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NT: City accountant refutes state audit findings
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 12:35 pm
In response to a blistering audit from the New York State Comptroller's office, City of North Tonawanda Accountant Jeffrey Zellner addressed the council Tuesday night and refuted some of the audit's findings. He also referred to the audit as being "politically motivated" and criticized the auditors themselves as being "unprofessional."
State audit: 'Poor financial management' leads to financial woes in NT
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 12:30 pm
A scathing audit released Aug. 7 from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that North Tonawanda is in "a vulnerable financial position" due to "the Mayor's and City Council's budgeting practices and poor financial management."
PHOTOS: Artpark drive-in series revisits Tragically Hip
Thu, Aug 13th 2020 09:20 am
The Tragically Hip is a beloved Canadian band that, in any given summer, could've performed for a full month at Artpark and found the venue sold-out each night.
Hannah Mergi continues to make her mark in world
Wed, Aug 12th 2020 08:30 pm
The name Hannah Mergi is not unfamiliar to NFP readers. The 20-year-old Youngstown native has been featured in stories where:
Alarm Will Sound performs WNY premiere of 'Ten Thousand Birds' at Artpark
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 02:50 pm
Acclaimed musical ensemble Alarm Will Sound performed the Western New York premiere of "Ten Thousand Birds" by John Luther Adams at Artpark on Sunday. The Lewiston venue is one of only two sites in the country to present the group for this special performance that utilizes social distancing for both the group of 20 musicians and the audience.
COVID-19: Western New York has highest positive infection rate over 3-day period
Mon, Aug 10th 2020 11:15 am
Western New York has had New York state's highest positive coronavirus test rate over the past three days of reporting.
Cuomo on school reopening: ' "If and how" is left to local school districts'; meetings with parents, teachers mandatory
Sun, Aug 9th 2020 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a Sunday conference call with reporters, said, "I announced the other day that, by the (coronavirus) viral infection rate, all school districts in the state can open - can open. 'If and how' is left to the local school districts."
North Tonawanda School superintendent provides school reopening update
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 03:25 pm
North Tonawanda School Superintendent Gregory Woytila held a live Q&A on Facebook on Wednesday where he shared some updates regarding the district's reopening plans. At the onset, he addressed some of the confusion that was caused by some comments Gov. Andrew Cuomo made earlier in the week involving COVID-19 testing.
Cuomo: Schools can reopen in New York
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 12:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday gave each New York school district the go-ahead to reopen for in-person learning.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for August 7, 2020
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 11:35 am
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for August 7, 2020
Lewiston-Porter to meet with parents regarding reopening in September
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:30 am
With our reopening plan now out, we are working diligently as a district to put our plan into action. We are focusing on reopening Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the hybrid model outlined in our plan. Our plan allows students to attend school in person or choose a 100% remote learning option. As parents decide what the best option is for their children, we are committed to providing all the information we can to support our families.
Lewiston Senior Center sets Sept. 1 reopening
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:30 am
At last, some good news for seniors in the River Region.
NT Common Council: Resolution to have Ortt clarify LGBTQ views causes stir
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:25 am
A resolution to formally ask newly appointed New York State Senate Minority Leader Sen. Robert Ortt to clarify his views on LGBTQ rights was a hot-button issue at Tuesday night's Common Council meeting in North Tonawanda.
'Wheatfield Crossing' subdivision concerns residents
Fri, Aug 7th 2020 09:25 am
A proposed residential subdivision on Shawnee Road has neighborhood residents concerned about dangerous road conditions and flooding.
Wheatfield Town Board: New COVID-19 travel rules; Ward Road, community/youth center updates
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 09:40 pm
Following the public hearings, the Wheatfield Town board proceeded with its regular meeting. All board members except for Councilman Curt Doktor were in attendance.
New York gyms not opening anytime soon
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 09:35 pm
It was expected gyms and bowling alleys would welcome patrons back once a region entered the fourth and final phase of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening plan - but that wasn't the case.
'Greetings from Niagara Falls': Mural a welcome sign
Thu, Aug 6th 2020 08:30 am
The Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association hosted an official unveiling for the new "Greetings From Niagara Falls" public mural outside of Wine on Third.
Niagara Wheatfield Central School District outlines reopening plan
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 02:15 pm
The Niagara Wheatfield Central School District is moving forward with a two-program model as it submits its reopening plans to New York state.
Casseri provides update to Lew-Port families
Tue, Aug 4th 2020 11:35 am
Lewiston-Porter Central School District Superintendent of Schools Paul Casseri sent out this correspondence on Friday:
Grand Island rally held in opposition of proposed Amazon warehouse
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 04:25 pm
Attorney Jim Duggan, a volunteer for The Coalition for Responsible Economic Development for Grand Island (CRED4GI), told nearly 100 supporters at a rally Friday evening, "We are dealing with a David vs. Goliath situation here and Amazon is proposing a monstrosity of a project for Grand Island."
