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Niagara Falls School District releases community survey

The Niagara Falls School District is asking for input from the community about how it's doing.

The survey, which can be completed online here, covers a variety of topics, including academics, safety, communication and the perception of the district.

"Using the results of the survey, the district will create action plans to address areas of concern that may arise from the information gathered, or increase efforts in areas that are working well," Superintendent Cynthia A. Bianco said in a written statement.

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Audio: One Niagara representatives argue their case, win tax deal

The Niagara Falls City Council on Wednesday night approved a $1.55 million settlement with the owners of One Niagara over back taxes and a challenged assessment. Here's the story.

One Niagara President Tony Farina and government affairs director Richard F. Soluri spoke to lawmakers during the portion of the meeting reserved for public comment. Listen to their full statements:

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Twenty buildings on latest demolition list in Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls City Council tonight will consider awarding a demolition contract for 20 structures.

The Community Development Department is asking lawmakers to approve a contract with Regional Environmental Demolitions Inc., a Falls company, which was the low bidder out of three firms seeking the work.

The contract would be for $456,822, or $22,841.10 per structure.

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Falls effort focused on saving the Old Stone Chimney shifts into next gear

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A passion is being rekindled in Niagara Falls for a nearly forgotten piece of history.

There's an effort to save a relic dating back more than 250 years, connected to the times when the French and British occupied the region.

It's known as the Old Stone Chimney, and to those who want it's story told, it represents an opportunity to boost area heritage tourism efforts.

The chimney, which was part of French and British forts here and by virtue of its location at the upper landing of the Niagara Portage on the trade route connecting the Atlantic to the upper Great Lakes, is full of stories.

The chimney also connects the Falls to a time when plenty of powerful and influential people involved in the production of electricity and in other industries had their eyes on the area, said Christopher J. Puchalski, who's heading an effort to preserve and protect the two-story, 60-ton hearth.

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Dyster to hold 'Mayor's Night In' on Thursday

Residents who want a face-to-face chat with Mayor Paul A. Dyster will have a chance to do so this week.

Dyster will hold a "Mayor's Night In" Thursday evening on the first floor of City Hall, 745 Main St.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

Updated Feb. 17 9:14 a.m.:

Correction: The Niagara Falls City Council will hold a Committee of the Whole meeting 5 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

An earlier version of the post incorrectly reported the Council would meet Tuesday.

The Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 117 of City Hall.

DelMonte named chair of USA Niagara Development

Updated 3:18 p.m.

Former Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte has been appointed chair of USA Niagara Development Corp., the state's economic development arm in Niagara Falls.

Also appointed to the agency's five-member board was Paul S. Nanula, president of Nanco Group, and Monica Pellegrino Faix, executive director of the Richardson Center Corp.

Modern Corporation's Gary E. Smith and Michael A. Williamson Sr. of Williamson Funeral Home in Niagara Falls were both reappointed to the panel.

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Anonymous phone call puts Niagara Falls High School on lockdown

Niagara Falls High School went into a precautionary lockdown this morning after receiving an anonymous threat.

Here's the district's full statement on the situation:

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s executive offices at 744 10th St.

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

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Audio: Police chief outlines department's use of data-tracking management program

Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto talked about his department's use of CompStat at Monday's City Council meeting.

DalPorto was invited to speak after Councilwoman Kristen M. Grandinetti expressed a desire for the city to explore increased use of real-time data in the management of some city departments.

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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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