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Grisanti introduces legislation to expand radius for low-cost power
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:50 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti introduced legislation today (S.7935) that would expand the boundaries of the Power Proceeds Allocation Act funding program to include all of Erie County. This expansion would allow eligible businesses and not-for-profits in all of Erie County to apply for power at a reduced cost.
Lewiston Arts Cafe' returns
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:50 am
The Lewiston Council on the Arts and Just Buffalo Literary Center will present the fourth program in the Lewiston Arts Cafe' series, which features presentations by poets and musicians.
Village of Lewiston reverses course on residential pop-up parking lots
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:35 am
Patrons driving to Artpark Tuesday for the Styx concert may have noticed more cars parked off South Fourth Street. Vehicles were on residential lawns - parked both parallel and perpendicular - on the road and in driveways. Some homes had more than a half-dozen parked on site.

If this appeared in contrast to previous Village of Lewiston Board rulings, it was - and it wasn't.

Buffalo Zoo saddened by death of sea lion
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 05:10 pm
The Buffalo Zoo is saddened to report the loss of Jester, a 12-year-old male California sea lion, who passed away over the weekend.
Castellani Art Museum: 'TopSpin' series exhibition opportunity
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 05:00 pm
The Castellani Art Museum is currently taking submissions for the 2015-16 exhibition season. The museum's Tops Gallery - dedicated to the exhibition of work by local and regional artists - presents the "TopSpin" series. "TopSpin" features a broad range of visual expressions, varied in media as well as message, and focuses mainly on new and emerging artists.
Jason Taylor, Kevin Gilbride, Paul Burmeister join Mike Florio on 'Pro Football Talk' for 2014 NFL season
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 05:00 pm
Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Jason Taylor and longtime NFL coach Kevin Gilbride will join Mike Florio and new co-host and veteran NFL commentator Paul Burmeister to discuss the hottest NFL topics this season on "Pro Football Talk," NBCSN's weekday NFL news program.
Springfield celebrates 'The Simpsons' 25th anniversary with a special mural
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 05:00 pm
The City of Springfield, Oregon, is partnering with "The Simpsons" to bring the first family of television to its downtown walk of murals.

Sanctioned by "The Simpsons" creator and Oregonian Matt Groening, the mural will be painted on the side of the Emerald Arts Center in the heart of downtown Springfield.

Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue visits Boulevard Mall to raise agility equipment funds
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 02:20 pm
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue will be present with adoptable dogs Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Sears court in the Boulevard Mall (corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Maple Road, Amherst). Dogs Bear, Zoey and Willis will be on hand. Photos and information on these and all adoptable animals is available online at www.heartofniagara.org.
Painting donated to Niagara Aerospace Museum
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 02:05 pm
The Glasgow/Milne families will present a portrait of Capt. William Glasgow painted by Major Baskerville during World War II to the Niagara Aerospace Museum Saturday at 1 p.m.
Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins and Collins help secure $1.3-million-plus for NFTA projects at Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 02:05 pm
Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined Congressmembers Brian Higgins and Chris Collins in announcing two separate grants awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for improvements to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport totaling $1,347,732 million.
'Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion' available on Watch Disney XD, Sept. 29
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 02:05 pm
Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary "Star Wars" saga, an animated one-hour movie, "Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion," will be available first to verified users on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app, beginning Monday, Sept. 29.
'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' premieres Monday, Sept. 8, with Terry Crews as host
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 02:05 pm
Actor, author, fitness enthusiast, Old Spice pitchman and former NFL player Terry Crews ("The Expendables 3") will make his debut as host of the nationally syndicated version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" when the iconic game show launches its 13th season Monday, Sept. 8.
'An Evening with Esperanza Spalding - Thank You October'
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 02:05 pm
The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, hosts "An Evening with Esperanza Spalding - Thank You October" on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Empire State Development: New animated series 'Dora and Friends' made in New York
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 02:05 pm
Empire State Development highlighted the economic benefits resulting from the post-production animation of "Dora and Friends: Into the City" in New York. The new children's television series spent approximately $1 million in the state on post-production costs, hired 80 New Yorkers, and generated more than $5 million in non-post-production spending for local New York vendors.

The series is the Empire State's first fully animated television show since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo extended and enhanced the film and television tax credit in 2013 to facilitate post-production work for animation.

