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Niagara University students visit Albany to lobby for financial aid
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 12:50 pm
Advocating for student financial aid isn't easy. Just ask Matt Nadler and Kalene Faricellie.
Artpark announces Arctic Monkeys as a 'Coors Light Wednesday' concert
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 12:35 pm
Artpark & Company announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that English indie band Arctic Monkeys will perform June 18 as part of the "Coors Light Wednesdays" concert series in the Outdoor Amphitheater.
Tops Friendly Markets boosts support for Roswell Park as major 'Ride For Roswell' sponsor
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 11:10 am
Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, announced today the company is boosting its support for Roswell Park Cancer Institute in a big way this year by signing on as a "Big Wheel" sponsor for The Ride For Roswell 2014, which will be held Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28.

The new sponsorship significantly extends Tops' existing support for RCPI, best known through its annual Run/Walk for Roswell. The Tops Run/Walk is a family-friendly event held each August in Williamsville to raise funds through Roswell Park's Team Cure Challenge program. Over the past six years, the event has raised more than $625,000 with the support of Roswell Park, the local community, vendor partners and Tops associates.

Niagara County first in state to oppose Cuomo's college for criminals idea
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 11:00 am
Niagara County lawmakers were outraged Tuesday night at plans by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to give taxpayer-funded college degrees to hardened criminals doing time in New York's prisons - and became the first county in the state to go on the record opposing the prison perk.

In a rare show of bipartisan anger at the Democratic governor, county legislators unanimously passed a resolution that opposed Cuomo's college-for-criminals scheme and called on the New York State Legislature to block it. The resolution was sponsored by every single member of the County Legislature's Republican and Democratic caucuses.

Ceretto opposes free college for prisoners
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 07:00 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, came out in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to offer a free college education to prisoners.
A.G. Schneiderman issues consumer alert warning New Yorkers of a 'Microsoft' technical support scam
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 07:00 am
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued a warning to New Yorkers based on numerous complaints received by his office from consumers who have been contacted recently by scam artists posing as representatives of Microsoft or an organization allegedly affiliated with Microsoft, such as P.C. Solutions.
Meet Zeb, the muscle from 'Star Wars Rebels'
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 09:00 pm
Every team needs a tough guy. Introducing Zeb, the (smart) muscle of the Ghost crew from Lucasfilm's upcoming animated series "Star Wars Rebels."
Sabres terminate Omark contract
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 09:00 pm
The Buffalo Sabres have announced the team terminated the contract of forward Linus Omark.
FOX offers insider's view into 'American Idol XIII' this week, with live, behind-the-curtain camera feed during commercial breaks
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 08:00 pm
During this season's first live performance shows of "American Idol XIII," airing tonight (8 p.m.), and tomorrow (8 p.m.), FOX will give viewers at home a front-row seat to all the backstage action and behind-the-curtain excitement via a live camera feed during select commercial breaks.
'Heart Smart' event to feature free health screenings
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:45 pm
Free health screenings will be the order of the day on Saturday, March 1, when Memorial Medical Center wraps up American Heart Month with "Heart Smart: A Free Wellness and Education Event."
Niagara Hospice Alliance introduces 'The Hospice Gran Fondo Bike Ride' featuring Niagara Wine Trail wineries
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:15 pm
If you are not familiar with a "gran fondo," you are not alone. A "gran fondo" is a type of bicycle ride that originated in Italy and is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. The name translates to "big ride" and is known as a "party on wheels," with scenic routes, open country roads, and fun pit stops to enjoy along the way.
Allstate offers tips from Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety to prevent winter roof problems and ice dams
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:15 pm
It's that time of year again. With a relentless winter season underway, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety is offering guidance on how homeowners can protect their property from winter weather-related damage. As always, know your limitations and seek a professional when necessary.
'Countdown to the Oscars,' anchored by Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott, airs Feb. 27 on ABC
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:15 pm
"Countdown to the Oscars" offers viewers a backstage pass to the Academy Awards, featuring interviews with this year's nominees, rarely seen footage of the nominated stars before they were famous, and a special celebration of the 20th anniversary of "Forrest Gump."
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan stun 'Homeland' star Mandy Patinkin with two huge surprises
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:15 pm
This Wednesday on "LIVE with Kelly and Michael," hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan stun unsuspecting "Homeland" star Mandy Patinkin with two huge surprises during a new interview recently taped for the show.
'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' debuts with strong audience sampling, averaging 11.3 million viewers
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:15 pm
The debut of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" generated strong sampling at a special midnight start time following late local news and NBC's coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
'Fostering Hope: A Gala for Every Child' foster care program at The Rapids Theatre
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
The Rapids Theatre will host "Fostering Hope: A Gala for Every Child," a foster care program, Saturday, March 1. Proceeds will go to Every Child to help children within the foster care systems in Erie and Niagara counties.
Tony Gonzalez joins CBS Sports as NFL analyst
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
Former Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez joins CBS Sports as an analyst for the CBS Television Network's NFL pre-game show, "The NFL Today," and will contribute across multiple CBS platforms, including "Inside the NFL" on SHOWTIME and CBS Sports Network's Sunday pre-game show, "That Other Pregame Show."
Grisanti launches petition against free college for prisoners
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
New York State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, announced Tuesday he has launched an online petition to gather public opposition to a recent proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to give taxpayer-subsidized college classes to inmates at 10 state prisons.

