Home Ownership is AFFORDABLE

March 24, 2017 Frank Parlato 0

For years, Deal Realty Inc. has helped a lot of clients purchase their first home.  In fact, many clients were previously renters, some are re-peat buyers, and others investors.

First-time home buyers are often surprised when they see how affordable purchasing a home can be.  Many clients save thousands of dollars when they purchase rather than rent over a short 3-5 year period and are very excited to find out that they can afford to buy a new home utilizing the grants and bank programs that are available.

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Niagara County Department of Health Offers Diabetes Prevention Workshops

March 2, 2017 Staff 0


The Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division is offering a Diabetes Prevention Program starting Friday, March 24 at the John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd, Niagara Falls, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Classes are scheduled in 16 consecutive weekly sessions, then once a month for 6-8 months. Program participants will learn skills they need to make changes in health behaviors such as losing weight, being more physically active and managing stress.

People with pre-diabetes (those with a higher than normal fasting blood glucose (sugar) of 100-125 mg/dl) are 5 – 15 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. Many people with pre-diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within three years if they do not take steps to prevent it.  This program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes.

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Miss Buffalo scholarship Competition to be held March 5

February 23, 2017 Staff 0

Buffalo, NY – For the third year in a row, Russell Salvatore is proud to present The Miss Buffalo Scholarship Competition to be held Sunday March 5, 2017, 4 pm at the historic Riveria Theater located at 67 Webster St., Tonawanda, NY with 12 girls competing for the title of Miss Buffalo which is a preliminary for the prestigious Miss America title.  Over $7500.00 in educational scholarships will be awarded this year with the winner taking home the $3,000.00 first prize and the title of Miss Buffalo 2017.

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A. J. Verel   Sheriff Tim Howard
...sheriff will swear in Verel at Judges and Police event

Verel Begins Second Term as President of Judges and Police Conference

February 23, 2017 Tony Farina 0
 A. J. Verel Sheriff Tim Howard ...sheriff will swear in Verel at Judges and Police event
A. J. Verel Sheriff Tim Howard
…sheriff will swear in Verel at Judges and Police event

Martial Arts Hall of Fame member A. J. Verel will be sworn in for his second term as president of the Judges and Police Conference of Erie County this week (Thursday, Feb. 23) at Doc Sullivans, 474 Abbott Rd., South Buffalo.

Officers and club members will be sworn in by Sheriff Tim Howard, a past president of the organization, during the program that begins at 5 p. m. with a $20 admissin cost.

In addition to Verel, other officers who will be sworn in are Norman Mattar, 1st VP; Thomas Gambino, 2nd VP; Madeline Harvey, secretary; Ernesto Leonetti, treasurer; and Patrick Castiglia, sergeant at arms.

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Niagara Parks Commission Seeks Bands for Coca-Cola Summer Concert Series

February 23, 2017 Reporter 0

The Niagara Parks Commission is looking for local bands to perform in their Coca-Cola Concert Series 2017 as part of this summer’s Canada and Ontario 150 celebrations.

The concerts will begin on the July 1 holiday, then run Monday through Friday until August 31.

Bonus concerts will be held from September 1 through to September 10, to coincide with Niagara Parks’ Sound and Light show. The NPC Coca-Cola Concert series takes place annually on Queen Victoria Park Stage. This free concert allows both visitors and residents to enjoy live entertainment by the Falls, followed by a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

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Restaino to Run for Town of Niagara Justice

February 22, 2017 Staff 0
Anthony L. Restaino
Anthony L. Restaino

Town of Niagara — With longtime Town Justice John Teixeira retiring this year, Anthony L. Restaino, 32, has announced he will run for Town Justice.

He is the son of Niagara County Social Services Commissioner Anthony J. Restaino, nephew of former Niagara Falls City Judge Robert M. Restaino, who is currently Vice President of the Niagara Falls School Board, and cousin to current Niagara Falls City Court Judge Danielle Restaino.

A Democrat, Anthony L. Restaino will run in the Democratic, Republican, Independence, Conservative and Working Families primaries.

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Senior Wishes is looking for seniors who have wishes they need to fulfill

February 22, 2017 Reporter 0
Senior Wishes, WNY’s only program dedicated to enriching the lives of deserving seniors by granting meaningful wishes, is continually on the lookout for more seniors to assist.

Senior Wishes’ first wish was granted in March 2014, and since then the organization has been recognizing WNY’s seniors in increasing numbers with the support of community members and corporate sponsors.  The non-profit was created by the United Church Home Society with a mission to foster respect and appreciation for seniors through wish fulfillment.

According to Wendy Miller Backman, Senior Wishes Executive Director,  “Senior Wishes was created to recognize that our aging seniors still have things they want to do, places they want to go, or people they want to see.  We transform those dreams into a reality.”

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NF Memorial Hospital Calendar of Events for March

February 20, 2017 Reporter 0

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on 10th St. in Niagara Falls has a steady stream of activities, many of them free, for people to improve their health and learn about options for the health needs.

