NCCC Graduates New Registered Nurses

Over four hundred guests attended a ceremony held last week to honor recent graduates of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Nursing program.  NCCC held a “pinning” ceremony on Thursday, May 18 on the College’s Sanborn campus.  Diane Roth, NCCC Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Nursing and Allied Health and Babette Strassburg, Assistant Professor, presented pins to 105 newly registered nurses. NCCC Officer in Charge and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Luba Chliwniak welcomed the guests to the ceremony. Speaking on behalf of the graduating class was Timothy Hunter.  Board Chairperson Vincent Ginestre and Board of Trustee member Gina I. Virtuoso also attended the ceremony.  


Several awards were presented to outstanding graduates including the Professional Nurses Association of Western New York Membership award presented to Ellen Doyle, the C.A.R.E. award presented to Joshua Haseley, the NCCC Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence presented to Lyndsey Gubala, and the Elena T. Perone Faculty Achievement Award presented to Taylor Hauck.


NCCC is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 70 certificate and degree programs to over 7,000 students and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

NCCC Nurses Pinning Ceremony May 2017

Northpointe to expand, not move, Niagara Falls methadone clinic


Northpointe Council plans to expand its existing methadone clinic in Niagara Falls, according to an announcement Thursday from Niagara County, which owns the building.

The County Legislature decided Tuesday to hold a June 20 public hearing and vote on a 20-year lease for Northpointe on additional space in the Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St…


Best-Selling author Lee Woodruff addresses graduates at NCCC Commencement

Having the ability to “bounce back when life throws you a curve ball will help you to survive challenging situations that you may face” were the words of advice given to graduates by Lee Woodruff, Niagara County Community College Keynote Speaker at the 53rd annual commencement ceremony on Saturday at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, NY. Woodruff, the best-selling co-author of In an Instant, the inspirational story of her family’s emotional recovery following her husband’s bomb injury in Iraq. Woodruff is a contributing editor to CBS This Morning and has written numerous articles on family and parenting for Real Simple, Parade, Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, Country Living, and Family Fun. Her best-selling book “Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress”, was followed by her first novel “Those We Love Most,” which became a New York Times best-seller.

Three hundred and sixty eight graduates walked the stage and received diplomas from NCCC Officer in Charge and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Luba Chliwniak, Trustee Bonnie R. Sloma, Trustee Jason J. Cafarella and Trustee Sheila Smith. The master of ceremonies was Board Chairperson Vincent Ginestre and participating in the program were Board of Trustee members Bradley W. Rowles, Gina I. Virtuoso, William L. Ross, and Student Trustee Katelynn DeLac. Also speaking were Professor Amanda Pollard on behalf of the NCCC faculty and graduate Derek Pew, recipient of the President’s Medallion.

NCCC is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 70 certificate and degree programs to over 7,000 students and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

Local dancers spend the day with Jim Nowakowski from, “So You Think You Can Dance”

[Press Release]

Time To Dance Studios in Niagara Falls, NY, recently hosted Jim Nowakowski for a five hour workshop ending with a Q&A session. He taught a group of local students, ages 4-14, ballet barre work, learned an original choreography piece, and were given corrections. During his Q&A session, he answered many questions from how to handle an audition, to healthy eating, and whether or not he had a girlfriend! His natural connection with the children was amazing. He has a gift for being motivational and positive, and we look forward to working with him again in the future. Time To Dance studio owner, Susan Akin, strives to give her students every opportunity to expand their dance education. She hosts at least two, in house workshops per year, and often opens them to the public. We are hoping to work with Mr. Nowakowski again in the future. His professionalism, talent, and natural ability to teach young dancers, is truly a gift.

Jim Nowakowski began his formal ballet training at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education Rochester, New York. In 2002, Jim attended the Youth American Grand Prix where he was presented the Junior Grand Prix Prize. Later in 2004 he took home the junior Men’s Gold and again in 2007 was awarded the Senior Men’s Gold Award. In 2015, Jim made the Top 6 of So You Think you Can Dance and completed a 75-city tour of the United States and Canada. Most recently, he became a featured cast member in Travis Wall’s “Shaping Sound” Company and joined them on the road for the fall 2016 tour.

