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Launch of Buffalo's largest tiki boat, 'Big Kahuna,' is Canalside's newest attraction
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 11:00 am
Spirit of Buffalo and Buffalo River History Tours announced the launch of the "Big Kahuna," a tiki tour boat docked at Canalside. The boat is the latest to be added to the fleet of Buffalo River History Tours and will carry passengers on daily fun-filled 90- or 60-minute tours on the Buffalo River, Buffalo Harbor and Lake Erie with Caribbean-style music and drinks - all while maintaining social distancing rules.
Darius Rucker announces virtual edition of annual 'Darius & Friends' concert to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 11:00 am
Three-time Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker will be joined by Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence on the iconic Grand Ole Opry stage for a virtual edition of his "Darius & Friends" concert powered by LiveXLive on Thursday, July 30 (8 p.m. ET), benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
HBO Sports, Jigsaw Productions team up on 2-part documentary series 'TIGER'
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:50 am
HBO Sports and Jigsaw Productions, in association with Our Time Projects, are in production on a two-part documentary series illuminating in sweeping scope and vast detail the rise, fall, and epic comeback of global icon Tiger Woods.
Sarah Sattler joins Mount St. Mary's Hospital
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:40 am
Sarah Sattler, BSN, RN, CCRN, has been named nurse manager of the emergency department and intensive care unit at Mount St. Mary's Hospital. A resident of Niagara County, she joined Catholic Health in 2013, most recently serving as a nurse educator for the health system.
Erie County boosts small businesses with microenterprise loan/grant program
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:40 am
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (ECDEP), in conjunction with the Erie County Business Task Force, is boosting small business in Erie County with the microenterprise loan/grant program, providing microenterprises with five employees or fewer up to $35,000 in a loan/grant to build their business.
Goo Goo Dolls release 'Miracle Pill (Deluxe Edition)' on Warner Records
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:35 am
Multi-Platinum, four-time Grammy-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls have released the deluxe edition of their acclaimed 12th studio record, "Miracle Pill," via Warner Records. The special release features three never-before-heard tracks including "Just A Man," "The Right Track" and "Tonight, Together," as well as the smash title song "Miracle Pill" and the band's newest single "Fearless," an empowering anthem that's quickly rising at Hot AC radio.
Erie County Office of Consumer Protection working to educate, inform consumers
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:30 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined by Jessica Poleon, director of the Erie County Office of Consumer Protection, to discuss the new office and its functions. Created in 2019 to ensure Erie County's residents have access to education, information and resources regarding consumer protection, the office will investigate and resolve consumer complaints through voluntary mediation and educate Erie County consumers on their rights and responsibilities as consumers.
Higgins: Federal funding supporting personal protective equipment for fire departments in East Amherst & Hamburg
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:30 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding to the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department and the Swormville Fire Co. to help these first responders protect communities from COVID-19. Hamburg received $4,161.29 while Swormville, serving Amherst and Clarence, was awarded $3,265.76.
During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Cuomo advances new regulations requiring insurers to provide equitable coverage for mental health & substance use disorders
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:30 am
During National Minority Metal Health Awareness Month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo advanced new regulations requiring insurers to provide equitable coverage for mental health and substance use disorders.
Cuomo directs state agencies to deploy resources statewide as heavy rains are forecast for New York
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:15 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday directed state agencies to strategically deploy response resources as heavy rains are expected across much of the state in the coming days.
Lewiston Council on the Arts: Hyatt's sponsors 'Chalk YOUR Walk' competition
Thu, Jul 9th 2020 05:20 pm
Lewiston Council on the Arts announced Hyatt's of Buffalo is a new sponsor and has made a generous contribution toward the "Chalk YOUR Walk" competition presented by LCA.
Lewiston Museum reopens to public
Thu, Jul 9th 2020 03:05 pm
The Historical Association of Lewiston announced plans to reopen the Lewiston Museum, which has been closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
NASCAR announces NBC Sports' 2020 telecast schedule through August
Thu, Jul 9th 2020 11:10 am
NASCAR has announced its schedule of events through the regular season finale at the end of August, highlighted by its Cup and Xfinity Series telecast schedule on NBC and NBCSN and a pair of races at iconic Daytona International Speedway on NBC.
