Category: Niagara Falls News

Media Advisory: Government of Canada to Make Tourism Funding Announcement in Niagara Falls, Ontario

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I wonder who is getting government money today…

From a MarketWire press release:

Dean Allison, Member of Parliament for Niagara West-Glanbrook, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, will be making a funding announcement as part of the Marquee Tourism Events Program.

Fashion Outlets to add 3 stores, reshuffle locations of others

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From the Buffalo News:

The Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls in the Town of Niagara is making room for three new stores and bringing its interior to 100 percent occupancy.

Both denim retailer Levi’s and trendy women’s store Charlotte Russe are slated to open by spring. A BCBG outlet, selling discounted women’s clothing from designer Max Azria, is scheduled to be open in time for the mall’s Midnight Madness party, which kicks off on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, to usher in the holiday shopping season.

The Levi’s outlet of about 3,900 square feet will be located across from Saks Off Fifth. Calendar Club, a seasonal specialty store, now occupies the space under a temporary lease.

‘Office’ ratings higher than normal in WNY but not tops

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From the Buffalo News:

Jim and Pam’s wedding in Niagara Falls on NBC’s “The Office” Thursday night had an unusually high rating for the comedy series but the hourlong episode still finished third locally in its 9 p.m. time slot.

“The Office” had a 7.8 rating (representing 7.8 percent of area households) on Channel 2, hitting a high of 9.0 in the last 15 minutes when the lovebirds played by John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer were married on The Maid of the Mist and a spectacular view of the Falls was visible.

Group wants to remove part of Robert Moses Parkway

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From the Buffalo News:

An environmental group wants to use Niagara River Greenway money to develop a Niagara Gorge restoration plan that would remove the Robert Moses Parkway.

Wild Ones Niagara, the local branch of an organization with chapters in 12 states, has sought the endorsement of the Niagara River Greenway Commission for its project in the commission’s current round of review.

The proposal — the scope of which extends along the gorge from Main and First streets in Niagara Falls to Center Street in Lewiston — would “identify the current imbalances within the ecological and man-made environments” and “further identify transportation patterns compatible with ecological restoration,” according to the group’s application to the commission.

‘The Office’ wedding: A shindig worth the trip to Niagara Falls

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From the Chicago Tribune:

I think Philadelphia Daily News critic Ellen Gray put it best: “Thought the hype had killed ‘The Office’ wedding for me. But I’m all choked up.”

Agreed. I don’t know about you, but I teared up at the end. And that’s kind of miraculous, considering that two things have been overexposed this year. One was “The Office” wedding (and yes, I realize that I added to the hype with my article and tweets, but I was genuinely excited about seeing Jim and Pam tie the knot, and now I know the episode definitely met all my expectations and then some).

Another overexposed thing: The “dancing down the aisle” wedding from Youtube.

Despite the potential that big TV weddings have for being dumping grounds for cliches, despite the fact that we all probably thought we never wanted to see or read about that video again, “The Office” writers were very clever and the whole thing ended up not only funny but heartfelt.

Niagara Falls sets up fund to streamline hotel projects

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From the Buffalo News:

The city has created a $650,000 fund to use as an incentive for major hotel projects for the first time since it began receiving casino revenue more than five years ago.

The money has been allocated to the city’s NFC Development Corp. to create a streamlined process to help upgrade hotels or construct new ones.

Rescuers talk man away from water above falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A man who waded into the water about 120 metres above the Horseshoe Falls was convinced to come back to shore by a Niagara Parks Police officer and city firefighters Thursday.

The incident occurred around noon-hour near Table Rock House, when a tour bus arrived at the usual stop on the south side of the building.

Passengers disembarked the bus. But one man, a 35-year-old tourist, ran from his wife and toward the stone wall meant to keep people from getting too close to the falls.

“He ran at the retaining wall and vaulted himself over,” said parks police Insp. Paul Forcier.

When firefighters and police arrived, they found him on the dangerous side of the wall, holding onto branches on shore to avoid being swept away.

Firefighter Taylor Urquhart approached him, but the man moved further down river.

At one point, he was about 50 feet from the brink of the falls.

‘The Office’ is ready for its Niagara Falls nuptials

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From the Buffalo News (yesterday):

Greg Daniels didn’t want information about Jim and Pam’s wedding on “The Office” to flow like Niagara Falls.

In a recent interview, Daniels, the executive producer of the NBC comedy, lamented that “the promos had given away a lot of stuff” about tonight’s hourlong episode, titled “Niagara.” It airs at 9 p.m. on WGRZ-TV Channel 2.

Stars Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly), John Krasinski (Jim Halpert) and Steve Carell (Michael Scott) made the NBC talk shows rounds last week to discuss the episode. NBC, which isn’t sending the episode to critics for review, didn’t screen the promos for Daniels.

“The Office” wedding in Niagara Falls

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So, I was thoroughly enjoying last night’s episode of The Office, when at 9:45 I got a call from someone who needed me right away, so I had to leave, just before they got married. Oh well. I’ve got it recorded, and will watch it tonight. I’ll have some screenshots for you soon…

Overrated Tourist Traps Around the World – Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls

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MSN Travel has a section on Overrated Tourist Traps Around the World, and mentions Clifton Hill (with a picture):

Niagara Falls is quite possibly one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world. However, we are left to wonder why, exactly, the Clifton Hill strip exists within blocks from this breathtaking attraction…

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