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Facebook provides updates on small business grant programs & announces new initiatives in support of Black community
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 11:50 am
Following Facebook's June announcements of an ongoing commitment to the Black community, the company is pleased to share progress updates on its Small Business Grant Programs and also introduce new ways to support Black-owned businesses on the platform.
NU School of Nursing celebrates first graduating class from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 11:10 am
Niagara University and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center recently celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of registered nurses to earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees through an innovative joint program that saw classes taught on the medical center campus.
Ortt/Helming: Broadband tax lawsuit/repeal key to expansion
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 11:10 am
New York State Sen. Pam Helming on Tuesday joined with Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt in support of a recent lawsuit filed to force New York to disclose the tax and fee structure of what they called a "destructive new broadband tax and fee scheme. This measure makes it more difficult and expensive to expand broadband in rural and underserved areas."
North Tonawanda Common Council: Braun appointed clerk/treasurer
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 07:00 am
On Tuesday, the North Tonawanda Common Council voted 3-1 to appoint current 2nd Ward Alderman Donna Braun as city clerk/treasurer. The position was vacated when then-city clerk/treasurer Matthew Parrish resigned on Aug. 9. Assistant City Clerk Lori Swartz has filled the position in the interim.
NT artist's Ad Age cover submission a window to future success
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 07:00 am
North Tonawanda native and (now) Buffalo State College graduate Crista Sukennik was recently a finalist for Ad Age magazine's "Young Creatives Cover Competition." Sukennik was one of nine finalists selected out of over 350 submissions from professional artists and industry professionals all over the globe.
Federal, state officials meet in Wilson to discuss COVID-19 impacts
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 07:00 am
As summer 2020 moves into fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the northern Niagara County region continues its struggles with the residual impacts.
Town of Wheatfield: Safety changes coming to Niagara Falls Boulevard; town looking to extend fire contracts
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 07:00 am
Last week, Wheatfield Supervisor Don MacSwan said he had a "positive meeting" with Department of Transportation officials where they provided a schedule for roadwork for the oft-maligned intersections along Niagara Falls Boulevard at Witmer and Ward roads.
Town of Niagara: New deal on telecom easement to pay for water tower painting
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 07:00 am
A new lease agreement in the Town of Niagara for the telecommunication easement on the municipality's water tower will pay for a much-needed paint job.
'American Idol' all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry & Lionel Richie, host Ryan Seacrest set to return for season 4 on ABC
Wed, Aug 19th 2020 09:45 pm
The iconic star-maker competition series "American Idol" welcomes back music industry legends and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, and veteran host Ryan Seacrest to help find America's next singing sensation for a fourth season on ABC.
Buffalo Zoo welcomes Rhino from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Wed, Aug 19th 2020 09:40 pm
The Buffalo Zoo announced its newest resident, Lulu, the Eastern black rhino.
Higgins: Postmaster's pause doesn't undo harm already implemented or protect against dismantling of USPS after November election
Wed, Aug 19th 2020 09:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, said the announcement by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy indicating he is temporarily pausing "sweeping changes" to the U.S. Postal Service doesn't demonstrate the postmaster has a true understanding of what the postal service means to Americans and provides no confidence that sabotage of the postal service won't continue.
Higgins announces FEMA grant totaling over $929,000 for regional pandemic preparedness projects in New York
Wed, Aug 19th 2020 09:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced a federal grant totaling $929,414 has been awarded to New York for pandemic preparedness projects to help increase the planned pandemic response in upstate New York, including Erie and Niagara counties.
Cuomo advising local health departments to prepare for COVID-19, seasonal flu double-teaming people this fall
Wed, Aug 19th 2020 09:10 pm
Speaking to reporters on a conference call Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York is in "the second half of the game" - hopefully - with regard to fighting the coronavirus. He said local health departments need to prepare for flu season while not detracting from COVID-19 testing and tracing. Moreover, he said schools need to have a plan to mitigate a possible spread of the virus once campus doors reopen.
NYS crackdown on impaired driving
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 05:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced New York State Police and law enforcement agencies statewide will be ramping up enforcement of impaired driving from Wednesday, Aug. 19, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. The STOP-DWI "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is designed to reduce alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes.
No appointment necessary: Catholic Health expands CH Care OnDemand 24/7 telehealth program throughout WNY
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:45 pm
How would you like to talk to a doctor or medical provider anytime day or night, without an appointment, for all those medical issues that aren't quite serious enough for a trip to the hospital, but need medical attention sooner rather than later? Catholic Health is now offering CH Care OnDemand, giving Western New Yorkers 24/7 access to a medical provider, within minutes, for nonemergent conditions - all from a phone, computer or tablet.
Erie County Department of Health will provide inspections to gyms & fitness centers that seek to reopen
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:40 pm
After reviewing the "New York Forward" guidance related to reopening fitness centers and gyms, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is announcing a blanket approval for these facilities to reopen Monday, Aug. 24, under the conditions listed below.
Preparing K-12 teachers to meet today's social challenges
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
As school districts nationwide grapple with several challenges as a new school year approaches, a program now in its second year at the University at Buffalo is equipping future K-12 teachers with the tools to address these issues head on.
Report: Hotel industry facing historic wave of foreclosures
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
A new national report shows the hotel industry is facing a historic wave of foreclosures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate small business hotel owners and its workforce.
