“Cruisin’ at the Vet” Classic Car Show Friday June 2nd At Veteran’s Memorial Community Park

Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace has announced that the new “Cruisin’ at the Vet” classic car show will begin this Friday, June 2nd at the Town of Niagara Veteran’s Memorial Community Park and run for fifteen consecutive Fridays till September 8th.

With the success we had with our American Graffiti classic car show last summer we decided to create a weekly event for lovers of these beautiful machines,” said Supervisor Lee Wallace. “Several years ago the Friday cruise night held at six corners came to an end so hopefully our “Cruisin’ at the Vet” will create a new tradition,” added Wallace.

Cruisin’ at the Vet” will begin at 6 PM each Friday and run until dusk. Classic car owners are invited to drive their priced possession to Veteran’s Memorial Community Park at 7000 Lockport Road. The vehicles will ring “Elmer’s Pond” located on the Park’s grounds.

Cruisin at the Vet” is free of charge for car owners and visitors. Dee Jay the DJ will provide the proper musical backdrop with era appropriate tunes and multiple food trucks will be on location serving delicious offerings for the patrons.

Veteran’s Memorial Community Park is a totally smoke free environment.

For more information on Town of Niagara summer events and recreation go to www.townofniagararecreation.com.

Cruisinat the Vet

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

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 : jboas247@gmail.com.

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 www.fallsyoga.com

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  THELIMITLESSCHALLENGEUSA@gmail.com



Brook D’Angelo to represent USW Local 9434 in Mexico

On February 19th, 2006, 65 miners perished in a mine explosion at the Grupo Mexico mine at Pasta de Conchos in the Mexican state of Coahuila. The situation began with (unfortunately common) horrible labor conditions and unfair compensation for workers. It climaxed with untold government and corporate corruption, leading to the deaths of dedicated laborers. Though they had been fighting for their rights as workers and as humans, they were consistently ignored by their employers, who were in favor of higher corporate profit.

The explosion seemed to be ignored as officials tried to sweep it under the rug. They had not even attempted recovery of the trapped miners. And when Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, the leader of the the national union of mine, metal and steelworkers (Los Mineros), denounced the killings, the government tried to remove him from office.

Enough was enough. In April 2006, the union called strikes across the country. Workers stood together to fight for basic rights. Government and corporations feared cuts to their profits if the workers were successful in standing up for fair wages and improved safety measures. Especially because they had such a capable Union leader and could actually win.

President Vicente Fox ordered an attack by police and military forces on the strikers. That order resulted in the deaths of Hector Ấlvarez Gómez and Mario Alberto Castillo Rodríguez, two union members at the steel mill in the Mexican town of Lázaro Cárdenas.

To commemorate their bravery and to stand in solidarity, annually thousands of members of Los Mineros are joined by more than a hundred United Steelworkers and members of Unite the Union from the UK and Ireland. They march to commemorate Hector and Mario and remind the world that the fight for safe and decent working conditions is not over.

This year, 4 people are going to join the march from the Western New York area to represent a portion of the District 4 United Steelworkers. Joe Vertalino, David Wasiura, Valerie Thomas (staff at the District 4 Office), will be joined by City of Niagara Falls employee Brook D’Angelo of USW Local 9434 (who is also their Women Of Steel Chairwoman).

Follow their journey as they travel to Mexico. This year they will be departing April 18 and returning April 22nd. Take this opportunity to promote the noble cause of international laborer unification and the support of the most basic of human rights and work safety. Ms. D’Angelo plans to extensively photo-document their journey. Consider interviews pre-trip and even see them off as they fly out of Buffalo.

United Steelworkers Presence in Western New York

USW District 4 has headquarters in Cheektowaga. The district covers CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT and Puerto Rico. It is lead by Director John Shinn. The USW Buffalo office opened around 50 years ago. Once on Genesee Street in Buffalo, now located in Cheektowaga on Cayuga Road.

The USW office serves as meeting space, a place for negotiation facilitation, mediation for conflict resolution, and even as training space. The staff are there to assist the membership in  any way that they can. They serve over 6,500 workers in Western New York alone and from many different industries. In WNY there are 70 plus Locals, from: steel, rubber, chemical, paper, public sector, mining, beverage distribution, and manufacturing, to name a few.

The United Steelworkers not only support their own members, but are very active within their communities. Groups like Women of Steel, Next Gen, and the Legislative committee groups are busy volunteering and often collecting items such as food, diapers and toiletries to help build stronger neighborhoods. They often work alongside other unions to ensure working families have good jobs and a bright future.



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

[From Niagara-Gazette.com]

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…

READ THE FULL GAZETTE STORY HERE: http://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/local_news/no-grand-lodge-talk-for-cuomo-during-wny-visit/article_e7827eae-05c4-50b4-9482-c714c2d35633.html

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.

Bear’s Den: Bigger Than You Think (by Craig Avery)

So as intimate as I’ve said the venue of the Bear’s Den is, a small crowd makes it hard for a comedian to really get on a roll. That’s what we learned at Thursday’s Barrel of Laughs when a crowd of about 100 appeared to be about 35 people, according to the headliner comedian, Tony Hinchcliffe. After taking a few shots at Niagara Falls, he admitted that his very life was consummated nine months prior to his birth in Niagara Falls, NY. He began to warm up to this chosen few who braved a miserable rainy night to get some good old fashioned entertainment via this comedy club at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

I’ve said it before folks, “Get off your couches on a Thursday night, and go see some good comedy for a couple hours during an otherwise ho hum evening!” A hundred people got a good deal, but two hundred would make the show even better. These comedians suck energy from big happy audiences and their stuff gets funnier and funnier with more folks responding. You gotta do it; I’m getting tired of trying to describe the experience, go see it for yourself.

Anyway, the show opened with the host, Buffalo’s own Rob Lieberman, who is really a very funny guy. He just starts talking and you laugh! He introduced another fellow radio personality Mix96’s Tony Pusateri, who at least got the crowd to begin to giggle.

A few hecklers, who Hinchcliffe identified as 90 year olds, made it easy for the audience to relate to the performer. Not sure what happens when the elderly drink heavily, buts it’s not a pretty scene.

All in all, another fun night, if you missed it, mark your calendar- Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8:00 PM. BEN ROY AND ADAM CAYTON-HOLLAND
will be at the Bear’s Den. Let’s give ‘em a big crowd, you’ll enjoy yourself even more.

Netflix’s Tony Hinchcliff rises like the mist at Seneca Niagara Casino’s Barrel of Laughs on Thursday night