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Higgins introduces Social Security Administration Accountability Act
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 09:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, spoke from the House Floor Tuesday to introduce the Social Security Administration Accountability Act - legislation that would require the Social Security Administration provide adequate justification before closing any field offices.
New York State Senate passes Public Assistance Integrity Act
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 08:00 am
State Sen. George Maziarz has announced the Public Assistance Integrity Act (S.966) was approved Tuesday in the State Senate by a margin of 53-4.
Ceretto, Maziarz join NFTA to call for fair transportation funding
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 01:50 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto and State Sen. George Maziarz, both Republicans, joined the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority at the Capitol Monday to highlight what the called an unfair distribution of transportation funding in the executive budget.
Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board recommends $245,570 in funding for projects in WNY
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 01:25 pm
The Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board announced Monday it has recommended $245,570 in funding to two Western New York enterprises: Living Green Insulation on Buffalo's east side, and Eden Valley Growers in Eden. In total, the latest projects recommended for funding awards are expected to create 35 jobs and result in investments by project applicants of $1.29 million.

The recommendations will be considered by the New York Power Authority board of trustees at its Feb. 25 board meeting.

NIMAC recognizes graduates of 2013 Niagara Commanders program
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 01:25 pm
The Niagara Military Affairs Council recently recognized nine regional leaders for successful completion of the organization's Niagara Commanders program.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital recognizes employee of the quarter
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 01:25 pm
Virginia Wolbert, director of the Mount St. Mary's Child Care Center since it opened in 1987, was recently named the employee of the quarter.
Open your heart and home to a Fresh Air Fund child
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 12:35 pm
Each summer, more than 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states - from Virginia to Maine and Canada - through The Fresh Air Fund's volunteer host family program.
Village of Lewiston puts kibosh on food trucks
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 07:00 am
Food truck owners will have to park their mobile eateries someplace else.

After receiving feedback from local business owners opposed to food trucks, trustees let it be known they will not allow such an operation in the village.

"I think our minds are pretty much made up," Mayor Terry Collesano told members of the River Region Chamber of Commerce prior to the trustees' monthly work session Monday.

Grisanti-sponsored legislation supported by American Heart Association
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 04:10 pm
The American Heart Association today applauded New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti for introducing legislation that holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers in New York: the CPR in School bill.
Higgins wants answers on Tonawanda Coke explosion
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 04:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is writing to United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration calling on the federal agencies to investigate a recent incident at the Tonawanda Coke plant.
Schneiderman applauds success of New York's program to prevent prescription drug abuse
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 04:05 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today applauded the release of new data highlighting the successful implementation of the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP).
'Hard Rock Rising' gives Western New York bands the chance to perform in Rome
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 01:55 pm
Hard Rock Café, Niagara Falls, USA, is on the search for local rock stars to take the stage in the heart of the Roman Empire with "Hard Rock Rising," the world's largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition.
Niagara Hospice bouquet sale seeks walk-up locations
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 01:20 pm
Staff and volunteers from the Niagara Hospice Alliance are gearing up for the 2014 spring bouquet sale, which runs March 3-9, with pre-sale bouquets being ordered now and throughout the month of February.
Ken-Ton YMCA offers preschool programming
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 01:10 pm
The Ken-Ton YMCA is offering programming for preschoolers during February break (Feb. 17-21). Staffers will keep children engaged in fun and engaging classes, such as "Little Chef's," "Crafty Critters," "Messy Play," "Princess Power" and "Ahoy Mate's."
EITC Awareness Day: IRS kicks-off tax season alerting low- and moderate-income workers of tax benefit
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 01:10 pm
As the Internal Revenue Service starts processing returns, it joins partners nationwide in launching the Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day outreach campaign to ensure millions of low- and moderate-income workers get the credit they deserve (and get it right).

Local officials and community organizations across the country are holding news conferences and outreach events highlighting the benefits of this key work incentive for individuals and families who earned $51,567 or less last year. An estimated four out of five eligible workers and families get the credit, but millions miss it annually either because they don't claim it when filing, or don't file a tax return at all.

'Kohl's Cares' scholarship program now accepting nominations for outstanding young volunteers
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 01:10 pm
The Kohl's Department Stores "Kohl's Cares" scholarship program will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes this year to more than 2,300 young volunteers who have made a positive impact in their communities. Nominations for kids ages 6 to 18 will be accepted through March 14 at kohlskids.com.
UB School of Management students offer free tax preparation services
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 01:10 pm
IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management will again provide free tax preparation services to individuals and families with annual incomes below $51,000.
John Senall elected chairman of Public Relations Society of America's Northeast District Volunteer Leadership Council
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 12:20 pm
John C. Senall, principal and founder of Mobile First Media LLC, a digital strategy and mobile/Web communications and marketing provider, was elected chairman of the Public Relations Society of America's Northeast District Volunteer Leadership Council for 2014.
Collaborations highlight Buffalo Philharmonic's 2014-15 season
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 12:20 pm
BPO to welcome Renée Fleming, Leon Botstein, Matthew Morrison, Ben Vereen; Beethoven and Rachmaninoff showcases, collaborations with the Irish Classical Theater Company and the University at Buffalo, and the energy of Broadway and The Cotton Club are just a few aspects of the BPO's season.
Russell Wilson of Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks to visit 'Late Show with David Letterman'
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 12:20 pm
Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Super Bowl XLVIII-winning Seattle Seahawks, talks about helping his team win its first championship title when he visits the "Late Show with David Letterman, tonight (11:35 p.m.) on the CBS Television Network.
NBCUniversal surrounds 2014 Olympic Winter Games with unprecedented promotion, expanded editorial coverage
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 12:00 pm
NBCUniversal will surround the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, with the most extensive multi-platform coverage and promotion in Winter Games history. The 2014 Olympic Winter Games are an "NBCUniversal Gold Symphony" initiative, which leverages the company's promotional resources to drive awareness to key events.
Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara seeks board and committee members
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 09:30 am
Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, Niagara County's largest not-for-profit agency providing programs and services to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families, seeks nominations for individuals to serve on its board of directors and standing committees.
$1.5 billion state aid increase needed to maintain education programs
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 12:00 pm
The New York state Educational Conference Board reports aid to education would need to rise by a minimum of $1.5 billion in 2014-15 for schools to maintain current education programs.
New Niagara University professor, 13 students head downstate to work Super Bowl
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 11:55 am
An avid sports fan, professor Jimmy Smith, Ph.D., was ecstatic last fall when the dean of Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management asked if he would chaperone its annual experiential learning trip to the Super Bowl.
Niagara County Republicans endorse slate for 2014
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 11:50 am
Niagara County Republicans backed a slate of candidates for state, federal and local offices Thursday night at the Wheatfield Community Center, lining up behind experienced incumbents seeking re-election to a host of offices.
Village of Lewiston: Paladino lays out plaza plan
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 09:00 am
William Paladino met with the Village of Lewiston Planning Board Wednesday to update members on the status of his development plan. The Ellicott Development CEO intends to create a U-shaped plaza with three main units: 1) two restaurants (one fast food) and a retail store; 2) a two-story retail/bank/commercial building; and 3) a drug store. He may build condos on the lot's west end, too.

"It's taken us long to get to this point, because every time we move or tweak anything, it has to go back to the engineers and they've got to redo everything because of the site grades and slopes and things of that nature," Paladino said.

