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Christina Custode To Perform at NCCC Saturday

Christina Custode To Perform at NCCC Saturday

Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Acclaimed singer/songwriter/pianist Christina Custode will perform acoustic arrangements of her original music and will be shooting a live video on Saturday (April 30) at Niagara Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd. in Sanborn. Custode, a Niagara Falls artist who has won many local and national honors, invites her fans toRead More

Officer Michael Stover (l) and Lt. Toby Trowbridge
...Lockport officers honored

Niagara County Judges and Police Conference Honors Law Enforcement Officers of the Year

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm

The Judges and Police Executive Conference of Niagara County honored the group’s law enforcement officers of the year last Saturday night at Antonio’s Banquet and Conference Center in Niagara Falls.

Trane Seeks Lewiston Highway Superintendent Appointment, Will Run For Post

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:49 pm

Dave Trane has announced he is seeking both the Lewiston Town Board’s appointment as town Highway Superintendent and will be running for the office in the November elections.   The position has been vacant since February with the death of Douglas Janese who was re-elected last November in a narrowRead More

Judge Frank Bayger...will take your questions

Ask the Judge Column Begins

Columns April 28, 2016 at 4:48 pm

You’ve seen his ad in this newspaper and elsewhere, and now retired State Supreme Court Justice Frank Bayger is inviting you to submit legal questions pertaining to personal injury or wrongful death cases to him for a published response.  Just email your questions to Judge Bayger, a Hall of FameRead More

Rotella Offers Experience and Balanced View on School Board

Rotella Offers Experience and Balanced View on School Board

News April 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm

As each academic year nears its end, the Board of Education and District staff celebrate the more than 100 business and not-for-profit partners, as well as parents, grandparents, and other volunteers, who take an active role in students’ education year after year.

Destino is a 2014 Leadership Niagara graduate and a recipient of the NYS School Board Association’s Life-time Achievement Award in recognition of the extensive time and effort he has spent as a school board member striving to expand his knowledge and skills for better board governance.

Better Cooperation Between City and School District Long Overdue

News April 28, 2016 at 4:46 pm

The most recent project I’ve been involved with was helping select a new operator for Sal Maglie Stadium. Needless to say, I think the City of Niagara Falls has hit a home run with the new group currently making major aesthetic improvements to the ball park – including plans to erect a new scoreboard and playing host to major youth baseball tournaments.

Are Grandparents Automatically Entitled to Visit with Their Grandchildren?

Are Grandparents Automatically Entitled to Visit with Their Grandchildren?

Columns, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm

by Nicholas A. Pelosino, Jr., Esq. We all know that grandparents do many things for their grandchildren and these meaningful relationships are as varied as the people in them and the families of which they are a part. Grandparents may become caretakers when needed; grandparents can have special teaching roles;Read More

Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) said, “”Each has freedom to do all that he wills provided that he infringes not the equal freedom of any other.” Was he a liberal?
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) said, “”Each has freedom to do all that he wills provided that he infringes not the equal freedom of any other.” Was he a liberal?

A Libertarian View: War of the Words

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm

by Jim Ostrowski The older I get, the more I think that politics is a battle of the dictionaries.  Whoever has the best words, wins. The political movement I have been active in for 35 years is the contemporary revival of the movement that is responsible for most of whatRead More

Your Weekly Horoscopes – by Jean Topascani (April 21 – 27)

Your Weekly Horoscopes – by Jean Topascani (April 21 – 27)

Uncategorized April 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Aries: (March 21 – April 19): Attractive, but wall-eyed Libra seems to be staring at you. Neptune in 8th house prompts sudden job–related travel to exotic locale with plenty of money. Avoid extradition. “I can’t wait any longer!” is something you will shout through a random keyhole at 3 a.m.Read More

Grandinetti’s Cat Plan Could Apply to Her

Grandinetti’s Cat Plan Could Apply to Her

News, Featured April 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm

In reading about Council member Kristen Grandinetti’s boneheaded idea about fining or jailing people who are taking humane steps to manage the area’s feral cat population, I couldn’t help but think that it’s too bad we can’t trap, spay and release Grandinetti somewhere other than Niagara Falls.

On Kristen’s airbnb listing she posts nine pictures of the room she rents in her house on Orchard Parkway. The reviews have been favorable. There about 300 other property owners in Niagara Falls who also list rooms or apartments for rent by the night to tourists. If Kristen rents her room out for 60 nights per year she earns about $3,000 which will make a small dent in the super high property taxes she [and everyone in Niagara Falls] has to pay.  In a free society, we are trying to find anything wrong with this free enterprise.

