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Halloween Safety Tips from the Sheriff's Office

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- With Halloween just around the corner, soon our neighborhoods will be scattered with trick-or-treaters. To make sure this is a more enjoyable and safer Halloween, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour is offering these safety tips:

Parents, please remember when designing your children’s costumes that face paint is preferable to a mask. All trick-or-treaters should wear some sort of reflective clothing, carry a bright orange bag and carry a flashlight or glow stick to make it easier for passing cars to spot them.

Always walk on the sidewalk or left side of the road facing traffic. Don’t forget: Watch for cars at all times.

An adult should always accompany young children. Either a parent or older child should stay within close range at all times or never let the children go down a street by themselves. Walk with the children to each house and wait in the driveway or by the door until the children return.

Pet Connection Plans November Community Events

November is shaping up to be a very busy month for the volunteers of Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla.

On Friday, November 5, volunteers and puppies will visit one of Buffalo’s most historically significant buildings — the Larkin at Exchange Building — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Spirit of Children Program Brings Halloween Party to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

A patient at Women & Children's Hospital and Deb King, Child Life Specialist, enjoy the Spirit of Children Halloween party together.

Spirit Halloween Volunteers put on their costumes and brought Halloween cheer to the patients and families of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo this past Tuesday, October 19. Pumpkin painting, costume parades, Halloween games and crafts offer a temporary escape for the young patients.

The Spirit of Children program was launched in 2006 and is dedicated to bringing fun and funding to Hospital Child Life Departments during the Halloween season and all year long. Volunteer Spirit Halloween employees bring Halloween celebrations to the hospitals so kids can enjoy the holiday. Since its inception, Spirit of Children has raised more than $14,000 for the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to date.

Niagara Falls Applebee's Restaurant to Serve Free Meals to Kids on Halloween

Before the trick-or-treating begins, the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurant in Niagara Falls, NY invites kids 10 and under to put on their costumes and enjoy a free meal on Halloween, Sunday, October 31.

On Halloween only, children can choose one free entrée from the following options on the Kids Menu:

  • Chicken Fingers
  • Mini Cheeseburger
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Kraft®  Macaroni & Cheese
  • Fried Shrimp
  • Hot Dog

The meal also includes a choice of side dish and soft drink or juice.

Students Dress Down for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls, St. Dominic Savio Middle School Campus students dressed in pink on October 13, 2010 in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Students enjoyed showing their support with pink shirts, pants, skirts and even fuzzy pink slippers!  All donations received from the dress down day went to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 

Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls students participate in many charitable works and community mission projects throughout the school year including donations of goods and monies to charities that assist areas ravaged by natural disaster and donations to Ronald McDonald House.  Students also complete service hours as part of their curriculum. 

Breast Cancer Fight to Rock Niagara Falls

Free Five For Fighting Concert, Living Pink Ribbon Rally on Rainbow Bridge highlight Hard Rock Cafe Pinktober

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - A big, first of its kind, breast cancer awareness event is coming to Niagara Falls this month to benefit the American Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Aquarium of Niagara Seeking Online Votes to Secure $50,000 Grant

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- The Aquarium of Niagara is still in the running for a $50,000.00 grant from Pepsi to fund a new coral reef exhibit. The grant is awarded via an online voting system in which the public can vote for the ideas they think are the best.

The planned exhibit will include an 800-gallon living coral reef, complete with an array of colorful corals and marine fish. The primary focus of the exhibit will be to educate the public about the importance of coral reefs, why they need protection and what can be done to help ensure their survival. A large screen LCD TV, two smaller digital screens, along with other interesting graphics, will bring this message across.