Massive marketing campaign underway to continue momentum for 'The Blacklist'
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 05:45 pm
NBC is waging a comprehensive marketing campaign to ensure the continued awareness for its No. 1 drama series, "The Blacklist," which kicks off its second season at 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22.
New film 'Holy Ghost' poised to disrupt entertainment industry business model
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 05:45 pm
Wanderlust Productions - the independent film studio behind the cult hit trilogy "Finger of God," "Furious Love" and "Father of Lights" - is poised to disrupt the entertainment industry's long-established business model on Sept. 6 with the 48-hour world premiere of its documentary film "Holy Ghost."
Congressman Brian Higgins presents Sgt. Benjamin H. Benally with Purple Heart
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 05:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins presented United States Army veteran Sgt. Benjamin Benally with the Purple Heart for injuries sustained while serving in Afghanistan.
Bailey O'Riley's officially open for business
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 05:15 pm
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Bailey O'Riley's Village Pub, which recently opened for business at 840 Center St. Local business owners and elected leaders welcomed owner Chris MacKenzie and his family to Lewiston.
Buffalo to host NHL Combine in 2015 and 2016
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 03:35 pm
The National Hockey League and the Buffalo Sabres announced the NHL Combine will move to Buffalo in 2015 and 2016, with the event being held at First Niagara Center and the soon-to-be-completed HARBORCENTER complex across from the arena.
Grand Island: Miniature-golf tournament has more than $500 in prizes
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 11:25 am
The Grand Island Fun Center is calling Buffalo's best miniature golfers for its second annual mini golf tournament on Aug. 24 at 1:30 p.m. Golfers will tee off and compete for more than $500 in cash and prizes.
Lewiston: Ross to host public meeting on radio tower
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 11:25 am
Lewiston residents have expressed concerns over a fire and police radio tower resulting from a federal radio narrowbanding mandate. As such, Niagara County Legislature Chairman William L. Ross will hold a meeting Wednesday to get answers to the public's questions.

Ross said the community meeting, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Upper Mountain Fire Co., 839 Moyer Road, will bring county officials involved in the sighting decisions for the radio tower network, including County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz, to meet with local residents, firefighters and the general public.

Niagara University 'SPIN sessions' set to showcase faculty talents
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 11:25 am
Niagara University is putting a new spin on thought-provoking presentations.
Boyz II Men concert to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 11:25 am
The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, hosts Boyz II Men Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets, $60, $50 and $40, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Michael McDonald closes biggest Artpark 'Tuesdays' season
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 03:50 pm
Michael McDonald will co-headline the final "Tuesdays in the Park" concert on Aug. 26. The singer with the distinctive baritone voice was the top draw in 2005 - the first year Artpark & Company went all-out to bring top talent to Lewiston - and drew more than 12,000 for a second appearance in 2008.
NCCC Culinary Institute sponsors Peach Festival taste-off
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 03:00 pm
Niagara County Community College has long supported the Lewiston Kiwanis Club and the Niagara County Peach Festival. Now that NCCC's Culinary Institute is up and running - and garnering praise for its offerings - the timing was right for the downtown Niagara Falls campus to sponsor the annual Peach Festival peach recipe contest taste-off.
Peach Festival recipe contest, parade offer great prizes to applicants
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:55 pm
The Niagara County Peach Festival, Sept. 5-7, is only three weeks away. Make sure you are prepared for one of the area's most highly anticipated events of the year.
May we introduce you to Sgt. Peppers Hot Sauces, Etc.?
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:55 pm
Center and North Fourth streets is quickly becoming the Village of Lewiston's coolest corner.
GIHS is People's Choice at Lewiston Art Festival
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:45 pm
Grand Island High School students took home the People's Choice award and a third-place yellow ribbon from the Chalk Walk competition at the Lewiston Art Festival Saturday.
Grand Island Town Board: Two proclamations issued at meeting
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:40 pm
The Grand Island Town Board proclaimed Aug. 16 National Airborne Day in the town during its meeting Monday and encouraged Islanders to observe and commemorate the event.
Town of Grand Island calls results of new recycling program 'fantastic'
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
The Grand Island Town Board has called the results of the first month of use with the new 95-gallon wheeled recycling carts "fantastic."

In a press release to the media this week, the board said the amount of recycling by Grand Islanders in the first month of using the carts that were delivered in May by Republic Services has increased.

