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November 23

— A popular restaurant in Orchard Park is temporarily closing its doors.

Mangia Ristorante & Caffe says it is closing because of New York State indoor dining restrictions and for the safety of its staff and guests.

The owners hope to reopen when the restrictions are lifted.

The restaurant wants to pay it forward during this difficult time.

If you buy a gift card, they will give 10 percent of sales to their staff.

Gift cards can be found here.

— Virtual tickets for the Vanessa Williams concert can be found here.

November 17

— Those wishing to get a free COVID-19 test in Chautauqua County will have an opportunity to do so next week. For more information, click here.

November 16

— The Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive gives jars of peanut butter, jelly, and fluff to food pantries across Western New York. For a list of drop-off locations, click here.

November 15

— MUSEjar is bringing in nearly two dozen local vendors to its space on Elm Street, selling everything from jewelry to artisan ice cream through next month. For a list of vendors, click here.

November 14

— Family Feud is looking for families in the Buffalo area to appear on the game show.

Auditions are being held online via Zoom. 

Click here for more information.

November 12

— If you live in Niagara County, you can get free masks and hand sanitizer. The county Department of Emergency Services is holding giveaways across the area next week.

Here’s a list of the giveaways:

Monday November 16

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Barker Fire Department, 1660 Quaker Road, Barker, NY

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Middleport Fire Department, 28 Main Street, Middleport, NY

Tuesday November 17

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Wheatfield Community Center 2790 Church Road, North Tonawanda, NY

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Ransomville Fire Department, 2521 Youngstown-Lockport Road, Ransomville, NY

Thursday November 19

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Newfane Town Hall, 2737 Main Street, Newfane, NY

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Public Safety Training facility, 5574 Niagara St. Ext., Lockport, NY

November 11

— If your non-profit organization needs a new set of wheels, now is a good time to apply for a new van with the Ford Friendship Express Program. For more information, click here.

November 10

— For more information on Shop 716, click here.

—  The SPCA Serving Erie County has waived the need for adoption appointments for dogs, cats, bunnies, and other small animals. For more information, click here.

— To learn more and find out about upcoming Our City Builds meetings, click here.

November 9

— For more information on the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force, click here. You can also email hopeandhelpcampaign@gmail.com.

November 8

— In honor of Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen's late grandmother, members of the Bills Mafia are donating $17 to Oishei Children's Hospital in her memory. You can donate here.

November 5

— To learn more about Erie Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program, click here.

November 4

— If you are looking for a job, Delta Sonic is hiring. The location on Transit Road in Lancaster is looking to fill several positions. For more information, click here.

— The Transit Drive-In will play the UB Bulls game on November 10 on the big screen. More more information, click here.

November 2

— Classic autographed jerseys, pictures, and gear are all up for auction and for a good cause.

You can bid on Items from the Sabres, Bills, Yankees, and beyond with the proceeds going to Mental Health Advocates of Western New York and the Compass House. For more information, click here.

— Two local organizations are teaming up to benefit those with developmental disabilities during the month of November.

Step Out Buffalo and Western New York Artists are making clothing to benefit The Arc Erie County New York. Each piece has a Buffalo on it and says "a city made of love."

The artist for the project is Olivia Scharf of Liv Gone Digital and one third of November’s proceeds will benefit the nonprofit.

This is all part of an initiative to help a charity each month.

You must place your order by November 30 to grab one of the designs. They can be purchased here.

October 29

— For more information on the NYSED Parent Portal, click here.

October 28

— This evening, your family can head to the Central Terminal for trunk or treat. It's a distanced walk through the terminal with free bags of candy, take-home creativity kits, refreshments, and even free pumpkins! For more information, click here.

October 27

— BOPC's statement on the proposed Nicklaus-designed golf course can be found here.

October 19

— Testing sites will be open to the public for free COVID-19 rapid result tests this week. Additional hours and locations will be added as needed. 

