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Obit: Betty Anna Neiswinter Watts
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:55 pm
Betty Anna Neiswinter Watts, 88, a resident of the Valley View Nursing Center in Montoursville, Pa., has entered into eternal rest, Jan. 5, 2014.
Obit: Julia Pedlow
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:55 pm
Julia Pedlow, age 94, died Jan. 1, 2014, under the loving care of Elderwood at Wheatfield and Niagara Hospice.
Grand Island Fire Co.: Island sustains shoreline damage during polar vortex weather system
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:50 pm
As a result of severe blizzard conditions that caused Niagara River ice jams, Grand Island residents encountered shoreline damage in the vicinity of 4300 East River Road. Although docks and boat houses sustained the most damage, residential properties in low-lying areas were also at risk.
Grand Island Fire Co. Call Summary for Jan. 10, 2014
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:50 pm
The following incidents occurred from Dec. 30, 2013, to Jan. 5, 2014, as reported by the Grand Island Fire Co. A total of 32 calls were answered by the department during this period. The GIFC has responded to 1,438 calls in 2013, and to 20 so far in 2014.
K of C to hold FT contest
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:50 pm
The gymnasium at St. Stephen School is reserved for the local/Council 4752 championship, the first level of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship, on Saturday, Jan. 18. Registration, as well as free throw practice, begins at 12:30 p.m. and closes at 1:30 p.m. Competition begins promptly at 1:30 p.m.
Grand Island Town Board: Metz Building sold
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:45 pm
The Metz Building on Long Road has been sold, clearing the way for development of what many consider the Island's most notorious eyesore.

Councilman Gary Roesch said at the end of Monday's Grand Island Town Board meeting that owner Jim Metz had sold the building, former home to Dunlop Tire headquarters, to Rudra Management of Cheektowaga, which he called developers of other hotels and motels in the area.

Roesch said he didn't know the sale price but said Metz, probably didn't get "anywhere near what he was asking" for all along in the sale.

Town of Niagara Police Blotter for Jan. 16, 2014
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:30 pm
The following is a sampling of the 69 calls received by the Town of Niagara Police between Jan. 10 and 14.
Bravo Media greenlights new culinary competition series 'Top Chef Extreme'
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:30 pm
Bravo Media is set to pour salt in old wounds with the greenlight of the brand new culinary competition series "Top Chef Extreme" (working title), which will premiere in summer 2014.
Sign up for Sheriff's Community Police Academy
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:25 pm
Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour has announced the Sheriff's Community Police Academy will be held at the Niagara County Public Safety Building, 5574 Niagara St. Ext., Lockport, beginning Feb. 27.
U.S. House Soccer program arrives in Wheatfield
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:20 pm
Niagara Wheatfield Amateur Athletics has introduced an approved U.S. House Soccer development program in Wheatfield.
Wheatfield Seniors trips
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:15 pm
Town of Wheatfield Seniors announces the following road trips:
Town of Niagara: Richards gets new judge in case
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:15 pm
A hearing in the case against Town of Niagara Supervisor Steve Richards has been delayed until next month due to a change in judges.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:15 pm
In recognition of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Niagara County Department of Health Cancer Services Program urges women to talk to their doctors about getting screened for cervical cancer.
Niagara County Department of Health offers diabetes prevention program
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health will offer a free diabetes prevention program at the Dale Association beginning Jan. 23.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Report for Jan. 10, 2014
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:00 pm
The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to 150 calls from Dec. 28, 2013, to Jan. 3, 2014. Below is a sampling of the noteworthy incidents on Grand Island.
Grisanti sends request to Skelos for education investment tax credit to be included as part of final 2014-15 state budget
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:35 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-60, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos requesting Senate Bill S4099, better known as the education investment tax credit, be included in the 2014-15 state budget.
Ceretto pushes tax relief plan to open 2014 legislative session
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:25 pm
During the opening week of the 2014 legislative session, Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, pushed his Western New York tax relief plan. The plan, which calls for doubling the STAR property tax exemption and a 2 percent income tax cut, would deliver about $2,000 in tax relief to the average Western New York middle-class family.
Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain to present awards at Critics' Choice Movie Awards
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:25 pm
The Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced Jensen Ackles, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Jessica Chastain, Don Cheadle, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Sir Ben Kingsley, Nia Long, Kellan Lutz, James Marsden, Jared Padalecki, Margot Robbie, Julia Roberts, Ian Somerhalder, Isaiah Washington and Marlon Wayans will present awards at this year's Critics' Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.
Higgins vows to fight closing of Amherst Social Security office
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is pledging to fight a plan by the Social Security Administration to close its field office in Amherst.
Bishop Malone announces revitalization of Catholic elementary schools
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:15 pm
Three years of exhaustive research, collaboration and consultation culminated Wednesday with the announcement by the Diocese of Buffalo of the implementation of "Faith in Tomorrow," the strategic vision for Catholic elementary schools.

The Very Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, said the diocese and The BISON Fund are collaborating on a plan to fund new scholarships for students who have applied to transfer out of low-performing Buffalo elementary schools.

"We are involved in preliminary discussions with the BISON Children's Scholarship Fund regarding a scholarship program, which could potentially increase Catholic school enrollment and positively affect the future of our elementary schools," Malone said.