Buffalo Division Manager Terry Schweitzer and Municipal Services Manager Terry Grady of Republic Services met recently with the Town Board to review the recycling numbers and the overall program, the statement said. According to the town, when compared to the same time period last year, the Grand Island recycling rate has increased by more than 30 percent.

Grand Island Town Board: Contractors complain about draft law
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
Island contractors showed up at Town Hall Monday to criticize a proposed local law that one called "blue collar vs. white collar."

A public hearing at the monthly Town Board meeting was attended by many of Grand Island's contractors, who gave input on Local Law Intro No. 13 of 2014 that would amend chapter 407 of the town code to allow contractor maintenance yards as a special use in certain residential districts, subject to certain conditions.

Just before taking public comments, Town Supervisor Mary Cooke said, "What's currently going on in town right now may not all be legal, and we're trying to figure out a way to allow someone who has a small operation to be able to work in their property that they have without disrupting their entire neighborhood so that we don't get complaints from people who say, 'I live in a residential neighborhood. I didn't sign up for this.' "

Grand Island Board of Education: Another assistant principal departs GIHS for better job
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
During the Monday evening meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education, trustees heard reports on a variety of topics, including some important staffing changes. Dr. Andrés Arroyo is leaving his position as assistant principal of Grand Island High School to become principal at Newfane High School. Arroyo has served Grand Island for the past seven years and earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

His resignation comes close behind that of Assistant Principal Michael Lauria, who left his job earlier this summer to become principal at Springville High School. Administrators acted quickly to search for and to hire replacements for Arroyo and Lauria, and high school Principal Dan Quartley introduced the new staff to the Board of Education at Monday's meeting. They are T. Michael Carter and Corey Gray.

Not in my town
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:20 pm
The Wheatfield Town Board on Monday did some final tweaking on its biosolids law to ensure that Quasar won't be injecting its equate, which includes treated human waste, into town farm fields.
We're going to need a bigger week: ABC announces return of 'Shark Tank Week'
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:20 pm
ABC'S hit series "Shark Tank," fresh from a 2014 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality Program, is eating up ABC's primetime schedule with the return of the popular "Shark Tank Week," beginning Sunday, Sept. 7, at 10 p.m. "Shark Tank Week" will conclude Friday, Sept. 12, gearing up for the special two-hour season six premiere Friday, Sept. 26 (8-10:01 p.m.), on ABC.
Western New York Regional Economic Development Council: 2014 progress report, priority projects for round four
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:20 pm
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council has approved its 2014 progress report and endorsed the council's list of priority projects for round four of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council process. The progress report, including the list of priority projects for the five-county region composed of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara, was submitted to New York ahead of the Aug. 15 deadline.

"I am very pleased to note that, throughout the year, Western New York and our council have continued to build upon the significant progress in implementing core and sector strategies," said Satish Tripathi, WNYREDC co-chair and University at Buffalo president. "It is clearly evident that Western New York truly is moving the needle on all of our economic growth indicators. Going forward with round four of the Regional Council initiative, we anticipate that the state will recognize and celebrate the transformative work that is occurring across our region."

Tweedie named interim director at Niagara Cerebral Palsy
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:20 pm
Rita Tweedie, chief fiscal officer of Niagara Cerebral Palsy, will serve as the interim CEO/executive director for the organization. This comes after current CEO John Reardon's mid-August departure to relocate out of the area.
In memory of Robin Williams, special presentations of 'Aladdin' to air on Disney channels
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:15 pm
In fond remembrance of one of the world's most beloved actors, Robin Williams, Disney's animated movie "Aladdin" will be presented on Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. Williams voiced the 1992 film's treasured character, Genie.
Lewiston practice joins HEALTHeLINK
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:15 pm
Lewiston-based Women's Medicine of Niagara is the latest health care organization to join HEALTHeLINK, Western New York's clinical information exchange.
'LIVE with Kelly and Michael' welcomes Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Hugh Jackman
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:15 pm
Nationally syndicated morning talk show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" announces the lineup of guests appearing on the show next week.
National Grid-sponsored camp opens girls' eyes to STEM professions
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:15 pm
According to US2020, there will be 1.2 million job openings in the U.S. in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields by 2018, with a significant shortage of qualified applicants to fill them.
 


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