Niagara Gazette

Columns

September 16, 2013

HIGGS: New education uses for LaSalle schools

Niagara Gazette — School has now officially started but we are still learning about current and former elementary schools in the LaSalle section of the city. Population expansion following WWII centered in the LaSalle area. I recall that a girlfriend of mine and sister’s who lived on Weston Avenue near our home on 18th Street moved to one of the numbered streets in LaSalle probably when we were attending North Junior.

These schools built in the late 1950s and ‘60s were out of necessity and of course we all know what happened to the population and how it affects necessity. Fortunately the school district has made good use of some of these buildings closed recently as the earlier ones were sold off to developers rather than used for education needs.

The 66th Street School is now the district’s administration center and the 60th Street School is the Community Education Center. Students from these former elementary schools were combined in a newer building, the Cataract Elementary School, named after the “falls” of Niagara in September of 2007. Located at 6431 Girard Ave., it was the former Madonna High School occupied by the Niagara Catholic school system and then became the Niagara Middle School. The district’s website tells me that, “As part of the Niagara Falls City School Districts’ Facing the Future initiative, students from the former 60th and 66th Street schools were merged into this newer building. Complete with a full-service cafeteria, pool and air conditioning, its one floor design provides a perfect learning environment for students”.

The Community Education Center at 6040 Lindbergh Ave. offers a wide variety of programs including adult GED programs, English as a second language, certified assistant nursing program and an external diploma program. Rocco Merino is the school administrator. Introduction to Computers for Senior Citizens will be offered here starting Sept. 17 through Oct. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. Evening classes will be held at Niagara Falls High School. Also offered at the Community Education Center is ballroom dancing from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 1 and 8. After the course you can sign up for “Dancing with the Stars.” Not quite, but you can show off on the cruise ships with all those other couples. And you can also learn to speak Italian at this location. Niagara River Fall Fishing will be held Oct. 24, 29, and Nov. 7 at Cataract Elementary School. A minimum of four or five students is required so bring a friend. A trip to a fishing destination is planned as well. For lots more information go to the district’s website and then to Schools and Community Education Center.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • NIA Bradberry, Bill mug BRADBERRY: Immigration issue belongs to everyone I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up my digital edition of the Washington Post yesterday and found something that I think captures part of the dilemma America faces right this minute; it's a simple question: Who are we, or to put it another way, what do we really stand for?

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Confer, Bob mug new CONFER: It's time the U.S. stopped giving aid to Israel When you see some of the atrocities that Israel has committed in Gaza, including last week's bombing of a United Nations school that was being used as a civilian emergency shelter, you should really wonder why we count them as an ally and why we devote so much of our financial and political resources to the scoundrels.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Higgs, Norma mug HIGGS: A cupcake gets the Niagara Beautification Commission spotlight Not a cupcake per se, but a cute shop in LaSalle operated by a "sweet" lady who is a real dynamo when it comes to running a business.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Glynn, Don mug [Duplicate] GLYNN: A key factor in luring the convention A natural wonder in the nation's oldest state park isn't the lone factor for selecting Niagara Falls as a convention site.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • SINGER: Regional poetry and sad realities If that isn't (or wasn't) poetry, I don't know what is! I'm referring to the self-satisfied, sluggish trot of ice chunks emanating from Lake Erie in early May 2014 -- sauntering, it felt, along the lovely Niagara.

    July 27, 2014

  • NIA Smith, Doug and Polly LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: Quest for an appointment comes up short We're rolling up our sleeves for Quest. The Big Mac of blood tests, the Tops of tourniquets, the Sears of screenings, opens on our Island at Monday's crack of dawn.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Davis, Vincent mug VINCENT DAVIS: Pledge your allegiance to the Slurpee, America's treat By now you must be aware that it is, in fact, summer. And since summer is a season not characterized by any obvious weather events (sometimes it's hot for days in a row, sometimes you get a bunch of rainy days and chilly nights) but instead activities, I'd like to bring attention to an underrated staple of summer sun enjoyment: Consuming the brain freeze-inducing snack classic, the Slurpee.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Hamilton, Ken mug HAMILTON: Popeye's '7-Minute' guide to educating southerners -- and me! Writer Mark Twain said that when he 14, his father was so ignorant that he could hardly stand to have the old man around. But upon turning 21, Twain said that he was astonished by how much his father had learned in just seven years.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA DeLuca, Michele mug DELUCA: Wegmans call warns of bad fruit I was humming to myself the other day, getting ready for work on a lovely summer morning, when I decided to check my messages on the house phone. I hit the play button and heard a message from Wegmans warning me about some fruit that I had bought at their store. As quick as that, a message with the scary potential to change my life or the life of someone I love.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Glynn, Don mug GLYNN: Ortt jumps on drive to repeal the SAFE Act It was a no-brainer for North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt, a Republican candidate for the 62nd Senate District seat, to join the forces to repeal the state's SAFE Act.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page