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FuzeHub announces COVID-19 manufacturing grants
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
FuzeHub, the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) center, announced the launch of a competitive grant program that will award $400,000 in COVID-19 manufacturing grants.
Arrest made after suspicious vehicle seen in Lewiston
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
At 11:07 a.m. Saturday, Niagara County Sheriff's Office patrol units were dispatched to the area of 5355 Walmore Road. They investigated a confirmed report of a female driver retrieving a long gun from the bushes and handing it to a male passenger of a black, four-door sedan. Further information indicated the female re-entered the vehicle and traveled southbound toward Saunders Settlement Road.
'Storytime' by Explore & More, The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum, features local Buffalo celebrities
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
In a continued effort to help the local community during these challenging times, Explore & More has launched its "Storytime" series. It brings together various Western New York celebrities to read and engage with children, offering topical questions or activities to go along with each story.
NCSO officer tests positive for COVID-19
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:40 am
Niagara County Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti announced a corrections officer employed by the Niagara County Correctional Facility has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This individual, who has been off work for the past two weeks after developing symptoms relating to the virus, is recovering at home. This is the first employee with the NCSO diagnosed with COVID-19.
Attorney General James secures full refunds for all Fantasy Island consumers
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:35 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced she has negotiated a settlement guaranteeing all consumers who purchased season passes, meal plans and associated goods and services at the Western New York theme park Fantasy Island will be fully reimbursed for all advance purchases made for the 2020 season.
NYSUT opens up disaster relief fund for #HealthCareHeroes
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:20 am
New York State United Teachers announced it has begun accepting donations to the union's disaster relief fund to purchase and provide personal protective equipment, food and other supplies to dedicated health care professionals across New York state.
Reddy Bikeshare reopens for service in Buffalo & Niagara Falls, in partnership with Independent Health
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:20 am
Reddy Bikeshare, in partnership with Independent Health, announced the rollout of Reddy bikes starting for the bikeshare program's fifth season. As a key transportation provider, Reddy Bikeshare is considered an essential service under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE" executive order and will operate while taking every precaution possible amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Ransomville Speedway delays start of 2020 season
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:00 am
With the federal government extending its guidelines for social distancing through the end of April to limit the spread of COVID-19, Ransomville Speedway has been forced to delay the start of its 2020 racing season.
Kaleida Health receives Eichel's donation of 1,300 face shields
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 08:50 pm
Kaleida Health on Monday released the following updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Erie County offers information on public use of face masks
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 08:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is making the following announcements.
Wegmans' response to COVID-19
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 08:50 pm
We are temporarily changing our hours of operation to better serve our customers and communities.
Still on 'PAUSE': Cuomo extends closures an additional two weeks
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 05:25 pm
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced all "New York State on PAUSE" functions will be extended for an additional two weeks. The governor also directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed for an additional two weeks, through April 29. The state will re-evaluate after this additional two-week period.
City of North Tonawanda coronavirus update
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 04:35 pm
Thank you to the NT residents for your commitment to combating COVID-19 by following all guidelines set by the federal, state and local governments. By adhering to the rules set forth and staying in, we will get through this pandemic quicker and hopefully healthy.
What's happening in Wilson
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 04:30 pm
Village of Wilson Mayor Arthur Lawson announced the following:
Wydysh: Lack of testing a 'major frustration,' but 'we are fighting for you in every way that we can to get those tests here'
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 04:25 pm
The Niagara County Health Department today released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Global broadcast networks, World Health Organization, Global Citizen & a cavalcade of stars join forces for 'One World: Together at Home' to help raise funds, address fight against COVID-19
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:45 pm
Building on the success of the digital series ​"One World: Together at Home,"​ Global Citizen and the ​World Health Organization (WHO) ​are partnering for a special one-night event of the same name to air across NBC, ABC, CBS and other global networks and platforms on Saturday, April 18 (8-10 p.m. PT/ET).
The Collingsworth Family partners with Samaritan's Purse to bring hope & healing to world in need
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:40 pm
Grammy Award-nominated StowTown recording artist The Collingsworth Family recently partnered with evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization Samaritan's Purse for "Sunday Night Worship Around The Piano," a Facebook LIVE concert from the family's Mt. Orab, Ohio, home. More than 513,000 people have viewed the event to date, which The Collingsworth Family created to help Samaritan's Purse raise funds for their work in the U.S. and around the world fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sheriff Howard reminds public DV unit is there for victims
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:35 pm
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reminds residents the Erie County Sheriff's Office domestic violence unit is working and available to assist victims.
NCCC alumni seeking nominations for annual award
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:30 pm
The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Award. This accolade is bestowed to deserving alumni who exemplify educational achievements, career success, community involvement, and support to NCCC. The award will be presented at the NCCC Foundation Inc. Scholarship Gala, to be held Oct. 17 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.
