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Proposed limits to Greenway corridor anger Lewiston Town Board

Missing Niagara Falls girl found, says she ran away

Lewiston Supervisor Steve Reiter fires back about the new Greenway proposal from State Sen. Mark Grisanti and Assemblyman Sean Ryan. (via Niagara Gazette)

Contractor seriously injured in an industrial accident at Norampac

Niagara Falls Police Detective Patrick Stack called it a career on Thursday (via Niagara Gazette)

Historic Preservation Commission to discuss Maid of the Mist work in Niagara Gorge

Next week, the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission will talk about the ongoing construction work in the Niagara Gorge for a Maid of the Mist docking facility.

A prior lawsuit contended part of the site of the ruins of the Schoellkopf Power Station would be lost because of the project.

Here's the agenda:

Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission meeting agenda


Morning headlines

Good morning.

Some of the work done by a previous contractor on the reconstruction of Lewiston Road is going to have to be redone.

Obituary: Morton H. Abramowitz, a popular and well-respected lawyer, died Sunday.

Live blog: Niagara Falls City Council at 5 p.m.

'Nuisance reform' proposed in Niagara Falls

The City Council's three-member majority has proposed a "property and building nuisance reform" law, which will come before the Council tonight.

The law is aimed at business districts and would allow the city to deem a property a "public nuisance" if a certain amount of violations are found within a certain time frame.

The proposal establishes a point system, under which a property would be assigned either 2, 4, 6 or 10 points, based on the severity of the violation found. Applicable violations include alcohol and drug violations, howling dogs, prostitution, property maintenance issues, welfare fraud and other crimes and violations.

If a property accumulates 12 points in six months or 18 points in 12 months, the city would be able to take the property owner to court, with the city having several options, including asking a judge to order the business closed. Property owners could also be fined or sentened to up to 15 days in jail.

Continue reading "'Nuisance reform' proposed in Niagara Falls" »

Artists, vendors still sought for Niagara Falls Music & Art Festival

The Niagara Falls Music & Art Festival is looking for artists, food and retail vendors for its event June 29 and 30.

The event will be held on Old Falls Street between Seneca Niagara Casino and Niagara Falls State Park.

For more information, visit

Start time changed for tonight's Niagara Falls School Board meeting

Tonight's meeting of the Niagara Falls School Board has been moved up 45 minutes.

The agenda review portion of the meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., rather than 6:15 p.m. as initially announced. All other previously announced times have not changed.

A public hearing on the district's safety plans will still be held at 6:30 p.m., and the voting portion of the meeting will begin at 7. At 8, the board will officially adopt the results of Tuesday's election and budget vote.

The meeting will be held in the district's administration building, 630 66th St.

Incumbents out, budget passes in Niagara Falls, per unofficial results

Candidates: Anthony F. Paretto, 1,076; Ronald J. Barstys, 957; Kevin Dobbs (i), 879; Don J. King (i), 716; Herbert L. Lewis, 481; Michael S. Gawel, 343.

Budget: Yes, 1,396; No, 975.

Polls open for Niagara Falls budget vote, School Board election


Polls in Niagara Falls have been open about a half hour for today's budget vote and School Board election.

Need to find out where your polling place is? Search here.

Here's a summary of the $125 million budget proposal and the six candidates running for two open seats.

For a more in-depth view of the budget proposal, which will raise the tax levy by 3 percent, read "Falls schools seek more taxpayer money."

Continue reading "Polls open for Niagara Falls budget vote, School Board election" »

Chamber to meet Thursday

The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Days Inn, 443 Main St.

The meeting is open to local business owners and interested citizens.

Greg Linberg, an economic development specialist from the Small Business Administration, will be the guest speaker.

For more information, call 285-5345. The organization is also on Facebook.

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