Chautauqua County

- Jamestown Training Grounds, 240 Harrison Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

- Dunkirk Training Grounds, 665 Brigham Road, Dunkirk, NY 14048

For appointments, follow the links for Jamestown and Dunkirk respectively.

Cattaraugus County

- Allegany Fire Hall, 1st Street (West Main St), Allegany, NY 14706 
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday 

To make appointments, any resident of Cattaraugus County can register by going to this link or by calling (716) 938-9119 or (716) 938-2265.

Allegany County

- Belmont BOCES Center, 5718 County Road 48, Belmont, NY 14813 
Community testing Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

For appointment, call (585) 268-9250, then press #4 to schedule an appointment for testing. 

- Riverwalk Plaza, 121 Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY 14895 
Testing Days/Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10/20-10/23: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For appointments, call (585) 268-9250, then press #4 to schedule an appointment for testing.

October 6

— Minuteman Press Buffalo is expanding, as they open a new location in Williamsville. For more information, click here.

— Little blue buffalos will soon be popping up around Western New York all for a good cause. For more information on them, click here.

October 5

— For more information on Fire Prevention Week, click here.

— If you want to weigh in on the Dart Street project, click here.

September 30

— For more information on the Niagara County Civil Service Exams, click here.

September 28

— To learn more about AAF Buffalo Big Tee-Off, click here.

September 15

— The Buffalo Museum is hosting a virtual Bubblefest, right from the comfort of your home. For more information, visit this link.

September 9

— Amazon will be holding a career day on September 16. Anyone interested can click here.

— Becker Farms in now holding education tours. For more information, click here.

September 1

— Niagara County EMS will be giving away free masks. For more information, click here.

— With a little more than two months remaining before Election Day, the absentee ballot portal is now open for New Yorkers. Click here to visit.

August 17

— There are several Western New York school districts holding meetings for parents today.

To join these meetings, visiting the following links bellow:

 For a full list of the events and programs taking place during Buffalo Pride Week, click here.

August 13

— The Ellicottville Lacrosse Festival, which was scheduled to take place September 20-22, has been canceled this year. Each yeah, the festival hosts lacrosse players and families for a tournament, food and live entertainment. Organizers say the festival will return in 2021.

— More information on the EOC Tuition Free Program for parents teaching at home can be found here or call 716-645-1900.

August 11

— The Community Action Organization of WNY (CAO) has launched a new Senior Care Program for clients in need across Erie County. The initiative was implemented to assist eligible seniors to be independent as they remain in their current residence.

Visit caowny.org for more information.

August 1

— The Kidney Foundation of WNY is hosting activities and virtual events through the month of August. For more information, click here.

— Even during a pandemic, it’s important to stop and smell the flowers. Sunflowers of Sandborn is open again, with some changes. For more information about the Niagara County gem, click here.

July 30

 Do you know a Real Hero? Do you know someone who has done something extraordinary for someone else or the community this year? Do you know someone who has saved a life or responded courageously to a disaster? The American Red Cross wants to hear from you! Spectrum News is partnering with the American Red Cross to honor Western New York’s Real Heroes on Thursday, November 5.

To nominate a local Hero, please fill out a nomination form online at www.redcross.org/wnyrealheroes

July 29

 The deadline to apply for the COVID-19 rent relief program is Thursday. The program allows New Yorkers to apply for up to four months of rent payments that do not need to be paid back. The one-time rental subsidy will be sent directly to the household's landlord.

You can find the application online here.

July 22

— Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Council President Darius Pridgen, and the Department of Public Works are holding a virtual informational meeting Wednesday evening on planned Fruit Belt roadway improvements. The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Webex users can access the meeting here.

You can also call into the meeting using the following information:

Phone: 1-214-459-3653

Meeting access code: 129-716-6380

Meeting password: 072-220-20

July 21

— Country Time has created “The Littlest Bailout,” an economic relief program to help lemonade stands. For more information, visit here.

