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September 7, 2017

Niagara Falls candidates forum: Who said what …

Former mayor and talk-show host Vince Anello introduces the city council candidates that attended Wednesday’s forum on city issues.

Vince Anello: “Although social media has taken over political discourse, this group (Niagara Community Forum) believes nothing can replace a face-to-face meeting.”

Nick Pelosino: “Our neighborhoods have changed over the years and probably not for the better … I’m from a blue-collar family and I’m proud of that … People want to feel safe in their city.”

James Faso: “Different parts of the city are in a rapid decline, and the number one problem [...]

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March 22, 2017

Getting the skills to run for political office in WNY

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”

That’s food for thought, but it’s also no small affair running for local political office.

There’s fundraising, canvassing, budgeting, speeches, planning, targeting voters, recruiting volunteers, field activities, message development, persuasion and, of course, what to do on election day.

All of that was discussed March 25 at the DoubleTree Niagara Falls, 401 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

RISE Niagara teamed up with The Working Families party to offer its new-candidate training class.

“We are seeking progressive champions willing to [...]

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November 7, 2016

‘Pints’ progressing projects within Niagara Falls 6 p.m. Thursday at Antonio’s Banquet Center

Enjoy some brews and hear the news about local projects vying for attention and the cash pot at Pints for Progress’ 19th gathering.

The $10 admission gets you food, drink, music by local musician Keith Shuskie and the chance to vote for or present a community improvement project. Ticket proceeds go to the project with the most votes. Admission is $5 if this is your first Pints for Progress, which start at 6 p.m.

The last “Pints” in September saw the approximately $450 cash pot go to “The Niagara Falls Historical Coloring Book.” The plan — presented by Lynn Neveu — is to have the “fun and educational” coloring books at the 14 stops along [...]

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November 7, 2016

Young women’s mental health issues to be discussed 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Niagara Falls

Growing concern over the health status of young women in the community has motivated nine area agencies to call for a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 10) at Abate Elementary School in Niagara Falls.

At a press conference Monday, Memorial Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Sheila Kee said Niagara Falls has the highest newborn addiction rate in New York State. Niagara Falls’ “prolonged economic depression” was cited as a primary factor as well as a lack of jobs and a poor public transportation system.

Titled “A Community Conversation on Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse in Young Women,” the gathering will focus on such issues as [...]

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