Niagara USA Chamber’s Deanna Alterio Brennen taking new job at YWCA


Deanna Alterio Brennen has been thinking about pretzels lately.

Alterio Brennen, president and chief executive officer of the Niagara USA Chamber, will be leaving her job in early May to take a new position with the YWCA of Niagara as vice president of social enterprise…


Niagara Falls firefighters to receive long-term raises


The City Council this week approved new long-term contracts with the two unions representing city firefighters, granting them annual raises for years to come.

In exchange, the firefighters will pay a greater share of their health insurance costs through increased copayments for prescriptions and medical office visits…


Main players in Niagara Falls heroin ring plead guilty


The leader of a Niagara Falls heroin ring that grossed as much as $10,000 a day pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court.

Juan J. Martinez, 39, whom Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh described as the linchpin of the operation, accepted a plea bargain in exchange for a promise from Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to sentence him to no more than 5 1/2 years in state prison…


The Hospitality Hub: Traditional Easter Brunch Cocktails [by Jonathon Boas]

Happy Easter from The Hospitality Hub! Enjoy these delicious and fun holiday cocktails:

Carrot Easter-ita

Margarita glass rimmed in green sugar
(use superfine sugar and green food coloring)
Make a blender full!
Recipe yields one drink.
2oz Patron Silver or your favorite Tequlia
1/2oz Grand Mariner, Cointreau or Triple Sec
1/2 freshly squeezed lemon (no seeds please!)
1oz OJ
1oz Carrot juice
1 scoop Crushed ice, cubed will do
Blend until slushy
Garnish with a Chocolate Carrot!


Chilled Martini Glass
Make several saucers with Easter colored Superfine sugar and food coloring to rim the glasses.
Make your favorite Martini or a pitcher full on ice.
2oz Double Cross Vodka or Bombay Sapphire Gin
1/4oz or a Dash of Dry Vermouth
Pour into a mixing glass with cubed ice for one, or in a pitcher for several, and stir until very cold. Be careful not to bruise the ice too much.
1 drop food coloring in bottom of glass with colored sugar rim
Garnish with a Peep on  the rim and a Jelly Bean in the Glass

Chocolate Easter Egg, Cosmopolitan and Appletini Trio

Three Chilled Mini Martini Glasses
Build each with ice in three separate mixing tins, shake and strain.
Chocolate Egg
Swirl Chocolate Syrup decoratively around the inside of the glass
Pour into the tin
2oz Marshmallow Vodka
1/2oz Godiva Chocolate Liquor
1/2oz Baileys Irish Crème
Splash of 1/2 & 1/2
Shake and strain
Float small chocolate Easter egg on top. (without the foil!)
2oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1/2oz Triple Sec
Juice of 1/2 fresh Lime
1oz Cranberry Juice
Shake and strain
Garnish with a Lime wheel or spritz and float a Lemon twist
2oz of YOUR favorite vodka – Tito’s? Double Cross? Stoli?
1/2oz Green Apple Pucker
1/2oz Apple juice
Shake and strain
Garnish with Maraschino Cherry
Get Fancy and Stack ‘em up!

No ‘grand lodge’ talk for Cuomo during WNY visit


During his visit to Buffalo on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not address a controversial plan to establish what he’s described as a “grand lodge” in Niagara Falls.

Cuomo did not stick around to answer questions from reporters after a speech at the Family Life Center on Michigan Avenue…


Drug charges lodged in Super Walmart parking lot caper


An 80th Street woman arrested on drug charges early Sunday was attempting to enter cars in the parking lot of the Super Walmart on Military Road, Niagara Falls police said.

Joslyn C. Harris, 19, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance outside its original container. Police said they found Xanax on her…


Memorial to begin parking garage renovations

Renovations to the parking garage at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will begin Monday, April 10.

The work, which will be completed in stages, is expected to last into the summer and will include structural repairs and maintenance on five of the structure’s seven levels.

The project is the first stage of Memorial’s plan to renovate and transform the parking garage and bridge connector into an aesthetically attractive interactive facility that will also host medical center and community activities.

“These repairs will ensure this nearly 40-year-old structure remains a safe and viable parking alternative for the patients, visitors and staff members who depend upon it,” said Steve Lewis, Memorial’s director of facilities management.