July 20

— The city of Lockport will resume its Lock District Tours on Monday. The tours run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. The narrated walking tours along the Erie Canal locks last just over an hour and a half.

You must make reservations online.

July 17

For information on Elmwood Franklin Summer Camp, click here.

July 15

— Mayor Byron Brown presented the winner of the summer reading program a brand new bike after she completed reading five books and writing summaries on each.

 Every child who completes the challenge receives a prize but 160 are entered to win grand prizes.

The mayor said that though this year had fewer participants, it was more important than ever to keep Buffalo children reading.

There are multiple reading challenges, the first was from May to June and the second is currently going on until August 14. A winner will be drawn on August 17.​

July 14

— For more information on the COVID Rent Relief Program, click here.

July 13

— For more information on the All Hands On Deck campaign, click here.

— More information on the Art of Walking is available here.

July 10

— The map for the 2020 Amherst Garden Walk can be found here.

July 9

— The moratorium on evictions in New York State is set to expire on August 20 and the city of Buffalo is working with tenants and landlords to help navigate and avoid mass evictions for tenants who are unable to pay. It's holding an online webinar starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday to address the many lingering questions of both tenants and landlords.

Landlords will get help on how best to go about collecting back rent. And tenants will learn about resources that can help if they're still unable to pay.

To register for the webinar, click here.

July 8

 Since community centers, malls, and movie theaters remain closed because of the pandemic, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries are setting up cooling centers.

To find cooling centers near you, dial 211.

For information on local libraries and their hours, click here.

July 7

— There are four outdoor meetings scheduled on Tuesday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 8 and one community call to offer safety for attendees for Pilgrim Village Apartments and Townhomes.

Meeting one is at 6:00 p.m., while meeting two is at 7:30 p.m. There are outdoor events both days. Social distancing rules will be followed. All attendees are required to wear masks. 

All outdoor meetings will be streamed on Facebook Live on the Pilgrim Village Affordable Housing Page. The final video of the presentation will be placed on the Pilgrim Village Facebook page and the company's website.

— Shea’s Performing Arts Center announced on Tuesday that Broadway performances in Shea’s Buffalo Theatre are scheduled to resume in December 2020. 

Schedule updates for the paused M&T Bank 2019-20 Broadway Series are as followed:

Escape to Margaritaville: Originally scheduled for June 2-7, has been rescheduled to April 20-25, 2021. 

Anastasia: Rescheduled dates of September 8-13, have been moved to March 9-14, 2021. 

The Band’s Visit: Rescheduled dates of December 1-6, have been moved to August 10-15, 2021. 

Riverdance: Originally scheduled for March 26-28, has been rescheduled to March 19-21, 2021. 

Schedule Changes to the M&T Bank 2020-21 Broadway Series: 

To Kill a Mockingbird: Rescheduled To Kill a Mockingbird, originally scheduled for August 15-22, has been rescheduled to January 30- February 5, 2021. 

Tootsie: Originally scheduled for October 3-10 has been rescheduled to December 1-6, 2020. 

Hamilton: Rescheduled to December 2021.

For more information on the M&T Bank Broadway Series at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, and a complete list of changes, visit sheas.org.

— The Thruway Authority will mail toll bills to the registered owner of the vehicle in the coming weeks for travel from March 22 to June 3. For more information, click here.

July 2

— Step Out Buffalo x WNY Artists merchandise can be found here.

— For more information on the reopening of Fredonia's reopening, click here.

July 1

— Comments on the Grass Island project proposal must be submitted in writing no later than Jul 02, 2020.
Contact:
Kerri L PICKARD-DEPRIEST
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7165
DEP.R9@dec.ny.gov

June 30

— To register to attend the meeting and/or submit comments for the Bethlehem steel site, click here.

June 28

— 13 Western New York Denny's locations are hiring after reopening in Phase 3. You can view available positions and apply online here.

