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    Holly Trolley rides into Niagara Falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Music and holiday cheer will start at City Hall and spread to all of Niagara Falls aboard the Holly Trolley on Dec. 2.

    The City of Niagara Falls tree lighting will be held from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Dec. 2, in the lobby of City Hall, 745 Main St., with refreshments provided by Hard Rock Cafe.

    After the tree lighting, the Holly Trolley will travel to neighborhoods with riders invited to sing holiday songs.

    Falls will get ‘family-friendly’ park

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Next year, the city will have a new a pocket park that’s being dubbed “Niagara Falls Adventure Park.”

    The “family friendly” park will be constructed at 730 Cedar Ave., between Main Street and Portage Road, on the site of an already demolished home about a block behind City Hall.

    The park will consist of a natural play area and will include features named for people and places from the Falls’ history. It has been designed to mimic the natural landscape of Niagara Falls.

    Marineland fight comes to City Hall

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It was far from quiet at City Hall on Tuesday as demonstrators protested outside council chambers for the second consecutive council meeting.

    As city councillors dealt with motions, zoning changes and other regular council business inside, demonstrators from Marineland Animal Defense — a self-described campaign of concerned citizens determined to end animal captivity at Marineland — banged pots and pans, chanted (some through megaphones), and played a siren outside, standing just below the second-floor council chambers windows downstairs. Group spokesperson Dylan Powell said they were protesting at city hall for four reasons: council’s refusal to enforce bylaws against Marineland, the lease of a piece of public land to Marineland owner John Holer, attempts by the city to stop the group’s summer protests outside the park and what they perceive as the mishandling of the Green Oaks trailer park issue.

    Mayor defends Marineland amid allegations


    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    …In a story published in a Toronto newspaper Wednesday, Demers said the poor conditions and a lack of action by park owner John Holer is what made him quit – and subsequently break a non-disclosure agreement by going public.

    The public reaction to the report has been significant, with Marineland trending on Twitter. Many called for the park to be shut down by the City of Niagara Falls, but Mayor Jim Diodati said Wednesday it’s not something city hall has jurisdiction over.

    “We don’t regulate or license them,” Diodati said. “We’re not involved in monitoring them, that’s another body. We make sure the property taxes are paid and that there are no other bylaw infringements taking place.”

    The mayor defended the amusement park, saying he’s been going to Marineland since he was a youth and has never seen any signs of animal mistreatment…

    Trivia on Niagara Falls’ past

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    (a little late, but still interesting)

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Here for your Family Day weekend reading pleasure are some bits and pieces from Niagara Falls’ fascinating past.

    1. Back in 1898 you could stay at the “newly remodelled” Windsor Hotel on Bridge St. for $1.50 to $2 a day.

    2. A century ago you could spend an evening playing billiards or bowling a few games in the basement of the McClive Block, a three storey building that still stands on Queen St. opposite city hall.

    3. The history of Simcoe Street School dates to 1857. The school’s first teacher, C.F. Secord, was paid an annual salary of $450. He was required to pay $60 a year for living quarters at the school’s whether he used it or not.

    Note: the list goes up to 12

    People-mover agreement stalled

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Details of the $50-million people-mover project will not be released until next week.

    Niagara Falls council was expected to discuss the final direction of the deal with the Niagara Parks Commission at a meeting Thursday at city hall.

    The meeting was cancelled following a lengthy discussion on Wednesday between a provincial mediator and lawyers representing the city and Niagara Parks.

    “We just ran out of time and we didn’t have a deal yet to present to the councillors,” Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said Thursday.

    Diodati said councillors were given a copy of the agreement Monday during an in-camera session of the regular council meeting.

    Questions were raised about the agreement, so lawyers from both sides and the mediator returned to the table on Wednesday to further discuss the business terms of the agreement.

    “Now, what was discussed (Wednesday) will get added in and that agreement we will present to council next week,” Diodati said.

    The agreement is now scheduled to be presented to councillors on Thursday at city hall.

    Casino entertainment centre talks ‘ramp up’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    More star power and a bigger theatre in Niagara Falls could boost tourism, create jobs and give Niagarans a better chance of getting tickets to the entertainers who perform at the Fallsview Casino, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

    Encouraging the construction of a 7,000-seat entertainment centre will be one of city hall’s priorities over the next four years, Diodati said.

    “It’s something whose time has come,” the mayor said in an interview this week, after a report on the city’s strategic priorities identified it as one of the “new tourism products” that should be developed in Niagara Falls.

    William and Kate welcome in the Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Honeymoon Capital wants to roll out the red carpet for Prince William and Kate Middleton after they tie the knot in April.

    Niagara Falls city hall plans to send a follow-up invitation to one it sent to the future king in December now that it appears certain the newlyweds will honeymoon in Canada, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

    “I can’t imagine they would come here on their honeymoon and not come to… the Honeymoon Capital,” the mayor said during Monday’s council meeting, the same day a British paper reported Canada will be the destination of newlyweds’ first international trip.

    Tourism minister drops by Falls city hall for friendly chat with mayor

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    From Bullet Media:

    The view from 10,000 feet is often brilliant and rarely detailed. And that pretty much sums up the meeting Friday between Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati and Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan: A relaxing get-together with nothing on the agenda, and few if any expectations.

    “It was just a chance to get acquainted,” Diodati said. “There was nothing substantive or contentious at all. It was one of those discussions from 10,000 feet. We talked about items of general importance to tourism in Ontario and Niagara Falls. We talked about the Chinese market, the upcoming Bollywood festival, and how we can capitalize on this.”

    Niagara Falls won’t fight Marineland trailer park evictions


    From the Welland Tribune:

    Green Oaks trailer park residents have lost their bid to have city hall get between them and Marineland owner John Holer, who is evicting 47 families from the Stanley Ave. property.

    But some say the attention they raised might help Niagara Falls renters in the future.

    “They don’t want to protect Green Oaks trailer park. But they want to look into acting on it on all residential properties, which may end up helping us,” said Brian Topolinsky, one of the trailer park residents, after a city committee meeting Monday.

    Councillors won’t invoke a seldom-used section of the Municipal Act to stop the trailer park from kicking out its tenants.

    Instead, they opted to investigate how to use Section 99.1 of the Municipal Act in the future.

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