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Seven-time Emmy Award winner Louis J. Horvitz to direct 'American Idol XIII'
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 07:00 am
Emmy Award-winning and acclaimed producer, director and writer Louis J. Horvitz has joined "American Idol XIII" as the new director this season.
'Hollywood Game Night' announces additional celebrities appearing in second season
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 07:00 am
The season kicks off with a heated battle of the sexes. Julie Bowen, Beth Behrs and Valerie Bertinelli will face off against Lester Holt, Jason Alexander and Martin Short in a series of hilarious games.
Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, LL Cool J, Josh Holloway to attend 40th Annual People's Choice Awards
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 07:00 am
Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Sandra Bullock, Kaley Cuoco, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Deschanel, Roma Downey, Marg Helgenberger, Josh Holloway, LL Cool J, Chris O'Donnell, Michael Weatherly and many more are scheduled to attend 40th Annual People's Choice Awards, to be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 8 (9 p.m.), and airing on CBS.
NBC Sports Group, Mecum auctions sign multi-year agreement to present coverage of Mecum collector car auctions
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 11:55 pm
NBC Sports Group and Mecum Auctions, the world leader in live auctions of collector cars, announced a multi-year agreement to present coverage of Mecum car auctions across NBC, NBCSN and the Esquire Network, which is part of the NBCUniversal family of networks. The three-year agreement, which begins in 2014, will provide for more than 425 hours of programming across all three channels.
Sabres acquire Omark from Oilers
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 11:55 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team acquired forward Linus Omark from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Video: Lewiston pays tribute to Tuscarora Nation at 'Flames' event
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 10:00 pm
The Historical Association of Lewiston commemorated the 200th anniversary of the burning of Lewiston (Dec. 19, 1813) with its "Flames Through Lewiston" re-enactment and dedication of the Tuscarora Heroes Monument (Dec. 19, 2013).
Kyle's Guarding Warriors reminder
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 03:50 pm
One of Wheatfield's younger residents, Kyle Stoddard, a second-grader at Errick Road Elementary School, will hold his Kyle's Guarding Warriors fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Wheatfield Community Center on the Town Hall campus.
Town of Niagara celebrates Santa
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 03:35 pm
Cold, snowy weather didn't stop Town of Niagara youngsters from enjoying the annual Recreation Department Christmas Party.
Retzlaff's long service recognized by Town Board
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 03:35 pm
The Wheatfield Town Board said "so long" to one of its own as it honored Councilman Kenneth Retzlaff.
Public comment to close for Greenway projects
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 03:35 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission public comment period for the 37th round of projects will close Dec. 31.
Town of Niagara: Richards' court date delayed
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 03:35 pm
Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. again delayed an expected court date for Town of Niagara Supervisor Steve Richards this week.
Wheatfield tradition continues
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 03:35 pm
Lighted Christmas displays are once again delighting passersby at the residence of Paul Greinert, 6962 Errick Road, Wheatfield.
Venturing Crew 829 forming in Youngstown
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 03:10 pm
Venturing is a program from the Boys Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14 to 21 that's coming to Youngstown.
British attack Youngstown
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 02:30 pm
Early Thursday morning, more than 100 British soldiers marched down River Road, from Stella Niagara to Old Fort Niagara, to re-enact the taking of Fort Niagara by the British on Dec. 19, 1813. One hundred and ten spectators in the fort watched as the British came through the postern gate and proceeded to wrest the fort from the Americans after a short battle.
Maziarz announces governor's signature to NYPA audit legislation
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 12:30 pm
Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Senate Bill 4948A, which directs the New York Power Authority to conduct audits of entities that receive power allocations or monetary payments associated with a relicensing agreement.
Bank of America Foundation supports Community Missions soup kitchen
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:20 am
The Community Soup Kitchen at Community Missions received funds from the Bank of America Foundation. Niagara Falls Pine Avenue Branch Manager Ardell Dolson presented a check to Community Missions' Executive Director Robyn L. Krueger.
Delaware North establishes new culinary scholarship for Niagara County Community College
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:20 am
Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service with operating companies in the lodging, sporting, airport and gaming and entertainment industries, has established an endowed $10,000 scholarship at Niagara County Community College for culinary and hospitality students.
Unyts 'Holiday Heroes' blood drive
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:15 am
More than 20 agencies from across Western New York are giving the gift of life by hosting blood and registry drives in their communities during the most critical time of year for blood: the week between Christmas and New Year's.
Higgins announces FCC ruling calling for the repeal of sports blackout rules
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, hailed a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission that calls for the repeal of existing federal policies that contribute to the televised blackout of professional sports.
Cuomo announces low-cost hydropower allocations to three businesses in Western New York
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:15 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the New York Power Authority board of trustees approved allocations of low-cost hydropower to three manufacturers in Erie and Orleans counties that will lead to the creation of 643 new jobs and capital investments of approximately $206 million.

"Today's low-cost hydropower allocations are a major win for Western New York, helping to create more than 600 new jobs, while reducing business costs to support the manufacturing industry," he said. "As we grow the manufacturing sector in Western New York, the state will continue to leverage these kinds of investments to strengthen the local economy."

City of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt and Meghan Ortt Host 4th annual Snowflake Ball
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:15 am
City of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt and his wife, Meghan, will host the fourth annual Snowflake Ball charity event Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from 8-11 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave. It will be a night of music, food, cocktails and enjoyment. Over the past three years, this event has raised more than $20,000 for local nonprofits and community organizations. All proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Twin Cities Community Outreach.
Niagara University collects funds, food for community in conjunction with #GivingTuesday
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:15 am
The week after Thanksgiving isn't just for shopping anymore.