June 27

— The nonprofit Buffalo Police Athletic League handed out free bike helmets on Saturday outside Tops locations across Buffalo.

They are also offering other summer events for kids. For a list of events, check out their website here

June 26

— The Bestar-Bush furniture company in Jamestown anticipates adding 30 to 40 employees to its workforce in the coming weeks. The company has seen increased demand in the recent months for work from home products such as desks, file cabinets, chairs and bookcases.

If you are interested in applying, head to this website.

— PRIDE INSIDE is a June 2020, virtual Western New York Pride event focused on three themes: Queer History, Celebration and Outreach.

This month long event officially starting June 5, celebrates the diversity, talent and deeply moving history of the Western, NY Queer Community. Here we will look to our past, celebrate our now, and look for answers and cures to the continuing issues and struggles of the WNY LGBTQ Community.

For more details click here.

June 23

— Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is calling on the city’s students to take part in 2020 Virtual Reading Rules! This year’s youth literacy competition and initiative will be completely online due to the pandemic.

Every student can become champion reader by following four steps, as outlined by the city. To learn more, click here.

June 22

— The Ride for Roswell has unveiled the locations for the summer of the ride.

It runs August 1-21 with in-person, scheduled rides taking place Saturdays and Sundays each weekend.

Riders will be asked to wear masks.

Spots are limited and you have to register at rideforroswell.org.

The locations are:

  • Linde Tonawanda Campus
    August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
    10-mile route 
  • UB North Campus
    August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
    3-mile route & 10-mile route 
  • Grand Island West Shore Parkway
    August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
    20-mile route 
  • Akron Five Corners
    August 1, 8, 15
    38-mile route 

June 19

 The Strong National Museum of Play has released its inductees to this year's Video Game Hall of Fame (Bejeweled, Centipede, King's Quest, Minecraft)​. It's now accepting nominations for next year. 

To nominate a game, click here.

June 16

 Want to weigh in on the Buffalo Police Department? Buffalo Common Council members want to hear from you. A survey was sent out by South District Council Member Chris Scanlon Tuesday, asking for the public's input on the department and reforms they want to see. The survey can be found here.

More than 1,400 people are calling on Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to resign in an online petition.

The petition says Brown does not care about people of color and says he has spoken out without true concern, remote and sincerity about police reform or change.

The founder of the petition argues Brown has given speeches over his 15 years as mayor about understanding racial injustice and inequity, but has not pursued accountability or justice anyone harmed or murdered by Buffalo Police officers.

Mayor Brown said the following Friday in response to the petition:

"Let me just say this, I know that there are a lot of people that are hurting and a lot of people that have hate in their hearts. What I have done during the whole course of my time as mayor of the City of Buffalo and beyond is just remember the words of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King: ‘hate can’t drive out hate; only love can do that.’

“And as mayor of the City of Buffalo and as a member of the community I have nothing but love for the residents of this community and I’m going to show that love, radiate that love, and work from a place of love every single day”

The petition can be seen here.

 Just past the halfway point of the contest, Chautauqua is currently in the lead for USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Award for "Best Small Town Cultural Scene." Online voting continues through noon on Monday, June 29. Chautauqua is one of the 20 nominees in the "Best Small Town Cultural Scene" category. Individuals can vote and sign up for daily reminders to vote by visiting this link.

June 15

As many Pride Month activities are canceled – or have gone virtual because of the pandemic – at least one local artist wants to make sure Western New York is supporting LGBTQ+ organizations.

Casey Milbrand is selling t-shirts, hats, masks and even baby onesies with artwork from two of his famous murals in Buffalo to raise money for the Pride Center and Mocha Center.

The fundraiser runs until June 30.

 Officials are still taking comments from the public on "Project Olive" on Grand Island, and are now allowing you to view them online. Email comments to publiccomments@grand-island.ny.us.

 You can enter the William Mattar 4 Graduates contest here.

June 14

For more on the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame new song "In This Together," click here.

