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Niagara Wine Trail names new executive director, officers for 2022
Wed, Feb 16th 2022 09:30 am
The Niagara Wine Trail has named Susan Swiatkowski as its new executive director. In addition, new officers have been chosen to lead the organization for 2022.
Communication skills predict who emerge as team leaders at work
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 05:20 pm
If you want to be seen as a leader, work on your public speaking skills - that's the takeaway from a new University at Buffalo School of Management study, which found strong communication skills reliably predict leadership emergence in teams.
Regina Hall, Amy Schumer & Wanda Sykes to host 94th Oscars
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 05:15 pm
Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes will host the 94th Oscars, show producer Will Packer announced Tuesday. This will be the first time hosting the ceremony for each of them. The Oscars will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 27 (8 p.m. EDT).
Niagara Falls: Temporary traffic change, street closure for film production
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 03:00 pm
Portions of Third Street in Niagara Falls will be subject to intermittent closures Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 16-17, while production crews film in the area. The closures will affect Third Street between Niagara and Ferry streets. Niagara Falls Police will be in the area directing traffic.
Book explores intersection of slavery and disability in US
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 03:00 pm
Many enslaved people with disabilities in antebellum America, deemed unfit for labor by their owners, played critical social roles and provided a measure of stability to the vulnerable communities in which they were held, according to a recently published book by a University at Buffalo historian.
Hochul announces expansion of SUNY microcredentials for in-demand job fields
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 03:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the expansion of fast and flexible learning options with more than 400 microcredentials across 31 SUNY campuses to help everyone from current students to working professionals gain skills, knowledge and experience that employers are looking for.
DEC issues guidance to avoid coyote conflicts
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 03:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued guidance to help prevent conflicts between people and coyotes to protect the public and their pets.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center welcomes National Guard
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 01:30 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has welcomed two guardsmen to Schoellkopf Health Center as part of the National Guard's COVID-19 mission: Staff Sgt. Robert Badendyck, with Bravo Troop 2-101 CAV, U.S. Army; and Lt. Cpl. Wayne Bayle from 6 Comm, U.S. Marine Corps.
Artpark headliner Elvis Costello & The Imposters celebrate release of new album, 'The Boy Named If,' with summer tour
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 01:15 pm
Elvis Costello & The Imposters are celebrating the release of their widely acclaimed new album, "The Boy Named If," with a summer tour titled "The Boy Named If & Other Favourites."
Catholic Health Facebook Live event series presents 'Way to Wellness: Inside the Dish'
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 12:15 pm
In honor of American Heart Month, Catholic Health is hosting a special Facebook Live event, "Way to Wellness: Inside the Dish," from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. It features Trinity Medical WNY cardiologist Eram Chaudhry, M.D., and celebrity chef Darian Bryan.
Calling all artists: 14th annual Taste of Buffalo poster art contest presented by Tops
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 12:15 pm
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops Friendly Markets is inviting local artists (students and the general public alike) to capture its essence in art by entering in the 2022 poster art contest.
Brown announces 'Girls' Long Table Talk,' an empowerment session featuring Buffalo Police Deputy Commissioner Barbara Lark
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 12:15 pm
City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown urges young women, ages 13-19, to participate in the Girls Run the World Committee "Girls' Long Table Talk," which will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Shea's 710 Theatre.
Variety Club announces 60th annual Variety Kids Telethon
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 12:15 pm
The 60th annual Variety Kids Telethon will take place at the Variety Club headquarters located at 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. The event will be produced and presented from both the studios of WGRZ-TV Channel 2, and the Variety Club HQ from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, March 5. The presentation will also be streamed live at
Hilbert College awarded record-setting grant for second consecutive year
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:50 am
Hilbert College was awarded a $523,625 grant from The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. This grant has surpassed last year's grant from the foundation ($500,000), and is the largest foundation grant in Hilbert's history.
Sweet success! Tops raises $13,000-plus selling gingerbread houses for Oishei Children's Hospital
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:50 am
Tops Friendly Markets raised $13,365 as a result of its gingerbread house campaign for Oishei Children's Hospital. The campaign, which kicked off in early November, welcomed families to purchase a gingerbread house kit at locations throughout the region, with a portion of the proceeds being donated back to the hospital. The kits came complete with gingerbread to build a house, plus sweet candy decorations and icing.