Game show phenomenon 'Weakest Link' returns to NBC with Jane Lynch as host & executive producer
Thu, Jul 9th 2020 11:10 am
NBC is bringing back hit British import and international game show phenomenon "Weakest Link," co-produced by BBC Studios' Los Angeles production arm and Universal Television Alternative Studio. The network has greenlit 13 episodes of the rapid-fire quiz show with Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning host and actress Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") set to host and executive produce. "Weakest Link" will begin production later this year.
National Buffalo Wing Festival will pivot in 2020
Thu, Jul 9th 2020 11:00 am
The National Buffalo Wing Festival will pivot in 2020 and grow into a nationwide celebration of Buffalo's most iconic food. "America's Greatest Chicken Wing Party" will serve as a fundraiser for food banks in more than 50 major cities across the U.S. The new concept will take place in October as part of the newly created "National Chicken Wing Month," according to Drew Cerza, founder of the festival.
Canisius plans to welcome students back to campus for fall semester
Thu, Jul 9th 2020 10:55 am
Canisius College is making plans to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester. The college is proceeding with all necessary planning and safety measures for students to return to classrooms and residence halls beginning Aug. 31.
Elder Law Day 2020: Summer webinar series to begin July 15
Thu, Jul 9th 2020 10:50 am
The Center for Elder Law & Justice is partnering with the Erie County Department of Senior Services to host the 20th annual Elder Law Day - with a new twist. This year's presentations and consultations will be held virtually, over a period of two months, and recorded for future viewing.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins & Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announce joint legislative hearing on independent redistricting
Thu, Jul 9th 2020 10:50 am
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Wednesday announced the legislative task force on demographic research and reapportionment (LATFOR), Senate Judiciary Committee and Assembly Government Operations Committee will hold a joint legislative hearing Wednesday, July 15, to evaluate the 2014 constitutional amendments providing for independent redistricting in advance of the first redistricting process since their enactment.
AG James releases preliminary report on investigation into NYPD interactions with protesters
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 06:45 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday released a preliminary report into her office's ongoing investigation into the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) response to recent protests. This preliminary report includes an in-depth account of the interactions that occurred between NYPD and protesters between late May and June.
Stella Niagara celebrates 8th grade graduation
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 06:35 pm
On Tuesday, June 30, Stella Niagara Education Park proudly held a graduation ceremony for the eighth grade Class of 2020. Following guidelines from New York state, SNEP's 335-foot parking lot was transformed into family carrels decorated with blue and gold balloons and labeled artistically by students armed with sidewalk chalk.
NCCC announces plans for fall semester
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 05:45 pm
Niagara County Community College has announced plans for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 31. The college will offer in-person, online and hybrid classes, as well as face-to-face labs that require hands-on instruction such as culinary, CADD, health sciences and other related courses. The announcement was made in conjunction with SUNY approving the "Fall 2020 Reopening Plan for NCCC."
NYSUT statement on reopening of schools
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 05:45 pm
Health and safety of students, families, educators and other school staff, and equitable access to a high-quality education must be the top priorities in reopening schools.
NYSERDA announces first-of-its-kind partnership with ASHRAE to build back better and mitigate spread of COVID while combating climate change
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 05:45 pm
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority entered into a strategic partnership with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to advance the combined goals of improved indoor air quality and environmental sustainability.
Chao kicks off National Pedestrian Safety Summit as communities reopen & motorists return to road
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 05:40 pm
Safety advocates joined federal and state transportation agencies today as the U.S. Department of Transportation launched a virtual safety summit with the first of three webinars to discuss ways to reduce pedestrian fatalities on the nation's roadways.
Artpark announces more feature films added to drive-in series
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 03:45 pm
Artpark & Company has announced more feature films confirmed for its new drive-in series: "Rocketman" starring Taron Egerton, "based on a true fantasy" telling the story of Elton John's rise to fame on July 14 (8 p.m.); and Jamie Foxx's Oscar-winning portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray" on July 21 (8 p.m.).
Cuomo: New York will decide on fall school reopening during first week of August; malls to reopen Friday
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 03:10 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced New York will decide whether schools will reopen in the fall during the first week of August. The state is now consulting with stakeholders on guidance, which will be finalized on July 13. Plans to reopen schools are due July 31.
Kim Pegula names Sinnarajah, McFarlane to leadership team
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 03:00 pm
Pegula Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Kim Pegula on Wednesday named two executives to the senior leadership team. Jason Sinnarajah joins the Buffalo Bills as senior vice president of business administration, while Mike McFarlane has been named PSE senior vice president of finance and administration.
