City of Niagara Falls Awarded State Grant for Fire Hall Renovation

[Press Release]

Vacant Structure to become Isaiah 61 Project Trades Job Training Center

Niagara Falls Community Development was awarded a Western New York Regional Economic Development Council Grant from New York State for the second year in a row. This year’s $132,000 grant for the Niagara Falls Trades Job Training Facility will help renovate the vacant city-owned fire hall at 3721 Highland Avenue, creating the Isaiah 61 Project’s trades training facility and building material re-use store. The department has now received $582,000 in REDC funds over the past two years.

“The City of Niagara Falls put forth a creative plan to re-use a vacant building, return it to the tax roll and train our underemployed residents,” said Mayor Paul Dyster. “Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Regional Economic Development Council turned our ambition into reality with this grant. Beyond renovating a building, this project will help change lives for years to come.”

In late 2012, the Isaiah 61 Project began purchasing vacant city-owned houses from the city for $500, to renovate them for first-time home ownership. As part of each renovation, the Isaiah 61 Project and it’s O/N BOCES licensed instructors, give under-employed residents trades training. Over 75 percent of program graduates have already received job placement. The Isaiah 61 Project’s immediate success creates a need for creative expansion.

The fire hall is owned by the City Niagara Falls as the result of foreclosure. The grant proposal calls for a full renovation of the building, converting it to classroom and workshop space for the Isaiah 61 Project. Actual renovation would happen in the 2014 construction season. An additional $50,000 in project funding is part of the city’s 2014 United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant as well the casino revenue budget to complete the renovation. In addition to training and classroom space, this new location would allow the Isaiah 61 Project to start a building material re-use store to bring in revenue and create jobs.

The City of Niagara Falls plans to put the project out to bid as soon as possible. “We want to be one of the first of the awarded projects to complete work,” said Seth Piccirillo, Director of Community Development. “Governor Cuomo made it clear that grant is for shovel ready, transformative projects. The funding is in place, and we are ready to get to work.”

Now Showing: StenzTV (Episode 1)

Getch’yer popcorn ready!

The new, revised, all spiffed up and ready for the air-waves – StenzTV!  The half-hour, variety style, some time serious, most of the time not-so-serious side of Niagara Falls and basically, the point of view from one of your average fellow residents, the glass is half full, keep me out of politics, we only live once, let’s all chill the F out, your brother from anotha’ mutha – Yours Truly… ME!

Consider StenzTV the NiagaraHub’s first full “network” show, a combination of elements you read and view on the Hub (The Images of the Day, The Soapbox, Headline Roundup, Food Reviews, Man on the Street, etc.), along with the hometown goodness and trivial nonsensical whatnot that always has been the heart of the website called StenzTV. I’ll be mixing in some local news and headlines, some guests and fun conversation, along with bits of local history and general autobiographical stuff that makes me, me.  My intention is to bring to local Niagara Falls visual media and cable access something that most people haven’t seen before in this area – something different than Mr. or Mrs. Blahblahblah sitting between two ferns on an old couch waxin’ philosophical about the 1965 School Board Budget… yaaawwwwwn! Don’t get me wrong, we will be as low tech, low budget and as crude as the worst of ‘em, but our difference is, we will have soul!  A little sumpthin’ for everybody… or maybe not at all, but hey, I’m givin’ it whirl and having a good time doing so.

This half hour episode is just the beginning – I hope to roll one out every couple months.  Ya know, like the beginnings of all great television shows… from M*A*S*H*, All in the Family, Happy Days to the Price is Right and Family Feud, it’ll be a series kick off to celebrate! Just remember, fish don’t fry in the kitchen, and beans don’t burn on the grill, took a whole of tryin’ just to get up that hill…

StenzTV will be filmed on location and also in front of a live studio audience (of one or two people at most probably!) and will be airing once every couple months or so.  If you want to appear on StenzTV or if you have a great video or segment that you think is a must to add to the next episode, lemme know!  Please give us a call at 716.299.0705 or email us at:

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If embedded YouTube video doesn’t appear, simply click here to watch:  StenzTV (Episode 1)





Deal Realty announces Home Buyer Seminar

For the upcoming Home Buyer Seminar, we are bringing together the area

Closing Reception: Wearable Art & Celtic Art Shows


Wine on Third hosted its first Wearable Art Fashion Show in February and a Celtic group art show in March. Now it’s time to retire both collections from the bar and restaurant to make way for a new artist’s show! This is your last chance to see this collection of

3rd Annual Gala for Hope Niagara

You are cordially invited to attend the third annual
Gala for Hope Niagara
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Conference Center Niagara Falls
101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
A Wine and Food Tasting Event
Music by Busted Stuff
Tickets $45 per person
Proceeds to benefit
Family & Children

Local Cub Scout packs gather food for those in need

Local Cub Scout packs were out in force Saturday as part of a national campaign to gather food donations to fill local food pantries in their communities. The young men were stationed at area Tops Markets asking shoppers to consider buying food items to help the less fortunate. The cub scouts were very professional and factual in their presentations to shoppers. It’s no wonder the community was very responsive in helping the boys reach their goals.

Young men from Cub Scout Pack 841 could be seen at Tops International Market on Niagara Falls Blvd. In the City of Niagara Falls. St. John de LaSalle Parish was the recipient of the donations gathered by the pack.

Pictured are the members of Cub Scout Pack 849 at the Military Road Tops Market. They were collecting food donations for St Vincent de Paul Parish in the Town of Niagara

Annual Beautify Niagara Day – April 20th

April 20th is this year’s Annual Beautify Niagara day – a great day to pitch in and help clean up your community.

Rob Lynch’s home remodel featured on Apartment Therapy


When I bought this 1905 Craftsman style home on Valentine’s Day of 2007 I had no idea that it would become my labor of love. It was in terrible shape, with every room needing attention. I’m an artist and an art teacher, so every project was approached in terms of creativity first and “know-how” second… in fact, when I started working on the place I always joke that I didn’t know what a hammer was. [story continued…]

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American Cancer Society Relay For Life Kickoff 2013

Over 75 people attended the kickoff for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life on February 27th.

Herbert Lewis Announces Candidacy for Niagara Falls School Board

[From Herbert Lewis]

Born the ninth of eleven children, I was raised and educated in the city Niagara Falls. I grew up in what many would consider to be an impoverished family. I faced some of the same obstacles that many of our children face today. Child safety, social economic status and family values all impede academic performance.

Education and family are things I value, without them I would not be where I am today.