Famed children’s author one of many vendors Saturday on Third Street

#LiveNF’s first Makers Market featuring over 60 vendors selling great holiday gifts, art, and practical items will be in full swing at 11:00AM – 6:00PM this Saturday, December 9.  Two storefront locations at 460 and 447 Third St will be home to this great shopping opportunity.

Children’s book author, Sandy Barton will be selling her sought after seasonal story, “The Tree,” as well as her now famous series on the Leprechauns discovered in Western New York.  Mrs. Barton visits several area elementary schools conducting writing workshops and emphasizing the importance of getting children interested in reading and writing at an early age.  We can’t help but think if you buy a kid one of her books personalized and signed by the author, it might just spur that interest.

Come see all there is on Third St. and enjoy a good start to our holiday season in Niagara Falls USA!

Niagara Beautification Commission Announces Annual Citywide Home and Business Holiday Decorating Contest

The Niagara Beautification Commission and the Niagara Gazette will host “Light Up Niagara,” their annual holiday decorating contest between November 30th and Dec. 19th this year.

Residents can nominate residences or businesses by leaving a message at 285-5030, on our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NiagaraBeautification, by sending an email to Niagara.beautification@gmail.com or mailing their nominee to Niagara Beautification Commission at 10 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls NY 14303. Only one nomination is required to be considered for the contest.

Judging will occur the week of December 11th and final judging will occur on December 19thth 2017. Winners will be announced in the Niagara Gazette before Christmas. Residents and business owners are encouraged to have their lights on and make sure their house number easily visible. Homeowners and businesses who have won their area in the past three years are not eligible to compete for a prize.

The prizes include:

  • One winner from each of our six designated neighborhoods will win a gift certificate to Tops Friendly Markets and a framed photo of their house.
  • The grand prize for the citywide winner will include a free helicopter ride on Rainbow Air, a gift certificate to Tops Friendly Markets and a framed photo of their house.

The prize for the winning business will be an a quarter page ad in the Niagara Gazette.The mission of the Niagara Beautification Commission is to mobilize the volunteer resources of the community’s private and public sectors to implement visual enhancements beautifying our community, to educate and promote public awareness and inspire pride in our community.


Senator Ortt to Speak About Meeting the Best Connections for Your Business

New York State Senator Robert Ortt, the Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Niagara USA Chamber and the U. S. Small Business Administration will present a free event on Thursday November 9 from 7PM to 9PM: “Meet the best connections for your business”.  The event will be held at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY.  Validated free parking is available in attached parking ramp.

The event brings together over 20 local business partners and numerous funding sources. The relaxed program format allows attendees to make strong local connections, find tools that will lead to success, and to network with other future entrepreneurs and existing business owners. Whether you want to rejuvenate your current business or get a new business started on the right path, you’ll find the professionals to add to your team at this networking event. Attendance is free but the assistance you will receive is priceless.

Check-in begins at 6:45pm and the program begins at 7PM.   To register please contact NCCC Small Business Development Center at 716-210-2515 or sbdc@niagaracc.suny.edu.  For more information visit the SBDC website: http://www.niagarasbdc.org/

Time To Dance Annual Basket Auction and Pasta Dinner – November 19th


Time to Dance Studios In Niagara Falls, NY will be hosting our 2ndAnnual Holiday Basket Auction and Pasta Dinner on Sunday, November 19, 2017, from 12pm until 5pm. The event will be housed at Frontier Fire Hall, 2176 Liberty Drive in Niagara Falls, NY 14304.

There will be a full pasta dinner meal available for purchase-which will include pasta, salad, a roll, a drink AND dessert. The Frontier bar will be available for anyone over 21 years old (valid ID needed). Additionally, there will be a basket auction-with well over 200 baskets and several larger ticket items available.

There will be a DJ, a cake walk, a face painter, and several vendors available for fun and entertainment. Lastly, they will be auctioning off a complete turkey dinner bundle with all of the trimmings…one for you and one to DONATED to a family in need this holiday season.

Bring your family to eat, play games, shop and have a blast! This is a must attend event and we hope to see you all there!!
The link for the event page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/1402832169834105/?ti=icl

Please feel free to share, invite and follow the event page!

Local chocolatier hosting Appreciation Day on Sunday

[From Niagara-Gazette.com]

A Chocolate, Art and Music Festival will be wrapped inside a Community Appreciation Day celebration, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets, 5540 Porter Road.

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lou Piccone will open the event, singing the national anthem in the parking lot of the chocolate company, joined by the honor guard from the 914th Airlift Wing and the Niagara Falls High School marching band. Later in the afternoon, at 2 p.m., a ceremony will honor those who provide services to the community, including teachers, first responders and community organizations…

Read the full story here: http://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/local_news/local-chocolatier-hosting-appreciation-day-on-sunday/article_a2651ea0-d84c-5fef-94d6-f9f0c0083393.html

Niagara Rises Press Release for Tails, Troops & Tunes – October 7th

On October 7th, 2017, Niagara Rises is holding an all day fundraiser for Dog Tags New York, called Tails, Troops & Tunes. Held at Veterans Memorial Community Park – 7000 Lockport Rd. in Niagara Falls, NY from 12pm-8pm. The event will feature a flag ceremony, speakers, retail and craft vendors, food trucks, a dog pageant, dog kissing booth, a dog obedience demonstration and ending the evening with a concert from 5-8pm featuring Seventh Sign.

