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NYS Senate & Assembly to hold joint legislative hearing on utilities' 'failure' during recent storm
Sun, Aug 9th 2020 12:35 pm
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced a joint legislative hearing will be held to examine what their camps called "the response failures of various utility companies during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias."
Cuomo on school reopening: ' "If and how" is left to local school districts'; meetings with parents, teachers mandatory
Sun, Aug 9th 2020 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a Sunday conference call with reporters, said, "I announced the other day that, by the (coronavirus) viral infection rate, all school districts in the state can open - can open. 'If and how' is left to the local school districts."
No Art Festival, no problem: LCA awards Chalk Walk winners
Sat, Aug 8th 2020 10:50 pm
Though the Village of Lewiston was without its annual Art Festival this weekend, there was a celebration of creativity just off of Center Street.
New Maid of the Mist vessels christened
Sat, Aug 8th 2020 07:00 am
In a private family ceremony July 31, Maid of the Mist's two new all-electric, zero-emission passenger vessels were christened at the corporation's drydock and maintenance facility on the Lower Niagara River.
Lewiston Public Library reopens to public
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 04:30 pm
The Lewiston Public Library is now open to the public. A mask or cloth face covering is required to enter the library.
School groups respond to Cuomo's decision to reopen
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 04:25 pm
Different state education groups responded Friday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to reopen schools for in-class education.
Kenan Center announces drive-in-style concert series
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 04:20 pm
The Kenan Center is utilizing its 25-acre campus to bring socially distanced concerts to the heart of the Lockport community. The drive-in-style series will start off with two concerts: Handsome Jack on Aug. 29 and Workingman's Dead on Sept. 26.
Higgins: More than $911,000 for 3 WNY colleges
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 04:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a total of $911,186 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education for three Western New York colleges. Trocaire, Medaille and the University at Buffalo each received grants through the student support services program.
Songwriter & vocalist Lydia Laird releases self-titled EP with unique social media campaign
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 04:15 pm
Songwriter and vocalist Lydia Laird released her self-titled debut EP today with Provident Label Group (click here to listen). The seven-song project includes "Hallelujah Even Here," her first single, the poignant and personal "I'll Be Okay," and closes with "Here Again," her powerful rendition of the worship song originally recorded by Elevation Worship.
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper transforms 'Shoreline Sweep' into summer-long, socially distant cleanup event with Labatt USA
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 04:15 pm
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper's annual "Shoreline Sweep" has been transformed from a single-day cleanup in the spring to a season-long cleanup across Western New York.
Cuomo, Stewart-Cousins, Heastie send joint letter to New York's congressional delegation outlining urgent need for federal aid for state & local governments
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 04:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Friday sent a joint letter to New York's congressional delegation outlining the urgent need for federal aid for state and local governments in the anticipated relief package. The state needs $30 billion in aid over the next two years to meet its obligations.
Him + Her Worship find hope 'Even In The Dark'
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 03:30 pm
"Even In The Dark," the full-length debut from Minneapolis-based husband/wife folk-pop duo Him + Her Worship, is set to bow Sept. 4.
North Tonawanda School superintendent provides school reopening update
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 03:25 pm
North Tonawanda School Superintendent Gregory Woytila held a live Q&A on Facebook on Wednesday where he shared some updates regarding the district's reopening plans. At the onset, he addressed some of the confusion that was caused by some comments Gov. Andrew Cuomo made earlier in the week involving COVID-19 testing.
Representing NYS adult care facilities, ESAAL testifies before NYS Legislature on COVID-19 challenges
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 03:25 pm
The Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL) provided testimony to the New York State Legislature's residential health care facilities and COVID-19 hearing on Aug. 3.
FirstNet Network expands across NYS to advance public safety communications capabilities in Niagara County
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 03:10 pm
New York 's first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of 22 new, purpose-built FirstNet cell sites and other network enhancements. This new infrastructure is part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place across the state, bringing increased coverage, capacity and capabilities for public safety. This includes a new FirstNet site in Gasport.
AT&T boosts network speeds for Newfane with new cell site
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 03:10 pm
AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers in Newfane got a big boost in wireless connectivity with the addition of a new cell site to enhance the area's 4G LTE coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service.
Artpark adds more feature films to drive-in series
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 03:10 pm
Artpark & Company announced more feature films confirmed for its new drive-in series.
Cuomo: Schools can reopen in New York
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 12:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday gave each New York school district the go-ahead to reopen for in-person learning.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for August 7, 2020
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 11:35 am
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for August 7, 2020
UB: Neutrophils key to mounting effective immune response when receiving a pneumonia vaccine, preclinical study shows
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 11:25 am
University at Buffalo scientists exploring the nature of immunity after vaccination against Streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia in people, have discovered that a specific type of white blood cell called neutrophils plays a more critical role than was previously known.
Cuomo unanimously voted to serve as National Governors Association chair
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 11:00 am
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday was unanimously voted to serve as chair of the National Governors Association during the virtual 2020 summer meeting. Cuomo, who will become the longest-serving governor in the country next year, is also the first governor from New York to become NGA's chair - and the first "big state" governor to take the gavel in nearly 50 years.
