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Niagara Area Foundation awards more than $50,000 in grants for county residents
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:40 pm
The Niagara Area Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $50,000 were awarded to nine Niagara County nonprofit organizations in 2013.
University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions awarded $2.7 million to help improve alcohol treatment strategies
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:40 pm
Making alcohol treatment more efficient and effective is the long-term goal of a $2.7 million grant to the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions.
National Grid increases incentive for customers to recycle refrigerators, freezers
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:35 pm
The ubiquitous garage or basement refrigerator that chilled many a summer beverage. The old freezer full of icy bricks of who-knows-what dating back to who-knows-when? They probably seemed like a good idea at one time, but now they pose a substantial burden to your electric bill.
Congressman Collins announces 2014 specialty crop block grant program
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:35 pm
Congressman Chris Collins has announced the availability of approximately $1.4 million in grant funding to support specialty crop programs in New York. The funding is a part of the farm bill passed by Congress earlier this year.
Historic Riviera Theatre marquee restoration and improvement project underway
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:35 pm
The Historic Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center in North Tonawanda continues its historic marquee restoration and improvement project with the much-anticipated installation of the historic and iconic 1947 marquee on Tuesday, April 22. Installation is scheduled to be completed Friday (weather permitting).

Under the direction of general contractor Peyton Barlow Co., the Wagner Electric Sign Company of Elyria, Ohio, completed restoration and improvements of the historic marquee by removing it from the building at the end of October and transporting it to its factory.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center honored with quality achievement award for stroke care
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:30 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.
Mount St. Mary's receives Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for stroke care
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:30 pm
Mount St. Mary's Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Mount St. Mary's commitment and success in implementing care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
Isaiah 61 Project opening temporary ReClaim Store
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:30 pm
The Isaiah 61 Project is opening the ReClaim Store Friday, May 2, at 2411 Hyde Park Blvd. (Harpor Plaza), Niagara Falls. It invites the public to the store's first day of operation.
Ceretto: New York corporate tax climate rises to fourth in country
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:30 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, is applauding the Tax Foundation for its recognition of New York's positive tax reforms in the new state budget.
Shop for Easter at The Natural Link
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 08:45 am
Brian and Cathy Martin, new owners of The Natural Link, pose with a selection of hams they're selling just in time for Easter. Stop in and see them at their store, located at the corner of Center Street and Portage Road, just around the corner from Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard.
Extreme winter leads to increased demand at Community Missions
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:05 am
During a winter season with record snowfalls, demand rose considerably in the crisis and community services division at Community Missions, located in downtown Niagara Falls.

The organization saw a 24 percent increase in demand for its crisis housing, including a sobering 156 percent increase in nights of shelter given to children during the first three months of 2014, as compared to the first quarter of 2013. CMI provided 3,091 nights of shelter within its crisis housing programs during the first quarter of 2014, compared to 2,502 over the same time period in 2013. When considering those under the age of 12, the Mission provided a total of 420 nights of shelter during the first three months of 2014, compared to just 164 in 2013.

The increased demand for nights of shelter to children has been a yearlong trend.

Ceretto continues conversation on bringing Buffalo Bills to Niagara Falls
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:05 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto is initiating talks to seek support for two new economic development initiatives to boost the Niagara Falls tourist economy. First, Ceretto is exploring the possibility of building the new Buffalo Bills stadium in Niagara Falls. A recent report about the stadium task force named Niagara Falls as a possible site. In addition, he is looking to bring Nik Wallenda back to the area.

"Bringing the Bills to Niagara Falls would be a major victory for our community. It would give our local tourism economy a big shot in the arm and create jobs for Western New York families," Ceretto said.

2014 Arbor Day tree sale fundraiser and BBQ
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:00 am
In honor of Arbor Day, the International Association of Administrative Professionals is hosting its first tree sale fundraiser, featuring a variety of shrubs and trees supplied by Schichtel's Nursery Oregon.
Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee awards $1.7 million of NYPA funds to local waterfront projects
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:00 am
The Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee approved more than $1.7 million in funding recently for five projects to improve the waterfront along the Niagara River Greenway.

