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  Welcome to Youngstown, Galley Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:49:33 -0500
A ribbon-cutting was held recently for The Youngstown Galley. The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, local and elected leaders, and friends of owner/chef Rebecca Poletti joined together to welcome the former Mangia Café & Bakery proprietor to the waterfront village.
A ribbon-cutting was held recently for The Youngstown Galley. The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, local and elected leaders, and friends of owner/chef Rebecca Poletti joined together to welcome the former Mangia Café & Bakery proprietor to the waterfront village.
The Youngstown Galley at 400 Main is open Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant is right across the street from The Stone Jug, and next door to Anchor Spirits & Wines.
(Photos and video by K&D Action Photo & Aerial Imaging)
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  Lewiston Lions attend Leadership Institute Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:29:04 -0500
Lions Club International recently held its annual three-day Leadership Institute in Binghamton. The purpose of the Lions Leadership Institute is to provide Lions with the opportunity to enhance skills in preparation for leadership responsibilities at the club, zone, region and district level - as well as interact with fellow Lions from clubs across all of New York.
Lions Club International recently held its annual three-day Leadership Institute in Binghamton. The purpose of the Lions Leadership Institute is to provide Lions with the opportunity to enhance skills in preparation for leadership responsibilities at the club, zone, region and district level - as well as interact with fellow Lions from clubs across all of New York.
In attendance were Lewiston Lions Zone Chairwoman Regina Cecconi, Vice President Sheila Zuhlke, Region Chairman Jeremy Schnurr of the Tonawanda's Erie Canal Gateway Lions Club, and Treasurer for the Lions See program Ann Foster Akin. This year's Leadership Institute graduated 35 Lions from all across the state.
For additional information on Lions programming and membership, visit www.lewistoncommunitylionsclub-ny.org.
  Can You Help? Morey House Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:28:36 -0500
Dominique DeGregorio is asking fellow Islanders to support a donation drive for needy children.
Dominique DeGregorio is asking fellow Islanders to support a donation drive for needy children.
DeGregorio, pictured, is collecting for Morey House, an orphanage for troubled boys ages 13 to 21, in Buffalo. The boys at the orphanage are in need of male hygiene products, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, cologne, deodorant, body wash and lotions.
The donation drive will continue through Dec. 26. Donations can be dropped off at the offices of Niagara Frontier Publications, 1859 Whitehaven Road, during business hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
  Mary Carillo, David Feherty & Ato Boldon to serve as correspondents for NBC Olympics coverage in PyeongChang Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:24:46 -0500
Mary Carillo, David Feherty, and Ato Boldon will serve as correspondents for NBC Olympics coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Winter Olympics begin Feb. 8, 2018, on the networks of NBCUniversal.
Mary Carillo, David Feherty, and Ato Boldon will serve as correspondents for NBC Olympics coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Winter Olympics begin Feb. 8, 2018, on the networks of NBCUniversal. 
Carillo, Feherty and Boldon join David Chang and Scott Hamilton, who were previously announced as Olympic correspondents. The correspondents will explore the culture, people and traditions in South Korea, while also telling stories about the athletes and competition.
In addition, Joshua Cooper Ramo, co-CEO of Kissinger Associates, will serve as a contributor in PyeongChang.
  Skillet's debut single from 'Unleashed,' 'Feel Invincible' goes Gold as acclaimed breakthrough album 'Awake' is certified Double-Platinum Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:21 -0500
2017 has been a landmark year of career milestones for rockers Skillet. The band dominated the Billboard yearend charts for 2017, landing at No. 1 on the Christian streaming songs artists (and has held the top spot since the charts inception in 2014); No. 1, No. 4, No. 6, and No. 10 on the Christian streaming songs (and has held the top spot since the charts inception in 2014), No. 7 rock streaming artist, No. 8 top Christian artists and No. 11 rock streaming songs, as well as numerous others.
2017 has been a landmark year of career milestones for rockers Skillet. The band dominated the Billboard yearend charts for 2017, landing at No. 1 on the Christian streaming songs artists (and has held the top spot since the charts inception in 2014); No. 1, No. 4, No. 6, and No. 10 on the Christian streaming songs (and has held the top spot since the charts inception in 2014), No. 7 rock streaming artist, No. 8 top Christian artists and No. 11 rock streaming songs, as well as numerous others. 