Here is their: March 2017 Calendar of Events


Meeting: NA Group 7 to 9 p.m., Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St.


Meeting: Alcoholics Anonymous First Step Group, 8 to 9 p.m., Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St.


Meeting: Alcoholics Anonymous New International Group, 6:30 p.m., Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St.

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Success of Gala demonstrates support for Memorial Hospital

February 15, 2017 Staff 0
hospital-1 by Dharshan and Shannon Jayasinghe Dr. Michael and Liz Mitchell Co-chairs, The Premier 2017 Western New York again demonstrated just how much it appreciates and supports Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center on January 14 when 950 people attended Memorial’s sold out annual gala, The Premier. This year marked the gala’s 13th year at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, which once again provided five-star food, entertainment, and beautiful accommodations. We were pleased to honor two very special people for their service to Memorial and the community, Dr. Komal Chandan and James Roscetti.  Dr. Chandan has served our community as a family practice physician since 1992 and is known far and wide for the knowledgeable and compassionate care he has always provided his patients. He now shares his wisdom and vast knowledge with new physicians as a faculty member of Memorial’s Osteopathic Family Practice Residency Program. Mr. Roscetti is a longtime Memorial board member and chair who also serves as deputy counsel to the Niagara Falls City School District.  He has served as a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioner and as a trustee for Niagara County Community College, the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, Niagara Falls Public Library and the YMCA of Niagara Falls. Enjoying the evening with all our guests was tremendously rewarding as was seeing everyone so generously support this wonderful healthcare institution. We are also very grateful to everyone who generously made our text-to-pledge drive a success – raising over $45,000!  Proceeds from The Premier, which has raised well over a million dollars during the past 13 years, will support Memorial Medical Center’s Full Circle of Heart Care, a comprehensive heart health improvement initiative. It takes a dedicated team to produce The Premier.  We are grateful for the generous support of more than 80 corporate and individual sponsors. Special thanks go to our hosts, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and the Seneca Nation of Indians for sponsoring the headline entertainment.  The management and staff at Seneca Niagara really distinguished themselves in providing us all with a five-star experience. Special thanks also go to our many volunteers.  We couldn’t be more grateful for their hard work.  And WGRZ-TV news reporter and anchor Maryalice Demler was just stellar as our mistress of ceremonies!   The Premier 2017 was an unforgettable celebration thanks to the support of all our sponsors, contributors, volunteers and attendees. Thank you all for your contributions — we hope to see you again next year! Caption: Attorney James Roscetti (left) with former State Senator George Maziarz. Roscetti, chairman of the board at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, was honored for his efforts to place Memorial at the vanguard of community service and modern technology despite its being located in one of America’s poorest cities.

Niagara Falls celebrates Black History Month with NACC Exhibit

February 9, 2017 Reporter 0

The Niagara Arts & Cultural Center (NACC) is holding an art exhibition entitled Artists of Color: Freedom through March 19 at their Townsend Gallery.

The works of African American artists of Western New York, including Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Rochester are on display, according to exhibit curator Ray Robertson.  Artists of Color: Freedom is envisioned as a comprehensive representation of the African American experience from the historical, contemporary and personal perspective.

Highlighting the display is an artistic representation “Freedom Crossing” by Rochester artist Richmond Futch, Jr., enabling visitors to explore the story of the Underground Railroad Movement in this region and the people who risked their lives in the name of freedom.

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Neil Dashkoff, M.D., will discuss “Heart Health and the Importance of a Cardiac Catheterization Lab in Niagara.”

Dr. Dashkoff to discuss ‘Heart Health’ and importance of Memorial Hospital’s new cardiac catheterization lab; public invited

February 9, 2017 Reporter 0

The medical director of the new cardiac catheterization laboratory at The Heart Center of Niagara will be the featured speaker Wednesday (Feb. 15) during a Heart Month luncheon at the Elderwood Residences at Wheatfield Community Center, 2600 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Neil Dashkoff, M.D., will discuss “Heart Health and the Importance of a Cardiac Catheterization Lab in Niagara.”  He will explain the procedures performed at a cardiac catheterization lab and the impact the new facility will make on the health of area residents.

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Author Kathleen Kifer

Lewiston writer Kifer on how Love and Hope triumph over cancer

January 26, 2017 Staff 0


Lewiston novelist Kathy Kifer has published her second novel, “Tessa: Portrait of a Survivor” to critical acclaim, and a recent book signing that took place at the Lewiston Library Community Room.

In Tessa: Portrait of a Survivor, Kifer has drawn on her own raw experiences as a long-term cancer patient and amputee to create a remarkable and inspiring love story.

When Tessa Burke, a former model and wife of an affluent business man, requires more surgery after a long and difficult recovery from breast cancer, she is devastated, and as she tries to adjust to the shocking loss of an arm to the disease, her husband inflicts further pain. Tessa discovers that Max, repelled by her appearance, has found another sexual partner, and although he doesn’t want a divorce she insists that the marriage is broken and they separate.

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