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Jazz Festival takes over Lewiston
Sun, Aug 25th 2019 02:00 pm
Some people smirk when Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston organizers state the event annually draws upward of 40,000 people. Those doubters were converted this past weekend, as people were elbow-to-elbow across Center Street, and cars were stacked all the way back to Oxbow Lane at the Lewiston event.
Grand Island Town Board: Southpointe development back again
Sat, Aug 24th 2019 07:00 am
Southpointe, the dormant 284-acre development conceived in the 1990s and approved in 1997, is back for a reaffirmation by the Grand Island Town Board.
Benefit for Maras family
Sat, Aug 24th 2019 07:00 am
Island Kids Child Care Center, Preschool & Pre-K, 1353 Ransom Road, will host a fundraiser for the Maras family of Grand Island, who were involved in a fatal car accident Aug. 17 in the Adirondacks.
WNY Welcome Center hosts GI Farmers Market Thursday evenings
Sat, Aug 24th 2019 07:00 am
The Grand Island Farmers Market has moved to a new location this summer, the Western NY Welcome Center on Grand Island, and is held on Thursday evenings.
Last licks of summer at The Silo
Sat, Aug 24th 2019 07:00 am
The Silo Restaurant is concluding a successful summer at the end of September.
Village Board OK's 'Gallo 2' plan
Sat, Aug 24th 2019 07:00 am
Michael Hibbard's development plan, to transform the plaza at Center and North Fourth streets into a new, larger Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen, received approval at Monday's Village of Lewiston Board meeting.
Skydive the Falls: New, unique offering for those of the daring persuasion
Sat, Aug 24th 2019 07:00 am
Visitors and residents of the River Region are certainly fortunate when it comes to the number and variety of experiences available in the area. From the arts to fantastic fishing, jet boats to wine trails, the living history of Old Fort Niagara to the high-caliber entertainment at Artpark, the countless festivals and so much more, nary a day goes by without something new, exciting and enjoyable for visitors as well as locals to partake in.
How do you like them Apples?
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 07:40 pm
Apple Granny Restaurant has a new sign, courtesy of artist John Lang (pictured) and John Lang Designs Metal Art Gallery.
'Pearl' pics: Immersive spectacle staged at Artpark
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 07:30 pm
Tens of thousands of people have watched one or more shows at Artpark this summer. Few have had an opportunity to actually be in one - that was until Thursday night. Plasticiens Volants' "Pearl: Secrets of the Sea" made its U.S. debut at Artpark in Lewiston.
New exhibition showcases makers of Buffalo's history
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 04:35 pm
The Buffalo History Museum's newest exhibition, "History Makers," features profiles, artifacts and imagery of 20 of the Western New York region's most historically significant and well-known figures.
Niagara University to host first Niagara County Girls in Sports Day on Sept. 21
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 04:35 pm
Girls between the ages of 9-12 residing in Niagara County are invited to participate in the Western New York Girls in Sports Day, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, on the Niagara University campus. The event will give girls of all skill levels the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of sports at stations managed by coaches and female student-athletes from Niagara University and Niagara County Community College.
Ortt introduces legislation to block license plate fees
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 04:30 pm
On Friday, Republican New York State Sen. Rob Ortt held a press conference to address the newly proposed license plate renewal fees that will be mandated by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski joined Ortt as the senator introduced legislation that would waive the fees associated with the mandatory license plate replacement.
National Alliance on Mental Illness to hold family-to-family classes at NFMMC
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 04:30 pm
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Buffalo & Erie County is now accepting registrations for its family-to-family classes for Niagara Falls. This 12-week course helps family members be effective advocates for a loved one who is challenged by mental illness.
Erie County DA Flynn alerts law enforcement, school districts to changes under 'Red Flag Law'
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 04:30 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn spoke with the media to inform citizens about the "Red Flag Law" that goes into effect this weekend. The legislation allows certain authorities to file a petition to the court to prevent an individual who poses a potential threat to themselves or others from possessing, purchasing or attempting to purchase guns.
Summer ends as festivals play to last note
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 03:15 pm
Summer means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but traditionally it has always been a season to get out of the house and attend local events with the rest of the community. Nobody knows this more than right here in Niagara County, where municipalities often end up competing with one another to draw in curious visitors and longtime residents alike for their own take of summer fun.
