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Higgins wants answers from national testing czar on resources pulled from Western New York
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 05:10 pm
In a letter to the U.S. coronavirus testing czar, Congressman Brian Higgins is seeking answers to new indications that supplies needed to test for coronavirus are being redirected outside of the Western New York area.
Cuomo on bar, restaurant restrictions: 'Dining is eating. When you eat, it requires food.'
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a Friday conference call, reiterated his stance on limiting bar service.
$1.5 million for 'Feeding New York State' to assist food insecure New Yorkers and state's farmers
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 02:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced $1.5 million in funding for "Feeding New York State" to support its network of 10 regional food banks, as well as local farms to help provide milk and produce to food insecure New Yorkers.
Air quality health advisory issued for Western New York & Eastern Lake Ontario
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 02:15 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D. issued an air quality health advisory for the areas of Western New York and Eastern Lake Ontario for Saturday, July 18.
NYWEA awards $12,000 Environmental Career Scholarship to Eric Smith of Youngstown
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 02:10 pm
The New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA), a statewide nonprofit organization of water quality management professionals, announced it has awarded a $12,000 Environmental Career Scholarship to Eric Smith to attend the University at Buffalo.
NYSPHSAA to delay fall sports start date & cancel fall championships
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 02:10 pm
The officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association voted to delay the official start date of the fall 2020 sports season, cancel the fall 2020 regional and state championships, and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19. This decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 task force when it convened as a working group for the third time Thursday morning.
Cuomo urges New Yorkers to prepare for extreme heat this weekend
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 01:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday urged New Yorkers statewide to take precautions ahead of potentially dangerous heat conditions that are expected to begin early Saturday and last through the weekend. Heat index values ranging from the low-90s to 100 degrees are possible throughout the entire timeframe and across much of the state. New Yorkers should monitor local weather forecasts for the most up-to-date information. For a complete listing of weather watches, warnings, advisories and latest forecasts, visit the National Weather Service website.
American Music Awards returns to ABC on Sunday, Nov. 22
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 12:40 pm
ABC and dick clark productions announced music's hottest night, the 2020 American Music Awards, will air Sunday, Nov. 22 (8 p.m. EST), on ABC. The broadcast will bring fans together with surprising musical performances and celebrate the artists who make it happen.
Food Network & Robert Irvine agree to new multiyear, multiplatform deal
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 12:40 pm
World-class chef, cookbook author and philanthropist Robert Irvine has struck a new multiyear deal with Food Network, it was announced Friday by Courtney White, president of Food Network. This two-year deal includes new episodes of the long-running, hit show "Restaurant: Impossible," as well as additional content developed by Irvine across the Discovery portfolio, with mid- and short-form projects for both linear and digital platforms, including the Food Network Kitchen app.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for July 17, 2020
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 12:25 pm
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for July 17, 2020
Youngstown Yacht Club to hold open house on July 20
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 12:05 pm
The Youngstown Yacht Club invites the community to experience the lower river lifestyle at its open house, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 20.
Obituary: Mary Maerten
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 12:05 pm
On March 8, 2020, Mary Maerten (nee Rehm) of Wheatfield passed away peacefully at their winter home in Cape Coral, Florida, at the age of 87. Her loving family vacationed there just prior to her sudden passing.
As New Yorkers plan 'staycations,' FASNY reminds families to stay safe
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 12:05 pm
Many New Yorkers could use a summer vacation right about now. Unfortunately, the changing number of COVID-19 cases across the country has many people thinking twice. With safety concerns and travel restrictions, family vacations this summer may just be 'staycations' or at least 'stay close-to-home' vacations.
Numerous planning issues spurred Kiwanis to cancel Peach Festival
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 12:05 pm
On Tuesday the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston announced its annual Niagara County Peach Festival is canceled for this year due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
'Trump Van,' closure of farmers market vendor cause stir in North Tonawanda
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 12:00 pm
A pair of news stories that have caused a stir in North Tonawanda were the hot topics at the city's Common Council meeting on July 7. A mobile vendor selling political merchandise at Gratwick-Riverside Park has sparked a debate about political signage on public property, while the closure of a local vendor at the city farmers market has customers and supporters looking for leniency from government officials.