Attorney general's office of special investigation opens investigation into civilian death in Buffalo
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:50 am
The New York Attorney General's Office of Special Investigation has opened an investigation into the death of a civilian who died on Saturday, following an encounter with a member of the New York State Police (NYSP).
Second arrest in McKinley High School investigation
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:50 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn on Monday announced a 17-year-old male from Buffalo was arraigned before Youth Part Justice Kelly Brinkworth on one count of attempted murder in the second degree (class "B" violent felony), one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree (class "C" violent felony) and one count of assault in the second degree (class "D" felony).
Higgins urges Western New Yorkers to join 10 million American households registered for broadband benefit
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is urging all eligible Western New Yorkers to join more than 10 million American households that have signed up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), the nation's largest broadband affordability program. His team said, "Thanks to the 'Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,' this program is providing millions of families who previously lacked access or could not afford this critical utility, with affordable and reliable broadband access."
Hochul establishes office of chief disability officer
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced the establishment of the Office of the Chief Disability Officer to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities. She appointed Kimberly T. Hill as the state's first chief disability officer.
NYS: Nearly $2 billion in wagers over first 30 days of mobile sports wagering
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the successful launch of mobile sports wagering in New York state, with nearly $2 billion in wagers taken during the first 30 days of operation. Her team said, "This record-breaking success, more than any other state has ever reported, will generate more than $70 million in tax revenue for New York state, providing funds to be allocated toward programs that support education, youth sports, and more."
Senate Republicans: End COVID mandates
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:05 am
On Monday, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and members of the Senate Republican Conference called for an end to what they called "unconstitutional mandates promulgated by Gov. Kathy Hochul and her Department of Health." The Republicans announced they would force a vote on the New York Senate floor to end the mandates.
NYPA designated a Smart Energy Provider by American Public Power Association
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:05 am
The New York Power Authority has earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association for demonstrating a commitment and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives that support the goal of providing safe, reliable, low-cost and sustainable electric service.
First Free Fishing Weekend of 2022
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:05 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of the state's first Free Fishing Weekend of 2022, on Feb. 19 and 20, when freshwater anglers are permitted to fish for free without a license.
Buffalo History Museum seeks nominations for annual awards
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:05 am
The Buffalo History Museum is asking community members to nominate candidates for the Red Jacket, Owen B. Augspurger and Daniel B. Niederlander awards, which will be presented later this year at the Red Jacket Awards Ceremony.
NYS: Protect yourself from a bad tax preparer: Review recently enhanced Consumer Bill of Rights
Tue, Feb 15th 2022 11:05 am
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced the Consumer Bill of Rights Regarding Tax Preparers has been bolstered to better protect the public from dishonest tax preparers who prey on unsuspecting New Yorkers.
Tops presents Oishei Children's Hospital & Roswell Park with proceeds from 'City of Buffalo Monopoly Game'
Mon, Feb 14th 2022 07:00 am
Tops made a special check presentation over the weekend.
International wrestling talent coming to ESW
Mon, Feb 14th 2022 07:00 am
Empire State Wrestling returns to Niagara Falls for its first event of 2022 with "Spring Breakdown" on Saturday, March 5, at the Frontier Fire Hall, 2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls. This will be the second consecutive event held at Frontier by ESW.
Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg return as hosts of 'Puppy Bowl' - and raise the stakes by adding coaching to their duties
Sat, Feb 12th 2022 07:10 pm
It's a make-or-break move for Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg as they add coaching duties to their roles as hosts of the other big game on Sunday, Feb. 13: "Puppy Bowl"! That's right, Snoop is the official coach for Team Fluff and Martha will coach last year's champions, Team Ruff.
Statement from Gov. Hochul on trooper-involved shooting in Buffalo
Sat, Feb 12th 2022 07:05 pm
"This morning, one of our troopers was involved in a deadly shooting of a motorist after a pursuit in Buffalo. I have directed the New York State Police to fully cooperate with the attorney general's independent investigation. As we await a transparent and thorough review of the facts, our thoughts are with the victim's family and our troopers."
