The Soapbox with guest Shawn Weber and Jason Cafarella of Reclaim Niagara



Reclaim Niagara is a growing movement of citizens dedicated to exposing the injustices faced by Niagara Falls due to the exploitation of our resources by these public authorities and state entities… and with that said, we welcome Shawn Weber and Jason Cafarella onto the Soapbox to fill is in on everything you need to know about their growing organization. Be sure to watch both videos and educate yourself on what some people are trying to do “behind the scenes” in Niagara Falls, New York to help their community and city prosper. (Please sign the petition located at this bottom of this post and on Reclaim’s website.)

Soapbox interview with Shawn Weber and Jason Cafarella:


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2017 Niagara County Peach Festival to Hold Cheerleading Competition

There will be a Cheerleading Competition at the 2017 Niagara County Peach Festival at 6 PM on Friday September 8th at Academy Park on Center Street in Lewiston. Competition will be held for high school Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleading squads or Youth Football and All Star Squads.

Participants will perform a maximum five minute routine containing a cheer and music portion, minimum performance time two and a half minutes. Trophies will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.
There will be no charge for teams to enter and all entries must be in by September 5th. Go to for the application to enter.
For further information contact Marissa Chapman at 716-9407333 or email at

A reminder, free parking with a shuttle to the Peach Festival will again be available. As you enter Lewiston on Center Street follow the Free Shuttle signs and turn left at the second traffic light onto Portage Road and follow the signs to the shuttle lot. Climate controlled Gray Line shuttles will travel to the festival grounds entrance and back to the parking lot throughout the three days.

More information on the 2017 Niagara County Peach Festival Parade and Festival can be found at

Peach Festival cheerleading competition

$42 million project will return Hotel Niagara to ‘upper-upscale’ 1920s glory


Thomas Ashford remembers the grandeur that once defined the Hotel Niagara.

“It was a gorgeous hotel, the atmosphere of the place,” said Ashford, 86, who has lived in Niagara Falls since 1950 and recalls attending galas there with fellow Masonic lodge members…


TM Montante Development selected as preferred developer for prime downtown development site


7th & Niagara Rendering 7.10.17

[Press Release]

Today, Mayor Paul A. Dyster announced the selection of TM Montante Development as preferred developer for prime downtown development parcels located along 7th and Niagara Streets in the City of Niagara Falls. The multi-phase, approximately $5 million project will transform the structures located 610, 614 and 624-Niagara Street and the adjacent vacant parcels of 414- 428 7th Street into a mixed-use facility in the heart of the downtown corridor.

Mayor Paul Dyster said, “The impact of this exciting announcement will be felt two-fold. Marking the second major development along the Niagara Street corridor in six months, the innovative proposal put forth by TM Montante Development will transform what is essentially the gateway to the City of Niagara Falls, helping to shape a vibrant downtown core for people to work, live and play. Moreover, the dedicated incubator space for the NGTI will extend the lasting impact of this development by spurring future development for years to come. I want to thank our partners at Empire State Development, the NGTI and Niagara University and TM Montante Development for their investment in our city and look forward to the many exciting things to come.”

Chris Campos, President of TM Montante Development said, “We view this project as playing a role in the continued transformation of Niagara Falls, but we also view it as being transformational in and of itself. The new mixed-use space will represent a rebirth of these beautiful historic buildings, and ensure that they have new life for generations to come.”

Centered on the adaptive reuse of National Register-eligible structures, Phase 1 will focus on the development of 16 market rate residential units, a corner cafe and coffee shop, approximately 1,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial tenant space, secure, gated parking and an additional 8,000 square feet of commercial space dedicated to housing the Niagara Global Tourism Institute.

An affiliate of Niagara University, the NGTI focuses on fostering public and private partnerships to enhance regional tourism and global competitiveness in the City of Niagara Falls. The space will serve as the new headquarters for the NGTI and provide it with the resources necessary to continue to grow its transformative impact on the city’s tourism economy and provide an additional square footage for incubator space to foster new businesses in the downtown core.

“The Niagara Global Tourism Institute and Niagara University are truly grateful and excited to embark on this project with the City of Niagara Falls, New York State and TM Montante Development,” said Patrick Whalen, Director of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute. “This is an opportunity is a cornerstone initiative, in-line with the NGTI’s focus on our four pillars of research, workforce development, technology and entrepreneurship. We are honored to be part of the continued development and revitalization of the City of Niagara Falls and are committed to the collaborative process with our partners in this project and the community. Continued progress is indeed a journey and we are elated to take this first, collaborative step forward.”

Work on Phase 1 will begin immediately with a completion timeline of approximately 18 months. Phase 2 is set to include the construction 10 rowhomes along 7th Street or the construction of a 30,000 square foot mixed-use building based on market demand.

