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Orchard Park man gets $20K settlement from City of Niagara Falls

An Orchard Park man will receive a $20,000 settlement from the City of Niagara Falls after a city worker dropped a light pole on his foot.

Bradley R. Day was at the city's Department of Public Works yard on New Road in July 2012, attempting to buy some excess light poles from the city.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

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

The board of trustees of Niagara Falls Public Library will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library, 1425 Main St.

Application withdrawn for proposed Niagara Falls charter school

A group seeking to start the first charter school in the City of Niagara Falls has withdrawn its application to the state, according to the State Education Department's website.

It wasn't immediately apparent why the application was pulled. Three of 11 other charter school applications from across the state were also withdrawn.

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Benderson and the contaminated berm

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As we reported Wednesday night, Benderson Development wants to build a 65,000-square-foot addition to the Tops and Target plaza on Niagara Falls Bouelvard.

The company says it needs the city to give up its rights to an undeveloped portion of 76th Street in order for the project to happen.

Benderson says it needs more land because it needs to move a berm containing contaminated material that's already on the property (pictured in the background above).

Benderson's James A. Boglioli said he did not know what type of contamination was in the berm, only that it was moved from another area of the site when the foundations for the plaza were dug.

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Griffon Park boat docks will be closed in May

Parking lot and lighting improvements at Griffon Park will begin next week, resulting in the closure of the park's boat docks for the month of May, the city has announced.

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'Niagara Boom Days' event planned for Saturday

An annual celebration of spring in Niagara Falls is happening this weekend.

The LaSalle Yacht Club on Saturday will host "Niagara Boom Days," a night of food and dancing, with music from the Jazzline Band.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The School Board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the district’s central office, 630 66th St.

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Map: Targeted area for Old Stone Chimney

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The New York Power Authority says it will fund a study of the relocation of the treasured Old Stone Chimney, which currently stands in an embankment of the Robert Moses Parkway.

Above is a screenshot of a Google map, with the red marker indicating the area to be studied as the potential new location.

Once any move is completed - an aspect that still would need a committment of funding - there would be another phase of work to enhance the historical interpretation at the site, Mayor Paul A. Dyster said.

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Non-profit awarded $2.9 million from state for affordable housing in Niagara Falls

Housing Visions Inc., a Syracuse-based not-for-profit, was awarded $2.9 million in low-interest loans and tax credits for its $12 million Walnut Avenue Homes project, the state announced today.

The organization is planning to construct 41 housing units at eight properties on Walnut Avenue as well as Fifth, Sixth and Seventh streets.

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Audio: Niagara Falls re-ups with Buffalo Niagara Enterprise

Lawmakers in the City of Niagara Falls on Monday night renewed the city's membership with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, the regional business development and marketing group based in Buffalo.

The City Council approved $50,000 in funding by a 3-1 vote. Funding from the city's share of casino revenue will be used to pay for it. Here's the audio from the vote:

Council Chairman Charles A. Walker said the city does not have anyone currently on staff whose job it is to do what the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise does. The city has property to market, and finding future development opportunities will help grow the tax base, Walker said, describing continued membership as "investing in our city" and helping to drive economic development.

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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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