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You Can Help Niagara Falls Native Inspired by Father's Cancer Survival

Buffalo, NY - Matt Schreiner came close to losing his father to cancer.

In fact, Matt has seen cancer effect friends and family all around him. So, the 25-year-old Niagara Falls native decided that he needed to help out in some way.

To help raise money for research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Matt decided to rollerblade almost 400 miles to Yankee Stadium in New York City.

His goal is to raise a half million dollars along the way.

If you would like to help, there is a web site www.goingforlife2012.kintera.org .You can also follow Matt on facebook and on twitter at Mattschreiner 12

















New Push to Speed Up Demolitions in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, NY - There's new money coming in to help deal with demolishing vacant homes in Niagara Falls.

Without casino revenue coming in, officials say the city has lost nearly $8 Million from its demolition program.

So, the city's Community Development Office has been lobbying for funds to help revive parts of Niagara Falls with boarded up homes.

Community Development now has a total of 310 thousand.

14 houses in Niagara Falls will be demolished this year.

There are 600 homes across Niagara Falls that need to be taken down.

Seth Piccirillo says, "We know that demolishing buildings alone is not the solution we need to attract residents and homeowners investment resisting buildings so that they can maintain taxpaying properties and be part of a good neighborhood."

Construction Delays Frustrate Mayors

BUFFALO, NY - In Buffalo, a state-of-the-art water feature splash pad would have been a welcome relief on a hot summer day. However, the project is behind and is incomplete.

In Niagara Falls, the Lewiston Road paving project is behind and the Mayor has pulled the plug on the contractor Man O' Trees, Inc.

2 On Your Side called the owner of Man O' Trees and the attorney representing the company. We are awaiting a response on when the Buffalo MLK project will be done and why they could not finish the Niagara Falls construction project.

Mayor Paul Dyster of the Niagara Falls says the city is seeking more than $4 million from the company. When asked if the city of Buffalo should be concerned, he said, "if I were them I would be very concerned because a neighboring municipality, Niagara Falls has had a terrible time with this particular contractor."

Falls Leader Fears Possibility of Control Board

NIAGARA FALLS - A long-time elected leader in Niagara Falls fears the city could soon be destined for a control board.

Right now, the city is running a big deficit, and the part of the money it needs to balance its books is being held up in a dispute between the Senecas and the state.

Police Ask for Public's Help in Identifying Female Torso

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario (AP) - Police say there is a good possibility that a murder victim's torso found floating near Niagara Falls last week could have come from the U.S.

They are calling on the public to check on female family members, co-workers or neighbors they haven't heard from in some time.

A tourist spotted the torso near the base of the falls Wednesday. New York State Capt. Steven Ingrelli said Tuesday that because the U.S. shares the river with Canada, it's possible the person may have entered the water from this side.

Police have said the case is not related to body parts found in Toronto earlier in August. Such cases have received extra attention after porn actor Luka Magnotta was accused of dismembering a Chinese student in Montreal and mailing his body parts to political parties and a school earlier this year.

Community Baby Shower Scheduled for This Weekend

Community Baby Shower Scheduled for This Weekend

Items can be donated at Niagara Falls Wegmans location

In an effort to help the significant number of babies and mothers in Niagara County who know the sting of poverty, United Way of Greater Niagara and Wegmans are teaming up to host a community baby shower this weekend. The event is a community-wide effort to collect essential baby items to help at-risk mothers give their newborns a stronger start in life.

“Each year, Niagara County celebrates the birth of thousands of babies in our community. Unfortunately, hundreds of them are born into poverty and to mothers who receive late, or sometimes no, pre-natal care,” said Carol Houwaart-Diez, president, United Way of Greater Niagara. “We want to help give these children and their mothers a needed helping hand at a time when they need it most.”

Two Incidents at the Niagara Gorge

NIAGARA FALLS, ONT - Two separate incidents in the Niagara Gorge kept first responders busy over the weekend.

Police and fire crews responded to the Hubbard Point area around 10 p.m. Sunday after three young men climbed a retaining wall and became stranded.

One man was able to remove himself from the gorge and call for help.  Another man was rescued by the Niagara Falls Fire Department aerial ladder while another was rescued by the Parks Police High Angle River Team.

All three were charged with trespassing.

Another call for help came from two visitors from Toronto, who became stranded in the dark around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Parks Police High Angle River Team found the two around 9:45 p.m. and escorted them to safety.