Archive for September, 2016

The view of Wildplay's new extreme playground as seen from Whirlpool State Park on the US side.

In Whirlpool State Park, Extreme Sports, Play win out over Nature

Niagara County September 22, 2016 at 12:55 am

Whirlpool State Park is undergoing some changes – in our opinion, not for the better. One of the original Olmsted/Vaux parks along the Niagara River, in addition to Devil’s Hole and, of course, the Niagara Reservation which encompasses the iconic waterfall, Whirlpool is a tourist favorite. It affords stunning viewsRead More

Niagara Falls Jokes

Niagara Falls Jokes

Uncategorized September 22, 2016 at 12:51 am

Last week Niagara University and Niagara Falls Medical Center announced that they will jointly establish a medical tourism office downtown. We think that’s a great idea. Tourist will be able to have their cataracts removed before they view the cataracts. There was quite the commotion downtown the other day whenRead More

State Senator Robert G. Ortt

Unopposed State Senate Seat has Storied History

Niagara County September 15, 2016 at 3:40 am

In the absence of primary challenges, this year’s general election match-ups for candidates running for state legislator seats representing the city of Niagara Falls were not in question. Of the two races, incumbent State Senator Robert Ortt will run unopposed in November, affording voters no choice in the matter. WhenRead More

Tesla, The Power of the Sun … And Progress on Grand Island

Tesla, The Power of the Sun … And Progress on Grand Island

Erie County September 15, 2016 at 3:09 am

  By Nate McMurray Supervisor of Grand Island I read a book about Nikola Tesla earlier this year called “Wizard, The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla.” I thought I knew about Tesla, and especially his work at Niagara Falls. It was Tesla who finally mastered the mighty cataracts toRead More

Niagara Falls Ranked As One of 55 Most Breathtaking Destinations in the World; And one of the dumbest

Niagara Falls Ranked As One of 55 Most Breathtaking Destinations in the World; And one of the dumbest

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 2:52 am

  It made me laugh and made me kind of sad, at the same time when I saw it. A recent article published on Expedia entitled the “The 55 most breathtaking destinations in the world” rates Niagara Falls New York (but not Niagara Falls, Ontario) as one of them. “Beauty mayRead More

What Are You Going to Do About Boston, Mr. Barnicle?

What Are You Going to Do About Boston, Mr. Barnicle?

Uncategorized September 15, 2016 at 2:07 am

By Jim Ostrowski; I refer to Mike Barnicle’s now-famous gotcha question of the clueless alleged libertarian candidate Gary Johnson on Morning Joe the other day: “what are you going to do about Aleppo [Syria]” To cut to the chase, I could just as well ask Mr. Barnicle what he’s goingRead More

This season, the view is better from the Canadian Side

This season, the view is better from the Canadian Side

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 2:01 am

BY MATT RICCHIAZZI;     Hamilton’s news broadcaster, CHCH, is reporting that Niagara Falls, ON enjoyed the best season it has had in nearly eight years. Niagara Falls Tourism chair Wyane Thomson says the city is on pace for a record tourism year measured by visitors and spending. “We’ve stepped up theRead More

Niagara Falls Among Top 15 Cities For Healthcare Professionals

Niagara Falls Among Top 15 Cities For Healthcare Professionals

Community News September 15, 2016 at 1:53 am

ValuePenguin, a leading personal finance company  has published a report looking at the Best Cities to Be a Healthcare Professional, and the Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY Metro ranked 12th  The study evaluated 200 metropolitan statistical areas across 20 key data points, covering everything from education quality and salary to insurance rates and medical malpractice payouts.Read More

Independent Living of Niagara County can help YOU register to vote!

Independent Living of Niagara County can help YOU register to vote!

Community News September 15, 2016 at 1:47 am

   If you’ve been intending to register so you can vote in the November General Election, but  haven’t gotten around to it and you’re going to be in Niagara Falls, New York on Tuesday September 27, 2016, Independent Living of Niagara County (ILNC) is participating in National Voters Registration Day.Read More

Scott Modell PHD

Fall conference will focus on sex trafficking, crimes against children with disabilities

Community News September 15, 2016 at 1:38 am

  Nationally recognized experts on crime against children with disabilities and youth sex trafficking will headline a Nov. 3 conference at the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center. “Safe at Home: Seeking Solutions for Adult and Child Victims of Family Violence” will be the 19th annual Safe at Home conferenceRead More

Vicki Landes

Memorial promotes Vicki Landes to vice president of Community Care Coordination and Services

Community News September 15, 2016 at 1:34 am

Vicki Landes, RN, BSN, MBA has been named Vice President of Community Care Coordination and Services at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Landes is a graduate of Medaille College, where she was awarded a master’s degree in Business Administration, and SUNY at Brockport, where she earned a Bachelor of ScienceRead More

Tip the Blues Festival volunteers, or not.