Soup's (back) on: Como Deli reopens in Lewiston
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 03:45 pm
The Como Deli on Center Street reopened to customers on Monday. The Village of Lewiston eatery had been closed since early spring, when "New York State on PAUSE" was enacted to slow the coronavirus spread.
Grand Island Central School District: Hybrid reopening of school planned for September
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 11:10 am
Grand Island Central School will embark on a hybrid reopening of school in September, school board members learned at a monthly meeting last Monday.
Grand Island Town Board to consider public hearing on Amazon Project Olive proposal
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 11:00 am
Just a week after the developer of Project Olive put the Amazon warehouse development "on pause," the "play" button was hit again.
Cuomo: 'Just because a school district says we're open does not mean students are going to go'
Sun, Aug 2nd 2020 03:35 pm
Speaking to the press on Sunday about in-class instruction, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "It's about the parents being comfortable."
Niagara Falls intersection dedicated to late local musician John 'Spider' Martin
Sat, Aug 1st 2020 06:55 pm
On Friday, the City of Niagara Falls commemorated the life and career of a local jazz and R&B musician, John "Spider" Martin, by designating the corner of Ontario Avenue and Main Street with the honorary name of "John 'Spider' Martin Way."
Strawberry Moon Festival: Artpark dedicates Native American Peace Garden
Sat, Aug 1st 2020 05:25 pm
Artpark & Company welcomed members of the local and Western New York Native American communities to Lewiston for a ceremony celebrating the official opening of the Peace Garden.
North Tonawanda School District superintendent Q&A on district reopening plans
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 05:35 pm
On Wednesday, North Tonawanda School Superintendent Gregory J. Woytila provided an update on the district's reopening plans during a Q&A via Facebook Live. The update comes as school districts across the state are set to submit their reopening plans to New York state by the end of this week.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for July 31, 2020
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 11:15 am
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for July 31, 2020
Lewiston receives good news from town's auditors
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 10:35 am
As it looks toward the fall and budget preparation time, the Town of Lewiston received some good news from the Dresher & Malecki audit team with regard to the town's 2019 audit.
Lights, camera, action! Wheatfield native publishes book on making it in Hollywood
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 08:50 am
Actress, comedian and, most importantly, a Wheatfield native, Meghan Deanna Smith always knew that she was supposed to be an actor.
Lewiston-Porter submits two options on reopening
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 08:50 am
Lewiston-Porter has submitted its reopening plan to the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The reopening plan provides for in-person instruction, remote learning, and a hybrid of the two approaches as required by NYSED. Superintendent Paul Casseri shared our reopening plan with the school community this week.
Town of Lewiston: EnSol plan flares up at session
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 08:45 am
At issue here is concern over a site plan application submitted by Niagara Properties - EnSol Inc. - of Niagara Falls. The company has been working with the town's Planning Board and Environmental Commission over past months and wishes to create a soil recycling center and composting facility on some 10 acres of land it owns on the north side of the 1100 block of Pletcher Road.
DiCamillo's celebrates centennial with revamped Linwood Store
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 08:45 am
One of Western New York's most popular and well-respected local businesses is celebrating a milestone few can hardly even dream of: DiCamillo's Bakery is turning 100 years old.
Poloncarz: Erie County has had 'pretty stern conversations' with bar, restaurant owners
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 05:10 pm
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said his office and the Department of Health "continue to get complaints" about eateries not abiding by New York's COVID-19 safety protocols.
Bike path network ecotourism 'gold standard'
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:15 am
Greg Stevens, executive director of the Niagara River Greenway, and Jim Sharpe, chair of Grand Island's Long Range Planning Committee, invited volunteer members of their organizations for two bicycle rides recently to understand Grand Island's current trail network and identify gaps in trail connectivity.
Crawford asks for traffic summit to address Isle projects
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:10 am
Grand Island Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford is asking for a "coordinated transportation meeting" with other levels of government to tackle growing traffic concerns in the midst of the Island's two historically large development proposals.
Fuccillo takes checkered flag with Island Fun Center
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:05 am
When Tom Fogarty was recruited by Billy Fuccillo Sr. and his son, Billy Jr., to become general manager of its Toyota store on Grand Island, he told them about his concern of residents leaving the Island to purchase the same vehicles elsewhere.
Sidewalk project making town center more walkable
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:55 am
Fahim Mojawalla, whose family-owned Island Ship Center has operated at 1879 Whitehaven Road since 2008, ran outside recently with his team carrying "bottles of the coldest water on the Island" for the crews installing the sidewalk outside his store.
Grand Island: Project Olive 'on pause' after being pulled from workshop meeting agenda
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:40 am
An anticipated appearance by Project Olive representatives at last Monday's Grand Island Town Board meeting never materialized as the developers told the town they had hit the pause button on the proposal.
Niagara County: Wydysh, Stapleton provide updates on eateries, travel advisory, school reopening & TTP
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 03:05 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh provided her weekly update Monday on LCTV. She was joined by Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton. Among their topics of conversation:
 

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