Archive for December, 2016

‘Nuclear Lou’ rejects accuracy, notes omissions in Kratt’s ‘Niagara Falls in WW II’

‘Nuclear Lou’ rejects accuracy, notes omissions in Kratt’s ‘Niagara Falls in WW II’

Niagara Falls December 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm

By Lou Ricciuti; (Editor’s note: Lou Ricciuti has spent decades studying and evaluating the history of the nuclear industry in Niagara Falls in the mid 20th century and its lingering aftereffects.  Dubbed “Nuclear Lou” by admirers and critics alike, Ricciuti has been a voice in the wilderness for years. HisRead More

Grand Island Supervisor: An Island without fear Part 3.

Grand Island Supervisor: An Island without fear Part 3.

Erie County December 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Island Without Fear Part 3 of 4: by Nate McMurray Freedom from the fear of others Diversity is not just an empty motto. It’s an ideal we strive for because diversity brings strength. Even on a basic level, genetic diversity helps us survive and adapt. And cultural diversity (meaning drawingRead More

Alan Roscetti, Esq.

Alan Roscetti Highly Regarded as He Launches Bid for City Court

Niagara Falls December 23, 2016 at 12:53 am

      “The citizens of Niagara Falls would be hard-pressed to find a better candidate for a seat on the City Court bench than Alan Roscetti,” says longtime pharmacist Robert Kendzia when asked about the young man’s plans to run for an expected open seat next year on CityRead More

Remembering The Festival of Lights

Remembering The Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls December 23, 2016 at 12:50 am

By Robert Ventry; If the Festival of Lights were still held it would be in its 35th year. The first annual Festival of Lights was launched in 1981 as economic stimulant for the local economy. The event was used to draw visitors into the city during the winter, which manyRead More

Niagara Falls 2016; Another  year older, deeper in debt!

Niagara Falls 2016; Another year older, deeper in debt!

Niagara Falls December 22, 2016 at 4:37 am

2016, the year that began with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster taking the oath of office for a historic third term, was in many ways a watershed year for the city. Numerous websites including MyLife.com, NeighborhoodScout.com and City-Data.com continued to assert that Niagara Falls was the “Most Dangerous City in New York” and one ofRead More

Was Delaware North involved in the death of Don Bolles?

Was Delaware North involved in the death of Don Bolles?

News December 22, 2016 at 4:18 am

Before it was known as Delaware North, the global Buffalo-based concessioner called itself Emprise. A reporter at the time who relentlessly investigated the company and its business practices, Don Bolles, was murdered in a car bombing in 1976. In 1972, the House Select Committee on Crime held hearings concerning Emprise’s connections withRead More

Delaware North's tacky food booths scattered throughout Niagara Falls State Park are among the numerous violations of Frederick Law Olmsted's plan.

Delaware North western meltdown makes for shocking comparisons with Niagara Falls State Park

Niagara Falls December 22, 2016 at 4:14 am

As part of an ongoing effort to acquaint our readers with some of the more unsavory aspects of the business and personal dealings of Buffalo billionaire Jeremy Jacobs and his family-held multinational corporation Delaware North, which has the exclusive rights to operate food and beverage concessions in Niagara Falls StateRead More

Niagara Falls jokes

Niagara Falls jokes

Uncategorized December 22, 2016 at 4:13 am

We were so poor when I was growing up that at Christmas time Dad used to suck a peppermint and we’d all sit round his tongue. We were so poor when I was growing up that at Christmas time we couldn’t afford tinsel on the Christmas tree, so we’d just wheelRead More

County Legislator Rebecca Wydysh

Lewiston’s Wydysh Gains Committee Chairmanship, Seen as Rising Star

Niagara County December 22, 2016 at 3:07 am

One majority lawmaker whose star is on the rise is Lewiston’s Rebecca Wydysh. The freshman Republican, who runs jury selection efforts at the county courthouse, has impressed her colleagues and party brass enough that she’s being given a portfolio heading the county’s opioid-addiction panel. That effort, begun by Bradt himselfRead More

McNall Easily Fended Off Rivals

McNall Easily Fended Off Rivals

Niagara County December 22, 2016 at 3:04 am

Sources close to the Republican caucus tell me that McNall, while the overwhelming choice of his colleagues and Republican Party leaders to continue in his post, was not the only legislator eyeing the job. Entreaties were made on behalf of two other majority members, but party leaders are said toRead More

