Archive for September, 2016

Judge Pietruszka Center Stage as Pigeon Defense and State Debate Neutrality, Discovery and Evidence

Judge Pietruszka Center Stage as Pigeon Defense and State Debate Neutrality, Discovery and Evidence

News September 29, 2016 at 11:59 am

By Frank Parlato The role of Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka in the New York State Attorney General’s case against political strategist G. Steven Pigeon was examined in court this week following a Sept. 8 story in Artvoice. Pigeon was indicted on June 28, charged with bribing former New York StateRead More

The Great NIMBY’s Want West River All to Themselves

The Great NIMBY’s Want West River All to Themselves

Erie County September 29, 2016 at 11:00 am

Opposition to Grand Island bike path heats up as Public Meeting to be held next week A group of NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) -inspired residents on Grand Island appear to be gaining momentum in their efforts to halt New York State Parks’ plans to convert the virtually unused WestRead More

What’s Needed In City Government is Basic Common Sense

What’s Needed In City Government is Basic Common Sense

Niagara Falls September 29, 2016 at 6:59 am

By Vince Anello Former Mayor, Niagara Falls As you read this, the mayor, the city administrator, the city’s department heads and the city’s finance office are working on the 2017 budget. Anyone who is familiar with the 2013 New York State Comptroller’s audit of our city’s budget or the city’sRead More

Niagara Falls Municipal Complex

Niagara Falls’ experience with Ciminelli reviewed in light of indictment

Niagara Falls September 29, 2016 at 6:50 am

by James Hufnagel and Frank Parlato The banner headline at the top of the LPCiminelli website proclaims, “Integrity and Ingenuity at Work” That integrity has been called into question as shock waves from the federal indictments handed down last week accusing Louis Ciminelli, two of his executive staffers and severalRead More

Sal Andolina

A night of Great Food and BPO’s Benny Goodman Tribute Concert Starts at Polish Nook

Uncategorized September 29, 2016 at 6:38 am

The Polish Nook Restaurant, at 2242 Cudaback near 24 th St. in Niagara Falls, is offering a unique dinner and entertainment package for Saturday Oct. 8 that includes dinner and a concert at Kleinhans Music Hall. The concert will feature clarinetist Sal Andolina with the Buffalo Philharmonic Big Band playingRead More

Trott Access Center

Virtuoso, Zona, Grozio Help Keep Methadone Clinic at Current Site

Niagara Falls September 29, 2016 at 6:34 am

The Northpointe Council’s methadone clinic in Niagara Falls, which only a few short months ago was on track to move to a Sixth Street site that some residents were resisting, will remain at its current location at the Trott Access Center on 11th Street thanks to bipartisan efforts of severalRead More

Niagara County Democratic Party Chair Nick Forster

FORSTER WINS NEW TERM AS DEMOCRATIC CHAIR

Niagara County September 29, 2016 at 6:32 am

Nick Forster won his sixth term as chairman of the Niagara County Democratic Committee. Forster was re-elected by a unanimous vote at the party’s reorganization meeting at the LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club. Forster told committee members he has worked to strengthen the party by “building bridges” and expanding the party’s baseRead More

Roger L. Sherrie

LOCKPORT CITY DEMOCRATS ELECT SHERRIE, NEW LEADERS

Niagara County September 29, 2016 at 6:30 am

Democrats in the city of Lockport elected new leaders last week when they met for their bi-annual reorganization meeting. Elected for the next two years were Roger Sherrie as Chair, Barbara Parker as First Vice-Chair, Marla Robison as Secretary, Kevin Watier as Treasurer and Anthony Sammarco as Sargent at Arms.Read More

Progressive, Heal Thyself

Progressive, Heal Thyself

Uncategorized September 29, 2016 at 1:54 am

By Jim Ostrowski Once again, race riots plague America, this time in Charlotte, a relatively prosperous and quiet city in North Carolina.  Not a good sign.  What can I say that hasn’t already been said?  Volumes. My main work as a writer at this point is to discover, analyze andRead More

The church as it appeared in 1958...

