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Despite obstacles, Dyster forges ahead with controversial parking meter plan

March 9, 2016 Mike Hudson 4
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Mayor Paul Dyster finally gets his way: He will lard the city with parking meters which in the end will certainly make some private contractors money, cost residents plenty, will be enforced vigorously and will drive customers away from the city businesses into neighboring communities where the parking is free.

What can the people of Niagara Falls do to ensure that the nightmarish implementation of a citywide parking plan by Mayor Paul Dyster’s handpicked contractor, Desman Associates, isn’t simply a repeat of what recently happened when the company did the same thing in Chicago?

The Niagara Falls City Council passed Dyster’s parking plan on Monday after twice rejecting nearly identical proposals.

Those wanting to park their cars on Chicago streets found the rates had gone up as much as fourfold once the plan was implemented.  read more

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March 3, 2016 1

New York’s Medical Marijuana Program is unfriendly to patients

By Marc Gromis

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After waiting almost two years for the rollout of New York’s medical marijuana program, many people who have sought to use medical cannabis to treat their ailments are finding that the so called “Compassionate Care Act” is anything but com-passionate.

Among the obstacles facing people who seek medical marijuana as a means to provide relief from illnesses are the very small number of medical conditions covered by New York’s program, difficulties in finding doctors who have taken the training to recommend medical cannabis, the small number of licensed dispensaries, the limited modes of administering the medication, and the high cost of the medicine. read more

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Cancer Screening Can Lower Death Rate

March 3, 2016 2

Six out of 10 Colorectal Cancer Deaths Could Be Prevented

By Renae Kimble

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Services Program of Ni-agara County is urging everyone to talk to their doctor about screening and testing op-tions for colorectal cancer (also called colon cancer).
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in New York state (excluding skin cancer) and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Each year, more than 10,000 New Yorkers develop colorectal cancer and more than 3,500 die as a result.
It doesn’t have to be that way. With recommended screening, the number of people who die from colorectal cancer could be reduced by at least 60 percent.
When colorectal cancer is found and treated early, it can often be cured. In some cases, screening can actually prevent the development of colorectal cancer by finding abnormal growths called polyps so they can be removed before they become cancerous.
Racial/ethnic disparities are seen in colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates, with higher colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates in African Americans than whites. Hispanics have a lower incidence of colorectal cancer and mortality than whites.
The most striking difference is by gender, where men have 30 percent higher incidence of colorectal cancer and a 40 percent higher mortality rate than women.
Nonetheless, all men and women age 50 and older should get screened for colo-rectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms, especially at first, which is why reg-ular screening is needed to catch the disease in its earliest stages. We want people to know there is more than one screening test for colorectal cancer and screening is easi-er than ever. The important thing to remember is to talk to your doctor, decide which screening test is right for you, and get screened.
The Cancer Services Program of Niagara County can help people who are with-out a doctor or without insurance. Call us at (716) 278-4898.
Although this disease can occur at any age, most people who develop colorectal cancer are over age 50. Anyone with a personal or family history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer, or with a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease is at a high-er risk for developing colorectal cancer. Those individuals should talk to their doctors about when to begin screening and how often they should be tested.
Spread the word! Talk to your parents, siblings, children, co-workers, and friends about getting screened. The Cancer Services Program of Niagara County provides free colorectal cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured men and women age 50 and older. If you have insurance, talk to a health care provider about when you should start getting screened. There are no excuses!
Celebrate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Dress in blue on Friday, March 4, for “National Dress in Blue Day” to call attention to this disease. Give the ‘winter blues’ a different meaning this year and help to save lives, even your own!
The Cancer Services Program of Niagara County, an affiliate of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, is part of the New York State Department of Health’s Cancer Services Program. That program offers colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening to eligible uninsured individuals in every county in the state.
The Cancer Services Program of Niagara County works to increase breast, cer-vical and colorectal cancer screening among the residents of Niagara County through public education, policy and systems changes and the provision of free cancer screen-ing for the uninsured.
For individuals insured through Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial health plans, including those participating in the New York State of Health, colorectal cancer screening is covered with no cost to the patient.
To learn more about screening options, visit: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/colorectal/screening.htm read more

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Hamister fails to open hotel in Jamestown as well as Niagara Falls

March 2, 2016 Mike Hudson 1

 The fabulous resort location on Rainbow Boulevard North here isn’t the only hotel in Western New York that do-nothing developer Mark Hamister hasn’t built, h


e’s also failed to build down in Jamestown, where a promised Double Tree Inn has likewise failed to materialize.

It was on June 24, 20014, when Hamister announced that he signed a franchise agreement with Hilton Doubletree for the re-development of the former Ramada in Jamestown.  Doubletree by Hilton is a full-service upscale brand under the Hilton Worldwide umbrella. read more

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How Long Does It Take to Get Out of Shape?

March 2, 2016 0

Colder temperatures and fewer daylight hours make it more difficult to stay active and motivated. But how long does it take to actually get out of shape? It varies from person to person, but most experts agree that it’s pretty simple: you either use it or you lose it.

 

After a few days

No change. A day off gives your body time to recover and grow stronger, so don’t worry about missing a day here or there. In addition to preventing overtraining, which can lead to injuries, rest days can also bring a much-needed mental break. read more

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Liberty Tax Offers Free Tax Preparation For Veterans, Active Military

February 25, 2016 0
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Much too often, the news we hear about veterans is not very good, from long lines at Veteran Administration hospitals to high unemployment figures for the men and women who have served our country when they return home.

