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Lewiston standoff ends with house fire, suspect taken into custody
Sun, May 18th 2014 07:30 pm
A 12-hour standoff Sunday ended with a Village of Lewiston resident taken into custody. Leonard A. Zientara, 51, of 430 West Lane, surrendered himself to New York State Police after allegedly setting his house on fire.
'Grimm': The bad girl is back
Fri, May 16th 2014 12:55 am
In three seasons, Portland Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and his "Grimm" gang have squared off with an assortment of villains, vagabonds and wesen. But not one bad guy has been as much a thorn in the side as one bad girl: Adalind Schade (Claire Coffee).
Lew-Port alum tours East Coast, performing in Lewiston May 17
Thu, May 15th 2014 04:10 pm
Western New York native Zack Joseph found musical success in Nashville, Tennessee, when he relocated in 2013. But he never forgot about his small town roots in Youngstown. Joseph is excited to announce one of the stops on his East Coast tour is at The Lewiston Stone House Saturday, May 17, at 7 p.m.
Gov. Cuomo announces nearly $9 million in funding awards for Niagara Falls State Parks projects
Tue, May 13th 2014 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $9 million in funding awards for two restoration projects at Niagara Falls State Park that underscore the progress being made in support of the Niagara River Greenway as well as the continuing revitalization of the New York state park system.
Chamber Gala sponsors
Mon, May 12th 2014 09:25 am
The annual Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce Gala is Friday.

Shown from left to right are the 2014 Chamber Gala sponsors.

Visit the Sentinel page for profiles on all of this year's honorees.

Is Lewiston at risk?
Sat, May 10th 2014 11:00 am
Lewiston business owners fear their prime season could be in jeopardy this year.

As spring turns to summer and warm weather takes hold, Lewiston turns on its tourist magnet, with weekly concerts, monthly festivals and outdoor events. This year, however, the thruway to and from the village is under construction, which will delay visitors from coming and going - and could persuade them not to make a trip in the first place.

Bottle Junction celebrates ribbon-cutting on Grand Island
Sat, May 10th 2014 09:35 am
Bottle Junction co-owner Ray Pabon watches as a customer returns 519 plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans and then walks out the door $25.95 richer than when he walked in just minutes before.
Erie County/Town of Grand Island: Town welcomes furniture from county surplus warehouse
Sat, May 10th 2014 09:35 am
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick and Town Supervisor Mary Cooke have announced a partnership to outfit town offices with furniture from the county's surplus warehouse.
DEC comment period on CWM expansion underway
Sat, May 10th 2014 09:20 am
Monday, the state Department of Environmental Conservation made its long-awaited announcement that a notice of application for CWM Chemical Services LLC's planned expansion at the company's Balmer Road hazardous waste landfill is now complete and a comment period is underway.
Chamber Awards Gala: Great Lakes Real Estate Inc., Brett's Tent & Awning recognized
Sat, May 10th 2014 09:20 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will honor 10 businesses and individuals at its annual Chamber Awards Gala this Friday, May 16, at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston.
Richards accepts reduced charge, interim supervisor to be appointed
Sat, May 10th 2014 05:00 am
Town of Niagara Supervisor Steve Richards submitted his official resignation and retirement to the town last Friday and on Monday pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of official misconduct before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns in Lockport.
Grand Island High School: Capital project work in auditorium progresses
Fri, May 9th 2014 03:10 pm
PHOTOS: The auditorium at Grand Island High School has been gutted as part of the ongoing capital project in the Grand Island Central School District. Work on the ceiling went on high above the aud floor on the platform.
Canalside: Summer 2014 concert schedule announced
Thu, May 8th 2014 07:50 pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has announced a diverse lineup on Buffalo's waterfront. Thirty concerts will rock the park, including 10 free Thursday concerts and four ticketed concerts.

Canalside is bringing the likes of Buffalo favorite and lead singer of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie & The Sadies; reggae fusion artist Shaggy; neo soul/indie pop group Fitz and the Tantrums; and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring the music of Earth, Wind and Fire and Michael Jackson.

A.G. Schneiderman announces guilty plea of Town of Niagara supervisor Steven Richards
Mon, May 5th 2014 01:30 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the conviction Monday of Steven C. Richards and his immediate retirement as Town of Niagara supervisor. Richards, 61, of Lawson Drive in Niagara, pleaded guilty to official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor, before the Hon. Christopher J. Burns in Niagara County Court. Sentencing is scheduled for July 14.

