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15 days until STAR registration deadline
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 05:30 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded homeowners to register for the Basic STAR property tax exemption by the Dec. 31 deadline.
Mega Millions jackpot soars to $636 million
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 05:20 pm
The jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions multistate drawing is now $636 million.
Schneiderman, coalition states: Clean Air Act mandates federal action to cut climate-change pollution from power plants
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 05:20 pm
In comments submitted Monday to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and a coalition of attorneys general from 11 other states and the District of Columbia argue that, in order to substantially reduce dangerous climate-change pollution from existing fossil-fuel power plants, the agency must both set strong emission limits and give states flexibility on how they choose to meet those limits.

The comments lay out the legal requirements for the EPA to take action against climate-change pollution under the federal Clean Air Act.

Lindsey Stirling to perform at Artpark
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 05:15 pm
Artpark has announced Lindsey Stirling will perform Thursday, June 12, inside the Mainstage Theater. Reserved seating tickets are now on sale. The concert is produced by Funtime Presents.

Tickets, $29 reserved seating plus $2 facility fee, are available through or the Artpark box office. Call to charge by phone at 888-223-6000. For more information, call: 716-754-4375 or visit

Niagara Now: Home for the holidays
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 04:25 pm
The holidays bring up a lot of strong feelings for people. For many of us, childhood memories are the most prevalent. The traditions, people and places that made it the most magical time of year when we were younger stick with us - and if we're lucky, they can be revisited.
DeVeaux Woods and Reservoir Park ice rinks are now open
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 11:25 am
The ice rinks at DeVeaux Woods and Reservoir Park are now officially open for public use.
Cuomo urged to sign firefighter protection law
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 09:55 am
When Niagara County lawmakers meet Tuesday, they will receive copies of a letter Legislator Michael A. Hill, R-Middleport, sent to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo late last week urging him to sign a bill to protect volunteer firefighters from being fired because of commitments to their communities.

If Cuomo fails to sign the bill into law by midnight Wednesday, it will die, despite widespread bipartisan support in the Senate and Assembly - as well as urgent lobbying by FASNY, the Firefighters Association of the State of New York.

