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Cuomo announces opening of new recreation space on Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Fri, May 31st 2013 05:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a new recreation space on Buffalo's Outer Harbor is now open to the public. Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy, local officials and students from City Honors cut the ribbon and unveiled the site's new name, "Wilkeson Pointe."

The state invited middle school classrooms from Buffalo Public Schools to name the site, which was formerly called "Parcel OH." The winning submission came from the eighth grade classroom of Michael A. Serotte, a U.S. history teacher at City Honors.

Wilkeson Pointe is now open to the public from dawn to dusk seven days a week.

NIMAC: Local officials lobby for Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
Fri, May 31st 2013 07:00 am
A delegation of local officials and community leaders, organized by the Niagara Military Affairs Council, returned last week from a two-day visit to Washington, D.C., where the group met with federal elected officials and Air Force leadership.
Amberleigh's 'Cutest Cupcake' event benefits Alzheimer's Association
Thu, May 30th 2013 01:20 pm
Amberleigh Retirement Community in Williamsville recently hosted a "Cutest Cupcake" bake-off among its residents and staff to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of WNY.
Get hooked on Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo
Thu, May 30th 2013 01:10 pm
Calling all fishing and outdoor sports vendors: "Get hooked" on the first-ever Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo, to be held at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, on Jan. 24-26, 2014. The expo promises to be the largest event of its kind in Niagara County, with more than 125 regional vendors from the U.S. and Canada, live fish, animal displays and larger outdoor retailers expected.
Higgins joins discussion on Great Lakes Restoration Action Plan
Tue, May 28th 2013 05:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, NY-26, joined Cameron Davis (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency senior adviser on Great Lakes issues) and Western New York leaders and community members for discussions on the future of the Great Lakes.
Congressman Chris Collins honors late WWII veteran John Chase
Tue, May 28th 2013 08:55 am
Congressman Chris Collins honored the late John Chase, a WWII veteran from Batavia, by presenting his family members with the medals he earned in service.
Memorial Day in Lewiston
Mon, May 27th 2013 05:40 pm
VIDEO: Memorial Day was observed in the Village of Lewiston with a parade down Center Street, a remembrance ceremony in Academy Park, and a luncheon at the newly remodeled Lewiston No. 1 Volunteer Fire Co. firehall.
Pubfest bigger, better
Mon, May 27th 2013 07:00 am
The Lewiston Village Pub and Restaurant's annual fundraiser, Pubfest, returns to the village's Academy Park next weekend with some big changes. Out are the kiddie rides and carnival atmosphere. In are two national bands, The Trews and USS, and an increased emphasis on raising money for the Variety Kids Telethon.
Schneiderman releases tips to protect consumers from summer scams
Mon, May 27th 2013 07:00 am
With Memorial Day here, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has released a guide listing some of the most common summer frauds targeting the state, and offered tips to protect New Yorkers from abuse.

A growing problem during warm-weather months, unscrupulous scam artists prey on New Yorkers as they embark on home improvement projects and plan family vacations. Schneiderman urged New Yorkers to notify his office of any summer scams designed to dupe unsuspecting consumers.

Firefighters Challenge, Hound Walk benefit Niagara County SPCA
Sat, May 25th 2013 02:05 pm
Two first-time events are scheduled this June to assist the Niagara County SPCA. One involves taking a walk in Hyde Park in Niagara Falls. The other is a firefighter competition, part of a five-day Jamboree set for the old Summit Park Mall in Wheatfield.
NOAA confirms active Atlantic hurricane season
Sat, May 25th 2013 02:00 pm reports the tropics are already heating up and Atlantic hurricane season will begin in a few days. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Thursday, predicting another active season.
Local leaders, organizers urge residents effected by Tonawanda Coke to tell their story
Fri, May 24th 2013 07:25 pm
Elected, community and business leaders are reminding local residents and companies of the opportunity to share their story with the judge considering the sentence in the federal case against Tonawanda Coke.
Grisanti, Ryan announce legislation to reform Niagara River Greenway
Fri, May 24th 2013 07:10 pm
On Friday, New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-WF-Buffalo, announced legislation to reform the Niagara River Greenway.
National grid's commitment to re-energize Gill Creek Park comes into full bloom
Thu, May 23rd 2013 02:10 pm
In what has become something of a rite of spring, more than 50 National Grid employees returned to Gill Creek Park in Niagara Falls Wednesday to continue efforts to beautify and transform this popular public park and community asset into one of Niagara County's most picturesque and useful green spaces.
Cuomo unveils economic development initiative to transform university communities into magnets for new businesses, investment
Thu, May 23rd 2013 12:35 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday unveiled "Tax-Free NY," a game-changing initiative that will transform SUNY campuses and university communities across the state into tax-free communities that attract start-ups, venture capital, new business, and investments from across the world.

