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Community meetings planned on changes to city's garbage, recycling programs

A groundswell of community concern has emerged over upcoming changes to the city's curbside garbage and recycling collection program.

And there are three community meetings this week aimed at getting answers to the public's questions.

The first is happening at 6 p.m. Wednesday in American Legion Post 1664, 752 E. Market St., in the City Market. The meeting will follow a question-and-answer format and City Administrator Donna Owens will attend, said Candace Corsaro, who is organizing the meeting.

International Festival at Gill Creek Park this weekend

Carnival rides, a petting zoo and live music make up part of the 14th annual International Festival being held in Gill Creek Park this weekend.

The event, sponsored by the Niagara Street Area Business & Professional Association, runs from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will also include pony rides, a beer tent, and food and craft vendors.

Map: State Parks Police barracks proposal for Niagara Gorge

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Map courtesy of State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The red box on the above map is the spot on the rim of the Niagara Gorge the state wants as the site of a new Parks Police station. Site work had been ongoing for several weeks until the state announced yesterday construction had been suspended.

Video: CBS Evening News looks at Hornblower vs. Maid of the Mist

The CBS Evening News takes a look at Hornblower vs. Maid of the Mist - the new rivalry among companies giving boat rides below Niagara Falls.

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the site of the proposed State Parks Police barracks in Niagara Falls State Park, behind the Howard Johnson hotel at 454 Main St. and between the Rainbow Bridge and the Gorge Discovery Center.

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

Online petition started against locating police station on Niagara Gorge

An online petition has been started to oppose the construction of a new State Parks Police station on prime land on the Niagara Gorge.

The petition, which was started Wednesday, was up to 132 signatures as of this morning. The goal is 1,000.

Tourism, hospitality workers tour Niagara County attractions

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About a dozen people who interface with tourists on a daily basis are learning more about some Niagara County attractions today.

The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. is hosting a familiarization tour for hospitality and tourism workers, including hotel workers, motel operators and volunteer greeters. The day-long tour of sites  in western Niagara County has already hit  the New York Power Authority's Power Vista and Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston.

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

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

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

Niagara Falls' tax foreclosure auction set for Tuesday

The City of Niagara Falls will auction hundreds of foreclosed properties Tuesday morning.

The tax foreclosure auction will be held at Antonio's Banquet and Conference Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with the auction starting at 9 a.m.

Here are the initial lists of available properties, though some properties may have been removed if the owner came in to pay the taxes:

Proposal would rename section of Ninth Street for organizer, advocate

A proposal to rename a section of Ninth Street after an education and civil rights advocate and organizer will come before Niagara Falls lawmakers next week.

The City Council will consider renaming Ninth between Depot and Garden avenues Bloneva Bond Street after the woman who was the second of only four African-Americans to serve on the city School Board.

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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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