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ESD 'pivoting' from Wonder Falls; announces plans for high-density, mixed-use development project in downtown Niagara Falls
Fri, Dec 6th 2019 05:00 pm
Empire State Development today announced plans for a civic improvement project at the Rainbow Centre in downtown Niagara Falls that will establish greater public access and walkability, create commercial opportunity, and also improve parking to support new and existing businesses at and near the site.
Fashion Outlets of Niagara USA, Town of Niagara donate on 'Giving Tuesday'
Fri, Dec 6th 2019 07:00 am
Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace and the Town Board, in conjunction with John Doran, senior manager of Fashion Outlets, split up and gave away $50,000 to various charitable groups, including the Town of Niagara Lions and Lioness clubs on Giving Tuesday.
Greenhouse, residents clash on noise, lights & odor
Fri, Dec 6th 2019 07:00 am
Wheatfield Gardens came under attack by several residential property owners in the Timberlakes Subdivision during a recent public hearing in the Town of Wheatfield.
Niagara Lions lay wreaths at Witmer Cemetery
Fri, Dec 6th 2019 07:00 am
At 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, the Town of Niagara Lions and Lionesses will lay wreathes at Witmer Cemetery on the graves of the veterans buried there. They will honor the five branches of the military by displaying wreaths for them, as well. There are soldiers from each of the wars from 1812 on up through Korea.
Everything you need to know about Lewiston Christmas Walk weekend
Fri, Dec 6th 2019 07:00 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce invites the public to participate in the Lewiston Christmas Walk and Tour of Homes on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8.
'Centerstage' concert series returns to Kleinhans Music Hall featuring Polish pianist, local vocals & classical guitar phenom
Fri, Dec 6th 2019 07:00 am
Kleinhans Music Hall is bringing back its "Centerstage" concert series after a successful launch during its inaugural season last year. The three-event series gives audiences an up-close-and-personal concert experience, with the performer in the middle of Kleinhans' main stage and the audience seated onstage surrounding them. Limited tickets will be available to each event.
The Tabernacle of Orchard Park to produce 'Welcome Home,' a Christmas musical & festivities
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 05:00 pm
This weekend, during its annual Christmas Festival, The Tabernacle will produce "Welcome Home - A Christmas Musical."
UB medical students team up with Buffalo Bills to kick off muscular dystrophy fundraiser
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 05:00 pm
Raising money for charity is probably not a primary focus for most students at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.
NYS Office for the Aging reminder to older New Yorkers: Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 04:50 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging encourages older New Yorkers with Medicare to review and make any needed changes to their health plans and prescription drug coverage for the upcoming year before the Medicare open enrollment period ends on Dec. 7. Plan changes take effect Jan. 1, 2020.
Niagara University's Camp Courage Crew presents check to Camp Good Days and Special Times
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 04:45 pm
Niagara University Camp Courage Crew officers presented Lisa Booz, WNY regional director at Camp Good Days and Special Times, with a check for $10,700 on Thursday. Students raised the funds during their second annual dance marathon in October.
Niagara Family Medicine Associates join Catholic Health to become newest member of Trinity Medical WNY
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 04:45 pm
Creating new opportunities for community collaboration, Catholic Health announced Niagara Family Medicine Associates has joined its growing physician practice network, Trinity Medical WNY, PC.
New York State Office for the Aging marks Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 04:35 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) recognizes Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, which takes place this year from Dec. 2-6. The weeklong annual awareness campaign promotes understanding of the importance mobility and transportation are to ensuring older adults remain connected to their communities.
Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity to host gingerbread event during Lewiston Christmas Walk
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 03:25 pm
Over the years, one holiday event has given Niagara County residents of all ages a chance to give back to the community while making memories. Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity's annual gingerbread decorating fundraiser gives local families the chance to design gumdrop roofs and licorice walkways for gingerbread houses as they support a local cause.
North Tonawanda 'Decorate for the holidays' contest
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 03:25 pm
The North Tonawanda mayor's office, in conjunction with the city's Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks, reported entries are currently being accepted for the city's "Decorate for the holidays contest." The contest is open to any North Tonawanda resident who decorates their home or business for the holiday season.
Town of Niagara holiday decorating contest
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 03:20 pm
The Town of Niagara is holding its annual holiday decorating contest for town residents. The event is sponsored by the Town of Niagara Police Club, the Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association, and the Town of Niagara Beautification Committee.
