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Schumer and Higgins call for immediate halt of efforts to close Amherst Social Security office
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 10:40 pm
Following a call with Social Security Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins are insisting the Social Security Administration halt all plans to close the field office in Amherst.
Artpark summer camp registration is now open
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 10:40 pm
Registration is underway for Artpark's annual summer day camps for children and teens, held throughout July and August. Visit www.artpark.net for more information on camps and a printable registration form.
Maziarz releases data on special pothole repair money coming to Niagara County
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 10:35 pm
State Sen. George Maziarz has announced the enacted 2014-15 state budget contains $40 million specifically for road repairs after this particularly harsh winter. Nearly $600,000 of this will be allocated for local governments in Niagara County in "Extreme Winter Recovery Grants."

This grant money comes on top of record-level funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, the normal mechanism for delivering state aid to municipalities for surface improvements on locally controlled thoroughfares.

Higgins pays tribute to Ralph Wilson on House Floor
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 10:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins recently took to the Floor of the House of Representatives to pay tribute to longtime Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., who recently passed.
No more second chances: 'American Idol XIII' judges use save on Sam Woolf
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 10:35 pm
Thursday night, Sam Woolf was rescued from elimination after "American Idol XIII" judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. unanimously agreed to use the save after it was revealed Sam he received the lowest number of votes. Woolf will continue in the competition as he takes the stage with the remaining finalists next week.
Spring construction boom hits Town of Niagara; Five Guys among tenants of project
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 10:35 pm
With the weather finally becoming more springlike, residents and visitors in the Town of Niagara as usual will start seeing more and more construction vehicles at work. But this year, more commercial construction than ever is expected, especially along Military Road.

Town of Niagara building inspector Chuck Haseley has been hard at work with building permits and plans to be presented to the town's Planning Board. It's not unusual for the town to have 600 to 800 building permits per year, but there has been nothing of this commercial magnitude within the last five years, he said.

Cuomo announces $245,000 in funding for two Western New York businesses
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 10:35 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced more than $245,000 in funding awards to two Western New York companies for projects that will create 35 new jobs in the region, and expand manufacturing capability, increase productivity, provide job training, and grow market share for their businesses.

The New York Power Authority trustees approved funding to Eden Valley Growers Inc., and Living Green Insulation Products and Services LLC.

This represents the fifth round of funding awards approved by the trustees from recommendations made by the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board.

