The Soapbox with guest Jonathan Rogers

[Press Release]


Jonathan Rogers, an artist of distinction and man who has a resume that spans nearly 60 years- of animation, painting, art direction, drawing, and even some acting. Born an raised in Toronto, he soon found himself spreading his love of art and teaching future generations of artists.

His original animated productions helped launch the careers of Second City comedians Dan Ayckroyd and Gilda Radner. Check out 1973’s “The Gift of Winter” and 1975’s “Witch’s Night Out.” (Available on DVD)

In the early 1980s, he landed in Hollywood, working with Disney and Marvel Productions.He finally settled in WNY years later to continue his painting and art work. He currently has a studio at the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center in Niagara Falls, NY.

Jonathan constantly contributes his talents to the local community and promotes his works worldwide via his website and social media.

On Sunday March 26th, at Wine on Third in Niagara Falls, you will have an opportunity to own original works by this amazing artist. Join us at 6pm for a live auction!

Wine On Third
501 Third Street
Niagara Falls, NY

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New pitch for Falls USA, ‘Where Adventure Comes Naturally’


Niagara Falls USA

Tourism officials Tuesday unveiled a new slogan for Niagara Falls: “Niagara Falls USA: Where Adventure Comes Naturally.”

The new slogan and branding concept culminates 18 months of work that cost $500,000. The effort aims to give Niagara Falls a new image, as well as a new self-image…



State of emergency declared in all NY counties


In preparation for blizzard-like conditions Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday declared a state of emergency for all 62 New York counties.

A statement from Cuomo’s office said, “With heavy snow and dangerous conditions expected statewide, we are taking every precaution to keep New Yorkers safe.”



Casino comedy night – another great area attraction (by Craig Avery)


Why do Bears Hibernate? So they can hang out at the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Casino and laugh their bear butts off. Last night was no exception as Noah Gardenswartz and Dustin Ybarra took headliner status and made our night alright with the third monthly “Barrel of Laughs Comedy Night” at the casino’s most up close and personal venue. The only thing funnier than the show was me trying to spell these guys’ names for this review.

The show opened with 97 Rock’s hilarious Rob Lieberman who serves as host. He is so good at ad-libbing and making the audience comfortable and on edge at the same time.

Rob introduced Noah Gardenswartz to start the evening. I remembered that this guy had his own show on Comedy Central last year. So he’s got that going for him. Tall and commanding, you just had to listen to him and his unique observations on life. Anybody who can make you laugh while describing the life and times of Pat Sajak, has got to have some talent.

Then came Dustin Ybarra, one of those guys you’ve seen before, but never knew his name. He was a member of the huge and crazy cast in the movie Ted 2 (he played Borg,) you’ve seen him on TV in the Goldbergs, Gotham, and in the movie “We Bought a Zoo.” And now, right here in Niagara Falls, not 25 feet away from an autograph opportunity. He started out by saying he saw an old guy at the “Titanic” slot machine, crying. When he asked the man what was wrong, he answered, “I knew these people!” Ybarra has tremendous energy and had the crowd belly-aching about fast food drive thru’s and memoirs of his first suppository.

So once again, I appeal to you, you’re sick of the weather? Tired of your home honey-do list? Need to get out? Check out the entertainment schedule at the Seneca Niagara Casino, and particularly the Bear’s Den Showroom. You’ll be as close to the action as you can get to top entertainment in Western New York. If you were in Buffalo after a show, you’d have to bundle up and head to your $25 parking space. But at the Seneca Niagara Casino you simply walk around for fine dining, drinks, live entertainment, and perhaps a little gambling. Don’t forget Tim Horton’s and Cold Stone Creamery are just down the hall as well. Yumm!

Till next show, see ya around.


Noah Gardenswartz


Dustin Ybarra


Rob Lieberman

Wheatfield seeks $750,000 to assist planned brew pub


The Town Board voted Monday to apply for a $750,000 grant to help pay for a $3.3 million plan to establish a microbrewery and restaurant in The Summit, a largely vacant mall on Williams Road in Wheatfield.

The town would use the grant from the state Office of Community Renewal for the benefit of Big Thunder Brewing Co., set up by mall owner Zoran Cocov, a Brampton, Ont., real estate developer…


Fists held high in salute at Niagara Falls City Hall


The Pledge of Allegiance follows a brief prayer at every Niagara Falls City Council meeting, but this week the recitation ended with some 20 clenched fists raised in the air.

Led by Councilman Ezra Scott, Jr., a diverse group of young people and senior citizens held what Scott called a “salute to common humanity” at the conclusion of the Pledge on Monday in city hall’s legislative chambers, the first gathering of lawmakers during February’s Black History Month…


City engineer on the agenda in Niagara Falls


By next week, the city of Niagara Falls could have an engineer on staff for the first time in nearly four years.

Hiring for the post is exclusively the mayor’s decision in normal circumstances, but the Niagara Falls City Council will need to waive an existing residency requirement for the candidate, John Gerlach, to come on board at a $95,500 salary…


Arrests made in Lockport basketball game brawl


Lockport Police have made several arrests in relation to the large fight that followed a Jan. 10 high school varsity basketball game between Lockport and Niagara Falls.

After reviewing video of the incident with school officials, police charged seven Lockport teens with disorderly conduct, including: Andrew C. Austin, 18; Jalen R. Tennyson, 17; Bryan A. Jordon Jr., 17; Trayvel R. Patterson, 17; Jamiah D. McClain, 18; Jaylin M. Middleton and Daprice N. Streeter, 18…


Work continues on Wonder Falls project


Since its heralded announcement in August of 2014, little has been heard or said about “Wonder Falls,” the $150 million hotel and resort project that was touted as flagship investment in the city’s downtown.

More than two years on, representatives of Uniland Development Corp. and the state-run USA Niagara Development Corp. say negotiations over an incentive package, and “due diligence” that will define the project’s true scope, remain ongoing between both organizations…


Niagara Falls man charged with striking State Police vehicle, fleeing


A Niagara Falls man is accused of ramming a police car with a stolen vehicle during a traffic stop.

A state trooper pulled over the driver of a 2012 Infiniti Q56 on Miller Road at 9:12 p.m. Monday for reckless driving, the State Police said…