June 12

 A list of early voting locations in Erie County can be found here.

— The Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization wants your feedback on the COVID-19 response and the re-opening of school buildings. It’s asking community members to share their input by participating in two online surveys. The two surveys, one from the Buffalo Public School District and the second from Governor Cuomo's Reimagine Education Campaign, aim to get the opinions of families, educational staff, and the community as a whole.

For the Buffalo Public Schools survey, click here.

For the Reimagine Education survey, click here.

June 11

— Shakespeare in the Park and Arts Services of Western New York are asking how they can better understand the needs of their patrons. For further information, contact Lisa Ludwig at lalaludwig@hotmail.com or call 716-479-2044.

May 26

— The following summer events have been canceled in the the Town of Niagara due to the coronavirus pandemic: 

  • Trash to Treasure
  • Music Mania Mondays Concert Series
  • Pride in the Park (Including fireworks)
  • Youth recreation programs, including youth baseball and softball
  • Senior recreation programs including the annual senior picnic

May 23

— To gain access to resources for businesses reopening in Buffalo, visit here.

May 22

— Starting Friday, May 22 some stores at the Walden Galleria mall will offer curbside pickup.

Pickup will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The businesses include Best Buy, William Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Macy's. Restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s will continue to offer curbside pickup.

Some of these locations will have their own specific time frames within the general hours.

For full details, including a list of stores, click here.

May 21

— The Buffalo Marathon will not take place this weekend. Instead, organizers are asking runners to donate to the Buffalo Marathon Fundraiser for Front Line Workers, benefiting the Kaleida Health COVID-19 response fund. Click here for more information. 

— BCBS Canalside classes are going virtual. For more information, click here.

— Curbside pickup is being instituted at the Walden Galleria. For more information, click here.

May 20

— Over the past two weeks, New York state collected more than 600 submissions from New Yorkers across the state as part of the "Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest."

Now, officials are asking New Yorkers to choose their favorite from five finalists. Find more information here.

May 18

— The Black Rock Lock hours and dates for the 2020 navigation season are as follows:

2020 Navigation Hours

May 18 - May 23 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Seven days per week

May 24 - September 12 (Extended Season)   

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Weekdays

11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Weekends

September 13 - October 24 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Seven days per week

October 25 - December 31 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

May 15

— With a big drop in passengers, the NFTA is temporarily cutting five of its Metro bus routes as of May 24. Click here for information on the routes that are impacted. 

—"Operation Thanks From Above" is taking place on Saturday, May 16. During the flyover, a Douglas C-47 known as the Whiskey 7 will soar over Western and Central New York to salute frontline workers and their efforts during the pandemic.

For more information, including a map of locations, click here.

May 14

— With many businesses itching to reopen, the state is sharing the rules those businesses need to follow to keep you safe. The New York Forward Business Reopening Safety Plan Template says each business must develop a written safety plan outlining its measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Click here to see the full safety plan template and instructions on what to do with it.

May 10

— To access the community baby shower click here.

May 9

— To donate to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Mother’s Day Meals campaign, visit this link.

—To make an appointment for the Kaleida antibody testing, visit this link or call the Kaleida Health Coronavirus Hotline at 716-859-3222.

May 8

— “Laughing Matters: Carlin’s Legacy” will be live streamed here.

May 7

— For more information on the Love Your Block program, click here.

— For PPP funds still available, click here.

— Drive through diagnostic testing for COVID-19 conducted by Memorial Medical Center staff and analyzed by Kaleida Health’s medical laboratory will take place daily from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (use Pine Avenue entrance adjacent to Mary B. Dyster Women’s Pavilion)

WEEK OF MAY 11

  • Afternoon testing will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday behind the Summit Healthplex in Wheatfield.

WEEK OF MAY 18

  • Afternoon testing will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday at 80 Main St., Lockport

Appointments are required: Call 278-4496 to schedule.

