Niagara Gazette

March 7, 2014

CHEERS AND JEERS: The best -- and worst --Â news of the week for March 7

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — • CHEERS: In what was probably the least surprising news of the week, the Buffalo Bills and Rogers Communication officials announced they were putting the much-maligned Toronto game on hold this upcoming season. It’s never been a particular favorite for fans on this side of the border — and apparently not on the other side either, judging by attendance and lack of enthusiasm — but this past season’s game, featuring the Atlanta Falcons, may have been the final nail in the coffin. Fans, team officials — and even the players themselves — all spoke out against the annual “home away from home” game. Quite frankly, it feels to us like the experiment is over and it didn’t meet anyone’s expectations. We’ll see how things go for 2015.

• CHEERS: It’s hard to really get our hopes up but hearing the recent news that a Toronto developer planning to buy the former Summit Park Mall and reopen it as a mall has us crossing our fingers. If you’ve been around here long enough, you remember the mall back in its heyday and what it meant to the community. Times have definitely changed but it would nice to see new life breathed into the largely vacant — and heavily damaged — structure. That’s definitely what Ontario-based developer Zoran Cocov has in mind. “It is my intention is to make it into a success,” he said. “A thriving destination for not only the locals, but also for the Canadians who are already going to the Fashion Outlets.” It may take a little bit of outside-the-box thinking but it could be brought back. It’s not like this project will require a yellow brick road ...

• JEERS: Apparently all that publicity Niagara Falls State Park received this winter is causing at least one problem for State Park Police — people wandering in to dangerous areas near the falls. So far this week seven people have been arrested after venturing out on to dangerous patches of ice near Terrapin Point at the park. Park police say a few of those caught and arrested have mentioned wanting to get a better picture of the falls. No picture of the falls is worth putting your life — or those of the potential rescuers who will have to respond to any emergencies. It probably should be mentioned all those arrested so far have been from out of town. Hopefully local visitors have a bit more common sense.