Selena Gomez's cooking show, 'SELENA + CHEF,' to stream on HBO Max beginning Aug. 13
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 11:00 am
Earlier this week, HBO Max announced the Selena Gomez cooking show, "SELENA + CHEF," will premiere on the streamer Thursday, Aug. 13.
Peacock to stream all 8 'Harry Potter' films
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 10:55 am
Earlier this week, Peacock announced all eight "Harry Potter" films will be available to stream in windows over the next six months starting later this year and into 2021. The movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling's famed series ranked as the highest-grossing film franchise in history.
AAA finds active driving assistance systems do less to assist drivers - and more to interfere
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 10:55 am
AAA automotive researchers found that, over the course of 4,000 miles of real-world driving, vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems experienced some type of issue every eight miles, on average.
SBA to host virtual 'Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit'
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 10:55 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a virtual "Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit" in collaboration with second lady of the United States Karen Pence and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes. The free event is set for 1-3:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, Aug. 19. It is designed to connect military spouses with resources and information available to help them start or grow a small business.
Higgins: Expanded national service would support COVID-19 recovery
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 10:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced his cosponsorship of the Pandemic Response & Opportunity Through National Service Act (HR 6702). Upon enactment, his camp said, "this legislation would provide critical funding to a number of national service programs, mobilizing thousands of Americans to respond to the damages wrought by the COVID pandemic."
Discover Niagara Shuttle rolling out for 2020 season
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 10:25 am
With tourism reigniting in Niagara Falls, the Discover Niagara Shuttle team is excited to kick-off the season today. The shuttle's complimentary hop-on/hop-off service connects visitors and residents to more than a dozen stops between "the Falls and the Fort."
City of Niagara Falls seeks to reallocate CDBG funds for COVID-19 testing
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:45 am
Niagara Falls is on a mission to move forward in maintaining access to COVID-19 test kits for residents.
Niagara, Erie counties complete joint Tonawanda Creek Road project
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:35 am
Leaders from Erie and Niagara counties on Thursday cut the ribbon to reopen a section Tonawanda Creek Road in the Town of Clarence that has been closed since 2014. The project is part of the bicounty Tonawanda Creek slope stabilization and roadway reconstruction effort that also includes projects in the towns of Lockport and Pendleton.
North Tonawanda clerk/treasurer resigns
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:30 am
North Tonawanda City Clerk/Treasurer Matthew Parrish announced his resignation on Tuesday with an effective date of Aug. 9. Alderman-at-Large Austin Tylec communicated the announcement on Facebook about an hour before the North Tonawanda Common Council's meeting.
Lewiston-Porter to meet with parents regarding reopening in September
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:30 am
With our reopening plan now out, we are working diligently as a district to put our plan into action. We are focusing on reopening Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the hybrid model outlined in our plan. Our plan allows students to attend school in person or choose a 100% remote learning option. As parents decide what the best option is for their children, we are committed to providing all the information we can to support our families.
Lewiston Senior Center sets Sept. 1 reopening
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:30 am
At last, some good news for seniors in the River Region.
NT Common Council: Resolution to have Ortt clarify LGBTQ views causes stir
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:25 am
A resolution to formally ask newly appointed New York State Senate Minority Leader Sen. Robert Ortt to clarify his views on LGBTQ rights was a hot-button issue at Tuesday night's Common Council meeting in North Tonawanda.
'Wheatfield Crossing' subdivision concerns residents
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:25 am
A proposed residential subdivision on Shawnee Road has neighborhood residents concerned about dangerous road conditions and flooding.
Wheatfield Town Board: New COVID-19 travel rules; Ward Road, community/youth center updates
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 09:40 pm
Following the public hearings, the Wheatfield Town board proceeded with its regular meeting. All board members except for Councilman Curt Doktor were in attendance.
Cuomo: Schools will reopen on a regional basis
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 09:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said he will reopen schools in the same way he reopened businesses across New York state: On a regional basis.
New York gyms not opening anytime soon
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 09:35 pm
It was expected gyms and bowling alleys would welcome patrons back once a region entered the fourth and final phase of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening plan - but that wasn't the case.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital Neighborhood Health Center receives COVID-19 antibody grant funding
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 11:55 am
Daughters of Charity Ministries Inc., through its mission and ministry impact program, has awarded Mount St. Mary's Neighborhood Health Center $20,000 to provide free COVID-19 antibody testing at the center, located at 3101 Ninth St., Niagara Falls.
Lewiston Lions donate to local food pantry, hosting PB&J drive
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 11:55 am
The Lewiston Lions understands local food pantries are under tremendous pressure, with increased demand and decreased donations. The club was able to make donations to several food pantry locations during quarantine: Care-N-Share (Inter Community Services), Word of Life Ministries and the Magdalene Project. In addition to a monetary donation, 40 face masks were also donated to the Word of Life Ministries for distribution to those who may need one.
Department of Financial Services takes action to protect patients from PPE fees
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the New York State Department of Financial Services has issued new guidance to New York health insurers to ensure patients are not charged personal protective equipment fees by health care providers that participate in their insurer's network.

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