Students, alumni and friends of Niagara University accumulated nearly $300 and more than 840 pounds of food and nonperishable goods on Dec. 3, the 2013 edition of #GivingTuesday.

NYPA 2014 operating budget invests in power system infrastructure and customer energy efficiency while controlling costs
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:10 am
The New York Power Authority board of trustees approved NYPA's 2014 operating plan (budget) that continues to invest in its 16 power plants and transmission facilities - critical New York state energy infrastructure - and in its cost-effective energy efficiency projects at local and state government facilities statewide.

The 2014 operating plan includes an operations and maintenance budget of $379.3 million; a capital budget of $279.3 million, an increase of $87 million over the budgeted amount for 2013; and an energy services budget of $222.3 million, an increase of $22 million over the 2013 budgeted amount.

Cuomo announces latest round of ReCharge NY power allocations
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 09:00 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the New York Power Authority board of trustees approved another round of low-cost power allocations under his statewide ReCharge NY program. The nearly 33 megawatts of low-cost power will be distributed among 47 enterprises at 53 facilities and are expected to leverage an estimated $1 billion in capital investments. This round of allocations is supporting nearly 17,000 jobs.

"ReCharge NY has been creating and retaining thousands of jobs for New Yorkers since power began flowing under the program in July 2012," Cuomo said.

Mike Iaconelli, Bass University, 'Aspirin Buster' featured at Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 11:25 am
Get hooked on Niagara's largest outdoor show of 2014. The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo, to be held inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls (101 Old Falls St.) Jan. 24-26, includes more than 100 outdoor vendors.
World premiere screening of 'American Idol XIII' for fans across the country
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 11:25 am
The fun begins this January as fans in cities across the country are invited to attend an exclusive screening of the new season of "American Idol" on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.
Tessanne Chin named season five champion on 'The Voice'
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 11:25 am
Tessanne Chin was crowned as the season-five champion of NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" on Tuesday.
Niagara county legislature cuts taxes in 2014 budget
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 11:55 pm
Niagara County lawmakers approved a $333 million spending plan Tuesday night in Lockport, cutting taxes for county residents and continuing a decade-long trend that has seen the county's top rate drop more than 13 percent.
Doodle Bugs! in Cheektowaga supports Boys and Girls Club
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 05:30 pm
Faculty members from the Cheektowaga Doodle Bugs! spent their Saturday afternoon decorating cookies and organizing gifts for the Buffalo Boys and Girls Club in preparation for their annual "SantaCade" party on Dec. 19.
15 days until STAR registration deadline
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 05:30 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded homeowners to register for the Basic STAR property tax exemption by the Dec. 31 deadline.
Mega Millions jackpot soars to $636 million
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 05:20 pm
The jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions multistate drawing is now $636 million.
Schneiderman, coalition states: Clean Air Act mandates federal action to cut climate-change pollution from power plants
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 05:20 pm
In comments submitted Monday to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and a coalition of attorneys general from 11 other states and the District of Columbia argue that, in order to substantially reduce dangerous climate-change pollution from existing fossil-fuel power plants, the agency must both set strong emission limits and give states flexibility on how they choose to meet those limits.

The comments lay out the legal requirements for the EPA to take action against climate-change pollution under the federal Clean Air Act.

Lindsey Stirling to perform at Artpark
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 05:15 pm
Artpark has announced Lindsey Stirling will perform Thursday, June 12, inside the Mainstage Theater. Reserved seating tickets are now on sale. The concert is produced by Funtime Presents.

Tickets, $29 reserved seating plus $2 facility fee, are available through or the Artpark box office. Call to charge by phone at 888-223-6000. For more information, call: 716-754-4375 or visit

Coaches Shakira and Usher return to join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in season six premiere of 'The Voice'
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 05:15 pm
NBC has announced the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" will launch its sixth season with the return of coaches Shakira, Usher, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in a special two-night premiere Monday, Feb. 24 (8 p.m.), and Tuesday, Feb. 25 (8 p.m.).
Niagara Now: Home for the holidays
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 04:25 pm
The holidays bring up a lot of strong feelings for people. For many of us, childhood memories are the most prevalent. The traditions, people and places that made it the most magical time of year when we were younger stick with us - and if we're lucky, they can be revisited.
NBC greenlights 'The Bible' follow-up 'A.D.'
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 03:45 pm
NBC has greenlit the 12-hour miniseries "A.D.," a follow-up to the miniseries "The Bible" that aired on History earlier this year from creators Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

The project will be produced by LightWorkers Media with Burnett, Downey and Richard Bedser serving as executive producers.

"A.D." will most likely air in spring 2015.

Performers announced for 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014'
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 11:25 am
Blondie, Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Miley Cyrus ring in the New Year on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014," with live performances from New York's Times Square in front of an estimated 1 million people and tens of millions of television viewers nationwide.
DeVeaux Woods and Reservoir Park ice rinks are now open
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 11:25 am
The ice rinks at DeVeaux Woods and Reservoir Park are now officially open for public use.
Cuomo urged to sign firefighter protection law
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 09:55 am
When Niagara County lawmakers meet Tuesday, they will receive copies of a letter Legislator Michael A. Hill, R-Middleport, sent to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo late last week urging him to sign a bill to protect volunteer firefighters from being fired because of commitments to their communities.

If Cuomo fails to sign the bill into law by midnight Wednesday, it will die, despite widespread bipartisan support in the Senate and Assembly - as well as urgent lobbying by FASNY, the Firefighters Association of the State of New York.


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