Community center to host volleyball tournament

[From Niagara-Gazette.com]

The Niagara Community Center will host a volleyball tournament and basket auction to raise funds in an effort to continue building their programming opportunities for local youths.

The center, located at 530 66th St., Niagara Falls, provides a safe place for teens and children to go after school or on the weekends to enjoy recreational activities…

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/local_news/community-center-to-host-volleyball-tournament/article_ef227545-b7c6-54d2-91fb-bb95c04b1c99.html

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4 years is sentence for Niagara Falls man who shot victim during robbery try

[From BuffaloNews.com]

A Niagara Falls man whose shotgun went off during a robbery attempt, striking the victim in the arm, was sentenced Monday to four years in state prison, plus three years of post-release supervision.

“I am remorseful for what happened. It shouldn’t have happened, but it did, and I own up to it,” said Donald Dolson, 23, of Linwood Avenue, who had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery…

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/06/4-years-is-sentence-for-niagara-falls-robbery-try-which-led-to-shooting/

Bixler named HR director at Niagara Falls Memorial

Bixler, JacquelynJacquelyn P. Bixler has been appointed Director of Human Resources at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Bixler, who has extensive human resources experience in the healthcare field, was most recently Vice President of Human Resources for the BryLin Behavioral Health System, where she managed labor relations, recruitment, employee compensation and employee health.

Prior to BryLin, Bixler served as Vice President of Human Resources at Lockport Memorial Hospital, United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia and the Weinberg Campus, Getzville. She is a former Human Resources Director at American Sigma in Medina and was a longtime Assistant VP of Human Resources at the former First Niagara Bank.

A graduate and former board member of Leadership Niagara, she is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Medina Rotary.

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Wheatfield seeks $750,000 to assist planned brew pub

[From BuffaloNews.com]

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…

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://buffalonews.com/2017/02/28/wheatfield-seeks-750000-to-assist-brew-pub/

Antonio’s Banquet & Conference Center hosts 6th Annual Bridal Open House

On Sunday, March 5, Antonio’s Banquet & Conference Center will hold their 6th Annual Bridal Open House. Over thirty vendors from Western New York will be present to discuss future wedding plans with prospective brides and their families including photographers, videographers, florists, cake makers, event planners, makeup artists, jewelry vendors, entertainment providers and the owners of the Venue.  

We look forward to this opportunity each year for our brides to come and experience Antonio’s as it would be on the day of their wedding. They are able to taste our food, meet our staff and also have the opportunity to one-stop-shop for other vendor needs they may have” said Frank Strangio of Antonio’s. Registration is FREE, and pre-registration is recommended to abccbridal@gmail.com

Giveaways will take place throughout the show from Noon – 3pm, and will include a chance for a FREE wedding* at Antonio’s Banquet & Conference Center. Event Coordinator, Melissa Morinello of Sparkle! Marketing & Events stated “ We are thrilled to add some new elements this year, including a fashion show at 1:30pm, with clothing by Tattler’s Lane Bridal, You & Me Boutique, Lularoe – Libby Woock, and Tuxedo Junction. Not only will brides be able to come and see what is on trend for this year in bridal couture, but also find some items for the rehearsal dinner, shower and honeymoon!”

Other bridal show participating vendors who will be showcasing their businesses include: Brick Chick, The Buffalo News – Buffalo Brides, Buffalo Trolleys, Canvas Crashers, Chair Covers by Lisa, Chelsea Modern Images, Deal Realty, DG Weddings, Golden Fleece Tailor Shop, Hahn’s Pallister House Florist, Lash & Brow Boutique, Lisa Mies Deisgns, LulaRoe – Libby Woock, Makeup by Be-You-Tiful, My Bling Bouquet, Moving Music, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, No Bake Cakes 4U, Northern Attitude Southern Charm Salon, Not 2 Shabby, Pure Romance by Maryann, Premier Sounds DJ’s, Rodan & Fields, Rosanna’s Jewelry & Accessories, Shine Studio with Rellim Hair with Makeup Design Studio, Tattler’s Lane Bridal, Tuxedo Junction, Ultimate Event – Professional DJ Services, Wishes Executed, Wozniak Photography and more.

