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!

Store’s smashed door is welcome mat for thieves

[From BuffaloNews.com]

After a glass entry door was broken early Friday, at least six different people took turns burglarizing the Mobil Mart at 1038 Pine Ave., police said, with over $4,300 worth of merchandise ultimately being stolen.

The store’s alarm system apparently failed during the initial break-in, allowing thieves to enter three times over a five-and-a-half hour period to cash in…

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/21/stores-smashed-door-welcome-mat-thieves/

Niagara Falls Water Board member apologizes — but says overflows will go on

[From BuffaloNews.com]

A member of the Niagara Falls Water Board said Monday that the board is sorry for the black, smelly sewer discharges that have fouled the Niagara River — and the city’s image.

But without a massive investment in new infrastructure, the overflows can’t be stopped and will continue for years…

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/16/niagara-falls-water-board-member-apologizes-but-says-overflows-will-go-on-for-years/

Jingle Falls USA Announced for Downtown Niagara Falls, NY

New Collaborative Holiday Celebration Taking Place on Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 2017

Oct. 12, 2017 (Niagara Falls, NY) – Representatives from the City of Niagara Falls, NY, and its leading tourism and entertainment venues came together Tuesday morning at the Niagara Falls USA Official Visitor Center to announce Jingle Falls USA, a new collaborative holiday celebration taking place on three Saturdays – Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 2017.

After months of community-wide preparation, Jingle Falls USA is a mix of new and existing daylong holiday activities that appeal to people of all ages. Although some programming is the same each week, the group has also planned different programming to help attract guests back each of the three Saturdays, with morning, afternoon and evening activities planned each day. Some activities already planned are:

  • Evening outdoor illuminations along Old Falls Street, USA, Third Street, Niagara Falls State Park and at NFFD Fire Houses
  • “Gingerbread Wonderland,” the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s life-sized gingerbread house, visits with Santa Claus, cookie decorating, demonstrations and other children’s activities (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – Nov. 25 through Dec. 23)
  • A Holiday Vendor Marketplace within The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls – Dec. 2, 9 and 16
  • Free Horse & Carriage Rides along Old Falls Street, USA – Dec. 2, 9 and 16
  • Free Parking on Downtown City Streets and City Parking Lots, provided by the City of Niagara Falls – Dec. 2, 9 and 16
  • Food Vendors and Fire Pits along Old Falls Street and at Seneca Square – Dec. 2, 9 and 16
  • Breakfast with Santa at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute – Dec. 2
  • Ice Carving Demonstrations outside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute – Dec. 2
  • A first-ever Community Candlelight Stroll from Niagara Falls City Hall to Seneca Square to light the Christmas Tree, with music led by Michael Cavanaugh – Dec. 2
  • Niagara Police Athletic League’s 5K Run and Basket Auction – Dec. 9
  • Santa’s Arrival on Old Falls Street by Rainbow Air Helicopter and photo opportunities with Live Reindeer on Old Falls Street – Dec. 9
  • #LiveNF Makers Market on Third Street – Dec. 9
  • Old Falls Street will host a special “Frozen” Outdoor Movie Night – Dec. 9
  • A Toy Train Show at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute – Dec. 16
  • Outdoor Street Hockey Tournament – Dec. 16
  • Live Music by Mr. Max (sponsored by the Sheraton At The Falls) and a Fireworks Display (sponsored by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission) – Dec. 16
  • Student carolers from the Niagara Falls City School District
  • Much More!“We hope that we are able to grow Jingle Falls USA into annual tradition for years to come,” said Spectra’s Jason Murgia, general manger of Old Falls Street USA and The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. “We are encouraged by the commitment of our community partners and area stakeholders who have come together in order to bring festive holiday programming to our downtown area this season. We hope that once others hear our plans, they will decide to join us in additional holiday planning this year.”

Julie Gilbert, Destination Niagara USA’s vice president of marketing & brand management said, “We are proud to be a part of this community effort and excited to take the lead on marketing and promoting Jingle Falls USA. This is an excellent opportunity to draw not only residents of Western New York to downtown Niagara Falls, but also visitors in a typically slower time of year for tourists.”

“We are very excited to be part of this collaboration and hope that it will further enhance Niagara Falls’ reputation as a destination for winter fun,” said Barbara DeSimone, acting public relations director of Niagara County Community College. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase our Culinary Institute’s Gingerbread Wonderland signature event alongside the programming offered on Old Falls Street.”

