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    Rescue seal at Aquarium of Niagara gets new name, fresh start

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    He’s feisty, playful, and a bit of flirt.

    You’d never guess by looking at 1-year-old Stryker that the Harbor Seal pup almost lost his life.

    He was hit by a boat in New Jersey earlier this year and needed one of his back flippers amputated.

    Because he’s no longer able to survive on his own in the wild, he was brought to the Aquarium of Niagara.

    Leaders weigh in on Falls convention center study

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    Niagara County and Niagara Falls leaders have received the results of a study about the feasibility of building a new multi-use convention center in the city.

    Its takeaways: Downtown development needs to grow to sustain a bigger convention center, and the best option would be to expand and modify the existing one.

    “The county wanted to see if this was feasible for Niagara Falls, and it looks like at this point that wouldn’t be the way to go,” said Jason Zona, a Niagara County Legislator.

    Tourists report person going over Niagara Falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Niagara Parks Police are checking the water below Niagara Falls after an unconfirmed report that someone may have gone over the Falls, a dispatcher said Sunday afternoon.

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    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.

    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.

    Niagara Falls facing major financial trouble

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    A draft of an audit being prepared by the Office of the New York State Comptroller calls into question the budget and spending policies of the City of Niagara Falls and warns of potentially dire financial circumstances for the Cataract City unless officials there “take immediate steps” to get their financial house in order.

    The draft report notes the administration of Mayor Paul Dyster’s pattern of using casino revenues — which have steadily decreased in recent years — to balance the city’s budget, despite warnings against using so much of the casino revenues to do so.

    In 2024, Total Eclipse Comes to WNY (and Ontario)

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    If you thought Monday’s partial eclipse was cool, just wait seven years.

    On April 8, 2024 — just 2,422 days from now — a total eclipse will cover the entire Western New York region, stretching south through Cleveland, Indianapolis, Dallas and even central Mexico.

    In Niagara Falls, Destination Niagara USA President and CEO John Percy said he’s already preparing for worldwide media coverage in April 2024.

    Niagara Falls is Working with Review Site ‘Yelp’ to Promote City

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    Destination Niagara USA recognizes the power of social media and says by connecting with the popular review site ‘Yelp,’ it will help local businesses and tourism in Niagara Falls. Destination Niagara USA is the marketing organization for Niagara Falls and Niagara County that promotes tourism.

    Niagara Falls seeks proposals for outdoor winter activities

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    While Western New Yorkers are still enjoying the warmth of summer, the City of Niagara Falls is looking for some fun new outdoor activities to offer to residents and visitors this winter — especially those that involve ice skating.

    On Monday, the Niagara Falls Community Development Department released a news release requesting winter outdoor activity providers to come forward with ideas for three downtown lots. They would like each idea submitted via a Request for Proposal (RFP), which can be accessed here: www.nf-cd.org/rfp

    Free WIFI could be coming to Niagara Falls

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    The Niagara Global Tourism Institute (NGTI) has asked the city of Niagara Falls for $50,000 to create three blocks of public WIFI between the Seneca Niagara Casino and Niagara Falls State Park on Old Falls Street.

    The purpose of the WIFI is to help tourists avoid the “roaming” charges that sometimes happen with phones that are close to Canada, and to also encourage tourists to expand their trip outside of the State Park.

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