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Town of Niagara makes commitment to Belden Center
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 04:35 pm
It took some verbal wrangling, but by the end of the Town of Niagara meeting on Tuesday, the Town Board officially agreed to direct new funding toward a drainage and sewer project in Belden Center.
Higgins to introduce legislation to encourage US homeownership by Canadians
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 04:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, has prepared legislation that will ease the ability for Canadians to own a home and live in the U.S. while working in Canada. The bill is aimed at providing new economic opportunities for the Buffalo/Niagara region while giving Canadians affordable living options just over the border.

"From our automobile factories to sports franchises and vacation rental properties, to retail outlets, the economies of Western New York and Southern Ontario are already deeply connected," Higgins said. "This legislation only seeks to further advance the mutually beneficial and intertwined economies of our two friendly nations by welcoming Canadians as U.S. homeowners."

Cuomo announces energy efficiency projects at 10 SUNY campuses
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 04:00 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a partnership between the New York Power Authority and the State University of New York to undertake energy efficiency measures at 10 SUNY campuses that will save the university system $3.5 million each year and contribute to cleaner communities.
Irv Weinstein, Rick Azar and Tom Jolls among Buffalo History Museum's 'M&T Third Fridays Giants of Buffalo'
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 04:00 pm
The Buffalo History Museum has announced its second annual "Giants of Buffalo" discussion series featuring history-making individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in the fields of television and journalism.
Marty Biron joins HARBORCENTER Academy of Hockey staff
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 03:30 pm
HARBORCENTER VP and Director of the Academy of Hockey Kevyn Adams has announced Marty Biron has joined the Academy of Hockey coaching staff, and will serve as its director of goaltending.
Editorial: Hacking and ID theft: Are you next?
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 03:00 pm
At least 110 million consumers were affected by the hacking involving Target and Neiman Marcus retailers. Whether or not millions more will have their identities manipulated and finances ruined within the coming months due to more breaches of security at other stores is anyone's guess, says identity theft recovery expert Scott A. Merritt.
'Love on the Rocks' at Aquarium of Niagara
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 03:00 pm
They're not related to the colorful lovebirds of Africa, but the Aquarium of Niagara's Humboldt penguins could be called "lovebirds." So as Valentine's Day approaches, the nine penguins will be featured in a special program from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.
Niagara River Greenway Commission determines project consistency
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 02:40 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission has announced its vote on project consistency for the 37th round of projects submitted.
UB lectures introduce companies to START-UP NY
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 02:40 pm
The University at Buffalo will host a commercialization lecture series event Jan. 30 to introduce businesses and entrepreneurs to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's START-UP NY initiative, which creates tax-free zones for certain businesses in university communities.
YMCA Buffalo Niagara launches annual campaign
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 02:00 pm
YMCA Buffalo Niagara has launched its annual campaign on Jan. 22 to ensure that everyone in Western New York has access to community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Ceretto on executive budget: Let's get it done
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 08:20 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, commented on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget address, saying it's important to deliver on the promises made and pass a fourth consecutive on-time budget.
Artpark invites schools, artists, groups to create fairy houses
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 01:35 pm
Artpark & Company is seeking schools, Scout troops, regional artists, community groups and families to create fairy houses for display at Artpark's annual Fairy House Festival. The popular event returns to Artpark Sunday June 8.
HARBORCENTER: IMPACT Sports Performance will operate high-performance training facility
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 01:35 pm
HARBORCENTER President John R. Koelmel has announced IMPACT Sports Performance will operate HARBORCENTER's 5,000-square-foot, high-performance off-ice training facility.
Lewiston Council on the Arts receives grant funding
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 01:35 pm
The Lewiston Council on the Arts recently received notification of its award of decentralization grant funding in support of two projects.
Cuomo: This year's budget is more than numbers
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 10:50 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo delivered his 2014 executive budget address Tuesday, outlining a disciplined and innovative plan that allows for tax cuts that will create jobs, grow the economy and provide much-needed relief for struggling families.

"In the past, budgets in New York state have meant little more than out-of-control spending that catered to special interests and created a fiscally dilapidated and unhealthy New York. But over the last three years, with fiscal discipline and responsible policymaking, New York state has turned a $10 billion deficit into a $2 billion surplus and made the government work again," Cuomo said.

Cuomo deploys DFS mobile command center to West Seneca to help victims of recent flooding
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 10:50 am
Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo deployed the Department of Financial Services' mobile command center to West Seneca to help homeowners and businesses affected by recent flooding.
'Kohl's Cares' scholarship program nominations begin Jan. 31
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 10:50 am
The "Kohl's Cares" scholarship program is part of "Kohl's Cares," Kohl's philanthropic program focused on improving the lives of children. Since the program began in 2001, Kohl's has recognized more than 19,500 kids with more than $3.9 million in scholarships and prizes. To learn more about last year's winners, visit
Village of Lewiston tables food truck proposal
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 09:00 am
Trustees in the Village of Lewiston have asked The Great Foodini owner/operator Michael Attardo for more time before granting his facility contract to operate a food truck on Center Street.
Roswell Park recognizes 50th anniversary of U.S. surgeon general's report on smoking and health
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 03:45 pm
From its seminal studies in the first half of the 20th century linking tobacco use and cancer incidence to its latest findings on electronic cigarettes, Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been a major force in tobacco-control research.
Univera Healthcare funds programming at new Niagara Wellness Connection Center
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 03:45 pm
Univera Healthcare has committed $70,000 over the next three years to fund behavioral health programming at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's new Niagara Wellness Connection Center, set to open at the end of January.

