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Nominate a recipient for 9th annual 'Key to the Locks' award
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 04:05 pm
Do you know someone who deserves the "Key to the Locks" award? Once again, a Niagara County citizen will receive this honor as one who "best promotes and exemplifies the community spirit, heritage and integrity of the historic Erie Canal." This year's "Key to the Locks" award will be presented Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m., at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., Lockport.

If you'd like to recommend a recipient, visit the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., or Niagara County Historian's Office, 139 Niagara St., for a nomination form. You can also visit Niagara History Center's website at http://niagarahistory.org/9th-annual-key-to-locks-award/ for a copy of the form.

Schneiderman issues report on charity telemarketers: Bulk of donations goes into pockets of fundraisers, not those in need
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 04:00 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has released his annual "Pennies for Charity" fundraising report showing that for-profit telemarketers operating in New York in 2012 retained the lion's share of donations they raised on behalf of charities - more than $154 million that was intended to help those in need.

Telemarketers registered in New York reported raising more than $249 million in contributions in 2012, the most ever in the history of "Pennies for Charity." The 2013 "Pennies for Charity, Where Your Money Goes: Telemarketing by Professional Fundraisers" report found telemarketers kept an average of 62 cents of every charitable dollar they raised as their fees and expenses, with just 38 percent of the funds actually going to charitable organizations.

DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections up $739 million in 2013
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 04:00 pm
Local sales tax collections of $14.9 billion grew by $739 million in 2013, an increase of 5.2 percent from 2012, according to a report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The increase outpaced annual growth rates of 3.3 percent in 2012 and 5 percent in 2011, as well as the 15-year annual average growth of 4.5 percent.

"This is welcome news for our municipalities, and comes at a time when local revenues have been experiencing little to no growth," DiNapoli said. "The majority of the increase appears to stem from storm clean up, which gives these communities a short-term boost. As the economy continues its tenuous recovery, sales tax collections could vary either way for local governments, and is generally a more volatile source of revenue."

Wheatfield: New life possible for Summit Park Mall
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 04:00 pm
There was joy in Wheatfield Town Hall this week at the "coming soon" possibility of a new, active Summit Park Mall.

Zoran Cocov, a Toronto developer, said Tuesday that his attorneys may have the purchase finalized by the end of the week, ending almost two years of negotiations with current owner Oberlin Plaza One LLC.

Bon-Ton, Save-A-Lot and Sears, all with exterior entrances, have continued to operate and draw customers to the Williams Road mall. However, the deteriorating interior has been closed for years and has been plagued with thefts, weather damage and broken pipes. The mall was built in 1972 and used to be a busy and active part of the community.

Roswell Park: Secondhand smoke exposure linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:30 pm
Secondhand smoking is linked with pregnancy loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth and tubal ectopic pregnancy, according to new research from scientists at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo. The study findings, published online by the journal Tobacco Control, mark a significant step toward clarifying the risks of secondhand smoke exposure.
Cuomo launches 'No Excuses' push to cut property taxes
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:30 pm
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo launched the "No Excuses" push, designed to help pass proposed property tax cuts for millions of New Yorkers. The initiative includes a new website, www.CutPropertyTaxes.ny.gov, featuring information on the governor's plan to cut property taxes, statements of support from elected officials and advocacy groups across the state, and resources for visitors to contact their state legislators to make their voices heard.

In January, at both the State of the State Address and executive budget presentation, the governor outlined his plan to freeze property taxes for two years and create a "circuit breaker" that will provide tax relief based on an individual's or family's ability to pay.

