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The Aquarium of Niagara's new harbor seal pup has a new name: Zara. The announcement comes after a week of public voting between two names, Dill or Zara, an aquarium spokeswoman said. The first harbor seal pup to be born at the aquarium in 30 years arrived July 13. Zara was first suggested by the aquarium’s executive director, Gary Siddall, to represent the pup…

The Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees will interview candidates for interim president Aug. 28, chairman Vincent R. Ginestre said this week. Ginestre said the interviews will be confidential and he declined to say how many candidates are being considered as the interim successor to James P. Klyczek, who resigned under fire in April. But Ginestre said…

Niagara County Community College, the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office signed an agreement Tuesday to improve responses to reports of sexual assaults on campus. The agreement came in the wake of the forced resignation of President James P. Klyczek in April, in part because of his scornful response, caught on tape, to a reported sexua…

The Democratic majority on the Niagara Falls Water Board fired back Wednesday at the Republicans who attacked them last week over the July 29 discharge of black water into the lower Niagara River. Water Board Chairman Daniel T. O'Callaghan, county Democratic Party chairman Nicholas J. Forster and former Legislator Renae Kimble accused the Republicans of "bad timing, ill…

Niagara Falls police on Wednesday released the name of the man who died in a one-car crash Monday night at College Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard. Jerald P. Graff, 85, of Niagara Falls, who may have suffered a medical problem before the crash, struck a railroad signal control box and then railroad tracks before going airborne and colliding with a utility pole, police s…

The owner of the Sheraton at the Falls Hotel in Niagara Falls says he needs tax incentives to make his $20 million water park feasible. That's why Michael DiCienzo applied to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency for a 12-year reduction on property taxes that would be assessed on the planned 150,000-square-foot, two-story facility. The package also would…

Moog Inc. won approval for a 15-year property tax break for a $25 million expansion at the Wheatfield Business Park, the onetime Bell Aerospace plant, where it leases space. The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency also included an exemption on paying sales tax for building materials, equipment and furnishings for two new buildings Moog intends to erect in the …

A panel that will screen applicants for aid to major development projects in downtown Niagara Falls has been established. The state-funded $3 million Niagara Falls Tourism Target Zone offers grants of $50,000 and up, but the grant can cover no more than 25 percent of a project's cost. The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency board must approve all grants. P…

A plant that will produce vodka using Niagara County-grown apples is seeking tax incentives from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. Sanborn Distillery Corp., the U.S. arm of a Canadian liquor company, is seeking a 15-year property tax break and a sales tax exemption for a $1.1 million distillery in Vantage International Pointe, the IDA-controlled industri…

The documentary "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World" revealed the little-recognized role of indigenous people in creating rock and roll. And at the heart of indigenous rhythms is the drum. That link will be explored and celebrated – with a nod to "Rumble," which has not yet been shown locally – at a free, live concert dubbed "Rumble at the Falls" starting a…

Carl M. Hosmer of Niagara Falls was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for his role in the 2016 killing of Daniel F. Sparks. Hosmer, 29, had once shared an apartment with the victim. Sparks' decomposed body was found Dec. 6 in a brush-covered area behind the Cataract Steel plant on Mackenna Avenue in the Falls, after Hosmer reported the incident to police. …

Jerrod T. Robinson of the Town of Lockport, the getaway car driver in a Feb. 4 home invasion and robbery in that town, accepted a plea offer Tuesday. Robinson, 23, of Sweetwood Drive, risks a seven-year prison term on his plea to attempted second-degree robbery. Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann recommended probation, but Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Mur…

Buffalo has outdoor public ice skating at Canalside, and now Niagara Falls is hoping for something similar. The Niagara Falls Community Development Department has issued a request for proposals for outdoor winter recreation at three downtown parking lots, but the announcement made it clear that skating is the city's preference. "We look forward to creating a partne…

The financial outlook has turned negative for Niagara Falls since the Seneca Nation cut off casino payments, according to one of the major Wall Street credit rating firms. Casino money represented 15 percent of the city's revenues last year, and a report from Standard & Poor's on Tuesday said Niagara Falls seems to have no long-term plans to respond to the loss of t…