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The Beach House wins Best Fish Fry contest
Sat, Apr 6th 2013 07:00 am
The Beach House has won Niagara Frontier Publications' second annual Best Fish Fry contest. Following a record number of entries, the Grand Island restaurant netted 13.1 percent of the 268 votes - more than double the tally of the second-place winners.
Request for qualifications issued for redevelopment of former Rainbow Centre Mall in Niagara Falls
Fri, Apr 5th 2013 12:30 am
Empire State Development has announced that its Niagara Falls subsidiary, USA Niagara Development Corp., is issuing a request for qualifications from prospective development teams to undertake an adaptive reuse and redevelopment of approximately 200,000 square feet in the former Rainbow Centre Mall located in downtown Niagara Falls.

"This is a great opportunity for a developer to capitalize on what is a considerable amount of unmet demand in Niagara Falls and build on the recent nearby successes like the opening of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute," said Empire State Development's Kenneth Adams.

OUN: 14th annual golf raffle fundraiser features grand prize trip to California
Tue, Apr 2nd 2013 03:25 pm
Sponsored by Upstate Pharmacy, WGRZ-TV Channel 2, Compu-Mail and Niagara Falls Coach Lines, the Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation's 14th annual golf raffle is taking place on Sunday, April 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sanborn Firehall.
GNBC stages grand ballet 'Coppélia' at Artpark
Mon, Apr 1st 2013 12:30 pm
Ballet returns to Artpark after a 10-year absence with a stunning production of ballet's greatest comedy. The Greater Niagara Ballet Company brings "Coppélia" to the Artpark Mainstage Theater for two shows on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 2 and 8 p.m.
New ice boom home provides new opportunities for progress on Buffalo River and Outer Harbor
Fri, Mar 29th 2013 07:00 am
This week marks the annual tradition of removing the ice boom from the Niagara River, a sign of spring, but this year also a sign of progress for Buffalo's waterfront.
First Niagara provides land for new UB medical school project
Thu, Mar 28th 2013 10:10 am
The University at Buffalo announces First Niagara has given to UB a parcel of land to be used in the construction of the university's new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Old Fort Niagara seeks volunteer docents
Thu, Mar 28th 2013 09:00 am
Old Fort Niagara is looking for outgoing individuals who enjoy history to serve as volunteer tour guides for the 2013 season.
Niagara Falls Memorial dedicates new inpatient medical-surgical unit
Thu, Mar 28th 2013 09:00 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center patients and their families will soon be enjoying the latest advances in hospital care following Wednesday's dedication and blessing of a new 24-bed medical-surgical inpatient unit.
'NYSARC Gives Back'
Thu, Mar 28th 2013 08:55 am
Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, the Niagara County Chapter of NYSARC Inc., celebrated Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month this March with a month-long special project.
Celebrate 'I Love My Park Day' at Artpark
Wed, Mar 27th 2013 12:00 pm
With spring on our doorstep and a beautiful summer filled with family fun ahead, Artpark has put out the call to spruce up the green areas of the Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park. Come and celebrate Parks & Trails New York and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation's "I Love My Park Day" on Saturday, May 4, at Artpark.
DiMino Lower Niagara Running Series adds three races
Wed, Mar 27th 2013 07:00 am
The DiMino Lower Niagara Running Series is gearing up for another great running season with a generous $10,000 donation from Anthony DiMino, owner of Tops in Lewiston, and the addition of three new races.
Women of the Moose donates to Our Lady of Peace
Tue, Mar 26th 2013 09:25 am
The Women of the Moose, Lower Niagara, recently presented a donation to the Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence. The funds will be used to provide hair-styling services to residents in need.
Lewiston: Tuscarora Heroes time capsule arrives
Tue, Mar 26th 2013 09:00 am
Historical Association of Lewiston Museum Director Pam Hauth shows off the professional-grade time capsule that arrived Monday.
Lewiston Jazz Festival fundraiser, 'Jazz & Pasta,' returns April 21
Mon, Mar 25th 2013 09:30 am
Plans have been revealed for the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival's annual fundraiser.
Aquarium of Niagara hosts 'SEAster' egg hunt
Mon, Mar 25th 2013 09:20 am
The Aquarium of Niagara's annual "SEAster" egg hunt will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Whirlpool Street attraction.
Collins joins auto industry pension task force and meets with local retirees
Sat, Mar 23rd 2013 10:45 am
Congressman Chris Collins, NY-27, has joined the auto industry pension task force for the 113th Congress. Made up of members of the House of Representatives from both political parties, the group works to bring attention to the issues related to the termination of Delphi salaried retiree pensions.
Easter giving in Lewiston
Sat, Mar 23rd 2013 10:35 am
Sharing their time and talents, St. Peter R.C. School students, under the direction of art teacher Erika Conti, created 116 Easter baskets in art class. The pre-K through grade 8 students donated the filled baskets to Heart & Soul.
Grand Island: Quilt to be raffled off for Relay For Life
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:20 pm
A fundraiser for the Relay For Life is in full swing. A Relay quilt, generously and beautifully handcrafted by Sue Miles and Colleen Eddy of Grand Island, was donated to Grand Island's Relay For Life, to be raffled off to support Relay and its ongoing fundraising for the American Cancer Society.
NU: Dr. Nancy McGlen recognized during reception for student-curated exhibition
Thu, Mar 21st 2013 08:40 am
Laura Brownlie is a liberal arts major. Gina DelGreco is mere months away from graduating with a degree in history.