Higgins announces passage of legislation preventing illegal robocalls, increasing penalties for violators
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 11:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced House passage of bipartisan legislation that will push back against the increasing volume of illegal robocalls Americans are faced with, and strengthen law enforcement's ability to prosecute those responsible. S. 151, the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, requires every call to be verified through a nationwide caller authentication system, allows the blocking of spam calls, and empowers the Federal Communications Commission to go after scammers by lengthening the statute of limitations for these violations and imposing greater fines.
New Era Field to welcome 'The Stadium Tour' featuring Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 11:15 am
Some of the world's most iconic and celebrated rock legends will hit the road together next summer for a coheadlining tour so massive that it could only be held in America's biggest stadiums. "The Stadium Tour" featuring Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, with Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will hit select cities in the U.S. where each band will bring their unique stage shows while promising to perform their stadium-sized anthems.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy & Peanuts back for holidays
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 10:35 am
On Thursday, Dec. 5, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs at 8 p.m. Celebrate the joy of the holidays with the classic animated Christmas-themed Peanuts special, created by the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino kicks off season with tree-lighting, performance by Vanessa Williams
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 10:10 am
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in downtown Niagara Falls welcomed the holiday season Wednesday night. A free event was held on Seneca Square Bridge, and featured Santa and Mrs. Claus, Buffalo sports mascots and Seneca Gaming Corp. leaders. A large crowd was welcomed and invited to watch as the Christmas tree was lit. Award-winning singer, actor and adopted Western New Yorker Vanessa Williams made a special appearance, performing a trio of songs for the audience.
Restaurant employee confirmed for hepatitis A virus; Niagara Falls Taco Bell patrons during specific timeframe may have been exposed
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 09:00 am
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Wednesday announced a case of hepatitis A virus in a local restaurant worker. The Niagara County Department of Health launched a disease investigation on Tuesday, directly after receiving notification of the suspected case. Following laboratory testing, interviews and a restaurant inspection, an employee who handles food at Taco Bell on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls was identified with the hepatitis A virus.
'Rockin' with Santa': A tradition of music and generosity
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 07:00 am
Music brings all sorts of people together. That's what the organizers of "Rockin' with Santa" have been doubling down on for the last 20 years in their annual toy-drive event occurring just in time for the holidays.
Buffalo Sabres: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen named ECHL Goaltender of the Month
Wed, Dec 4th 2019 03:15 pm
The Cincinnati Cyclones, in conjunction with the ECHL, announced goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was named the Warrior Hockey/ECHL Goaltender of the Month for November. The rookie sensation posted a record of 6-2-1-0 along with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
Maroon 5 with special guest Meghan Trainor to perform at Darien Lake
Wed, Dec 4th 2019 03:15 pm
Three-time Grammy Award-winning multi-Platinum band Maroon 5 has announced dates for their upcoming 2020 U.S. tour produced by Live Nation. These upcoming tour dates mark the biggest U.S. shows of the band's career, with the group playing iconic venues such as at Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Citi Field and Banc of California Stadium.
A decade of top-employer recognition for Niagara Casinos
Wed, Dec 4th 2019 03:00 pm
Niagara Casinos commemorates its diamond anniversary as a Hamilton-Niagara Top Employer in celebration with its 4,200 associates.
2nd annual 'Santa Con' planned for night 3 of 'Jingle Falls USA'
Wed, Dec 4th 2019 02:45 pm
Get your Santa suits and elf ears ready for the second annual Niagara Falls "Santa Con," a roving fundraiser visiting five restaurants and bars from 4-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. "Santa Con" is sponsored by the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association and is planned as part of night three of "Jingle Falls USA," a collaborative holiday celebration in Niagara Falls.
Scharfenberger named apostolic administrator of Diocese of Buffalo, as Bishop Richard Malone takes early retirement
Wed, Dec 4th 2019 08:45 am
Following several days of media speculation regarding his future, it was officially announced Wednesday that the Most Rev. Richard J. Malone is stepping down as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
NFMMC Auxiliary sets 'Lighting with Love' tree
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:55 pm
The Auxiliary of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will once again place a "Lighting with Love" tree in the upper lobby of the medical center for members of the public to decorate in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one.