Just in time for 2018, the band has released a new visual component for the song "Breaking Free." The song, which features Lacey Sturm on vocals, comes from the band's release "Unleashed Beyond," a deluxe edition of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful release "Unleashed." The video is now available on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/6kR3gYYGKlc.
The debut single from "Unleashed," "Feel Invincible," was recently certified Gold by the RIAA. The song went to No. 1 on the active rock charts and the hot Christian Songs chart. It was also nominated for a Billboard Music Award. The WWE, NFL, MLB, World Cup Of Hockey, Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Sports Awards and "Rock Band 4" also used the song in various promotions. The video for the song has been viewed over 67 million times on YouTube.
Skillet's breakthrough album, "Awake," was recently certified Double-Platinum by the RIAA, one of only two Christian artists to receive this distinction in the past decade. The achievement comes from one of Skillet's most acclaimed albums and easily a fan-favorite. The album spawned the Double-Platinum single "Monster," and that song earned the distinction of being the most-streamed rock song of 2015.
The videos from the "Awake" are collectively approaching a half of a billion views on YouTube.
Skillet will hit the road on 12-week arena tour starting Jan. 5, 2018, headlining the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. More information about tickets for these dates and all Skillet shows can be found at: http://www.skillet.com/tour.
  NFL teams with Comcast NBCUniversal & Mayo Clinic for 3rd annual '1st and Future' super Bowl start-up competition Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:22:31 -0500
The National Football League, Comcast NBCUniversal and Mayo Clinic have opened the submission process for "1st and Future," the NFL's annual Super Bowl start-up competition designed to spur novel advancements in athlete safety and performance. "1st and Future" will be held at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis on Feb. 3, 2018, the day before Super Bowl LII.
Up to nine startups will pitch game-changing technologies as they compete for $50,000, two tickets to Super Bowl LII
The National Football League, Comcast NBCUniversal and Mayo Clinic have opened the submission process for "1st and Future," the NFL's annual Super Bowl start-up competition designed to spur novel advancements in athlete safety and performance. "1st and Future" will be held at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis on Feb. 3, 2018, the day before Super Bowl LII.
Beginning today, entrepreneurs and innovators may submit entries in three categories - advancements in protective equipment, technology to improve athletic performance, and new therapies to speed recovery - for the chance to pitch their idea to a panel of judges and an exclusive audience, including NFL team owners and executives, and representatives from the Minneapolis Super Bowl host committee, Comcast NBCUniversal and Mayo Clinic.
"We are thrilled to collaborate with Comcast NBCUniversal as well as Mayo Clinic to support innovators who are committed to advancing sports technology and athlete health and safety," said Jeff Miller, NFL executive vice president of health and safety initiatives.
Up to nine companies will be selected to compete in Minneapolis and one winner from each category will be selected awarded by a panel of judges comprising former NFL players, entrepreneurs and medical experts. In addition to the opportunity to present their innovations, the winning team from each category will receive a $50,000 check from the NFL and two tickets to Super Bowl LII.
Minneapolis-based SportsEngine Inc., a division of Comcast NBCUniversal's NBC Sports Group and the leading youth sports technology provider, will serve as a home base for the competing companies during the week prior to the "1st and Future" competition. Together, NBC Sports Ventures, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs for entrepreneurs and SportsEngine will administer the "1st and Future" competition.
For more information on the submission process, selection criteria and official rules, visit https://www.sportsengine.com/1st-and-future. The deadline to submit applications is Jan. 5, 2018.
"As the U.S. television home of Super Bowl LII, we're excited to partner with NFL and Mayo Clinic to support entrepreneurial efforts towards breakthroughs in athlete safety and performance," said Rob Simmelkjaer, SVP, NBC Sports Ventures.
"As an organization that has been at the leading edge of medical innovation, we are excited to team with NFL and Comcast NBCUniversal to celebrate creativity and support new ideas that will transform athlete health and safety," said Clark Otley, medical director of the department of business development at Mayo Clinic.
Contestants will compete in the following three categories:
•Advancements in protective equipment: Developments in football helmet technology designed to better protect athletes.
•Technology to improve athletic performance: New innovations that leverage the use of data or immersive technology designed to advance athlete health and performance.
•New therapies to speed recovery: New technologies designed to improve care and accelerate recovery.