State Parks Standing Committee to meet for project approval
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:30 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Niagara River Greenway Fund Standing Committee will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, to vote on funding for projects being proposed to the Standing Committee by State Parks.
Ceretto: 'Lawyering up' shows continuing ethics issues in Assembly
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:05 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, said Wednesday the State Assembly's hiring of an outside law firm with $200,000 of taxpayer money to handle sexual harassment issues falls far short of the reforms needed to correct the problems in New York's lower house.
New York State Parks visitation topped 60 million in 2013
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:00 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced Wednesday that more than 60.1 million people visited state parks and historic sites in 2013, and campgrounds had their busiest year on record, as dozens of parks across the state undergo improvements thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Works" initiative.
State Tax Department announces $1 billion in refunds issued for 1.1 million taxpayers
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:00 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced Wednesday it has issued $1 billion in refunds, and reminded New Yorkers to use free e-filing options for faster refunds. Already, refunds have been issued to more than 1.1 million taxpayers - a 50 percent increase over last year's total by this date of 776,000.
Register for 'Girls on the Run of Buffalo' spring season
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 02:55 pm
"Girls on the Run of Buffalo," a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running, is now accepting registrations for its spring season.
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue to appear at Pet Supplies Plus
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 02:50 pm
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue will be present with adoptable dogs this Saturday, March 1, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Pet Supplies Plus location at 2952 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Dogs Angel, Blu, Kirby, Reba, Rudy, Simba and Snuggles will be on hand; photos and information on these and all their animals are available online at www.heartofniagara.org.
Grisanti comments on passage of Dream Act, proposed property tax freeze
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 02:50 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60th District, offered these comments Wednesday:
Niagara County unveils online park reservations
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 02:50 pm
Niagara County is rolling out a new, online parks reservation system to allow the public to reserve park shelters from home or their Internet-enabled mobile phone, the head of the Niagara County Legislature's public works panel announced.
Think it's safe to type a quick text while walking? Guess again
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 12:50 pm
Texting and walking is a known danger, but Dr. Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at the University at Buffalo, says distracted walking results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving.
Higgins comments on president's transportation proposal
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 12:50 pm
This afternoon, President Obama is expected to announce a four-year, $302 billion transportation proposal. The plan is supported by $150 billion in revenue earned by closing business tax loopholes, and includes $600 million in new competitive TIGER grants. The current highway transportation bill is scheduled to expire this fall.
'Kohl's Cares' scholarship program nomination period ends March 14
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 09:50 am
Only two weeks remain to nominate young volunteers for the "Kohl's Cares" scholarship program. Kids ages 6 to 18 who have made a positive impact on their communities can be awarded scholarships and prizes, ranging from $50 Kohl's gift cards to $10,000 scholarships.
Canisius College endowment exceeds $100 million
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 09:50 am
Canisius College's endowment has exceeded $100 million for the first time in the college's history, President John J. Hurley announced Wednesday. The endowment stands at $103,104,691, more than double its amount before the beginning of the college's last fundraising campaign, "A Legacy of Leadership," which concluded in 2012.

"This is a milestone for us, as we continue our ascent among regional comprehensive universities in the country," Hurley said. "But continued growth of the endowment remains a key priority."

How to 'curb' car sickness in puppies and dogs
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 09:30 am
Much like humans, dogs and puppies can also experience a feeling of illness while on car trips. This car sickness can make pet travel, whether short or long, quite an ordeal for dogs and their families. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your dog in the car.
Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour elected 2nd vice president of New York State Sheriffs' Association
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 07:00 am
The New York State Sheriffs' Association held its election of officers at its 80th annual Winter Training Conference last week at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Members elected Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour as 2nd vice president.
WGRZ's Olympic ratings are golden
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:25 pm
WGRZ's television ratings for The 2014 Winter Olympics were one of the strongest of any television station in the entire U.S.
Ceretto votes against Dream Act
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:25 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, voted against the Dream Act Tuesday, citing the difficulties that honest, working-class families have paying for college. Ceretto said he believes these families should get help before people who are not in the country legally.
Reps. Collins, Reed and Gibson introduce Kids Before Cons Act
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:25 pm
Congressman Chris Collins, NY-27, officially introduced the Kids Before Cons Act Tuesday with congressmen Tom Reed, NY-23, and Chris Gibson, NY-19, as co-sponsors.

This legislation will prohibit the use of federal taxpayer dollars to provide a college education to convicted criminals.

"The governor's latest plan to fund college educations for convicted criminals using taxpayer dollars is an insult to law-abiding citizens all across our state," Collins said. "That is why, in response, I am introducing legislation that will ensure no federal taxpayer dollars are used to fund higher education for criminals.

