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Let's Go Back for Jan. 20, 2012

by jmaloni
Mon, Jan 23rd 2012 04:00 pm

40 Years Ago, Jan. 19, 1972

Board discusses regulation of parking

Grand Island's Town Board held its second public meeting with only four members present. Councilman James Pax is on a 15-day tour of duty as a reserve officer.

The board's rules were suspended, giving precedent to a public hearing on an ordinance regulating parking. The ordinance, if adopted, would deal with such matters as stop streets and the placement of signs, the elimination of on-street parking in residential areas during those months commencing in November and terminating in April ... would outlaw the parking of commercial vehicles in excess of three ton on a public thoroughfare, and would permit the town to establish violations and penalties for said offenses. ...

30 Years Ago, Jan. 15, 1982

Grand Island braved storm in fine style

Winds howled, temperatures dropped below zero and snow blanketed the Island over the weekend, conditions that prevailed not only through New York state but parts of the country.

People unable to reach their homes sought shelter in various places, including Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo. But perhaps the greatest number found a comfortable spot right here on Grand Island. Paul Verciglo, the innkeeper of the Holiday Inn on East River Road, said about 1,200 guests attending a convention had to remain (some until Monday) when a storm continued to rage and mainland roads were impassable. ...

Grand Island roads were the clearest in the area, thanks to the town Highway Department.

20 Years Ago, Jan. 24, 1992

Welcome home party planned for Bills

Buffalo Bills fans will welcome their team home personally from its second Super Bowl appearance at a rally in Buffalo's Niagara Square, tentatively scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The rally is planned regardless of whether the Bills defeat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI. ...

An invitation to speak at the rally has been extended to New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo. At last year's rally welcoming the Bills home from the Super Bowl played in Tampa, Cuomo said that he looked forward to welcoming the team home this year as the winner.

10 Years Ago, Jan. 18, 2002

Capital bond project causes dissention

During Monday night's Grand Island Board of Education meeting, residents finally let 32 months worth of pent-up frustration loose, as they voiced their displeasure with the amount of time it is taking for the district's $18.4 million capital project to get under way.

In May 1999, residents approved the school district's capital project bond. Two years later they were wondering why work has not started at the district's Ransom Road complex.

Some residents were furious, and they went as far as accusing district officials of misleading the public on the status of the project during Monday's meeting.

 "We are in our 32nd month since approved the issue, and nothing has been done," said Denise Dewey of Orchard Road. "I had twin sons that were in the seventh grade when voters approved the bond. They're now sophomores."

According to Grand Island School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Fields, the improvements were purposely put off until the district first completed a $2.1 million utility improvement project. ...

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