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Everything you need to know about phase 2, as Western New York continues its reopening process
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 04:50 pm
Western New York is entering phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan on Tuesday.
Cuomo, de Blasio announce citywide curfew in New York City
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 04:00 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor de Blasio on Monday announced a citywide curfew that will take effect beginning at 11 p.m. and will be lifted at 5 a.m. tomorrow.
Niagara County Fair postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 03:50 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County's board of directors held a special meeting on Friday, May 29, resulting in the decision to postpone the Niagara County Fair until 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erie County to assist licensed barber shops, salons in getting ready for phase two reopening
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 03:45 pm
Erie County will be assisting licensed local barber shops and hair salons reopening their businesses by providing face shields for barbers and stylists' use as they return to work in phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to reopen New York.
Niagara Wine Trail postponing Wine Festival
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
It is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of the 12th Annual Niagara Uncorked Wine Festival in Lewiston on July 25th and July 26th due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force created in response to health disparities related to COVID-19
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
People of color and those with compromising health conditions make up the majority of COVID-19 deaths according to national, state and regional data. In response to these facts, community leaders in Niagara Falls announced the creation of the Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force.
Learn how to navigate financial impact of COVID-19 on family businesses
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
Join a panel of financial experts from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, June 4, as they provide insight into ways to navigate the financial challenges family businesses are facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The discussion, presented via Zoom, is the second in a four-part virtual series exploring "How Western New York Businesses Are Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic."
Goo Goo Dolls debut new live video for 'Fearless'
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
On Monday, multi-Platinum, four-time Grammy-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls released a brand-new live video for their uplifting new single, "Fearless." The performance was filmed at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan, during the band's fall 2019 headlining tour in support of their 12th studio album, "Miracle Pill" (Warner Records). Watch the video now HERE.
ECMC Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine participates in annual Healogics Wound Care Awareness Week
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:35 pm
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Erie County Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds during the seventh annual Wound Care Awareness Week, being held from June 1-5.
ECMC opens state-of-the-art KeyBank Trauma and Emergency Department
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:00 pm
On Saturday, Erie County Medical Center Corp. celebrated the opening of the institution's new $55 million KeyBank Trauma and Emergency Department, which will double the size of the existing 40-year-old facility and feature state-of-the-art technology and equipment for the region's only level one adult trauma center.
Coronavirus stats for June 1
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 12:50 pm
Coronavirus stats for June 1
Artpark announces new season of artistic innovation, embracing social distancing in natural setting of Niagara Gorge
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 10:40 am
Artpark is churning with activity and fresh initiatives that will allow visitors to interact with the public park in new ways. In the face of multiple concert cancellations and postponements, Artpark has been actively developing new and adapted programs designed to bring the community both relief and inspiration while practicing social distancing and all COVID-19-related precautions to keep visitors safe at all times.
Justice for George Floyd: Protests in Niagara Falls called 'peaceful'
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 09:30 am
Dozens of people showed up Sunday night in different parts of Niagara Falls to protest the untimely death of George Floyd.
Cuomo announces dentists can reopen statewide
Sun, May 31st 2020 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced New York dentists can reopen statewide on Monday.
City of North Tonawanda update
Sun, May 31st 2020 12:55 pm
With the coming of Flag Day, June 14, we may think of the symbol it stands for and how it is flown. As an example, the U.S. flag on Memorial Day has special rules. The flag is to be hoisted from sunrise to noon at half-staff to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. From noon to sunset, the flag is to be raised to full staff to honor our nations living heroes.
State of emergency in Erie County; 10 arrests following Buffalo protest
Sun, May 31st 2020 12:30 pm
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn on Sunday afternoon announced the arrest of 10 people following a protest Saturday night in the City of Buffalo. He said his office is investigating general property damage in the downtown area, as well as arson at City Hall, and looting and property damage in Amherst and Kenmore.
Call for artists for an outside, socially distanced, individually located art exhibit and sale
Sat, May 30th 2020 07:00 am
Michelle Marcotte, a Lewiston artist, will revive the occasional Niagara River Region Art Studio tours this summer - but, outside and socially distanced. She invites Lewiston-area artists to contact her so they can get organized to collaborate in timing, organization and publicity.
Tesla owners collaborate with Buffalo Gigafactory for food drive
Sat, May 30th 2020 07:00 am
Tesla Owners Club New York State (TOCNYS) was able to raise $2,800 toward a GoFundMe campaign. With leadership at Tesla's Gigafactory New York, TOCNYS will partner to donate these funds to the Food Bank of WNY.
Cuomo offers guidance on phase 2; Wydysh: 'I don't see any reason that WNY should not begin phase two next week'
Fri, May 29th 2020 04:55 pm
Speaking Friday on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said, "From my perspective, I don't see any reason that Western New York should not begin phase two next week; and it appears that we are on target to do so."
NFMMC updates schedule for community COVID-19 testing
Fri, May 29th 2020 04:50 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has updated its schedule for performing community diagnostic testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The schedule, effective immediately, was revised to better reflect public demand for this testing.
