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Four businesses in line for grants from City of Niagara Falls

A new pizzeria, a makeup studio, a tent and awning business and an existing pizza and sub shop may soon be getting some financial help from the City of Niagara Falls.

NFC Development Corp., the city's banking arm, is slated to vote on four grants totalling $45,000 when it meets this week.

Ventry's Pizza Shop on Buffalo Avenue, The Makeup Parlour and WNY Tent and Awning are on tap to each receive a $10,000 grant from the agency.

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Niagara Falls City Council chairman weighs in on casino cash

In an op-ed piece published Friday in the Niagara Gazette, City Council Chairman Glenn A. Choolokian urges careful consideration before the city decides how to spend what's going to be left of the $89 million it's getting, now that there's a deal between the Seneca Nation of Indians and the state.

Choolokian says the city should adopt a "money-management plan" as opposed to a "spending plan." 

He boils down what he says lies ahead for the city:

"The only two questions we need to keep in mind as we administer the casino funds are: Is this particular project/proposal/expenditure needed and is it good - ultimately good in the long term - for Niagara Falls and its taxpayers."

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Public meeting planned on proposal for South Junior site

A potential purchaser of the former South Junior High School site will talk with the public about its plans next week.

CB-Emmanuel Realty LLC has expressed interest in buying former school site and turning it into a building with both commercial and residential components.

A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's auditorium A. It's on the ground floor of the hospital at 621 10th St.

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Niagara Falls School Board to hold last meeting of school year tonight

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

An agenda review session will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the regular business meeting slated to begin at 7 p.m. Both are open to the public. Here are the agendas:

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Old Falls Street lecture series starts tonight

An author who holds the record for hiking the Appalachian Trail kicks off a monthly lecture series tonight in downtown Niagara Falls.

Jennifer Pharr Davis, who hiked the trail in just 46 days and wrote about it in "Called Again," will speak at 6:30 p.m. at Old Falls Street's new Wi-Fi Café, located close to Niagara Falls State Park.

(In case of inclement weather, the lecture will be held inside the Comfort Inn - The Pointe, 1 Prospect St.)

Tonight's event is conducted in partnership with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Here's the schedule for the rest of the series, which will also be held in the WiFi Café:

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Second set of Niagara Falls streets to get repaved

A second round of street repaving and resurfacing in Niagara Falls is planned because the casino-cash dispute between the Seneca Nation of Indians and the state is over.

At today's news conference, Mayor Paul Dyster said another set of streets are in line for roadwork later this year. (In May, the city announced the first round of repaving. Read that list here.)

The following streets were announced today as part of the $1.5 million second round:

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Moody's makes no change to Niagara Falls' credit rating in light of casino cash deal

Moody's says last week's deal between the Seneca Nation of Indians and the state is a "credit positive" for the cities who were waiting for the revenue, including Niagara Falls.

Last month, Moody's downgraded the city's credit rating for the second time in five months in large part because of the casino cash dispute.

Here's Moody's full statement:

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Zoning Board to hear plans for Third Street hotel

The city's Zoning Board of Appeals today will hear about plans to turn an existing commercial building on Third Street into a hotel.

Sheikh R. Elahi has requested a variance for 452 Third St., which would allow only six parking spaces when nine are required under city code.

Also on today's agenda is a variance request for Norampac's Greenpac Mill project. The company is asking to make a portion of an emergency road 20 feet wide, rather than the 24-foot width that's required.

Here's tonight's full agenda:

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Niagara Falls taking bids to demolish former 39th Street School


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The City of Niagara Falls is accepting bids to demolish the former 39th Street School.

Bids are due to the city engineer's office by 2 p.m. June 28.

A pre-bid meeting will be held at the former school, 555 39th St., at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 5:30 p.m.Tuesday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

Also this week:

• The Water Board will hold a work session at 5 p.m. Thursday at the municipal water plant, 5815 Buffalo Ave.

• The School Board will hold an agenda review session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the district’s central office, 630 66th St., with the board’s regular meeting following at 7.

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Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.

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