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Blighted Buildings Vacant Houses Still Plague Niagara Falls

May 18, 2017 Staff 0

Robert Ventry

Within the city of Niagara Falls there are plenty of vacant and abandon houses, on various streets throughout the city, the majority of them are city owned. These properties hurt the appearance of the neighborhood and bring property values down in the areas they are in. These structures are also a public health threat to the community; they pose many risks to residents, such as high grass, being used to dump garbage, and rodents.

Most of these building are so dilapidated that they are beyond saving; some of these properties have been vacant for decades. Why are these issues allowed to continue, why are these problems not a major concern?  Don’t forget about our neighborhoods, take a look around and it seems like they have been forgotten.

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Niagara Falls Jokes

May 18, 2017 Staff 0

A German tourist walks into the Burger King in Niagara Falls and orders a beer. (In Germany and many parts of Europe, fast food establishments actually do serve beer).
The local guy in the line behind him immediately starts mocking him: “They don’t serve BEER here, you MORON!”
The German fellow felt pretty stupid, but suddenly turns to the local guy and begins to laugh.
“And what’s so funny?!?” the guy from Niagara Falls demands. “Oh, nothing really,” replied the German. “I just realized that you live here.”

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Police Union: MAYOR PAPPAS OFFERS ‘FALSE CONCLUSIONS’ ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY

May 16, 2017 Staff 0

Pappas rejects bringing 9-1-1 dispatch back to city control.

Editor’s Note: North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas issued a statement on the debate over control of 911 dispatch an effort to end public safety discussions. The following statement is attributable to NT PBA President Daryl Truty.

“We are extremely disappointed in the mayor’s actions today. He completely overstated the level of interest the city took in our public safety concerns and he mischaracterized the PBA’s interactions with county officials in discussing the county-run 9-1-1 dispatch process.

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SENATOR ORTT HONORS ORLEANS COUNTY RESIDENT AS ONE OF NEW YORK STATE SENATE’S “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

May 12, 2017 Staff 0

Annual Program Recognizes Women’s Contributions to Our Communities

ALBANY – State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today recognized Annette Finch of Albion in Orleans County, as one of the New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” during a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Finch was personally selected by Senator Ortt and was among 61 other distinguished women who were honored by the state Senate this evening.

The Senate’s Women of Distinction program celebrates outstanding women from all walks of life throughout New York State whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in our communities.

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Homeschool Families Invited to GCC Lima Campus Center

May 12, 2017 Staff 0

Informational Session Set for June 22, 2017

BATAVIA, NY (05/09/2017) (readMedia)– Genesee Community College invites homeschooled students and their parents to the Lima Campus Center on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 4 – 6 p.m. to learn about GCC’s exciting opportunities for students who are homeschooled. Key college staff members who work with this student population will be available to educate family members and answer questions.

Homeschooled students have extensive opportunities to advance their education through GCC. Classes are offered in many subject areas and students under age 18 may take approved ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) courses at a reduced tuition rate. ACE Program Specialist Dan Snyder, who works with many homeschooled students currently enrolled at GCC, will be at the session to provide information. GCC Admissions Director Tanya Lane Martin will also be present to educate and answer any admissions questions families may have.

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Book sale at North Tonawanda History Museum

May 12, 2017 Staff 0
The North Tonawanda History Museum will host its seasonal Used Book Sale over a three day span this week. Beginning on Thursday, May 11 (from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM), continuing on Friday, May 12 (from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM), and concluding on Saturday, May 13 (from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM), the effort is now larger and more organized than ever before. The event offers an estimated 70,000 books for purchase at all times, as our all-volunteer staff work to replenish the shelves as they clear. Paperback books are 50 cents each or 3 for a $1, hardcover books $1 each of 3 for $2, or you can purchase a bag from the Museum for $5 and stuff it to the brim with as many books as you can squeeze in! Books from the sale are donated to the Museum throughout the year by its many loyal supporters. Proceeds earned during the sale help to cover general operating expenses for the History Museum. North Tonawanda History Museum 54 Webster Street North Tonawanda, NY 14120 (716) 213-0554    nthistorymuseum@ aol.com
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Niagara Parks Introduces New Junior Golf Programs

May 12, 2017 Staff 0

Niagara Falls, ON – Niagara Parks Golf and its Legends on the Niagara Golf Academy are pleased to announce a full slate of new golf development programs for junior golfers of all skill levels.

