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Holiday Inn goes for $4.4 million
Fri, Oct 26th 2012 06:20 pm
A hospitality company in the United Arab Emirates was the high bidder for the Holiday Inn Grand Island this week.

Byblos Hospitality Group of Dubai and several local investors teamed to bid $4.4 million for the property.

Blackbird Asset Services of Williamsville with Tulsa, Okla.-based AmeriBid conducted the bank-owned hotel auction of the Holiday Inn Grand Island on Oct. 24.

"The hotel is running close to full occupancy most nights, and we expect that to continue right through our sale process and into new ownership," noted Stephen Karbelk, co-chairman of AmeriBid LLC. "This is an awesome opportunity for an investor to pick up a full service hotel that's running really well."

Coats 4 Kids returns, distribution dates set
Thu, Oct 25th 2012 06:45 pm
Joe Petrozzi, and his son Russ, of Capitol Cleaners, are again collecting, cleaning and giving gently used coats and other winter wear to needy families in Western New York. The days for distribution to the community are Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Keeping seniors informed
Thu, Oct 25th 2012 06:45 pm
Rep. Kathy Hochul released the following statement last week on the start of Medicare open enrolment:
'Antler Alert': Thruway Authority, State Police remind motorists of deer season dangers
Wed, Oct 24th 2012 11:25 am
The New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Troop T are reminding motorists of the danger of deer season with their annual "Antler Alert." Most deer-vehicle collisions occur from October through December.
Overnight lane closures on South Grand Island Bridge begin
Wed, Oct 24th 2012 11:25 am
Temporary overnight lane closures are scheduled on the Niagara Thruway (I-190) for the northbound South Grand Island Bridge beginning Wednesday, Oct. 24, and continuing through Friday, Dec. 14, the New York State Thruway Authority this week.
Business Council of New York, New York League of Conservations Voters back Grisanti for Senate
Tue, Oct 23rd 2012 03:30 pm
The Business Council of New York State Inc. and the New York League of Conservation Voters have come together to endorse Mark Grisanti in the 60th New York State Senate District.
Grand Island: CROP Walk raises $5K for hunger relief
Sat, Oct 20th 2012 07:00 am
Paul Robinson, coordinator of the Grand Island Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) Walk, reports that this year's event will top the $5,000 mark in funds raised for the first time in more than 10 years.
St. Stephen Altar Society to host basket raffle
Sat, Oct 20th 2012 07:00 am
The St. Stephen R.C. Church Altar Society will hold a basket raffle and bake sale fundraiser on two weekends, Oct. 20 and 21, and Oct. 27 and 28.
Grand Island Board of Education: Sidway above national average in Reading Recovery
Fri, Oct 19th 2012 07:30 pm
At its Monday evening meeting, the Grand Island Board of Education heard a report from Charlotte Sidway School teachers Alicia Szyprowski, Stephanie Powers and Joanne Johnson on their Reading Recovery program.
Islander to compete against best of the best at regatta
Fri, Oct 19th 2012 07:30 pm
Heavyn Dreher will compete with the fastest rowers in America when she travels this weekend to a regatta in Massachusetts, but the trip there had anything but smooth water.
Grand Island suffers first loss, 22-16 to McKinley
Fri, Oct 19th 2012 07:30 pm
Grand Island dropped its first football game of the season with a 22-16 loss to McKinley Saturday at Riverside High School.
Quilts By The River showcases longtime Islander's artistry
Fri, Oct 19th 2012 07:25 pm
Jesse Tromanhauser was recovering from a war injury when he was given a gift that he's been passing on to others ever since.
Erie County: Poloncarz presents 2013 budget
Fri, Oct 19th 2012 07:20 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz formally presented his fiscal year 2013 proposed Erie County budget, calling it "the county's most challenging budget year since the 'Red-Green' fiscal crisis."
'Taste' a 'part of what Grand Island is'
Fri, Oct 19th 2012 07:15 pm
From all quarters, the first-ever Taste of Grand Island Fall Fest on Saturday was a huge success.
Above and Beyond: Island fire prevention program highlighted by new live fire demo
Fri, Oct 19th 2012 07:15 pm
More than 2,000 Sidway Elementary School students and other fire prevention open house visitors came to Grand Island Fire Co. headquarters to learn more about their GIFC volunteers, equipment, and operational capabilities.
Jack & Jill Preschool to host vendor show, raffle
Mon, Oct 15th 2012 07:00 am
The kids of Jack & Jill Preschool are getting ready for their upcoming vendor show and basket raffle.
Madigan receives support from Boehner
Sat, Oct 13th 2012 07:00 am
Candidate for Congress Mike Madigan, right, and other Republican candidates for Congress met Oct. 6 with Speaker of the House John Boehner at the headquarters of fellow Congressional candidate Chris Collins in Lancaster.
Islanders graduate from Citizen's Academy
Sat, Oct 13th 2012 07:00 am
Several Islanders recently graduated from the U.S. Border Patrol Citizen's Academy. During six weeks of training at various sites, including Grand Island, participants learned about the efforts made in protecting U.S. borders.
Lane closure slated on North Grand Island Bridge (northbound) on Saturday, Oct. 13
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 11:50 pm
The left lane on the North Grand Island Bridge (northbound) will be closed from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, the New York State Thruway Authority announced.