Cuomo announces special enrollment for uninsured extended for additional 30 days
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the special enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended for another 30 days, through Sept. 15, as the state continues to provide supportive services during the COVID-19 public health crisis. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York state's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers.
On centennial of passage of 19th Amendment, Cuomo announces preservation & stabilization of historic Susan B. Anthony childhood home
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:35 pm
On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced an effort to stabilize and preserve the childhood home of prominent 19th century women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony.
Erie County Office of Agriculture unveils 'Erie Grown Passport'
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:30 pm
The Erie County Office of Agriculture announced a new initiative aimed at promoting local agriculture, a sector hard-hit the COVID-19 pandemic, with the launch of the "Erie Grown Passport."
New Alzheimer's disease research strengthens evidence for reanalyzing data in clinical trials that supposedly 'failed'
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 04:30 pm
New research on Alzheimer's disease led by the University at Buffalo reveals strong evidence that clinical trials on drugs that appeared not to benefit patients with the disease should now be reanalyzed in light of discoveries about a human-specific gene that divides the population into a one-to-three ratio.
Math centers offer alternative online learning platform
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 01:25 pm
Mathnasium Learning Centers of the Southtowns and Williamsville announced that, beginning Aug. 31, they will provide a formal distance-learning facilitation program for students 7 to 14 to do remote schoolwork from both learning centers.
Every Person Influences Children, Jericho Road Community Health Center launch 'Storytime In Your Neighborhood'
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 12:50 pm
EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) announced the upcoming "Storytime In Your Neighborhood" series, in collaboration with the Jericho Road Community Health Center. The series kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
COVID-19: 2 additional states added to travel advisory
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced two additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states - all of which have significant community spread - to quarantine for 14 days. The newly added states are Alaska and Delaware. No areas have been removed.
Seth Appert named head coach of Rochester Americans
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 12:40 pm
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams announced Tuesday the appointment of Seth Appert as head coach of the Rochester Americans.
2020 Marble Orchard Ghost Walks canceled
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 12:35 pm
After much consideration, Lewiston Council on the Arts (LCA) regretfully announces the cancellation of this year's Marble Orchard Ghost Walks.
Iconic Payless brand relaunches in North American market
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 10:25 am
On Tuesday, Payless, the footwear retailer with a 60-year-plus heritage, has announced its relaunch into the North American market, unveiling an immersive ecommerce platform and new brick-and-mortar retail concept stores.
Apple announces Apple Music Radio
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 10:25 am
Apple, on Tuesday, announced two new live global radio offerings on Apple Music, now available to music fans in 165 countries. Beginning today, Beats 1, the flagship global radio station, will be renamed Apple Music 1; and two additional radio stations will launch: Apple Music Hits, celebrating everyone's favorite songs from the '80s, '90s and 2000s, and Apple Music Country, spotlighting country music.
New french toast-inspired 'Toast-Yay!' Girl Scout Cookie joins lineup for 2021 season in WNY
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 10:20 am
Today, Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) kicked off a countdown to the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season with the announcement of a new cookie in Western New York and other select areas: Toast-Yay!, a French toast-inspired cookie "dipped in delicious icing and full of flavor in every bite."
ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' returns to ballroom Monday, Sept. 14
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 10:20 am
"Dancing with the Stars" is waltzing its way into the ballroom for its premiere on Monday, Sept. 14 (8-10 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu. The unprecedented season welcomes new host Tyra Banks, a fresh take on the competition, and exciting new and returning pros, all while maintaining the heart and soul of the series.
Niagara County Pride to hold school supplies drive
Tue, Aug 18th 2020 10:20 am
For the next two weeks, Niagara County Pride - a program of The Pride Center of WNY - will be collecting backpacks and other school supplies to help kids in need this year. The group's goal is to collect 50 backpacks filled with supplies to be able to give to local children.
Season 2 of 'Tamron Hall' set to premiere Monday, Sept. 14
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 04:40 pm
Tamron Hall, honored in her freshman season with a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host, will return for a sophomore season on Monday, Sept. 14. The nationally syndicated Emmy-nominated program will be broadcast from the show's New York studio.
NCSO DWI crackdown
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 04:35 pm
Acting Niagara County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced law enforcement agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
Catholic Health, CWA agree to one-year contract extensions
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 03:05 pm
Catholic Health and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have agreed to one-year contract extensions for registered nurses and CWA-represented associates at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and St. Joseph Campus.
NT: Call for 'fiscal stability committee' shut down
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 03:00 pm
At last week's North Tonawanda Common Council meeting, a proposed resolution from Alderman-at-Large Austin Tylec to establish a "fiscal stability committee," which he said would be "tasked with developing and implementing the changes recommended by New York state auditors," was shut down by the council.
ABC News lands first joint network interviews with former VP Joe Biden & Sen. Kamala Harris
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 02:25 pm
ABC News announced the first joint network interviews with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris.
Household hazardous waste collections planned for fall
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 02:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning announced two additional household hazardous waste collection events for the 2020 season, to be held Sept. 26 in the City of Buffalo and Oct. 31 in the Town of Boston. Each collection event is a no-cost opportunity for Erie County residents to properly dispose of hazardous items that should not be placed in the regular garbage.
Coronavirus stats for Aug. 17
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 01:55 pm
Josh Groban announces new album, 'Harmony,' to be released in November
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 01:20 pm
Josh Groban announced he is releasing a brand-new album, "Harmony," this November.

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