So why were the two Niagara University seniors hosting a reception Wednesday evening for an art exhibit they curated?

Making a difference for American Lung Association
Thu, Mar 21st 2013 08:30 am
For the second year, Town of Niagara resident Wendi J. Koch climbed the stairs of the 38-floor One HSBC Center in Buffalo for her father.
Higgins says VA decision to pull Golden Age Games creates hardship on WNY, veterans
Wed, Mar 20th 2013 09:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, NY-26, expressed shock and disappointment upon learning of plans by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to "postpone" the 2013 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Buffalo. Higgins is urging the VA Secretary to reconsider and proceed with the event, titled "Warriors on the Waterfront," scheduled for May 30 through June 4.

Local organizers have been planning for the event since 2007. Buffalo was officially awarded the Games in 2011. Earlier this month, Higgins' office worked closely with local organizers to facilitate finalization of the contracts with the VA.

Town of Lewiston officials get first hand look at Tuscarora Heroes Monument model
Mon, Mar 18th 2013 07:00 am
Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Reiter (right) and Councilman Michael Marra recently visited Susan Geissler's Youngstown studio to check on the progress of the Tuscarora Heroes Monument. The larger-than-life bronze sculptures will depict a tableau of two Tuscarora men saving a Lewiston woman and her baby during the War of 1812 British attack on Lewiston.
Friends of Niagara University Theatre hosts 'Into the Woods'-themed gala
Sat, Mar 16th 2013 07:00 am
On April 27, the Friends of Niagara University Theatre will host the 28th annual Friends of Niagara University Theatre Gala, including a 4 p.m. production of "Into the Woods" at the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall.
Merrell Lane honored by 107th Airlift Wing
Thu, Mar 14th 2013 07:00 am
Merrell Lane, the chairman of the Niagara Military Affairs Council since 2005, has been awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal for his service to the New York Air National Guard and the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
Niagara University students eager to get to know new president
Wed, Mar 13th 2013 11:55 pm
In front of an impressive number of Niagara University faculty, staff, students and community members, the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., was announced as the school's 26th president at a community meeting on Wednesday.
Ceretto to Cuomo: Restore developmental disability funding
Wed, Mar 13th 2013 11:30 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto delivered more than 500 constituent emails to the office of Gov. Cuomo and spoke with him Wednesday asking for a full restoration of funding for developmental disability programs in this year's final budget.
Father James J. Maher, C.M., named 26th president of Niagara University
Wed, Mar 13th 2013 12:45 pm
The 26th president of Niagara University will be the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., D.Min.

The Catholic and Vincentian institution announced Maher, currently the executive vice president for mission and student services at St. John's University, would succeed the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M.

NCIDA elects chairman, approves applications for assistance for seven projects
Wed, Mar 13th 2013 10:55 am
The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency board of directors conducted its annual reorganizational meeting on Wednesday. Scott P. Kiedrowski, the clerk and treasurer and registrar of vital statistics for the City of North Tonawanda, was elected chairman. He will have time to consider his slate of officers, as well as committee chairs and members, which will be voted on at the April 17 board of directors meeting.
Sen. Maziarz: Senate approves Niagara Wine Trails expansion
Wed, Mar 13th 2013 08:15 am
State Sen. George Maziarz announced the New York State Senate unanimously approved legislation (S.1095) he sponsored to expand and rename the Niagara Wine Trail and Niagara Escarpment Wine Trail. In effect, the wine trails would be enlarged to encompass all of Orleans County and Western Monroe County, bringing more wineries than ever into the popular wine trails' network.