The petition, "Say 'NO' To Free College For Prisoners," went live Tuesday.

"I have received numerous phone calls, emails and Facebook messages related to this initiative, and the overwhelming percentage of them are negative," Grisanti said.

"I support rehabilitation and reduced recidivism, but not on the taxpayer's dime, when so many individuals and families in New York are struggling to meet the ever-rising costs of higher education," he added.

'Late Show with David Letterman' goes for the gold with medal-worthy lineup of Olympic athletes
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
It's a medal-worthy week on the "Late Show with David Letterman" when medal-winning U.S. athletes from the XXII Olympic Winter games in Sochi, Russia, visit the broadcast this week (11:35 p.m.) on the CBS Television Network.
Catholic Academy to host basket auction fundraising event
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls will host its annual basket raffle Saturday, March 8, at the school, 1055 Military Road. Doors open at 10 a.m. Drawings for the baskets begin at 7 p.m.
UB Theatre & Dance presents 'The Tempest'
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:05 pm
The University at Buffalo Department of Theatre & Dance will present "The Tempest" from Thursday, March 6, to Sunday, March 9, in the Black Box Theater located at the Center for the Arts.
Anne Hathaway to present on 'Oscar Sunday'
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:05 pm
Oscar winner Anne Hathaway will present at this year's Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Tuesday. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
Empire State College at Cheektowaga to hold information sessions
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:05 pm
State University of New York Empire State College will hold public information sessions about its degree programs at its Niagara Frontier Center.
KHM Counseling of Niagara debuts new location
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:05 pm
KHM Counseling of Niagara, a Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce member, held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony Thursday, Feb. 13, at its new office location at the Power City Building in Niagara Falls. Tours of the historic Power City Building were given during the open house celebration.
Maziarz criticizes Cuomo's prison-to-college 'scheme'
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:05 pm
State Sen. George Maziarz released the following statement Tuesday:
NU: Faculty-student research findings accepted for presentation at international writing conference
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:00 pm
A study conducted by a Niagara University professor and five of his students has been accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Writing Research, one of the foremost writing conferences in Europe.
Grand Island Relay For Life: 'Rock-Out' Kickoff Feb. 26
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:05 am
Cancer has been a part of Casey Dahlstrom's life since he was 3 years old, but rather than run from the memory, he embraces it.

Dahlstrom will describe his life with cancer at the Grand Island Relay For Life Kickoff Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Connor Middle School cafeteria. The event was postponed exactly three weeks due to bad weather. Relay For Life itself, the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will have its 12th edition on the Island at 2 p.m. May 31 and runs to 2 a.m. June 1.

Recycling carts coming to Grand Island
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
New recycling carts will soon turn up on Island roadsides.

Republic Services will soon provide 95-gallong recycling carts to every home on the Island at no cost to taxpayers.

Grand Island Board of Education: Resolution passed in opposition to Gap Elimination Adjustment
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
On Feb. 10, the Grand Island Board of Education worked through a varied agenda, including information on Grand Island's 2014-15 budget and a report on the three-year capital improvement project. All board members were present, including Donna Tomkins and Paul Krull via Skype.

Regarding the New York state budget, the board unanimously approved a resolution to get rid of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, GEA. Each year since 2009-10, foundation aid to school districts has been frozen at 2008-09 levels. In addition, aid may be taken from school districts and applied to the New York state budget to close deficits.

Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk: Supporters brave the elements
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
Saturday, Feb. 8, dozens of walkers, skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers braved the elements to take part in the fourth annual Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk on West River Parkway
March 1 deadline for tax exemptions
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
March 1 is the deadline for all Basic STAR, Enhanced/Senior STAR and veterans property tax exemptions to be added to the assessment roll for school tax year 2014-15 and town/county tax year 2015.
Islanders raising money at Pasta Sauce Off
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
The LaSalle Yacht Club has turned its Pasta Sauce Off benefit over to two successful fundraisers who are all of 11 years old.
Islander has special room makeover
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
A 17-year-old girl from Grand Island is the recipient of a bedroom makeover thanks to a team of local volunteers.
'Bye Bye Birdie' opens Feb. 21
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
Rehearsals continue for the St. Stephen's Parish Players performances of "Bye Bye Birdie" in the St. Stephen School cafetorium.
Scout Sunday marked
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
Scout Sunday (for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts) was celebrated at the 9 a.m. Mass Sunday, Feb. 2, at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Report for Feb. 14, 2014
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to 162 calls from Feb. 1 to 7. Below is a sampling of the noteworthy incidents on Grand Island.
Kaegebein Elementary School: Students 'Make a Difference' in theatrical production
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 06:55 am
Students in the fourth-grade class of Kaegebein Elementary School teacher Katherine Chadwick presented three performances Jan. 31 of a musical play called "Make a Difference."
Grand Island Dance Center: Dance Ensemble has busy season
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 06:55 am
The Grand Island Dance Center's Dance Ensemble had a very full performance season. The last performance of the season was at Niagara University for the halftime show.
St. Stephen School celebrates Catholic Schools Week, supports veterans
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 06:55 am
St. Stephen School, located at 2080 Baseline Road, held an open house Jan. 26, kicking off Catholic Schools Week activities from Jan. 27 to 31.

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