But this story reminds us that there are many grateful people out there who want to help our veterans and our active duty men and women, and many of them actually step up and in their own way show their gratitude to those who are serving their country and or who have served in the military. read more

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City Hall Jokes – Feb 25

February 25, 2016 0

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Answer: Down a $350,000 rat hole.
Question: Where did the money for the “train station re-bid” go?

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Paul Dyster and George Maziarz walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and shouts, “You sleazy politician, I thought they finally caught up to you, get out! Senator Maziarz, you can stay.”

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What will happen first?
A) Hamister will build his hotel
B) Hell will freeze over
B) Paul Dyster will be transparent 
D) None of the above

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Confucius say: When angry residents speak their mind at council meeting, council chairman run for cover like old woman caught in sudden storm. read more

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Ricky, Maker Of Best Pizza [And Fish Fry] In The World, Invites You To His Place!

February 25, 2016 0

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Happy late February everyone, winter is nearly over and spring , just like Ricky’s, is right around the corner. Been getting lots of positive feedback on our beer batter fish fry. Incredibly our fish fry has already been referred to as the best in town by our customers on social media. Our haddock is dipped in our unique house beer batter then it is fried to a mouthwatering golden brown perfection. We serve a side of fresh coleslaw , choice of potato (crisp French fries or twice baked potato) and choice of salad ( potato or macaroni salad) Our haddock is also offered baked & battered. We our offering our fish fry all day everyday through Easter. read more

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Local Film Group Seeks Volunteers / Interns / Festival Directors

February 24, 2016 0
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The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival is now seeking volunteers, interns and festival director’s (someone who is self motivated, creative and well-organized) for April 2016 events which take place around the Buffalo / Niagara Falls Area from April 1st thru April 17th.

 

Special highlights this year will be a Comic-Con event, Awards Ceremony, Fallen Soldiers Event, many celebrities and high-profilers attending and presenting, and more.

Volunteer/Internship Responsibilities:

Students and volunteers will act as a liaison between the Film Festival and festival sponsors and organizers.

Coordinate and run events with local theaters.

Correspond with filmmakers, production companies and media outlets.

Shoot, edit, design and produce promotional materials, videos and web content.

Assist with the day to day running of the Film Festival.

Festival Director’s Responsibilities:

To oversee volunteers, interns, give creative input and everyday festival activities, and to help us ensure that the festival is successful and well attended. To assist us and put an interesting and appealing festival program together. Which may involve collaborating with a committee or other people connected with the festival. Scouting and recruiting good talent, themes and underlying ideas for the festival. The director needs to be able to bring creative and new ideas to the job. Originality and a go-getters attitude is a must! If you think you got what it takes – give us a call or email Bill at bcowell@thebnff.com – 716-693-0912

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President’s Transportation Budget Will Cost Drivers More without Improving Roads

February 17, 2016 1

Our lame duck President’s final transportation budget is too little, too late, and wrongly focused. Throughout the Highway Bill debate, the Laborers’ International Union of North America urged Congress and the President to pass an increase in the gas tax in order to ensure funding for the Highway Trust Fund. The White House refused to support this common-sense approach to our transportation financing needs. It appears that environmental extremists have convinced the President to tax our energy sector through a $10 oil tax in order to pay for clean transportation investment. It is a poor policy proposal that will cost drivers more without actually doing anything to improve the roads they drive on. The proposal also sidesteps the urgent need to provide sustainable investment for all transportation infrastructure rather than stealing from roads and bridges to invest in transit. read more

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Sincerity of finance panel’s call to stop irresponsible spending is questioned

February 10, 2016 Anna Howard 2

It’s growing increasingly difficult to follow the bouncing ball – or hot potato – as the members of the city Finance Advisory Panel appear periodically in front of the council to lecture (chuckle) the council on fiscal integrity and the need (smirk) to suddenly begin counting the pennies and dimes after the $100 plus million casino revenue cow has fled the barn.

The review panel appeared at the February 8 council meeting in what was presumptively part two of their ongoing lecture series on fiscal integrity. Their most recent lecture prior to February 8 took place – conveniently – only days after the council and mayor collaborated on a budget preparation process that saw the 2016 budget passed in virtual secrecy with amendments, that, to this day, the council chairman and mayor decline to share with the residents. read more

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Tonawanda’s Mandarin Garden Offers Authentic Asian At Affordable Prices

February 4, 2016 0

By Sheligh Love

 Walk through these doors and you will be transported to China....
Walk through these doors and you will be transported to China….

An American favorite: Sesame Chicken

There is a restaurant in Western New York where you can dine-in, affordably, at a quality Asian restaurant.

Sure there are scores of local Chinese restaurants. Most of their business is take out or buffet where staff loads up food in wells on steam tables, cheap, piled high, larded with MSG and for the most part indistinguishable one from another.

Now we have a local, authentic Asian restaurant where you can eat Chinese not off a buffet table, or 30 minutes cooled out of a takeout container, but cooked to order, served fresh, perfectly spiced, fresh from the high temperature wok  [ it’s the high heat that gives food that indescribable, flavorful edge known as “wok hay.”] read more