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'The Cocktail Bar & Restaurant' eyed for Lewiston
Sat, Apr 19th 2014 10:00 am
Big Guys Pizzeria and More isn't the only new restaurant planned for the Village of Lewiston. Russ Conrad recently purchased 800 Center St. - formerly Dennis Brochey's Automotive - and intends to convert the property into "The Cocktail Bar & Restaurant."
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.
Town of Wheatfield: Board approves Fairmount Park site proposed by Veterans Memorial Focus Group
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 10:35 pm
The Wheatfield Town Board on Monday hired a consultant to give advice on the Quasar matter, approved a veterans memorial and determined to seek out a culprit in a vandalism case.

The board also unanimously approved the Fairmount Park site proposed by its Veterans Memorial Focus Group for the town's new veterans memorial.

Fundraiser to benefit child with brain tumor
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 10:30 pm
A benefit will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, for Donella (Miljour) Nocera of Niagara Falls at the Tuscarora Nation House, 5226 Walmore Road, Lewiston.
Patriots' Weekend at Fort Niagara
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 10:30 pm
Bright sunshine and relatively warm temperatures greeted folks who came out to Old Fort Niagara for the annual Patriots' Weekend last Saturday and Sunday.
Town of Niagara: Fee schedule approved for town park
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 10:30 pm
With spring slowly starting to break through, the Town of Niagara Town Board on Tuesday did some cleanup by approving a resolution leftover from winter, a contract and some road repair.

Agreement was reached on the new rental fee schedule for use of structures in Veterans Park on Lockport Road.

Town residents will face no charge for reservations at the various pavilions in the park, but must supply a returnable $100 security deposit. Rental for the Calvin K. Richards Community Center would be $25 per hour with a $150 deposit. A baseball diamond would be $50 per game with a $100 deposit.

Rivershore hosts inaugural 5K May 3 in Lewiston
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 10:15 pm
Rivershore Inc. has announced a new and unique 5K running event to be held in the Village of Lewiston Saturday, May 3. The Rivershore 5K will be held annually on the first Saturday of May to coincide with the Lewiston Smelt Festival, and will be the first of 10 runs in the DiMino Lower Niagara Running Series.

The event, professionally managed by Race Management Solution, seeks to support Rivershore programs while promoting the historic Village of Lewiston.

This one-of-a-kind running experience will start and finish on Lewiston Landing in front of the Barton Hill Hotel (start time 11 a.m.). Runners will experience the most challenging incline in Lewiston.

Dispatch survey winner takes home Seneca Niagara gift card
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:45 pm
Grand Island resident Al Shreder was selected as the grand-prize winner in the recent Island Dispatch survey contest. He and his wife, Marion, received a $150 gift card from Seneca Niagara Gaming Corp.
Niagara Area Foundation awards more than $50,000 in grants for county residents
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:40 pm
The Niagara Area Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $50,000 were awarded to nine Niagara County nonprofit organizations in 2013.
University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions awarded $2.7 million to help improve alcohol treatment strategies
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:40 pm
Making alcohol treatment more efficient and effective is the long-term goal of a $2.7 million grant to the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions.
Apply for Zonta scholarships
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:40 pm
The Zonta Club of Grand Island will award scholarships at its annual awards dinner June 24.

The Memorial Scholarship Award of $750 will be presented to a woman between the ages of 18 and 25 in memory of deceased Zontians who gave of their time and resources to improve the status of women. To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a resident of Grand Island, at least 18 years old (not a high school senior) and be enrolled in a degree or certification program.

The Career Advancement Scholarship will recognize one woman over 25 with a $750 award. She must be a resident of Grand Island and attending or have proof of acceptance in a program to further her education or help re-enter the job market.