"Steven Richards has admitted that he misused his position and used town resources to benefit himself personally, abusing both his office and the trust placed in him by the public," Schneiderman said. "He has vacated his office and submitted his retirement papers last week. With Richards' retirement and guilty plea, we have ensured that hardworking Niagara families will no longer have to pay for their town supervisor's personal use of town property and resources."

$6 million sports and educational complex welcomed by Niagara Catholic
Mon, May 5th 2014 08:25 am
The City of Niagara Falls will soon be home to a $6 million sports and educational facility, which will offer a number of programs and services for members of the community. Once built, The Niagara Community Center (run as a nonprofit organization) will be located next to Niagara Catholic Junior-Senior High School at 520 66th St.
Jack is back: Kiefer Sutherland talks '24: Live Another Day'
Sat, May 3rd 2014 02:20 pm
When we last saw Jack Bauer, his country abandoned him. The government, the agencies he had protected so many times, sought his end. He was on the run, and going off the gird.

When Jack Bauer returns Monday, after four years in exile, he will once again risk his life to protect American lives.

Why?

Because he's Jack Bauer.

'24' returns
Sat, May 3rd 2014 02:15 pm
"24" is about to join a very small, very elite club.

The show and its characters are returning to television four years after the series ended thanks to a 12-part event series, "24: Live Another Day." In doing so, the "24" franchise joins a small list of TV shows that returned with new stories after being canceled.

Chamber Awards Gala: Water Street Landing is Lewiston Business of the Year
Sat, May 3rd 2014 07:05 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Water Street Landing as the recipient of the Lewiston Business of the Year Award.
Plans for Military Place revised
Fri, May 2nd 2014 07:00 am
Town of Niagara residents had an opportunity Tuesday to review revised plans for Benderson Development's Military Place plaza on Military Road.
Town of Niagara: Richards could accept plea deal
Thu, May 1st 2014 06:00 pm
Rumors were rampant in the Town of Niagara this week that Supervisor Steve Richards will be accepting a plea deal in State Supreme Court on Monday and stepping down from office.
Niagara: Military Road business boom continuing
Thu, May 1st 2014 11:15 am
Three new Military Road businesses are celebrating openings this weekend - Petco, Firehouse Subs and Supercuts.

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration of Firehouse Subs, located in the Fashion Outlets of Niagara mall, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3.

Supercuts is holding its grand opening at 1520 Military Road with $5.99 haircuts from Friday, May 2, through Friday, May 30.

Coming soon in the LaSalle Center are a Five Below discount store and a Shoe Carnival store.

Collesano wins Republican caucus
Tue, Apr 29th 2014 10:45 pm
Village of Lewiston Mayor Terry Collesano will represent the Republican Party in the June 17 election. The incumbent took 56 of 77 votes in Tuesday's caucus, defeating challenger Jamie Symmonds.

"I accept your nomination; thank you," Collesano told a crowd of almost 100 inside the Red Brick Municipal Building gymnasium.

'Warehouse 13' goes out on top
Mon, Apr 28th 2014 06:00 pm
Not every show gets to end on its own terms, nor does every cast get to bring closure to its characters. "Warehouse 13" was fortunate enough to conclude its five-year run in a manner its showrunner and stars said was gratifying for them, and will be satisfying to fans of the "thrilleromedy" (thriller-drama-comedy).
'Warehouse 13' stars reflect on five stellar seasons
Mon, Apr 28th 2014 05:55 pm
"Warehouse 13" impressively accomplished much in five seasons.

It was a ratings hit at a time when sci-fi shows are hit-and-miss with viewers. The show's writers wonderfully blended action, drama and comedy into storylines that were suitable for any audience type - families included.

