Fashion Outlets expansion to open in October

Macerich, one of the nation's leading owners, operators and developers of major retail properties, announced this week that Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA will open the doors of its planned expansion on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Grand opening festivities will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, to Sunday, Nov. 9.

The new expansion in the Town of Niagara delivers nearly 175,000 square feet and will open with 35 new tenants, and more to come in 2015. The outlet center will grow to approximately 700,000 square feet and more than 200 top retail names, making Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA one of the largest outlet malls in the country.

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Virtuoso honored by Cristoforo Colombo Society

Sylvia Virtuoso, deputy supervisor/town clerk of the Town of Niagara, is among the honorees for the Cristoforo Colombo Society Annual Columbus Day Dinner Dance, according to Ernest Lucantonio, president.

The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Society Banquet Hall, 2223 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.

Virtuoso will receive the Columbian Award. Virtuoso, as a partner in Guido's Upholstering and Decorating Center, has been a member of the Cristoforo Colombo Society since 2009. She was chosen for the award due to her outstanding contributions to the society, the community and her Italian heritage.

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Kid-friendly Band-Aid drive underway to support RPCI

If Luke Gworek has his way, no kid will have to go home from the hospital with a sad-faced Band-Aid ever again.

Luke was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December. One day after administering chemotherapy injections, Luke's nurse apologized because the only kid-friendly Band-Aid she had left was one with a sad frowning face on it.

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NBC News/Marist poll: America shrugs off scandals plaguing NFL

According to an exclusive new NBC News/Marist poll, nearly 90 percent of Americans say the recent outcry about domestic violence in the NFL hasn't changed how much professional football they watch - and less than a third of the nation believes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should resign. 

The poll also finds a majority of Americans - including nearly six in 10 self-described football fans - say they disapprove of the way the NFL has handled the domestic-violence allegations.

Additional analysis from NBC News' Mark Murray is below.

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UB school supply drive sets record

The University at Buffalo community gets an A+ for generosity, donating more than 24,000 items in this year's school supply drive sponsored by the office of community relations. In all, 24,469 items were collected, making this year's drive the most successful one yet.

This year's drive doubled the number of items collected just two years ago and is nearly 10 times more than what was collected when the program began in 2009.

The haul included more than 3,000 notebooks, 9,500 sheets of loose-leaf paper and more than 600 pens and 1,700 pencils, among other items. 

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AAA: new partnerships, more savings with local auto repair facilities

AAA Western and Central New York has announced details of a renewed partnership with more than 80 auto repair facilities participating in the AAA Approved Auto Repair program. AAA's AAR program offers members a way to identify reliable repair shops they can trust.

Starting this month, local AAR locations will offer new and improved standard discounts and benefits to AAA members, including: a 10 percent discount on repair labor; a two-year/24,000-mile guarantee on parts and labor; a free multi-point inspection; preliminary diagnosis within one hour of tow arrival; and member-preferred pricing on select maintenance services.

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Quick Takes

Poll results: Lewiston residents overwhelmingly support keeping Lewiston Police Department

New electric vehicle charging stations at Niagara Falls International Airport

DOT announces travel restrictions on I-190 at Buffalo Avenue

NU Family Business Center kicks off 12th year

NC Sheriff's Office sets coffee get-together

ECC awarded $5.75 million


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NFP is offering readers the opportunity to honor loved ones by placing either a tribute ad for survivors or a memorial ad that will run in the Island Dispatch, Niagara Wheatfield Tribune and Lewiston-Porter Sentinel.

Click here to download a PDF.

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