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Kid-friendly Band-Aid drive underway to support RPCI
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 08:20 pm
If Luke Gworek has his way, no kid will have to go home from the hospital with a sad-faced Band-Aid ever again.
Zonta Club of Grand Island: Tribute Garden to honor victims of domestic violence
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 08:20 pm
The Western New York Tribute Garden, in honor of domestic violence victims, is being dedicated in Tonawanda's Isle View Park.

The Zonta Club of Grand Island is not only helping to establish the garden, it is issuing a challenge to other Island service groups: Help in any way you can to make this Tribute Garden a success - so it can have a beneficial effect on women, their families and our community.

'Cooking for Cancer' raising money one nickel at a time at Bottle Junction
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 08:10 pm
Jessica Flash, left, and Allyson Nemeth received a check from Josh Pabon, assistant manager of Bottle Junction. The money comes from patrons of Bottle Junction who decide to donate their bottle deposits to "Cooking for Cancer."
Wild Women Unite weekend is a summer camp for grownups
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 08:00 pm
Whether women are looking for a relaxing weekend with friends or looking to learn some outdoor skills, Wild Women Unite weekend, scheduled for Oct. 3-5, will provide a fun place to meet new friends, laugh out loud and try something new.
Obit: Christian P. Wallinder
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 08:00 pm
Christian P. Wallinder, age 18, of Grand Island entered into rest Sept. 5, 2014.
Grand Island Board of Education: First meeting of school year held
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 08:00 pm
The Grand Island Board of Education held its first meeting of the 2014-15 school year in the Professional Development Suite at Grand Island High School. The agenda included reports on personnel, the district's capital project, the dress code and curriculum and instruction.
AAA announces new partnerships, more savings with local auto repair facilities
Mon, Sep 15th 2014 04:35 pm
AAA Western and Central New York has announced details of a renewed partnership with more than 80 auto repair facilities participating in the AAA Approved Auto Repair program. AAA's AAR program offers members a way to identify reliable repair shops they can trust.

Starting this month, local AAR locations will offer new and improved standard discounts and benefits to AAA members, including: a 10 percent discount on repair labor; a two-year/24,000-mile guarantee on parts and labor; a free multi-point inspection; preliminary diagnosis within one hour of tow arrival; and member-preferred pricing on select maintenance services.

Sulaiman welcomes new patients
Sat, Sep 13th 2014 08:50 am
Dr. Rosalind Nolan Sulaiman, an experienced physician specializing in internal medicine and pediatrics, has recently joined forces with the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Dr. Willard Ruth, a respected physician with more than 30 years experience. She is currently accepting new patients at the Grand Island Family Practice.
Grand Island natives inducted into Buffalo Wing Hall of Fame
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 06:55 pm
The recent National Buffalo Wing Festival honored a native Grand Island family that has built a restaurant chain with blood, sweat and tears, and lots of Frank's hot sauce and Marie's blue cheese.
Golden Age Center receives van through grant
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 06:55 pm
The Golden Age Center has a new van, paid for with a Community Development Block Grant approved by the Erie County Legislature.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Youth Ambassadors recognized at picnic
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 06:55 pm
At its annual President's Picnic, Aug. 20, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce recognized its 2013-14 Youth Ambassadors for Service and welcomed its 2014-15 Youth Ambassadors.
Obit: Esther B. Lozo
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 06:50 pm
Esther B. Lozo passed away Aug. 26, 2014, peacefully at home under the care of her loving family at the age of 100. Esther was a lifelong Grand Island resident.
Obit: Karen C. White
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 06:50 pm
Karen C. White, entered into rest Aug. 30, 2014. She was a resident of Grand Island.
Obit: Beatrice L. Hillock
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 06:50 pm
Beatrice L. (née Hardy) Hillock, a longtime resident of Grand Island, entered into rest Aug. 26 in New Port Richey, Florida.
Townsend aces field to win Grand Island Fun Center golf tourney
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:15 pm
Kevin Townsend of North Tonawanda won the second annual Grand Island Fun Center Golf Tournament Aug. 24, taking home the $250 first prize.
Grand Island Central School District: Superintendent reviews changes in VCMS, GIHS pick-up, drop-off changes
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
The first day of school is Thursday, Sept. 4. Parents are asked to review the following changes to the bus drop-off and parent drop-off processes this year at the Veronica E. Connor Middle School and Grand Island High School complex.
Rules of the road: School bus safety
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
As summer winds down, children across Erie County are heading back to school and once again yellow school buses will dot our highways.
Obit: William J. Ross
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
William J. Ross went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 17, 2014.
Obit: Elizabeth Irene Podsiadlo
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
Elizabeth Irene "Ellie" Podsiadlo of Grand Island passed away Aug. 24, 2014.
55th anniversary observed
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
Polly and Doug Smith of Grand Island observed their 55th wedding anniversary Aug. 8 with a family dinner, including both children and three of four grandchildren, in Warfield's Restaurant, Clifton Springs, New York.
60th anniversary celebrated
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Grimes of Grand Island will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Marc Scibilia performs at 9th Ward
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 11:55 pm
Singer/songwriter Marc Scibilia, a Grand Island native now living and working in Nashville - and signed to Capitol Records' IRS label - is returning to Western New York Friday to perform at Babeville's 9th Ward. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. event. Tickets are $10.
Public information forum hosted by the Erie County Local Planning Committee
Mon, Sep 1st 2014 07:00 am
President Obama has designated the month of September as National Preparedness Month. As part of this recognition, the Erie County Local Emergency Planning Committee is hosting a public information forum.
Playground ribbon-cutting caps 6 years of work
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 07:00 am
The Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY celebrated another high-water mark in the organization's brief history with Saturday's ribbon-cutting for a new playground in Veterans Park.
Grand Island High School: Summer school graduation day arrives
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 07:00 am
On a warm summer's afternoon, three young women and their families sat on folding chairs amidst the gardens of the Huth Road Elementary School courtyard. They were there Friday to receive their high school diplomas after spending hours working on academic areas of difficulty in summer school.
The Real Barbers II keeps barbershop tradition alive
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 07:00 am
Kids needing a haircut before going back to school have a new old-school option.