For more information, please call Melissa at 716.524.3001 or email abccbridal@gmail.com.

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The Hospitality Hub: Hot Toddies [by Jonathon Boas]

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Nothing warms your soul more on a frigid winter night than a hot cocktail on the couch in front of a roaring fire. Just some simple ingredients and a few lively spirits to give a new meaning to movie night!

It’s as easy as your favorite hot beverage such as coffee, tea, cocoa, or cider combined with your go to libations and then the combinations are limitless.

Let’s start with:

IRISH COFFEE

Pre-heat a glass footed mug, or use your favorite mug to build this one.

Drop a sugar cube in the bottom and fill to 2/3 with hot black coffee. Pour in 11/2-2oz of a good Irish Whiskey like Jameson’s or Bushmills, stir and float fresh whipped crème with a drizzle of green crème de menthe on top. Add a cherry and a sip stick garnish. For some additional spice add Kahlua or Baileys.

PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE

Make Hot Chocolate!! Fill a pre-heated mug 2/3 full, add 11/2 – 2oz Rumplemintz, (careful, it’s 100 proof!), Peppermint or Spearmint schnapps, or Vandermint. Top with fresh whipped crème, drizzle green menthe, chocolate shavings and a candy cane, or a sprig of fresh mint garnish.

HOT MULLED APPLE CIDER

Heat Cider and mulling spices in a crock pot on low till it’s steaming hot. Fill a pre-heated mug to 2/3 full, add 11/2 – 2oz of Spiced Rum, Calvados, Brandy, or another spirit Like Crown Apple or Jim Beam Black Stag, garnish with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of Allspice.

HOT TEA, HONEY AND LEMON TODDY

Your favorite Hot Tea with honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, Add a quality Gin or Vodka like Bombay Sapphire or Double Cross garnish with a lemon twist.

Your throat has never felt better! Enjoy!

Jonathan Boas
Niagara Falls International School of Mixology

Hospitality – The friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers, providing food, drink and accommodation. It also involves entertainment, fitness and leisure.

Jonathan Boas is a Restaurant Consultant who specializes in Start-up, Renovations, Restorations, and Operations. He can be contacted at –

Against the “Lodge” on Goat Island [Letter to Editor by Ken Cosentino]

[Letter to Editor]

I believe now would be a good time to organize the events of the past month or so, because moving further we will all need to stay on the same page. The Niagarians are at war with a much larger entity, a chimera of sorts. This monster has the head of New York State, the limbs of Empire State Development, and the body of Delaware North. This ugly beast has stolen our birthright and bled our city dry. We are not willing to die, we will not go gentle into that good night. As our flickering flame has diminished to all but extinction, we have decided to rise up and slay this beast.

On January 20th, I stood in the city council chambers, packed full of people, and listened to the governor’s representative Sam Hoyt as he outlined an RFP for Goat Island. I made it a point to be there, having only heard about this presentation the day before. To my knowledge, it was not publicized in any newspapers, and there was no public announcement easily attainable by the masses. Most of the people in the room were state and city employees, and Mr. Hoyt was attempting to slip by with a proposal for a “lodge” on Goat Island. Something else that I’d only heard about the day prior. I knew this game; years ago, NYS did the same thing when they installed a railing on Three Sisters Island, destroying much of the natural beauty in the process of their “improvements”. That presentation was not publicized, even though it was “public” just like the one on January 20th, and since nobody showed up to oppose the destruction, they went ahead with it. Now we have to go back and fix the damage, and that’s much more difficult than nipping it in the bud.

So, on January 20th, I read my open letter to the governor in the presence of everyone in that room. Ken Hamilton sat next to me, and he was my only means of moral support. Adrenaline pumped through my veins as I tried to control my emotions. This is not a game to me. I have lived in Niagara Falls my entire life and so this is my life. Mr. Hoyt continued to try to sell me on the idea, calling the falls a “product that needs to be marketed”, yet men did not create the waterfall; we found it. It’s not a “product”, it’s a wonder of the natural world and we have to preserve it. Delaware North pumps money out of the state park, and as their business partner NYS receives half, or so I’ve heard. It’s hard to get any hard numbers when money is being funneled. After my discussion with Mr. Hoyt, in which I had to bite my tongue and maintain my composure, I started a petition against the “lodge” and further commercialization of Goat Island, with the purpose of redirecting the funds into the city where they are desperately needed. The petition was signed by over 600 people in less than a week, and that was with very little effort as to sharing it and getting signatures.