AOH scholarship for Niagara Catholic
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 09:35 am
Applications for the Ancient Order of Hibernians annual scholarship for Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School are now available at NC. Applicants, who must be registered for the 2014-15 school year as an incoming freshman, will be asked to write a short essay.
'Helpful and Friendly' Daisy Troop visits Amberleigh
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 07:00 am
A group of Daisy Girl Scouts from Troop 30011, kindergarteners from Maple East Elementary School in Williamsville, showed just how "Helpful and Friendly" they could be when they taught the residents of Amberleigh Retirement Community how to make snowflake ornaments.
New York's Mega Millions jackpot now $586 million
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 04:30 pm
The jackpot for the Tuesday, Dec. 17, Mega Millions drawing now stands at a near-record $586 million (cash value $316.5 million). The $586 million jackpot is the second highest in the game's history.
A Christmas feast
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 03:25 pm
The Niagara Falls Teachers Local 801 dropped off its donation of 60 turkeys for distribution during Community Missions' Christmas program.
'Heroes of Niagara Awards Dinner' honored community members
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 02:30 pm
For their contributions to the Niagara County and Western New York communities, the Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation honored Gary Hall; Reeds/Jenss and the Zimmer family; Gary Strenkoski; and Lisa Tribunella (Inspiration Award).
Buffalo is serving as an incubator for the bus of the future
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 02:20 pm
A temporary building on the University at Buffalo's South Campus houses a humble-looking contraption that could serve as a spark for improving public transit everywhere: a full-scale replica of a 40-foot public bus, complete with a fare box, seats and wheelchair ramp.
Report says SEQR law needs streamlining
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 02:20 pm
New York's State Environmental Quality Review needs to be reformed to reduce costly delays in the process for approving development projects, according to a report released today by the Empire Center for Public Policy.
Houghton College rapidly expands its footprint in Buffalo
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 01:30 pm
This month, Houghton College has significantly increased its presence and viability as a major player for offering higher education in the Buffalo region.
NYSDEC: Partnerships now span the state to prevent the spread of invasive species
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 01:30 pm
Every area of the state now has a partnership working to combat invasive species at the local and regional level, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens announced today.
DEC announces a temporary blackout period for sporting license sales and game harvest reporting
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 01:30 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens today announced that, beginning Thursday, Dec. 26, the public will not be able to purchase hunting, fishing or trapping licenses, or secure a recreational marine fishing registration or report their harvested game.
Janice Cavaretta becomes first woman to receive Duffett Award
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 01:30 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced Janice Cavaretta was named as the 2013 recipient of the J. Michael Duffett Memorial Award, presented each year to the coach or administrator whose contributions to amateur hockey in Western New York "best exemplify the knowledge, teaching, love of the game and gentle humanity of Mike."
Western New York Regional Economic Development Council awarded $60.8 million for 81 projects
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 09:05 am
As part of round III of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Regional Council initiative, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council was awarded $60.8 million for 81 projects last week in Albany. The priority capital projects awarded funding include projects that support the region's 2011 strategic plan, "A Strategy for Prosperity." These projects focus on strategies that promote smart growth, workforce development and entrepreneurship. In total, $715.9 million was awarded throughout the state through round III of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
Empire State Development congratulates New York state film and television Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominees
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 09:00 am
Empire State Development congratulated the 13 New York-based productions that earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations last week. These nominees participate in the state's film tax credit program.
NU Theatre presents annual Short Play Festival
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 09:00 am
From Jan. 17-19, 2014, the Niagara University Theatre Department's annual Short Play Festival will make for a fascinating dose of theater - and a great entertainment bargain. Two cycles of 10-minute plays written by various playwrights will be presented over one weekend.
Grisanti announces 'Veteran of the Month' recognition to start in 2014
Sat, Dec 14th 2013 11:55 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, member of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee, announced today he is currently accepting nominations for a new program that will recognize a local military veteran each month during the 2014 calendar year.
Ease stress of holiday get-togethers for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers
Sat, Dec 14th 2013 07:00 am
Holiday visits can be very stressful for someone struggling with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association has some ideas for caregivers who are hosting celebrations and for those traveling with a loved one who has dementia that may ease the stress for everyone involved.
Tuscarora Heroes Monument to be unveiled at 'Flames Through Lewiston'
Sat, Dec 14th 2013 07:00 am
More than 150 volunteer re-enactors of all ages and from both sides of the border will recreate the War of 1812 British attack on Lewiston during Thursday's "Flames Through Lewiston" event, which will feature the unveiling of the much-awaited Tuscarora Heroes Monument.
Community, students to experience OFN's bicentennial of British attack
Sat, Dec 14th 2013 07:00 am
Mark your calendars for Thursday, Dec. 19, and help commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British attack on Old Fort Niagara and the Village of Youngstown.
Tour of Homes winner named
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 08:05 pm
Julie Muscato of Julie Muscato Interior Design and John Taylor of Pallister House Florists, both of Lockport, won Best in Show - The People's Choice Award at the Historical Association of Lewiston annual Tour of Homes this past weekend.
Iron Order Motorcycle Club donates to Eastern Niagara Hospital
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:55 pm
Members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club Lockport Chapter recently raised $1,225 to buy new equipment for Eastern Niagara Hospital's child and adolescent psychiatric services unit.
Sandy Hook anniversary a time to reinforce 'comprehensive prevention,' UB anti-bullying expert says
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:45 pm
The one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shootings is an opportunity to reaffirm the need for comprehensive prevention that goes beyond physical security, Amanda B. Nickerson, Ph.D., director of the University at Buffalo's Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, said.
New York's Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $425 million for tonight's drawing
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:45 pm
The New York Lottery today announced the jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions drawing has been increased to $425,000,000. The $25,000,000 jump from Tuesday's advertised jackpot is due to brisk sales across all 44 participating Mega Millions states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union supports Buffalo Humane with new holiday tradition
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:45 pm
Cornerstone CFCU employee Dan Martin had a great idea to celebrate the season and help a worthy cause. Martin suggested employees could help the community by donating $5 to wear jeans with an ugly Christmas sweater, and have the money go to a local charity.
Niagara Falls Memorial elects medical staff officers for 2014-15
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:40 pm
Komal Chandan, M.D., has been elected president of the medical staff at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He will take office in January and serve a two-year term.
Citizens Bank Foundation provides support for Community Missions' kitchen
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:40 pm
The community soup kitchen program at Community Missions recently received a $4,000 check from the Citizens Bank Foundation in support of its hunger relief efforts. The check was presented Thursday to Robyn L. Krueger, executive director of Community Missions, by Citizens Bank Senior Vice President Stephen Scello.
HARBORCENTER announces team of the month contest
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:40 pm
HARBORCENTER Vice President and Director of Hockey Nik Fattey today announced the details of the HARBORCENTER team of the month contest.
Sabres to sell autographed holiday ornaments for charity
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:40 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced they will again provide fans a chance to do some holiday shopping while supporting the Buffalo Sabres Foundation with the return of their annual autographed ornament surprise.
Empire State Development announces Innovation Hot Spot awardees
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:30 pm
Empire State Development announced Thursday that, through Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council initiative, the first five regions across New York state were awarded funding to launch Innovation Hot Spot programs.
Time to Dance: Enjoy dance, basket auction
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:00 am
Time to Dance in Town of Niagara will hold its annual holiday performance at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Niagara Falls High School.
Ho, ho, ho on Washington Street
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:00 am
Santa is coming to the front of the DePlato house at 2430 Washington St., Bergholz, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21.
Behind the Badge: Stay safe this holiday season
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:00 am
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season in full swing, please consider taking the following precautions to help alleviate the possibility of becoming a victim while you are out shopping for that special gift:
Ceretto rolls out Western New York tax relief plan
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 04:05 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, today rolled out his plan to deliver significant tax relief to Western New York families during the upcoming legislative session.
Riviera Theatre presents 'The Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Tour' with Neil Sedaka, Lesley Gore, Frankie Avalon
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 04:05 pm
The Historic Riviera Theatre presents "The Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Tour" starring Neil Sedaka, Lesley Gore and Frankie Avalon on Friday, April 11, 2014, at 8 p.m.

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