The following entities proposed projects that were awarded funding: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy, Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, Cazenovia Community Boating Center and the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council. The funding is from the New York Power Authority and was made possible as a result of the federal relicensing of NYPA's Niagara Power Project in 2007.

15th annual golf raffle fundraiser to benefit people with developmental disabilities
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:00 am
The Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation's 15th annual golf raffle is taking place Sunday, April 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. The event offers golf enthusiasts the chance to win more than $20,000 in men's and women's golf-related equipment and trips.
Niagara University poster garners Silver Award in national competition
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:00 am
A Niagara University recruitment poster earned a Silver Award as part of the 29th annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report.

The poster, bearing the university's trademark "Education That Makes a Difference" tagline, was designed by TWG Plus.

Lewiston: Big Guys Pizzeria and More moving in next to Hibbard's
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 12:50 pm
Speaking of his new restaurant, chef Michael Clark promises, "We're not going to be your everyday pizzeria."

Business partners Clark, of Niagara Falls, and Lewiston's Tony Vescio plan to open Big Guys Pizzeria and More early next month in the addition next to Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard on Portage Road. The eatery's name comes from its signature pie, a 28-inch pizza affectionately called "The Big Guy."

CASE celebrates 25 years at Caring and the Caregiver Conference
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 09:45 am
The Coalition of Agencies in Service to the Elderly will hold its 25th annual Spring Professional Networking Conference, "Caring and the Caregiver," on Wednesday, May 14, at 9 a.m.
Old Fort Niagara honors first responders and veterans with May programs
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 09:45 am
Old Fort Niagara will honor first responders and veterans with two separate programs during May. On May 4, OFN will offer free family admission to all firefighters, ambulance and law enforcement personnel. May 4 is International Firefighters Day, and the fort will admit first responders and their families free of charge from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Catholic Charities holds Harley-Davidson raffle
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 09:30 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo will give away a generously donated 1999 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King motorcycle. Only 200 tickets will be sold at $100 each and the drawing will be held at noon May 9 at Catholic Charities Montante Administrative Center.
Authentic family recipes offer unparalleled freshness along Greater Niagara's 'Chocolate Trail'
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 07:00 am
Looking for the freshest candies this Easter and upcoming Mother's Day? Steer clear of the drug store and hop on the Greater Niagara Region's delicious "Chocolate Trail," which features outstanding confections made the old-fashioned way by local chocolatiers and sweet shops.
Five Niagara University students participating in Major League Baseball Diversity Business Summit
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 03:20 pm
Five Niagara University students are currently attending the sold-out Major League Baseball Diversity Business Summit in New York City.
Horticulture program celebrates Earth Day 2014
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 12:25 pm
Earth Day will be celebrated Tuesday, April 22. In Niagara County, the event will be marked by a partnership between Opportunities Unlimited and two First Niagara bank branches.
Mount St. Mary's Neighborhood Health Center partners with Fidelis Care for infant immunization awareness
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 10:45 am
To encourage children and their parents to receive routine immunizations, Mount St. Mary's Neighborhood Health Center is partnering with Fidelis Care for National Infant Immunization Awareness Week.
Niagara University joining National Day of Action
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 09:30 am
The White House recently announced the first National Day of Action will take place April 30. "America's PrepareAthon!" is a nationwide, community-based campaign to build a more secure and resilient nation by getting more Americans to understand what disasters could happen in their communities and what to do to be safe and prepared.
NYPA: Celebrating Earth Day at Niagara Power Vista
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 07:00 am
The New York Power Authority encourages visitors of all ages to submit a sculpture for the sculpture contest, one of the featured events at its "Every Day is Earth Day" celebration, Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the admission-free Power Vista, the visitors center for NYPA's Niagara Power Project.
Higgins, Caruana present WWII vet Carlton Small with Bronze Star
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 04:40 pm
Seventy years after serving in World War II, U.S. Army veteran and Kenmore resident Carlton Small received the military medals he earned, including a Bronze Star, in a special presentation by Congressman Brian Higgins, Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana, and Village of Kenmore Deputy Mayor Tim McCarthy.
3 Doors Down added to Artpark 'Wednesdays' series
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 04:00 pm
3 Doors Down has announced summer tour plans, including a July 23 Artpark date in the Outdoor Amphitheater as part of the venue's "Coors Light Wednesdays" series.

