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Soccer players in regional competition
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:00 am
Four members of the Niagara-Wheatfield varsity soccer team have won the state cup in their respective age bracket and will travel to Rhode Island to compete in regional competition with their premier teams at the end of the month.
Grand Island Board of Education: Nobumoto, Ciraolo thanked for their service
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:00 am
At its Monday evening meeting, the Grand Island Board of Education recognized the service of two departing trustees: Emily Ciraolo and Tak Nobumoto.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Teresa Lawrence thanked Ciraolo and Nobumoto for their service. Ciraolo has been responsible for creating and helping maintain the district's Facebook page. Nobumoto has served as board president after a tenure as vice president. Nobumoto finished fourth out of four candidates up for election to three seats last month. Known for his insightful questions and orderly running of meetings, he will serve until a new president is elected in July at the board's annual reorganizational meeting.

GI Alumni to host first ever 'Friday Night Under the Lights'
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:00 am
The Grand Island Alumni Association and Grand Island Central School District Athletic Director Jon Roth have announced the first sponsor of "Friday Night Under the Lights."

Pete Hayes, Class of 1974, has signed on as a gold sponsor for the event, which will herald the opening of the new Gene Masters Field at Grand Island High School. The ongoing capital construction project includes a new football stadium, complete with new turf, new seating, new scoreboard and lights.

"Friday Night Under the Lights" will be on Friday, Sept. 19, at Gene Masters Field. The festive evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a gathering of old friends, classmates and players from the past 50 years.

Lewiston Police Blotter for June 14, 2014
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:00 am
The following activity occurred from Monday, June 2, to Sunday, June 9, as reported by the Lewiston Police Department. LPD logged a total of 103 response calls during this period.
Why people live in Lewiston
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:00 am
I have been a Lewiston Police officer since 1990 and, in my career, I have had the pleasure of conversing with thousands of residents. One of the topics usually covered in our conversation, especially if the resident is new to Lewiston, is the question of why do you choose to live in Lewiston.
Nonprofit projects sought for 22nd annual Day of Caring
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:50 pm
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County is accepting project submissions from nonprofit organizations in Erie County for the annual Day of Caring, the largest one-day volunteer event in Western New York, which will connect thousands of volunteers with projects that will assist area agencies.

Day of Caring will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is sponsored by Wegmans, HSBC, National Grid and UAW/GM.

Organized by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, the annual event is designed to provide volunteer manpower to nonprofit organizations for projects and services that would otherwise cost organizations resources that could be spent on fulfilling their missions.

A.G. Schneiderman, Gascón: Google, Microsoft will include a smartphone kill switch in next operating systems
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:45 pm
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón have announced that, for the first time, Google and Microsoft will incorporate a "kill switch" into the next version of their respective operating systems. Google's operating system, Android, runs on more than half of all smartphones used in the U.S. Microsoft's operating system is on all Nokia smartphones.
WNY woman to run from Buffalo to Rochester
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:45 pm
Kelly Nash, a running coach and supporter of Heritage Christian Services, plans to run 100K along the Heritage Trail to raise money and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the agency, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities.
First 'Rising Star' contestants announced
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:35 pm
The first set of singers from across the country will perform on this Sunday's premiere of ABC's hotly anticipated new series, "Rising Star," Sunday, June 22, (9 p.m.) on ABC. They are:
State Senate passes brownfield cleanup program extension
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:35 pm
The New York State Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, that extends a program to clean up potentially contaminated sites and put them back to productive use.
Ceretto passes Town of Niagara economic development bill
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:35 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, helped passed a bill, A.10051, that would allow the Town of Niagara to sell certain lands that have been designated as parklands. These parklands the town is authorized to sell have gone unused for the past decade and have been replaced by new parklands. This move allows the town to sell the lands for economic development and improve the local economy.

"I was happy to carry this important local measure through the Assembly," Ceretto said. "Economic development and job creation are among my highest priorities, and this bill allows the Town of Niagara to expand its economy.

