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Village of Lewiston updates sign law
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:45 am
Say goodbye to the sandwich board.

At least for now.

Trustees in the Village of Lewiston voted Tuesday to amend a portion of the municipal law dealing with sign regulations. The most notable changes include prohibition of A-frame or "sandwich board" signs, and stronger language banning flashing electronic and neon lights.

Lewiston No. 1 Fire Co. banquet hall worth a look
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:30 am
With its North Sixth Street firehall renovations complete, Lewiston No. 1 Volunteer Fire Co. wants to get the word out that among the many improvements is a newly furbished banquet hall, complete with a choice of two top-notch caterers, that's available for use in the community.
NU Family Business Center hosts March breakfast forum
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:30 am
The Niagara University Family Business Center will hold its next breakfast forum Tuesday, March 4, at Giancarlo's (Tony Walker Plaza), 5110 Main St., Williamsville. The event begins at 7:30 a.m.
Apex Personal Fitness offers new training concept
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:30 am
If your new year's resolution to get up and get in shape got up and went back to the couch, Anthony Kukovica might have the answer.
Falls pastor honored at Black History celebration
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:25 am
It was standing-room-only Friday as Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center held its seventh annual Black History celebration luncheon and wellness fair.
Grisanti calls on Assembly to immediately pass Public Assistance Integrity Act
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:25 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, called on New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver late Friday to bring the Public Assistance Integrity Act to the floor for a vote immediately or risk losing $120 million in federal aid.
Waterfowl permits to be available for state parks
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:20 am
Permit distribution for the Canada goose hunting season, which runs from March 1-10 for Fort Niagara, Wilson Tuscarora and Golden Hill state parks, will be done by lottery. The lotteries for hunting during these times will be held Feb. 26 for hunting March 1-5, and March 5 for hunting March 6-10.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital receives chest pain center re-accreditation
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:10 am
Mount St. Mary's Hospital has received full accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as a "chest pain" center. Mount St. Mary's is the only hospital in Niagara County with this prestigious accreditation and one of only two in all of Western New York.
Awards bestowed, new program announced during NU's 24th annual Business Banquet
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:10 am
Niagara University's College of Business Administration presented awards to four area business leaders and alumni during its 24th annual Business Appreciation and Accounting Banquet, held Feb. 19 at the Conference Center Niagara Falls.
Cuomo announces $9 million in broadband grants to expand services across upstate New York
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:00 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday Empire State Development has approved more than $9 million in New York state broadband grants to support five projects that will expand access to broadband services for approximately 33,000 households, 4,500 businesses and 55 community anchor institutions across upstate New York, including in the Capital Region, Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, North Country and Mohawk Valley regions.
Ceretto circulates 'Kids Before Cons' petition against free tuition for convicts plan
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:00 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, who came out against the plan to give free college tuition to convicts this week, is now circulating a petition against the plan.
Välkommen till Lewiston
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:00 am
The Village of Lewiston welcomed two unique visitors last weekend: Christel Jönsson and Lennart Persson of Höganas, Sweden.
Just imagine
Fri, Feb 21st 2014 07:00 am
Colonial Village Elementary School held its annual Invention Convention earlier this month.
Oogie wants in on Military Road
Fri, Feb 21st 2014 07:00 am
Oogie Games, "Everything Video Games," believes business would be good on Military Road in the Town of Niagara.
Free. Fish. Fry. Want one?
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 06:25 pm
Niagara Frontier Publications is hosting its third annual "Your Favorite Fish Fry" contest. From Feb. 25 through April 19, an entry ballot will be included in our "Fishy Deals" special section and online at www.wnypapers.com. Use it to vote for the restaurants that serve delicious fish dishes.
Grisanti petition against college classes for prisoners surpasses 5,000 signatures
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 04:10 pm
New York State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, announced this afternoon that his petition in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to give free college to state prison inmates has reached 5,000 signatures.
IBHS' four steps for consumers to prevent roof damage caused by heavy snow and ice
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 02:20 pm
With winter storms coming almost continuously in some areas this season, heavy snow and ice strains roofs and puts one at risk of significant property damage.
Buffalo among TCM cities chosen for March 4 screening of 'Casablanca'
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 02:15 pm
Turner Classic Movies has unveiled the complete list of 20 cities that will be treated to a free theatrical screening of the classic "Casablanca" (1942) on Tuesday, March 4.
Counties call on state lawmakers to include all kids in universal pre-K program
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 02:15 pm
Counties yesterday called on state lawmakers to include all preschool children in any effort to expand universal pre kindergarten in New York state.
Congressman Collins seeks to block federal dollars for criminal college program
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 02:15 pm
Congressman Chris Collins will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of federal taxpayer dollars to provide a college education to convicted criminals. The pending legislation is in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announced plan to use taxpayer dollars to fund college degree programs for convicted criminals in New York state prisons.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons provides states with funding for educational and other programs at state prisons and correctional facilities. Collins' legislation would ban states from using the federal taxpayer dollars to fund college degree programs for convicted criminals.