Cuomo said Tax-Free NY will entice companies to bring their ventures to upstate New York by offering new businesses the opportunity to operate completely tax-free - including no income tax for employees, no sales, property or business tax - while also partnering with the world-class higher education institutions in the SUNY system.

ASPCA commends New York legislators for passing law to protect police animals
Wed, May 22nd 2013 11:30 am
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals commends New York legislators for passing A.2596/S.1079, to increase criminal penalties for the intentional killing or injuring of a police animal, including both police dogs and horses. Sponsored by Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-Rockland, and Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, A.2596/S.1079 passed unanimously and now heads to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature.

"Police dogs are on the front lines detecting dangers, apprehending criminals, and rescuing victims every day," said Bill Ketzer, senior state director of ASPCA government relations for the northeast region. "The loss of a police animal is a loss to the entire community, and we applaud New York legislators for passing this bill."

Ross appointed fourth district coroner
Wed, May 22nd 2013 07:00 am
Michael A. Ross of Lockport was appointed fourth district coroner by Niagara County lawmakers Tuesday night, succeeding former coroner Richard Rutland, who resigned last month.
Niagara University reaches exchange agreement with Ireland's Mary Immaculate College
Tue, May 21st 2013 09:50 am
Holly Cowman, the international relations officer from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland, visited Niagara University Monday to mark the establishment of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center honors volunteers
Tue, May 21st 2013 09:00 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center recently turned the spotlight on its volunteers, celebrating their service and commitment at a luncheon at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.
Dr. Stuart Weinstein presents 'Operation Whiter-Brighter' check to Niagara Falls Air Base
Mon, May 20th 2013 07:00 am
Dr. Stuart Weinstein recently presented a check from Advanced Dental to Niagara Falls Air Base Capt. Gina Pizziconi-Cupples.
Sold-out crowd at Chamber Gala
Sat, May 18th 2013 11:45 am
VIDEO/PICTURES: The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce welcomed its largest crowd - more than 300 people - to the annual Chamber Awards Gala Friday at the Niagara Falls Country Club.
Higgins takes part in chief justice visit, presents bill naming federal courthouse for Robert H. Jackson
Sat, May 18th 2013 11:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, NY-26, visited the Robert H. Jackson Center on Friday to take part in events featuring current U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.
Tour of Kitchens returns in June
Sat, May 18th 2013 11:10 am
Don't miss the fifth annual Lewiston Region Tour of Kitchens and Homes June 8 and 9. Get an up close and personal look inside of six of the area's most fabulous homes and entertaining spaces located in the Lewiston and Youngstown region
Schoellkopf hospice unit named in honor of Town of Niagara resident
Sat, May 18th 2013 11:00 am
Niagara Hospice and the Schoellkopf Health Center on May 10 announced a new partnership that will lead to the opening of a dedicated hospice unit on the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center campus.
Old Falls Street, USA, releases 2013 schedule of activities
Fri, May 17th 2013 08:40 am
Old Falls Street, USA, the historic three-block destination in downtown Niagara Falls, has released its schedule of activities for the 2013 season. Most activities are presented free of charge while promising "Food, Festivals and Fun ... just footsteps from Niagara Falls!"
DiMino Tops Lewiston, local community celebrate grand re-opening of renovated supermarket
Wed, May 15th 2013 04:15 pm
Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania, held a grand re-opening celebration Wednesday to mark the completion of a major renovation of the family-owned and operated Lewiston Tops Market at 906 Center St.
Niagara University's Army ROTC program commissions 23 officers
Wed, May 15th 2013 11:35 am
Twenty-three Niagara University Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets were commissioned second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a ceremony held May 10 in NU's Gallagher Center. It marked the 72nd consecutive year that members of NU's Purple Eagle Battalion have taken the oath of office.
Schneiderman, Senate and Assembly committee chairs propose groundbreaking legislation to reform New York's charities laws
Tue, May 14th 2013 05:20 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman joined senators Michael Ranzenhofer and Carl Marcellino and Assembly members Jim Brennan, Helene Weinstein and Steve Englebright in proposing sweeping, bipartisan legislation to overhaul the laws governing New York's nonprofit sector.

