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New sales tax data reinforce 'troubling findings' of COVID-19 Economic Impact Report
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:20 am
The New York State Association of Counties announced that, this week, counties received their first installment of sales tax directly related to the first month where the statewide lock down on economic activity was in effect. In aggregate, the county sales tax collections compared to the same period last year were down about 26%. This ranges from about 16% to nearly 37% by county (not including tax rate changes).
USDA seeks feedback from producers about 2020 crops and stocks
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:20 am
During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the June Agricultural Survey. The agency will contact producers across the region to determine crop acreage and stock levels as of June 1.
NYS Health Facilities Association: Residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities 'least able to withstand the insidious COVID-19 virus'
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:20 am
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living issued the following statement this week in response to the number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities:
NYSEG, RG&E donate additional $300,000 to local emergency COVID-19 response and recovery effort
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:20 am
NYSEG, an AVANGRID company, in conjunction with the Avangrid Foundation announced this week an additional donation of $175,000 to emergency response organizations across its service area to support their ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. The funds will be distributed as follows: $125,000 to various community relief funds, and $50,000 to 14 food resource organizations and programs.
Attorney General James fights for access to PPP funds for small businesses
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:20 am
Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Letitia James and a coalition of 23 additional attorneys general called for key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ensure that funds are distributed fairly and equitably to the small businesses that were the originally intended recipients of the loans.
Town of Lewiston to meet remotely
Sat, May 9th 2020 11:15 am
The agenda is available on the town website at www.townoflewiston.us.
New sewer line to be connected
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
When John C. Whitney, P.E., joined the Town of Grand Island's Department of Engineering & Water Resources in 1986, the force main sewer line from the South Grand Island Bridge to Whitehaven Road was only 8 years old. After 42 years of service, that line is now being replaced due to its deteriorated condition.
Graham provides update, as schools remain closed for academic year
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
Brian Graham, Ed.D., superintendent of Grand Island Schools, said administrators, principals, teachers and school staff are extremely disappointed they will not have the opportunity to see students participate in the annual high school graduation ceremony with everyone gathered at the Kleinhans Music Hall.
Gas station purchased, and plans underway for renovation
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
Location. Location. Location. That is the mantra of those in real estate - and for Tim Boyle, the northeast corner of Ransom Road and Stony Point on Grand Island is a location he has eyed for years.
Casey's Cabana opens
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
Casey's Cabana, a seasonal summer restaurant at 1437 Ferry Road on the shores of the Niagara River, was founded by three Grand Island High School students. It will open its third season at 11 a.m. Monday, May 11, for takeout and free delivery to local residents.
Buffalo Launch Club offers takeout orders and new menu items
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
The Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island followed the state and county mandate for all restaurants to close its doors in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once restaurants offered takeout and delivery services in the weeks following, the BLC began brainstorming on how it could do the same and provide opportunities for some of its furloughed restaurant staff.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital nurse gives back to community during National Nurses Week
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
Nurses have long been recognized for their dedication and compassion, and National Nurses Week has been declared a special time to honor them.
Connecting with some very special athletes
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
What would have been the 15th annual Special Olympics New York's Western Regional Basketball Tournament on the Niagara University campus was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that didn't mean that the student coaches and their extraordinary athletes ended their relationship. Instead, the students have used the #Fit5NY Facebook page to post workout routines, healthy recipes and encourage one another to stay fit and motivated.
Game on! Inaugural year for NU esports program provides excitement & engagement opportunity for students during pandemic
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
What started as a group of eight students who shared a passion for video games has quickly become an officially recognized student organization and club sport at Niagara University with more than 40 members. In their inaugural year, NU's esports teams have competed on a weekly basis against other esports programs across the country as a member of the Division 1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF).
Ortt: Kadie Curry a 2020 'Women of Distinction' recipient
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
New York State Sen. Rob Ortt announced the New York State "Women of Distinction" recipient for Senate District 62: Kadie Curry, site director of nursing for patient care serĀ­vices at Catholic Health-Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston.
