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NTCC's Online Reservation System Reaches $1 Million in Revenues

Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation’s online reservation system has reached $1 million in revenues this year for its participating tourism partners. The system allows visitors to book their entire trip to Niagara USA online and features more than 40 tourism partners in Niagara County, including accommodations, attractions and restaurants.

“Booking vacations online has become the norm in the tourism industry and since launching our online reservation system in May 2009, it has become a one-stop shop for those planning their trip to Niagara USA,” said John Percy, president and CEO, NTCC. “We are thrilled with the success the system has had for our tourism partners after a little over a year in operation. By reaching $1 million in sales, approximately 4,500 trips were booked to our region.”

Early Childhood Direction Center of WNY Awarded 5-year Contract to Continue Services

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) of WNY, administered by Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, received a five year contract from the New York State Education Department to continue providing services for families and professionals serving children birth to five with diagnosed or suspected special needs.

The ECDC was established in 1979 and the mission of ECDC is to ensure that children, birth to five years, with suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities, are linked to appropriate services that will enable them to reach their potential.

ECDC provides free training and technical assistance for families and professionals working with children less than five years of age with suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities.

Say 'Goodnight' at Kenmore Mercy

Shhhh! It’s time to help people get a good night’s sleep at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. The Catholic Health hospital’s new SleepCare Center is now open offering medically monitored sleep studies to help diagnose and treat a variety of sleep disorders. Catholic Health also offers sleep testing services at Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.

Kenmore Mercy hosted a grand opening for the new SleepCare Center on Monday, October 4 at 1 p.m. on the hospital’s fourth floor.

“We know that by helping people get a good night’s sleep, we can improve their health,” said Alexander Gelfer, M.D, board-certified sleep specialist and medical director of the hospital’s sleep center. “If someone is having trouble sleeping, and it doesn’t get better over time, it’s time to get help.”

Up to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, with an additional 20 to 30 million affected by intermittent sleep-related problems.

TeamSave Arrives in WNY With Web Discounts for Consumers

A new collective buying website that allows consumers to receive substantial discounts on goods, services and events from hundreds of Buffalo-area businesses has entered the Western New York marketplace.

Toronto-based TeamSave began offering daily discounts of at least 50 percent to Western New York consumers on August 26. Individuals can access these offers by registering on TeamSave.com. Registration is free and the only requirement to register is an e-mail address. The company also promotes its daily discounts on its TeamSave Buffalo Facebook page.

Money for Tonawanda Island Rehab

Ed Alkiewicz, director of Relicensing and Implementation for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), recently presented a check for $330,985 from the Greenway Ecological Fund to Julie Barrett O’Neill, executive director, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

The money will be used by the Niagara Riverkeeper to improve the habitat on Tonawanda Island, returning the area to a more natural state. 

Under the commitments made in conjunction with its Niagara Power Project operating license, NYPA pledged to contribute a total of $450 million for Greenway development over the period of the project’s 50-year license.  As part of that agreement, NYPA provides the Greenway Ecological Fund with $1 million annually.