
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:20 pm
FeedMore WNY was set to hold a supplemental food distribution at Kleinhans Music Hall today to help feed hungry neighbors and meet the increased need for food assistance in the community due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Higgins announces federal funding to help Buffalo health clinics respond to COVID-19
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced new federal resources to help federally qualified health clinics in Western New York respond to COVID-19. Three local clinics will receive a total of $192,735 in new federal funding.
NY ban on brush burning
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:15 pm
With spring officially here, DEC reminds residents the statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning began March 16, and runs through May 14. Conditions for wildfires are heightened in springtime when most wildfires occur.
Niagara County Center for Economic Development offers additional resources
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:15 pm
Per the Niagara County Center for Economic Development (www.niagaracountybusiness.com/716-278-8750), more tips and tools for locally owned businesses.
AHLA statement on Senate passage of CARES Act
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:05 pm
The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, AHLA president and CEO, on the Senate passage of the CARES Act.
AAA: Keep your car clean and help prevent spread of coronavirus
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:05 pm
The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the everyday lives of people rapidly. It's a time to be particularly cautious, especially for those who can't avoid being exposed to the public for work, urgent matters, or other reasons.
Niagara University's School of Nursing donates much-needed supplies to area hospitals
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:05 pm
What initially appeared to be a mistake might actually have been a happy accident, as an order of personal protective equipment, initially intended to be used by Niagara University nursing students, is now being donated to the places that need them most: area hospitals and nursing homes.
DEC advises New Yorkers to take measures to reduce bear conflicts
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 01:00 pm
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers to take steps to reduce conflicts with bears.
Higgins & other House members request 20,000 ventilators for New York
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and other members of the House of Representatives' New York delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking the secretary to authorize the transfer of 20,000 ventilators to New York from the national stockpile.
WellNow Urgent Care debuts in-vehicle triage procedure in response to COVID-19 pandemic
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 12:50 pm
WellNow Urgent Care has instated a new in-vehicle triage process in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients will be asked to complete an in-vehicle check-in process before entering a WellNow Urgent Care facility. This new procedure is a precautionary measure to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen menu - SPONSORED
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 10:25 am
Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen is the first Gallo restaurant owned and operated by Michael Hibbard. The Lewiston restaurant offers an exceptional array of coal-fired pizzas, pasta and large salads. Visit http://gallorestaurants.com/ for more information.
Second person dies in Erie County
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is announcing there was one death attributable to COVID-19 in Erie County in the past 24 hours. The individual was a male in his 70s.
Read our newspapers online
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 06:10 pm
While readers are safe at home, and businesses are temporarily closed, we're offering our Niagara County newspapers online. As in, the full edition. For free. Enjoy (and support our advertisers)!
Pegula Sports & Entertainment provides $1.2 million in aid to WNY
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 05:15 pm
Pegula Sports & Entertainment, in partnership with the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres foundations, will provide at least $1.2 million in direct community aid to Western New York residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, owners Terry and Kim Pegula announced Wednesday.
 

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