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Niagara Falls Radisson hotel scores 6th straight President’s Award

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From the Niagara This Week:

They did it again.

For a sixth straight year, the Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview has earned the hotel chain’s President’s Award. The Niagara Falls hotel was selected from among more than 150 properties across the globe. The award is presented annually to the properties that achieved top scores in guest satisfaction as measured by guest feedback for cleanliness and consistency in meeting (and often exceeding) the brand’s product quality standards.

Man dies in Niagara Falls after surviving 2003 plunge

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Speaking of daredevils and the risks they take…

From Niagara This Week:

A man who survived a plunge over Niagara Falls without protection in 2003 has died after he went over again, this time inside an inflatable ball.

Police tell the Syracuse Post-Standard the body of 53-year-old Kirk R. Jones was found in the Niagara River by the U.S. Coast Guard on June 2.

Detective Sgt. Brian Nisbet of the New York State Park Police says it’s the same man who became the first person to survive an unprotected plunge over the falls in October 2003.

Nisbet says investigators believe Jones attempted to go over the falls inside a three-meter ball on April 19.

Special events prompt Niagara Falls road closures

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From Niagara This Week:

A half-marathon and television taping will result in a number of road closures along the Niagara Parkway and Clifton Hill over the next week.

Following are closures and lane reductions that are scheduled:…

Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon — Sunday, June 4

Live with Kelly & Ryan Television Broadcast

WEGO Service on Monday, June 5

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Niagara Falls Review – Niagara Parks road closures

More funding means brighter Niagara Falls event

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From Niagara This Week:

Organizers of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights say extra funding from the city will allow for the festival to expand its programming for the 2017-18 event.

On May 9, city politicians approved a request for $300,000 in additional funding so organizers could expand programming to mark a number of milestones — the festival’s 35th anniversary, along with the sesquicentennial of both Ontario and Canada.

“Not only will this funding allow us to draw more visitors to Niagara Falls but at the same time we can expand our programming which provides locals with a world-class festival right here in Niagara,” said Tina Myers, executive director of the festival.

Wallenda’s wife to dangle by her teeth over Niagara Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

The trapeze-artist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls.

Five years after Nik Wallenda walked over the falls on a high wire, aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda plans to dangle by her teeth from a helicopter as it flies over Niagara Falls.

‘Live! With Kelly and Ryan’ coming to Niagara Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

Kelly’s coming back, and she’s bringing Ryan with her.

Kelly Ripa and newly minted co-host Ryan Seacrest will be in Niagara Falls on June 5 to tape a pair of episodes of Live! With Kelly and Ryan.

“It’s great news,” Mayor Jim Diodati said. “We’ve been working on it for quite a long time. We had hoped to have them in 2016.”

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Marineland bows out of CAZA

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland is voluntarily withdrawing its membership with the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) a month before its re-accreditation process.

A statement released this week by the Niagara Falls park says “extensive work” to be done this summer in a previously undeveloped area will “materially impact” its re-accreditation.

The process “will not accomplish the mutual goals of Marineland and CAZA at this time period.”

When asked for clarification, CAZA spokeswoman Ashley McArthur Street suggested all follow-up questions be deferred to Marineland, and provided a link to a current list of accredited facilities.

Marineland’s statement stressed the park “remains firmly committed to CAZA,” and is withdrawing its membership “to permit the expansion work to be completed and new operations harmonized with CAZA.”

Details of the expansion were not provided.

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Niagara Falls says no to change of development agreement with province

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From Niagara This Week:

Note: The article includes a nice rendering of the position of the theatre and how it would obstruct the view from the Hilton.

City politicians do not want to see a new theatre built at Fallsview Casino, where a staff report showed the building’s height would obscure views of the Horseshoe Falls from various hotels overlooking the cataract.

On Tuesday, council backed the report from staff, asking it not to support a request from one of four proponents vying to win the bid to build a 5,000-seat theatre in Niagara Falls. The proponent, a Quebec-based consortium, has proposed to build the theatre at Fallsview Casino Resort, which is on land owned by the provincial government.

The proponent is looking to build the theatre over top of the bus area at the rear of Fallsview

Marineland takes issue with animal rights group

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From Niagara This Week:

Marineland has taken aim at a provincial animal rights group, accusing it of “exploitive effort to use children” in a campaign that is meant to sway the opinion of senate committee currently holding hearings on a bill that would ban the breeding and importation of whales and dolphins in Canada. Read More…

Hornblower cruises season starts (last) Saturday

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I know I’m a couple of days late…

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is set to sail for a fourth season, starting Saturday.

The relatively mild winter meant there was no ice buildup in the Niagara River, so the boat tour operator set the April 1 start date and also began accepting bookings last month.

“We have some weather and ice-modelling programs that we’ve created over the last couple of years and, about a month ago, we knew there were not going to be any significant ice concerns so we livened up our ticket sales,” said general manager Mory DiMaurizio.

The popular tourist attraction also opened April 1 last year.

“It was a great early start to the season and a great indicator of what was a landmark year,” he said.

By comparison, the 2015 season didn’t start until April 30, following one of the coldest, longest winters on record. It’s inaugural season in 2014 started May 15.

Boats are equipped with radiant heaters and visitors have the option of viewing the cataracts from “dry zone” areas.

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