About NFL's Health and Safety Initiatives
The NFL is committed to advancing progress in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries. As part of the NFL's ongoing health and safety efforts, in September 2016, Commissioner Roger Goodell launched "Play Smart. Play Safe." a leaguewide health and safety initiative. At the heart of the initiative is a pledge of $100 million in support for independent medical research and engineering advancements and a commitment to look at anything and everything to protect players and make the game safer, including enhancements to medical protocols and improvements to how the game is taught and played. For more information about the NFL's health and safety efforts, visit www.PlaySmartPlaySafe.com.
About SportsEngine
Helping the world play smarter and live more, SportsEngine Inc., an NBC Sports Group company, is the leading provider of sport life management mobile applications for coaches, parents and athletes, and sports relationship management tools for governing bodies, leagues, clubs, associations and events. SportsEngine powers more than 750,000 teams, leagues and clubs, helping them manage, connect and communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders, including athletes, parents, administrators, coaches, referees, scouts, volunteers, fans, journalists and sponsors. For more information, visit www.sportsengine.com/solutions.
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, comprehensive care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.
  Hardwick announces $6,500 in funding for Grand Island Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:14:41 -0500
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick announced that $6,500 has been budgeted to several organizations throughout the Town of Grand Island. The legislature approved the funding at the Dec. 7 annual budget meeting.
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick announced that $6,500 has been budgeted to several organizations throughout the Town of Grand Island. The legislature approved the funding at the Dec. 7 annual budget meeting. Organizations to receive funding include:
•$1,000 to the Grand Island Historical Society to fund further preservation of records.
•$500 to the Grand Island Golden Age Club to purchase a new iHome and DVD player.
•$5,000 to the Grand Island VFW Post 9249 for the expansion of the DeGlopper Memorial.
"These organizations are valuable assets to our community and I'm glad that we were able to provide these much-needed resources to help improve the quality of life for the residents of Grand Island," said Hardwick.
"The Grand Island Historical Society greatly appreciates the recognition and support of the County Legislature for our educational mission. Funds will be used to make the historical artifacts at River Lea more accessible to the public, with the long-range goal of digitizing the collection and making it available online," said Historical Society President Curtis Nestark.
"We are so grateful to Legislator Hardwick for his help in securing these funds, our hope is to use the new DVD player and iHome to enhance our programming here," stated Jennifer Menter, recreation leader at the Grand Island Golden Age Center.
"We are grateful to Legislator Kevin Hardwick for his support in obtaining this funding for our VFW post. It will be instrumental in helping us expand the DeGlopper Memorial area so we can honor all Grand Island residents who have served in the military," stated Erik Anderson, chairman of the Board of Directors for the DeGlopper Memorial expansion project.
The additional funding was added into the 2018 budget while decreasing taxes for the fourth consecutive year.
  Veterans say 'Thank you' Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:13:37 -0500
The Island's two veterans organizations joined forces to honor two members of the local media. At a meeting held Nov. 29 at the Grand Island Moose Lodge 180, representatives of Charles N. DeGlopper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9249 and Grand Island American Legion Post 1346 presented certificates of appreciation and gift certificates to the Village Inn to Jodi Robinson of Isledegrande.com and Larry Austin, editor of the Island Dispatch.
The Island's two veterans organizations joined forces to honor two members of the local media. At a meeting held Nov. 29 at the Grand Island Moose Lodge 180, representatives of Charles N. DeGlopper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9249 and Grand Island American Legion Post 1346 presented certificates of appreciation and gift certificates to the Village Inn to Jodi Robinson of Isledegrande.com and Larry Austin, editor of the Island Dispatch.
Patrick Soos said the organizations made the presentations "to thank you for all the support that you have given to our veterans organizations."
The certificates were signed by the respective post commanders, Ray DeGlopper of Grand Island Post 1346 and Dan McMahon of DeGlopper Post No. 9249.
Pictured top, from left, are Alan Lee, Patrick Soos and Ray DeGlopper with Robinson, above, and Austin, below. (Photos by Larry Austin and Sabrina Wilson)
  Grand Island Board of Education: Part-time SRO approved Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:10:50 -0500
The Grand Island Board of Education voted to approve an intermunicipal agreement with the Town of Grand Island to reinstitute a school resource officer position in the school district.