Bri Estates: Citizens speak on impact to environment
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 03:15 pm
The Town of Niagara Town Board listened to the objections of several residents from the towns of Niagara and Lewiston on the subject of Bri Estates, a proposed development north of Colonial Drive in the Town of Niagara, at a scoping meeting held during the board's regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.
Multi-decade rock 'n' roll player Carl Dixon plays 'Thursdays on the Water'
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 03:15 pm
Carl Dixon, born and raised in Canada answered an ad for a band called Coney Hatch in 1979. He went on to tour around the world, rocked long hair and a killer voice, wrote hits like "Devil's Deck," "Hey Operator" and became the lead singer for the rock legend The Guess Who in 1997.
With Foreigner, it's all about music (not members)
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 03:00 pm
Some fans had a bone to pick with Foreigner when the band performed at Artpark in 2012. With founder Mick Jones not on stage in Lewiston, there were no original band members in the lineup.
Steinjan family exceeds goal, donate $33,000 to Memorial's Cardiac/Stroke Care unit
Thu, Aug 22nd 2019 05:30 pm
The family of the late Robert O. Steinjan Sr. recently presented a check for $7,750 to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in support of the medical center's cardiac and stroke care unit. The gift represents proceeds from the fourth annual Robert O. Steinjan Sr. Memorial Car Show, held this summer at Hoover's Dairy Store in Sanborn.
Once a pilot project, Discover Niagara Shuttle earns permanent status as areas along route see progress
Thu, Aug 22nd 2019 05:30 pm
First launched in May of 2016 as a two-year pilot project led by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, the Discover Niagara Shuttle will soon be a permanent fixture along the 14-mile "Falls to Fort" route during the busy tourism season.
Giant octopus on the loose in Lewiston!
Thu, Aug 22nd 2019 12:00 pm
This is not a drill. We repeat: This is not a drill! Dr. Giant Eyeball has returned to Lewiston - and this time he's brought his Sinister Quartet Under Ill-Fated Direction, or S.Q.U.I.D.
Cuomo: $6.4 million grant from Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to improve Niagara Shoreline Trail, Genesee Valley Greenway
Wed, Aug 21st 2019 09:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced $6.4 million in grants from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, in addition to $4 million in state funding, which will support ongoing improvements to the Genesee Valley Greenway State Park and the Niagara Shoreline Trail in Western New York. The projects will help make key connections to the Empire State Trail. The not-for-profit Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation was created after the 2014 death of Wilson, the former owner of the Buffalo Bills and a co-founder of the American Football League.
Cuomo signs legislation waiving marriage license fees for active duty members of Armed Forces
Wed, Aug 21st 2019 09:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.3756/A.55) waiving the state fee for marriage licenses for active duty members of the U.S. armed forces or their spouses. The bill also gives local governments freedom to waive the fees they charge for marriage certificates for active duty service members or spouses.
Jazz Festival has 'most ambitious' slate of musicians
Wed, Aug 21st 2019 07:05 pm
The Northwest Jazz Festival in Historic Lewiston, NY will present some of the top Western New York musicians, as well as a sampling of the country's best-in-genre artists. The adult-centric event is set for Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24, on Center Street.
UB to bolster oversight, accountability of Greek life
Wed, Aug 21st 2019 06:30 pm
As a new academic year begins, the University at Buffalo is implementing extensive changes to Greek life at the university, and is lifting its suspension on all but one Greek-letter social fraternal organizations as the new measures are put into place.
Jacobs criticizes Cuomo requiring drivers to purchase new license plates
Wed, Aug 21st 2019 06:25 pm
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs, R-60th, criticized what he called "Gov. Cuomo's blatant money grab on already over-taxed New Yorkers," in response to the governor's recent announcement that millions of New York drivers will be required to purchase new license plates beginning next year, regardless of the condition of their existing plates. The cost will be $25 and an additional $20 to keep an old plate number.
Photos: Paul Rodgers + Bad Company at Artpark
Wed, Aug 21st 2019 05:00 pm
For Lewiston concertgoers, Tuesday night was, well, a "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," as Bad Company with Paul Rodgers headlined a concert at Artpark. The show was one of only two-dozen live dates for the band in 2019.
