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'Santa Land' returns to Chestnut Ridge Park
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 05:00 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined Thursday by members of the Erie County Parks Department, representatives of the Orchard Park Recreation Department, and Santa Claus, to announce the return of "Santa Land" to Chestnut Ridge this weekend.
New Era announces cap initiative to benefit Roswell Park
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 01:45 pm
For every cap that is purchased at First Niagara Center between Dec. 12 and 31, New Era Cap Co. will donate an exclusive, commemorative knit cap to a patient at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Jimmy Buffett joins 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016'
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 01:45 pm
Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett will make a special live appearance from his concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016."
Disney Junior's 'The Lion Guard,' an animated series that follows the adventures of Kion - Simba and Nala's second-born cub - debuts Friday, Jan. 15
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 01:45 pm
The animated series "The Lion Guard" will premiere Friday, Jan. 15 (9:30 a.m., EST/PST), on Disney Channel, and encore throughout the weekend on Disney Junior and Disney Channel.
Empire State Development congratulates New York's 2016 Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award nominees
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 01:45 pm
Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky today congratulated the 22 New York productions earning 48 nominations for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards and 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Samaritan Counseling Center releases new strategic plan; launches fundraising appeal
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 01:45 pm
The Samaritan Counseling Center is putting the finishing touches on its first strategic plan and entering the implementation stage.
Partnerships put focus on fitness for Erie County employees
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 01:40 pm
Erie County employees will have increased opportunities for exercise and fitness following completion of a new sixth-floor fitness center at the Edward A. Rath county office building.
Tom Brady and New England Patriots visit J.J. Watt and Houston Texans on 'Sunday Night Football'
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 01:40 pm
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" presents a showdown of AFC playoff contenders this week when QB Tom Brady and the first-place New England Patriots (10-2, AFC East) host defensive end J.J. Watt and the tied-for-first-place Houston Texans (6-6, AFC South) at NRG Stadium in Houston, this Sunday, Dec. 13 (8:30 p.m. ET).
NBC rings in new year with live specials 'New Year's Eve Game Night with Andy Cohen,' 'NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly'
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 01:40 pm
"NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" will air at 11:30 p.m. from Times Square with a performance by international recording superstar and "The Voice" coach Gwen Stefani.
Buffalo designer to make third national television appearance this Saturday
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 01:40 pm
This Saturday, Michael "Michael P." Poczkalski, owner and principal designer of room and michael P. design, is set to make his third national television appearance this year.
Queen City Roller Girls to host charity bout for Family Justice Center at RiverWorks
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 01:40 pm
The Queen City Roller Girls will cap off 2015 with a charity, holiday-themed bout for the Family Justice Center, which covers Western New York and provides free services for domestic violence victims and their children.
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls to host 'Donuts and Milk with Santa'
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 07:00 am
In celebration of the holidays, Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls is hosting "Donuts and Milk with Santa," a family-friendly event that will take place in the mall's food court from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.
Tech expert offers suggestions on growing WNY tourism industry during NU lecture
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 07:20 pm
Smart technology presents a major opportunity to bolster economic development in Western New York, according to a prolific urbanist and technology expert who spoke at Niagara University on Nov. 19.
New concussion treatment could change how head injuries are treated
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 07:15 pm
The standard of care for acute concussion may undergo a dramatic change, depending on the results of a new exercise treatment that physicians at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo have developed and begun testing.
Buffalo Philharmonic releases two discs for holiday season
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 07:10 pm
The Buffalo Philharmonic's newest discs highlight two of the orchestra's most important endeavors: its outreach to children, and its commitment to advancing young classical guitarists.
'The Voice': Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Missy Elliott, Sam Hunt, The Weeknd to perform live on season finale
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 07:10 pm
Superstar recording artists Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Missy Elliott, Sam Hunt and The Weeknd are all set to perform on the Tuesday, Dec. 15, season-finale telecast (9-11 p.m. ET) of NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."
Angela Bassett, America Ferrera, Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Dennis Quaid to announce 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards nominees Thursday
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 07:10 pm
Angela Bassett, America Ferrera, Chloƫ Grace Moretz and Dennis Quaid will announce the nominees for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Thursday, Dec. 10, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce fills board of directors positions
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 07:10 pm
At the November board meeting of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, elections were held to fill open board of directors positions. The December board and member meeting, held at Niagara Falls Country Club Dec. 9, passed a vote to ratify the slate of officers filling the open positions commencing Jan. 1, 2016.
Buffalo Suzuki Strings performs 17th annual Roswell Park Cancer Institute holiday concert
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 07:10 pm
Buffalo Suzuki Strings students will perform a holiday concert for the patients and staff at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for the 17th consecutive December. Violin, viola, cello, piano, classical guitar and harp students 3-18 years of age will perform in the Roswell lobby from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.