"The Wellness Connection Center will be the first integrated service center of its kind in Western New York," said Sheila K. Kee, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center vice president and chief operating officer. "Under one roof, at a single location, people will be able to conveniently access primary care, behavioral health treatment, screening for drug or alcohol addiction, health and wellness education, fitness activities, community support services and financial and health insurance counseling."

Toast & Jam: Back by popular demand in Lewiston
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 03:10 pm
Get ready to lose those winter blues. Toast & Jam, now in its 15th year, begins Monday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., at The Brickyard Pub & B.B.Q, 432 Center St., Lewiston. This jazz-jammin', blues-rockin', poetry-reading coffeehouse event is back by popular demand and continues until March 24.
Riviera Theatre presents Family Film Series
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 03:00 pm
The Historic Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, presents its Family Film Series during the month of February.
Local restaurants embrace Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue's 'Heart to Heart' fundraiser
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 01:40 pm
The Western New York community continues to show support to homeless and abandoned animals. Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue reports an outpouring of support for the organization's second annual "Heart to Heart" fundraising event, "A Taste of The Niagara Region."
North Tonawanda: Ortt announces $99,995 U.S. Department of Homeland Security award
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 01:40 pm
City of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt has announced the city, in partnership with the City of Tonawanda, has been awarded $99,995 in federal funding under the FY2013 Tactical Team Grant Program. Funding for this initiative is provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's State Homeland Security Grant Program.
Higgins makes a case to Social Security Administration for keeping Amherst office open
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 01:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, wrote to the acting commissioner of Social Security, Carolyn Colvin, expressing his concerns with the proposed plans to close the Amherst Social Security office.
Higgins comments on start of Peace Bridge pre-inspection pilot
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 01:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, offered the following statement Tuesday:
Village of Lewiston to hear second food truck proposal
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 01:15 pm
A second food truck operator is interested in bringing mobile dining to the Village of Lewiston. Chef Michael Attardo, owner and operator of The Great Foodini, will present his plan to trustees at tonight's Village Board meeting.

In May, Lewiston's Christian Willmott pitched trustees The Black Market Food Truck, a mobile gourmet deli sandwich unit he drives in Buffalo. Board members were lukewarm to the idea, but didn't reject it.

Attardo, who is also a Lewiston native, and a Lewiston-Porter High School graduate, has one significant advantage ...

Niagara University Family Business Center hosts February breakfast forum
Tue, Jan 21st 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara University Family Business Center will hold its next breakfast forum Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Giancarlo's (Tony Walker Plaza), 5110 Main St., Williamsville. The event begins at 7:30 a.m.
Sabres Star Steve Ott on texting and driving: 'It Can Wait'
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 04:00 pm
Buffalo Sabres captain Steve Ott takes a moment away from signing autographs at the AT&T store in the Walden Galleria Mall to pose with Jackson, Grady and Kobee Decker. Ott was at the AT&T store to meet with fans and to assist the company in educating the community on the dangers of texting while driving.
Buffalo Junior Sabres organization releases details for 2014-15 season
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 11:45 am
The Buffalo Junior Sabres youth organization today announced details for the upcoming season, including team coaches, tryout dates and player fees. The organization also announced additions to its website,, which has been expanded and re-launched.
Statement by A.G. Schneiderman on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 11:45 am
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
Cuomo statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 11:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered the following remarks Monday:
Family donates original 1815 map to Lewiston Museum
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 11:00 am
Descendants of the Townsend family of Lewiston recently donated an original 1815 Village of Lewiston map to the Historical Association of Lewiston. It is the oldest original map now at the Lewiston Museum.
UB lecture series will introduce companies to START-UP NY, new tax-free program for businesses
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 09:55 am
The University at Buffalo will host a Commercialization Lecture Series event on Jan. 30 to introduce businesses and entrepreneurs to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's START-UP NY initiative, which creates tax-free zones for certain businesses in university communities across the state.

Speaking at UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, UB Associate Vice President for Economic Development Marnie LaVigne, Ph.D., will provide attendees with information on START-UP NY, which is available to new and expanding businesses, and companies looking to relocate from outside New York.

Niagara County Department of Health receives $20,000 MRC Challenge Award for Public Health Initiatives
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 09:55 am
The Niagara County Department of Health, which directs and coordinates the Niagara County Medical Reserve Corps Unit 0220, was awarded a $20,000 MRC Challenge Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials, in partnership with the office of the surgeon general.
Canisius Center for Global Study of Religion welcomes expert on Asian Catholic thought
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 09:35 am
The Canisius College Joseph J. Naples '41 Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture and Performance Series presents Peter C. Phan, Ph.D. Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m., in the Grupp Fireside Lounge of the Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center. Phan's lecture, titled "Vatican II and the Asian Catholic Churches: Reception, Renewal, Revival," is free and open to the public.
Adell's School of Dance makes donation to Boys and Girls Club
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 09:05 am
Adell's School of Dance recently held a successful hat and scarf drive. Students, their family members, and school staff dropped off items at a Christmas tree in the front lobby. Those items were then donated to the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club.
Ransomville Library Friends used book sale
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 07:00 am
Friends of the Ransomville Library will hold a used book sale Friday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with a bag sale from 3 to 4 p.m.), at the Ransomville Library, 3733 Ransomville Road.
DEC releases two draft species management plans
Sat, Jan 18th 2014 07:00 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today released draft species management plans for black bears and mute swans, and will be accepting public comments on these management plans through Jan. 31.
Ceretto's office to hold Grand Island mobile office hours Jan. 22
Sat, Jan 18th 2014 07:00 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto's office will hold mobile office hours at the Grand Island Town Hall, located at 2255 Baseline Road, from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 22. Grand Island constituents are encouraged to come and discuss issues of importance to them and their community.

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