The flag ceremony starts at 1:00pm honoring our veterans featuring: The 914th Air Refueling Wing Color Guard, National Anthem performed by Grammy Nominated Christina Custode, (Ret.) 107th Air Force Col. John Higgens, President of Niagara Rises Daniel Rey, Member of Dog Tags of New York Michael Shanley, Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace and the Sanborn Fire Hall youth color guard.

The Dog Pageant has online pre-registration at www.NiagaraRises.us open to the public for $10 per category. Registration the day of will be $15 per category and runs from 11am to 1pm. The 12 categories for the pageant are listed on the website at www.NiagaraRises.us. Our judges include 2 representatives of SPCA Niagara Jennifer Pitaressi and Amy Lewis, other judges include; Technical Sergeant Amy Owczarczak of the United States Air Force and local dignitaries. The MC for the pageant is local artist Sal Anello.

Vendors include: direct sales, veteran information resources, local crafters, artisans and food trucks. Demonstrations by Iron Island Working Dog Club and be on the lookout for Zombies as they roam the grounds (Terror Technologies).

A Dog Kissing Booth will be a great way to get in some doggy smooches and the opportunity for you and your dog to have a unique picture taken together in our Dog Photo Booth. The day closes out with a live performance by Seventh Sign playing all your favorite classics.

Niagara Rises is a registered 501 (c3) organization that provides support and resource opportunities to organizations working toward strengthening Niagara County. Dog Tags New York empowers members of the veteran community through interaction with rescue animals. They build purpose, trust, and camaraderie, while aiding in transition and adjustment. They take their mission to Veterans and animal organizations throughout the state and in doing so are in need of better transportation for their organization. Niagara Rises would like to help them in this endeavor and have come together to give you this exciting and worthy event.



Oktoberfest planned in Niagara Falls

[From BuffaloNews.com]

The 8th annual Old Falls Street Oktoberfest in Niagara Falls will have fun for all ages, with music and food, beer and all things German from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 in Old Falls Street’s middle block.

The free event is open to the public and will kick off at 1 p.m., rain or shine, with the ceremonial “Tapping of the Kegs.” …

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/22/oktoberfest-planned-falls/

Hotel opens in former Falls chocolate plant

[From BuffaloNews.com]

A new Courtyard by Marriott hotel is open in a 105-year-old Niagara Falls building that began its history as a chocolate factory and later became the headquarters of Moore Business Forms.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo cut the ribbon Thursday on the $12.8 million hotel, which had already gone through a “soft opening…

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/14/cuomo-cuts-ribbon-hotel-former-falls-chocolate-plant/

The Soapbox with guest Alan James Roscetti – Candidate for Niagara Falls City Court Judge

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Alan Roscetti paid a visit to the NiagaraHub today to sit down with host Craig Avery to discuss some of his observations from the campaign trail. Watch this interview here:

2017 Niagara County Peach Festival “TASTE OFF” September 9th Win Up To $500 in Cash & Prizes

The Niagara County Peach Festival “Taste Off” recipe contest will be held on Saturday September 9th at 4 PM on the stage at Academy Park in Lewiston. The 2017 “Taste Off” is sponsored by the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Niagara Gazette and Niagara Frontier Publications.

This year there will be three divisions for entries which include Food Enthusiast, Culinary Student and a new Children category.

Judges for the 2017 “Taste Off” will be Lynn Catalano from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropy, NCCC Hospitality Tourism and Culinary Arts Division Chairman Mark Mistriner, Dana DeFazio Manager of Savor restaurant, Scott Beahen Director of Food Service Operations at Niagara University and Mike Fiore owner of Village Bake Shop in Lewiston.

There will also be a peach shortcake eating contest on the Academy Park stage featuring local media and dignitaries prior to the announcement of the 2017 recipe winners.

Original recipes must include fresh peaches and be prepared from scratch. The use of pre-made products may result in disqualification. Recipes must be legible and submitted on an 8.5” by 11” white sheet of paper with all ingredients fully listed. The recipe must also include how many portions it can serve.

The entry must include name, address and phone number at the bottom of the paper and be mailed no later than August 30th to Barbara Walck, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY, 14132. Employees of the Greater Niagara Newspapers, Niagara Frontier Publications and Niagara County Community College and their families are not eligible to enter. Entries are limited to one per person.


Food Enthusiast- Whether you are a Home baker or pastry enthusiast this category is for you. Individuals sixteen years or older are invited to enter their secret Peach recipe in this year’s Peach Festival “Taste Off” for a chance to be selected as a finalist and to appear on the Main Stage to prepare your entry live for the judges.

Culinary Student- All up and coming aspiring pastry chefs from the western New York culinary programs are encouraged to enter this category. Enter your very favorite peach dessert recipe for a chance to show off your emerging talents to the world and a chance to make your creation live on stage for the “Taste Off” judges.

Children- This is a new category for children from eight to thirteen years of age who love to bake. Create your own Peach dessert for a chance to be a finalist on stage at 4:00PM on Saturday September 10th.

For further information contact Jerry Wolfgang at 754-7745 or e-mail at jw4267@gmail.com.

The 2017 Niagara County Peach Festival will be held September 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th at Academy Park on Center Street in Lewiston. Sponsors for this year’s Festival are the Kiwanis of Lewiston, the Buffalo News, WGRZ-TV and Mix 96. More information can be found at www.lewistonpeachfestival.org.

Peach Taste Off winners