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Breaking: Lewiston Recreation Center Proposal Shelved

Breaking: Lewiston Recreation Center Proposal Shelved

In a surprising turnabout Saturday, the Village of Lewiston has shelved the recreation center proposal. Mayor Terry Collesano spoke with Brian Hall, son of WTS President and CEO Gary Hall, who informed him his father was not moving forward with plans to build a new, multimillion-dollar complex in Lewiston.

On Friday, trustees were confident Hall would change his mind after his son sent an email Thursday indicating Gary was pulling out. A new drawing of the proposed recreation center was created, showing the two-story, 36,000-square-foot building on the Lewiston plateau, instead of behind the Red Brick Municipal Building. Letters in support of a new rec center were collected. There was even some talk that the village would look for other sponsors or donations if Hall did, in fact, withdraw.

Rescued Dog Saves Family

Newfane, NY -  Just a few weeks ago, Grace was rescued from Ohio.  She was found tied to a stop sign with her 2 week old puppies in a box next to her. 

Volunteers from Akron Canine Rescued Angels drove to bring them back to Western New York to find new homes. 

While being fostered by the Zeitz family in Newfane, Grace alerted the family to a fire in the basement before it got out of control. 

Alicia Zeitz says, "Dogs that are in shelters aren't broken.  They're loving, and they want to be a part of your family and Grace sure showed us that she wanted to be a part of ours."

Akron Canine Rescued Angels is always looking for foster families and has animals waiting to be adopted.

FBI, IRS Subpoena One Niagara Records

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- The One Niagara Building is a place accustomed to visitors, but Wednesday some were not tourists.  Officials from the FBI and the IRS spent the day conducting interviews regarding something an FBI spokeswoman would only call an "on-going matter."

One Niagara President Tony Farina confirmed investigators were there. "They interviewed a lot of people, our staff and management, in connection with an undisclosed inquiry of some sort, not involved and not related to One Niagara," said Farina.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster says the investigators also paid a visit to city hall, with a grand jury subpoena in hand, requesting property tax records in regards to One Niagara dating from 2004 through the present.

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Looking for Crew, Volunteers & Assistants

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Looking for Crew, Volunteers & Assistants

The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival is looking for crew, volunteers and assistants to help with filming and post filming of the current documentary “Bad IQ”.

Crew associated with the project may have the chance to go on the road this January and February and participate with on-location filming, special celebrity meet and greets, interviews and more.

College students will also have the chance to earn credits and experience first hand what it’s like to travel and document a feature documentary, including scriptwriting, filming, lighting, editing, documenting, interviewing and all the other aspects of making a film.

Anyone interested in participating must send us their photograph, resume, a list of any special skills or qualifications that they may have and a letter stating why you should be chosen over others to help with this project.

Please send all inquiries to:

The BNFF Special Projects


January 2012 Live Regional Musical Acts at Seneca Casinos

January 2012 Live Regional Musical Acts at Seneca Casinos

Some of the best live musical acts from Western New York, Southern Ontario and beyond can be seen for free at Seneca Casinos.  Club 101 at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, and Casino Bar at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, are the places to be for intimate, live music while enjoying drinks and gaming.

Club 101 features an elevated circular lounge at the center of the Seneca Niagara Casino’s gaming floor, while the Casino Bar offers a semi-walled setting near the Seneca Allegany Casino’s table games area.

Upcoming acts in January at Club 101 in Niagara Falls include:

Date / Music (Genre) / Time

The Cake Boss Cooks Italian at Seneca Niagara on February 18

The Cake Boss Cooks Italian at Seneca Niagara on February 18

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – The “Cake Boss” is coming back to Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel this February as the “Kitchen Boss.”  Buddy Valastro, a master chef and star of shows Cake Boss and his latest venture Kitchen Boss on TLC, will provide an up-close, interactive, Italian-cooking demonstration at Seneca Niagara Events Center on Saturday, February 18, at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now at all Seneca Casino box offices, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations and by phone at 800-745-3000.  Large video screens on either side of the stage will provide excellent viewing for all attendees.  In addition, Frank Amato Jr. – better known by fans as “Cousin Frankie” – will join Valastro for the Italian-cooking demonstration.

Anti-Freeze Trail Leads Police to Hit and Run Suspect

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-It did not take Niagara Falls Police long to track down a suspect in a serious hit and run accident Monday night.

Marquita Mull, 41, of Niagara Falls is in critical condition at ECMC after she was struck down while crossing Ferry Avenue shortly after 11 PM.

In addition to witness information, police say a quarter mile long trail of anti-freeze led them to a Willow Street home where they found Laverne Streeter, 37, of Third Street in the Falls. Streeter admitted to the accident and told police he took off because he panicked.

Streeter is charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident, aggravatged unlicense operation and driving under the influence of drugs.