Former LGPA player and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member, Cathy Sherk and veteran PGA Professional, Geoff Law have created the “Little Legends” program, featuring one hour clinics to introduce young golfers to the sport of golf and to develop their skills in a way that is both educational and fun. The clinics will begin in mid-May and run through to September. Young golfers will be divided into various age groups with a maximum class size of six, thereby allowing more meaningful attention and hands-on instruction to take place.

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President-elect Donald Trump walks to take his seat for the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, January 20, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

#First100Days

May 12, 2017 Staff 0

1. Appoints the Vice President, Mike Pence.
2. Justice Neil Gorsuch, as a new Supreme Court Justice  committed to the Constitution.
3. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, committed to the rule of law.
4. Defense Secretary James Mattis, a warrior committed to restoring America’s military.
5. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired general committed to border security.
6. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobile.
7. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, a brain surgeon from a humble background.
8. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a doctor who understands health care.
9. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an advocate of school choice and educational reform.
10. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, former governor
11. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a former business CEO
12. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a conservative.
13. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, advocate for American values.
14. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, friend of Israel.
15. White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, against crony capitalism.
16. National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, an accomplished military commander.
17. White House Counterterrorism Adviser Sebastian Gorka, committed to defeating radical Islam.
18. Restored the U.S. alliances with Israel.
19. Welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House.
20. Restored U.S. presence of leadership in the world.
21. Enforced red lines against the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
22. Dropped MOAB bomb on ISIS; sending a clear message to Iran and North Korea.
23. Secured Chinese cooperating in pressuring North Korea.
24. Secured release of Aya Hijazi, American charity worker held in Egypt since 2014.
25. Imposed a five-year ban on lobbying the government by former White House officials.
26. Imposed a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign governments by former White House officials.
27. Repeatedly called out the liberal media for “fake news.”
28. Repealed mandate that forced states to fund Planned Parenthood.
29. Signed executive order reinstating Reagan policy against taxpayer funding of overseas abortions.
30. Stopped U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which promotes abortions.
31. Signed executive order establishing “extreme vetting.”
32. Signed executive order demanding a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS.
33. Signed executive order calling for construction of border wall and
5,000 border agents.
34. Signed executive order directing Justice Department to cut funding to sanctuary cities.
35. Signed executive order initiating a temporary federal hiring freeze.
36. Signed executive order withdrawing from the Transpacific Partnership trade deal.
37. Signed executive order relaxing enforcement of Obamacare to greatest extent possible.
38. Signed executive order requiring two regulations be repealed for every new one issued.
39. Signed executive order requiring comprehensive approach to illegal immigration and crime.
40. Signed executive order seeking increased penalties for crimes against Police.
41. Signed executive order promoting Energy Independence.
42. Signed executive order putting American companies and workers first.
43. Signed executive order mandating review of federal regulations in Education.
44. Signed executive order investigating National Security Impact of Foreign Steel imports.
45. Signed executive order requiring an audit of Executive Branch agencies.
46. Signed executive order requiring that every agency create a regulatory reform task force.
47. Signed executive order rolling back environmental infringements on private property.
48. Signed executive order to prevent future taxpayer-funded bailouts.
49. Signed executive order to reverse restrictions on offshore energy development.
50. Signed executive order calling for a major review of National Monument Designations on federal lands.
51. Signed executive order establishing a new office to reform the Veterans Administration bureaucracy.
52. Signed executive order to address concerns of Rural America.
53. Signed executive order establishing White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
54. Signed executive order creating a Commission on Drug Addiction and the opioid crisis.
55. Signed executive order to combat transnational criminal organizations and international trafficking.
56. Repealed transgender public school bathroom mandate.
57. Repealed “Stream Protection Rule” that hurt coal industry.
58. Repealed Social Security Administration (SSA) gun ban.
59. Repealed Labor Department “blacklisting” rule with $500 million in regulatory costs.
60. Repealed Interior Department rule that restricted state and local authority in land use decisions.
61. Repealed unfunded education mandate that created new standards for teachers.
62. Repealed education rule that undermined state and local control.
63. Repealed regulation that prevented drug testing for unemployment compensation.
64. Repealed rule that banned some hunting in Alaska.
65. Repealed regulation that created vastly more paperwork and reporting of worker injuries.
66. Repealed regulations on Internet Service Providers.
67. Repealed rule that allowed states to force workers into government-run savings plans.
68. Repealed Dodd-Frank regulations that disadvantaged domestic companies.
69. Imposed sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile violations.
70. Imposed sanctions on Iran for human rights violations.
71. Ordered a review of the Iranian nuclear deal.
72. Produced a budget that cut $54 billion from federal bureaucracies.
73. Produced a budget that would eliminate 50 programs and more than 3,000 federal jobs.
74. Produced a budget that boosted spending for defense, homeland security and veterans.
75. Produced a tax reform plan that simplifies the tax code and reduces taxes for businesses and families.
76. Approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
77. Approved construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
78. Shutdown illegal immigrant advocacy program at Department of Justice.
79. Established VOICE Office – Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement.
80. Reduced illegal immigration at the border by 61%.
81. Called for “major investigation” of voter fraud led by Vice President Mike Pence.
82. Called for repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which limits free speech of pastors and churches.
83. Called for 50% cut in funding to the United Nations.
84. Supported English as official language by dropping Spanish version of the White House website.
85. Purged “climate change” alarmism from White House website.
86. Returned bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office.
87. Succeeded in getting NATO nations to boost defense spending by $10 billion.
88. Halted $180 billion in regulations.
89. Signed legislation expanding private healthcare options for Veterans.
90. Relaxed Rules of Engagement in the fight against ISIS.
91. Imposed sanctions on Venezuelan vice president for International Drug Trafficking.
92. Consumer confidence highest in 17 years.
93. Small business confidence highest in 11 years.
94. Stock market is up 10% since inauguration, up 15% since election.
95. Exxon Mobil announced $20 billion/45,000 job expansion in U.S.
96. Charter Communications announced $25 billion expansion, creating
20,000 jobs in U.S.
97. Accenture announced $1.4 billion expansion, creating 15,000 jobs in U.S.
98. Intel announced $7 billion expansion, creating 10,000 jobs in the U.S.
99. Ordered renegotiation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.
100. Named former Congressman Scott Garrett, an outspoken critic of the Export-Import Bank to the Board of Directors.