The “Singing, Praying” Walnut Avenue Christian Church Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Community News September 28, 2016 at 11:49 pm

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need” is the scripture verse theme for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of The Walnut Avenue Christian Church, at 601 – 28th Street and Walnut Avenue in NiagaraRead More

Play Fore Pink supports women’s services at Memorial

Play Fore Pink supports women’s services at Memorial

Community News September 28, 2016 at 11:18 pm

Participants in the 2016 Play Fore Pink Golf Tournament at Niagara Falls Country Club present a $5,000 gift to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.  The proceeds from the tournament will support services to patients at Memorial’s OB/GYN Center who have been diagnosed with cancer. On hand were, from left, OB/GYNRead More

FREE MOVIE NIGHT FRIDAY Oct. 21

FREE MOVIE NIGHT FRIDAY Oct. 21

Community News September 28, 2016 at 11:13 pm

Niagara Falls Church to Show “War Room” The community is invited to see “WAR ROOM” from the creators of Fireproof and Courageous. WAR ROOM is a drama that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of life. A #1 movie inRead More

Rev. Mark Breese of Community Missions

Community Missions, NFMMC announce Sixth Annual Community Prayer Service for Mental Illness Recovery & Understanding

Community News September 28, 2016 at 11:06 pm

A pair of prominent mental health service providers are joining to support a day of recovery and understanding with an interfaith community prayer service on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m. Community Missions and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will host the event at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 822Read More

Mark Sacha

Sacha v Sedita, the untold story

News September 22, 2016 at 10:23 am

By Frank Parlato By Frank Parlato Mark Sacha, the recently unsuccessful candidate for DA, has always maintained he was fired from his job as an assistant Erie County District Attorney, because he pushed his boss, then DA (now State Supreme Court Justice) Frank Sedita III, to pursue criminal charges for electionRead More

Will Youth Sports Decide the Presidential Election?

Will Youth Sports Decide the Presidential Election?

Uncategorized September 22, 2016 at 10:21 am

By Jim Ostrowski In thinking about the issue of the relative health of Trump and Hillary, my thoughts naturally were drawn to the topic of sports.  Long before I became a political junkie, I was a jock, playing every sport imaginable.  A health problem cut that short when I wasRead More

History Museum to Host Last Used Book Sale of 2016

History Museum to Host Last Used Book Sale of 2016

Community News September 22, 2016 at 4:58 am

The North Tonawanda History Museum will host its last Used Book Sale of 2016 on Saturday, October 1st, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Books are 3/$1 paperback or 50 cents each, 3/$2 hardcover or $1 each, or you may fill a bag for $5 with as many books as you can fit. Come stockRead More

There she is, the most beautiful $43 million vacant building in Niagara Falls. But don't worry, some people made a lot of money on this baby...

Train Station Will be Empty With or Without Amtrak

Niagara Falls September 22, 2016 at 4:46 am

  By Frank Parlato Only in Niagara Falls would government officials be stupid enough to build a train station without a tenant that can run trains. But city leaders, not known for either brains or heart, built a $43 million train station without ever once considering the fact that beforeRead More

Joseph A. Ruffalo, President and CEO, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Crucial Drug Discount Program at Risk  

Community News September 22, 2016 at 2:38 am

By Joseph A. Ruffolo, President & CEO Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center   Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is a safety-net facility. That means we treat all sick people regardless of their ability to pay. Many of our patients are on Medicaid, Medicare or lack health insurance altogether. A little-known federalRead More

New York Nanny State Takes all the fun out of Experiencing Nature

New York Nanny State Takes all the fun out of Experiencing Nature

Niagara Falls September 22, 2016 at 1:13 am

The average reader might suspect that we photoshopped the above vintage photos of Niagara Falls on this page – but we didn’t. They’re real images of real people perched at the precipice of Niagara Falls before areas such as Prospect Point, Three Sisters Islands and most of the entire perimeterRead More

Former City Manager Albond shares thoughts with Reporter on NYPA, hydropower issues

Former City Manager Albond shares thoughts with Reporter on NYPA, hydropower issues

Niagara Falls September 22, 2016 at 1:10 am

We recently had a conversation with Harvey Albond, a gentleman who has seen the ups and downs experienced by the city of Niagara Falls over a period spanning nearly the last six decades. Mr. Albond, 88, served as City Manager for Niagara Falls for two terms, the first 1959-60, andRead More

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