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Q&A: St. Bonaventure University Reacts to Pandemic and Looks Ahead to New School Year

May 29, 2020

St. Bonaventure University intends to resume in-person classes in August and is taking steps to prepare for the upcoming academic year and cut costs, including furloughing 80 employees. Earlier this week, Tom Missel, chief communications officer at SBU, provided TAPinto Greater Olean with additional information on the university’s plans.

TAPinto Greater Olean: During his Town Hall ...

Tracy Mitrano Calls for Broadband for All in Follow-Up on Tuesday Talk

Tracy Mitrano sees a need for broadband for everyone now more than ever, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“In every crisis, there’s an opportunity,” Mitrano said. “Our opportunity is seeing the need for broadband.”

Mitrano, the Democratic challenger for the 23rd congressional district, which includes the Greater Olean area, added that areas in the ...

Olean Public Library Will Offer Curbside Lending Starting Monday

OLEAN, NY — The Olean Public Library will offer curbside lending of materials to patrons, beginning Monday. Additional curbside services include faxing, copying, printing and provision of tax forms. 

Curbside services will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., and ...

St. Bonaventure Will Furlough 80 Employees

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 ...

19th Amendment Book Club Will Meet by Phone May 28

ANGELICA, NY — The final discussion in the Votes for Women! 19th Amendment Book Club will be conducted through a free phone conferencing service Thursday at 6 p.m.

The title is "A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot" by Mary Walton. Rusty Tobin of Belmont will facilitate the discussion. Anyone wishing to join the ...

Olean City School District Names 2020 Wall of Fame Members

OLEAN, NY — The 2020 Olean City School District Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The inductees, listed below, will be honored with the 2021 inductees in June 2021. They are:

Michael L. Domboski, DMD, Olean High School 1968
William J. Gabler, Sr., J.D., Olean High School 1970
Steven L. Suib, PhD., Olean High ...

Archbishop Walsh Schedules June 4 Outdoor Graduation Event

OLEAN, NY — Archbishop Walsh Academy will honor its 2020 graduating senior class on June 4 in an abbreviated outdoor ceremony that has participants and attendees observing social distancing protocols. 

Remarks and other elements of the ceremony will be delivered starting at 6 p.m. from the school’s front lawn via an outdoor PA system. Families and ...

Borrello Offers Virtual Tours of State Capital

Sen. George Borrello is offering virtual tours of the New York State Capitol.

“Visiting the capitol is truly an unforgettable experience,” Borrello said. “While it is currently closed to visitors because of the pandemic, this fully narrated virtual tour offers students and people of all ages the opportunity to explore some of the capitol’s most historic spaces ...

Congressional Art Competition Entries Are Due Friday

Friday is the deadline for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition.

The annual competition is open to all high school students in the 23rd Congressional District, which includes the Greater Olean area and is represented by Rep. Tom Reed. Each high school in the district may submit one piece of artwork.

The winning student will have his or her original artwork displayed for one year in the ...

Reed Urges WNY Colleges to Follow Health Care System as Guide for Reopening

Colleges and universities should follow the model of hospitals and the overall health care system when reopening, Rep. Thomas Reed said Tuesday.

“We have coordinated with our hospitals and health networks across the district and across the Western New York region from Buffalo to Rochester to Jamestown to being in a pledge and a commitment to work together,” Reed told reporters ...

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Warming House Benefits From Olean Baker’s Generosity With Sales Through Noon, June 3

May 29, 2020

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — A passion for baking passed down from his mother has inspired an act of compassion from Louie Proto.

Accountant and financial planner by day, artisan baker in the pre-dawn morning, Proto has donated 100% of his bread sales since early April — almost $5,000 — to five organizations serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a way ...

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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 ...

Economic Impact Payments Being Sent by Prepaid Debit Cards Arrive in Plain Envelope; IRS.gov Answers Frequently Asked Questions

May 30, 2020

As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that some payments are being sent by prepaid debit card. The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” 

Nearly 4 million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check.

Correcting a Tax Return Will Soon Be Easier

The Internal Revenue Service  announced Thursday that later this summer taxpayers will for the first time be able to file their Form 1040-X, Amended U.S Individual Income Tax Return, electronically using available tax software products.

Making the 1040-X an electronically filed form has been a goal of the IRS for a number of years. It’s also been an ongoing request from the ...

Warming House Benefits From Olean Baker’s Generosity With Sales Through Noon, June 3

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — A passion for baking passed down from his mother has inspired an act of compassion from Louie Proto.

Accountant and financial planner by day, artisan baker in the pre-dawn morning, Proto has donated 100% of his bread sales since early April — almost $5,000 — to five organizations serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a way ...