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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.
Lancers hoops fall in season opener
Wed, Dec 4th 2019 10:00 pm
The Lewiston-Porter Lancers boys basketball team has their sights set high for the 2019-20 season. The saying is, "To be the best, you have to beat the best." But, Wednesday night, in front of a stellar audience at the Creek Road campus, the Lancers fell against one of Western New York's best. Lew-Port was defeated in its season opener, 68-49, versus the defending Catholic School state and federation champions The Park School Pioneers.
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.
America Ferrera & Danai Gurira to announce 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations
Wed, Dec 4th 2019 03:00 pm
America Ferrera ("Superstore," "Ugly Betty") and Danai Gurira ("The Walking Dead," "Black Panther") will announce the nominees for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, producers for the SAG Awards announced.
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.
'Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee' to air Friday, Dec. 20, on ABC
Wed, Dec 4th 2019 03:00 pm
Stars of the Marvel Universe assemble to celebrate the life and luminous legacy of Stan Lee in an ABC News production, "Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee," airing Friday, Dec. 20 (8 p.m. EST), on ABC.
'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 'Avengers: Endgame,' 'The Irishman' among 20 contenders advancing in VFX Oscar race
Wed, Dec 4th 2019 02:45 pm
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 20 films are in the running in the visual effects category for the 92nd Academy Awards.
Empire State Development: 3rd New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit to promote diversity & inclusion in state's entertainment industry
Wed, Dec 4th 2019 02:45 pm
Earlier this week, Empire State Development co-hosted the New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit, an interactive workshop that provides a roadmap for content creators of diverse backgrounds to navigate the film and television industry. The event, hosted by the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development and the Motion Picture Association (MPTV), together with new partner Ghetto Film School, is the most recent of New York's initiatives to promote the inclusion of diverse voices in the entertainment industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Theory Of A Deadman to perform in Falls
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:35 pm
Theory Of A Deadman returns to The Rapids Theatre on Sunday, April 26, with special guests 10 Years. It's doors at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show at 1711 Main St. Niagara Falls.
Classes continue at William Penn Academy as 'Schooled' is given a full-season order
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:30 pm
ABC has given a full-season order to Wednesday night comedy "Schooled," Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment, announced today. The additional order brings the season total to 22 episodes for "Schooled," the "The Goldbergs" spinoff, in its sophomore season on the network.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lew-Port hoops ready for success again in 2019-20
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:10 pm
The Lewiston-Porter Lancers 2018-19 basketball season could be summed up in one word - historic. The squad went 21-4, won the Niagara Frontier League title, a feat that hadn't been accomplished in 34 years; were victorious in the Section VI Class A championship and made an appearance in the Far West Regional before the season came to a close. All in all, it was the program's best season in 41 years.
Apple announces first Apple Music Awards; Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Lil Nas X awarded
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 02:50 pm
Introducing the Apple Music Awards, a celebration of the best and boldest musicians of 2019 and the impact they have had on global culture this year. The Apple Music Awards honor achievements in music across five distinct categories, and winners are chosen through a process that reflects both the service's editorial perspective, combined with what customers around the world are loving most.
On the frontlines of World War II
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 01:25 pm
There was an eerie feeling of knowing certain death was lingering above them. However, this was not the time to think of the inevitable. The swaying of the ship made more than 100 different seamen from all over the vessel sick; in addition, there was no space and limited food to add to the misery.
The good, the bad, and the O'Shea
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 11:05 am
"Every time a fire alarm goes off, it's because someone was being stupid."
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.
Niagara Falls hoops ready to continue winning tradition
Mon, Dec 2nd 2019 09:50 pm
2018-19 was one of the best seasons in the long history of Niagara Falls High School basketball. The team finished 21-4, won its fourth straight Section VI Class AA title and reached the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Final Four for the first time in 10 years.
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.
NBC's 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' adds Jon Bon Jovi to star-studded special
Mon, Dec 2nd 2019 05:10 pm
Jon Bon Jovi will join NBC's annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" with a performance of his new song "Unbroken." The song, which is featured in the Netflix documentary "To Be of Service," is an anthem that shines a spotlight on the thousands of veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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.
M&T Bank's 'Holiday Music Under the Dome' returns this December
Mon, Dec 2nd 2019 05:10 pm
There's something magical about M&T Bank's gold dome during the holiday season. M&T Bank will again welcome local student choirs and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to its Fountain Plaza branch to celebrate the season with holiday music from Tuesday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 14.
Kappus joins surgical team at Niagara Falls Memorial
Mon, Dec 2nd 2019 05:05 pm
Mojdeh S. Kappus, M.D., has joined the surgical team at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center where she will practice minimally invasive general surgery and bariatric surgery.
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.
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers
Mon, Dec 2nd 2019 05:00 pm
Savvy shoppers who were able to get great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now shifting their focus to Giving Tuesday. It's a day when people all over the country give back to causes that benefit their community, either by donating a financial gift or their time. The Salvation Army says both are great ways to help them serve the less fortunate.

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