A 'Chew' debut: Daphne Oz returns Wednesday with new baby Philomena
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:40 pm
Move over Prince George, there's American baby royalty at "The Chew" making her own splash. Co-host Daphne Oz returns from maternity leave Wednesday, April 23, and will bring her newborn daughter, Philomena Bijou Jovanovic, for a special on-air visit with Aunt Carla and Uncle Mario, Uncle Michael and Uncle Clinton.
Dexter Roberts says goodbye on 'American Idol XIII'
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:35 pm
Dexter Roberts was eliminated Thursday on "American Idol XIII" after he received the fewest votes. From Fayette, Ala., the 22-year-old sang "Muckalee Creek Water" on Wednesday night's performance show.
Grisanti's bill designates pedestrian bridge in Buffalo as 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:35 pm
New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti has announced the passage of a bill that amends the highway law to designate the bridge that crosses Route 198 into Delaware Park (connecting Nottingham Terrace with Hoyt Lake in the City of Buffalo) as "Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge." The designation of the bridge was spearheaded by community activists who have been working on this project for more than three years. They seek a memorial in the city to honor those who were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
National Grid increases incentive for customers to recycle refrigerators, freezers
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:35 pm
The ubiquitous garage or basement refrigerator that chilled many a summer beverage. The old freezer full of icy bricks of who-knows-what dating back to who-knows-when? They probably seemed like a good idea at one time, but now they pose a substantial burden to your electric bill.
Congressman Collins announces 2014 specialty crop block grant program
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:35 pm
Congressman Chris Collins has announced the availability of approximately $1.4 million in grant funding to support specialty crop programs in New York. The funding is a part of the farm bill passed by Congress earlier this year.
Historic Riviera Theatre marquee restoration and improvement project underway
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:35 pm
The Historic Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center in North Tonawanda continues its historic marquee restoration and improvement project with the much-anticipated installation of the historic and iconic 1947 marquee on Tuesday, April 22. Installation is scheduled to be completed Friday (weather permitting).

Under the direction of general contractor Peyton Barlow Co., the Wagner Electric Sign Company of Elyria, Ohio, completed restoration and improvements of the historic marquee by removing it from the building at the end of October and transporting it to its factory.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center honored with quality achievement award for stroke care
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:30 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.
Mount St. Mary's receives Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for stroke care
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:30 pm
Mount St. Mary's Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Mount St. Mary's commitment and success in implementing care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
Isaiah 61 Project opening temporary ReClaim Store
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:30 pm
The Isaiah 61 Project is opening the ReClaim Store Friday, May 2, at 2411 Hyde Park Blvd. (Harpor Plaza), Niagara Falls. It invites the public to the store's first day of operation.
Ceretto: New York corporate tax climate rises to fourth in country
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:30 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, is applauding the Tax Foundation for its recognition of New York's positive tax reforms in the new state budget.
John Tucker named head coach of Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:30 pm
The Buffalo Jr. Sabres have announced several management and coaching changes in the organization, including the hiring of former Buffalo Sabres player John Tucker as head coach of the Junior A team of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Shop for Easter at The Natural Link
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 08:45 am
Brian and Cathy Martin, new owners of The Natural Link, pose with a selection of hams they're selling just in time for Easter. Stop in and see them at their store, located at the corner of Center Street and Portage Road, just around the corner from Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard.
Extreme winter leads to increased demand at Community Missions
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:05 am
During a winter season with record snowfalls, demand rose considerably in the crisis and community services division at Community Missions, located in downtown Niagara Falls.

The organization saw a 24 percent increase in demand for its crisis housing, including a sobering 156 percent increase in nights of shelter given to children during the first three months of 2014, as compared to the first quarter of 2013. CMI provided 3,091 nights of shelter within its crisis housing programs during the first quarter of 2014, compared to 2,502 over the same time period in 2013. When considering those under the age of 12, the Mission provided a total of 420 nights of shelter during the first three months of 2014, compared to just 164 in 2013.

The increased demand for nights of shelter to children has been a yearlong trend.

Ceretto continues conversation on bringing Buffalo Bills to Niagara Falls
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:05 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto is initiating talks to seek support for two new economic development initiatives to boost the Niagara Falls tourist economy. First, Ceretto is exploring the possibility of building the new Buffalo Bills stadium in Niagara Falls. A recent report about the stadium task force named Niagara Falls as a possible site. In addition, he is looking to bring Nik Wallenda back to the area.

