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Veggie Van returns in Niagara County

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Veggie Van is back.

Cornell Cooperative Extension has released the mobile farmers market schedule for June, which kicks off at Lockport Community Housing Wednesday morning at 9:30.

MORE | Find the Veggie Van schedule here.

The goal of the Veggie Van is to fight hunger and reduce food insecurity by traveling to areas where people have limited access to fresh, healthy foods.

Officials say the Veggie Van will run through October this year.

A bunch of locally produced fruits and vegetables will be available, from apples to asparagus.

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Hiring event for Amazon drivers happening in West Seneca

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — If you’d like to drive for Amazon, a hiring event will be taking place Wednesday in West Seneca.

Anyone interested can go to the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson at 164-B Slade Ave. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Pay rates for drivers start at $16.50/hour, with a bonus incentive.

Social distancing will be practiced at the event, and anyone who attends will be entered into a drawing for a free giveaway.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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UPMC Chautauqua plans $2.7M expansion in Jamestown

The radiology expansion at the main campus follows the recent decertification of a therapeutic radiology program at the hospital’s other site.

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New outdoor vendor market grows, boosts business’ online presence

Mimosa Market Series will continue to run each Saturday through Oct. 30.

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Jamestown Police looking for suspects who attempted to “fish” from bank dropbox

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Police in Jamestown are trying to find a man and woman who used an unusual method of ‘fishing’ in their attempt to steal from a bank.

Police say the suspects tried to steal from the overnight drop box at the Lakeshore Savings Bank on Fourth Street.

Police say they used a fishing-type device to drop a sticky trap into the overnight drop box, aiming to snag a deposit bag and pull it out of the dropbox.

According to police, that device became stuck in the dropbox and the suspects left empty-handed.

Police say there have been similar incidents at another local bank.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduces bill that would remove toxic chemicals from Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

(WIVB) – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing to remove toxic chemicals from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

She’s introduced a bill that would add $10 billion to protect military communities from these chemicals.

Sen. Gillibrand says there is a clear link between firefighting foam used on military bases and dangerous chemicals being found in nearby drinking water.

She says this bill would clean up the bases with the highest levels of contamination.

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Buffalo Institute of Contemporary Art finds new home on the West Side

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– The Buffalo Institute of Contemporary Art is back open and has found a new home. After a shutdown during the pandemic, owners Emily Reynolds and Nando Alvarez-Perez moved from Elmwood Avenue to The Essex ArtsCenter at 30 Essex Street.

“During COVID when this space became available it’s so much bigger and it has this really storied history in Buffalo, it’s been an important art space for fifty-plus years so we were really excited to jump on this moment and become part of this much longer history.”

Founded in June 2018 with a “mission to break down the barriers in the art world”, BICA’s inaugural exhibit in the new space features local photographer Derrick Carr whose pictures capture the essence of the people and places on the city’s West Side.

“Business owners, bikers, just kind of the culture all mixed in one. To give back to the community and contribute to the art world here that’s picking up– it feels good,” Carr said.

The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Arts has a new space on the city’s West Side. I’ll tell you about the inaugural exhibit with local photographer @djcarrr and their plans for the new space on @news4buffalo ! pic.twitter.com/BEriUVmbOL

— Kelly Khatib (@KellyKhatibtv) June 8, 2021

Carr’s exhibit runs until July 16, and BICA will also be holding performances on the porch on Saturdays in June and July. For more information on other upcoming exhibits, visit thebica.org.

Kelly Khatib is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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Former Niagara Falls mayor Vincenzo Anello dies

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Former Niagara Falls mayor Vincenzo Anello has died, Niagara Falls mayor Robert Restaino confirmed on Tuesday evening.

Anello served as mayor from Jan. 2004 to Dec. 2007. After his time in the mayor’s office, Anello also served prison time for pension fraud.

Anello told News 4 after his release that he loved his city and was the best “cheerleader” Niagara Falls had.

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State releases employment numbers for Tesla plant in Buffalo

(WIVB) – After requesting the data for months, the state has finally released employment numbers at the Tesla plant in Buffalo.

The plant recently reported that it has 1,058 employees as of the end of May.

That’s still about 400 employees short of the state-issued goal it must reach by Dec. 31.

If Tesla misses the hiring goal, the state can impose a fine of over $41 million.

The Riverbend plant was built and equipped with more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in taxpayer money.

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23-year-old stabbed multiple times on 19th Street in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 23-year-old Niagara Falls man was stabbed multiple times in the 600 block of 19th Street on Tuesday afternoon.

Niagara Falls Police responded to the scene around 3:45 p.m.

The victim was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and stabilized before being transferred to ECMC.

No arrest has been made at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact NFPD Detectives at (716) 286-4553.

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