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December 31, 2012

HIGGS: Looking back on a busy 2012

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Niagara Gazette — One of this year’s highlights was my involvement at the new culinary institute in downtown Niagara Falls. Dr. James Klyczek honored my request to hold the Niagara Beautification Commission Annual Award Luncheon in mid-September as the “first event” at this beautiful facility. If it was considered a dress rehearsal of things to come, it went off without a hitch thanks to his professional staff and we were invited to attend their opening ceremony and ribbon cutting shortly thereafter. Do take the time and effort to visit this public space. You will not be disappointed.

Tired of negative publicity and comments about Niagara Falls, I was encouraged by my dear friend Domenick Iannuzzi to be a “cheerleader” about the good things and the good people and organizations. So I did and cheered on the Urban Land Institute and its visit to help us decide on the future of the remainder of the former Rainbow Mall. I also cheered about the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center and the variety of happenings they provide for our residents. I cheered on the block club members and the people who volunteer to keep Niagara beautiful and the new mission of LaSalle Pride who want the rest of us to learn about LaSalle and its early beginnings. I could not forget about the Niagara Military Affairs Council, and their exhausting efforts to keep our local air base alive and well. The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary got some well-deserved attention along with its gift shop that I likened as our downtown department store. Last but not least I bid our police Chief John Chella farewell with all our best wishes for a long and well-deserved retirement.

Domenick and I talked about 2013 and what I should write about and of course circumstance will interfere with any strict agenda so it will be left kind of loose for the most part. I will take his idea about city “landmarks,” their history and the people involved with them over the years. The “silly season” will be upon us again before we know it and we have some local seats up for grabs. Let’s hope we get qualified, interested, positive candidates who are willing to compromise and work together to keep the momentum going downtown and move the city and county forward. Cooperation is the key as no one person or unit of government can do it alone.

Thanks for reading me, calling me and having faith in our future. Let us bid farewell to auld lang syne (which some say means “the good old days”) and welcome in the new year. Best wishes for happiness, good health and success in 2013.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

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