PSC urges increased gas safety efforts
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 02:15 pm
The New York State Public Service Commission, as part of its continuing effort to improve natural gas safety, has directed gas utilities in New York to conduct a risk assessment of their distribution systems, focusing primarily on areas where third-party excavations might have occurred after the installation of gas pipes.
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York appoints three to board of directors
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 02:10 pm
At its Feb. 19 board of directors meeting, Arts Services Initiative of Western New York appointed three new directors.
Two new programs launched at NU
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 02:10 pm
Niagara University's College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences are partnering to offer a new dual-degree program designed to train the next generation of mental health practitioners.
NIMAC vice chair meets with top Air Force leaders at 2014 civic leaders conference in Washington
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 12:10 pm
Merrell Lane, vice chairman of the Niagara Military Affairs Council and a member of the Air Force chief of staff's civic leaders program, recently met with top leaders of the U.S. Air Force at the 2014 Air Force Civic Leader Program Conference in Washington, D.C.
Tully's Restaurants presents 'Special Thursdays' to benefit Special Olympics
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 12:05 pm
Tully's Good Times Restaurants in Amherst, Clarence and Cheektowaga have joined forces with the Special Olympics NY Western Region to raise money for the upcoming Special Olympics New York State Summer Games, taking place June 6-8.
UB to host 11th annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar March 17
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 12:00 pm
The University at Buffalo will host the 11th annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar for law enforcement and schools on Monday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts on the UB North Campus. The event is free, but registration is required.

This year's seminar - "The Role of Leadership in Making our Schools Safe" - will be led by retired U.S. Army Col. Danny R. McKnight, a distinguished and highly decorated veteran who served 28 1/2 years as a U.S. Army Ranger.

McKnight's presentation will highlight the unparalleled commitment and leadership required to be successful when executing operations in the most difficult and severe situations.

Ceretto joins Partnership for Smarter Schools to call for restoration of education funding
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 09:40 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, is calling for the restoration of the cuts to education funding from 2011 with the Partnership for Smarter Schools, a bipartisan alliance of parents, teachers and education professionals working to improve New York schools.
Niagara University students visit Albany to lobby for financial aid
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 12:50 pm
Advocating for student financial aid isn't easy. Just ask Matt Nadler and Kalene Faricellie.
Artpark announces Arctic Monkeys as a 'Coors Light Wednesday' concert
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 12:35 pm
Artpark & Company announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that English indie band Arctic Monkeys will perform June 18 as part of the "Coors Light Wednesdays" concert series in the Outdoor Amphitheater.
Tops Friendly Markets boosts support for Roswell Park as major 'Ride For Roswell' sponsor
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 11:10 am
Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, announced today the company is boosting its support for Roswell Park Cancer Institute in a big way this year by signing on as a "Big Wheel" sponsor for The Ride For Roswell 2014, which will be held Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28.

The new sponsorship significantly extends Tops' existing support for RCPI, best known through its annual Run/Walk for Roswell. The Tops Run/Walk is a family-friendly event held each August in Williamsville to raise funds through Roswell Park's Team Cure Challenge program. Over the past six years, the event has raised more than $625,000 with the support of Roswell Park, the local community, vendor partners and Tops associates.

Niagara County first in state to oppose Cuomo's college for criminals idea
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 11:00 am
Niagara County lawmakers were outraged Tuesday night at plans by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to give taxpayer-funded college degrees to hardened criminals doing time in New York's prisons - and became the first county in the state to go on the record opposing the prison perk.

In a rare show of bipartisan anger at the Democratic governor, county legislators unanimously passed a resolution that opposed Cuomo's college-for-criminals scheme and called on the New York State Legislature to block it. The resolution was sponsored by every single member of the County Legislature's Republican and Democratic caucuses.

Ceretto opposes free college for prisoners
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 07:00 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, came out in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to offer a free college education to prisoners.
A.G. Schneiderman issues consumer alert warning New Yorkers of a 'Microsoft' technical support scam
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 07:00 am
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued a warning to New Yorkers based on numerous complaints received by his office from consumers who have been contacted recently by scam artists posing as representatives of Microsoft or an organization allegedly affiliated with Microsoft, such as P.C. Solutions.
'Heart Smart' event to feature free health screenings
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:45 pm
Free health screenings will be the order of the day on Saturday, March 1, when Memorial Medical Center wraps up American Heart Month with "Heart Smart: A Free Wellness and Education Event."
Niagara Hospice Alliance introduces 'The Hospice Gran Fondo Bike Ride' featuring Niagara Wine Trail wineries
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:15 pm
If you are not familiar with a "gran fondo," you are not alone. A "gran fondo" is a type of bicycle ride that originated in Italy and is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. The name translates to "big ride" and is known as a "party on wheels," with scenic routes, open country roads, and fun pit stops to enjoy along the way.
Allstate offers tips from Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety to prevent winter roof problems and ice dams
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:15 pm
It's that time of year again. With a relentless winter season underway, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety is offering guidance on how homeowners can protect their property from winter weather-related damage. As always, know your limitations and seek a professional when necessary.
'Fostering Hope: A Gala for Every Child' foster care program at The Rapids Theatre
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
The Rapids Theatre will host "Fostering Hope: A Gala for Every Child," a foster care program, Saturday, March 1. Proceeds will go to Every Child to help children within the foster care systems in Erie and Niagara counties.
Grisanti launches petition against free college for prisoners
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
New York State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, announced Tuesday he has launched an online petition to gather public opposition to a recent proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to give taxpayer-subsidized college classes to inmates at 10 state prisons.

The petition, "Say 'NO' To Free College For Prisoners," went live Tuesday.

"I have received numerous phone calls, emails and Facebook messages related to this initiative, and the overwhelming percentage of them are negative," Grisanti said.

"I support rehabilitation and reduced recidivism, but not on the taxpayer's dime, when so many individuals and families in New York are struggling to meet the ever-rising costs of higher education," he added.

Catholic Academy to host basket auction fundraising event
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls will host its annual basket raffle Saturday, March 8, at the school, 1055 Military Road. Doors open at 10 a.m. Drawings for the baskets begin at 7 p.m.
Maziarz criticizes Cuomo's prison-to-college 'scheme'
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:05 pm
State Sen. George Maziarz released the following statement Tuesday:
 


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