'24: Live Another Day' books Benjamin Bratt
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:15 pm
Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt has joined the ranks of "24: Live Another Day," the new event series starring Kiefer Sutherland. Bratt will portray Steve Harris, the head of CIA operations tracking Jack Bauer (Sutherland) in London.
'Coffee & Conversation Night' at Niagara Catholic
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:15 pm
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School will host a "Coffee & Conversation Night" Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the school cafeteria.
NU men's hockey team to honor namesake of Suneel's Light Foundation for his courageous battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:15 pm
Suneel Ram, a sophomore at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, and the inspiration and namesake of Suneel's Light Foundation, will be honored by the Niagara University men's hockey team before their game Sunday. As part of a special on-ice ceremony, Suneel will be recognized for his extreme courage and strength fighting Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Guest speakers, community service activities highlight MLK celebration at NU
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 02:15 pm
Niagara University will present a full slate of service and awareness activities beginning Sunday, Jan. 19, in observance of the federal holiday that marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
86th Oscars: Academy Award nominations announced
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 11:55 am
And the nominees are ...
Niagara Now: Niagara Eater says eat like a (Italian) local in Niagara Falls USA
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 02:10 pm
What you eat is where you are - and there's no better way to know a destination than through its food. Niagara USA is home to 800 farms, 20 wineries, one brewery and even a cideria, so it's no wonder that our culture has seeped into some of the best eateries around.
Sabres to sell 'Ott's Otters' to benefit Buffalo Zoo
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:40 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced they will sell a limited number of special edition stuffed otters, known as "Ott's Otters," with an autograph from Sabres forward Steve Ott. The stuffed otters, each one wearing an Ott jersey, come with a card autographed by the Sabres captain. All proceeds will directly benefit the Buffalo Zoo.
Civil War field music comes to Lewiston
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:40 pm
The Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps will perform at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, corner of South Fifth and Cayuga streets. The event is free and open to the public.
Calling all Lewiston 'Knit-Wits'
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:40 pm
The Lewiston "Knit-Wits" group will meet once a month at the historic Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St., beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.
BBB warns job seekers of LinkedIn posers and red flags
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:35 pm
Looking for a new job? Many people use the start of a new year as motivation to secure their dream position. Are you one of them? If the answer is yes, BBB serving upstate New York has some job-seeking advice.

One way to learn about new job opportunities and develop relationships with potential employers is through the social media channel LinkedIn. This is a very useful tool for job searching, but with many job seekers using LinkedIn to market themselves to potential employers, scammers also are finding ways to exploit the site by posing as recruiters.

Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers celebrates 22 years in business
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:35 pm
Doodle Bugs! Children's Centers, a leading education-based child care provider, is celebrating 22 years of building a "Doodle community" of happy children, happy parents and happy children both inside and outside the centers.
Niagara University outreach office sets town hall meetings to gather community input
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:35 pm
ReNU Niagara, a community outreach arm of Niagara University, seeks resident input to identify priorities that will help shape the future of the program.
Oscar.com goes behind the scenes of nominations with first installment of exclusive 'Inside The Oscars' video series
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:35 pm
With nominations coming tomorrow, Oscar.com is unveiling a complete digital roadmap to all things "Oscar Sunday," providing fans with exclusive insider access to The Oscars before, during and after the show. The site is live now with:
'A Taste of the Niagara Region' at Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue's annual 'Heart To Heart' fundraiser
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:30 pm
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue's second annual "Heart to Heart" fundraising event, "A Taste of The Niagara Region," will take place Saturday, Feb. 8, from noon to 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church social hall, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston.
Sabres Steve Ott reminds shoppers not to text and drive during 'It Can Wait' event
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:00 pm
Buffalo Sabres captain Steve Ott will make a special visit to the AT&T retail store in the Walden Galleria Sunday to sign autographs and, more importantly, spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving.
Niagara County Health Department, Department for the Aging collaborate to offer free chronic disease self-management workshops
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara County Department of Health, in collaboration with the Niagara County Department for the Aging, will offer free chronic disease self-management workshops throughout the county.
'da Blue' food truck debuts in Buffalo
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 09:50 pm
The Blue Lantern Lounge, located at 6120 Seneca St., Elma, has announced a new venture that will reach beyond its current brick and mortar location. The new "da Blue" food truck will burst onto the scene in early February, taking a unique "street eats" menu direct to the downtown Buffalo lunch scene.
City of North Tonawanda to receive 2013 Construction/Repair Project of the Year from American Public Works Association - Western Branch
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 08:10 pm
ity of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt has announced the city will be awarded the 2013 Construction/Repair Project of the Year by the Western New York Branch of the American Public Works Association. The award is for the renovation project of the Gratwick Riverside Park Marina, which began in 2012. Phase one of the project was completed in 2013.

Michael Marino, PE, of CRA Infrastructure and Engineering Inc., was the design engineer for this initiative, and submitted the project for consideration by the awards committee.

Higgins announces $165.7 million in federal budget bill for border agents
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 08:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the federal budget bill, released late last night, includes an increase of $220.4 million in funding for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
 


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