By Larry Austin
Island Dispatch Editor
The Grand Island Board of Education voted to approve an intermunicipal agreement with the Town of Grand Island to reinstitute a school resource officer position in the school district.
The board voted 5-1, with Vice President Donna Tomkins voting "No" and President Lisa Pyc abstaining, to approve the agreement to hire part-time school resource officers through the Town of Grand Island Police Department.
During the public comment period, the board heard from Robert Christmann, the former superintendent of schools, who advocated for a return to the full-time SRO.
The board did not hear from its president, Lisa Pyc, whose husband, New York State Trooper Chris Pyc, was the SRO the last time the district filled the position. She recused herself from the discussion.
Christmann criticized the possibility of a part-time system that would rotate "whoever's available into the school from the Grand Island Police Department. No SRO program could be made more ineffective than by using this system. He said a full-time SRO would provide greater continuity of information at work.
Councilman Mike Madigan, who preferred the part-time system, said his "biggest concern" is what will happen when the state grant money used to fund the SRO this year runs out in 12 months.
"The plan being adopted is the most cost-effective making it more likely to be sustained long term," Madigan said.
  Grand Island Board of Education: Interim principal appointed at Huth Road Elementary Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:10:05 -0500
Kerri Nowak has been replaced as principal at Huth Road Elementary School after the Grand Island Board of Education approved two agreements at Monday's board meeting.
By Larry Austin
Island Dispatch Editor
Kerri Nowak has been replaced as principal at Huth Road Elementary School after the Grand Island Board of Education approved two agreements at Monday's board meeting.
Grand Island Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Graham called Nowak's departure a "sabbatical leave."
Neither resolution mentioned Nowak by name or a "sabbatical leave." The board has not revealed, during the meeting itself or after requests from the Dispatch, what the agreements even say.
The public meeting began late as the board met in executive session past the 7:30 p.m. start time of the regular meeting. In the middle of the meeting, the Board of Education added four items that were not on the original agenda.
Without discussion on the substance of the resolutions, the board voted 4-3 on the first agreement and 7-0 on the second.
Voting yes for a resolution on the first unknown agreement were trustees Glenn Bobeck, Sue Marston and Joy LaMarca and board President Lisa Pyc. Voting no were trustees Ashli Dreher and Rich D'Agostino and Vice President Donna Tomkins.
Immediately after approving the agreements, the board approved a leave of absence request for Dr. Ami Alderman, a teacher-on-special-assignment. The board then appointed Alderman as interim principal at Huth Road Elementary School, effective the next day.
Graham said Alderman is in her second year as a teacher-on-special-assignment in the district and she has all necessary administrative credentials as well as a doctorate degree.
"She's been covering the building on a day-to-day basis," Graham said.
Nowak was not present for the meeting. When contacted by the Dispatch after the meeting, Nowak confirmed she is on "sabbatical leave." Asked if there was a timetable for her return, Nowak said no.
After the meeting, Graham said, "We had a resolution to approve an agreement that we looked at in our executive session, and we had a second resolution to approve a second agreement that was discussed in executive session."
Regarding what the two agreements were, Graham said, "They were matters of personnel."
Asked if the matters of personnel pertained to Nowak, Graham responded by asking if he could respond to the Dispatch's questions off the record and was told no.
Asked if Nowak could come back, Graham said, "It's a sabbatical leave. So we approved a sabbatical leave for her to engage in educational studies."
Nowak is still on the payroll, Graham said, adding, "People who take a sabbatical are still paid."
Nowak has been principal of Huth Road School since the August of 2009.
Asked if Nowak could be on the payroll indefinitely on sabbatical, Graham said, "She's just on sabbatical leave."
Alderman's salary as a teacher-on-special-assignment is $81,309, according to Graham.
"Her salary does not change as she assumes the role of interim principal. So, there is no change to our budget and no increase or decrease for Ami," he said in an email Thursday.
Asked why the agreements and the votes regarding Alderman were not on the original agenda, Graham said, "Because we just reviewed the agreement."
Graham said the district would send a letter home to families telling them Nowak is on sabbatical and that Alderman is the new interim principal.
Freedom of Information Act
The Island Dispatch filed a Freedom of Information Law requesting the agreements printed below in writing. The district has yet to provide the agreements in writing and has 20 days from the day of request to send the information or a reason for a denial of the FOIL request.