May 6

— Buffalo Is Creative partnered up with Yelp plus to launch a series of weekly virtual cooking demos from western New Yorkers. The month-long free sessions start Saturday with a salad dressing tutorial from Crown Hill Farm. The link can be found here.

May 5

— Counts of Nursing Home and ACF COVID Related Deaths Statewide as of May 3 can be found here.

— Learn 4 Life Buffalo: Virtual Town Hall Meeting website can be found here.

— New York state is asking New Yorkers to submit a video showing why it is so important to wear a mask in public. For more information about the contest, visit this link.

 

May 3

— Anyone struggling to put food on the table during this shutdown period can find help all over our region this week. FeedMore WNY is set to hold nearly 20 food distributions this week in several towns across Erie and Niagara counties. It all starts at 10 a.m. Monday at Saint Mary's School for the deaf on Main Street in Buffalo.

May 1

— The Multiple Sclerosis Walk in Buffalo is going virtual this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers will be hosting Facebook live events at noon every Saturday through May 16. You can join in at home on a  treadmill or a walk around the block with your dog.

You can also still register online or build a team to help fundraise.

To register, click here.

— The Thank a Nurse website can be found here.

April 30

—  Extra $12 million for HEAP: A list of offices by county can be found here. For more information on HEAP, click here.

April 29

— The Erie County Taxpayer Checkbook website can be found here.

April 28

— Doctor Todd Shatkin at the Aesthetic Associate Center is partnering with Quest Diagnostics to offer drive-up COVID-19 testing this weekend in Amherst.

The testing will be this Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aesthetic Associate Center at 2500 Kensington Avenue.

For more information or to make an appointment, click here.

— The Aquarium of Niagara has some new penguins chicks to show off. The baby humboldt penguins hatched earlier this month. It's the first hatching at the aquarium in 14 years.

The happy parents are Blanca and PJ Jr. who came to the aquarium from a zoo in Seattle as part of a species survival plan for threatened humboldt penguins.

If you would like to make a donation to help with the care of these animals during the pandemic while the aqaurium remains closed, head to this website.

— You can order from Black Button Distilling at their website, or you can call 585-435-2994.

April 27

— The City of Buffalo has launched a website for all information and resources in the city related to the coronavirus pandemic. You can find it here.

— For a list of paving sites around the city of Buffalo, click here.

April 23

— Essential workers can now take advantage of emergency curbside at the Erie County Auto Bureaus. Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns says those workers can fill out an online request form to register their vehicles or transfer license plates through the County Clerk’s website to ensure they have transportation to work. If you qualify, a representative will call you to explain what forms and documents are needed and acceptable payment options. They'll then set up an appointment with you for "curbside" service.  However, this does not include renewal transactions such as licenses, non-driver IDs, registrations, and inspections — which have already been extended.

— The Billoni family and Colvin Cleaners announced they were bringing back their tailors and seamstresses, who were laid off due to COVID-19, to make reusable, washable face masks for their customers and local non-profit agencies. 

If you need a face mask for yourself or your family, you can place your order online at this website. You can also donate to the program there.

April 22

— The UB Climate plan can be read here.

— Erie County officials are looking to reach out to businesses in Western New York to help with the effects of COVID-19 on those businesses. The goal of the survey is to help officials best address the needs and challenges facing employers during the pandemic. Businesses looking for the survey can click here.

— Blue Cross Blue Shield has launched a new tool that allows people to screen themselves for COVID-19. It asks a series of questions about symptoms, medical history, and recent exposure to help a person decide the best course of action.

Depending on your score, you'll have the option to schedule a tele-health visit with a doctor, be asked to monitor your symptoms, or be told to get emergency care.

You can access the tool here

— Tom Bender can be contacted at 716-472-5904 or at tom@tombendermusic.com, while Brian Beaudry can be reached at 716-990-4210.

April 21

— The American Lung Association's report card for New York can be found here.