If you would like more information on Time To Dance Studios, for classes, or upcoming workshops, please call Susan Akin at 716-946-7909. We are located at 2419 Hyde Park Blvd. in Niagara Falls, NY. Competition Team Auditions will be held this Saturday, May 6th 10am-2pm. Open House is on Saturday, May 13th from 10am-2pm. New students registering on that day will receive one free costume.

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The Hospitality Hub: Cinco de Mayo [by Jonathon Boas]

Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May, is a celebration of Mexican Culture and Heritage here in the USA.  Representing Mexican Independence from French Colonialism since 1867. Picture the 4th of July with Salsa!
Mango-Peach Rita
Everything South of our Border comes with Fire and Spice and we like it like that!
Let’s get into some fun Mexican libations to help them celebrate!
Chilled Beer Mug
Lagers and Amber and Pilsner all crisp and clean and thirst quenching for those hot summer Dias y Noches en la Playa. Some of the most popular are
CORONA, TECATE, PACIFICO, DOS EQUIS Amber and Lager, MODELO ESPECIAL and NEGRO MODELO. There are many more and they are all great! Serve them all with a slice of lime, squeezed into and dropped in your ice cold beer.
Variations on that theme.
Up, On the Rocks or Frozen…all DELISH
Margarita Glass with a salted rim..
Pour into a Mixing Tin or a Blender with ice.
2oz of your favorite TEQUILA or MESCAL for that smoky note.
For TEXAS add 1/2oz OJ
3/4oz Rose’s Lime Juice, Simple Syrup or Lime Simple Syrup.
3oz Freshly squeezed Lime juice
Garnish with a Fresh Lime Wheel,
TEXAS and BLUE add an Orange Wheel and Cherry Flag to the Lime Wheel.
SHAKE,SHAKE,SHAKE,.. or Blend until Slushy.
Superfine Sugar Rim
1oz Freshly squeezed Lime Juice.
3oz Fruit Puree of your choice.
Shake and Strain or Blend.
Garnish with corresponding fruit.
LA PALOMA (The Dove)
Salt rimmed Collins or Old Fashioned Glass with ice.
Pour into a Mixing Tin or Blender with ice.
2oz Fresh White Grapefruit Juice (The Dove)
1oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 tsp sugar. Shake and Strain or Blend
Top w/ a splash of Club Soda
Garnish with Fresh Grapefruit Wedge.
2oz Tequila or Mescal
Fill with Jarritos Grapefruit soda or Fresca. Garnish with Lime wheel.
Chilled Beer Mug with Celery Salt Rim
2 dashes Mexican, Tabasco or Franks Hot Sauce.
(if you like it really spicy) add 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes.
1/2oz Fresh Lime Juice
Garnish with a fresh Lime Wheel
Add 1 or 2 dashes of Worcestershire and 3oz V-8, Tomato Juice or Clamato to MICHELADA recipe. Garnish with a Celery Stalk and a Fresh Lime Wheel.
Jonathan Boas is a Master Mixologist and Cocktail Historian, specializing in Bar and Restaurant Rescue, Restorations and Renovations and can be reached at :

Ion Yoga & Fitness now open on Third Street in Niagara Falls, USA

ION Yoga and Fitness is up and running like a fat man on New Year’s day!  Associating with the internationally recognized scheduling software ap, “Mindbody,” the wellness studios are able to offer online reservations and payment right from your phone.

 “The most difficult task was coordinating the instructor’s schedules with participants’ preferences,” said Craig Avery, owner of the facilities.  “We now have the ability to post a confirmed schedule of classes and will know how many people are interested in each one.  It will still be a moving target until we can settle in on groups using time slots that fit their needs, but if everybody keeps checking our schedule, it will start to flow.”  Avery encourages people interested in trying out the studios to contact him the old fashioned way, by phone.  “Our phone number is listed on the website and Facebook, you can also send an email to let us know your timing and yoga style preferences,” Avery added.  Check out the information at

Ion Fitness (a facility opening to host physical training classes) got shot out of a cannon through the efforts of Christopher Perricelli, a Niagara Falls native who is a professional dance and fitness instructor.  Christopher has booked the studio for what he calls “The Limitless Challenge” through the month of May.  For more information on this you can inquire through email at



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!