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Niagara County’s ‘Big Al’ Cutaia gets 25 to life for sex assault of child

Niagara County’s ‘Big Al’ Cutaia gets 25 to life for sex assault of child

News February 23, 2017 at 4:49 am

  By Frank Parlato; It will be a long time, maybe never, before Alfonso ‘Big Al’ Cutaia rides again. Formerly of North Tonawanda, Lockport, Pendleton, Wheatfield, Wilson, and, recently Niagara County jail, Big Al, 41, was sentenced to 25 years to life for sexually abusing a child. There was aRead More

Oddsmakers Taking Wagers: Goat Island Lodge a Done Deal for Delaware North

Oddsmakers Taking Wagers: Goat Island Lodge a Done Deal for Delaware North

News February 23, 2017 at 3:26 am

      The Reporter strongly suspects Goat Island is the preferred choice for the lodge and a developer/operator has already been selected by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.   That operator is Delaware North headed up by Gov. Cuomo’s magnificent campaign donor, Jeremy Jacobs. It may be coincidence but Gov. Cuomo’s Lt. Gov.Read More

Grandinetti Slightly Wrong;  Goat Island Lodge Still in PLay

Grandinetti Slightly Wrong;  Goat Island Lodge Still in PLay

News February 23, 2017 at 2:42 am

By Tony Farina; It appears that Niagara Falls Councilmember Kristen Grandinetti may have spoken too soon at Tuesday’s council meeting when she told opponents of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for a “world class lodge” on Goat Island that the governor had backed off the proposal he unveiled last month atRead More

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

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

Community News February 23, 2017 at 12:05 am

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 SeptemberRead More

Deconstructing the Left on Police Brutality and the ‘War on Drugs’

Deconstructing the Left on Police Brutality and the ‘War on Drugs’

Uncategorized February 22, 2017 at 6:56 pm

By Jim Ostrowski; How did we get from Wardel Davis dying after a drug war-related altercation with the Buffalo Police to protesters shouting “black lives matter”? No one has come forward with evidence that Mr. Davis died because the police decided to kill him because they think that black livesRead More

This artist’s impression shows an imagined view from the surface one of the three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth that were discovered using the TRAPPIST telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory. These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and Earth and are the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the Solar System. They are the first planets ever discovered around such a tiny and dim star. In this view one of the inner planets is seen in transit across the disc of its tiny and dim parent star.

Planets identified around dwarf star, 40 light years away, might support life

News February 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm

Seven planets have been discovered orbiting a ‘dwarf’ star named ‘Trappist-1’ which is about 40 light years [235 trillion miles] from Earth. The findings appeared this week in the journal Nature. Telescopes on the ground, in space, and scheduled to launch next year, should be able to study the atmosphereRead More

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

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

Community News February 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm

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 withRead More

Native American Ferry Proposal Advanced as New Falls Attraction

Native American Ferry Proposal Advanced as New Falls Attraction

News February 22, 2017 at 1:09 pm

BY FRANK PARLATO; Last week, the idea for ferry service along the Lower Niagara was announced by Matthew Ohji^grago: Ricchiazzi, a Cornell-trained urban planner with an MBA in private equity. He leads a Buffalo-based investment group and his company is Native American owned. The ferry, consisting of a fleet of 30-passenger boats,Read More

NF Memorial Hospital Calendar of Events for March

NF Memorial Hospital Calendar of Events for March

Community News February 20, 2017 at 8:11 pm

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 Tuesdays Meeting: NA Group 7 to 9 p.m.,Read More

Jacob and his two wives

When government gets into the bedroom… UTAH HOUSE TO DEBATE BIGAMY

Uncategorized February 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm

By Frank Parlato; The Utah House of Representatives will debate a bill [House Bill 99] which proposes a change in the state’s legal definition of bigamy. Bigamy is a felony in Utah, with penalties of up to five years in prison for each offense. Bigamy is more broadly defined inRead More

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a sign before  a rally Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Bentonville, Ark. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Pat Robertson: Trump has God on his side