Niagara Falls Blues Fest: Volunteer Barkeeps Get the Blues as Tips Go Off to Big Corporation

Community News September 15, 2016 at 1:28 am

The Niagara Falls Blues Festival gets underway tomorrow night on Old Falls Street, leading off with SHAWN HOLT and the TEARDROPS with special guest JOHN PRIMER, followed by EDDIE SHAW and the Wolfgang with special guest Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh and MAC ARNOLD and Plate Full O’ Blues. The LateRead More

Amtrak move, Opening Day for Train Station delayed, as the weeks, months and possibly years go by

Amtrak move, Opening Day for Train Station delayed, as the weeks, months and possibly years go by

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 1:17 am

A remarkable publication from 2013 entitled “Station Program and Planning Guidelines”, put out by the passenger rail concern Amtrak to assist municipalities in the design, planning and construction of new “intermodal transportation centers” (aka train stations), raises continuing questions about the practicality of the $44 million facility recently built onRead More

The new Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center

New Train Station, Amtrak both Heavily Dependent on Government Subsidies

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 1:13 am

The 2013 Amtrak “Station Program and Planning Guidelines” document specifies numerous requirements for any municipality contemplating construction of a new rail passenger station. Notwithstanding its imposing height and size, and the fact that it spans an entire city block, the new Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation CenterRead More

Hon. Angelo J. Morinello

Assembly Candidate ‘Judge’ Morinello pledges Reform, Integrity

Niagara County September 15, 2016 at 12:25 am

In this year’s Assembly race, retired City Court Judge Angelo Morinello is challenging incumbent Assemblyman John Ceretto. We spoke with Judge Morinello on the phone yesterday to find out some of his policy positions. Judge Morinello stated that the primary reason he wanted to be elected to the 145th districtRead More

Niagara Falls Assessor Worked for Revaluation Contractor in Line to Do Reassessment

Niagara Falls Assessor Worked for Revaluation Contractor in Line to Do Reassessment

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 12:19 am

BY Tony Farina; As Niagara Falls city officials try to address taxpayer concerns about a planned citywide property reassessment, the first in 14 years, we have learned that lawmakers may have a new problem on their hands that may not sit too well with already apprehensive city residents:  the appearanceRead More

Lockport Town GOP Chair Appointed Niagara County Employment and Training Director

Lockport Town GOP Chair Appointed Niagara County Employment and Training Director

Niagara County September 14, 2016 at 11:02 pm

It’s how the game is played, and not just in Niagara County. The Republican Chairman of the Town of Lockport, Donald J. Jablonski Jr., 58, is to become Niagara County’s new employment and training director at a salary of $61,807. Employment and Training is a county department that administers jobRead More

Mark Hamister and Gov. Andrew Cuomo who helped his campaign donor get a free hotel.

Hamister wants more: How the politically connected developer gets a free hotel and $10 million in his pocket

Niagara Falls September 8, 2016 at 12:22 pm

USA Niagara officials have recommended that state taxpayers give developer Mark Hamister an additional $1 million for his downtown Niagara Falls Hyatt Place hotel project. That money supplements the $3.85 million the state-run agency has already committed to the project. The $4.85 million represents a 14% public subsidy for the purportedRead More

All this, and pony rides too!

Food, Music, Cars, Animals; Pigapalooza Open to All

Community News September 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm

If you are under the impression that you belong wherever there is something interesting to see, then Pigapalooza 12 might qualify for your consideration. Held Saturday, Sept. 17, starting at 3:30 pm and lasting at least until 8 pm when the fireworks go off – at the Ransomville Free MethodistRead More

The Lewiston Reservoir is a 1,900-acre, 22 billion gallon reservoir elevated more than 30 feet above the Niagara escarpment.

Former NYPA Official comments on Lewiston Reservoir sinkhole threat

Niagara County September 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm

The chief engineer formerly in charge of the NYPA Niagara Power Project hydroelectric facility at Lewiston, NY, last week responded to a Sept. 1 Artvoice article revealing the presence of what was termed a sinkhole next to its associated reservoir. Although the presumed sinkhole, first discovered during a routine inspectionRead More

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