Category: Niagara Falls News

Public pianos are out in Niagara Falls

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

Shakespeare once said that when words fail, music speaks. Rosie Lorenti, a Niagara Falls native and musician, couldn’t agree more. Rosie shared with News 4, “Music is a very important part of my life. Brought up on it. My mom played piano, my dad played instruments. It’s always been something I’ve done.”

It’s always been something she hoped she could incorporate into others’ lives too. She’s doing that now by introducing the Niagara Falls public piano initiative.

HIGGS: More about hotels and a tourist home

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Visitors to the city of Niagara Falls usually came by train in the early years when railroads were the main conveyance for tourists. However, you could not be in a hurry to reach your destination as travel by rail during 1800 for example was very slow. It probably took at least 10 days to get from New York City to Niagara Falls but this was almost cut in half by 1830. Imagine stepping off the train at the depot on Falls Street during the late 1800s and met by transport to your hotel , probably one of the notable hotels of the day. Ladies dresses of the day had a bustle and usually three of four underskirts. And her shoes would be what we now refer to as “high button shoes.” Gentlemen wore a frock coat and a top hat to look his best.

Niagara Falls artist grabbing local, national buzz

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

Taramarie Mitravich’s first artistic memories come from when she was in first grade.

Whether it was one of her favorite cartoons, a flower she saw outside, or sketching out pages of Peter Rabbit. The most important thing for her, she said—even at a young age—was to mimic…

Perhaps one of the most vivid examples she can point to is found in the Art Alley of downtown Niagara Falls; at 25, Mitravich was recruited as one of 16 artists to put up her own unique mural.

As the one-year anniversary of the Art Alley approaches, Mitravich is also preparing to have her work featured at Buffalo Comicon from September 30th-October 1st.

Festival moves to world stage

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

As the Winter Festival of Lights prepares for its 35th anniversary, organizers envision a future where the seasonal attraction rivals other world-class showcases.

“It is extremely important to continue to grow as a festival, so that we can keep people coming to the destination and staying longer,” said Tina Myers, executive director of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.

“We want to make Niagara Falls a four-season destination. The Winter Festival of Lights has always been a huge contributor to bringing people in the off-season, but we want to take it to that next level. We want to make it like the Vivid Sydneys of the world, or the Montreal Lumiere festival, or the Calgary Stampede, where we’re bringing in millions (of people) a week, as opposed to a million over the course of 75 days.”

Funding approved for water park, Niagara Street project

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From the Niagara Gazette:

A pair of projects in Niagara Falls will receive $400,000 in funding through the city’s economic development corporation.

Mayor Paul Dyster announced Tuesday that the Niagara Falls Development Corp. will issue $300,000 to NFNY Hotel Management, an affiliate company of bi-national hotelier Michael DiCienzo. The funds will be used in as part of a bid by the affiliated company, American Niagara Hospitality, LLC, to build a “Daredevil Water Park” on Third Street.

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Winter Festival of Lights receives international award

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights has received a top award by the International Festivals & Events Association.

The local event was awarded the IFEA pinnacle award for best festival mobile application during the association’s annual convention in Arizona.

Integrity commissioner clears Thomson after complaint

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

An integrity commissioner has found no evidence that city Coun. Wayne Thomson shared confidential information from an in-camera meeting earlier this year.

In a report going before council Tuesday, Integrity Commissioner Brian Duxbury says a complaint submitted to the city clerk alleged Thomson disclosed information from the meeting to third parties “who were not entitled to such information,” as evidenced by text messages.

One of the messages, sent Jan. 25, stated: “I was just talking to Wayne about another issue and he said in-camera was interesting and I will tell you…(blacked out) is the cause of the rumors.”

Following his investigation, which included interviews with Thomson and the unnamed person who sent the text, Duxbury concluded there was “nothing unusual or suggestive of any improper disclosure” in the communication, since Thomson was speaking with someone whose position requires interaction “on a regular basis.”

Tourism agency finalist for awards

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada has shortlisted Niagara Falls Tourism as a finalist in the 2017 Canadian Tourism Awards.

This acknowledgement comes after the success of its summer 2016 #ExploreNiagara social media campaign.

The awards are presented annually by the association and the Toronto Star to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry.

“Niagara Falls Tourism is thrilled to be recognized for a campaign that excelled largely because of its spotlight on our amazing members, who work hard every day to enrich Niagara Falls as a world-class destination,” said Jon Jackson, executive director of Niagara Falls Tourism.

Falls ready to welcome Invictus athletes

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara tourism partners will host hundreds of international athletes and their families next week as part of the upcoming Invictus Games in Toronto.

Up to 500 athletes, family members and coaching staff will take a specially chartered Via Rail train to Niagara Falls on Wednesday for a day-long outing to enjoy the destination’s attractions and activities.

The participants are scheduled to arrive at the Niagara Falls train station on Bridge Street at 11 a.m.

From there, they will board WEGO buses for Table Rock and will have free time to enjoy attractions.

They will depart for the train at 2:30 p.m. for their return to Toronto.

HAMILTON: Political structure is why Clifton Hill rises, Niagara falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Why does the Canadian-side of Niagara Falls develop so much better than the American-side?…

Suddenly, even though neither one of us had made a single step, we both had found ourselves instead of a simple mile away from the Canadian border, we were now may have well been out on the Mexican desert, so far away from yet another reason why the Canadian side looks like it looks in development, and why the American side is little more than the butt of a bad joke.

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