Cuomo announces creation of 500 new information technology jobs in Buffalo
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday that IBM will bring 500 new information technology jobs to Buffalo, a commitment leveraged by a $55 million "Buffalo Billion" investment by the state in the Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub. IBM will be the first anchor tenant in the hub, which, in partnership with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, State Data Center, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and University at Buffalo, will train IT professionals, educate new IT staff through State University of New York partnerships, and develop next generation IT software needed to drive state-of-the-art discoveries in the areas of molecular research, genomics, energy efficiency development and defense.
Cuomo announces truck pre-inspections to begin at Peace Bridge
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday the start of the commercial vehicle pre-inspection pilot program at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ontario, in order to help ease congestion at the second-busiest border crossing on the U.S.-Canada border. This pilot program will be in place for a minimum of six months, but could eventually be made permanent, allowing all initial inspections to be done in Canada.
NBCUniversal's coverage of 2014 Sochi Games reaches more Americans via more platforms than any Winter Olympics
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:20 pm
There were more ways to consume, more hours shown, and more Americans experiencing NBCUniversal's presentation of the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, than ever before for a Winter Olympics. The Sochi Games generated 242.3 million media exposures across the platforms of NBCUniversal - a 3.5 million increase over the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Western New York pays tribute to Shirley Chisholm
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 08:20 pm
Members of the Western New York community came together Tuesday at Forest Lawn to pay tribute to Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, who was recently honored by the U.S. Postal Service with the issuance of a limited-edition Black Heritage Forever Stamp.
IBHS offers consumer resources on responding to flooding due to snow and ice melting
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:30 pm
Snow and ice have been causing significant disruptions throughout the country this year, and as temperatures begin to rise, flooding due to snow and ice melting could cause costly property damage.
Contemporary Catholicism expert speaking at Niagara University March 12
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:30 pm
The Rev. James L. Heft, S.M., founder of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California, will deliver an address at Niagara University March 12 as part of the Henry and Grace McNulty Lecture Series on Religion in the Modern World.
Free pancakes at IHOP March 4
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:30 pm
For the ninth consecutive year, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day in an effort to raise $3 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals programs nationwide.
Geraldo Rivera to host 'Putting Buffalo Back to Work' career expo
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:30 pm
Cumulus Radio (Buffalo's 97 Rock, 103.3 The Edge, Classic Hits 104.1 and Sports Radio 1270) will host a career expo with 44 local businesses at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 10. From WABC in New York City, Geraldo Rivera will be a special guest speaker and conduct a live broadcast.

From WABC in New York City, Geraldo Rivera will be a special guest speaker and conduct a live broadcast. In addition, all four Cumulus Buffalo stations will be broadcasting from the Millennium Hotel Buffalo. All on-air personalities will be on hand.

Warm up with 'SEAsonings' at Aquarium of Niagara
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:30 pm
Had enough slipping and sliding, sneezing and freezing? No need for cold medicine, just drop by the Aquarium of Niagara Thursday, March 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. It's time for the annual winter fundraiser "SEAsonings - The Original Taste of Niagara."
'BAND Against Bullying' competition returns to UB, sending abuse-prevention and 'dignity for all' messages
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 12:20 pm
Students from seven area high schools will use their musical and artistic skills to send an anti-bullying message during the second "BAND Against Bullying" school competition to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in "the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.
21st annual 'Baskets O'Plenty Auction' to benefit people with developmental disabilities
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 07:00 am
The Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation's 21st annual "Baskets O'Plenty Auction" is scheduled for Thursday, March 13, at BPO Elks Lodge No. 346.
Polar vortex to once again grip Midwest, Northeast
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 05:15 pm
AccuWeather.com reports last week's thaw was a mere tease for the Midwest and Northeast with the polar vortex set to make an encore performance this week.
Flanagan, Nguyen, Chiampou named to Niagara University board of trustees
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 04:40 pm
The Rev. Patrick Flanagan, C.M., Ph.D., Class of 1987; the Rev. Michael M. Nguyen, C.M.; and Charles W. Chiampou, C.P.A., J.D., '76, were named to the board of trustees at Niagara University. The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of the university, announced their elections.
NBC wraps up Sochi Olympics coverage with broadcast primetime's No. 1 and No. 2 shows on Sunday
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 04:40 pm
NBC concluded its coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, with its two primetime telecasts - the closing ceremony and the special "Nancy & Tonya" documentary - ranking No. 1 and No. 2 on broadcast television in household rating and average viewership.
DiNapoli: Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget continues fiscal progress
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 02:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget continues efforts to control costs while tackling tough issues, according to a report released Monday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report also points out details are lacking on spending changes required for balance in the coming years.

"New York state is in its strongest fiscal position in years, and Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature deserve credit for putting us on the right path. The executive budget holds the promise that New York can achieve ongoing balance after decades of structural gaps," DiNapoli said.

House Majority Leader Cantor to speak at Daemen lecture series
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 01:30 pm
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a leading voice on the economy and job creation, will speak at 2 p.m. March 10 in Daemen's College Wick Campus Center Social Room as part of the college's newly established Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. Congressman Chris Collins will introduce him.
Lenten fish fry dinners to be served at Hilbert
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 01:25 pm
Fish fry dinners will be served on two Fridays during Lent from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Hilbert College's Campus Center Dining Hall. Take-out and sit-down dinners will be available March 7 and April 4. The Hilbert College Alumni Association sponsors the dinners.
 


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