Crackdown on Renting Rooms Makes Little Sense in City where Money is Tight

News, Featured April 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Airbnb is a website for people to list, find, and rent lodging. Founded in August 2008 and headquartered in San Francisco, California, the company is privately owned, and in the business of matching vacationers and business travelers with locals who want to rent out a room, apartment or house.

Dynamic Dicienzo Sharp Contrast To Dull, Plodding Hamister Here. Choice Seems Obvious

Dynamic Dicienzo Sharp Contrast To Dull, Plodding Hamister Here. Choice Seems Obvious

News, Featured April 21, 2016 at 11:48 am

Last fall, the Niagara Falls City Council agreed to sell a landlocked half-acre city owned parcel to Sheraton at the Falls owner NFNY Hotel Management for $190,000. DiCienzo confirmed that the intentions are to add a water park to the hotel that has in recent years developed a T.G.I. Fridays, Rainforest Cafe, a candy store, and a Starbucks Cafe.

The valuable downtown parcel which was given to Hamister for $100,000 remains vacant. In recent years it was used as a parking lot.

Hamister Hotel Still Dormant if Not Dead

News, Featured April 21, 2016 at 11:40 am

Buffalo developer Mark Hamister was given “preferred developer” status on a valuable piece of property on Rainbow Boulevard just a few hundred yards from the state park entrance for two reasons.

The speed limit on Hyde Park Blvd has been reduced in front of Gaskill Prep (above) from 35 to 25 mph. Meantime the speed limit in front of nearby Hyde Park Elementary is still 35 mph.

DOT, City At Odds Over Speed Limit Schoolkids Remain At Risk

News, Featured April 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

While the Hyde Park Boulevard speed limit was lowered recently in front of Gaskill Prep, a middle school, from 35 mph to 25 mph, the speed limit past Hyde Park School, serving children Pre-K through 5th grade, remains at 35 mph.

Illegal dumping of garbage

Down and Dirty: DPW Compost Pile Has Become Dumping Grounds For More Than Just Dead Dogs

Niagara Falls April 21, 2016 at 8:32 am

In our business, people frequently come to us as whistleblowers troubled by what they perceive as official misconduct and yet afraid that if they blow the whistle at work they will be retaliated against. It is necessary for us to protect their identities. This week two such people came toRead More

With Three Popular Candidates, School Board Election May Have Higher Than Usual Turn Out

With Three Popular Candidates, School Board Election May Have Higher Than Usual Turn Out

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

By Matt Ricchiazzi There are two seats up for election on the City of Niagara Falls’ school board, which will be held on May 17th. The full slate of candidates is still in flux, with a crucial filing deadline of April 27. As a body, the school board has immenseRead More

Cuomo’s Pledge To Remove Robert Moses Is A Job Half Done

State and National News March 24, 2016 at 12:04 am

Governor Andrew Cuomo deserves credit for his $40 million pledge – announced at the Niagara Falls Conference Center on Monday – to remove the portion of the Robert Moses Parkway that abuts the Niagara Gorge. In recent years activists have been aggressively organizing to remove the elevated highway that stretchesRead More

THE CULT OF NXIVM SERIES PART 13: SHOULD THERE BE AN INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT?

THE CULT OF NXIVM SERIES PART 13: SHOULD THERE BE AN INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT?

NXIVM February 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm

>BY FRANK PARLATO Frequent readers of Artvoice have seen our long running series The Cult of NXIVM. The series exposes over and over again that behind NXIVM’s so called executive coaching program is a world of lurid sex, powerful money, danger, vengeance and alleged criminality. At the center of itRead More

Keith Raniere teaches that he is beyond dietary considerations.

CULT OF NXIVM PART 12: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR HAREM

NXIVM February 11, 2016 at 9:57 pm

>BY FRANK PARLATO Keith Raniere, 55, the founder of NXIVM, keeps a harem that averages about 20 women – a few of whom come and go, He has sexual relations with many others, too –as he evaluates them for inclusion in his harem. Since 2003, Clare and Sara Bronfman, heirsRead More

CULT OF NXIVM SERIES PART 11: RANIERE HANDLES HIS HAREM AND A LOT MORE

CULT OF NXIVM SERIES PART 11: RANIERE HANDLES HIS HAREM AND A LOT MORE

NXIVM February 4, 2016 at 9:46 pm

Please click the link below to subscribe to a FREE PDF version of each print edition of the Niagara Reporter http://eepurl.com/dnsYM9       >BY FRANK PARLATO Recap from last week: I was hired as a consultant by NXIVM, in September 2007 when the company was embroiled in multiple lawsuitsRead More

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