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Part of 87th Street to be closed for bridge painting

A section of 87th Street will be closed starting April 14 for about three weeks while the LaSalle Expressway bridge over the roadway is painted.

The section of 87th between Buffalo Avenue and Mang Avenue will be closed to all traffic, the state Department of Transportation announced Monday.

Five weeks of bulk trash pickup starts Monday

NIAGARA FALLS – Starting this week and running through May 9, city residents will be able to dispose of bulk trash items with the regular weekly garbage pickup.

Tree limbs must be cut in 4-foot sections and bundled in order to be picked up. Leaves and brush may also be put curbside.

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold its first meeting to finalize city charter reforms at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

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

Wallenda to walk across Chicago skyline this fall


Famed aerialist Nik Wallenda will be walking on a high wire across Chicago's skyline later this year in an event to be broadcast on the Discovery Channel.

According to Entertainment Weekly, which said no further details were available, Wallenda will make the walk without a tether.

Audio: Niagara Falls School Board opens up in debate on tax increase

It's not that often a local governing body engages in a serious debate in as open a way as the Niagara Falls School Board did on Tuesday night.

Board members spent nearly an hour talking about the district's financial position, and whether things are going to be so bad for the 2015-16 budget that the district should raise taxes at least a little bit for the upcoming school year.

In other words, soften the blow a year from now by increasing taxes a smaller amount now.

Falls lawmakers to consider opposing proposed charter school

The Niagara Falls City Council is expected to vote tonight on a measure opposing the establishment of a new charter school.

A group has applied to the state to create the Academy of Learning and Leadership Charter School within the city limits.

The resolution before the Council urges the Board of Regents and the state to "reject the establishment of an additional charter school in Niagara County." (To view the resolution, scroll to the second-last page of the second document below.)

Here's tonight's full Council agenda:

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 School Board will hold an agenda review session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the district’s central office, 630 66th St. A special meeting in which the administration will recommend a budget for the 2014-15 school year will follow at 7 p.m.

By the numbers: Niagara Falls School District's four budget scenarios

The Niagara Falls School District may cut between 15 and 33 jobs, under scenarios presented Thursday. (Full story here.)

Here's the four-page document released by the district's administration outlining each scenario, based on how much state aid is received:

Sharpton's daughter to speak at Falls conference for teens, young women

Sharpton_dominiqueDominique Sharpton, daughter of civil rights activist Al Sharpton, will be a guest presenter at the Niagara Falls Housing Authority's "Let's Talk" Conference on Friday.

The annual event, aimed at encouraging dialogue with teens and young women, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls.

“The annual “Let’s Talk” Conference was developed to provide emerging female leaders with access to successful role models and workshops that educate and provide a toolbox of life skills that can help them on their success journey,” Housing Authority Executive Directdor Stephanie W. Cowart said in a written statement.

See the state's request for outdoor recreation development in Niagara Falls (pdf)

From the north Grand Island bridges to Devil's Hole State Park, Niagara Falls has about 11 miles of waterfront.

The state sees the area as perfect for various types of outdoor recreation opportunities - from horseback riding to zip lining to rappelling into the Niagara Gorge.

Earlier this month, the state asked for interest parties to submit proposals to bring this vision to fruition.

Here are the documents they released:

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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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