Although the garage will remain in operation, up to 180 parking spaces will become unavailable in order to maintain worker safety. Alternate parking arrangements will be made for hospital employees who use the garage to keep the remaining parking spaces accessible to patients and visitors.

“We will make every effort to minimize disruption and keep as much of the garage as possible available for use,” Lewis said. “However, we are asking those who park there as the project takes place to exercise extra caution when using the facility.”

In use since 1978, the 570-space parking structure also houses the nationally recognized Wound Center of Niagara and several physician offices. Its top level serves as a helipad for Mercy Flight helicopter.

Lost luggage prompts bomb scare at Falls restaurant


Falls Police and New York State Park Police say they investigated what turned out to be a lost piece of luggage in the parking lot of a Niagara Falls Boulevard restaurant.

Officers were called to the 6500 block of the boulevard early Wednesday evening after a concerned citizen spotted a piece of luggage sitting in the parking lot with no one near it.


HOLY SCINTA! Cosied up in the Bear’s Den (by Craig Avery)

IMG_2674I can honestly say I have seen the Scintas over 50 times. This show was one of the best. The locally grown Vegas sensation entertainers started wowing their fans in the late 70’s. We first saw them in Williamsville at a place called Goldie’s Apartment, and it was our little secret. When they moved to the Buffalo Playboy Club in the Executive Hotel by the airport, we brought customers there a couple of times a week. The act is a Vegas style mix of great music, comedy, impersonations, you name it. Frank Scinta was the main man last night at the Bear’s Den in the Seneca Niagara Casino, as his brother and sidekick, Joe, was dealing with a medical issue back in Vegas. Frankie didn’t miss a beat though, as his energy is endless, and his content is as unpredictable as it is awesome. He is a tremendous musical talent, playing keyboards, guitar, mandolin, and even the spoons. But it’s his delivery that makes the night. He and his backup band could play four chords of an Elton John song, and you’d swear they did the long version. He’ll interrupt a music set with impersonations of George Burns and Dean Martin, mocks ethnicities, then jokes at the thought of the audience being uncomfortable with it. You’ve just gotta laugh. He’s a master. Janien Valentine is the backup singer, and even belted out an opera song that brought the audience to its feet. She joined the band a few years ago, and hails from East Amherst.

American patriotism is a big part of Frankie’s show, and singing, “America the Beautiful,” while doing an impersonation of Ray Charles brought the Americans and Canadians in the audience closer together than the Rainbow Bridge could even think to. A full house of lucky concert goers at the Bear’s Den left smiling after a full two hours of laughing and singing. So Western New York is well represented in the world’s biggest entertainment venue, Vegas, while we still get up close and personal performances when these folks come home. And as Frankie repeated throughout the night, “There’s no place like home.”

Despite the extra workload Frank carried to manage the show by himself, he took the time to hang out with us locals at the Lobby Bar in the casino hotel for about an hour after the show. He was to start as a co-host of the Variety Club Telethon for Buffalo’s Women & Children’s Hospital at 7:00AM, a 12 hour gig for charity, then back to Vegas.

The entertainment industry- think about it. These guys have been “on” for almost 40 years straight, and haven’t missed a beat. Thanks to the Seneca Niagara Casino, they’ve got a great place to play to the hometown crowd.


Taste of Culinary to be held in Niagara Falls on April 2nd

The American Culinary Federation annual Taste of Culinary will be held at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (28 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls NY, 14303) on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 12:00-3:30 p.m. Tickets for this fundraising event are $30.00 and are available at and can be purchased at the door. This event will showcase the culinary profession in the greater Buffalo area.

Join some of the area’s best chefs, chef educators and culinary professionals in the Buffalo area to promote culinary education, competition and scholarship. Many local restaurants, schools and distributers will be showcasing their products and services. Participants for this event include Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Erie Community College, Big Ditch Brewery, Osteria 166, Saturn Club, Power City Eatery, and Flying Bison. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chef and Child Foundation to encourage the fight against childhood obesity and educate children about nutrition. Also, a portion of the proceeds will help fund scholarships at ECC and NCCC.


The American Culinary Federation, Inc., established in 1929, is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America with more than 20,000 members. The ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Chef & Child Foundation, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and to combat childhood obesity. The Greater Buffalo Chapter of ACF located in Buffalo, NY, is one of 225 ACF chapters located nationwide. For more information, visit