Brad Arnold, Chris Henderson and the members of 3 Doors Down have assembled in a Nashville studio writing songs for their sixth studio album, to be released in 2015.

NYS Tax Department saves New Yorkers from footing the bill for $413 million in bad refunds
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 03:55 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced the results of its fraudulent refund prevention program. In 2013, 255,000 fraudulent and erroneous refunds totaling more than $413 million were stopped, and the department has identified $287 million in questionable refunds already this year.

The department uses a combination of sophisticated technology and highly trained staff to review every tax return and stop suspicious refunds before they're issued. The program is a model for other states, and was recognized this year with an Outstanding Technology Award by the Washington, D.C.-based Federation of Tax Administrators.

914th Airlift Wing celebrates month of military child
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 03:50 pm
The 914th Airlift Wing is honoring important members of military families across the state on Tuesday.
Niagara Falls Air Guard engineers helping to move massive radar to Australia
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 03:50 pm
Thirty-five members of the 107th Airlift Wing will spend three weeks in Australia this month helping the Air Force Space Command install a Space Surveillance Network radar there.
Canalside hosts meeting for potential food vendors
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 03:45 pm
Canalside will host a meeting for food vendors interested in participating in 2014 Canalside events. The event is slated for Thursday, April 17, at 3 p.m., at 95 Perry St., Buffalo. The meeting will be held inside the fifth floor conference room.
Grisanti to host free electronics recycling event at Orchard Park High School
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 03:45 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti has announced he will join Orchard Park Town Supervisor Patrick Keem and Time Warner Cable in hosting a free electronics recycling event Saturday, April 19, in the Town of Orchard Park. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orchard Park Senior High School, located at 4040 Baker Road.
Niagara County Auxiliary Police Academy graduates 9
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 03:45 pm
On Wednesday evening, April 9, eight men and one woman representing the Niagara County Auxiliary Police Department graduated from the Niagara County Auxiliary Police Academy.
Cat doesn't like road trips? Tips to help Fluffy enjoy the ride
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 03:45 pm
When it comes to pets, dogs travel with their humans the most often. In fact, they account for over 85 percent of pet travelers. This makes sense; most dogs are happy to go on adventures. They love car rides and can't wait to hop in and head out anywhere, whether it's down the street to the park or halfway across the country on an extended road trip.
NY Power Authority 2013 annual report highlights financial strength
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 03:45 pm
The New York Power Authority on Monday issued its 2013 annual report, combining a summary of the past year's accomplishments with updates on its sustainability activities in one comprehensive publication.

At the same time as the issuance of its annual report, NYPA also released an overview of its financial performance during the past three years, which can be viewed at http://www.nypa.gov/AR13/ar13-Financials.pdf. Both documents demonstrate how prudent management practices place NYPA in a strong financial position to implement its 2014-19 strategic vision, announced last month, and available at www.nypa.gov/PDFs/StraVis2014/.

First Niagara sponsors New York State Business Plan Competition
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 03:45 pm
The First Niagara Foundation is sponsoring the fifth annual New York Business Plan Competition. The event is hosted by The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University at Albany's School of Business, and Syracuse University, in partnership with SEFCU, SUNY, and collegiate partner institutions across the state.

The 2014 New York Business Plan Competition features regional competitions in New York's 10 Regional Economic Development Council zones that will lead up to a statewide final competition at CNSE's Albany Nanotech Complex on April 25.

Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy information session April 24
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy will hold an information session for interested individuals Thursday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Dunleavy Hall on the Niagara University campus.
Percy to present war of 1812 program in NT
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 07:00 am
The North Tonawanda History Museum will host Town of Tonawanda Historian John W. Percy as he presents a program on the War of 1812 in Western New York. The event begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Percy is an ex-officio trustee and advisory committee member of the History Museum.
Lineup announced for second annual BuffaLoveFest
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 07:00 am
The Buffalo Zoo has announced the lineup for its second annual BuffaLoveFest, an event featuring all things "Buffalo." The inaugural BuffaLoveFest in 2013 was so successful, zoo officials decided to make the event bigger and better in 2014.