USDA explains why food safety should be at the top of all of our holiday lists
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 07:10 pm
To help keep your holiday season healthy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food safety and inspection service is issuing holiday-inspired food safety recommendations for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve, Three Kings Day and other festive gatherings.
Lewiston lights not loved
Wed, Dec 9th 2015 02:05 pm
The large, "cold" white LED lights are prominently placed on certain trees, with strands hanging out over Center Street. The traditional red and green Christmas bulbs are on other trees, and farther tucked into the branches.
Niagara County adopts $339 million spending plan; budget cuts taxes 3.7%
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:30 pm
Niagara County lawmakers approved a $339 million spending plan Tuesday night that provides a 3.7 percent tax rate cut to county property owners.
Andrea Czopp named communications manager at NTCC
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:20 pm
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. recently appointed Andrea Czopp to the communications manager position.
Higgins announces approval of Microbead-Free Waters Act in House of Representatives
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1321, a bill that prohibits the sale or distribution of cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is leading on a similar bill in the Senate.
Michele Tafoya works 200th game on NFL sidelines Sunday as Patriots visit Texans on NBC's 'Sunday Night Football'
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:20 pm
When NBC's "Sunday Night Football" kicks off this Sunday, Dec. 13, with the New England Patriots visiting the Houston Texans, Michele Tafoya will serve as the sideline reporter for her 200th NFL game (regular season and postseason games included).
10th annual Food 2 Families will provide more than 1 million meals to families who rely on Food Bank of WNY
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:20 pm
The 10th annual Food 2 Families drive, sponsored by Tops Friendly Markets, WGRZ-TV and Townsquare Media, collected enough food and funds to provide more than 1 million meals to local families in need during this holiday season and into early next year.
20 contenders advance in VFX Oscar race
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:20 pm
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 20 films are in the running in the visual effects category for the 88th Academy Awards.
32nd annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:15 pm
This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates not only the joy of the holiday season, but the unforgettable family moments it has helped guests create over the past 60 years. "Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration" airs Friday, Dec. 25 (10 a.m. to noon ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Week 15 flex scheduling: Cardinals-Eagles moves to NBC's 'Sunday Night Football'
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:15 pm
The NFL announced Monday flexible scheduling changes for Week 15.
Billboard premieres live version of Hillsong UNITED's 'Even When It Hurts' music video as song assists in Syrian refugee crisis
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:15 pm
After an exclusive music video premiere on, platinum-selling Hillsong UNITED's "Even When It Hurts" is being given away with a donation to the international work of World Vision as it aims to provide Syrian refugee families with urgent care and a better future.
Aquarium of Niagara hosts 'Breakfast with Santa'
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:15 pm
On Sunday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 19, the Aquarium of Niagara celebrates the magic of the holidays in a way that is sure to please all children from ages 1 to 99 with its "Breakfast with Santa."
National Endowment for the Arts awards more than $27.6 million nationwide
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:15 pm
The NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round for fiscal year 2016, including a Challenge America award of $10,000 to Arts Services Initiative of Western New York for the Arts Access program.
Higgins announces House passage of bill strengthening visa waiver program
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, a member of the House committees on homeland security and foreign affairs, announced approval of H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act.
McCarthy School of Irish Dance presents 'A Celtic Christmas'
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 02:40 pm
McCarthy School of Irish Dance presents "A Celtic Christmas" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Grand Island High School Auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road. Enjoy a celebration of the holiday season combined with Irish dance and festive music featuring members of The Blarney Bunch.
GISH: Carols, cookies and conducting
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 12:40 pm
Readers are invited to continue holiday season festivities at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 10, with Grand Island High School's annual winter concert.
Higgins seeks to eliminate fee for veterans' military records
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 04:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced legislation that would eliminate the fee charged to veterans to access their military records from the National Archives, the Access to Military Service Records Act of 2015 (H.R. 4159).
Video: In special weather report, Katy Perry calls for action to change the dismal forecast for children
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 04:10 pm
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry reads a unique weather report to draw attention to the devastating effects of climate change on the world's children.
'The Great Christmas Light Fight' season three premieres with two back-to-back episodes
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 03:30 pm
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with ABC's hit holiday-decorating-competition series "The Great Christmas Light Fight," premiering tonight (8 p.m., EST/PST).
'Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' on ABC
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 03:30 pm
In 1934, then up-and-coming filmmaker Walt Disney decided to take a big creative, financial and personal risk: He put his small animation studio - until now dedicated to turning out comedy shorts - to work adapting a fairy tale into a full-color, full-length animated feature film.
'Conan' to welcome the cast of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on Dec. 17
Mon, Dec 7th 2015 03:00 pm
The Force will be with TBS this month when the late-night series "Conan" welcomes the cast of the highly anticipated "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."