"Bringing the Bills to Niagara Falls would be a major victory for our community. It would give our local tourism economy a big shot in the arm and create jobs for Western New York families," Ceretto said.

2014 Arbor Day tree sale fundraiser and BBQ
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:00 am
In honor of Arbor Day, the International Association of Administrative Professionals is hosting its first tree sale fundraiser, featuring a variety of shrubs and trees supplied by Schichtel's Nursery Oregon.
Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee awards $1.7 million of NYPA funds to local waterfront projects
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:00 am
The Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee approved more than $1.7 million in funding recently for five projects to improve the waterfront along the Niagara River Greenway.

The following entities proposed projects that were awarded funding: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy, Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, Cazenovia Community Boating Center and the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council. The funding is from the New York Power Authority and was made possible as a result of the federal relicensing of NYPA's Niagara Power Project in 2007.

Sabres sign affiliation agreement with Elmira Jackals of ECHL
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:00 am
The Buffalo Sabres Wednesday announced the team signed an affiliation agreement with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL, the professional developmental league for the American Hockey League and the NHL. Elmira joins the Rochester Americans, the Sabres' AHL affiliate, as the chief minor-league development teams for the Buffalo Sabres organization.
15th annual golf raffle fundraiser to benefit people with developmental disabilities
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:00 am
The Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation's 15th annual golf raffle is taking place Sunday, April 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. The event offers golf enthusiasts the chance to win more than $20,000 in men's and women's golf-related equipment and trips.
Niagara University poster garners Silver Award in national competition
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:00 am
A Niagara University recruitment poster earned a Silver Award as part of the 29th annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report.

The poster, bearing the university's trademark "Education That Makes a Difference" tagline, was designed by TWG Plus.

Sabres announce coaching changes
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 11:25 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced several changes to the team's coaching staff, effective immediately.
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' narrows field to top 12 artists as competition heats up
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 10:00 am
NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" has narrowed its season-six field to the top 12 artists, all of whom will compete for the title when live episodes begin Monday, April 21 (8-10 p.m.).
CASE celebrates 25 years at Caring and the Caregiver Conference
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 09:45 am
The Coalition of Agencies in Service to the Elderly will hold its 25th annual Spring Professional Networking Conference, "Caring and the Caregiver," on Wednesday, May 14, at 9 a.m.
Old Fort Niagara honors first responders and veterans with May programs
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 09:45 am
Old Fort Niagara will honor first responders and veterans with two separate programs during May. On May 4, OFN will offer free family admission to all firefighters, ambulance and law enforcement personnel. May 4 is International Firefighters Day, and the fort will admit first responders and their families free of charge from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Catholic Charities holds Harley-Davidson raffle
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 09:30 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo will give away a generously donated 1999 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King motorcycle. Only 200 tickets will be sold at $100 each and the drawing will be held at noon May 9 at Catholic Charities Montante Administrative Center.
Authentic family recipes offer unparalleled freshness along Greater Niagara's 'Chocolate Trail'
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 07:00 am
Looking for the freshest candies this Easter and upcoming Mother's Day? Steer clear of the drug store and hop on the Greater Niagara Region's delicious "Chocolate Trail," which features outstanding confections made the old-fashioned way by local chocolatiers and sweet shops.
'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.

Jack is back: A special behind-the-scenes preview of '24: Live Another Day' airs May 3 on FOX
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 05:30 pm
As the clock ticks toward the anticipated premiere of "24: Live Another Day," a special half-hour behind-the-scenes preview of the event series, "24: Live Another Day: Jack Is Back," will air Saturday, May 3 (8:30 p.m.) on FOX.
Dirty Smile looks to represent WNY at Hard Rock Live in Rome
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 05:25 pm
Buffalo's own Dirty Smile wants to perform in Rome.

But they'll need your help.

The Hard Rock Café is searching for local rock stars to take the stage in the heart of the Roman Empire with "Hard Rock Rising," the world's largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition.

 


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