• A social dining experience

    By Laura Barton, Tribune Staff

    Good food and good company are the goals that Matt Woodruff has for his new restaurant, The Supper Club.

    It opened its doors on East Main Street in Welland only a couple of weeks ago. It’s just moments away from Woodruff’s other restaurant, Matteo’s Ristorante, which he opened almost four years ago.

    He said both he and his girlfriend, Lisa Badawey, run both restaurants and the goal for both is to offer quality food and a great experience.

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  • Welland native Sandra Gage helped promote four international tournaments in three sports

    By Bernd Franke. Postmedia Network

    Sandra Gage is going on the Welland Sports Wall of Fame as a builder for her work behind the scenes in basketball and soccer.

    When she’s inducted Sunday in a ceremony at Seaway Mall, Gage will also become the latest member of a select group which is well deserving of having its own wing: women from Welland who have excelled in sports marketing at the international level.

    Like Stacey Allaster, former Women’s Tennis Association chief executive officer and now the U.S. Tennis Association’s chief executive for professional tennis; and Michele O’Keefe, president of Canada Basketball; before her, Gage parlayed a passion for sports and a prowess for marketing into a high-profile career after leaving her hometown.

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  • NIAGARA CLOSEUP: Niagara College turns 50

    By Michelle Allenberg, The Tribune

    In 1967, with one employee and two empty rooms, Niagara College opened its doors in Welland.

    The college, now home to more than 10,000 students at multiple campuses, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

    When it opened in September 1967, 450 students began their education in programs that included for business and secretarial roles.

    Before the campus was built on Woodlawn Road, staff worked out of a two-room office on King Street in Welland. Mary Hornak was hired as the first employee of the college working as secretary
    to the college president, George Bowen. She remained the only staff member for the first few weeks.

    Hornak, with a laugh, recalls the rooms were small and she was tasked with filling them with office supplies.

    “I just can’t get over that it started with two small rooms and it’s grown so big,” she says.

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  • Welland’s annual report packed with good news

    by Michelle Allenburg, The Tribune

    In 2016 Welland issued building permits for about $81 million in development.

    Gary Long, the city’s CAO, says he saw a great deal of growth in Welland last year, that is reflected in the municipality’s annual report. The growth isn’t limited to an increase in population, but also in industry and development. Last year the city issued about 620 building permits. The construction value of those developments is about $81 million. In the five years previous to 2016, the city issued about 575 building permits.

    A number of city-owned lands were sold in 2016, including more than five acres on Prince Charles Drive for residential development of 70 townhouses.

    Long says staff anticipate 2017 will be a solid year, especially due to the addition of the General Electric plant on Silverthorn Street in Welland.
    GE is scheduled to open in 2018 and will employ about 220 people.

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  • Groundbreaking for French school set for spring

    Michelle Allenberg, The Tribune

    Plans for a new $12.8 million facility to house students from both Confederation Secondary school and Champlain elementary school are slowly moving forward.

    In 2015 the Conseil scolaire Viamonde was awarded almost $11 million from the Ministry of Education to construct a new school.

    Jean-Francois L’Heureux, chair of Conseil scolaire Viamonde, said the board actually received $12.8 million when including funding received for early childhood and day care support.

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