The Real Barbers II has opened in the Grand Island Plaza, next door to M&T Bank and across from Adrian's Custard and Beef.

Taking the #IceBucketChallenge
Sat, Aug 23rd 2014 12:10 pm
Celebrities. Athletes. Politicians. Your friends and family members.

Just about everybody, it seems, has taken part in the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise awareness - and funds - for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." To date, more than $40 million has been donated.

Obit: Rev. Leslie E. Chambers
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 03:00 pm
Pastor Leslie E. Chambers of the Town of West Clarksville passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at home after a brief battle with cancer.
Obit: Sally Trietley Mergel
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 03:00 pm
Sally Trietley Mergel, 83, of Grand Island was called to heaven at home Aug. 17, 2014, surrounded by family and comforted by her devoted husband of 24 years, Philip Mergel.
Grand Island farmhouse celebrates sesquicentennial
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:50 pm
Grand Island Historical Society officers Carolyn Doebert, Sharon Nichols and Maggie Gushue presented a framed copy of the original 1864 deed of the fifth-oldest house on Grand Island to current owners Robin and Bryce Shipman at their recent festive sesquicentennial birthday celebration.
Grand Island Planning Board OKs rezoning for $1.3 million maintenance building
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
Construction of a $1.3 million parks maintenance building and Recreation Department offices passed review by the town Planning Board Monday night.
Annual Pepper-Off heats things up
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
What started out three years ago as a combination of Mike Geblein's retirement party and friends really like to cook peppers so let's have a cook-off has evolved into an annual event at the Geblein compound.
NRTG announces season schedule
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild has announced its 92nd season of community theater on the Niagara Frontier.
Grisanti introduces legislation to expand radius for low-cost power
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:50 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti introduced legislation today (S.7935) that would expand the boundaries of the Power Proceeds Allocation Act funding program to include all of Erie County. This expansion would allow eligible businesses and not-for-profits in all of Erie County to apply for power at a reduced cost.
Grand Island: Miniature-golf tournament has more than $500 in prizes
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 11:25 am
The Grand Island Fun Center is calling Buffalo's best miniature golfers for its second annual mini golf tournament on Aug. 24 at 1:30 p.m. Golfers will tee off and compete for more than $500 in cash and prizes.
GIHS is People's Choice at Lewiston Art Festival
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:45 pm
Grand Island High School students took home the People's Choice award and a third-place yellow ribbon from the Chalk Walk competition at the Lewiston Art Festival Saturday.
Grand Island Town Board: Two proclamations issued at meeting
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:40 pm
The Grand Island Town Board proclaimed Aug. 16 National Airborne Day in the town during its meeting Monday and encouraged Islanders to observe and commemorate the event.
Town of Grand Island calls results of new recycling program 'fantastic'
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
The Grand Island Town Board has called the results of the first month of use with the new 95-gallon wheeled recycling carts "fantastic."

In a press release to the media this week, the board said the amount of recycling by Grand Islanders in the first month of using the carts that were delivered in May by Republic Services has increased.

Buffalo Division Manager Terry Schweitzer and Municipal Services Manager Terry Grady of Republic Services met recently with the Town Board to review the recycling numbers and the overall program, the statement said. According to the town, when compared to the same time period last year, the Grand Island recycling rate has increased by more than 30 percent.

Grand Island Town Board: Contractors complain about draft law
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
Island contractors showed up at Town Hall Monday to criticize a proposed local law that one called "blue collar vs. white collar."

A public hearing at the monthly Town Board meeting was attended by many of Grand Island's contractors, who gave input on Local Law Intro No. 13 of 2014 that would amend chapter 407 of the town code to allow contractor maintenance yards as a special use in certain residential districts, subject to certain conditions.

Just before taking public comments, Town Supervisor Mary Cooke said, "What's currently going on in town right now may not all be legal, and we're trying to figure out a way to allow someone who has a small operation to be able to work in their property that they have without disrupting their entire neighborhood so that we don't get complaints from people who say, 'I live in a residential neighborhood. I didn't sign up for this.' "

Grand Island Board of Education: Another assistant principal departs GIHS for better job
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
During the Monday evening meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education, trustees heard reports on a variety of topics, including some important staffing changes. Dr. Andrés Arroyo is leaving his position as assistant principal of Grand Island High School to become principal at Newfane High School. Arroyo has served Grand Island for the past seven years and earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

His resignation comes close behind that of Assistant Principal Michael Lauria, who left his job earlier this summer to become principal at Springville High School. Administrators acted quickly to search for and to hire replacements for Arroyo and Lauria, and high school Principal Dan Quartley introduced the new staff to the Board of Education at Monday's meeting. They are T. Michael Carter and Corey Gray.

 


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