"PI 4. RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Grand Island Central School District hereby approves, as presented and revised, the first agreement discussed in the immediately preceding executive session of the board.
"PI 5. RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Grand Island Central School District hereby approves, as presented, the second agreement discussed in the immediately preceding executive session of the board."
  North Tonawanda: Hometown Heroes banners presented Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:07:03 -0500
On Tuesday night, North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas announced the next round of Hometown Heroes banners to be revealed in the city. The banners are now open to all veterans and not just active duty members. This year the American Legion Sikora Post 1322 recognized MM2 Stephen Sikora, U.S. Navy; Sgt. John Lukasik, U.S. Army Corps; and PFC Stanley Maziarz, U.S. Army.
On Tuesday night, North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas announced the next round of Hometown Heroes banners to be revealed in the city. The banners are now open to all veterans and not just active duty members. This year the American Legion Sikora Post 1322 recognized MM2 Stephen Sikora, U.S. Navy; Sgt. John Lukasik, U.S. Army Corps; and PFC Stanley Maziarz, U.S. Army.
The banners have a picture along with the name of the servicemen and women who are veterans of military service to complement the current Hometown Heroes banners of active duty service members who lived in North Tonawanda.
"This is our humble way to honor the memory of those who have served," said Pappas. The first three banners in this new program were purchased by Sikora Post through monies from the Niagara County Community Funds secured by Legislators Rich Andres and Randy Bradt.
For further information on the Hometown Heroes banner program, contact the mayor's office at 716-695-8540.
  Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls hosts pet nights with Santa this holiday season Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:04:54 -0500
Macerich's Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, invites visitors to bring their furry friends (cats and dogs only) to visit Santa for a photo this holiday season.
Macerich's Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, invites visitors to bring their furry friends (cats and dogs only) to visit Santa for a photo this holiday season.
Pet photos are available on Monday and Thursday evenings during the month of December from 6-8 p.m. Pets must be on a leash or in a pet carrier inside the mall.
For those who still want to visit Santa but prefer not to bring a furry friend, Santa is on-site at Fashion Outlets from now until Dec. 24. His hours vary and can be found on the Fashion Outlets' website.
Fashion Outlets also offers online reservations for those interested in shortening their wait time.
For additional information, visit www.fashionoutletsniagara.com.
  Christmas week in Town of Niagara Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:04:11 -0500
On Dec. 19, 20 and 21, the Town of Niagara Recreation Department will host Christmas week at the Calvin K. Richards Senior/Youth Activity Center, 7000 Lockport Road. The three days of events will include Christmas activities for children and families to enjoy.
On Dec. 19, 20 and 21, the Town of Niagara Recreation Department will host Christmas week at the Calvin K. Richards Senior/Youth Activity Center, 7000 Lockport Road. The three days of events will include Christmas activities for children and families to enjoy.
On Dec. 19, there will be ornament decorating, Christmas caroling and Mr. No the Balloon Guy will be in attendance. The event runs from 6-8 p.m. and refreshments will be available.
On Dec. 20, the town will hold its Christmas party for ages 7 and under from 6-8 p.m. The party includes magic and fun with Rob Allen, arts and crafts, visits from Santa Claus and food available for purchase.
On Dec. 21, the town will host its Christmas party for ages 8-12 from 6-8 p.m. The party will include the same activities as the day prior.
Sign ups are mandatory for all events. For more information or to register, call the recreation office at 716-297-5243.
  Hawk Nelson releases new single, 'He Still Does (Miracles),' announces new studio album Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:01:45 -0500
Hawk Nelson has released their first new digital single in more than two years in anticipation of their forthcoming album next year. The new song, "He Still Does (Miracles)," is the debut single from their new studio album, "Miracles" (Fair Trade Records), which is set to release on April 6, 2018.
Official lyric video debuts today featuring band in Iceland
Hawk Nelson has released their first new digital single in more than two years in anticipation of their forthcoming album next year. The new song, "He Still Does (Miracles)," is the debut single from their new studio album, "Miracles" (Fair Trade Records), which is set to release on April 6, 2018. The song is already getting radio attention ahead of the official add date of Jan. 12, as it is already being added by powerhouse network Air1. Click to check out this new song below.