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Niagara Parks Invests in the Revitalization of the Niagara Glen Nature Centre

May 12, 2017 Staff 0

New programming and educational opportunities highlight Niagara Parks’ important stewardship role

Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce its investment in the revitalization of the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, creating a trailhead and interpretation facility that will focus on Niagara Parks’ important stewardship role, while educating the public on the geological, environmental and historical significance of the spectacular Niagara Glen.

Niagara Parks has made its reinvestment in the Niagara Glen Nature Centre a priority, responding to the continued growth and popularity of this site as a renowned outdoor destination for hikers, cyclists, conservationists, boulderers and anyone seeking an opportunity to connect with nature.

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Memorial pharmacist receives statewide honors

May 12, 2017 Staff 0

Memorial Medical Center pharmacist Amy Wojciechowski, Pharm.D., has been named New Practitioner of the Year by the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists.

The award recognizes leadership, vision and continuous contributions to the field of pharmacy.

A graduate of the State University at Buffalo with a master’s degree from Harvard University, Wojciechowski earned her doctorate in pharmacy at the University of Buffalo. She is board certified as a critical care pharmacist and pharmacotherapy specialist and holds additional qualification in infectious disease pharmacology.

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Rendering of proposed $50 million luxury hotel.

All Developers Deserve Favor: Unless You’re Michael Dicienzo

May 11, 2017 Staff 0

By Jamie Moses;

There’s a very old saying “when in Rome do as the Romans.” The saying originally appeared in 390 A.D. as advice in a letter from St. Augustine to the Bishop of Naples. St. Augustine, who had traveled extensively, was pointing out that it is wise to adopt the customs of wherever you are.

We bring this up because of a recent flare up over Canadian hotel developer Michael DiCienzo’s plan to build a $20 million “daredevil-themed” water park and a $50 million luxury hotel addition on top of his Sheraton at the Falls in Niagara Falls, NY.

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Dyster rejects $70 million development, cites pretend development as reason

May 11, 2017 Staff 0

By Mike Hudson;

If Michael DiCienzo was a woman, or a person of color, he’d have a heck of a discrimination case on his hands. He’s a white man though and the fact that his repeated attempts to bolster the moribund Niagara Falls economy with personal investments of tens of millions of dollars have been dismissed by Mayor Paul Dyster and other officials here without explanation have barely made the news.

Last week, he appeared before the city Council with a $70 million proposal to build an indoor waterpark and radically expand the Sheraton at the Falls hotel owned by his family on Third Street, across from the Seneca Niagara Casino.

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