Niagara County Legislature Chairman Keith McNall

McNall Stays at Top County Slot, But Others Eyeing Post

Niagara County December 22, 2016 at 2:59 am

The unsurprising news broke late Tuesday night: the chairman of the Niagara County Legislature, Keith McNall, R-Lockport, would be keeping his job. In the annals of Niagara County’s political news, this wasn’t exactly an earth-shattering announcement; after all, save for the on-again, off-again sacking of former chairmen Bill Ross, C-Wheatfield,Read More

Mayor Dyster chums it up with his pals in the Niagara Falls State Park. L to R, State Parks Western Region director Mark Thomas of Chautauqua County, Dyster, State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, Cuomo, unknown.

Niagara Falls Citizens Organize To Take Back The City from Albany, but Must Reckon with Pro-Albany Mayor

News December 22, 2016 at 1:31 am

Earlier this year the Niagara Gazette announced that a group of locals organized something called “Reclaim Niagara” – formed to “get Albany out of our pockets.” To combat the “exploitation of our resources by public authorities and state entities” is its stated goal. It is described as “a growing movementRead More

L to R:  Representatives of the organizations accompanied by J & P Treasurer Tony Majka and J & P President James J. Faso.

Judges and Police Annual Christmas Celebration

Community News December 22, 2016 at 1:30 am

Location: Como Restaurant Date/Time: Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Once again the Judges and Police Executives Conference of Niagara County gathered for their annual Christmas celebration at the Como Restaurant.  Members of the organization enjoyed the Christmas celebration.  But much more than that, the group was again ableRead More

Niagara Falls writer Kratts documents Falls during WWII

Niagara Falls writer Kratts documents Falls during WWII

Niagara Falls December 22, 2016 at 1:19 am

For last minute Christmas shopping, consider the new book by Niagara Falls author and historian Michelle Ann Kratts, “Niagara Falls in World War II”. Niagara Falls, both a natural wonder and a tourist destination, played a prominent role on the homefront during the Second World War. Many men and womenRead More

Print Edition: Dec 22, 2016

Print Edition: Dec 22, 2016

Print Version December 22, 2016 at 1:12 am
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Mark Laurrie

We’re in the Business of Teaching and Learning – a Message from the Superintendent

News December 22, 2016 at 12:02 am

By Mark Laurrie, Supt. of Schools for the Niagara Falls School District Niagara Falls, NY. Back in June when I became Superintendent, I identified objectives I wanted to achieve to move the District forward. Aligned with the Board of Education’s Strategic Goals, these objectives are specific and designed to support students andRead More

Supt. Laurrie puts his children where his job is… School District leader shows confidence in Niagara Falls Schools

Supt. Laurrie puts his children where his job is… School District leader shows confidence in Niagara Falls Schools

Community News December 22, 2016 at 12:01 am

Mark Laurrie, the recently installed Superintendent of Schools for the Niagara Falls School District, has risen through the ranks of this school district and its city. He was a student of the district and worked in the district for years as an administrator before being appointed by the Niagara Falls School Board toRead More

Rus and Jul Thompson

Thompson case may be dismissed, in the interest of justice

News December 16, 2016 at 1:57 am

BY MATT RICCHIAZZI When acting District Attorney Mike Flaherty levied five felony charges against conservative activist Rus Thompson – in the heat of a contested Democrat primary – it was so wrought with intrigue that it is hard to believe the charges were not politically motivated. After all a staunchRead More

Dyster’s 2017 City Budget Riddled with Inconsistencies

Dyster’s 2017 City Budget Riddled with Inconsistencies

News December 16, 2016 at 1:23 am

Mayor Paul Dyster’s 2017 final budget for the city of Niagara Falls, approved by the city council last week, is a document based more on political calculation than fiscal responsibility. After the vote, councilmembers nearly sustained injuries patting themselves on the back for cutting a comparatively miniscule $550,000 from theRead More

CLOSE, BARRY… BUT NO CIGAR!

CLOSE, BARRY… BUT NO CIGAR!

Opinion December 16, 2016 at 1:21 am

By J Gary DiLaura I got to hand it to Barry (I am trying not to call him what I REALLY believe he is). He almost did IT! Thank God there are enough adults left to stop him! I don’t know if the majority of the left doesn’t understand whatRead More

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