Artpark announces 10th annual Fairy House Festival for Aug. 15
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:55 am
Artpark & Company will present its 10th annual Fairy House Festival on Saturday, Aug. 15, from noon to 4 p.m., at 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston. Admission is free, but in order to adhere to current social gathering / distancing guidelines, it is requested interested attendees RSVP in advance for timed admission.
North Tonawanda public hearing held for proposed Mexican restaurant
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:50 am
On Tuesday, the North Tonawanda Common Council held a public hearing regarding an application for community development block grant (CBG) funding for a proposed restaurant - El Gringo Mexican Cantina - to be located at 54 Webster St. The location was most recently the site of the N.T. History Museum, and formerly the old G.C. Murphy's Department Store.
Cuomo launches national 'Mask Up America' campaign amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:20 am
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spreading fast in many states across the country, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday launched the national "Mask Up America" education and awareness campaign to urge all Americans to wear a mask while in public to help stop the spread of the virus.
HBO Max invites viewers to unwind with series order for 'A World of Calm'
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:15 am
HBO Max, the direct-to-consumer offering from WarnerMedia, announced it wants to help viewers relax with a 10-episode order of "A World of Calm" - a totally new type of television experience that combines mesmeric imagery with narration by A-list stars including Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zoƫ Kravitz, Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy and Keanu Reeves.
PSC continues, 'improves existing solar payment structure to ensure fairness'
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:15 am
The New York State Public Service Commission has adopted new rules for future compensation for onsite solar generation by residential and small commercial customers, also known as mass market customers, as well as by certain large commercial customers. Since 1997, net energy metering (NEM) has been one of the state's primary mechanisms to encourage solar installations.
AAA unveils virtual travel agency
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:15 am
In today's day and age of social distancing, AAA Western and Central New York is taking steps to make sure our associates and members have a safe and enjoyable vacation-planning experience. AAA is pleased to announce that we now offer tele-travel appointments with our travel experts where travelers can learn more about various destinations and even book travel from the comfort of their home, office or any remote location thanks to video capabilities.
Attorney General James renews suspension of state debt collection for 4th time as coronavirus continues to impact New Yorkers' wallets
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:05 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the state is again renewing, for the fourth time, an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection for an additional 30-day period.
Higgins' measure on northern border travel included in Homeland Security Appropriations Bill
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2021 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which included report language requested by Higgins related to essential traveler exceptions at the northern border.
'Celebrity speaker series' this summer to benefit 2020 Ride for Roswell
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:00 am
COVID-19 derailed plans for Team RPCS (Roswell Park Cessation Services) to host a second annual bowling tournament to raise funds toward the Ride for Roswell. In response, the team members exercised their creativity and turned to celebrity connections to help reach their fundraising goals.
Visit Buffalo Niagara launches customer confidence program
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:00 am
The "Tourism Task Force to Reopen Buffalo," under the guidance of Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler, has created a communitywide customer confidence program designed to reassure meeting, group and sporting event customers that "Buffalo is determined to do what it takes to remain competitive as the tourism industry begins its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic."
Up to 3 months of free nicotine gum offered through New York State Smokers' Quitline from Ro
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 11:00 am
The New York State Smokers' Quitline is offering up to three months of free nicotine gum while supplies last. Smokers and vapers can apply by calling 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visiting The Quitline asks everyone to spread the word to family and friends about this time-limited offer, made possible thanks to a donation from Ro, a U.S. telehealth company headquartered in Manhattan.
Hotel industry releases top 5 requirements to travel safely
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 10:45 am
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has released the "Safe Stay Guest Checklist" for guests on how to travel safely while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide. This checklist is part of AHLA's "Safe Stay" guidelines, an industrywide, enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees.
'Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel' returns with roundtable
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 10:45 am
HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel," which celebrates its 25th anniversary this season, returns for an all-new episode Tuesday, July 21 (10 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The 279th episode is highlighted by a virtual roundtable led by Gumbel, who is joined by insiders Peter King (NBC Sports), David Aldridge (The Athletic) and Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated, MLB Network) for a candid discussion about the state of the respective sports they cover.
WEBR: Longtime local radio veteran celebrates 99th birthday
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 10:45 am
Not many of us remember the "golden age of radio" (1930s to 1940s), but Don Lange, 37-year veteran of Buffalo radio does. Don began his radio career at the original WEBR radio in 1941, and was later promoted to chief engineer. He retired in 1978 ... and oh, the stories he can tell about old-time radio! Shortly after retiring, Don began the huge task of rebuilding the Wurlitzer organ at the Riviera Theater in North Tonawanda.
After Grace's 'Simple Things' celebrates life's richest blessings
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 10:45 am
"Simple Things," the new anthem from acoustic/pop duo After Grace, releases today on digital platforms. Written by After Grace's Cody Clark, along with Daniel Doss, and produced by Foster Ferrell, the poignant song recounts Clark's personal journey of rediscovering what was most important in his life: "faith and hope and love, and knowing Jesus is enough to get me through the day."
NYS Department of Health, State Office for the Aging announce plan to improve support services for long-term care residents and their families
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 10:25 am
The New York State Department of Health and State Office for the Aging announced a five-point plan to help long-term-care residents and their families access services through the Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, provide additional resources to residents and families appealing involuntary discharges, expand the ombudsman volunteer program, "reimagine" a multiagency workgroup to enhance services, and provide up to $1 million in funding for long term care facilities to purchase tablets, webcams, headphones or other accessories to help residents stay connected with family and LTCOP during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
NYS Liquor Authority offers additional guidance on new bar & restaurant restrictions
Fri, Jul 17th 2020 09:55 am
In a conference call Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New Yorkers are "outraged" at bar and restaurant establishments where people are gathering together and not abiding by safety measures designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. He said it is "a question of public health, and New Yorkers paid a dear price for COVID and they are equally upset with these violations."
Roswell Park, NFMMC & Tom Golisano team up to make cancer care more accessible in Niagara
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 07:15 pm
In a ceremony streamed live on Facebook - an event kept small in accordance with current health guidelines regarding group gatherings - representatives from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center dedicated the new Golisano Medical Oncology Center, a member site within the Roswell Park Care Network.
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center reopening
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 07:10 pm
Consistent with New York state guidelines for phase four low-risk indoor arts and entertainment venues, the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center will reopen Saturday, July 18. The Heritage Center has adopted new policies to help contain the spread of COVID-19 while allowing visitors into the space once again.
Niagara Falls leaders detail plans to implement over $1.69 million in federal funds to respond to, prevent COVID-19
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 07:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino were joined Thursday by Niagara Falls Housing Authority Director Clifford Scott and other municipal and community leaders to announce plans to deploy federal emergency funding in the City of Niagara Falls for COVID-19 relief, response and prevention.
Col. Carl Magnusson serves as Niagara's newest commander
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 04:50 pm
The 914th Air Refueling Wing welcomed the new wing and installation commander Col. Carl J. Magnusson during an assumption of command ceremony on July 12.
Cuomo announces new regulations for bars & restaurants to ensure compliance with state social distancing, face covering orders
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on a conference call on Thursday, announced new regulations for bars and restaurants to ensure they are complying with state social distancing and face covering orders.
Schoellkopf Health Center begins limited visitation
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 12:25 pm
Residents at the Schoellkopf Health Center are able to receive visitors for the first time since mid-March.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital adopts new anesthesia model
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 11:30 am
Mount St. Mary's Hospital announced the implementation of a new anesthesia model.
DiNapoli urges New Yorkers to fill out 2020 census forms
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 11:25 am
New York lags behind most other states in responding to the 2020 census, ranking 38th in the country, New York State Comptroller DiNapoli said Wednesday. Only 57.6% of New York households have responded compared to the national average of 62%. He urged New Yorkers to be counted and respond to the census.

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