The product of more than a year of legislative deliberation and negotiation, the Nonprofit Revitalization Act and the Executive Compensation Reform Act would be the first major reforms to the state's charities laws in more than 40 years.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute: Excitement 'brewing' with opening of new Dunkin' Donuts
Tue, May 14th 2013 05:10 pm
Dunkin' Donuts celebrated the opening of its newest restaurant in the greater Buffalo area at Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Tuesday.
Lewiston Civic Center: Town Board OKs land sale, BAN financing, referendum vote
Tue, May 14th 2013 04:35 pm
With momentum building toward next Tuesday's Niagara Greenway Commission public meeting/review/vote to determine consistency and funding for the proposed Lewiston Civic Center, the Town Board has taken further steps to make the project a reality.

At its Monday work session, the Lewiston Town Board voted in favor of three items pertaining to the Civic Center. One of those items was paying $50,000 for a 10-acre parcel of land at Lew-Port.

Corwin food drive continues to grow and help families in need
Tue, May 14th 2013 09:10 am
Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, in an effort to help restock the shelves of many local charities that have run bare, delivered food to local Western New York food banks as part of her "Annual Food Drive to Combat Hunger."
Cornerstone CFCU provides scholarships to 10 high school members
Mon, May 13th 2013 05:40 pm
Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Lockport, has announced its award of scholarships to 10 high school student members of the credit union in the amount of $350 each.
Nancy Price Run
Mon, May 13th 2013 09:40 am
About 125 runners and walkers came to Youngstown Saturday, May 11, for the 19th annual Nancy Price 5K Race and Walk.
Community Missions honors volunteers and supporters at 21st annual awards brunch
Sat, May 11th 2013 07:00 am
Community Missions of Niagara Frontier honored many of the volunteers and supporters who make its mission possible at its 21st annual Compassion in Action Awards Brunch, hosted Thursday by the LaSalle Yacht Club in Niagara Falls.
Triple the love for Lapp family benefit
Fri, May 10th 2013 10:30 pm
Two benefit events are being planned this month for the three children of the late Kevin Lapp of Wheatfield.
Gov. Cuomo launches New York's largest tourism campaign in decades
Wed, May 8th 2013 11:10 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of New York's largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow the industry, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State.

The governor's announcement came at the conclusion of the New York State Tourism Summit, where hundreds of tourism experts gathered in Albany to discuss ideas and new ways to bring tourists to every corner of the state.

"Yesterday was huge," said Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. President and CEO John Percy on Thursday.

Higgins announces winners of 2013 annual student art competition
Wed, May 8th 2013 01:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, NY-26, has announced the winners of the 2013 annual Congressional Art Competition, "An Artistic Discovery."
American Diabetes Association: 10-year-old Lockport youth is ambassador for Tour de Cure
Wed, May 8th 2013 01:20 pm
The American Diabetes Association, Western New York Chapter, has named Vincent Harrer of Lockport its youth ambassador for the 2013 Tour de Cure.
First Niagara 'springs' into action to raise thousands for Hospice Buffalo
Tue, May 7th 2013 01:15 pm
First Niagara Financial Group Inc. and Hospice Buffalo worked together to welcome spring with the 27th annual Hospice Buffalo Spring Bouquet Sale.
Two Niagara University students, one alumna participating in 4K for Cancer
Tue, May 7th 2013 01:15 pm
Vince Schiano set off on a 4,000-mile bike ride last summer to raise money and awareness for young adults suffering from cancer.

Little did he know that his cross-country venture would also inspire three young women back "home" on Monteagle Ridge to join the cause this year.