Artpark offers additional information on concert & event postponements; new date for Tedeschi Trucks Band
Fri, May 29th 2020 03:10 pm
Artpark & Company posted the following message from Executive Director Sonia Clark on its website on Friday:
Kingdom Bound postpones festival until 2021
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:55 pm
Kingdom Bound Ministries posted the following to its website:
National Comedy Center rescheduling 30th annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival to August 2021
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:45 pm
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the National Comedy Center has announced it is rescheduling the 30th annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown, originally scheduled for Aug. 5-9, to the same weekend in 2021: Aug. 4-8. This is in order to ensure the health and safety of festival attendees, staff and volunteers.
Mandisa debuts new single with worship leader Jon Reddick
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:45 pm
Grammy-winner Mandisa is debuting a brand-new single today with worship leader and Gotee Recording artist Jon Reddick. "You Keep Hope Alive," penned by Reddick, is available through all DSPs everywhere today. The lyric video is also available now.
CARES Act expands SBA Buffalo district lender pool
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:35 pm
With the CARES Act providing assistance to small businesses through Paycheck Protection Program and the funding of $349 billion and another $310 billion on April 24, the U.S. Small Business Administration is expanding its lender pool and increasing access to capital for small businesses across Western New York.
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund announces $1 million in new grants to support nonprofits in Western New York
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:25 pm
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund, announced it has awarded nearly $1 million to an additional 47 nonprofit organizations, bringing the total grant amount from the fund to $6.6 million, supporting a total of 156 nonprofit organizations. This collaborative philanthropic effort was created in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 health crisis and has been coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.
National Grid reminds customers to be safe with storms in forecast
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
With the continuing warm temperatures across upstate New York this week, strong, scattered thunderstorms in portions of the region are possible. National Grid has a full contingent of crews ready to respond to any damage caused by severe weather.
NYSEG, RG&E preparing for thunderstorms & winds across state
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of AVANGRID Inc., are preparing for high winds and rain associated with incoming storms expected to hit their service areas Friday afternoon and into the evening. As a result of the storm, customers may experience service disruptions. The storm is expected to impact most of the NYSEG and RG&E footprint, which includes the Western New York, Rochester, Southern Tier, Capital Region and Hudson Valley.
SBA, Treasury Department announce $10 billion for CDFIs to participate in Paycheck Protection Program
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced it is setting aside $10 billion of round two funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions. CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses.
Niagara Hospice special events going virtual for community
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
In placing the highest priority on the health and safety of the community, Niagara Hospice is adapting its annual special events schedule into virtual events for the remainder of 2020. The organization's special events department has developed alternative activities, including trivia night and paint kits, and virtual versions of the Hospice Gran Fondo bike ride and Mighty Niagara Half Marathon & Hospice Dash 5K, to engage with supporters of all ages and interests.
Higgins: Over $20 million in federal emergency funding for WNY nursing homes
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced skilled nursing facilities in Western New York will receive more than $20 million in federal emergency funding to address increased expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 Paddles Up canceled; solo paddle & online prize giveaway to replace popular summer event
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:45 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission announced the 2020 Paddles Up at Beaver Island State Park has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the concern for participants' health.
State Parks releases final scoping document for Draft Historic Preservation Plan, GEIS
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:40 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division for Historic Preservation announced the release of the final scoping document for the Draft New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-25) and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
COVID-19 antibody test scheduling resumes with Erie County Department of Health
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
Scheduling for COVID-19 antibody test appointments has resumed for Erie County Department of Health clinics taking place in June.
NY Farm Bureau encourages farms to implement new COVID-19 guidance
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
New York State has issued comprehensive guidance to help farms manage and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and New York Farm Bureau is asking farms across the state to review the information and put it to practice.
Higgins announces passage of legislation extending death and disability benefits to public safety officers contracting COVID-19
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act of 2020. The bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide public safety officer death and disability benefits for certain first responders who contract COVID-19.
Erie County Social Services Department announces pandemic EBT benefit
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS) announced the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will be issuing a pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer food benefit to all New York state households with school-aged children who receive free or reduced-price lunches under the National School Lunch Act. This action was taken as part of the Families First Corona Virus Response Act of 2020.
AAA to offer free online Medicare sessions
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
Medicare can be confusing and complex, yet most of us will have to navigate it someday.
Morinello focused on future of New York
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:05 pm
Whether it be behind masks, screens or phones, the legislature has reconvened in Albany, focused and motivated. The coronavirus epidemic has put a tremendous strain on our communities, our livelihoods, and the very things that make us human. Interactions at work, in social settings, or in passing have ceased to brief greetings and informal salutations. The legislature returns this week frustrated but with a heavy heart, knowing the pain, suffering, stress and anxiety the members of our community have faced over the last few incredibly trying months.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America to hold free virtual educational conference to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's during pandemic
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:00 pm
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America's (AFA) will host a free virtual educational conference as part of its national Educating America Tour to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's disease during the COVID-19 crisis. This event is slated for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. The conference will provide information and advice from health, legal and caregiving experts, as well as special guest speaker Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show." It is free and open to all. To register, go to

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