Higgins, Davis, Larson, Blumenauer & Schneider lead letter urging IRS to provide automatic COVID-19 relief payments to Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:30 pm
On Friday, April 3, House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), Trade Subcommittee Chairman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), and Ways and Means Members Reps. Bradley S. Schneider (IL-10) and Brian Higgins (NY-26) led a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Services Commissioner Charles Rettig urging the IRS to provide automatic COVID-19 relief payments to vulnerable elderly and disabled individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Chrissy Metz releases new song, 'Talking To God'
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:25 pm
Award-winning actress Chrissy Metz recently released a brand-new song, "Talking To God." Written by Nicolette Hayford, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Ashley McBryde and Aaron Raitiere, the introspective song is the first from Metz's upcoming debut album on EMI Records Nashville.
How to curb smoking & vaping during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:20 pm
Uncertain times during the COVID-19 pandemic will create prolonged stress and anxiety throughout New York state and beyond. For those who smoke tobacco products or vape using electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), the New York State Smokers' Quitline (Quitline) has a clear message in today's ever-changing world: Remember that online resources are available to help curb your use or quit altogether.
Higgins shares information on COVID-19 relief for families & students
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:15 pm
In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Congress has taken swift action, through three funding packages, to provide emergency relief hospitals, communities and workers.
Amid pandemic, UB students find a new way to help
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:40 pm
With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing normal life to a screeching halt across Western New York, students in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo have found a new way to help out in the community.
AAA remains open for business; organization takes steps to support workforce
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:40 pm
AAA Western and Central New York immediately felt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the travel business line. Initially, travelers chose alternate destinations, then some were anxious to return home, and now many are disappointed over having to postpone trips, even within the U.S.
Gas demand at lowest level since 1993, but New York prices among highest in nation
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:40 pm
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $1.93, down 7 cents since last week. One year ago, the price was $2.74. The New York average is $2.30 - down 4 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.76.
Why does COVID-19 kill some adults but barely affect children? UB study aims to find out
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:35 pm
A new clinical study on COVID-19 launched late last month by a University at Buffalo researcher is investigating why the novel coronavirus is so potentially devastating for adults, but barely causes a reaction in most children.
15,000 US hotels sign up to support health care community
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:35 pm
The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) announced more than 15,000 hotels have signed up for its new initiative - "Hospitality for Hope" - which identifies hotel properties that have offered to provide temporary housing for emergency and health care workers as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows.
Box office hits headed to HBO family
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 02:30 pm
This week, a string of big-ticket action movies are available to stream on HBO, TBS and TNT for people staying safe at home.
Aquarium of Niagara tightens procedures in response to first human-to-animal transmission of COVID-19
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 11:50 am
The Aquarium of Niagara is strengthening its COVID-19 procedures in light of the news that a tiger in New York City has contracted the COVID-19 virus. This is the first known case of transmission of COVID-19 from humans to animals at an accredited zoo or aquarium.
27 new COVID-19 cases in Niagara County
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 11:45 am
The Niagara County Health Department today released the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County:
Island Dispatch for April 3, 2020
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 11:10 am
The Island Dispatch for April 3, 2020.
Easter parading
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 09:50 am
Since families couldn't visit the Easter Bunny this spring, the Easter Bunny decided to visit them - in grand fashion, nonetheless.
DEC, Agriculture & Markets announce seventh annual Invasive Species Awareness Week, June 7-13
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation, and Agriculture and Markets announced the seventh annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) will be held June 7-13. ISAW is an annual educational campaign featuring numerous statewide events focused on invasive species.
Cuomo: 'Anything anyone needs in Buffalo ... will be there'
Sun, Apr 5th 2020 12:45 pm
In a new conference Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo further explained his idea calling for the transfer of ventilators and personal protective equipment from upstate New York to the downstate area.
Kelly's Country Store pivots in pandemic to offer Easter chocolate to families
Sun, Apr 5th 2020 07:00 am
Easter preparation began, well, right after Christmas for the family behind Kelly's Country Store.
Ruffolo: We need our ventilators
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 06:20 pm
In response to the governor's executive order for the removal of excess ventilators from upstate hospitals to those downstate, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, the only independent hospital in Western New York, stands side-by-side with our partnering health systems in Erie County on holding onto the scarce and precious resources we have to save lives in Niagara County and surrounding areas.
Kearns calls on Hochul 'to be voice of reason,' in regard to state taking PPE, ventilators
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 01:25 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns released the following statement Saturday: "Today I stand with our county executive and all residents of Western New York to oppose Gov. Cuomo's plan to enlist the National Guard to confiscate much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators from the doctors, nurses, health care workers and residents of upstate and Western New York."
Though Distracted Driving Awareness Month is postponed, message still timely
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 09:45 am
Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. Among those killed: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Virtual fist pump: USA Network goes all in with the largest 'Psych' binge-a-thon ever
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 09:40 am
Hey, Psych-o's! In our greatest time of need, your favorite heroic duo - fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his best friend, Burton "Gus" Guster (Dulé Hill) - announced via Roday and Hill's Twitter they're returning to your airwaves. ... so, get ready for a few "Psych" all-nighters, beginning next week!
 

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