“We are excited that a company with the reputation and experience of TM Montante has decided to undertake this project in Niagara Falls,” said Anthony Vilardo, Director of Business Development. “For too long the area north of Niagara Street has suffered from disinvestment. Through careful planning and alignment with other development in the tourism district and the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Campus this neighborhood is ready to take off.”

The City Of Niagara Falls was awarded a $750,000 grant in December 2016 by Empire State Development to facilitate the redevelopment of the parcels. The announcement comes following the receipt of several strong proposals as part of a Request for Proposal process issued by the Department of Economic Development in February. Potential developers had the ability to redevelop the available, city-owned parcels individually, paired, or as a single development parcel.

The parcels offered for development proposals are surrounded by an increased concentration of hotels, restaurants and attractions. They are located in a neighborhood anchored by the growing Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center campus (more than 1,100 employees), the Seneca Niagara Casino Complex (approximately 3,000 employees) and the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (steadily growing to more than 1,100 students and faculty).


Devil’s Hole stair case to be replaced


Beginning on Monday July 17, 2017 the stairs into the Niagara Gorge at Devil’s Hole State Park will be closed as work to replace them begins. They are expected to be closed through Spring of 2018.

The $645,500 project consists of removing and reconstructing a middle portion of the existing stairs and trail sections at Devil’s Hole. Scott Lawn Yard is the contractor on this project.

Access to the Gorge will be available via the Great Gorge Railway Trail (begins at Niagara Gorge Discovery Center), Whirlpool, The Suspension Bridge Stairs (under the Whirlpool Bridge) and the elevator at the Schoellkopf Power Plant Ruins at Niagara Falls State Park. Fishing access is also available at Artpark and at the New York Power Authority South Access Road Fishing Platform (opens April 1).

For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, please visit

For more information on this project, please call 716-278-1764.

The Soapbox with guests Brylinn, Leandra, Linda & Ezra Scott, Katie Cassens, & Kaya Coleman from the Special Education Family Workshop

Today we had a full table at the NiagaraHub for today’s Soapbox interview with Brylinn, Leandra, Linda & Ezra Scott, Katie Cassens, & Kaya Coleman – giving us information for the upcoming Special Education Family Workshop. Watch the video here:




Town of Niagara 2017 Pride in the Park


On Sunday July 2nd, 2017 the Town of Niagara held it’s annual “Pride in the Park” celebration at Veteran’s Memorial Community Park, 7000 Lockport Road. Over 4,000 people were in attendance over the course of the day long event featuring five bands, Chiveta’s chicken barbecue, numerous food vendors, beer tent, the new Splash Pad and a tremendous fireworks display. It was another great Town of Niagara summer event.

Watch the recap video here:

Please check back regularly with the Town’s website at for upcoming events and information all throughout the year!

Keeping Up with NFMMC

If you want to catch up with what’s been happening at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, have we got news for you – six pages of it!

Download/Read .PDF here: Keeping Up with NFMMC_May-June 2017

Attached you will find stories about recent and upcoming events, staff accomplishments, Auxiliary activities, sports (oh yes!) and a whole lot more.

Thank you for checking out this May-June edition of Keeping Up with NFMMC.


Patrick J. Bradley

Director, Communications & Emergency Management

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

621 10th St., Niagara Falls, NY 14302

Phone: (716) 278-4569

Fax: (716) 278-4614

French Toast at the Bear’s Den [by Craig Avery]

What a delight!  Jean-Luc Ponty cranked it for a packed crowd last night leaving most wondering, “How does he do that?”

The master violinist took the stage and immediately displayed the bond between himself and the instrument most of us cringed at when our little cousin would attempt to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” at Thanksgiving dinner.  His command of the violin provided the foundation for a night of exquisite musical performances by Jean-Luc and a backup-band extraordinaire.  The bass player looked like Steve Martin playing the banjo, a drum solo made Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” sound like a wind up toy soldier drummer boy, and I’m pretty sure Billy Joel is still trying to get an autograph from Jean-Luc’s keyboard player.  

As always, the venue of the Bear’s Den will bring out the best in any performance, and takes a two hour segment of an evening and makes the whole night alright.  Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the top notch entertainment of people-watching in the Casino after the show.  Between the nightclub atmosphere of Stir, the ringing of the bells and whistles on the gaming floor, and just watching the arrivals and departures in the Hotel Lobby bar, you are entertained non-stop.

Been to Seneca Niagara Casino lately? If not, you’re missing out on some pretty intense enjoyment of perhaps an otherwise boring evening.



He told you he’d be back… with a new tasty beverage

Founded by Master Sommelier Richard Betts, Astral Tequila is a unique spirit reminiscent of the way tequila was made 150 years ago before it was industrialized. Produced as a celebration of beautiful culture and spirit, Astral was awarded The New York Times’ highest rating, a Double Gold medal from San Francisco World Spirits Competition and named one of the “Top 10 Blanco Tequilas” by Food & Wine magazine.

See FORBES article here: