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Aquarium of Niagara penguins take center stage
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 12:50 pm
Come celebrate with the Peruvian penguins at the Aquarium of Niagara from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29-30.
Billion Dollar Bracket
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 10:30 am
Along with the Irish celebration of St. Patrick's Day comes another popular tradition, March Madness. Billionaire entrepreneur, Warren Buffet, has offered one billion dollars to one lucky fan that can successfully select the perfect March Madness bracket. Yes, one billion dollars.
B Howard: son or parasite?
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 10:15 am
The world-renowned King of Pop, Michael Jackson, may have "popped" out another baby, as speculation regarding the singer's paternal life has made its way around the Internet.
What's that on your face?
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 10:00 am
Ladies and Gents- what exactly are you putting on your face? What I mean is, what products are you using for your everyday skincare regimen?
Diverse lineups for 2014-15 pilot season
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 09:00 am
With the 2013-2014 season coming to an end soon, developments for next fall's pilot season have already begun. One trend to watch is that more pilots led by black actors are in the works this season. When television first became popular and up until recent years, it was rare to see a minority face as a lead actor for prime time show. With ABC's "Scandal" breaking barriers by having the first black actress nominated for an Emmy since 1995, we are starting to see a shift in what our weekly television shows look like.
NYPA transformer fire: No injuries or power service disruptions
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 11:35 pm
Harry Francois, Western New York regional manager of the Niagara Power Project, released this statement Wednesday night on the extinguished transformer fire:
Higgins credits community with Tonawanda Coke verdict
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 11:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is crediting an engaged, enraged and educated community with Wednesday's sentencing decision in federal court, which brought some justice to a community he said has suffered extensively as a result of Tonawanda Coke's criminal neglect.
Higgins presents family with Bronze Star earned by PFC Doral E. Cummings
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 11:35 pm
Private First Class Doral E. Cummings fought in World War II and earned 11 medals, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Unfortunately, HE passed away in 1997 and never received his Bronze Star.
Ceretto votes on first budget bill
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 11:35 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, began the process of finalizing the New York state budget Wednesday by voting on the first budget bill. Ceretto noted that, throughout budget negotiations, he is still fighting to restore education funding that was cut in 2011.
DiNapoli finds veterans are not informed of health benefits options
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 11:35 pm
Poor coordination of health benefits for veterans by the state Department of Health and local social services departments resulted in many veterans being placed in the state's Medicaid program rather than federal programs, according to an audit released Wednesday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
WBBZ-TV wants to give WNY'ers 'Bragging Rights' in new game show
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 11:35 pm
Bob Koshinski, vice president and general manager of WBBZ-TV, has announced "Your Hometown Television Station" is seeking contestants to compete and play in the station's new game show, "Bragging Rights!"
A 'Giant' historic reunion sold out
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 11:35 pm
Earlier this year, an "M&T Third Fridays" at The Buffalo History Museum release announced its second annual "Giants of Buffalo" program would feature legendary WKBW Channel 7 TV news team: Irv Weinstein, Rick Azar and Tom Jolls.
First Niagara teaches financial literacy to refugee youth
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 12:20 pm
The First Niagara Foundation and Jericho Road Community Health Center are partnering to provide afterschool program support for local refugee students and create education opportunities that will enrich their academic and social skills.
IAAP hosts Arbor Day tree fundraiser at Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 12:20 pm
The International Association of Administrative Professionals is teaming up with Schichtel's Nursery Oregon to host the 2014 Arbor Day tree fundraiser this spring. Proceeds will benefit the IAAP Buffalo Chapter.
NYSDOT confirms new West Seneca bridge will feature flood resistant design
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 12:20 pm
In a letter to Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, the New York State Department of Transportation confirmed the Harlem Road bridge in West Seneca will be reconstructed with design features that will be more resistant to ice jam flooding.
Time for spring
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 11:30 am
It's been a long winter as we're almost halfway through the month of March and plenty of snow still covers the ground. Most students at Niagara University are visibly tired of the wintry weather. With spring just around the corner it's time to enjoy parts of the Niagara Falls and Lewiston area that aren't as accessible or enjoyable in the winter months.
Artpark reveals first 'Tuesday in the Park' and 'Wednesday' headliners, debuts new logo
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 10:05 am
Artpark rings in spring a day early, giving a sneak peek at who is coming to the popular "First Niagara presents Tuesday in the Park" (Daryl Hall & John Oates, Widespread Panic, Boston), and "Coors Light Wednesdays" outdoor concert series (Sublime with Rome).
Earth Day sculptures sought for exhibit at NYPA's Power Vista
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 07:00 am
The Power Vista, the visitors center for the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Project, is seeking submissions for its "Every Day is Earth Day" sculpture contest.
World War II Air Force veteran Everett Fitchlee discusses '390th Bomb Group,' presents B-17 Bomber mission film
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 07:00 am
World War II Air Force veteran Everett Fitchlee will share his experience as part of the 8th Air Force 390th Bombardment Group at the Niagara History Center, Thursday, March 27, at 2 p.m. Fitchlee will show film of an actual mission by the B17 bombers, made by a photographer assigned to the Bomb Group.
Niagara University seeking youth camp counselors
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 07:00 am
Niagara University is looking for motivated, dynamic individuals to help with its Summer Youth Camp. Camps are held June 30 through Aug. 15. Participants are between ages 6 and 12.
Canalside hosts meeting for corporations, organizations and certified minority vendors
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 07:00 am
Global Spectrum, the management company operating Canalside, is hosting a meeting to better acquaint themselves with certified minority corporations, organizations and vendors, on Thursday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m., within the fifth floor conference room at 95 Perry St., Buffalo.
Zonta Club of Grand Island: Zonta Fashion Fling is April 6
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 07:00 am
The Zonta Club of Grand Island is holding its annual Spring Fashion Fling at a new venue with brand new fashion designs. The event will take place at noon on Sunday, April 6, at River Oaks, 210 Whitehaven Road.
NBC's 'The Voice' names Chris Martin as key adviser for current season's 'The Battles: Round Two'
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 11:35 pm
NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical-competition series "The Voice" has confirmed Coldplay frontman Chris Martin as the key adviser for the current season. As part of a new format change, Martin will serve as a mentor for the artists on each of the four teams, a "Voice" first.
Town Board notes 70th anniversary of Island Dispatch
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 07:05 pm
The Grand Island Town Board issued a proclamation on the 70th anniversary of the Island Dispatch.
GI Dance Center to welcome Flow40! to Island for workshops
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 07:00 pm
The Grand Island Dance Center, 2407 Grand Island Blvd., and the Lewiston Dance Center will host a Flow40 Dance Workshop at the GI location. All dancers of age in the community are invited to attend.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Gold, platinum sponsors announced for Citizen of the Year Awards
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:50 pm
Two Island companies will sponsor the upcoming Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner.
Grand Island Fire Co. Call Summary for March 7, 2014
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:50 pm
The following incidents occurred from Feb. 24 to March 2, as reported by the Grand Island Fire Co. A total of 19 calls were answered by the department during this period. The GIFC has now responded to 230 calls so far this year.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Report for March 7, 2014
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:50 pm
The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to 151 calls from Feb. 22 to 28. Below is a sampling of the noteworthy incidents on Grand Island.
Above and Beyond: Your 911 call for help handled better than ever
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:45 pm
Grand Island Fire Co. Communications Supervisor Steve Morgan reports that a new Intrado Power 911 system was placed in service at the Grand Island Fire Co. Dispatch Center on Feb. 27.
700 volunteers joined county fire service in '13
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Emergency Services has announced that more than 700 new recruits swelled the ranks of volunteer fire companies across Erie County during 2013. This influx of new volunteers came from across the county's 94 fire departments and will augment the more than 5,000-member strong volunteer firefighting force that currently serves Erie County's municipalities.

"One of the best ways an individual can become involved in their community and help to make it stronger is through public service, and I thank the volunteers who answered the call to perform this vital role," said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

As snow and ice begin to melt, be on the lookout for what winter weather may leave behind
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:30 pm
Worn out by the winter weather? We all are. But don't let your guard down just yet. Now that the snow and ice are beginning to melt, turn your attention to your roof.
National Fuel warns customers of utility scams
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:30 pm
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. cautions customers to be aware of scammers acting as utility representatives, threatening service shutoff and demanding immediate payments. Utility customers should not respond to these calls, and they should contact National Fuel immediately to verify their account statuses.
Schneiderman, I-STOP allies call on federal government to rescind FDA approval of Zohydro ER
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:30 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to overturn the Food and Drug Administration's approval of Zohydro Extended Release (Zohydro ER).
Ceretto advocates for better services for developmentally disabled at Mental Hygiene Budget Conference Committee
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:30 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto worked with his Assembly and Senate colleagues on the Legislature's Joint Mental Hygiene Budget Conference Committee to follow-up on a commitment to deliver better services to the developmentally disabled and others in need.
Obit: John William Grimm
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:00 pm
John William Grimm, 60 of Elizabethtown, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
Obit: Virginia Schultz
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:00 pm
Virginia Schultz, 93, of Grand Island, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence in Lewiston.
Salvation Army TASC receives First Niagara grant
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 01:45 pm
The Salvation Army is the grateful beneficiary of a $7,500 grant awarded by the First Niagara Foundation. This grant will cover the expense of an instructor for the New York State Test Assessing Secondary Completion, formerly GED program.
Ceretto sees progress in expansion of aquarium and outdoor recreation in Niagara Falls
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 12:40 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, said he views the recent news of the expansion of the Aquarium of Niagara and recreational activities along the waterfront as a sign of the progress Niagara Falls has made in the three years since he took office. When completed, he said these expansions will provide more tourist attractions to keep visitors in the city longer, providing a boost to the various hospitality-related businesses in the city.

The projects are being supported by state investments through the "Buffalo Billion," the Power Proceeds Allocation Board and a $40 million economic development competition for Niagara Falls tourism.

Three additional acts added to May entertainment lineup at Seneca Casinos
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 12:40 pm
Seneca Casinos has announced even more superstar performances this May on top of an already popular lineup. Joining the schedule is Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca as well as Spirit of the West and a double-billing of Glass Tiger & Platinum Blonde at the Bear's Den Showroom in Niagara Falls.
Wanna go for a ride? Why dogs love car rides
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 12:40 pm
We've all seen it: a dog with his head tilted up, the breeze blowing through his fur, with an unmistakable look of pure joy on his face as he takes a ride in his favorite person's car. The sight is enough to bring a smile to anyone's face. Everyone can identify with that feeling of unadulterated bliss.
 


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