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Girl Scouts of Western New York cancel summer camps
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:15 pm
The Girl Scouts of Western New York will not open its day and resident camps for more than 2,000 girls this summer due to safety concerns about the COVID-19 virus, officials announced.
AMA to host national tribute to celebrate new medical student graduates
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:15 pm
The American Medical Association (AMA) announced it will host a national celebration to honor the 30,000 medical students who are graduating this spring. It will bring together leading voices in health care, science and culture to offer encouragement, advice and inspiration to these future physicians.
Food Network's new reality series features 1 family, 3 restaurants & 'the craziest time of the year' on 'Summer Rush'
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:15 pm
The competition between restaurants around Lake George, New York, is tough - and even tougher when you're up against family. Food Network's new four-part reality series, "Summer Rush," premiering on Thursday, June 4 (10 p.m.), follows the Foy family. The local restaurateurs own three separate restaurants, and work to keep their businesses operating smoothly during the busiest weeks of the year.
DiNapoli: April sales tax collections decline over 24% after COVID-19 shutdown
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:05 pm
Local sales tax collections dropped 24.4% in April compared to April 2019, leaving many of New York's local governments grappling with shortfalls, according to state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Sales tax collections totaled $1.02 billion in April.
NYS announces $880 million in temporary food assistance for New York's school children
Tue, May 12th 2020 03:00 pm
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced additional food assistance of more than $880 million to help New Yorkers with children who previously received free and reduced-price meals at school. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program will provide eligible households with a total of about $420 per child, with school buildings closed for the remainder of the school year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus stats for May 12
Tue, May 12th 2020 01:20 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 12
Niagara County and COVID-19: Wydysh encourages everyone to get tested
Tue, May 12th 2020 01:10 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh is encouraging all residents to get a COVID-19 diagnostic test. She said this is a prudent move to ensure public health, as well as a necessary component required for reopening Western New York.
Niagara County Legislature to appoint Meghan Lutz commissioner of social services
Tue, May 12th 2020 10:50 am
The Niagara County Legislature has reached a bipartisan agreement to appoint Meghan Lutz as commissioner of the Department of Social Services. Lutz had been serving as interim commissioner since the retirement of Anthony Restaino in January.
Higgins calls for $5 billion investment in coronavirus research
Tue, May 12th 2020 10:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is calling for a $5 billion investment over the next five years supporting research led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) into the treatment and prevention of coronavirus disease.
North Tonawanda officials sponsor Thursday food drive
Tue, May 12th 2020 10:00 am
The elected leaders in North Tonawanda are sponsoring a food drive this Thursday to benefit the North Tonawanda Inter-Church Food Pantry. The event will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave.
Island Dispatch for May 8, 2020
Tue, May 12th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Dispatch for May 8, 2020
'We are the World,' and this is 'American Idol'
Mon, May 11th 2020 07:15 pm
"American Idol" rounds out its all-new innovative and critically celebrated season on ABC, crowning its next singing sensation live during the epic grand finale event, Sunday, May 17 (8-10 p.m. EDT). Kicking off the finale event following America's last nationwide vote, the road comes to an end for two contestants in the Top 5 reveal. The Top 5 will then each perform two songs as they fight to win the coveted "American Idol" title.
'Live's "American Idol" Encore' returns, giving 'Idol' fans one more national TV performance by a Top 7 finalist
Mon, May 11th 2020 07:10 pm
Only seven contestants remain in the competition during this history-making season, but "Idol" fans can play a part in giving a favorite finalist an additional national TV appearance: an at-home performance on "Live with Kelly and Ryan." "Live's 'American Idol' Encore" will return Monday, May 18, allowing viewers to choose one of the runners-up to perform on "Live" on Thursday, May 21.
'Revival's In The Air' for Bethel Music
Mon, May 11th 2020 07:10 pm
A holy anticipation moving on the wind, touching the ends of the earth and uniting worshippers in celebration of a kingdom coming, "Revival's In The Air" - the 15th live recording from Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning worship collective Bethel Music - will be available everywhere May 29.
TNT celebrates new sci-fi thriller 'Snowpiercer' with 1,001 train car design campaign
Mon, May 11th 2020 07:10 pm
All aboard the Snowpiercer! In celebration of the series premiere of the highly anticipated post-apocalyptic series "Snowpiercer," TNT is inviting fans to design one of 1,001 virtual train cars for the luxury Snowpiercer.