"The wine industry in the greater Niagara Region is growing so fast that our laws designating the various wine trails must keep up with the pace of growth," Maziarz said. "Agritourism is an important part of the regional economy and the state must act now to support it."

Michael Peca named OJHL Coach of the Year
Wed, Mar 13th 2013 08:15 am
The Ontario Junior Hockey League has announced that Michael Peca of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres was named the recipient of the 2012-13 OJHL Coach of the Year Award. Peca is a former Buffalo Sabres captain.
WNY's largest St. Patrick's Day party returns to the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Wed, Mar 13th 2013 08:00 am
More than 2,500 guests will fill The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., for the 31st annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration, hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians
Artpark celebrates 40 years with anniversary gala June 1
Tue, Mar 12th 2013 03:00 pm
Artpark in Lewiston is kicking off its 40th anniversary season with a gala evening on Saturday, June 1. The celebration event will take place in the scenic Outdoor Amphitheater area overlooking the Niagara River gorge. The evening will be highlighted by entertainment and a gala dinner.
Niagara University secures Pittcon grant to bolster equipment, programs in new Golisano science center
Mon, Mar 11th 2013 10:20 pm
As the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences takes shape on the south side of campus, Niagara University faculty members continue to investigate ways to furnish the state-of-the-art facility with the latest in scientific instrumentation.
Greater Buffalo Niagara launches 'Vacation Station'
Mon, Mar 11th 2013 10:15 pm
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp., Visit Buffalo Niagara and Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism are partnering with www.TripCentral.ca to participate in a Canadian consumer based marketing and sales program now through March 31.

The overall program is being conducted and managed by TripCentral.ca, one of Canada's largest and most established Internet drive vacation distributors. Accommodations and attractions from all three counties are participating in the "Vacation Station," a live branded kiosk in Toronto's Union Station (the main transportation hub in the region and busiest building in Canada).

Memorial opens Niagara's first state-designated Health Home
Fri, Mar 8th 2013 06:40 pm
More than an office or a single site for service, the Niagara Health Home is a one-stop care management network that provides an unprecedented level of care coordination and service linkages to patients and their families.
Assembly budget proposal restores $120 million to help protect New Yorkers with developmental disabilities
Fri, Mar 8th 2013 02:55 pm
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Mental Health Committee Chair Aileen Gunther announced the Assembly's budget proposal would restore $120 million in critical funding to the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities for services provided by nonprofit organizations that serve individuals with developmental disabilities.

The programs and services provided through non-profits under the auspices of OPWDD help improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities. These programs help to develop home, personal, behavioral, recreational and social skills to ensure greater independence in their day-to-day lives. In order to ensure these services are not compromised, the Assembly proposes to restore $120 million to mitigate the governor's proposed 6 percent rate reduction to nonprofit providers.

Ceretto teams up with local highway superintendent to increase state highway funds
Fri, Mar 8th 2013 09:15 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-C-Lewiston, met earlier this week with James Tomkins, Grand Island highway superintendent, in the Assembly chamber. They discussed the importance of increasing state support for the region's roads and bridges.
Ceretto urges Assembly to follow State Senate's lead and legalize MMA in New York
Fri, Mar 8th 2013 08:05 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-C-Lewiston, ranking member on the Assembly tourism committee, is calling on the State Assembly to follow the Senate's lead and pass legislation to legalize mixed martial arts in New York.
Ross marks 200-meeting milestone
Thu, Mar 7th 2013 01:45 pm
Proud colleagues heaped praise on Niagara County Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield, Tuesday in Lockport as the long-time government head gaveled his 200th meeting as presiding officer of the Legislature to order.
Billy Idol, Joan Jett kick off 'Tuesday in the Park' at Artpark
Wed, Mar 6th 2013 03:15 pm
Rocker Billy Idol will ignite the summer concert season at Artpark on June 4, kicking off "First Niagara presents Tuesday in the Park." One week later, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts are slated to take the Outdoor Amphitheater stage. Tickets go on sale March 15.