West Street students learn life lesson
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 07:00 pm
Students at West Street Elementary School recently learned one of life's more important lessons - caring for people in their community.
They're here!
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 06:55 pm
The Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District is celebrating the delivery of five new buses to its Transportation Department.
Black Keys release new single, announce new album release
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 06:00 pm
The alternative rock duo known as the Black Keys has announced its newest album will be released on May 13, and has also released one single from the forth-coming album. The album will be titled "Turn Blue" and will feature the newly released single "Fever."
Child Advocacy Center of Niagara to host Clothesline Project at Niagara Falls Memorial
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 11:55 pm
The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara and YWCA of Niagara will bring the Clothesline Project to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center from April 14-18.
Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. debuts new Niagara USA website
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 11:55 pm
The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. launched its new website Wednesday as part of its quarterly sales meeting. Located at http://www.niagara-usa.com/, the website provides guests with numerous things to do and offers ways to explore Niagara Falls. It also provides trip-planning tips and hotel reservation options.
Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls launches new menu
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 11:55 pm
The Hard Rock Café, Niagara Falls USA, officially unveiled its new menu Wednesday. The global restaurant chain is promoting its new fare with the slogan "It Tastes As Good As It Sounds," which emphasizes the eatery's unique connection to the music industry.
Rivershore Inc. announces affiliation with People Inc.
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 11:50 pm
Rivershore Inc., a private Lewiston-based not-for-profit organization supporting people living with developmental and other disabilities in Niagara County, announced today it has become an affiliate of People Inc., Western New York's leading nonprofit human services agency.
Sabres sign defenseman Jake McCabe
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 11:00 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team signed defenseman Jake McCabe to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Seneca Casinos unveils 2014 'Summer Rush' entertainment lineup
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 11:05 am
Officials with Seneca Gaming Corp. announced a blockbuster summer entertainment lineup they hope will delight tens of thousands of music and comedy lovers. The "Summer Rush" 2014 schedule was unveiled on a 20-by40-foot high-definition screen in the heart of the gaming floor at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel - a fitting display for a larger-than-life entertainment series.
Op-ed: Old Fort Niagara's visitor admissions up dramatically
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 10:20 am
When the New York Times named Niagara Falls to its list of "52 Places to Go in 2014" earlier this year, the iconic photo of the waterfalls themselves was not what was featured. Instead, a photo of Old Fort Niagara's French Castle was selected to accompany the article.
Erie Canal Discovery Center participates in Lockport 'Downtown Bunny Hop'
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 10:15 am
The Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., Lockport, will be a stop along Lockport's "Downtown Bunny Hop" Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Adults can enjoy a discounted, dollar-off admission of $5, and children's admission will be free, as always. The Discovery Center will present each child with treats of Easter candy and wooden nickels.
Niagara Catholic presents annual Marty Violante Memorial Golf Classic
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 07:00 am
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School presents its annual Marty Violante Memorial Golf Classic, this year honoring Lou Fernandez, on Monday, July 21, at Niagara Frontier Country Club, 1058 Lake Road, Youngstown. The golf tournament benefits Niagara Catholic students, scholarship funds and other school programs.
UB is recruiting 10 people with tinnitus to try new, implantable device that retrains 'hearing' brain
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 07:00 am
Western New Yorkers suffering from tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, may have the opportunity to try a new device that is showing promise as a new treatment for the condition.
Laura DeBacco to head OB/GYN Center at Memorial
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 07:00 am
Laura M. DeBacco, PA-C, will join The OB/GYN Center at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center as its full-time coordinator effective April 14.
Todd Rundgren gives 'Unpredictable' casino concert
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 09:30 pm
"An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren" is how Mr. Rundgren's current tour is christened, and it certainly proved to be an unpredictable concert at the Seneca Niagara Casino Friday night.
Higgins announces $221,000 grant for Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 07:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the House Cancer Caucus, announced Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded $221,589 in grant funding from the National Cancer Institute to go toward research into the disproportionate prevalence of prostate cancer in African Americans.
HARBORCENTER, Tim Hortons announce partnership
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 07:00 pm
HARBORCENTER President John Koelmel and Tim Hortons President and CEO Marc Caira have announced a one-of-a-kind Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop will open at HARBORCENTER this fall.
Sabres sign forward Justin Kea
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 07:00 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team signed forward Justin Kea to a three-year, entry-level contract.
BPO Nation to present Il Volo
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 06:55 pm
BPO Nation proudly welcomes worldwide musical sensation ll Volo to Kleinhans Music Hall at 8 p.m. Wednesday June 11.
Maziarz comments on enacted state budget for 2014-15
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 06:55 pm
State Sen. George Maziarz released the following statement Tuesday:
2014 Scotty Bowman Showcase rosters announced
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 12:45 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the rosters for the 10th annual Scotty Bowman Showcase, which will take place Wednesday, April 9, at First Niagara Center.
Erin Freeman and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus present Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace'
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 12:40 pm
The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus has announced the Buffalo premiere of Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace," presented by CCS Oncology, on April 11 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo.
Mississippi woman in MVA on Saunders Settlement Road
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 12:35 pm
On Monday at 12:39 p.m., the Cambria Volunteer Fire Co. was dispatched by the Niagara County Fire Control for a report of one-car rollover motor vehicle accident. A vehicle landed upright in the area of 4719 Saunders Settlement Road.
Michael Civisca to join top NYC entertainers for cabaret fundraiser
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 12:35 pm
Western New York's own Michael Civisca will join some of New York City's top nightclub entertainers for "Life is a Cabaret," a show celebrating Community Music School's 90th anniversary. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo.
'Give for Greatness' announces expanded scope, round of funding to culturals
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 12:35 pm
Following a successful "Lawyers for the Arts" event that raised approximately $15,000, leaders from "Give for Greatness" and Arts Services Initiative of Western New York have announced plans to enhance "G4G's" activities and mission of raising funding and awareness for local cultural organizations. Under the plan, made possible by a grant from Fund for the Arts, "Give for Greatness" will become a program of ASI.
Ceretto votes for tax relief plan, historic investment in Western New York in state budget
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 12:35 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, voted to pass a budget that includes major tax relief initiatives, the remainder of the "Buffalo Billion," increased aid to local school districts, and reforms to the Common Core mandates. Ceretto called this budget, which is the fourth consecutive on-time budget for the state, another step in the right direction for Western New York families.

Other parts of the budget Ceretto helped pass include increased funding for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, property tax relief for victims of last year's floods, and cost of living adjustments for human services workers.

Lewiston entrepreneur Phillip Mastantuono honored, agency named premier for 2014
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 12:35 pm
As a business leader and involved citizen in the Lewiston area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Phillip Mastantuono has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014.

This designation is being presented to Mastantuono for his outstanding business performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of his agency's work.

"The Premier Agency designation is not just about Phillip's successful business results. The honor also demonstrates Phillip's commitment in being accessible to customers and using knowledge to help ensure customers have the insurance products they need to protect themselves and their family," said Eva McIntee, Allstate New York's field vice president.

Niagara University CMAA student chapter tops in nation for fifth straight year
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara University student chapter of the Club Managers Association of America has been named the best in the nation for a fifth consecutive year. The announcement was made during the 87th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo.
Lewiston Art Festival goes green
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 07:00 am
Plans are already underway to enhance the "greening" of the Lewiston Art Festival, which will take place Aug. 9-10.
Buffalo History Museum honors 'Giants' in April
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 07:00 am
Earlier this year, The Buffalo History Museum announced its second annual "M&T Third Fridays Giants of Buffalo" program would honor history-making individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in the industry. The program is in association with the Buffalo Broadcasters Association.
Erie County Fair announces grandstand concert lineup
Mon, Mar 31st 2014 06:15 pm
With just 128 days remaining until the opening of the 175th Erie County Fair, organizers are proud to announce the 2014 concert lineup. The shows will take place in the newly named Gusto Grandstand throughout the run of the fair.
Shakira and Blake Shelton to perform together on Academy of Country Music Awards
Mon, Mar 31st 2014 05:55 pm
Multiplatinum singer/songwriter and global recording artist Shakira will perform her single "Medicine," featuring ACM co-host Blake Shelton, who is up for five nominations including Entertainer of the Year, on the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Higgins announces additional Customs and Border Patrol officers to be assigned to Western New York
Mon, Mar 31st 2014 05:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the northern border between Western New York and Southern Ontario will soon see U.S. Homeland Security staffing increases. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, responsible for securing the ports of entry, has announced plans to significantly increase personnel at the Port of Buffalo, which includes border crossings in the City of Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Lewiston.
 


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