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Coronavirus stories that will brighten your day
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 11:15 am
What is the one big thing on everyone's mind today? You guessed it ... the coronavirus. Many, if not all countries are affected around the world by this fearful virus. More than 2 million people have been infected. There's no telling on when things might get back to normal.
Quarantine and education aren't exactly two peas in a pod
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 10:55 am
As everyone knows by now, COVID-19 has taken over the world and caused a global pandemic since it was announced by the World Health Organization in March. All nonessential businesses are closed, and places that generally have large gatherings have come to a grinding halt.
Youngstown's Easter Parade of Hope
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 10:40 am
On Saturday, April 11, an Easter Bunny Parade was held in the Village of Youngstown. Parading through the village was Youngstown Police and Volunteer Fire Co., in accompaniment with the Youngstown Lions Club.
How the Buffalo Bills created newfound sense of winning
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 10:25 am
The Buffalo Bills are in the midst of coming out of a 17-year rebuild. For the past two decades, the Bills have gone through the same cycle year in and year out. Buffalo constantly has had a quarterback-coach carousel and it was tiring the dedicated Bills fanbase.
Island Dispatch for April 24, 2020
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 02:00 am
The Grand Island Dispatch for April 24, 2020
Ransomville Speedway puts 2020 season 'on pause' due to COVID-19
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 08:15 pm
All racing events at Ransomville Speedway have been postponed indefinitely due to continued restrictions put in place by New York state to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
How does a pandemic affect the lives of college students?
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 05:00 pm
With quarantine being extended until mid-May for New York state, college students are unsure on when they will return to school for classes, when trips could possibly be rescheduled, or when life will go back to some form of normality.
6 new physicians to join medical staff at NFMMC
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 03:40 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is adding six physicians, including three orthopaedic surgeons, to its medical staff. The additions were announced by President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo.
Wydysh offers update on NCCC drive-thru testing site, antibody test at Wegmans; county offering face masks to all businesses
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 03:35 pm
"One thing that we can offer right now is the cloth masks. Last week, we offered those free cloth masks through Niagara County Department of Emergency Management to businesses who needed to give them to their essential workers. We would now like to open that up to all of our area businesses. We gave out over 15,000 masks in the last week through that program. And we now want to offer this to businesses who are starting about their reopening process, and will need them for all of their employees most likely when that occurs."
ESPN's 'The Last Dance' is exactly what the sports world needed
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 02:55 pm
As the world progresses through the 2020 calendar year, it is obvious that this is a very strange time to be living in. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, much of the world has seemed to shut down. The emptiness this terrible virus has caused is perhaps most obviously visible in the sports world.
Creativity and the coronavirus
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 02:45 pm
A high school senior stuck home, unable to participate in extracurriculars or clubs. Not knowing if they'll be able to walk across the stage to receive their diploma. A college student is unable to walk to the library or their professor's office.
NFMMC primary care sites offering video visits
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 02:20 pm
Patients at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's six primary care sites can now go online to quickly and conveniently meet with their care providers.
COVID-19 and its effect on college students
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 12:15 pm
COVID-19: The disease that has changed society as we know it. Nobody really knew what to expect when the Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first case in the U.S. on Jan. 14, least of all college students.
Coronavirus county update for April 28
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 12:00 pm
Coronavirus county update for April 28
Josh Mertzlufft to run for New York State Senate
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 11:55 am
Local attorney Josh Mertzlufft announced the official launch of his campaign for the New York State Senate, 60th District.
Faced with unprecedented 50% cut in state reimbursement, counties urge Congress to provide direct aid in stimulus 4
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 10:00 am
Following an announcement from the New York State Division of Budget that budget shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic could result in cuts of up to 50% in aid to local governments, the New York State Association of Counties called on President Trump, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, the New York congressional delegation and leaders McConnell, Pelosi, Schumer and McCarthy to provide direct support to counties as congressional leaders begin negotiations for a fourth stimulus package.
NY nonprofits join Cuomo's call for federal hazard pay for essential public workers
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 10:00 am
Twenty-two coalitions and organizations representing thousands of nonprofit organizations across New York are joining Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call this week for the federal government to provide hazard pay for essential public workers on the front lines.
Law enforcement agencies in Niagara County partner on resident checks
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 09:55 am
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office and the Lewiston Police Department are partnering with one another to use an existing system to conduct welfare checks on residents.
Capital Region businesses featured in Barstool Sports pizza reviews, unboxings
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 08:50 am
One Capital Region pizza business, Paesan's Pizza, was fortunate enough to be featured in a review, leading to a positive impact for the business. This is known as the "Portnoy Effect," where a pizza shop sees a rapid increase in sales after its pizza is reviewed.
State to open 5 new drive-thru COVID-19 testing facilities, including one in Niagara County
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 07:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced the state is opening five new drive-through testing facilities in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida Counties. On Saturday, the state expanded diagnostic testing criteria to include all first responders, health care workers and essential employees, even if they aren't symptomatic. These individuals will be able to get tested for COVID-19 at these new drive-thru facilities. Residents who would like to be tested at these facilities must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065 or online at covid19screening.health.ny.gov.
ECMC celebrates COVID-19 discharges with 'Here Comes the Sun'
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 06:25 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Monday announced the 50th COVID-19 patient has been discharged and the institution celebrated the positive milestone by playing The Beatles' much-loved song, "Here Comes the Sun."
'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' comes home to Disney+ on May the 4th
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 06:25 pm
The final chapter of the Skywalker saga, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," will begin streaming two months early on Disney+ in honor of "May the 4th," affectionately known by fans around the world as "Star Wars Day." For the first time ever, fans will be able to stream the complete Skywalker saga all in one place.
2020 NFL Draft most watched ever; sets new all-time highs for media consumption
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 06:20 pm
The unique presentation of the 2020 NFL Draft established new all-time highs for media consumption in every category. With over 600 camera feeds from homes across the U.S., all telecasts of the 2020 NFL Draft reached more than 55 million total viewers across Nielsen-measured channels over the three-day event, up 16% vs. 2019. An average audience of over 8.4 million viewers watched all three days of the 2020 NFL Draft across ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, and digital channels easily breaking the previous high of 6.2 million viewers in 2019 by 35%.
'American Idol' goes remote as 20 become 10
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:25 pm
Sunday night, "American Idol" made history as it aired its first-ever remote show, broadcasting to viewers from over 40 different locations across the U.S. and Canada.
The Lego Group & Universal Music Group join to expand children's creative play through power of music
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:15 pm
The LEGO Group on Sunday announced an exclusive global partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), one of the world's leading music-based entertainment companies, that will enable children around the world to explore their creativity through play, by expressing themselves through music.
Food Network sets table across platforms for ultimate Mother's Day destination for moms everywhere
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:15 pm
Food Network pays tribute to moms this May and serves up a quarantine-approved, curated lineup of content across platforms to create the ultimate Mother's Day destination for moms everywhere to kick back and hangout with some of their favorite food personalities.
Red Nose Day launches first ever digital red nose
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:15 pm
Red Nose Day, the annual fundraising event that has been celebrated on NBC since 2015, has announced the public can now, for the first time, donate online to unlock a digital version of its iconic red nose in support of the 2020 campaign. This year, the campaign to end child poverty has also committed to direct funds to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children in need and the organizations supporting them, which includes accelerated funding to nonprofit grantee partners who are working on the frontlines of this crisis.
Higgins: $71.87 million-plus in initial payments sent to hospitals in Erie & Niagara counties
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins on Monday announced more than $71.87 million in federal funding has made its way to Erie and Niagara counties to help hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
WNY Lions partner with WNY restaurants, purchasing 850 meals for frontline medical staff at 9 medical facilities
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:05 pm
It was announced Monday that 850 purchased meals for medical staff would be delivered to nine local medical facilities over the next two weeks. The first of 17 deliveries arrived at ECMC this morning. The scheduled deliveries will continue through May 8 at various other facilities.
Erie County: Supporting local business during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:40 pm
On Monday, the Erie County COVID-19 Business Task Force announced several new initiatives aimed at helping local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, including the hard-hit agribusiness sector. In partnership with the Task Force, the Erie County Office of Agriculture has developed an "Erie Grown" website to promote the purchase of local and regional farm products by linking consumers with available local food products, support farmers navigating the pandemic and provide a resource hub for consumers and growers.
Great Lakes shoreline owners: NY Sea Grant virtual site visit offers expert erosion management help
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
Need help with shoreline erosion? Water pooling in your yard or basement? Are waves impacting your breakwall or rock rip-rap? Check out the new virtual shoreline visit website of New York Sea Grant's Great Lakes program at www.nyseagrant.org/glcoastalvirtualsitevisit.
NY Farm Bureau statement on Gov. Cuomo's 'Nourish NY' announcement
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher on Monday said, "Gov. Cuomo provided some much-needed good news today for the state's farmers and our partners looking to feed fellow New Yorkers in need. Our organization has been advocating for food purchase programs at the state and national levels to address the surging demand for food assistance as well as to help alleviate oversupply issues that are burdening our farms because of the loss of markets in the food service industry.
Light therapy expert: Light has power to heal, but wrong type or dosage can be dangerous
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
Ultraviolet light has the ability to improve immune responses and promote health, but don't rush out to sunbathe or purchase UV lamps, warns UB light therapy expert Praveen Arany.
Photo, video: WNYREDC announces successful milestone within Aquarium of Niagara's Humboldt penguin exhibit
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:50 pm
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council on Monday congratulated the Aquarium of Niagara on successfully breeding Humboldt penguins in the $3.5 million "Penguin Coast."
Higgins announces federal fire grants available for fire prevention & safety
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant application period is now open with a deadline of 5 p.m. May 29.
This map shows where people can access food in Buffalo during COVID-19
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:30 pm
University at Buffalo researchers have created a map of food resources in Buffalo to help people locate and access food during the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 county update for April 27
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:15 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Monday on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
NYSSBA calls for additional federal funding for schools to avoid widespread job losses, dramatic cuts
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 12:00 pm
Schools in New York state could be forced to cut tens of thousands of positions without additional federal funding for K-12 education, the New York State School Boards Association warned.
Showing care with cookies: NCCC Class of 2020 'chips' in to sweeten day of local heroes
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 11:50 am
Students at Niagara County Community College are still adjusting to a new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual learning has replaced in-person instruction, and plans for major milestones like commencement are being postponed in order to keep the community safe and healthy.
 

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