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Higgins: Smith Boys Shipyard becomes first New York recipient of federal transportation small shipyard grant in a decade
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 10:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a federal grant totaling $317,641 for Smith Boys Shipyard. The award is funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation Small Shipyard Grant Program. This is the first such grant awarded to a New York operator in the past 10 years.
Niagara Falls goes purple to honor hospitality employees
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 09:55 am
From 8 p.m. until midnight Monday, April 20, Niagara Falls will be illuminated purple for #HospitalityStrong, to honor hospitality industry workers worldwide who have been deeply impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Niagara Falls will join destinations across the U.S. and Canada in this effort of solidarity.
Niagara County coronavirus update for April 20
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 09:50 am
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Sunday night on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County.
Govs. Cuomo, Murphy, Lamont announce alignment of state policies for marinas & boatyards
Sun, Apr 19th 2020 11:50 am
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Saturday announced marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed.
Study: From watching reruns to relationships, there are many ways of feeling connected
Sun, Apr 19th 2020 07:00 am
New research from the University at Buffalo suggests nontraditional social strategies, which can include so-called "guilty pleasures," are just as effective at fulfilling critical social needs as family connections, romantic relationships or strong social support systems.
PHOTOS: A salute to medical workers, as first responders stage parade at Mount St. Mary's
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 08:30 pm
Personnel from Upper Mountain Fire Co., Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1, Youngstown Fire Co., Tri Community Ambulance, Ransomville Fire Co., Cambria Fire Co., Lewiston Police Department and the Niagara County Sheriff's Department held an "Appreciation Parade" Saturday evening for Mount St. Mary's health care workers. Lights were flashing with cheers and sirens sounding for hospital staff as the procession moved through the main parking lot as a sign of gratitude for those keeping the community safe and healthy.
Catholic Health: Senior leadership to take salary reductions in wake of COVID-19
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:50 pm
Catholic Health has taken many progressive and bold steps over the past several weeks to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and continue meeting the critical health care needs of our community. We made these decisions under the most challenging of circumstances because it was the right thing to do for our patients, associates, and community.
NY Farm Bureau statement on USDA aid package to help distressed farm families during pandemic
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:30 pm
"New York Farm Bureau appreciates USDA's announcement to provide emergency economic aid to our farmers in light of the serious market disruptions and collapsed commodity prices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. New York Farm Bureau wrote a letter this month to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the direct assistance and a federal food purchase program to help stabilize prices. $16 billion will now be directed to our farm families along with $3 billion to purchase meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables. We also applaud the initiative to get more food from the farm to food banks to help New Yorkers in need. No farmer wants to see food go to waste, but is sometimes left with no other choice considering the major challenges confronting the food distribution chain."
SBA provides update on Paycheck Protection Program
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:30 pm
On Friday, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement regarding what they called the success of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
NCCC extends remote learning into the summer
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 12:30 pm
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Niagara County Community College will continue to deliver all courses through virtual modes of distance learning for the remainder of spring 2020 semester and for the first session of summer courses, as well.
'In the Loop' with the Lewiston-Porter Board of Education: How are you?
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
How are you, Lewiston-Porter? On our homepage, you will find a quick family check-in survey. Please take the time to fill it out and let us know how your family is doing, and the best way to support you and your children during this time.
DeGlopper ceremony pushed to 2021
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
The elaborate unveiling and dedication on June 6 of the life-sized statue of Grand Island's United State Army World War II hero Charles N. DeGlopper will be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grand Island businesses help Buffalo's east side
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
Many saw the announcement earlier this month that the Island Deli & Meat Market was temporarily closing due to the economic and health ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Longtime Grand Island resident Richard Gurbacki saw the announcement and placed a call to Eric Berger, the owner, and Tracy Crouse, the manager of Island Deli, and asked what would happen to the food that would not be used when the business was closed.
Tops associates to shop in parallel with Instacart to assist with increased demand for online orders
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 07:00 pm
During these unprecedented times when the directive is to stay at home and to limit your interaction with others, the demand for both curbside pick-up as well as home delivery has seen a sudden spike. In fact, since the onset of COVID-19 impacted our nation, services like Instacart saw longer wait times than usual, noting order volumes increased by 300% last week alone compared to the same period the previous year.
'PBS American Portrait' shares how Americans are adapting during coronavirus pandemic
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 05:20 pm
PBS and its recently launched crowdsourced storytelling project, "PBS American Portrait," the signature content initiative of PBS's 50th anniversary, will present a new coronavirus special to broadcast Friday, May 8 (9 p.m. ET/check local listings).
AG James, Cuomo renew suspension of state debt collection in response to coronavirus, protecting New Yorkers' wallets
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 05:15 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state has renewed a previous order from March 17 that halted the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York and that was specifically referred to the office of the attorney general (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period, in response to growing financial impairments resulting from the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Niagara Falls Memorial to reduce management salaries
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 05:10 pm
In an effort to offset revenue losses and skyrocketing expenses attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is reducing the salaries of all its managers effective Monday.
COVID-19 pandemic, response putting pressure on Erie County budget
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 04:50 pm
The pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing response to it in Erie County are reaching beyond the immediate need to treat and care for coronavirus victims. The pandemic is now impacting the county's budget, as well, with unbudgeted-for pandemic response equipment and personnel costs adding millions of dollars in expense to the county budget, even as sales tax receipts shrink due to business closures under shutdowns like "NY PAUSE." While some amount of federal relief funding is expected, that funding by itself will not solve the looming fiscal crisis, leaving an increasing likelihood that ongoing county functions and services will be impacted across all departments due to the fiscal stress that COVID-19 response is putting on the county budget.