First Niagara provides scholarships for veterans to attend entrepreneurial seminar
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:35 pm
The First Niagara Foundation and Veterans One-stop Center of WNY Inc. are partnering to provide a seminar on entrepreneurial success that will feature educational lectures, films and interactive discussions.
Artpark: Lewiston Dance at Fairy House Festival
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:35 pm
Lewiston Dance Center students recently took part in the Fairy House Festival a yearly event held at Artpark. The students dressed in their ballet costumes with fairy makeup and fairy wings and performed their ballet dances for onlookers.
NBC orders new series 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls'
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:30 pm
NBC has ordered six episodes of the hour-long alternative series "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," where the famed adventurer and survivalist will take celebrities into the most remote and wild locations in the U.S. and around the world for a 48-hour journey of a lifetime.
Pets and distracted driving: What you need to know
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:30 pm
When we hear the term "distracted driving," most of us think of the obvious culprits: eating, putting on makeup, talking on the phone, texting, or rummaging for a dropped object on the car floor. However, few of us consider the driving distraction leaving our furry friends unsecured can cause.
Higgins recognizes Juneteenth on House Floor
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the House Floor to mark Juneteenth, which is celebrated each June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S. Higgins recognized the Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo and the work of community members who organize this celebration of culture and heritage.
NEXTNiagara and Buffalo Niagara 360 converged at Shaw Festival
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:30 pm
The Shaw Festival was honored to be the meeting place of choice for a Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce-NEXTNiagara-Buffalo Niagara 360 cross-border networking reception this week.
Meet Destin Radder, learn more about acupuncture
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 03:10 pm
Licensed acupuncturist Destin Radder invites readers to celebrate the first anniversary of his Lewiston clinic's opening, Saturday, June 21, from noon until 4 p.m.
Creed frontman Scott Stapp is back, better than ever
Thu, Jun 19th 2014 01:45 pm
Scott Stapp doesn't hold back on his solo album, "Proof of Life." He readily admits his past substance abuse could've prematurely taken his life.
Spider-Man returns in an all-new season of 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors'
Thu, Jun 19th 2014 08:55 am
One of Marvel's most popular superheroes, "Spider-Man," swings into a new season in "Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors," premiering Sunday, Aug. 31 (9 a.m., ET/PT), on the Marvel Universe programming block on Disney XD.
Application deadline extended for Sass nursing scholarship
Thu, Jun 19th 2014 08:30 am
The application deadline for the 2014 Ruth and William O. Sass Scholarship for health care professions has been extended to July 15.
Grisanti, Otis announce passage of bill to increase criminal penalties for thefts of companion animals
Thu, Jun 19th 2014 08:30 am
Legislation that would substantially increase the penalties for stealing companion animals, such as pet dogs and cats, has passed the State Legislature, according to its sponsors, Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) and Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye).
Senate passes legislation to allow plea-bargaining for traffic tickets in City of Buffalo
Thu, Jun 19th 2014 08:30 am
The New York State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-I-Buffalo) Wednesday that would allow the City of Buffalo to adjudicate traffic violations with the option of having a plea bargain.
Higgins comments on potential solar panel plant in Buffalo
Thu, Jun 19th 2014 08:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the announcement by the company SolarCity of its intention to open "one of the largest solar panel production plants in the world," creating more than 1,000 new jobs at the RiverBend clean energy and technology hub in Buffalo.
NBC's 'Show-Stopping Sunday' to feature Guinness World Records attempts throughout event-filled evening
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 02:10 pm
NBC has designated June 22 as "Show-Stopping Sunday," with a night full of events, including two record-breaking daredevil attempts that will serve as interstitials throughout the episodes of both "American Ninja Warrior" and "America's Got Talent."
Lake Erie, Lake Ontario Educators Receive Great Lakes Network Awards
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 02:10 pm
The New York Sea Grant Extension Office at Cornell University has announced the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network honored two of its Great Lakes program educators for excellence.
An ounce of prevention equals a safe summer
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 02:10 pm
Whether traveling with family or staying close to home this summer, it is important to put safety at the top of your summertime list. The National Crime Prevention Council, home to McGruff the Crime Dog, and AlertID, join forces to provide important safety tips and advice to help families keep safe this summer.
Niagara University senior initiates enhancements to Niagara Falls soup kitchen
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 02:10 pm
It's been a couple of years since Niagara University launched a much-needed soup kitchen at the former St. George's Church on Niagara Falls' east side. And while the guests may have noticed some of the differences between then and now, much has changed behind the scenes as well.
WNY Power Proceeds Allocation Board to recommend economic development funding
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 02:10 pm
The Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board is scheduled to meet Monday, June 23, at 3 p.m. at the Power Vista, the visitors center for the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Project, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston.
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue at Lewiston GardenFest, Dog Days of Kenmore
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 02:00 pm
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue will be out in full force this weekend to help find homes for adoptable dogs.

The public is invited to stop by the HON booth at the Lewiston GardenFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All Starr Steve Lukather talks Ringo concert at Artpark
Wed, Jun 18th 2014 01:25 pm
Artpark & Company welcomes rock royalty June 24 when Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band headline "Tuesdays in the Park" in the outdoor amphitheater. The legendary Beatles drummer will be joined by Steve "Luke" Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and Gregg Bissonette.
Bariatric and minimally invasive specialty surgeon to join Memorial Medical Center staff
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 10:15 pm
Vikram Reddy Vattipally, M.D., M.S., M.R.C.S., is the newest addition to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's team of surgeons.
Ceretto calls for Assembly vote on nine points of Women's Equality Act during last week of session
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 10:15 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, is calling on the Assembly Majority to bring the first nine points of the Women's Equality Act up for a vote as individual bills.
Ceretto passes legislation to help aspiring young farmers
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 10:15 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, today helped co-sponsor and pass legislation, A.9288, which creates a low-interest loan program for aspiring young farmers.
Village of Lewiston: Terry Collesano re-elected mayor
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 09:55 pm
Residents in the Village of Lewiston re-elected Mayor Terry Collesano Tuesday. He will begin his second term in July.

Collesano, a Republican, defeated independent candidates Jamie Symmonds and Jacqueline Lampman by a 255-232-55 vote.

Ceretto sponsors, passes bill to protect children from identity theft
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 09:15 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, today helped sponsor and pass legislation, A.8955, which allows parents to protect their children from identity theft.
Village of Lewiston election today
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 01:35 pm
Who will lead the Village of Lewiston the next four years? Residents will choose a mayor in today's election. Voting continues until 9 p.m. at the Red Brick Municipal Building, 145 N. Fourth St.
'American Idol XIV' proves it pays to believe
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 11:35 am
The "American Idol XIV" team knows that sometimes a talented singer just needs someone to give him or her a little extra encouragement to help achieve a dream. And now, the series will honor these "True Believers" with a special "American Idol True Believer" reward.
Heart of Niagara host first summer picnic; welcomes families and dogs
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 11:30 am
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue will give Western New York dog lovers what they've been waiting for: a family-friendly event where they can bring their dogs to enjoy friendship, camaraderie, lawn games and fun together.
Tour of Kitchens names 2014 winners
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 11:30 am
The annual Lewiston Region Tour of Kitchens & Homes has named its 2014 winners. The event was held June 7-8 in the River Region.