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St. Bonaventure Will Furlough 80 Employees

May 27, 2020

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The university will furlough 80 employees beginning on June 1 in an effort to cut costs over the summer, SBU’s Chief Communications Officer Tom Missel confirmed to TAPinto Greater Olean Wednesday. 

According to Missel, about 60% of those to be furloughed are hourly employees, and about 40% are exempt employees. Some will be furloughed in either June ...

Greater Olean Area Leaders Voice Disappointment with State's Decision to Keep Entire WNY Region Closed

Government, business and education leaders from the Greater Olean area are disappointed that the state will not allow Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties to reopen on Friday.

The state is taking a regional approach to reopening. New York’s Western New York region, which includes the three counties along with Erie and Niagara counties, has not met the state’s requirements ...

Olean's New Hampton Inn Will Not Open This Summer

OLEAN, NY – The Hampton Inn and Suites being built at 1404 Buffalo St. will not open this summer because of construction restrictions in place for the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrew Cuomo's March 7 executive order stated all nonessential construction sites must safely shut down, and that halted the construction of the hotel being developed by Hart Hotels of Buffalo and Krog ...

DOH Disburses Grant Expanding Greater Olean Area's COVID-19 Testing Capacity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will disburse $1,031,061 in grants to expand coronavirus testing in the 23rd Congressional district, which includes the Greater Olean area.

The Southern Tier Community Health Network in Olean will receive $252,604, the Chautauqua Center in Jamestown will receive $246,229, and Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care in Penn Yan will receive ...

58 Million Americans Are Spending More Money During Pandemic: Coronavirus Shopping Survey:

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way the world shops, perhaps forever in some respects. Consumers are spending more money even while social distancing, according to personal finance website WalletHub’s new Coronavirus Shopping Survey.

During social distancing, about 58 million Americans are spending more than normal, which is a cause for concern, considering the dire ...

Better Business Bureau Officials to Speak at Olean Chamber's Virtual 'Lunch and Learn'

OLEAN, NY — Lauren Kirchmyer and Melanie McGovern of the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York will speak about finding trustworthy businesses, brands and charities during the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s virtual “Lunch and Learn” event on Tuesday at noon.

“BBB will show you how they evaluate charities against 20 standards of ...

Olean Community-Wide Garage Sale Could Be on June 20

OLEAN, NY — The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is moving its Community-Wide Garage Sale from the end of May to June 20 and is encouraging signups be completed after May 15, after it confirms with the Cattaraugus County Health Department that the event can proceed.

“Our office has the utmost concern to our members, our vendors, any event attendees ...

Cuba Chamber Of Commerce Cancels 2020 Dairy Days

CUBA, NY — The Chamber of Commerce has canceled 2020 Dairy Days because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a post on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page: "Some restrictions may be lifted by then, but this event would happen very early in the timeline of opening up businesses and communities. Our wish is to keep everyone in our wonderful community and our visitors ...

Most Customers Wear Masks Inside Greater Olean Area Businesses

Rachel Askey does not dispute the need to cover mouths and noses during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s impossible to be in any store or shopping situation and not be within six feet of people, especially for cashiers,” the owner of Askey’s General Supply Company in Olean said. “So it is really important for both customers and employees to be wearing ...

Virtual Workshop Addresses Legal and Financial Planning for Persons With Dementia

The Center for Elder Law & Justice and the Alzheimer's Association have partnered to present two sessions of a virtual workshop titled "Legal and Financial Planning for Dementia."

Attorney Jesslyn Holbrook will discuss New York’s laws and practices, as well as the new state budget and how it may impact Medicaid.

Sessions are May 6 from 8 to ...

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Employers Can Grant Paid Leave for COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers can grant paid leave for an employee to take care of their health needs related to COVID-19 or to care for their family members. This relief helps ensure employees are not forced to choose between being paid or staying home to care for themselves, a child or other family member.

In addition to the relief for employees, businesses can ...

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A Difficult End to Senior Year Does Not Compare to the Memories Made

When the unexpected happens, we sometimes do not know how to react. We immediately think of the effect the present will have on the future. 

When news on the coronavirus started to get serious back in March, I found myself thinking this way as I knew a lot of uncertainty lay ahead. 
 
Your senior year of college is a special time, one where you are supposed to be soaking in ...

Coronavirus and Life Without Sports: How It Boosts Fandom

The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought almost all sports to a halt. This was certainly the right decision because the health of our citizens should be put first. This unusual time has left me and many other sports fans with a feeling of emptiness, trying to take in everything that is going on.

Multiple professional athletes have tested positive for COVID-19. More than a dozen NBA players, ...

For Cashiers, COVID-19 Means a Change in Routine

CUBA, NY – I’ve worked at the Giant Food Mart of Cuba as a cashier for about three years, since my junior year of high school. 

When I reported for work on Friday at 4 p.m., the normal clamor of rustling paper bags, chattering customers and employees and squeaking grocery carts’ wheels greeted me. 

But I would soon face a situation I’d never seen ...

Employers Can Grant Paid Leave for COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers can grant paid leave for an employee to take care of their health needs related to COVID-19 or to care for their family members. This relief helps ensure employees are not forced to choose between being paid or staying home to care for themselves, a child or other family member.

In addition to the relief for employees, businesses can ...

COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Application Process Will Reopen Monday

Grant applications for the second round of funding from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Cattaraugus County will be available beginning Monday.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation and the United Way of Cattaraugus County together worked to establish the COVID-19 Response Fund for Cattaraugus County, which provided $27,000 in its initial round of grants to ...

IRS.gov Helps Taxpayers Get Tax Information They Need; Find Tools for Filing, Paying, Checking Accounts and Answering Questions

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers today about several online tools available to help them get the tax information they need as the IRS has limited operations due to the coronavirus.  

More taxpayers are using IRS.gov than ever before; as of May 8, the agency’s website had been visited a record 1 billion times, up 141% compared to the same time last ...