April 20

— To help those interested to transition to new careers in information technology, Trocaire College announced the launch of a free IT career exploration course in partnership with the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and Tech Buffalo.

Class size is limited. For more information on program requirements and to enroll, visit this website.

— You have until this Saturday to buy a shirt and give relief. Step Out Buffalo and local artists have teamed up to create shirts with proceeds going to local COVID-19 relief efforts. The money goes to FeedMore WNY COVID Relief Fund, Kaleida Health COVID-19 Response Fund, Catholic Health COVID-19 Caregiver Support Fund, Crisis Services, and Western New York Feeds the Frontlines.

April 17

— If you'd like to buy a 716Strong shirt to support front line workers, click this link. 

— While you might not be able to eat his steaks, chops and more... let Russ Salvatore teach you about the sounds animals make!

The Explore and More Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children's Museum partnered with Salvatore to read "Quack! Ribbit! Roar!"

If you want to hear Russell's cats, frogs and more, click here.

April 16

A mother-daughter duo in Buffalo has been selling headbands with buttons so people who have to wear masks all the time aren't also having to deal with ear pain.

They've gotten hundreds of orders in the past two weeks. They're now donating the profits in $100 increments to 20 families in need. 

If you'd like to place an order, send an email to leisingmj@yahoo.com

April 15

WNY Business Impact Survey can be found here.

List of vendors at the Broadway Market continuing curbside pickup can be found here.

April 13

The @feedmorewny #MobileFoodPantry will be in Buffalo and Akron on Monday, April 13. For the locations and times, as well as the full schedule for the week of April 13 through April 17, click here.

You can apply for a CARES Act grant here.

April 10

For more information on Economic Impact Payments, click here for the IRS' website.

The printable Buffalo coloring map can be found here.

For more information on the NIH antibody study, click here.

April 9

Here is a guide on how to file for unemployment, and what you can expect through the process.

April 6

Erie County’s COVID-19 map provides updates on confirmed cases of the virus by zip code. Click here to view.

FuzeHub grant competition infomation can be found here.

For more information on the Hackathon @ Home, click here.

April 2

The Aurora Theatre and Popcorn Shop announced that you can now vote for your favorite marquee by visiting this link. A winner will be announced April 9.  

April 1

If you have a desire to become a New York State Trooper, the entrance exsam is taking place in October. For more information, including how to apply, head to this website.

March 30

WNYCOSH has released a COVID-19 worker benefits guidebook. You can read the whole thing here.

Western New York is doing its part to take care of the health care workers taking care of so many of us. It's called Western New York Feeds The Frontline. People can donate to the program that will then use those donations to cover the cost of food orders delivered to partnering hospitals. The donations will also be used to provide a 20 percent tip to the staff providing the food.

March 27

Nominations are open for a few more days for the M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers contest in partnership with the Buffalo Bills. Nominations can be made online at this website through March 30.

The Arc Erie County New York, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities, is looking to hire direct support professional personnel. If you're interested, you can apply here.

March 26

For more information on the guide to COVID-19 Disaster Funding, following this link. 

March 25

The state University of New York at Fredonia has set up an emergency relief fund for students.

March 17

Buffalo Public Schools is providing meals for families with children in the district during the extended closure. Any child age 18 and under can receive breakfast and lunch at these locations.

March 13

Touchdown for Teachers nominations can be made online through March 30 at this website.

For a list of SAT cancellations, click here.

March 10

Several events at the Hamburg Fairgrounds have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. For updates, you can visit their website.

March 9

Enhanced visitation policy for Kaleida Health sites can be found here.

March 4

After a successful venture adding shelter dog photos to pizza boxes, the Niagara SPCA is now selling special t-shirts featuring a photo of Hooch, a 5-year-old Mastiff, enjoying a slice. The shirts can be ordered here, with all proceeds going to Niagara SPCA.

Events celebrating women’s history in Western New York will be going on throughout the month. A calendar of events can be found here.