"I feel like the very existence of our band after 15 years is a miracle in itself. ... And within that miracle are thousands of other miracles ... stories of God moving in amazing ways, both big and small," shared Hawk Nelson's front man Jonathon Steingard. "Thinking on these things reminds me how beautiful and special a life we've been given as children of God - that he isn't some far-off creator who is hands-off, but an active, loving father who is present and working in our daily lives."
"Miracles" will be the band's eighth studio album. The project is three years in the making and the most global creation the guys worked on together. From the beginning, they sensed this to be an album they could look back on and be proud of as it was written so memorably and uniquely backstage at concerts and studios from all over the world as they traveled.
They continued that global feel by filming a video for the single in Iceland this fall. The video debuted today on the band's socials.
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Hawk Nelson will tour in spring 2018 with Colton Dixon. Dates and more information to be announced. Visit hawknelson.com for more info.
This band has won the hearts of thousands since its debut release in 2004. Hawk Nelson has released seven studio projects ("Letters to the President," "Smile It's the End of the World," "Hawk Nelson is My Friend," "Live Life Loud," "Crazy Love," "Made" and "Diamonds"). "Diamonds" (2015) produced the No. 1 Billboard AC indicator single "Drops In The Ocean," which spent nine weeks at the top, a first for the band.
Hawk Nelson has been awarded two Canadian GMA awards, multiple GMA Dove Award nominations as well as a JUNO nomination. The band's music has been featured on NBC, MTV, WB, WGN, KTLA, Nickelodeon and the NFL Network. Their music has been used with special promotions for "American Idol," the NFL, Nike, Olympics, NHL and Michelle Obama's "Big Day Out" campaign.
Hawk Nelson is Jonathan Steingard (vocals, guitar), Daniel Biro (bass) and Micah Kuiper (guitar) and David Niacaris (drums).
  Go behind scenes of Sean 'Diddy' Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment on 2-hour special 'Apple Music's Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story' Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:01:14 -0500
Critically acclaimed documentary "Apple Music's Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story," starring Sean "Diddy" Combs, and produced by Live Nation Productions, will air Thursday, Dec. 28 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT), on FOX.
Featured artists include Jay Z, Usher, Nas, Lil' Kim, French Montana, Mase, Faith Evans
Critically acclaimed documentary "Apple Music's Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story," starring Sean "Diddy" Combs, and produced by Live Nation Productions, will air Thursday, Dec. 28 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT), on FOX. Originally released on iTunes earlier this year, the film explores the passion and personalities behind Bad Boy Entertainment and takes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the history of Bad Boy and the label's mastermind, Combs, aka Puff Daddy, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy family for the biggest homecoming in hip-hop history.
As the biggest names from Bad Boy history prepare to celebrate the label's 20th anniversary, "Apple Music's Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story" traces the label's emergence in Harlem and Brooklyn, follows its meteoric rise, explores the tragic killing of rapper Biggie Smalls, and celebrates Bad Boy's influence in reshaping music, fashion, marketing and culture - all while revealing the love and commitment that form the bonds between the Bad Boy family. The film culminates with two 2016 performances at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, when iconic artists, including Combs, Lil' Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas and The Lox perform hit after hit to the sold-out crowd. The special also features performances by Jay Z, Usher, French Montana and Nas.
Combs also is featured as an expert panelist on new music competition series "The Four: Battle For Stardom," premiering Thursday, Jan. 4 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT), on FOX. Joining him on the panel are record-producing hit-maker DJ Khaled, Grammy-winning recording artist and songwriter Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk. Eight-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum solo artist Fergie will serve as host of the series, which begins where the other shows end: With the best.
These four top-notch artists, spanning all music genres, will fight each week to defend their coveted seats on the show, as determined newcomers challenge them and try to knock them out of the competition. The singer who is the last standing at the end of the competition will earn the ultimate prize: the panel of industry experts becomes key players on the winner's team. This elite group of star-makers will guide the winner's career to help make him or her a breakout star. 
  'Roseanne' returns to ABC with all-new episodes in special hourlong premiere Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:00:14 -0500
"Roseanne," the timeless sitcom that broke new ground and dominated ratings in its original run, will return to ABC with all-new episodes, in a special hour-long premiere, Tuesday, march 27 (8 p.m. EDT). "Roseanne" will air in its regular time slot, 8-8:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, April 3, followed by "The Middle," which will move to 8:30 p.m.
