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

May 16, 2017 Staff 151

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. read more

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

May 12, 2017 Staff 166

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. read more

Homeschool Families Invited to GCC Lima Campus Center

May 12, 2017 Staff 140

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. read more

Book sale at North Tonawanda History Museum

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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

Niagara Parks Introduces New Junior Golf Programs

May 12, 2017 Staff 139

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. read more

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

May 12, 2017 Staff 136

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. read more

Memorial pharmacist receives statewide honors

May 12, 2017 Staff 93

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. read more

ORTT TO MEET WITH FLOOD VICTIMS AT MOBILE COMMAND CENTER

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NEWFANE – State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) will be at the Town of Newfane Mobile Command site at the Olcott Fire Company on Friday, May 12 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to speak with more residents affected by the flooding on Lake Ontario. Senator Ortt has been in constant communication with his constituents throughout Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe counties. He’s been listening to their concerns, offering help and visiting their properties to assess infrastructure damage and shoreline erosion. Senator Ortt has also assisted his constituents with the DEC emergency permit process, and has been working with local and federal leaders to find a long-term solution to helping shoreline property owners. read more

GUN OWNERS GET EXPANDED ACCESS:

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JASTRZEMSKI OFFERS SATELLITE HOURS IN FALLS, NT

NORTH TONAWANDA—Niagara County Clerk Joe Jastrzemski knows that New York State’s pistol permit process is a burden for many gun owners, and said he’s made it a goal of his office to increase access to services for local pistol permit holders.

That’s why the county’s Pistol Permit Office will be offering part-time satellite offices alongside the county’s DMVs in North Tonawanda and Niagara Falls. Jastrzemski also began sending out a mobile team to process amendments at area gun shows earlier this year—something many gun rights advocates have long asked for. read more

Low pay, long hours, few promotions, freezer sex all part of Delaware North employment experience

April 7, 2017 Staff 197
 Delaware North's casinos aren't in luxury resorts, they're in downtrodden midwest locations like this spartan gaming floor outside of economically depressed Davenport, Iowa.
Delaware North’s casinos aren’t in luxury resorts, they’re in downtrodden midwest locations like this spartan gaming floor outside of economically depressed Davenport, Iowa.

Buffalo-based mega-concessionaire Delaware North already plays a major role in the local economy – feeding the eight million tourists who visit Niagara Falls State Park every year at the expense of the handful of restaurants and diners that still exist in downtown Niagara Falls. Recent developments indicate that the global hospitality, casino, resort and fast food giant is poised to assume an even larger role here, so we decided to take a closer look at the business practices and reputation of the vast multinational conglomerate before it further muscles its way into Niagara Falls. read more

Memorial to begin parking garage renovations

April 7, 2017 Staff 109

Renovations to the parking garage at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will begin Monday, April 10.

The work, which will be completed in stages, is expected to last into the summer and will include structural repairs and maintenance on five of the structure’s seven levels.

The project is the first stage of Memorial’s plan to renovate and transform the parking garage and bridge connector into an aesthetically attractive interactive facility that will also host medical center and community activities. read more

New cardiac catheterization lab in Falls offers 24/7 help for heart patients

April 7, 2017 Staff 141

NIAGARA FALLS, NY –Catholic Health, Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has opened the first cardiac catheterization laboratory in Niagara County.

The new facility, at The Heart Center of Niagara on Memorial’s downtown Niagara Falls campus, is the result of community collaboration between the four health systems and will be jointly operated by them.

Western New York has higher than average cardiovascular mortality rates, according to Neil Dashkoff, M.D., medical director of the new lab.  read more