Ransomville country breakfast
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 07:00 am
The Ransomville United Methodist Church, 2573 Youngstown Lockport Road, is hosting a country breakfast Saturday, Feb. 22. The breakfast includes scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, fruit, pancakes, homemade baked goods, juice and coffee.
NU Family Business Center honors NFP publisher Mazenauer
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 07:00 am
Niagara Frontier Publications Publisher Skip Mazenauer was presented the Niagara University Family Business Center Vision Award on Jan. 29. The award recognizes businesspeople who are successful, lead a family- or privately owned Western New York business, are committed to benefiting the community, and who have created something when others did not foresee an opportunity.
Ransomville country breakfast
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 07:00 am
Ransomville United Methodist Church, 2573 Youngstown Lockport Road will host a country breakfast Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Lewiston retailers not in favor of food trucks
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 07:00 am
Members of the Village of Lewiston's retail district met with Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce leaders Wednesday. They spoke out against the idea of permitting food trucks to operate on Center Street.

"One of my problems that I have is that, when you cultivate something and you build this great harvest, and somebody just wants to come in and pick the fruit and leave," Water Street Landing proprietor Jon DiBernardo said. "It's kind of a dangerous precedent."

He suggested food trucks have an unfair advantage over brick-and-mortar eateries.

'Doctors with a Heart Day' returns
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 06:55 am
On Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dr. Glenda R. Rose and Dr. Thomas G. Barba of Rose Chiropractic P.C. in Lewiston will sponsor the 24th annual "Doctors with a Heart Day" for their patients.
Community Missions' to host annual 'Sweetheart Dinner'
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 08:50 pm
Community Missions Inc. will hold its 17th annual "Sweetheart Dinner" on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Sheraton at the Falls in Niagara Falls.
Lewiston Public Library February programs, events and activities
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 08:30 pm
The Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St., in the Village of Lewiston, announces the following for the month of February:
Relay For Life 2014 to 'Rock-Out Cancer'
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:25 pm
The 2014 Grand Island Relay For Life will hold its kickoff event Feb. 5, and those who attend should go ready to rock.

Organizers of the GI Relay have adopted "Rock-Out Cancer" as the 2014 theme for the fund drive to support the American Cancer Society. The kickoff for 2014 will take place at Veronica Connor Middle School's cafeteria, 1100 Ransom Road, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.

At the kickoff, awards recognizing achievement from the 2013 Relay will be handed out as well.

Quasar looking at storage tank on Liberty Drive
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:25 pm
Quasar bounced back in the news this week at the Wheatfield Town Board meeting with an announcement that company officials will speak at a public information meeting Feb. 24.

The company wants to discuss with the board a site plan modification for an accessory storage tank for equate at the Quasar facility on Liberty Drive.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., prior to the regular Town Board meeting at Town Hall.

"It's an information meeting. It's nothing more than that," Town Supervisor Bob Cliffe emphasized. "The folks from Quasar will come and give us their ideas and talk about their design."

Higgins stands with residents, business, nonprofits impacted by proposed shutdown of Amherst Social Security office
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins stood with Western New York residents, businesses, and employees concerned the proposal to close the Social Security office in Amherst would have a serious impact on the population it serves.
Higgins signs on to legislation that would aid Bethlehem Steel claimants
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced he has cosponsored two bills that would aid former Bethlehem Steel employees, and families of former employees, in receiving the compensation they are due for health issues resulting from unknown exposure to toxins during their employment.
BBB warning: By hook or by crook, scammers strike cell phone, credit card accounts with unauthorized charges
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 06:45 pm
Better Business Bureau is warning consumers of new scammer tricks that could cost you money. Cell phone users and credit card holders beware of unauthorized charges appearing on monthly wireless or credit card statements.
President's Day program for children at Niagara History Center
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 06:15 pm
Children ages 7-12 are invited to celebrate Presidents' Day at the History Center of Niagara County from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17.
Niagara Falls Memorial dedicates The Niagara Wellness Connection Center
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 06:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center inaugurated a revolutionary new coordinated care program Thursday that will integrate behavioral health, primary care, wellness services, and community and social support services under one roof.

Named the Niagara Wellness Connection Center, the outpatient program will be housed in a newly constructed, $1.98 million facility on the sixth floor of Memorial's Schoellkopf Building (S-6). It will enhance accessibility, improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care by reducing emergency room visits and hospital admissions.

 


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