Production wraps on revival's 9 episodes; complete original cast to reprise iconic roles
For a sneak peek of 'Roseanne,' click here.
"Roseanne," the timeless sitcom that broke new ground and dominated ratings in its original run, will return to ABC with all-new episodes, in a special hour-long premiere, Tuesday, march 27 (8 p.m. EDT). "Roseanne" will air in its regular time slot, 8-8:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, April 3, followed by "The Middle," which will move to 8:30 p.m.
Production on the highly anticipated revival's nine episodes is slated to wrap today in Studio City, California.
ABC said, "Featuring the complete original cast, new series regulars and notable returning guest stars, the revival will explore life, death and everything in between through the relatable, hilarious and brutally honest lens of the Conner household. With the inimitable Roseanne at its epicenter, fresh stories that tackle today's issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that haven't missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of America's favorite working-class family."
The series stars Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role.
Fan-favorite guest stars from "Roseanne" will reprise their roles in the revival, including Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, Sandra Bernhard as Nancy Bartlett, Natalie West as Crystal Anderson, James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell and Adilah Barnes as Anne Marie Mitchell.
  Niagara Greenway projects, meetings announced Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:56:47 -0500
The Niagara River Greenway Commission will meet Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 to determine the consistency of the 58th round of projects. The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. at the offices of DeVeaux Woods State Park, 3180 DeVeaux Woods Drive, Niagara Falls.
The Niagara River Greenway Commission will meet Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 to determine the consistency of the 58th round of projects. The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. at the offices of DeVeaux Woods State Park, 3180 DeVeaux Woods Drive, Niagara Falls.
There are six projects under consideration:
  • Buffalo State College floating classroom
  • Cazenovia Community Resource Center breakwater bay project
  • City of Niagara Falls Frederick Douglass Memorial Plaza
  • WNY Land Conservancy nature's habitat certification program
  • WNY Land Conservancy Greenway land protection program
  • Vision Niagara illuminating history and connectivity for Niagara Street corridor
Public comment on these projects will be accepted through Jan. 9. The project proposals are available at www.niagaragreenway.org. Comments may be submitted to Angela.Berti@parks.ny.gov or by hard copy to the commission at P.O. Box 1132, Niagara Falls, NY 14303.
The Niagara River Greenway Commission is a public benefit corporation established by Chapter 460 of the laws of 2004, and charged with the planning and development of a greenway of interconnected parks, river access points and waterfront trails along the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario at the site of the historic Fort Niagara. To review the Final Niagara River Greenway Plan and GEIS, or to learn more about the commission, visit www.niagaragreenway.org.
  Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, N.E.R.D., Charlie Puth, Sia & season 12 winner Chris Blue to perform on star-studded season finale of 'The Voice' Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:55:57 -0500
Superstar recording artists Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, N.E.R.D., Charlie Puth, Sia and season 12 winner Chris Blue are set to perform on the live two-hour Tuesday, Dec. 19, season finale (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) of NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."
Clarkson, who joins as a coach in spring 2018, to make TV debut performance of 'Medicine'; Alicia Keys, returning for season 14 in spring, will make special appearance and introduce Blue
Superstar recording artists Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, N.E.R.D., Charlie Puth, Sia and season 12 winner Chris Blue are set to perform on the live two-hour Tuesday, Dec. 19, season finale (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) of NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."
One of the four finalists - Addison Agen from Team Adam, Chloe Kohanski from Team Blake, Red Marlow from Team Blake or Brooke Simpson from Team Miley - will be crowned the winner of "The Voice."
Additionally, the season finale of "The Voice" will feature an array of musical collaborations. This season's top eight artists will perform with musicians across all genres. Noah Mac will accompany Bastille and perform "World Gone Mad," a topical new single from "Bright: The Album." Additionally, Vince Gill will perform "When I Call Your Name" with Red Marlow; Billy Idol will perform "White Wedding" with Chloe Kohanski; Jessie J will perform "Not My Ex" from her upcoming album "R.O.S.E." with Davon Fleming; Norah Jones will perform "Don't Know Why" with Addison Agen; Bebe Rexha will perform "Meant to Be" with Adam Cunningham and Keisha Renee; and Sia will perform "Titanium" with Brooke Simpson.