Morrison takes command of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
Sat, Feb 12th 2022 05:45 pm
At a ceremony Saturday at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, the 914th Air Refueling Wing welcomed its new wing commander, Col. Lara B. Morrison. Family, friends and officers watched the assumption of command ceremony, saluting the new leader.
Grand Island: 'Test to stay' expanded to include extracurricular activities
Sat, Feb 12th 2022 07:00 am
Students who are participating in the school system's "test to stay" program are now permitted to engage in extracurricular activities, said School Superintendent Dr. Brian Graham at the Feb. 7 Grand Island Central School District Board of Education meeting.
GIHS students share musical experience with School Board
Sat, Feb 12th 2022 07:00 am
In February 2020, a month before the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a nationwide lockdown and months of virtual education, Grand Island High School presented the musical "Beauty and the Beast." None of the performers or their teachers had any idea that it would be two years before another musical would be produced at the high school.
Town accountant files defamation suit against councilman
Sat, Feb 12th 2022 07:00 am
On Jan. 28, Pamela Barton, the Town of Grand Island's senior accountant, filed a lawsuit against Town Councilman Mike Madigan and the Town of Grand Island, alleging Madigan placed a defamatory article in the Sept. 17, 2021, issue of the Island Dispatch. Statements in the article, she alleges, "have no basis in fact" and were "made with actual malice in disregard to plaintiff." She also alleges Madigan made defamatory comments during a Town Board workshop session on Sept. 7, 2021, and Sept. 20, 2021.
'Jurassic World' brings 'Dominion' to theaters June 10
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 05:15 pm
"Jurassic World Dominion," from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, sees the return of director Colin Trevorrow, who also serves as executive producer with Steven Spielberg. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley also return as producers. Alexandra Derbyshire joins as executive producer.
Marking 13th anniversary of Flight 3407 tragedy, Higgins & families remain vigilant in protecting flight safety measures
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 04:00 pm
The 13th anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407 marks the first time since the tragedy that all flight safety measures recommended as a result of the event have been implemented, but Congressman Brian Higgins and the Families of Flight 3407 remain "on guard to protect the multiple improvements made."
Morinello hosts 'Valentines for Seniors'
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 02:30 pm
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello joined local seniors from Schoellkopf Nursing Home and Meals on Wheels to kick off his sixth annual "Valentines for Seniors" event. This year's program features 16 local elementary schools making valentines for seniors in the community who are in assisted living facilities.
Aly & AJ offer deluxe edition of 'a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun'
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 02:00 pm
On Friday, Aly & AJ dropped the deluxe edition of their 2021 album and critical darling "a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun," adding four new songs to an LP, their team said, "rich with southern Cali warmth."
Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, Doona Bae & Ray Fisher join Sofia Boutella in Zack Snyder's 'Rebel Moon'
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 02:00 pm
Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy," "The Gentleman," "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"), Djimon Hounsou ("The King's Man," "A Quiet Place Part II," "Blood Diamond"), Doona Bae ("The Silent Sea," "Jupiter Ascending," "Sense8"), and Ray Fisher ("Zack Snyder's Justice League," "True Detective," "Women of the Movement") join previously announced Sofia Boutella ("Kingsman: The Secret Service," "Star Trek Beyond," "The Mummy") in director Zack Snyder's "Rebel Moon."
Duran Duran release digital deluxe version of 'Future Past' with 3 new songs
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 01:30 pm
On Friday, Duran Duran released the deluxe version of their new album "Future Past" on Tape Modern via BMG. Previously released physically, and now available digitally for the first time, the deluxe offering of "Future Past" includes three additional songs: "Laughing Boy," "Velvet Newton" and "Invocation."
Lucas Hoge puts a positive spin on 'Stay In Touch'
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 01:25 pm
No. 1 Billboard-charting artist Lucas Hoge has released his "refreshing new single (PopWrapped)," "Stay In Touch," available everywhere today. PopWrapped exclusively premiered a first listen to the track, which was produced by hit songwriter Forest Glen Whitehead (Kelsea Ballerini, Brantley Gilbert, Dylan Scott) and was co-written with CJ Solar and Andrew Scott Wills.

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