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Fantasy Island to celebrate 50th year Saturday
Fri, Jul 8th 2011 09:15 pm
On Saturday, July 9, Martin's Fantasy Island will hold a special "50th birthday" celebration to mark the park's 50th year.
Fourth of July fireworks, celebrations abound
Sat, Jul 2nd 2011 06:30 am
Fireworks and fun festivities will be held Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4.
Sam Hoyt resigns
Thu, Jun 30th 2011 04:50 pm
Earlier today, Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-144th District, tendered his resignation from elected office.
Island entrepreneur to help students ace exams
Tue, Jun 28th 2011 03:45 pm
High school students find themselves battling nationwide over spots at universities that years ago were not nearly as difficult to attend. And their weapon is their Scholastic Aptitude Test score. What's the best way for them to get their scores up? A recent Grand Island High School graduate and young entrepreneur hopes to provide students with an effective, cost-friendly answer. A current undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, Tsembelis has been chosen by SAT/ACT program Ivy Insiders to start a Grand Island branch of the service company. Ivy Insiders, which was started by undergraduate students like Tsembelis back in 2003, has become a nationally renowned program known for achieving significant test score improvements. The course will allow students to prepare for their SAT and ACT tests by giving them 38 hours of preparation over three weeks in an intense, focused setting free of distraction and optimized for learning retention. Students will additionally receive two tutoring sessions with one other student, as well as a study plan once the course is completed that is 100 percent customized for a particular student's needs. What separates Tsembelis from other SAT/ACT tutors though? She's a young student who recently underwent the stressful college application processes herself.
Theodore's makes Grand Island corporate home
Fri, Jun 24th 2011 11:50 pm
The first of what could be many Theodore's restaurants in Western New York had its official ribbon-cutting and opening Tuesday on Grand Island.
Start your engines
Fri, Jun 24th 2011 11:50 pm
Beautiful weather, tasty barbecue and great music are often the only things a dad needs for the perfect Father's Day. And, of course, the sound of the loud, blaring engines of many fathers' favorite toys: their lawn mowers.
Grisanti votes for SUNY 2020, job creation in Western New York
Fri, Jun 24th 2011 10:10 pm
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to establish the NY-SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program, which includes capital funds for investments in economic expansion and job creation at the four SUNY University Centers, as well as a predictable and rational plan for SUNY tuition that will allow students and families to plan for tuition costs.
Holiday Inn hosts Bridal Spectacular Sunday
Fri, Jun 24th 2011 09:55 pm
Those about to marry can plan their big day in just one afternoon at the Holiday Inn Grand Island this weekend.
Free emergency preparedness training offered on Grand Island
Tue, Jun 21st 2011 02:20 pm
Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University will host a free CERT training course, beginning on Sept. 15 at the Grand Island Fire Co., located at 2275 Baseline Road on Grand Island.
NFP, Metro join forces
Mon, Jun 20th 2011 03:30 pm
Niagara Frontier Publications and Metro Group are pleased to announce a joint advertising partnership that will benefit both companies and, most importantly, Western New York readers and advertisers.
Grisanti votes 'Yes' to promote greater awareness and understanding of people with disabilities
Fri, Jun 17th 2011 11:55 am
A bill sponsored by New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti related to disability history and awareness education was recently approved by the New York State Senate.
Grisanti votes 'yes' to bill that protects New York's water resources
Thu, Jun 16th 2011 09:50 pm
The New York State Senate today passed a bill protecting protect New York's environmental and economic future by improving management of water supplies and preventing over-consumption by large-scale users. The bill (S.3798), sponsored by Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, ensures water supplies will be protected to meet the needs of New York's residents, industry, agriculture and environment now and into the future.
Cuomo announces expansion of APP Pharmaceuticals on GI
Wed, Jun 15th 2011 10:55 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Empire State Development Thursday announced that APP Pharmaceuticals Inc., a supplier of injectable pharmaceutical products in North America, will expand in Grand Island, adding 90 new jobs to its existing 580-employee workforce and investing $28 million to renovate its manufacturing facility in Erie County.
Grand Island's Relay For Life approaching $1 million in funds raised
Tue, Jun 14th 2011 12:35 pm
In Easter week of 2005, Dona Cameron found her 10-month-old son Ian in his crib paralyzed from the waist down by a lemon-sized mass near his spinal cord. Dona learned quickly that money raised for the American Cancer Society funded research that would provide doctors with the medicine used to treat her son's tumor, called a neuroblastoma.
Have some doggone fun at Camp Bow Wow
Sat, Jun 11th 2011 01:10 am
Do you want your dog to socialize well with other dogs? Is your dog energetic and restless when you are exhausted from a long day at work? Camp Bow Wow in Tonawanda just may be the place for you and your companion.
Erie County Sheriff's Report for May 27, 2011
Fri, May 27th 2011 06:00 pm
The Erie County Sheriff's Office reports its officers responded to 185 calls from May 13 to 20. Below is a sampling of only those incidents the ECSO reported to the Island Dispatch.
Grand Island Fire Call Summary for May 27, 2011
Fri, May 27th 2011 05:00 pm
The following incidents occurred from May 16 to 22, as reported by the Grand Island Fire Co. A total of 28 calls were answered by the department during this period. The GIFC has now responded to 588 calls so far this year.
