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Mayor Robert G. Ortt to deliver state of City of North Tonawanda address
Sat, Jan 18th 2014 07:00 am
City of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt will deliver the State of the City address Feb. 5 at Webster's Bistro & Bar, 102 Webster St.
Porter to consider local law on industrial lagoons
Sat, Jan 18th 2014 07:00 am
Monday's Town of Porter Board session was very ordinary - save for an abrupt break for an executive session to iron out board differences over a summer part-time salary schedule from the board's reorganization meeting earlier this month.
Sluggish sales tax receipts show cracks in economic recovery
Sat, Jan 18th 2014 07:00 am
News from the New York State Association of Counties finds sales tax receipts are slowing in a number of counties upstate, reflecting a still fragile recovery among consumers from the prolonged recession that began in 2008.

The fourth quarter in New York shows a mixed picture and uneven impact of sales tax on a county-by-county basis. While aggregate sales tax collected statewide is up by 5.24 percent ($26.7 billion compared to $25.4 billion), much of the total dollar increase is generated from strong growth in New York City, Long Island and downstate counties, likely due to Hurricane Sandy rebuilding.

Local transportation projects to receive grant funds
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 09:20 pm
State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-Newfane, has confirmed two projects in his district were included in a round of Transportation Enhancement Program grants announced this week by the New York State Department of Transportation.
Compu-Mail's $1,000 'Charity Connection' donation goes to Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 09:20 pm
Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York is the recipient of a $1,000 donation through Compu-Mail's "Charity Connection" program. The organization was selected from numerous online nominations made by Compu-Mail's clients and associates throughout last fall.
Lewiston/Niagara Relay seeks planning committee volunteers
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 09:10 pm
The Relay For Life of Lewiston/Niagara is looking for passionate volunteers to join its 2014 planning committee.
IRS: 'Free File' opens, free tax prep and e-filing
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:40 pm
To help people get a jump on their taxes before the Jan. 31 filing season opens, the Internal Revenue Service today announced the immediate availability of "Free File" brand-name software for most taxpayers.
Community Missions sees 20 percent increase in crisis housing in 2013
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:40 pm
A 20 percent increase in crisis housing demand and an additional 5,000 meals served highlighted the release of service numbers by the crisis services division of Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. on Friday. The agency provided 75,980 meals and 10,986 nights of shelter in 2013, the latter being the highest total in the agency's 88 years of service to Niagara County.
Higgins testifies before U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of Tonawanda's FMC Corp.
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:40 pm
This week, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., as the commission conducted its third sunset review of the antidumping order against Chinese imports of persulfates.
Community Missions' event offers sweet relief
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:30 pm
Community Missions Inc. will hold its 17th annual "Sweetheart Dinner" Friday, Feb. 7, at the Sheraton at the Falls in Niagara Falls.
'Sabres UnPucked' event set to debut
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:30 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced they will host the inaugural "Sabres UnPucked" event on Saturday, March 1, on the floor of First Niagara Center. All proceeds from "Sabres UnPucked," for which doors open at 6:30 p.m., will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.
Congressman Higgins convenes service academy panel
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins named local residents to serve as members of his service academy advisory committee. The panel recently met to interview students applying to a military academy and make recommendations to the congressman.
People Inc. senior outing
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 12:45 pm
The tenants of People Inc. Willow Senior Living in Wheatfield recently had an outing to a nearby shop and restaurant. They enjoyed shopping at Treasure Lane - a gift shop located on Niagara Falls Boulevard - and had lunch down the street at Sawyer Creek Hotel.
Buffalo History Museum: Enter bridesmaid dress contest
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 07:00 am
In keeping with its mission to preserve the stories of the ordinary and extraordinary of traditions, culture, and industry in Western New York, The Buffalo History Museum is holding a contest titled "Always a Bridesmaid...". The purpose of the contest is to attain a bridesmaid attire to be added to the museum's permanent collection. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 10.
Winter gulls at Artpark
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 07:00 am
The Buffalo Audubon Society will host a program on winter gulls on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. at Artpark in Lewiston.
Community Missions hosts 17th annual 'Sweetheart Dinner'
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 07:00 am
The 17th annual Sweetheart Dinner to benefit Community Missions' crisis services program will be held Friday, Feb. 7, at the Sheridan at the Falls, 300 Third St., Niagara Falls.
Town of Niagara: Agreement can bring $100,000 yearly to town
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 07:00 pm
The Town of Niagara Town Board met Monday for a reorganization meeting and to review details of the community host agreement for the upcoming expansion of Fashion Outlets of Niagara.
Sign up for Sheriff's Community Police Academy
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:25 pm
Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour has announced the Sheriff's Community Police Academy will be held at the Niagara County Public Safety Building, 5574 Niagara St. Ext., Lockport, beginning Feb. 27.
Town of Niagara: Richards gets new judge in case
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:15 pm
A hearing in the case against Town of Niagara Supervisor Steve Richards has been delayed until next month due to a change in judges.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:15 pm
In recognition of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Niagara County Department of Health Cancer Services Program urges women to talk to their doctors about getting screened for cervical cancer.
Niagara County Department of Health offers diabetes prevention program
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health will offer a free diabetes prevention program at the Dale Association beginning Jan. 23.
Grisanti sends request to Skelos for education investment tax credit to be included as part of final 2014-15 state budget
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:35 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-60, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos requesting Senate Bill S4099, better known as the education investment tax credit, be included in the 2014-15 state budget.
Ceretto pushes tax relief plan to open 2014 legislative session
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:25 pm
During the opening week of the 2014 legislative session, Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, pushed his Western New York tax relief plan. The plan, which calls for doubling the STAR property tax exemption and a 2 percent income tax cut, would deliver about $2,000 in tax relief to the average Western New York middle-class family.
Higgins vows to fight closing of Amherst Social Security office
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is pledging to fight a plan by the Social Security Administration to close its field office in Amherst.
Bishop Malone announces revitalization of Catholic elementary schools
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:15 pm
Three years of exhaustive research, collaboration and consultation culminated Wednesday with the announcement by the Diocese of Buffalo of the implementation of "Faith in Tomorrow," the strategic vision for Catholic elementary schools.