Uncategorized February 18, 2017 at 9:35 pm

Not everyone in the media opposes Donald Trump. Rev. Pat Robertson, on Feb. 15, on his         Christian Broadcasting Network said, “[L]eft-wingers and so-called progressives are trying to destroy the country that we love and take away the freedoms they love. They want collectivism. They want socialism. What we’re looking at isRead More

The Difference  between Traditional Martial Arts and Mixed Martial Arts 

The Difference between Traditional Martial Arts and Mixed Martial Arts 

Uncategorized February 15, 2017 at 1:49 am

 By Frank Dux; Despite its name, ‘Mixed Martial Arts’ (MMA) is not a martial art. It’s a professional sport. It is a business and athletes are paid to compete. The perception that MMA training is superior to traditional Martial Arts in terms of preparedness in dealing with a street crimeRead More

The Prosecution of Rus Thompson for voter fraud is unprecedented in New York history

The Prosecution of Rus Thompson for voter fraud is unprecedented in New York history

News February 10, 2017 at 10:57 am

By Frank Parlato; Rus Thompson is about to stand trial in New York State Supreme Court, before Hon, Justice Russell Buscaglia, on felony charges of voter fraud. For the record, this is the first time the Erie County District Attorney’s Office has been known to criminally charge a citizen forRead More

Will Cuomo give Delaware North a ‘New Yosemite’ in Niagara Falls?

Will Cuomo give Delaware North a ‘New Yosemite’ in Niagara Falls?

Uncategorized February 10, 2017 at 5:20 am

By Frank Parlato; It’s no secret that Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes care of his friends, and Jeremy Jacobs, of Delaware North has certainly been a friend to Cuomo. From funneling millions through the Committee to Save New York to promote Cuomo to donating so much to his campaign that itRead More

Hotel Niagara will go to Delaware North

Hotel Niagara will go to Delaware North

News February 10, 2017 at 4:47 am

NU, NCC, a Craft Beer Brewery, a free parking ramp, student dorms reportedly part of plans By Frank Parlato Sometime soon Gov. Andrew Cuomo will arrive in Niagara Falls to announce the Hotel Niagara will be developed and operated by Delaware North. He won’t say he is gifting the hotelRead More

The Right Side: Mr. President… JUST DO IT!

The Right Side: Mr. President… JUST DO IT!

Columns February 10, 2017 at 3:20 am

  By J Gary DiLaura [FBI Special Agent; Retired]; The President of the United States has the absolute power to protect the American Citizens! He is cognizant of information that no one else has. This information comes to him from numerous Intelligence sources and confidential sources. Because of the President’sRead More

Key figure in Pigeon Case Leaves Town

Key figure in Pigeon Case Leaves Town

News February 10, 2017 at 2:39 am

By Frank Parlato; A lawyer who the New York State Attorney General alleges was extorted by Steven Pigeon has left Buffalo. Edward A. Betz, 30, joined the Carlisle Law Firm, P.C. in Ogdensburg, NY. Ogdensburg, pop. 11,000, is in Saint Lawrence County, about 300 miles from Buffalo and 30 milesRead More

Tompkins: Give code enforcement tools to fight blight and help distressed homeowners

Tompkins: Give code enforcement tools to fight blight and help distressed homeowners

Uncategorized February 9, 2017 at 4:05 am

By Kenny Tompkins; Niagara Falls City Councilman One area that continues to be a problem in Niagara Falls is our code enforcement of derelict properties in our city. These properties pose a safety hazard for residents, decreases property values, and make our city unappealing. Last summer, I rode around withRead More

Niagara Falls celebrates Black History Month with NACC Exhibit

Niagara Falls celebrates Black History Month with NACC Exhibit

Community News February 9, 2017 at 3:40 am

  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.Read More

An Uber-Bad Senate Bill for Upstate NY

An Uber-Bad Senate Bill for Upstate NY

State and National News February 9, 2017 at 2:29 am

By Jim Ostrowski; I have advocated a free market approach to transportation since 1989.  In an article, published in Business First, I proposed allowing drivers of smaller vehicles to compete with buses and provide a better product including door-to-door service.  After the digital age came along, companies like Uber beganRead More

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