Vikings hold off N-W, 14-7
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 06:00 pm
The good news is Grand Island is still undefeated in Class A of Federation football.
Vikings win on Senior Night
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 06:00 pm
The Grand Island Vikings swimming and diving team beat North Tonawanda 126-42 in the last home meet at the GIHS natatorium.
Grand Island Board of Education: Trustees tour Eco Island; new bus garage up for vote
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 05:20 pm
The Grand Island Board of Education began its meeting rotation through various district buildings last Monday at Eco Island nature center on Staley Road.
Veronica Connor Middle School: 'Flat Stanley' flat out fun musical
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 05:20 pm
Seventy students at Connor Middle School will present another musical based on a popular children's book this week.
St. Stephen to host speaker
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 05:15 pm
Robert Rogers will present "Live a Life of No Regrets" at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Holiday Happenings at Golden Age Center
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 05:10 pm
The Grand Island Golden Age Club will hold its annual Holiday Happenings on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Above and Beyond: New fireboat introduced at state of readiness inspection
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 05:00 pm
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Grand Island Fire Co. firefighters, medics and cadets reported to fire headquarters for their annual state of readiness inspection by Fire Chief Kevin Koch, who was assisted by line officers as well as Town Supervisor Mary Cooke.
CROP Walk Oct. 14
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 05:00 pm
The Rev. Paul E. Robinson anticipates nice weather for Sunday's Community Response to Overcoming Poverty Walk at 1 p.m. at Beaver Island State Park.
Lane closure for North Grand Island Bridge Toll Plaza slated for Wednesday, Oct. 10
Tue, Oct 9th 2012 11:45 pm
Construction work will require a toll lane closure at the North Grand Island Bridge, the New York State Thruway Authority announced Tuesday.
SEIU endorses Restaino
Mon, Oct 8th 2012 04:25 pm
New York State Assembly candidate Robert M. Restaino has announced that he was endorsed by the executive board of Service Employees International Union Local 200 United in the race for the 145th Assembly District.
Strong turnout expected at 'Candidates Hour'
Mon, Oct 8th 2012 03:00 pm
Candidates for congress, state senate and assembly, and county legislator have all accepted invitations to be a part of the 2012 "Candidates Hour" at Southeast Works in Depew.
Invitation to 'Pray for Our Nation'
Sat, Oct 6th 2012 07:00 am
St. Stephen Church and the Respect Life Group invite Islanders to a "Prayer for Our Nation" on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the main church, located at 2100 Baseline Road. All are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation.
Get ready: Connor Middle School musical runs Oct. 11, 12, 13
Sat, Oct 6th 2012 07:00 am
It's already time for a "spring" musical at Veronica Connor Middle School.
Fundraiser set for David S. Kaiser
Sat, Oct 6th 2012 07:00 am
A fundraiser for David S. Kaiser will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road.
Vikings run record to 5-0
Fri, Oct 5th 2012 10:50 pm
Chris Connors caught three touchdown passes and quarterback Quinn Corrao scored a touchdown in the waning seconds as Grand Island came back to beat Williamsville North 26-21.
Grand Island man arrested on burglary charges after terrorizing woman
Fri, Oct 5th 2012 10:45 pm
Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard has announced the arrest and arraignment of a Grand Island man who detectives say terrorized an elderly Grand Island woman on East River Road.
Grand Island Fire Co.: Damage limited in Island kitchen fire
Fri, Oct 5th 2012 10:40 pm
Shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, Grand Island Fire Co. firefighters responded to a call of smoke in a residence, which was discovered by the Love Road occupant who had returned home from a shopping trip.
Erie County Sheriff's Office: New York State Sheriff's Week celebrated
Fri, Oct 5th 2012 10:35 pm
The Erie County Sheriff's Office celebrated New York State Sheriff's Week by inviting the media and local elected town and county officials to participate in several specialized services provided by the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Youth Ambassador program approaches 18th year
Fri, Oct 5th 2012 10:35 pm
The Grand Island Youth Ambassador program was established 18 years ago to promote interaction and goodwill between the business community and students, and also to bring awareness of the economic development of Grand Island to youth of the community.
Town Board issues proclamation for CROP Walk
Fri, Oct 5th 2012 10:30 pm
At its meeting in Town Hall on Monday, the Grand Island Town Board urged its residents to support a local organization celebrating a milestone this year.
Above and Beyond: 'Two Ways Out' may save your life
Fri, Oct 5th 2012 10:25 pm
This year's fire prevention and life safety theme is "Have Two Ways Out" when you are faced with a fire emergency at home, work or school. This message will be given to Grand Island elementary school students by firefighter teams during the week of Oct. 8 through 12, according to Assistant Chief Mark Sadkowski of the Grand Island Fire Co.