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Community Missions sees 20 percent increase in crisis housing in 2013
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:40 pm
A 20 percent increase in crisis housing demand and an additional 5,000 meals served highlighted the release of service numbers by the crisis services division of Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. on Friday. The agency provided 75,980 meals and 10,986 nights of shelter in 2013, the latter being the highest total in the agency's 88 years of service to Niagara County.
Higgins testifies before U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of Tonawanda's FMC Corp.
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:40 pm
This week, Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., as the commission conducted its third sunset review of the antidumping order against Chinese imports of persulfates.
Tim Gunn and Ken Paves work makeover magic in fan favorite 'Biggest Loser' episode Jan. 21
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:30 pm
It's time for one of the most eagerly anticipated episodes of "The Biggest Loser": the fan favorite makeover episode. Emmy Award-winning fashion expert Tim Gunn and Hollywood's hottest hairstylist, Ken Paves, return to "The Biggest Loser."
Community Missions' event offers sweet relief
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:30 pm
Community Missions Inc. will hold its 17th annual "Sweetheart Dinner" Friday, Feb. 7, at the Sheraton at the Falls in Niagara Falls.
New episode of 'Beyond Blue & Gold' premieres Jan. 18 on MSG
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:30 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced MSG will premiere a new episode of "Beyond Blue & Gold," an award-winning video series that takes fans behind the scenes of the Sabres organization, tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m.
'Sabres UnPucked' event set to debut
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:30 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced they will host the inaugural "Sabres UnPucked" event on Saturday, March 1, on the floor of First Niagara Center. All proceeds from "Sabres UnPucked," for which doors open at 6:30 p.m., will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.
Congressman Higgins convenes service academy panel
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 08:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins named local residents to serve as members of his service academy advisory committee. The panel recently met to interview students applying to a military academy and make recommendations to the congressman.
'Helix' a scary good Syfy series
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 04:05 pm
The show, in fact, is not another zombie show. Nor is it typical Syfy fare, for that matter. It's not a deliciously B-movie, like, say, "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid" or "Sharknado." It's not brooding like "Being Human" or whimsical like "Eureka."
Intense actors square off in 'Helix'
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 04:00 pm
While the super-powered vectors are keeping "Helix" fans on the edge of their seats, this writer is waiting for a no-holds-barred face-off between Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) and Dr. Hiroshi Hatake (Hiroyuki Sanada).
Syfy's 'Helix' premiere sets new channel ratings records
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 03:55 pm
"Helix" is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to the high-tech research facility, Arctic Biosystems, to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind's salvation or total annihilation.
People Inc. senior outing
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 12:45 pm
The tenants of People Inc. Willow Senior Living in Wheatfield recently had an outing to a nearby shop and restaurant. They enjoyed shopping at Treasure Lane - a gift shop located on Niagara Falls Boulevard - and had lunch down the street at Sawyer Creek Hotel.
'12 Years a Slave' named Best Picture at 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 10:10 am
The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the winners for the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Thursday, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. "Gravity" set a new awards record with seven wins.
Buffalo History Museum: Enter bridesmaid dress contest
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 07:00 am
In keeping with its mission to preserve the stories of the ordinary and extraordinary of traditions, culture, and industry in Western New York, The Buffalo History Museum is holding a contest titled "Always a Bridesmaid...". The purpose of the contest is to attain a bridesmaid attire to be added to the museum's permanent collection. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 10.
Winter gulls at Artpark
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 07:00 am
The Buffalo Audubon Society will host a program on winter gulls on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. at Artpark in Lewiston.
Community Missions hosts 17th annual 'Sweetheart Dinner'
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 07:00 am
The 17th annual Sweetheart Dinner to benefit Community Missions' crisis services program will be held Friday, Feb. 7, at the Sheridan at the Falls, 300 Third St., Niagara Falls.
Town of Niagara: Agreement can bring $100,000 yearly to town
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 07:00 pm
The Town of Niagara Town Board met Monday for a reorganization meeting and to review details of the community host agreement for the upcoming expansion of Fashion Outlets of Niagara.
Public's assistance sought in locating armed robbery suspects
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 05:00 pm
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police, Niagara Falls Police Department, Middleport Police Department and the Lockport Police Department are currently investigating a string of armed robberies that have occurred throughout Niagara County, between Dec. 24, 2013, to Jan. 9, 2014.
Obit: Gloria M. Watkins
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:55 pm
Gloria M. Watkins entered peacefully into heaven Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, surrounded by family.
Obit: Michele M. (Geiger) Breier
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:55 pm
Michele M. (Geiger) Breier entered into rest Jan. 7, 2014.
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.

 


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