“We are excited to be alongside our community partners and participate in this new holiday event for Niagara Falls.” said Patrick Bassney, General Manager, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.

There are also contests to enter including the Social Media Contest, inviting guests to share their photos taken during Jingle Falls USA using #JingleFalls. One winner will receive an overnight package to Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. In addition, the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association is encouraging guests to eat and drink in area restaurants to enter to win a trip for two on Rainbow Air Helicopters next summer season.

Organizations who have come together to create this initiative are the City of Niagara Falls, NY, Niagara Falls Community Development, Old Falls Street USA, The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls State Park, Destination Niagara USA, #LiveNF, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association, Discover Niagara Shuttle, Rainbow Air Helicopter Tours, Niagara Falls Board of Education, Niagara Falls Fire Department, Niagara Police Athletic League, Sheraton At The Falls, and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

“The City of Niagara Falls is proud to partner with this dedicated group of community leaders who have worked tirelessly to help get Niagara Falls into the holiday spirit this season,” said Mayor Paul A. Dyster. “With many exciting, family-friendly activities planned and more still to announce, it is my hope that this inaugural Jingle Falls season is just the beginning of a growing and successful community-wide celebration for years to come.”

For more information or to view the current Jingle Falls USA schedule, visit www.JingleFallsUSA.com. Guests are encouraged to visit the site often, as more activities will be finalized prior to the Dec. 2 opening date.


Black discharge returns below Niagara Falls

[From BuffaloNews.com]

The cloudy black water beneath Niagara Falls came back Monday morning.

Discolored water could be seen below the world-famous cataracts, a scene similar to what became an international spectacle over the summer…

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/09/black-discharge-returns-niagara-falls/

Loss of casino money could mean Falls tax increase

[From BuffaloNews.com]

Mayor Paul Dyster has proposed a 2018 budget that raises taxes to make up for the loss of casino funding. The budget must still be approved by the City Council.

A dispute between the state and Seneca Niagara Casino means about $12 million in cash flow to the city is in jeopardy. Dyster presented a budget that does not include casino fund revenues…

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/30/city-niagara-falls-residents-businesses-face-tax-hike/

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.



St. Peter’s to Bless the Beasts

“There are two models in this world for unconditional love,” says The Rev. Dr. Howard Whitaker of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. “One is God. The other is a good dog.”

Fr. Whitaker and the congregation will welcome dogs, cats, livestock, birds, reptiles, fish, and other creatures great and small for their Blessing of the Animals at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

The event will commemorate the Feast of Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) who is reported to have witnessed to his solidarity with all creation, preaching to birds and taming wild animals with his words.

“There is nothing strange about that,” says Fr. Whitaker, who is also a psychiatric chaplain. “When’s the last time you saw a dog house outside of a Peanuts cartoon? Our animals live with us as part of our families. As creatures of God, they teach us about companionship, humility and loyalty. They are more forgiving than are we. They make us better humans.”

At St. Peter’s service, stuffed animals accompanied by their young owners and photos of beloved pets who have died also will be welcome. There will be plenty of room for trailers and parking at the church. Treats for animals will be available.

What is the strangest animal Fr. Whitaker has ever blessed?

“I blessed black bears in New Jersey. Police K-9 dogs are pretty cool when they come. Hounds and horses are pretty traditional in hunt country, though I bless the fox or the coyote, too. I’m a beekeeper and bless hives all the time. But, snakes in hand still creep me out a little,” says the cleric.

St. Peter’s is located at 140 Rainbow Boulevard in downtown Niagara Falls. The blessing will be held on the lawn in front of the church. “Dogs and cats will be praying together,” adds Fr. Whitaker. “It will be best if they are restrained.”

More information can be found at www.stpetersniagarafalls.org.


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/

Teens charged in armed robberies outside Fashion Outlets mall

[From BuffaloNews.com]

Two teenagers were arrested Tuesday night after authorities responded to two reported armed robberies outside the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, according to State Police.

Troopers responded at 7:40 p.m. to the mall parking lot as Niagara County sheriff’s deputies were called to a different area of the lot for another armed robbery, state police said…

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/20/teens-charged-armed-robberies-outside-fashion-outlets-mall/