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Village of Lewiston: Gibson wants to be a 'difference maker'
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 03:55 pm
Monday night, before family and friends, Daniel R. Gibson was sworn into office in the Village of Lewiston. Mayor Terry Collesano appointed Gibson, a Republican, to assume a portion of Democrat and former Trustee Dennis Brochey's term.
Sabres: Carolina at Buffalo game postponed
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 02:55 pm
Tonight's game between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes at First Niagara Center, NHL Game No. 647, has been postponed due to the hazardous weather conditions in the Buffalo area.
FASNY urges New Yorkers to be safe while heating their homes during winter blast
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 11:35 am
As freezing temperatures blanket the state this week, in what is being called a "Polar Vortex," the Firemen's Association of the State of New York is reminding New Yorkers to be safe while heating their residences.

Though the life-threatening cold can seem harmful enough, families, homeowners and renters need to be aware of how they are heating up their homes. A space heater or a fireplace could put your home more at risk, and must be used safely. In addition, New Yorkers are urged to make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are operating properly and have working batteries.

Allstate offers cold weather tips to protect your home
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 11:30 am
Arctic air is bringing record lows and hard freezes across much of the nation, including many areas not accustomed to the winter chill. But there are things you can do to protect your home and property during cold weather.
Feet first for fitness in 2014
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 11:20 am
If you are among the masses of well-meaning Americans joining a gym or vowing to make use of exercise equipment purchased in the past, it's important not to miss a step by evaluating your footwear and health.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital earns re-accreditation for echocardiography
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 11:00 am
Mount St. Mary's Hospital, has earned a re-accreditation in the area of echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
Grisanti: Bishop Malone to give invocation for opening day of legislative session
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:45 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti has announced the Most Rev. Richard Joseph Malone, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, will give the invocation for opening day of the New York State Senate's 2014 legislative session.
Niagara University accepting registrations for winter/spring 2014 continuing education courses
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:45 am
Niagara University's Office of Continuing Education is accepting registrations for its winter/spring 2014 schedule of courses. Credit-free classes and certificates are offered in person and online.
Higgins announces completion of phase I pre-inspection pilot project at U.S./Canada border
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced completion of the first phase of a pilot project to streamline traffic and the flow of goods across the border between the U.S. and Canada. Phase II will soon begin at the Peace Bridge.
Village of Hamburg food drive part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:45 am
On Monday, Jan. 20, The Western New York Regional Volunteer Center, in partnership with The Service Collaborative of Western New York Inc. and United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the Village of Hamburg and the Food Bank of Western New York. AmeriCorps members, students and community volunteers will mobilize to turn Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and teachings into community action.
Christmas 2013: Hard work, tough sledding
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:40 am
New York's retailers used deep discounts, extended hours, and heavy promotions to attract shoppers during the 2013 holiday shopping season, mustering an increase in sales volume of some 3-to-4 percent over a similar time period in 2012.

Merchants surveyed by the Retail Council gave the season an average letter grade of B-minus.

"It's hard work," said Retail Council President and CEO Jim Sherin. "The competition gets tougher year after year. Retailers of every size have to be quick on their feet to respond to consumer trends that shift at unprecedented pace."

National Grid prepared for snowstorm, frigid temperatures
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 11:30 pm
National Grid crews are prepared for a winter storm bearing down on the region tonight and into Wednesday.
Cuomo declares state of emergency as winter storm hits New York
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 11:30 pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency Monday as a major winter storm has moved from the Midwest into Western New York and the Tug Hill Plateau region of the state. The state of emergency covers the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Monroe, Oneida, Orleans, Oswego, Wayne and Wyoming.

These actions were taken due to a severe winter weather event that is forecast to include 36 inches of snow, lake effect snows in some areas up to four inches per hour, wind gusts up to 40 mph, and wind chill temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero.

Sonic bringing eight new drive-ins to Buffalo market
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 04:50 pm
Starting the new year with additional unit growth, Sonic Drive-In has announced expansion plans in the state of New York with a franchise agreement bringing eight new drive-ins to Buffalo within the next six years. The nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants has reached an agreement with Kevin DiPirro to develop these locations, with the first planned to open in the spring of 2015. The eight drive-in locations will extend throughout Niagara and Erie counties.
Maziarz comments on Cuomo plan
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 04:45 pm
State Sen. George Maziarz, chairman of the New York State Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, issued the following statement Monday:
Gov. Cuomo announces plan to provide more than $2 billion in tax relief to New York's families and businesses
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 04:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced details of a more than $2 billion tax relief proposal designed to increase economic opportunity and attract and grow businesses across the state. He said today's proposals are the next major step in New York's continued transformation to a more affordable state for businesses and families.

"Over the past three years, we have made unprecedented progress toward curbing the rise of taxes and government spending in New York, transforming a state budget with a $10 billion deficit to a $2 billion surplus," Cuomo said.

Documentary looks into Robert Redford's 'The Natural,' which celebrates its 30th anniversary
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 12:05 pm
Producer and director Bill Cowell has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to fund post-production efforts for his documentary, "The Natural: The Best There Ever Was." The film, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the beloved baseball movie "The Natural," features exclusive interviews.
Kenmore Huntington Learning Center rolls out new Common Core State Standards
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 11:50 am
As schools commence the second half of the year, parents and students are continuing to acclimate to the changes taking place as a result of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The Huntington Learning Center of Kenmore is making adjustments of its own, said Sara Young, center director.
Alert: Education summit postponed due to inclement weather
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 11:50 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto has announced the education summit scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Niagara County Community College is postponed due to inclement weather. The summit will be rescheduled for a later date.
Grisanti to host human trafficking awareness event
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 11:50 am
New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti and the SUNY Buffalo Domestic Violence Taskforce invite readers to join an afternoon of remembrance on International Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Saturday, Jan. 11, starting at 2 p.m.
Project Runway to offer free training
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 11:50 am
Northpointe Council Inc. will conduct a training seminar titled "Substance Abuse: Screening, Detection and Referral" from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St.
300th robotic surgery performed at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 11:50 am
Surgical staff members at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center recently celebrated the successful completion of the hospital's 300th robotic surgical procedure by "SAL" the Surgical Robot. Dr. Venkat Kolli, the medical center's chief of surgery, performed the milestone operation.
Aquarium of Niagara pool down for routine painting
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 11:45 am
The California Sea Lions at the Aquarium of Niagara will take a break from showing off their skills beginning today and extending to Saturday, Jan. 18, so as to accommodate maintenance work.
Village of Lewiston: Collesano to appoint new trustee; talks Frontier House, Paladino plaza
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 04:00 pm
In 2014, the Village of Lewiston mayor intends to partner with Alan Hastings to rebuild the Frontier House, work with Bill Paladino on a new retail plaza, come up with a master plan for Academy Park, enliven the upper plateau, fix the drainage problems on Fourth Street, find new grants and keep the tax rate flat.
Ceretto to hold education summit
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 07:05 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, in conjunction with the Partnership for Smarter Schools, State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-I-Newfane, and the Niagara Region PTA, will hold an education summit Monday at 6 p.m., at Niagara County Community College to discuss Common Core's impact on New York schools.
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue to hold January volunteer meeting
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 07:00 am
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue will hold its monthly volunteer meeting this Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. The meeting is a gathering and the main discussion topic will be the upcoming second annual "Heart to Heart" fundraising event, to be held Feb. 8.
Tips: If you must go out during a snow or ice storm ...
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 07:00 am
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the greatest snowfall in 24 hours in the U.S. was in Silver Lake, Colo., on April 15-16, 1921 - 75.8 inches. While most of us won't experience that much snow, any significant snowfall or ice can create hazardous conditions.
Top 5 pet New Year's resolutions for 2014
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 07:00 am
The new year is upon us. It's time to reflect upon the past year and determine what we want to achieve, change or do better in 2014. This applies to all aspects of our lives - including our pets.
Protect the vulnerable in extreme cold
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:10 pm
At some point in the progression of Alzheimer's disease, most people with dementia will inexplicably leave familiar surroundings and potentially endanger themselves. Extremely cold temperatures can be deadly for vulnerable people who venture outdoors unprepared for the conditions, but there are steps that can be taken to lessen the danger for the person, and avoid anxiety for family members.
Stimulating brain cells stops binge drinking, animal study finds
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:10 pm
Researchers at the University at Buffalo have found a way to change alcohol drinking behavior in rodents, using the emerging technique of optogenetics, which uses light to stimulate neurons.
Winter storm: A.G. Schneiderman warns against price gouging of necessary goods and services
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:10 pm
In response to the statewide emergency declared by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in anticipation of Winter Storm Hercules, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued an open letter to vendors warning against price gouging, the inflation of the price of necessary goods and services. General Business Law prohibits such increase in costs of essential items like food, water, gas, generators, batteries and flashlights, and services like tree trimming/removal, emergency structure repairs, or snowplowing, during natural disasters or other events that disrupt the market.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital welcomes first baby of 2014
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:05 pm
The Center for Women at Mount St. Mary's Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2014 at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, with the arrival of Charles James Arthur Farrell. Charles is the son of Ellen Gromoll and Kevin Farrell of Niagara Falls.
Seneca Gaming Corp. lauded as one of Western New York's 'Most Admired Companies'
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:00 pm
Buffalo Business First, a leading weekly business news publication in Western New York, has chosen Seneca Gaming Corp. as one of the region's "Most Admired Companies" for 2013.
2014 NHL Winter Classic ties for best rating for regular-season game in 39 years
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:00 pm
The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC, in which the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout on New Year's Day, tied as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game in nearly four decades, became the second-most watched such game in 39 years, and is up nearly 20 percent in both household rating and viewership as compared to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic.
People in poor neighborhoods are twice as likely to have gambling problems, study finds
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:00 pm
The poorer the neighborhood, the higher the risk for problem gambling, according to a study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions.
Lighting up Town of Niagara
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 07:00 am
The Town of Niagara Beautification Committee has recognized outstanding efforts in Christmas decorating by town residents.
Niagara Falls Memorial greets first newborn of 2014
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 05:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center greeted its first baby of 2014 at 9:13 a.m. Jan. 2, when Linnea DuFour, left, of the Town of Niagara gave birth to a daughter, Nora Lin DuFour.
National Fuel reminds customers to stay safe in cold weather
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 05:50 pm
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. is advising customers to take particular care while Western New York is experiencing this extremely cold weather. Though temperatures have been colder than usual, the company is prepared to deliver the gas needed for customers to keep warm on these cold days.
Toys for Tots Program beneficiary of donation by Supermarket Liquors & Wines
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 04:00 pm
Chris Castellani, owner of Supermarket Liquors & Wines, and patrons of his store, located at 8438 Niagara Falls Blvd., made a major donation to the Toys for Tots Program just before the holidays.
 


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