NYS Department of Labor to proactively inform applicants of their claim's status
Fri, May 8th 2020 06:25 pm
The New York State Department of Labor on Friday announced a new initiative to proactively inform New Yorkers of the status of their unemployment benefit application to help them follow its progress. The effort, part of a broader campaign to proactively communicate with New Yorkers applying for unemployment benefits, will use emails and text messages to keep New Yorkers informed throughout the process - from submission to approval.
Poloncarz signs emergency order extending preparation time for plan to close anticipated deficit
Fri, May 8th 2020 06:25 pm
On Friday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz signed an emergency order to modify section 2511 of the Erie County Charter and extend the administration's deadline for completing a plan to close an anticipated budget deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The order extends the deadline for completing a plan from seven days to 30 days and allows for potential, as-yet-unrealized federal assistance to be factored in.
Cuomo announces state Department of Health investigating evidence COVID-19 can cause severe illness in children
Fri, May 8th 2020 06:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced the New York State Department of Health is investigating several cases of severe illness in children and child deaths that may be related to COVID-19. There have been 73 reported cases in New York where children are experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome possibly due to COVID-19.
Read our newspapers online
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:40 pm
While readers are safe at home, and businesses are temporarily closed, we're offering our Niagara County newspapers online. As in, the full edition. For free. Enjoy (and support our advertisers)!
Higgins: Over $1.3 million for health centers to expand community testing
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced more than $1.3 million in funding awarded to federally qualified health care clinics to expand COVID-19 testing capacity in Western New York. The supplemental funding was included in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, approved by the House of Representatives on April 23, which provided $25 billion to expand testing nationwide.
Elderwood resident Joanne Bodman honored with parade to mark 100th birthday
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:25 pm
Family and friends gathered together Monday afternoon at Elderwood Residences at Wheatfield to help Joanne Bodman celebrate her 100th birthday. A drive-by parade took place outside the front door and featured the Bergholz Fire Department, local first responders, friends and admirers.
Obituary: Robert E. Waterson III
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:20 pm
Robert E. Waterson III of Grand Island entered into rest May 6, 2020.
Obituary: Marian Theresa Burns
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:20 pm
Marian Theresa Burns, 88, died peacefully on April 29, 2020. She was the beloved wife for 67 years of the late John William (Jack) Burns, who died in 2017.
Surprise! TobyMac drops 'Lost Demos' EP
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:05 pm
Seven-time Grammy winner and multi-Platinum-selling artist TobyMac surprised fans Friday with a very special and unique project, "Lost Demos." Available at all DSPs, the collection contains seven never released tracks that he rediscovered while staying home during COVID-19.
Cuomo: NYS will extend window for victims to file cases under Child Victims Act until Jan. 14
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state will extend the window for victims to file otherwise time-barred cases under the Child Victims Act for an additional five months, until Jan. 14, 2021.
Cuomo announces members of 'Reimagine Education' advisory council
Fri, May 8th 2020 02:55 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the members of New York's "Reimagine Education" advisory council - made up of educators, students, parents and education leaders - to help districts reimagine schools as they prepare to reopen while protecting health and safety, how virtual learning can bridge the gap, and supplement face to face education when schools reopen. The council - chaired by SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras - will be comprised of lower and higher education leaders from across the state.
River Valley Worship builds 'Altars'
Fri, May 8th 2020 02:55 pm
Today is the day, as "Altars," the new album from BEC Recordings' worship group River Valley Worship, is available at all streaming platforms (click here).
Taylor Swift returns to ABC with concert special
Fri, May 8th 2020 02:30 pm
ABC announced today a brand-new concert special from record-breaking global superstar Taylor Swift, "Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert," airing Sunday, May 17 (10 p.m. EDT), immediately following the season finale of "American Idol." The special will be made available the following day on demand, on Hulu and Disney+.