Niagara Falls Community Development Department announces second call for small business support fund grants
Tue, Aug 20th 2019 01:20 pm
The Niagara Falls Community Development Department is launching the second round of the small business support fund (SBSF) to help local entrepreneurs improve their businesses.
NYS Department of Labor announces ride inspections underway at Great New York State Fair
Tue, Aug 20th 2019 01:20 pm
The New York State Department of Labor announced inspections of all rides at the Great New York State Fair are underway in advance of the fair's opening later this week. The agencies also reminded fairgoers to follow all safety guidelines to enjoy the fair's numerous rides.
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino to welcome 19th annual Native American Music Awards, Wayne Brady, Mickie James
Tue, Aug 20th 2019 01:20 pm
The stars will shine at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino when the Seneca Niagara Event Center welcomes the 19th annual Native American Music Awards at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2; and Wayne Brady at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.
Alumna Courtney Corbetta scheduled to speak at Niagara University's fall open house
Tue, Aug 20th 2019 01:20 pm
Courtney Corbetta, Class of 2015, Niagara University communication studies alumna and feature reporter and co-host of "AM Buffalo" on WKBW-TV Channel 7, will return to Monteagle Ridge as a special guest speaker on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Meet local artists behind 10 new murals in Niagara Falls
Tue, Aug 20th 2019 01:15 pm
The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, with financial support from the New York State Health Foundation, is embarking on a multiphase heritage arts mural project and walking trail that will merge public art, local history and public health. Through August and September of this year, 10 artists from Niagara Falls and Buffalo will paint 10 new murals on Main Street and Depot Avenue in the north end neighborhood. The project unites artists with the Highland Community in a collaborative process to transform public spaces and inspire local citizens.
'A Quiet Place II' to cross Grand Island bridge
Tue, Aug 20th 2019 10:20 am
The New York State Thruway Authority announced the northbound South Grand Island Bridge will be closed to all traffic from midnight until 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. All traffic traveling northbound on the Niagara Thruway (I-190) entering Grand Island will be diverted to a single lane on the southbound South Grand Island Bridge during the scheduled closure.
Peach Festival 2020 location up in the air
Mon, Aug 19th 2019 07:50 pm
The 2019 Niagara County Peach Festival could be the last one held in Academy Park.
NYS OASAS announces availability of up to $5 million to support expansion of medication-assisted treatment at outpatient programs
Mon, Aug 19th 2019 04:15 pm
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) announced the availability of up to $5 million in funding for OASAS-certified outpatient treatment programs. Up to 50 awards of $100,000 each will be made to programs to assist them in expanding services, with the goal of improving immediate access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Memorial offers yoga classes for expecting mothers
Mon, Aug 19th 2019 04:00 pm
Prenatal yoga has arrived in Niagara County.
STOP! Hammer time! 'M.C. Hammer's House Party' review, pics
Mon, Aug 19th 2019 01:50 pm
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino christened its new outdoor staging area Friday night, when M.C. Hammer brought his "House Party" to the Falls. support came from Tone-Loc, Kid n' Play, Sisqo and Sir Mix-a-Lot.
Gates officially close on record-breaking 180th Erie County Fair
Mon, Aug 19th 2019 10:30 am
The all-time attendance record for the Erie County Fair was shattered as the "Best 12 Days of Summer" in Western New York concluded Sunday night. Final 2019 attendance is 1,238,456. This number represents a 3.3% increase from 2018 and makes 2019's number the highest attended County Fair in the history of the Erie County Agricultural Society. The previous all-time record was achieved in 2014 (1,220,101).
Rob Ortt declares for NY-27
Sat, Aug 17th 2019 07:10 pm
Today, Bronze Star recipient and New York State Sen. Rob Ortt (R-C-I-Ref-North Tonawanda) declared his candidacy for New York's 27th Congressional District. At an event at the VFW Post 2535 in Lockport, Ortt delivered a speech that outlined his experiences as a soldier - in Afghanistan and defending the U.S. Southern border - his service as a state senator, and his campaign platform as a congressional candidate.
GM Lockport announces community grant recipients
Sat, Aug 17th 2019 07:05 pm
General Motors Co. GMCH Lockport Operations announced the recipients of its 2019 GM community grants: United Way of Greater Niagara, $30,000; Junior Achievement of Western New York, $10,000; and the Environmental Education Foundation of Soil and Water Conservation, $10,000.