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Nichols Students Named Squash City Champions

Nichols Students Named Squash City Champions
Recently, an historic moment occurred in the 100-year history of squash in Buffalo. For the first time, both Buffalo Squash Racquets Championships were won by junior players, both from Nichols School.   Nichols seniors, Michael Che and Pamicka Marinello, became the City Champions on Saturday, March 5. This win implies their positions as the best male and female players in the city.   Che thrashed a veteran of five city championships and Marinello triumphed over a former collegiate squash player at St. Lawrence University. Nichols freshman, Caroline Hogan, came in fourth in the women’s tournament. They all exhibited great sportsmanship and graciousness in victory.

Roller Hockey Team Plays for Guinness Record at Kenan Arena

March 8, 10:09 a.m. UPDATE:

According to Cheryl Walsh, event chairperson for the Buffalo Wings Roller Hockey Organization, the two Buffalo Wings teams broke the record at 11:20 am and set the new record at 1pm - skating for a total of 27 hours.

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March 7, 12:50 p.m. - After playing for 27 hours and 20 minutes, the Buffalo Wings Roller Hockey skaters are waiting to find out if they've made it into the Guinness World Records. The current record for the longest roller hockey game is 25 hours, 20 minutes set last December in France.

Niagara University Physics Professor Selected as Kavli Institute Scholar

Niagara University Physics Professor Selected as Kavli Institute Scholar

John Wang, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physics at Niagara University, has been selected as a scholar by the prestigious Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The institute is one of the major think tanks for theoretical physics in the world. Approximately eight scholar awards are given out each year.

Wang’s three-year award provides him with travel funds and opportunities to collaborate with researchers at the Kavli Institute, which is directed by Nobel Prize winner David Gross.

Getting the Green Light Series to Focus on NU Sustainability Topics

Getting the Green Light Series to Focus on NU Sustainability Topics

Not many people know that Niagara University has a dedicated funding source that enables the university to purchase recycling bins, rain barrels and other sustainability-enhancing products. Or that all of the new and renovated buildings on the university’s campus were constructed to meet LEED specifications. Some may not have realized that Niagara has planted over 200 new trees on Monteagle Ridge within the last three years.

They will now.

Getting the Green Light, a recurring series of online videos intended to highlight Niagara University’s sustainability efforts, will appear periodically on the university website and its social networking sites.

Niagara Falls Bridge Commission Elects 2011 Officers

Niagara Falls Bridge Commission Elects 2011 Officers

LEWISTON, NEW YORK - At its Annual General Meeting, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC), the bi-national entity that owns and operates the Rainbow, Whirlpool-Rapids and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges between Canada and the United States, elected its slate of officers for 2011. Patrick D. Brown, NY, was elected Chairperson, and Michael J. Goodale, ON, was elected Vice-Chairperson. Mr. Ernest K. Smith, ON, was elected Secretary, and Mr. Thomas G. Pryce, N.Y., was elected Treasurer. Ms. Linda M. DiPasquale, N.Y., Ms. Janice A. Thomson, ON, Ms. Norma J. Higgs, N.Y. and Mr. Kenneth E. Loucks, ON, comprise the rest of the NFBC board.

U.S. Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the Governor of the State of New York, and Canadian Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the Premier of the Province of Ontario.

Lee Meets Williamsville Student Who Received Congressional Award

Williamsville North High School Student Receives National Award

WILLIAMSVILLE – Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) congratulated Williamsville North High School student Luka Jankovic of Getzville for receiving the Congressional Award Bronze Medal. Jankovic was presented with the award in a recent ceremony in Lee’s Williamsville congressional office.

“Luka should be very proud of this significant achievement and recognition for his service and dedication to our community,” Lee said. “Luka developed a greater appreciation of others throughout his volunteer work and professional development efforts. I congratulate him on receiving this award and thank him for his commitment to bettering Western New York.”

Statement From Senator George Maziarz

Statement From Senator George Maziarz

*This statement was received by WGRZ from Senator George Maziarz in response to the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Budget.* 

“High property taxes are forcing people and jobs out of our state.  We must create a better climate for economic growth, and having more control over property taxes is critical to that goal.  More than eight in ten New Yorkers agree that the property tax cap is a step in the right direction.  That is an overwhelming majority, and we owe it to them to act. 

I am happy to be working with Governor Cuomo to bring about a property tax cap in New York.  Today I voted in favor of the proposal he asked the Legislature to adopt.  Now that the Senate has taken action on the Governor’s plan, I hope the Assembly will follow suit. 

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