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— To learn more about AAF Buffalo Big Tee-Off, click here.
— The Buffalo Museum is hosting a virtual Bubblefest, right from the comfort of your home. For more information, visit this link.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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
— 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.
— 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:
Meeting access code: 129-716-6380
Meeting password: 072-220-20
— Country Time has created “The Littlest Bailout,” an economic relief program to help lemonade stands. For more information, visit here.
— 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.
For information on Elmwood Franklin Summer Camp, click here.
— 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.
— For more information on the COVID Rent Relief Program, click here.
— For more information on the All Hands On Deck campaign, click here.
— More information on the Art of Walking is available here.
— The map for the 2020 Amherst Garden Walk can be found here.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— Step Out Buffalo x WNY Artists merchandise can be found here.
— For more information on the reopening of Fredonia's reopening, click here.
— Comments on the Grass Island project proposal must be submitted in writing no later than Jul 02, 2020.
Kerri L PICKARD-DEPRIEST
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
— To register to attend the meeting and/or submit comments for the Bethlehem steel site, click here.
— 13 Western New York Denny's locations are hiring after reopening in Phase 3. You can view available positions and apply online here.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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:
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— You can enter the William Mattar 4 Graduates contest here.
— For more on the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame new song "In This Together," click here.
— 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.
— 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716-479-2044.
— The following summer events have been canceled in the the Town of Niagara due to the coronavirus pandemic:
— To gain access to resources for businesses reopening in Buffalo, visit here.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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
— 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.
— 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.
— To access the community baby shower click here.
— 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.
— “Laughing Matters: Carlin’s Legacy” will be live streamed here.
— 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
WEEK OF MAY 18
Appointments are required: Call 278-4496 to schedule.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— The Erie County Taxpayer Checkbook website can be found here.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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 email@example.com, while Brian Beaudry can be reached at 716-990-4210.
— The American Lung Association's report card for New York can be found here.
— 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.
— 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
WNY Business Impact Survey can be found here.
List of vendors at the Broadway Market continuing curbside pickup can be found here.
You can apply for a CARES Act grant here.
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.
Here is a guide on how to file for unemployment, and what you can expect through the process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information on the guide to COVID-19 Disaster Funding, following this link.
The state University of New York at Fredonia has set up an emergency relief fund for students.
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.
Touchdown for Teachers nominations can be made online through March 30 at this website.
For a list of SAT cancellations, click here.
Several events at the Hamburg Fairgrounds have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. For updates, you can visit their website.
Enhanced visitation policy for Kaleida Health sites can be found here.
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.
Locations to drop off dresses for 11th annual Urban Valet prom dress drive include:
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.
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.
Donations for St. Bonaventure’s efforts to protect medical personnel in Wuhan, China, can be dropped off at the following locations through March 15:
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.
Want to suggest a woman who has made a difference in Western New York for the Trailblazing Women of WNY Monument Project? Click here.
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.
Speed zone cameras are located at:
More information on Marc Gaiger's metal roses can be found here.
Charlie Benzin went bald for bucks on Wednesday after raising more than $1,200 for Roswell Park. You can donate to his cause here.
The Buffalo Bisons have announced their promotional schedule for the 2020 season. Click here for the full schedule.
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.
To donate to Australia's wildlife click here.
To donate to the GoFundMe account for a Lancaster family who lost their home in a devastating fire just before Christmas, click here.
Anyone wishing to donate to the GoFundMe for Kyle Lysek can click here.
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.