As I said, I’ve lived in this city my entire life. I have come from the very bottom, from nothing. I have made a name for myself in the film industry as an indie filmmaker who can stretch a dollar. I’ve worked on over 50 films, five of which I wrote and directed. I’ve been featured in SyFy’s magazine (with highlights on my hometown), quoted in GQ magazine for my work with The Asylum (with highlights on my hometown), and most recently my name was featured on the cover of the UK’s Scream Magazine (with a feature spread featuring highlights on my hometown). Yet I still struggle to survive in Niagara Falls, NY because livable wages in the city are few and far between. On top of that, I have to withstand being told to leave the city by an incompetent councilwoman who cannot stay off her cell phone during meetings. Yes, I am talking about Kristen Grandinetti, who told me to move when I told the people to unite and stand for ourselves. She was offended that I said we have corrupt politicians. Guilty, much? She showed her true colors on February 21st when she attempted to table the resolution to ban the “lodge”. Don’t worry, Kristen, your time on the council is nearing it’s end, you can count on it.

My initial opposition on January 20th sparked a movement that is still growing like wildfire. I saw it, February 21st, at that council meeting. I see council members like Ken Tompkins and Ezra Scott who are real people, who care about the quality of life in the city. Unlike Grandinetti, they are not so far removed from the reality here that they only stand up for a small minority and Governor Cuomo. They stand for the PEOPLE. That inspired me. Then we have our county legislators, namely Dennis Virtuoso and Jay Zona, who also stand for the PEOPLE. The resolution to ban the “lodge” was tabled by the county, but only because Virtuoso was lied to by Sam Hoyt. In Virtuoso’s own words, “I received a phone call from Sam Hoyt from Empire State Dev. around noon on Tuesday. He ask me to pull my Resolution I said no. He then told me that Goat island was off the table and they are coming in with several options for other locations. He also said there would be public meetings and input as to the proposals . I told him that as long as Goat Island is off the table as a location i would table the resolution not pull it in light of other locations. I did that because sometimes you just can’t trust people. Now he said that Goat Island will be part of several locations that will be proposed. So far for trusting the Government. Our resolution will be back on the agenda for our March meeting.I would like to see the same enthusiastic crowd of supporters that are opposed to this hideous proposal.”

Here we have the governor’s representative lying to a county legislator in order to get the resolution tabled. Why? Because they are afraid of us, the PEOPLE. They are afraid of what this resolution means. Grandinetti also received a message from a governor’s rep, and she tried to railroad the city resolution. Grandinetti is in Cuomo’s back pocket, and as much as she will say she loves the city and she will “chain herself to a tree”, her actions on February 21st showed her real motives.

This fight is far from over. Delaware North has hundreds of millions of dollars invested in our state park. I won’t even get into the blatant disregard for Olmsted’s agreement when turning over the reservation to the state; that’s all been discussed and you can learn more by doing a very minimal amount of research. Jeremy Jacobs owns Delaware North, and the Jacobs family is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) contributor to Governor Cuomo’s campaign. The Niagarians have been ignored, forgotten, and stepped on for too long. We know what’s up. We’re not stupid, and we’re not backing down. If it’s a fight they want, it’s a fight they’ll get. This is our home. We can take shifts, and go home at the end of the day, sleep in our own beds, eat a nice warm meal. We can watch each other’s backs. We can operate within the laws but expose the corruption within the system, by naming names, by digging up facts. I am an artist, not a politician. I have served my city through community service, activism, and by being a good samaritan. I spend my dollars locally as much as I possibly can. Most tourists do not venture into our community, and that’s the problem. So, Governor Cuomo wants to take the Niagara Falls portion of the Buffalo Billions and invest it in the STATE park, well that is just wrong. That is theft. That money is for economic development of the CITY of Niagara Falls, NY. That money BELONGS to the CITY of Niagara Falls, NY. Not to the state. Building up the park, stomping on Olmsted’s vision, and catering to tourists is not going to revitalize the city. It will do just the opposite.