COVID-19 and your safety: Niagara County offers tips on making masks
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 04:25 pm
Can't find masks online? Need to make a cloth covering? Not sure how? Niagara County has some suggestions.
Norris announces 'Jump-Start NY' economic plan
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 02:25 pm
Assemblyman Mike Norris (R-C-I-Ref-Lockport) joined with members of the Assembly minority conference to announce their "Jump-Start New York" plan to help reboot the economy, particularly in small-town, upstate communities that have not been hit as hard by the novel coronavirus.
NYS Health Facilities Association issues statement on COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care facilities
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 02:20 pm
Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), issued the following statement in response to rising number of COVID-19 outbreaks and fatalities in New York's nursing homes and assisted living communities.
Kaleida labs expanding testing, adding essential workers
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 02:15 pm
Kaleida Health announced it has expanded its laboratory testing capability for COVID-19, adding essential workers.
Obituary: Luigi 'Lou' D'Orazio
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 02:00 pm
Luigi "Lou" D'Orazio, 91, of Grand Island, passed away on April 1, 2020, of the COVID-19 virus.
Obituary: William 'Kester' Bleich
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 01:55 pm
William "Kester" Bleich. Once in a while, someone enters your life who is known for quick wit and an engaging smile. That person was "Kester Bleich." He departed this life and entered eternal life on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.
Colvin Cleaners creates COVID-19 face mask program for WNY customers & nonprofits
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 01:50 pm
Stepping into action when needed is part of the Colvin Cleaners mission to help the Western New York community. Now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Billoni family, owners of Colvin Cleaners, has created an innovative program to provide free, reusable, washable face masks for customers and local nonprofit agencies - including nursing and group homes, which need them most.
Counties update: Expanded testing in Erie, 4 additional deaths in Niagara
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 12:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is announcing the expansion of its testing categories for people with COVID-19 symptoms who can be tested through the Erie County Public Health Lab.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for April 17, 2020
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:50 am
The full version of the Tribune Sentinel combo newspaper.
Ricky Skaggs to perform on Grand Ole Opry's 4,920th consecutive Saturday night broadcast this weekend
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:40 am
This weekend, country music and bluegrass icon Ricky Skaggs returns to his home away from home, the Grand Ole Opry.
A quarter of Realtors report homes coming under contract without buyers first visiting the property
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:35 am
A quarter of Realtors with clients putting contracts on homes this week had at least one do so without physically seeing the property, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors. For those clients, the median amount of homes toured - either virtually or in person - before putting a contract on a home was just three. NAR's "2019 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers" found buyers typically looked at nine homes before placing a contract on a home.
Attorney General James takes action to protect small businesses impacted by coronavirus
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:30 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James took action to protect and support small businesses that have been impacted by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and are in need of financial aid. James issued guidance to help small businesses obtain loans through the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and also provided warnings and tips to protect small businesses from lenders and agents fraudulently and deceptively marketing these loans.
Maddie & Tae release sophomore album 'The Way It Feels'
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:25 am
Entirely co-written by Maddie & Tae with only one outside track rounding out the collection, the album was produced by Derek Wells and Jimmy Robbins and is available here.
Luke Bryan pushes back release of his new album & launch of his summer tour
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:25 am
Bryan is now scheduled to perform Aug. 16 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater, alongside opening acts Morgan Wallen and Caylee Hammack. For tickets and more information go to www.lukebryan.com.
National Comedy Center launches online platform featuring exhibit content never seen outside museum
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:20 am
The National Comedy Center, the nation's official cultural institution and nonprofit museum dedicated to comedy as an art form, recently announced it has launched a new online content platform featuring exclusive content directly from its interactive comedy exhibits, as an extension of the museum during its temporary closure.
HUNT Property Solutions brings light to Kleinhans Music Hall
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:10 am
HUNT Property Solutions, provider of property management services for Kleinhans Music Hall, recently took advantage of "New York State on PAUSE" to focus on beautifying the building's exterior.
Buffalo City Mission launches new volunteer program in response to COVID-19
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:10 am
The Buffalo City Mission announced a new volunteer program in response to ongoing developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The initiative is open to individuals under the age of 60 who are not experiencing respiratory and related health issues, and features new measures and online access that prioritize safety for all.
Buffalo: 'Cherry Blossoms Reimagined' a digital blooming & virtual lineup
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 07:00 am
Due to state, county and city COVID-19 restrictions on public events and the need for social distancing, the 2020 Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival has been cancelled.
UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine offers free physician phone line for questions, minor injuries
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 07:00 am
UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is offering a free service where people can call and speak with a physician if they have an orthopaedic question or to receive advice or information on a minor injury.
Cookie donor buyout program seeks to help 838 Girl Scout Troops with remaining inventory of 212,064 packages of Girl Scout Cookies
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 07:00 am
Girl Scouts of Western New York seeks local donors to help 838 Girl Scout Troops with their remaining inventory of 212,064 packages of Girl Scout Cookies through its new cookie donor buyout program.
Catholic Health: Anonymous donors provided meals to health care workers during Holy Week
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 07:00 am
During the fight against COVID-19, there will be a number of unseen heroes. They are hidden behind masks, tucked into laboratories and small offices, or walking into patient rooms after discharge, but they will all make a significant impact. Four anonymous donors recognized these health care workers at all four Catholic Health's acute sites - Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital - Main Street Campus, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, and Mount St. Mary's Hospital - during Holy Week, which began on April 5, Palm Sunday.
 

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