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    People mover deal needs more time

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It will take at least two more meetings for the city and Niagara Parks Commission to work out a deal to jointly run a people mover bus system that will shuttle tourists among Niagara Falls attractions, commission chairwoman Fay Booker says.

    “We have a draft agreement in front of us we’re working on,” Booker said Friday after meeting with Mayor Ted Salci.

    They were trying to finalize an agreement in principle they reached in June to run a bus system on roads owned by the parks commission in Queen Victoria Park and on city-owned streets like Clifton Hill and Fallsview Boulevard.

    “We’re really hoping by early August,” Booker said when asked how long it might take to finalize the rest of the details.

    City, NPC trying to finalize people mover plans

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A deal that could lead to a new mass-transit system serving the tourism areas could be finalized as early as Friday, the mayor and Niagara Parks Commission manager say.

    Mayor Ted Salci is scheduled to meet with Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Fay Booker and general manager John Kernahan Friday, in a bid to finalize their existing “agreement in principle” to operate a people mover system and cash in on $50-million in available federal and provincial funding.

    “Our negotiations are continuing. They’re moving well,” Salci said in an interview. “The agreement is a master agreement with the Niagara Parks Commission outlining the obligations of each party,” the mayor said.

    City, NPC closing in on People Mover deal

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Falls council and the Niagara Parks Commission appear to be closing in on a deal to operate some kind of joint-venture People Mover System, as they face a June 30 deadline to take advantage of $50 million in government assistance or lose it.

    “We’re down to the wire,” Mayor Ted Salci said Tuesday afternoon, a day after councillors authorized him to execute a deal if one can be reached Wednesday. “I haven’t signed anything yet.”

    The authorization council gave the mayor Monday is a sign the city wants to be ready in the event an arrangement is worked out to create a new transit system that will run on both NPCowned property and on city streets in the tourism sector.

    “I’m feeling we should be able to announce something shortly that will bring some smiles to people’s faces.”

    Jon Montgomery at Imax Theater in March 2010

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    Yes, I know that I am over 3 months late on this one, but better late than never…

    Back in March, the Niagara Falls IMAX Theatre hosted a free evening where they were previewing a new film called Extreme. To help with the promotion, they brought in Jon Montgomery. Jon won a gold-medal in skeleton at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

    It was quite an evening. There was a reception before the movie where we could meet Jon and get our picture taken with him. I took my son with me and he was thrilled to meet him. He even got to help Jon hold the gold medal. Jon also signed a small flag for us as well as the tickets. Someone I know brought their collection of Olympic coins and had him sign the collector card. What a great idea! I have three sets and I wanted to kick myself for not thinking of it myself.

    There was also a girl there from Welland who had carried a torch, so we got to see and hold that as well.

    During the reception there was food and drinks available.

    Eventually we all ended up in the theatre. Mayor Ted Salci was there and gave Jon a gift, and then Jon said a few words. We then watched the movie. My son fell asleep during the movie. Not that it wasn’t exciting, but by that point we had been there for almost three hours.

    Anyway, it was a nice night. How often do you get to meet a gold-medal winning athlete? I’ve never met one before, and I don’t know when I will again, so it was a nice opportunity. Thank you IMAX Theatre!

    I took a few pictures while there. You can see the thumbnails below, or view the full images in the 20100311 Jon Montgomery at IMAX Theatre gallery.

    Note: There are now 3,019 images in 243 galleries in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery.

    Screenshots from Breakfast Television live from Niagara Falls

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    I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to get up early to see Breakfast Television in person, and in the end I decided not to. However, I did watch about half an hour of it on TV (from around 6:40 am to 7:10 am).

    It certainly did promote Niagara Falls well. At various times you could see the Falls, Oakes Garden Theatre, parts of Falls Ave, parts of Clifton Hill, Niagara SkyWheel, Niagara Helicopters, and more. There were several prizes given out, including passes for Niagara Helicopters and Maid of the Mist. There were people from Old Fort Erie, and of course the mayor, Ted Salci was there.

    It might seem kind of lame, but I took some pictures of my TV showing some of the scenes. As always, you can see the thumbnails below, and the full pictures in the 20100618 Breakfast Television in Niagara Falls gallery

    Bigger N.F., Ont. trolley planned

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    An expanded Niagara Falls, Ont., people-mover system could be ready for tourists by next spring.

    Niagara Falls Mayor Ted Salci said he is confident that a few remaining issues, mostly centered on financing the rubber-tired trolleys, can be worked out in the next few weeks with his own city council, as well as the Niagara Parks Commission. Agreements with both should be in hand within the next month.

    If approved, 27 trolleys will run continuous loops from the Brock Monument near the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge to Rapidsview Parking Lot near Marineland amusement park. They would cover the nearly 10-mile-long loop during the peak tourism months – from late April through October – and then operate smaller routes during the winter months.

    The trolleys would stop at virtually every major attraction and many hotels in Niagara Falls.

    Read more: Bigger N.F., Ont. trolley planned – Business First of Buffalo

    Convention Centre halfway done

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Construction of the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre reached its half way point with a topping off ceremony as the last pieces of the roof were installed last Friday.

    Construction began on the centre May 1, 2009 and the doors are scheduled to open April 8, 2011.

    Mayor Ted Salci, MPP Kim Craitor, Regional Chairman Peter Partington and vice-president of Bondfield Construction, John Aquino, all spoke, congratulating the workers on their work in keeping the construction on schedule and in budget.

    “You guys really do work hard,” said Craitor, “I tip my hat to each and every one of you.”

    N.F., Ont. convention center progressing

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    One year to the day that ground was broken on the $100 million Niagara Convention & Civic Centre, the project hit a major milestone.

    The 288,000-square-foot Stanley Avenue center, being constructed just a short walk from the Niagara Fallsview Casino in the thriving Niagara Falls, Ont., was officially “topped” off Friday afternoon under the watchful eyes of Niagara regional political and business leaders as well as a crew of construction workers who are building the facility.

    The center is scheduled to open in April 2011 and is viewed as major piece of Niagara Falls’ growing portfolio of hospitality and tourism-based ventures.

    “This changes our city forever,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Ted Salci.

    Read more: N.F., Ont. convention center progressing – Business First of Buffalo:

    People mover talks progressing

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Talks aimed at creating an integrated people mover system are underway.

    After parting ways more than a year ago, city and Niagara Parks officials are back at the table discussing opportunities to create a single, seamless transit system to link tourist districts with areas currently serviced by the NPC’s familiar green-and-white people movers.

    Formal meetings resumed earlier this month -shortly after the province announced $25 million in funding toward the rubber-tired system proposed by the city. Municipal councillors abandoned the idea of building a monorail system last April.

    The $25 million pledged by the province matches $25 million offered by the federal government back in 2003.

    Niagara Parks general manager John Kernahan and Mayor Ted Salci both say they’re hoping the meetings will lead to an agreement that will allow the city and the commission to move forward together.

    Delegation from ‘Great Wall’ visits Table Rock

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    There’s a new picture hanging inside Table Rock House -one that symbolizes the friendship and co-operation between two famous attractions a world apart.

    On Thursday, Niagara Parks Commission chairman Jim Williams, Mayor Ted Salci and Regional Chairman Peter Partington welcomed a delegation from China’s YanQing County and the Badaling Great Wall Administration to Table Rock.

    The NPC has a partnership with officials there for cross promotion of the two iconic destinations and for the exchange of information about preservation efforts.

    The parties unveiled a picture of the Great Wall of China as part of the official greeting ceremony.

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