Food Network sets launch for self-shot 'Symon's Dinners Cooking Out' after Michael Symon live online cooking series surpasses 30 million views
Mon, May 11th 2020 07:10 pm
Food Network has fast-tracked the new Michael Symon self-shot outdoor cooking series "Symon's Dinners Cooking Out," with the first of three episodes premiering Sunday, June 7 (12:30 p.m. ET/PT), on Food Network, followed by three additional episodes on the Food Network Kitchen app that launch weekly starting Monday, June 22.
Brown, Cassidy, Higgins, Kelly introduce bipartisan lookback legislation to ensure low-income families impacted by COVID-19 can use previous year's income to file for 2020 EITC, CTC
Mon, May 11th 2020 06:55 pm
U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Reps. Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Mike Kelly (R-PA-16) introduced bicameral legislation to ensure low-income families impacted by the current coronavirus outbreak can use the wages reported in their 2019 tax return to compute the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) on their 2020 tax return.
Attorney General James provides direction for law enforcement on unlawful evictions during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, May 11th 2020 06:50 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James provided direction to law enforcement departments throughout New York state so they have clear guidance on how to protect the public from unlawful evictions both during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis and into the future.
Gov. Cuomo releases 'NY Forward Reopening' plan; Poloncarz, Wydysh provide county updates
Mon, May 11th 2020 04:55 pm
In a YouTube update Monday, Poloncarz said, "Western New York has met five of the seven metrics, pursuant to the date that was received from Western New York. ... The two things that we have not yet met, which is our hospitalization declines, over a 14-day period or a three-day average, as well as hospitalization deaths over a 14-day period or an average."
FOX announces fall 2020 schedule
Mon, May 11th 2020 12:30 pm
Television's #1 series, 'The Masked Singer,' returns this fall; all-new original programming includes psychological thriller 'Next,' starring John Slattery, southern gothic soap 'Filthy Rich,' starring Kim Cattrall; plus all-new seasons of 'Animation Domination's' 'The Simpsons'; and Gordon Ramsay's hit cooking competition series, 'MasterChef Junior'
NYS Health Facilities Association statement on Cuomo's new policy for nursing homes
Mon, May 11th 2020 12:20 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living, representing nearly 400 skilled nursing providers and adult care/assisted living communities with more than 100,000 employees who provide essential long-term care services through New York, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's press conference on Sunday:
Kaleida Health offering antibody testing to general public
Mon, May 11th 2020 12:15 pm
Kaleida Health released the following updates over the weekend regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Coronavirus stats for May 11
Mon, May 11th 2020 11:40 am
Coronavirus stats for May 11
Halestorm announce #ROADIESTRONG support campaign
Mon, May 11th 2020 11:30 am
Grammy Award-winning rock band Halestorm recently announced the #ROADIESTRONG support campaign aimed at providing essential financial assistance to road crews all over the world who make live music possible. Under the newly launched initiative, fans can purchase #ROADIESTRONG merchandise and make donations, with all proceeds going to Live Nation's "Crew Nation," a global relief fund for live music crews.
From Alfonso's living room to yours: ABC to Broadcast '[email protected]'
Mon, May 11th 2020 11:30 am
"America's Funniest Videos" presents "[email protected]," a special television event from an extremely safe distance, Sunday, May 17 (7 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
ECMC left out of recent federal funding to hospitals affected by COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, May 11th 2020 11:25 am
As a frontline urban safety net hospital, as well as Western New York's only level 1 adult trauma hospital, ECMC responded quickly to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic when, two months ago, it immediately expanded its capability to care for COVID-19 positive patients.
Niagara University's pre-law honor society inducts 12
Mon, May 11th 2020 11:25 am
Niagara University's student-led pre-law honor society, Phi Delta Phi, Belva Lockwood Hall, inducted 12 pre-law students on Thursday, May 7. Stephanie Cole Adams, former university general counsel and founder of the Law Office of Stephanie Adams, was honorary inductee. The ceremony was held via Zoom due to social distancing requirements.
Higgins: Over $65 million in COVID-19 hotspot funding awarded to local hospitals
Mon, May 11th 2020 10:05 am
Over the weekend, Congressman Brian Higgins announced Western New York hospitals will receive more than $65.4 million in federal funding designated for the nation's health care facilities hardest hit by COVID-19 cases.
