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Horror fans get their own festival in Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Horror fans loved having a Niagara Falls convention this weekend dedicated to all the things they love.

“I like it because it’s a lot more intimate, it’s more segregated to the horror genre,” said Aaron Kellar, who Saturday dressed up as Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street during the first-ever Frightmare in the Falls at Scotiabank Convention Centre.

OSPCA threatened Marineland’s ‘extinction’: Lawsuit

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland’s $21-million lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is the result of “injuries and damages, including special damages” suffered as a result of the animal welfare organization’s animal cruelty charges laid against the park.

In a statement of claim obtained by Niagara Falls Review this week, Marineland accuses the OSPCA of “malice” towards the park, bowing to pressure from the “animal activist community” to lay animal cruelty charges in January and last November in order to please its donors.

“In addition, through its press releases and public statements … the OSPCA has threatened Marineland with effective extinction,” says the 34-page statement of claim, filed on Oct. 24 in St. Catharines.

Niagara Parks begin parkway, trail improvements

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Niagara Parks Commission began road work this week on the Niagara Parkway, and will be making improvements to five locations along the Niagara River Recreation Trail.

Each year, Niagara Parks invests capital funding toward the maintenance of its properties, gardens, parklands, facilities, recreational trails and parkway.

New Year’s concert still alive, but no TV for 3rd year

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

For a third straight year, the New Year’s Eve concert in Niagara Falls won’t be televised.

Nor, as originally hoped, will it be live streamed.

But with this year’s line-up likely announced within a couple of weeks, Mayor Jim Diodati hints changes are coming to the annual show.

“Next year’s when we anticipate there being a little more excitement and innovation and re-investment around New Year’s Eve,” he said. “I would hope it would involve TV or a TV/streaming combination.”

Daltrey reigns o’er Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

As any longtime Who fan will tell you, the best concerts were always the ones that felt like they could fall apart at any second. A blown amp. A destroyed drum kit. At their peak, The Who brought a volcanic energy to the stage that made every show unruly and unpredictable.

So it was amusing — and a bit old school — when an angry Roger Daltrey abruptly halted the show at Fallsview Casino Monday night. He had been battling his ear piece all night, and it finally boiled over during the crescendo of Baba O’Riley. Not content to muff the ending, he barked orders to someone off stage while the band stood frozen.

“We’ll start it again!,” he yelled, and his anger fueled an even better Baba as the crowd roared in approval.

WonderFalls Pass on sale for Niagara residents

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara residents were able to start purchasing their WonderFalls Pass Wednesday, which allows them to visit 10 Niagara Falls attractions for $10 per person or $30 per family.

Family passes are good for up to six people.

The initiative, now in its third year, was created by Coun. Victor Pietrangelo, and complements the annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap fundraiser.

Festival of Lights goes bigger, brighter for 35th year

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Winter Festival of Lights turns 35 this year, but for organizers the challenge is making it feel born again every year.

So expect more new wrinkles, displays and events when the two-month festival kicks off Nov. 18, says executive director Tina Myers.

“The ideas are flowing,” she said after a media conference Wednesday. “We have a lot of things that we want to do, but it costs money. Each year, between January and March, we go out and really hit it hard to try to get the funding to make this happen.

“We have some strong supporters, but each year that we grow, our expenses grow.”

City’s investment in tourism marketing paying off

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

City council’s investment in marketing efforts “continues to drive results” for tourism businesses in Niagara Falls, says Jon Jackson, executive director for Niagara Falls Tourism.

Jackson addressed councillors this week about the summer marketing campaign the agency recently concluded.

In January, council approved $300,000 in matching funds towards the campaign. The $300,000 came from the municipality’s casino-hosting reserve fund, and helped promote activities to attract more visitors to the city.

Falls receives $6.8M from OLG

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The City of Niagara Falls will receive $6.8 million as part of a second-quarter, non-tax gaming revenue payment from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

OLG issues quarterly payments to the city for hosting Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino.

Since December 1996, Niagara Falls has received more than $105.7 million in non-tax gaming revenue.

Marineland launches lawsuit against OSPCA

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).

The Niagara Falls park filed the charges Tuesday in Toronto, according to OSPCA spokeswoman Stephanie Johns. When asked for comment, the animal welfare organization issued a statement saying it “vehemently denies all of the allegations and will defend itself.

“No further comment can be made at this time as the matter is being referred to counsel and is before the courts.”

Likewise, Marineland would not elaborate on the lawsuit or specify the amount being sought: “Marineland does not presently have anything to provide to you in relation to your enquiry.”

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