'Mind Warp' opens at Martin's Fantasy Island
Fri, May 27th 2011 01:55 pm
In celebration of Fantasy Island's 50th year, Martin's Fantasy Island on Grand Island opens a brand-new thrill ride on Memorial Day weekend. Called the "Mind Warp," the ride is the first of its kind in North America, and one of only five in the world.
Hochul headed to Congress
Wed, May 25th 2011 01:00 pm
Democrat Kathy Hochul defeated Republican Assemblywoman Jane Corwin by an unofficial 47 percent to 43 percent of the vote in the special election Tuesday for the 26th Congressional District.
People in the News
Sun, May 22nd 2011 03:00 pm
The Grand Island Town Board set aside May 13, 2011, as Winifred R. Zarbo Day throughout the Town of Grand Island in recognition of Zarbo's 90th birthday.
Fuccillo Auto Mall holds May event
Fri, May 13th 2011 03:00 pm
The Fuccillo Auto Mall continues its huge push to sell 500 vehicles in the month of May.
Wojtaszek-Gariano nominated by Sen. Grisanti as a 'Woman of Distinction'
Mon, May 9th 2011 11:40 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, today nominated Kathleen Wojtaszek-Gariano of Niagara Falls as a New York state "Woman of Distinction."
Ride For Roswell kicks off 16th season
Fri, May 6th 2011 04:15 pm
The 2011 Ride For Roswell, Western New York's largest one-day cycling event, will take place June 25. The event supports cancer research and patient care at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Students welcomed at River Lea
Fri, May 6th 2011 04:05 pm
For the last 15 years, fourth-graders at Island schools have made field trips to historic River Lea to learn about daily life in the 19th century. The tours are provided by the Grand Island Historical Society, headquartered at River Lea.
Beach House rumors true
Thu, May 5th 2011 02:45 pm
My employer, who is well versed on The Beach House, East River Road's home-shaped diner, gave me the heads-up last week when I told him I was having dinner at the restaurant. He said prepare to wait, and enjoy the free drink.
Niagara University student Earns Best Paper Award from National Political Science Honor Society
Mon, May 2nd 2011 12:15 pm
Jamison R. Crawford, a Niagara University senior from Grand Island, was recently notified that a paper he presented at the 19th annual Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science on April 8 has been selected for a Best Paper Award by Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. As a result, Jamison's paper, one of only four undergraduate submissions chosen, will be published in the fall 2011 issue of Critique, a worldwide student journal of politics.
Sabres Miracle League Field has groundbreaking ceremony
Wed, Apr 27th 2011 10:15 am
Matt Chorey lives near Veterans Park and is waiting for the day when he can have the chance to play baseball just like every other child on the Island.
No New Teachers for IB Program
Wed, Apr 20th 2011 03:10 pm
At the Monday evening meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education, trustees reviewed the $51,859,079 proposed budget for the 2011-12 school year. The budget, with its estimated tax increase of 1.7 percent, will go to public vote on Tuesday, May 17.
Miracle League season set to begin
Wed, Apr 20th 2011 03:00 pm
The Miracle League began in the 1990s in Georgia as a baseball league for children with disabilities. The kids play on accessible fields and have special rules. The league now serves 200,000 children and young adults in 250 affiliate organizations throughout the world.
Golf back in swing at Beaver Island State Park course
Thu, Apr 14th 2011 12:45 am
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey has announced that the golf course at Beaver Island State Park will open for the season on April 21.
Grand Island Board of Education: Budget approved with estimated tax increase of 1.7%
Fri, Apr 8th 2011 04:00 pm
The Grand Island Board of Education unanimously approved the 2011-12 school budget proposal in the amount of $51,859,079 after many weeks of cost-cutting angst from a revenue-scarce New York state budget.
NYPA trustees approve hydropower allocation for APP Pharmaceuticals
Fri, Apr 8th 2011 04:00 pm
The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees on April 4 awarded an allocation of low-cost hydropower to APP Pharmaceutical of Staley Road on Grand Island.
Grand Island C of C: Ostrom Enterprises named bronze sponsor of Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Apr 8th 2011 04:00 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has announced Derek Ostrom of Ostrom Enterprises, residential and commercial leasing and sales, has signed on as a bronze sponsor for the 45th annual Citizen of the Year awards.
Chasing Static CD release party
Sat, Apr 2nd 2011 12:10 am
Chasing Static hosts a CD release party Saturday, April 2, at DBGB's on Allen Street in Buffalo.
Grand Island Board of Education: Public speaks out on cuts
Fri, Apr 1st 2011 02:00 pm
With one week to go before the proposed 2011-12 Grand Island school budget is voted on by the Board of Education, trustees faced many comments from the public during Monday's evening meeting in the Middle School Little Theater.
Bradford, Kanaley honored with Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Apr 1st 2011 02:00 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has announced the Citizen of the Year award recipients, including two profiled in the Island Dispatch: Civic award recipient Dr. Sherry Bradford, and Businessperson recipient Thomas J. Kanaley, general manager for Fuccillo Chevrolet
Grand Island C of C: Citizen of the Year recipients named
Mon, Mar 28th 2011 03:55 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has announced the Citizen of the Year award recipients.
 


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