City of North Tonawanda begins plans for reopening
Mon, May 11th 2020 10:00 am
In accordance with state and county recommendations, each city or town should begin to develop a plan for reopening their municipality. Since every locality has unique entities, we need to include foresight to plan accordingly. In keeping with this directive, I have established a committee of individuals representing various interests of the city. This committee will be referred to as C.E.T., City Emergent Team.
Cuomo: New York is notifying 49 other states of COVID-19-related illness in children
Mon, May 11th 2020 09:55 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday announced New York is notifying 49 other states across the country of emerging cases of COVID-related illness in children. The state is currently investigating 85 reported cases in New York where children - predominantly school-aged - are experiencing symptoms similar to an atypical Kawasaki disease or a toxic shock-like syndrome possibly due to COVID-19. The illness has taken the lives of three young New Yorkers and an additional two deaths are currently under investigation.
2020 Taste of Buffalo Presented by Tops goes virtual
Mon, May 11th 2020 09:30 am
Together with Tops Friendly Markets, organizers of the 2020 Taste of Buffalo on Monday announced plans for a virtual version of this summer's food festival. To ensure the health and safety of guests, the event's board of directors made the decision to introduce "Taste of Buffalo at Home," a virtual food festival.
NCCC's Workforce Development Program to offer Google IT training
Mon, May 11th 2020 07:00 am
The Workforce Development Department at Niagara County Community College is training individuals who are looking for new opportunities, especially those who seek to work from home.
Cuomo: State helping to develop national criteria for identifying & responding to COVID-related illness in children
Sat, May 9th 2020 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday announced that, at the request of the CDC, the state is helping to develop the national criteria for identifying and responding to COVID-related illness. The State Department of Health is also partnering with the NY Genome Center and Rockefeller University to conduct a genome and RNA sequencing study to better understand COVID-related illnesses in children and the possible genetic basis of this syndrome.
Cuomo launches new initiative to expand access to testing in low-income communities and communities of color
Sat, May 9th 2020 04:50 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday announced the launch of a new initiative to expand access to testing in low-income communities and communities of color. The state is partnering with Northwell Health to establish an initial 24 temporary testing sites at churches in predominately minority communities in downstate New York to build on the state's network of downstate testing sites.
In the Loop with the Lewiston-Porter Board of Education: Election date set, budget a work in progress
Sat, May 9th 2020 01:00 pm
The Board of Education election and budget vote will take place on Tuesday, June 9. It will be conducted entirely by mail-in ballot. Per guidance from New York state, we will first send out a postcard outlining specifics of the budget, election and voter qualification to each household. Official ballots will be mailed the third week of May to each of the 20,000 registered voters in the district.
Kaleida Health offering antibody testing to general public; provides update on waiver application; honors nurses
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:40 am
Kaleida Health President and CEO Jody Lomeo said, "Today we received official approval from the New York State Department of Health for the waiver applications to resume limited elective surgical cases at Oishei Children's Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. We have also received confirmation that the waiver applications for the Buffalo General Medical Center and our two surgery centers are currently under review."
Artpark announces more concert cancellations
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:40 am
Artpark & Company Executive Director Sonia Clark posted the following message Saturday on the organization's website:
Keith Urban & Jordan Davis join Julia Michaels, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Smith, Jason Derulo for video benefitting Doctors Without Borders
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:40 am
Keith Urban and Jordan Davis recently joined an all-star musical cast for a new video, helmed by Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, to draw attention to and benefit Doctors Without Borders. The clip, titled "If the World Was Ending," also features Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Smith, Niall Horan, Jason DeRulo, Florida Georgia Line, Kesha and Noah Cyrus.
Kenan Thompson, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish & Byron Allen to co-host two-hour 'Feeding America Comedy Festival' on NBC
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:35 am
In addition, the telecast - from Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios and Funny Or Die - has added Michael Che, Will Smith, Will Ferrell, Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert and Colin Quinn to the all-star event that will feature a plethora of today's biggest comedy superstars to support and raise money for America's largest hunger-relief organization, Feeding America.
NYSEG warns customers of new scam attempts
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:20 am
NYSEG, an AVANGRID company, is urging customers to be vigilant of scammers posing as representatives of the energy companies. NYSEG has recently received reports of customers having accepted calls from people who claim to be employees or consultants of the company. Customers are urged to never give out personal or account information to unsolicited callers.

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