Read our full newspapers online
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 02:30 pm
Western New York has reopened! Read the full edition of the Niagara-Wheatfield-NT Tribune and the Lewiston-Porter Sentinel, and learn more about your favorite locally owned restaurants and retailers. Plus, find hometown news, the latest safery protocols, scheduled events, arts & entertainment, and so much more.
Island Dispatch for July 3, 2020
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 02:20 pm
Island Dispatch for July 3, 2020
NYSCA awards $490,000 in CARES Act funding to 49 arts organizations in 9 NYS regions, 23 counties
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 01:45 pm
In its ongoing support of New York state arts organizations and artists facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, The New York State Council on the Arts will award $490,000 in NEA CARES Act funds to 49 organizations in nine regions of the state.
UB expert offers tips for coping with extreme heat and humidity
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 01:30 pm
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat-related illnesses, while preventable, are responsible for more than 600 deaths in the U.S. each year. At greatest risk are the elderly, young children, and people with some chronic conditions, such as obesity.
Niagara County: Farmers market coupons available
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 12:55 pm
Beginning Thursday, July 16, the Office for the Aging will begin distributing farmers market coupon booklets at sites throughout Niagara County.
The Cranberries 'No Need to Argue' remastered & expanded on Sept. 18
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 12:35 pm
Originally released in 1994, "No Need To Argue" was the band's biggest-selling album with global sales in excess of 17 million. It contained the band's most commercially successful single, "Zombie." The video for "Zombie" has since been viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube, making The Cranberries the only Irish band to pass this milestone and putting them in a very small club of artists to do so.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 induction ceremony exclusive HBO special to honor this year's inductees
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 12:35 pm
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it will replace its annual live induction ceremony with an exclusive HBO special honoring this year's Inductees. The program will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max on Saturday, Nov. 7 (8 p.m. ET/PT), and will replace the live 35th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that was originally scheduled for May 2 of this year.
Eagles 'Live From The Forum MMXVIII' on ESPN
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 12:25 pm
Earning rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the Eagles arrived at the Forum in Los Angeles for three sold-out concerts on Sept. 12, 14, and 15, 2018. Highlights from all three shows have now been compiled for the new 26-song live album and concert film, "Live From The Forum MMXVIII," which premiered on ESPN on Sunday, will air again Monday, July 13 (6 p.m.). It also can be found on the ESPN app.
Mahomes, Curry, Romo & Rodgers headline all-star field at 2020 American Century Championship
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 12:25 pm
Reigning Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, two-time defending champion and CBS Sports analyst Tony Romo and two-time NFL Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers headline the star-studded field of 71 players from the world of sports and entertainment.
Rick Lee James premiers 'Love Our Enemies' music video; album produced by Chris Hoisington of Brothers McClurg
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 12:25 pm
"Love Our Enemies," the latest music video from acclaimed singer/songwriter and author Rick Lee James, premiers today. Directed and edited by Jason Elam for Agape Media, the clip features James and his band performing at the historic Something Old Dayton studios in Dayton, Ohio, and incorporates current news footage and images of people from around the world.
National Grid asks customers to continue to reduce electricity use in Snyder, Amherst, Eggertsville & portions of Buffalo
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 12:10 pm
National Grid is asking approximately 6,000 customers in parts of Snyder, Amherst, Eggertsville and in an area near the Buffalo VA Medical Center to continue to reduce unnecessary electricity use, as crews work around the clock to repair damaged electricity equipment at nearby substations. The request is being made as a precaution and includes a second outbound call to customers in the impacted areas requesting reduced usage.
Survey: 79% of assisted living providers report 1 or more residents leave their assisted living communities in New York for outside visitation or services
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 12:10 pm
It has been nearly four months since New York-based assisted-living communities closed to outside visitors and temporarily suspended in-community services like hair salons. As New York continues its phased reopenings, which now allow for outdoor dining, hair and nail services, assisted living residents are being forced to leave their communities to visit loved ones, and to receive services such as hair appointments - two freedoms typically allowed in assisted living communities, which provide a more independent model of long-term care.
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo awarded $516,000 Grant from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to support small home-based child care providers
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 12:00 pm
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announced a $516,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to support small home-based child care providers through the Small Grants for Small Children program.

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