When I started this movement, I thought it would be just me. Boy, was I wrong. Now that I know I have over 1,000 people (and growing) standing beside me, I know that they will fight as long as I fight. And I will fight to the bitter end because I am a Niagarian. We are not living here; we are surviving here. Governor Cuomo has woken the sleeping giant. He has heard the voice of the people, and he even stretched his sword from Albany to the phones of Dennis Virtuoso and Kristen Grandinetti. He will not declare war officially, but he has already done so with his actions. We the people have a voice, and the roar of the falls is one sound that cannot be silenced. Not by Jeremy Jacobs, not by Governor Cuomo or any of his local puppets. We have not yet begun to fight.

~Ken Cosentino

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Niagara Falls Water Board has fired top staff

[From BuffaloNews.com]

The Niagara Falls Water Board fired its top four administrators Thursday and replaced them with new hires during a tense — and at times testy — business meeting.

Fired from their jobs were:

  • Executive Director Paul J. Drof;
  • Norman Allen, director of infrastructure;
  • Anthony M. Hahns, director of administration and contracts;
  • And John Ottaviano, general counselor…

To read the full BuffaloNews article, click here.

State to consider other sites for Niagara Falls lodge, not just Goat Island

[From BuffaloNews.com]

New York State will consider other sites for a lodge near Niagara Falls, the local chief of Empire State Development said Wednesday, after local officials criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to build a lodge on Goat Island.

But Sam Hoyt said local officials who believe, based on conversations with him, that the Goat Island lodge proposal is dead haven’t got the story right…

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://buffalonews.com/2017/02/22/hoyt-says-state-consider-lodge-sites-not-just-goat-island/

Danielle DePalma announces candidacy for City Council

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Local democrat and political newcomer looks to bring private sector solutions to city issues

Danielle DePalma, a political newcomer is pleased to announce her intent to seek election for the Niagara Falls City Council this November. DePalma resides in the Lasalle section of the city, is a registered Democrat, and a political newcomer. She will seek the Democratic and Working Families lines in this year’s primary. DePalma is employed as a Health Navigator with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, working extensively providing health insurance options for local families. She worked prior for the Niagara Wheatfield School District as a Per Diem Substitute.

“I am excited at the possibility of serving our community by obtaining a seat on the City Council . Now, more than ever is the time for new names to step forward and serve our city, and I am confident in my abilities to work in government and positively represent this great city.”

DePalma attended State University Of New York College at Buffalo, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree majoring in Education in 2012. “I believe that I am an excellent candidate for the City Council. I feel now is the time to step forward, and offer my services in city government. The time is right for new blood in local government. While I cannot boast of an extensive political background, I believe that my experience in the private sector, as well as my involvement with numerous volunteer civic organizations in Niagara Falls will provide me with a superb foundation to serve in the City Council.”

DePalma has been with Niagara Falls Memorial working in the Navigation Program since 2016. She also sits on the LIVE NF Board of Directors, serves as a member of the Resident Engagement Council and volunteers for the Niagara Falls Beautification Committee.

“Without a doubt, the biggest challenge that faces our entire region is economic development. As a local elected official, I will provide true leadership and hopefully help build a bridge towards working with city, county, state and most importantly private developers looking to grow our city. Clearly, doing a better job keeping spending in line, working towards equalizing the homestead and non homestead tax rates, and getting health care costs in line, which I have experience in are some of the biggest issues I will work on as a councilwoman. I truly believe the city has begun to turn the corner, but it is very important that we continue to grow our tax base, and only through strong economic development efforts, working with our partners in county and state government, and controlling spending will we make the City of Niagara Falls not just what it was in the past, but a much better city in the future. I want to help ensure my children can grow up in Niagara Falls, have jobs and make this home for their families.”

DePalma, 33 is married to Stephen DePalma of Niagara Falls and has two children.