The Very Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, said the diocese and The BISON Fund are collaborating on a plan to fund new scholarships for students who have applied to transfer out of low-performing Buffalo elementary schools.

"We are involved in preliminary discussions with the BISON Children's Scholarship Fund regarding a scholarship program, which could potentially increase Catholic school enrollment and positively affect the future of our elementary schools," Malone said.

'Coffee & Conversation Night' at Niagara Catholic
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:15 pm
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School will host a "Coffee & Conversation Night" Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the school cafeteria.
NU men's hockey team to honor namesake of Suneel's Light Foundation for his courageous battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:15 pm
Suneel Ram, a sophomore at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, and the inspiration and namesake of Suneel's Light Foundation, will be honored by the Niagara University men's hockey team before their game Sunday. As part of a special on-ice ceremony, Suneel will be recognized for his extreme courage and strength fighting Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Guest speakers, community service activities highlight MLK celebration at NU
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:15 pm
Niagara University will present a full slate of service and awareness activities beginning Sunday, Jan. 19, in observance of the federal holiday that marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
86th Oscars: Academy Award nominations announced
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 11:55 am
And the nominees are ...
Sabres to sell 'Ott's Otters' to benefit Buffalo Zoo
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:40 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced they will sell a limited number of special edition stuffed otters, known as "Ott's Otters," with an autograph from Sabres forward Steve Ott. The stuffed otters, each one wearing an Ott jersey, come with a card autographed by the Sabres captain. All proceeds will directly benefit the Buffalo Zoo.
BBB warns job seekers of LinkedIn posers and red flags
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:35 pm
Looking for a new job? Many people use the start of a new year as motivation to secure their dream position. Are you one of them? If the answer is yes, BBB serving upstate New York has some job-seeking advice.

One way to learn about new job opportunities and develop relationships with potential employers is through the social media channel LinkedIn. This is a very useful tool for job searching, but with many job seekers using LinkedIn to market themselves to potential employers, scammers also are finding ways to exploit the site by posing as recruiters.

Niagara University outreach office sets town hall meetings to gather community input
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:35 pm
ReNU Niagara, a community outreach arm of Niagara University, seeks resident input to identify priorities that will help shape the future of the program.
'A Taste of the Niagara Region' at Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue's annual 'Heart To Heart' fundraiser
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:30 pm
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue's second annual "Heart to Heart" fundraising event, "A Taste of The Niagara Region," will take place Saturday, Feb. 8, from noon to 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church social hall, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston.
Sabres Steve Ott reminds shoppers not to text and drive during 'It Can Wait' event
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:00 pm
Buffalo Sabres captain Steve Ott will make a special visit to the AT&T retail store in the Walden Galleria Sunday to sign autographs and, more importantly, spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving.
Niagara County Health Department, Department for the Aging collaborate to offer free chronic disease self-management workshops
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara County Department of Health, in collaboration with the Niagara County Department for the Aging, will offer free chronic disease self-management workshops throughout the county.
City of North Tonawanda to receive 2013 Construction/Repair Project of the Year from American Public Works Association - Western Branch
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 08:10 pm
ity of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt has announced the city will be awarded the 2013 Construction/Repair Project of the Year by the Western New York Branch of the American Public Works Association. The award is for the renovation project of the Gratwick Riverside Park Marina, which began in 2012. Phase one of the project was completed in 2013.

Michael Marino, PE, of CRA Infrastructure and Engineering Inc., was the design engineer for this initiative, and submitted the project for consideration by the awards committee.

Higgins announces $165.7 million in federal budget bill for border agents
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 08:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the federal budget bill, released late last night, includes an increase of $220.4 million in funding for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Higgins urges support for Veterans' Records Reconstruction Act
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 08:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 3397, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Lois Capps, which would create guidelines for authenticating a veteran's record through unofficial sources.
Heart, Jay Leno, Kevin Costner among star-studded entertainment this spring at Seneca Casinos
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 08:00 pm
During a mere 17-day span this spring, the two Seneca Casino resorts will be home to one of the world's premier classic rock bands, a leading country singer-songwriter, one of the most successful comedians in history, one of the most powerful rock voices from the 1980s, and an accomplished actor/director who leads a side band.
Niagara Catholic students compete on 'It's Academic'
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 08:00 pm
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School Senior students Danielle Rosini, Lauren Preti and Maria Sciarrino, pictured from left, recently represented the high school on the television show "It's Academic."
 


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