Grammy Award-winning superstar and season 13 key adviser Kelly Clarkson will return to "The Voice" stage with the television debut performance of her song "Medicine" from her recently released eighth studio album, "Meaning of Life." Clarkson earned a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance for her hit single "Love So Soft." She joins Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as a coach on season 14 of "The Voice," which premieres Monday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Demi Lovato will perform her new single, "Tell Me You Love Me," the title track to her latest album of the same name. 
Funk rock band N.E.R.D., led by former "Voice" coach Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shae Haley, will perform their latest single, "Lemon," from their forthcoming album.
Multi-platinum and multiple Grammy Award-nominated artist, songwriter and producer Puth will perform his new single "How Long" from his sophomore album, "Voicenotes," which is slated for 2018.
Nine-time Grammy Award nominee, and multi-platinum selling artist, songwriter, and hit maker Sia will perform her ballad "Snowman," from her first-ever holiday album, "Everyday is Christmas," which was released in November. 
Last season's victorious coach Alicia Keys will also make a special appearance ahead of her spring 2018 return as a "Voice" coach to introduce singer, songwriter and season 12 winner Blue, who will perform his brand new single, "Blue Blood Blues," live for the first time. He triumphantly emerged as the season 12 winner on Team Alicia and, week after week, captured the hearts of millions with his combination of raw vocal talent, heartfelt honesty and brave vulnerability.
Released today via Republic Records, Blue's debut single "Blue Blood Blues" is a deeply personal anthem about triumph in the face of adversity, and it properly introduces his unique genre-blending style of pop, soul and R&B. "Blue Blood Blues" heralds the arrival of Blue's forthcoming 2018 full-length debut, due out soon. Keys will also be the creative director of his upcoming debut album.
  'Twas the week before Christmas & 'The Chew' has last-minute ideas for a perfect holiday Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:55:14 -0500
From hors d'oeuvres to the main course, entertaining tips to last-minute ideas, "The Chew's" Emmy Award-winning co-hosts are here to make the season merry and bright.
Sara Evans & Jennifer Esposito stop by to join in festivities
Encore broadcasts of 'The Chew,' Dec. 21 through Jan. 1
From hors d'oeuvres to the main course, entertaining tips to last-minute ideas, "The Chew's" Emmy Award-winning co-hosts are here to make the season merry and bright.
Sara Evans and Jennifer Esposito stop by for some holiday cheer, and the hosts take guests behind the scenes for one special night on Broadway as Carla Hall joins the cast of "The Lion King" in its epic 20th year.
"The Chew" listings for the week of Dec. 18-22 are as follows (1 p.m. ET on ABC; subject to change):
Monday, Dec. 18 - "Perfect Holiday Planner" - "Win, Lose, Hors D'Oeuvre" as Clinton Kelly challenges his co-hosts for the chance to cook with him; the perfect holiday main course; delicious desserts get a makeover.
Tuesday, Dec. 19 - "Last-Minute Holiday" - Evans (album, "Words") helps prepare a last-minute merry meal; entertaining tips for lucky "Chew" viewers; Carla's night on Broadway at "The Lion King."
Wednesday, Dec. 20 - "The Chew's Holiday Celebration" - Esposito (cookbook, "Jennifer's Way") joins "The Chew" crew in the kitchen; "C&C Wrap Factory" as Clinton and Carla wrap presents for fans in Times Square; the hosts celebrate the holidays with Michael Symon's delicious dish.
  Roaming Table presents: The Lewiston Prohibition Tour Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:54:44 -0500
After building and facilitating the successful Lewiston Culinary Tour over the past four years, the Roaming Table has announced its next endeavor: The Lewiston Prohibition Tour, a "happy hour"-style trek.
A brand-new walking cocktail tour
After building and facilitating the successful Lewiston Culinary Tour over the past four years, the Roaming Table has announced its next endeavor: The Lewiston Prohibition Tour, a "happy hour"-style trek.
Guests will eat and sip through the home of the original cocktail (Lewiston), learn about the era of teetotalers, flappers, and, of course, bootleggers, all while enjoying four unique libations paired with food. The Roaming Table website's list of tour stops includes Cask & Cow, Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen and the Brickyard Brewing Company.
Tours will begin June 16, 2018, and run throughout the summer (Fridays and Saturdays). Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. and are between two and two-and-a-half hours in length.
For more information, or for tickets, visit at www.lewistonfoodtours.com or call 1-800-656-0713.