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Drozdowski leaving NACC after six weeks in director's role

Bob Drozdowski, who in mid-January was elevated to the role of executive director of the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, is leaving the post for a sales job in Rochester. His last day is today.

Drozdowski said the opportunity "came out of nowhere really." He used to work in corporate sales in the printing industry and had been looking to get back into something like that, he said.

Petitions for Niagara Falls School Board available beginning Monday

Petitions will be available starting Monday for those interested in running for the Niagara Falls School Board this spring.

Those interested in being a candidate for School Board can pick up petitions from the District Clerk's Office in the administration building, 630 66th St., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Rendering unveiled for Wingate by Wyndham hotel in Niagara Falls


With shovels already in the ground, construction is continuing on the $10.2 million, 110-room Wingate by Wyndham at Fourth Street and Rainbow Boulevard.

The project, being developed by Plati Niagara Inc., a company formed by Antonio, Frank and Anthony Strangio, is expected to be completed in the late spring of 2015, Picone Construction Corp. announced in a news release Thursday.

Audio: An optimistic Dyster issues State of the City address

Predicting 2014 will be a "turning point" in Niagara Falls' history, Mayor Paul A. Dyster issued his annual State of the City address Wednesday night in the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.

Listen to the entire 57-minute address:

State parks system eclipses 60 million visitors again in 2013

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The total number of visitors to the state's parks and historic sites decreased last year but eclipsed 60 million for the second straight year.

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on Wednesday released attendance figures for 2013 showing 60,137,898 people visited 220 sites. In 2012, there were 60.3 million visitors.

Niagara Falls State Park remained the most-visited site in the system, with 8,863,301 visitors, state parks said.

Here are the sites that had the most visitors last year:

Niagara Falls St Pk 8,863,301
Riverbank St Pk 4,084,296
Jones Beach 3,907,682
Saratoga Springs 2,936,194
Robert Moses St Pk 2,644,855
Bear Mountain St Pk 1,962,949
Sunken Meadow St Pk 1,797,632
East River St Pk 1,359,347
Captree St Pk 1,197,621
Green Lakes St Pk 1,122,949
Roberto Clemente 1,086,625
Heckscher St Park 1,016,340
Old Croton Aqueduct 1,006,966
Montauk Point 832,040
Allegany Red House Area 790,645

Bed Bath & Beyond's new Falls store opens today

The new Niagara Falls location of Bed Bath & Beyond, at 1520 Military Road in front of Walmart, is open for business as of today, the company announced in a news release.

The 25,000-square-foot store will be open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Video: Dyster on Wallenda, economic development and a new Bills stadium

For his In Focus series, my colleague Brian Meyer spoke with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster about economic development, Nik Wallenda's Darien Lake shows and being named to a committee looking at a potential new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.


Vitello, Weber elected to lead Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board

Lisa A. Vitello was elected chair of the Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board at its first meeting of the year Monday night.

Vitello, who has been a member of the board for several years, is also a member of the city Planning Board. She told the group her past also includes 24 years as an educator and a restaurant manager in the former Rainbow Centre mall.

International Business Times poll: Niagara Falls is No. 1 place every American should visit

"A reinvigorated Niagara Falls is finally peeking out of the mist."

That's a line by International Business Times travel editor Mark Johanson about the Falls, which sits atop its list of "the 20 places every American should visit."

Niagara Falls got the largest percentage of voters to vote for it in an online poll conducted by IBT. The online publication shows a photo of the Horseshoe Falls with its writeup.

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

Mayor Paul A. Dyster will hold his State of the City address at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St.

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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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