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UB selected to co-lead state efforts to position New York as national leader in genome research
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 11:40 pm
As a premier research university with world-class capacity in life sciences research, innovation and analytics, the University at Buffalo is uniquely positioned to help New York state become a national leader in genomic medicine and advance new ways to treat, prevent and manage serious disease.
State of the State: Gov. Cuomo outlines agenda for 2014
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 11:35 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today delivered his 2014 State of the State address, outlining a sweeping agenda that builds on the success of the past three years to change the direction of New York state.
Artpark to hold local auditions for 'Mary Poppins'
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 07:10 pm
Artpark & Company is holding local auditions Saturday, Jan. 25, for its upcoming summer production of Disney's and Cameron MacKintosh's "Mary Poppins."
Call for entries in 'Hard Rock Rising' competition
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 07:05 pm
"Hard Rock Rising," the world's largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition, will give one local band the chance of a lifetime: an all-expenses paid trip to Rome to perform at the first "Hard Rock Live Rome" music festival this summer.
Higgins announces release of Great Lakes study
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 07:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the release of a long-anticipated study by the Army Corps of Engineers on options for preventing the spread of invasive species, including Asian carp, in the Great Lakes basin.
Higgins calls for investigation into Niagara River ice jam
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 07:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is writing to the U.S. chair of the International Joint Commission calling for an investigation into what led to an ice jam buildup and flooding along the Niagara River during the blizzard that hit the Western New York area. Higgins' request is aimed at preventing potential tragedies in the future.
Music and poetry abound at 'Lewiston Arts Cafe''
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 07:00 pm
The Lewiston Council on the Arts and Just Buffalo Literary Center will partner to launch a new regional poetry and music event in Niagara County. The "Lewiston Arts Café" will feature some of the finest poets and musicians in Western New York performing in a 1960s coffee house style setting.
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce fills board positions, hires administrative assistant
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 01:15 pm
At the recent board meeting of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, elections were held to fill open positions. Also, the Chamber of Commerce has hired Marlo Briglio of Lewiston to fulfill the part-time administrative assistant position.
Maziarz urges governor to direct infrastructure aid to Niagara County wastewater treatment plants
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 04:35 pm
On the heels of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement of a multibillion-dollar infrastructure improvement plan for the new York, State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-Newfane, is strongly urging monies from this initiative be directed to Niagara County to help repair and upgrade the Niagara Falls and Lockport wastewater treatment plants.
North Tonawanda DMV evening hours canceled
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 04:30 pm
The North Tonawanda Department of Motor Vehicles' weekly evening hours, offered every Tuesday, are canceled tonight due to inclement weather.
As Western New York faces winter storm emergency, A.G. Schneiderman warns against price gouging of necessary goods and services
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 04:30 pm
In response to the state of emergency declared by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for the areas of Western New York impacted by Monday's major winter storm, 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 increases in costs of essential items such as food, water, gas, generators, batteries and flashlights, and services including tree trimming/removal, emergency structure repairs, or snowplowing, during natural disasters or other events that disrupt the market.
Power Authority responding to ice conditions along upper Niagara River; works to reduce ice jams near Niagara hydroelectric plant intakes
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 04:30 pm
The New York Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation ice breakers have been working since midnight this morning to break ice jams along the upper Niagara River. The Niagara River Control Center - part of OPG - issued a flood warning at 9:20 a.m. Ice conditions and water levels are being closely monitored.
North Tonawanda: Mayor Robert Ortt issues driving ban
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 04:30 pm
Effective immediately, City of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt has issued a driving ban throughout the city. The driving ban will be in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday.
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.
 


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