March 2

Locations to drop off dresses for 11th annual Urban Valet prom dress drive include:

  • Blasdell Village Hall
  • Boston Free Library
  • Dudley Branch Library
  • East Aurora Library
  • Eden Boys & Girls Club
  • Hamburg Village Hall
  • Hamburg Library
  • Lackawanna Library
  • Lake Shore Public Library
  • Orchard Park Library

Shopping days will be Friday, April 3 from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, April 4 from 12-3 p.m. at Hamburg Town Hall Plaza.

February 25

Officials will consider all public comments on the proposed metro rail expansion in the Buffalo area received by March 24. You can submit them here.

February 21

Donations for St. Bonaventure’s efforts to protect medical personnel in Wuhan, China, can be dropped off at the following locations through March 15:

  • De La Roche Hall, Room 103
  • Friedsam Library, Reference Desk
  • SBU Bookstore, Reilly Center
  • Murphy Building, First Amendment Lounge
  • Hopkins Hall, One Stop
  • Hickey Dining Hall
  • Swan Business Center, Atrium
  • Rehabilitation Today, 2416 Constitution Ave., Olean
  • Park and Shop, Front & Main streets, Olean
  • Tasty Time, 3143 West State Road, Allegany
  • Olean Medical Group, Purchasing and Receiving Office

Checks can be made out to “Positive Ripples” with “fighting the coronavirus in Wuhan” in the memo line.

The university’s BonaResponds organization is also hosting a gift card raffle, with tickets on sale for $1 each. Tickets will be sold at the Quick Center for the Arts reception desk between noon and 4 p.m. until February 26; inside the Hickey Dining Hall from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on February 21, 24 and 26; and outside the Reilly Center bookstore from 5-7 p.m. before the game against Duquesne.

There’s also a Facebook fundraiser on March 15.

February 20

Want to suggest a woman who has made a difference in Western New York for the Trailblazing Women of WNY Monument Project? Click here.

February 16

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says several groups have expressed interest in redeveloping the former Bethlehem Steel Site in Lackawanna. The county is looking for plans that include flexible manufacturing or a warehouse facility.

February 5

Speed zone cameras are located at:

  • 1087 Jefferson Avenue at the Makowski School
  • 1132 Jefferson Avenue southbound at the Makowski School
  • 1177 Delaware Avenue northbound at Canisius School
  • 1236 Delaware Avenue southbound at Canisius School
  • 1463 Elmwood Avenue northbound at McKinley School
  • 255 South Elmwood Avenue northbound at Hutchison School
  • 267 Porter Avenue northbound at Porter/DaVinci
  • 295 Suffolk Street northbound at Olmstead School
  • 302 Suffolk Street southbound at Olmstead School
  • 311 Military Road northbound at West Hertel/Grabiarz
  • 522 Military Road at Grabiarz School
  • 3125 Bailey Avenue northbound at Westminster School
  • 3130 Bailey Avenue southbound at Westminster School
  • 694 Kensington Avenue westbound at Eve School

January 31

More information on Marc Gaiger's metal roses can be found here.  

January 29

Charlie Benzin went bald for bucks on Wednesday after raising more than $1,200 for Roswell Park. You can donate to his cause here.

January 18

The Buffalo Bisons have announced their promotional schedule for the 2020 season. Click here for the full schedule.

January 16

Tickets for the Batavia Downs Concert Series go on sale Friday, January 17. Tickets for all eight shows will be available. To buy them, click here.

January 11

To donate to Australia's wildlife click here.

December 28

To donate to the GoFundMe account for a Lancaster family who lost their home in a devastating fire just before Christmas, click here.

November 17

Anyone wishing to donate to the GoFundMe for Kyle Lysek can click here.

November 12

Want to nominate a teacher for Jeff Skinner's 53 Difference Makers program? Click here.

The website for The Salvation Army's Empire State Divison can be found here.

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