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UB launches major research effort to address 'most important environmental issues of our time'
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 11:00 pm
The University at Buffalo has announced the launch of "Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water," an ambitious, university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute that will focus on the most difficult and complex environmental issues, as well as the social and economic issues with which they are intertwined.
Higgins: 'Social security violating own rules on Amherst closing'
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 11:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, said the Social Security Administration is violating its own rules by failing to adhere to the 90-day notification standard included in the agency's field office consolidation manual.
Lewiston Lions donate, install, award
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 05:05 pm
The Lewiston Community Lions recently entertained and donated to Wings Flights of Hope, a not-for-profit organization with more than 300 pilots donating free flights for medical patients, their families and U.S. troops.
Niagara County Clerk implements Simplifile e-recording service
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 02:15 pm
The clerk's office in Niagara County has officially launched a new electronic document recording service for customers, enabling them to record documents more quickly and cost-effectively.
2014 Olympic Winter Games begin tonight on NBC
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 01:30 pm
NBCUniversal's coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi begins tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC with men's and women's snowboard slopestyle and team figure skating, which are both debuting in the Olympics for the first time, as well as women's moguls.
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel ready to create a 'Stir'
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 01:30 pm
Nightlife in Western New York is about to get a lot more exciting.
Ceretto concerned about plan to divert trucks from Peace Bridge to Lewiston-Queenston Bridge
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 12:55 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, said he is deeply concerned about the revelations of a plan by the federal government to divert trucks going into Canada from the Peace Bridge in Buffalo to the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce names gala honorees
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 12:50 pm
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will honor 10 businesses and individuals at its annual Chamber Awards Gala Friday, May 16, at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston.
Higgins addresses importance of Great Lakes at DC Summit and on House Floor
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 08:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, a member of the bipartisan Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, discussed the importance of the Great Lakes from both an environmental and economic standpoint at a Washington, D.C., summit and on the House Floor.
Health Foundation for Western and Central New York awards grant to new 'Get Well/Stay Well' program
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 08:00 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been awarded a two-year, $156,000 grant by the Health Foundation for Central and Western New York to support "Get Well/Stay Well," an innovative program to serve Niagara County seniors.
Grisanti recognizes National Women and Girls in Sport Day
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 08:00 pm
New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti today recognized National Women and Girls in Sport Day, which marks the importance of sports participation in the lives of girls and women.
UPDATED: Lewiston Village Pub changing hands
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 01:35 pm
The popular Lewiston Village Pub and Restaurant will soon have a new owner or owners.

Ken Scibetta and Ed Webster, owners of the restaurant/bar, released this statement on Facebook:

Rebekah's Pathway opens in Lockport
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 01:20 pm
Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehabilitation & Health Care Center and Niagara Hospice held a grand opening for Rebekah's Pathway Feb. 4. Rebekah's Pathway is a new collaboration between Niagara Hospice and Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehabilitation & Health Care Center that provides the first and only dedicated hospice unit in eastern Niagara County.

"We have had a positive working relationship with Niagara Hospice for a number of years, and both organizations have a strong sense of pride and a desire to honor our similar values," said Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehabilitation & Health Care Center CEO/Administrator Eugene Urban.

Niagara County issues driving advisory motorists urged to avoid unnecessary travel
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 01:20 pm
Niagara County has issued a driving advisory resulting from extreme winter weather and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's declaration of a state of emergency, Legislature Vice Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster announced.
Cuomo announces launch of America's largest business plan competition
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the largest business competition in the U.S. Details for the Buffalo competition, as well as its new brand, 43North (, were revealed at a press conference at One Canalside, a newly rehabbed building overlooking the transformative new construction along Buffalo's waterfront.
Niagara County government suspends operations
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 12:45 pm
Niagara County has suspended non-emergency-related operations during the course of New York's declared state of emergency, Legislature Vice Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster and County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz announced in a conference call with agency directors.
CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco at all CVS/pharmacy locations
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 12:40 pm
CVS Caremark announced today it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the U.S. by Oct. 1, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step in support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers.

"Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," said Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark. "Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."

Maziarz: Independent Health will continue to cover Medicaid beneficiaries in Niagara County
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 12:30 pm
State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-Newfane, has announced Independent Health agreed to renew its contract with New York state to offer Medicaid Managed Care, known as MediSource, in Niagara County.
Niagara Catholic ready for Mardi Gras auction
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 11:35 am
Sean and Doreen O'Connor, chair couple for the 2014 Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School Mardi Gras Dinner and Auction, stop by to admire baskets and donations put together by Cindy Williams, Patti Rougeux, Jane Macri and Maureen Olson.
NTCC encourages visitors, residents to write 'Love Letters to Niagara USA'
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 09:20 am
"Love Letters to Niagara USA" is an anthology of reflections on places and people in Niagara County, by local residents or visitors to the region.
Niagara Falls Memorial, Heart Center of Niagara to 'Go Red for Women' on Friday
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 09:05 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and The Heart Center of Niagara will celebrate National Go Red for Women Day on Friday.
Memorial Medical Center to celebrate Black History with health fair, luncheon program
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 09:05 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will honor the contributions of African-Americans to U.S. and local history with a health fair and luncheon Friday, Feb. 21.
Higgins recognizes World Cancer Day on House Floor
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 09:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, took to the Floor of the House of Representatives to recognize Tuesday as World Cancer Day - a time to raise awareness about the impacts of cancer worldwide, and to come together to work toward a cure.
Grisanti pleased Senate passes Public Assistance Integrity Act
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 09:00 am
The New York State Senate passed the Public Assistance Integrity Act (S966) Tuesday. Sen. Mark Grisanti co-sponsored the legislation. This is the third consecutive time it has passed the State Senate.
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

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