Sammy Ward reimagines doxology with 'The Source'
Fri, May 8th 2020 02:25 pm
On the heels of his critically acclaimed January release, "Hymns Anew," singer/songwriter Sammy Ward returns with "The Source (Doxology)," a reimagined rendering of one of hymnody's most ubiquitous choruses, the doxology. Blending the stalwart anthem with Ward's newly penned lyrics atop a pulsing, electronic soundscape produced by Nathan Nockels (Chris Tomlin, Keith & Kristyn Getty), "The Source" is now available at streaming platforms.
Ellie Holcomb releases 'Constellations'
Fri, May 8th 2020 02:25 pm
Dove-award winning singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb released a new song, "Constellations." This is the first song she's released (other than her two children EPs) since her sophomore album, "Red Sea Road," in 2017.
Columbia Records confirms new Bob Dylan studio album will be released June 19
Fri, May 8th 2020 02:25 pm
Columbia Records confirmed "Rough And Rowdy Ways," the first album of original songs from Bob Dylan in eight years, will be released June 19 and is available for pre-order here. A track from the album, "False Prophet," was released at midnight and is available for streaming here. The album will be released in several configurations, including a two-disc CD, a two-LP gatefold vinyl and digital.
All-new episode of 'The Simpsons' is jam-packed with guest-voice appearances from Joey King, Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch, Lili Reinhart, Lilly Singh and Weezer
Fri, May 8th 2020 02:15 pm
The jam-packed guest voice cast include Lili Reinhart as Bella-Ella, Joey King as Addy, Madelaine Petsch as Sloan, Lilly Singh as Kensey and Camila Mendes as Tessa Rose.
CBS announces return of 23 series for 2020-21 broadcast season
Fri, May 8th 2020 02:10 pm
CBS on Wednesday announced the return of 23 series, renewing 80% of its top-rated lineup, for the 2020-21 broadcast season. The network will announce its new series and 2020-21 primetime schedule in the coming weeks.
Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills part of FOX Sports 2020 NFL schedule
Fri, May 8th 2020 02:05 pm
FOX Sports will present its extensive coverage of the 2020 NFL season, including "Thursday Night Football" presented by Bud Light, marquee matchups on Sunday afternoons and games in Spanish on FOX Deportes. "America's Game of the Week," television's No. 1 show for 11 straight years, kicks off FOX Sports' slate with a week 1 showdown between two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, as Tom Brady leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into New Orleans to face Drew Brees and the Saints Sunday, Sept. 13 (4:25 p.m. ET).
Erie County, partners offering rain barrels & compost bins
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
Erie County, in partnership with the City of Buffalo, the Town of Wheatfield, and the Western New York Stormwater Coalition, is once again offering rain barrels and compost bins to encourage households to reduce their environmental footprint through water conservation and reducing fertilizer use.
American Cancer Society continues 'Alone Together' virtual 5K series
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
Join the American Cancer Society for the concluding parts of its socially distant "Alone Together" 5K series on May 9 and 16. Participants from across the country will walk, run, roll or hike in a virtual 5K series to show cancer patients and their families that, "We are still there for them, even when we're apart."
Higgins: $8 million in federal funding to assist mental health & substance abuse services in WNY
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of $8 million total in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to BestSelf Behavioral Health, and Horizon Health Services for expansion and continuation of mental health and substance abuse services.
Villa Maria College announces plan for phased reopening of campus
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
As we await a formal decision from elected officials, Villa Maria College has developed a plan that will allow for a phased reopening of its Buffalo campus.
Kearns requests federal funds for foreclosure prevention & relief services
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:25 pm
On Wednesday, Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns submitted to the budget director of the County of Erie a request for CARES Act funding for foreclosure prevention and relief services resulting from COVID-19. Taking notice of the recent unemployment trends, Kearns said he expects Erie County residents to fall behind on their monthly mortgage payments. As such, foreclosure filings will be on a rise in the Erie County Clerk's Office.
 

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