Aretha Franklin, Heart, Styx, Michael McDonald, Sara Bareilles: Artpark reveals final outdoor acts
Mon, Apr 28th 2014 10:05 am
Artpark announced the final performers in the "First Niagara presents Tuesday in the Park" and "Coors Light Wednesdays" outdoor concert series 2014 season lineups Monday morning. The list includes:
Lewiston Smelt Festival expected to draw large (hungry) crowds May 2
Sat, Apr 26th 2014 09:00 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Lewiston and The Silo Restaurant, in cooperation with the Niagara River Anglers, will celebrate one of the region's most famous natural resources when they host the Lewiston Smelt Festival.
Jaguar offers elaborate Mother's Day menu
Sat, Apr 26th 2014 09:00 am
Chef Victor Parra has something special planned for the moms who eat at Jaguar at the Bistro this Mother's Day.
Chamber Awards Gala: Bandana's Bar & Grill named Youngstown Business of the Year
Sat, Apr 26th 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Bandana's Bar & Grill as the recipient of the Youngstown Business of the Year Award.
Momentum builds for 'Great Contraption Race'
Sat, Apr 26th 2014 07:00 am
This first-of-its-kind happening will take place rain or shine at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in the lower Niagara River between Lewiston and Youngstown. Briefly put, it's a new type of on-river competition/social experience to benefit the It Happened to Alexa Foundation.
Buffarun Distance Club: 'I run because I can'
Sat, Apr 26th 2014 07:00 am
An inspiring message runs across the Buffarun Distance Club's website which reads, "I run for others. I run for my family. I run for a challenge. I run for a cure. I run because I can."
Grand Island High School: Music groups honored on D.C. trip
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:05 pm
Three Grand Island High School music groups earned superior ratings at the Dixie Classic Festival in Washington, D.C., with one winning the top prize.
Democrats out of Lewiston election; Symmonds vows to continue run for mayor
Wed, Apr 23rd 2014 04:30 pm
In a shocking turn of events Wednesday, the Lewiston Democratic Party candidates appointed to run in the June 17 Village of Lewiston election were ruled ineligible. Village Clerk Anne Welch disqualified mayoral candidate Jamie Symmonds and trustee candidate Jacqueline Lampman on the grounds their party failed to adhere to state election law.

Section 15-108(2)(c) states "Notice must be filed in the offices of the village clerk and the county board of elections at least 10 days before the scheduled caucus."

Welch said she did not receive notice from the Democrats of their caucus, which was held Tuesday, nor was a public announcement posted in her office.

Village of Lewiston: Dems get their candidate in Symmonds
Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 10:00 pm
For the first time in 20 years, Village of Lewiston Democrats have a candidate for mayor.

Jamie Symmonds will represent the party in the June 17 election. She was nominated during Tuesday's Democratic Party caucus.

Interview: 'Continuum' improves upon its past
Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 05:50 pm
How many times have you watched a TV show and thought, "Why did they do that?" Or, "Where is this story going?" Perhaps even, "I wish they wouldn't have killed off that character." Wouldn't it be cool if, just once, a show actually went back and made major revisions to previous episodes?
Village of Lewiston: Jamie Symmonds intends to run for mayor
Sat, Apr 19th 2014 10:30 am
The Lewiston Democratic Party is poised to have a Democrat run for the village's top office for the first time in two decades.
Chamber Awards Gala: Sanborn Old General Store named Sanborn Business of the Year
Sat, Apr 19th 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Sanborn Old General Store as the recipient of the Sanborn Business of the Year Award.
Lewiston: Big Guys Pizzeria and More moving in next to Hibbard's
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 12:50 pm
Speaking of his new restaurant, chef Michael Clark promises, "We're not going to be your everyday pizzeria."

Business partners Clark, of Niagara Falls, and Lewiston's Tony Vescio plan to open Big Guys Pizzeria and More early next month in the addition next to Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard on Portage Road. The eatery's name comes from its signature pie, a 28-inch pizza affectionately called "The Big Guy."

'The Voice': Christina Grimmie wants a fair fight
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 06:00 pm
INTERVIEW: Christina Grimmie is a serious contender - and that makes her a serious threat to the other coaches.

But that's not how she sees it.

Chamber Awards Gala: Patti's Cut Above named Ransomville Business of the Year
Sat, Apr 12th 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Patti's Cut Above as the recipient of the Ransomville Business of the Year Award.
Salada discusses new community police initiatives for Youngstown
Sat, Apr 12th 2014 07:00 am
In an effort to reach out further to the community, Youngstown Police Chief Chris Salada announced this week a series of new initiatives intended to make his department more visible to village residents and businesses.