NYS Tax Department: Protect yourself and your personal information
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:45 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance shared a variety of tips and advice to help taxpayers protect themselves and their personal information online. The effort to safeguard sensitive data coincides with National Tax Security Awareness Week, which runs through Dec. 6.
New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announces new campaign to raise awareness of available addiction services
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:45 pm
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) announced the launch of a new media campaign reminding people of the warning signs of addiction and overdoses, and that addiction can happen to anyone. It is designed to reach people traveling for the holidays and will run through the end of December. The campaign is partially funded with money awarded to New York State under the federal state opioid response grant.
NYPA reaches major milestone in deploying sensors to improve situational awareness
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:45 pm
The New York Power Authority is reaching design completion of its statewide sensor deployment program, allowing site installations to commence. The multiphase program is installing hundreds of sensors on generation, substation and switchyard assets across the state to closely monitor the health and performance of NYPA's statewide power generation and transmission network.
WNY Book Arts Center hosts 12th annual 'Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace'
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:35 pm
The Western New York Book Arts Center's 12th annual "Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace" will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 468 Washington St., Buffalo. The sale this year will include over 40 vendors on both floors of the Book Arts Center. Guests can purchase unique, quality handmade goods from housewares, knitwear and jewelry, to hand-printed greeting cards and posters, apparel and ceramics.
Lewiston's Billy Quarantillo to make UFC debut this weekend
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:30 pm
Billy Quarantillo will step into the Octagon this Saturday, Dec. 7, at Capital One Arena (Washington, D.C.), and make his UFC debut.
Erie County credit rating boom: Kroll Bond Rating Agency assigns AA-, 'stable' outlook to county bonds
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:20 pm
The Erie County Division of Budget and Management announced Kroll Bond Rating Agency ("KBRA") assigned a long-term rating of AA- and a "stable" outlook for Erie County bonds, another affirmative sign from an independent financial entity that the county's fiscal profile is strong and stable in 2019. In early November, Moody's Investor's Service ("Moody's") upgraded Erie County's credit rating to A1, up from A2, and noted a "stable" outlook for the county, as well, marking the highest rating the county has reached with Moody's since 1976.
Colvin Cleaners 'Coats 4 Kids' to hold final free coat distribution Saturday
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:20 pm
The 24th annual Colvin Cleaners "Coats 4 Kids" campaign will hold its final free distribution of winter coats and accessories from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at The Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., Buffalo. There is limit of one coat per person, and proper identification is needed. Through its first two events, more than 10,000 coats were distributed.
Buffalo Bills to honor St. Bonaventure 1970 Final Four team
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:15 pm
The Buffalo Bills and Pegula Sports & Entertainment will honor members of St. Bonaventure University's 1970 men's basketball team prior to this Sunday's game against Baltimore.
Holiday lights in Youngstown
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:15 pm
The Youngstown Lions annual holiday lighting contest will take place the evening of Friday, Dec. 20. Lions Club members will judge home decorations from the areas of Lower River Road to Porter Center Road, from Lake Road to Porter town line, and in the Village of Youngstown.
Historical Society of the Tonawandas announces December holiday party
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 07:00 am
The Historical Society of the Tonawandas' December program and holiday party will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. Guests will meet and celebrate 115 years of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. OLC is located at the corner of Oliver and Center streets in North Tonawanda. Use the Center Street door to enter.
Spreading cheer at Mount St. Mary's
Mon, Dec 2nd 2019 05:25 pm
On Monday morning, Mount St. Mary's Hospital welcomed - for the first time - the Sacred Heart Villa School Children's Choir to perform as part of the hospital's annual advent service. Students sang and danced as they cheerfully performed about a half-dozen holiday songs.
UPDATE: NYSEG responding to outages as winter weather continues
Mon, Dec 2nd 2019 05:10 pm
NYSEG, a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc., is responding after heavy snow and wintry conditions disrupted service to thousands of customers.
Santa Land returns to Chestnut Ridge Park
Mon, Dec 2nd 2019 05:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined Monday by Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Troy P. Schinzel along with Santa Claus and representatives of the Orchard Park Recreation Department to announce the return of Santa Land to Chestnut Ridge. The site is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Again this year, the Erie County Parks Department is partnering with the Orchard Park Recreation Department to present this popular, free event that features a full schedule of family fun on both days.

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