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Proclamation issued in support of 'Small Business Saturday'
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 10:00 pm
The Grand Island Town Board has proclaimed Nov. 30, two days after Thanksgiving, as "Small Business Saturday" on Grand Island and urged all residents "to support local businesses that we value in our community by patronizing them on 'Small Business Saturday' and repeatedly throughout the year."
Grand Island Board of Education: STEM wing's completion eyed for Aug. 1
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 10:00 pm
At its regular meeting Monday evening at Veronica E. Connor Middle School, the Grand Island Board of Education received an update from Campus Construction Management on the district's extensive capital project.
Obit: Grace M. Calvano
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 10:00 pm
Grace M. (Tedesco) Calvano, 100, passed away peacefully on Saturday Nov. 2, 2013, at Our Lady of Peace in Lewiston, on All Souls Day surrounded by her loving family.
Obit: Margaret Virginia Ridgway 'Dena' Kunkel
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 10:00 pm
Margaret Virginia Ridgway "Dena" Kunkel entered into rest Nov. 12, 2013. She was a longtime Grand Island resident.
Higgins presents Silver Star to family of Richard Blasinski exactly 63 years after his brave actions
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 07:40 pm
On Nov. 27, 1950, during the Korean War, Corporal Richard J. Blasinski saved many lives. He was awarded the Silver Star, but was never formally recognized before his passing in 1991.
Island Pediatrics creates new corporate identity
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 11:15 pm
The area's largest pediatric medical practice has recently created a new corporate identity that will place its four local offices under the umbrella of the new Integrity Health Group.
Obit: Patricia A. (Ertl) Mikulsky
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 11:10 pm
Patricia A. (Ertl) Mikulsky entered into rest Nov. 10, 2013. She was a resident of Grand Island.
St. Stephen School: Coats4Kids Drive a success
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 11:00 pm
The St. Stephen Mission Club has been busy collecting gently used and new winter coats, hats, mittens, and scarves for the "Coats4Kids Drive" for the needy of Western New York.
Organizers to bring back Light Up the Boulevard bigger, better
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 10:00 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is hoping the second edition of the Light Up the Boulevard 2.0 will top the first.
Traffic tips
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 07:00 am
It is that time of year when it is important to watch for deer, while driving. Deer breeding and hunting season is upon us and deer are very active.
Cancer study presented at St. Timothy
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:20 am
The New York State Department of Health presented a report on the final results of its Tonawanda area cancer study that shows elevated levels of some cancers and birth defects.
CROP Walk Golden Sneaker awarded
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:20 am
For the first time in the history of the Grand Island CROP Walk, the Golden Sneaker Award has been given to the walker who raised the most donations online at
Grand Island Town Board: November proclaimed American Legion Membership Month
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
The Grand Island Town Board issued a proclamation naming the month of November 2013 American Legion Membership Month.
Grand Island Rotary Club: District governor visits, new members inducted
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Grand Island, governor of District 7090, Kevin Crouse, called the club "exemplary," and so much so that the community should be called "Grand Rotary Island." Crouse was in town on his annual visit to the Island.
Huth Road Elementary School: Newspaper Club begins work
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
Work on this year's edition of the Huth Road Elementary Newspaper began Wednesday with a meeting of the Newspaper Club, under the direction of Angela Hamilton.
School Bus Safety Poster Contest winners announced
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
Winners of the Grand Island Central School District's School Bus Safety Poster Contest were honored an award breakfast at Tops Market.
Obit: Adam Ruiz
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
Adam Ruiz, 37, formerly of Grand Island, of Lockport, died Tuesday. Nov. 5, 2013.
All Grand Island incumbents re-elected
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:10 am
All four incumbents in Grand Island political races were re-elected Tuesday in the general election.
Kaegebein Elementary School: Playground Committee says 'Thank you, Say Cheese'
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
Fundraising efforts to build a new playground at Kaegebein Elementary School received a hand from a neighboring business. Kevin Slachciak, owner of Say Cheese Pizza Company, located just up Love Road from Kaegebein Elementary, presented the Kaegebein Playground Committee with a check for $750.
Grand Island Board of Education: 'Heartsavers' honored, Droit remembered
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
At a crowded Grand Island Board of Education meeting Monday evening, Veronica Connor Middle School Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne received official recognition from the American Heart Association for her administering of CPR on one of her students who had collapsed in full cardiac arrest in a school hallway Sept. 9.
Grand Island Central School District: Masters Field goes out with win
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
Grand Island High School alumni from the 1960s to the present took the field one last time at their alma mater Saturday.
Huth Road Elementary School: Honorary life memberships presented
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The Huth Road Elementary School PTA presented Honorary Life Membership to Carolyn Thompson and Tracey Shickluna at a recent PTA meeting. Honorary life memberships are presented to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort on behalf of the welfare of children and youth.
Grand Island High School: DECA installs new members
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The members of the Grand Island chapter of DECA, a business and marketing club, were present to be inducted into the state and national level of DECA at Salvatore's Italian Gardens.
Sherman Says: Distracted driving penalties finally have some weight
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The penalties for driving while distracted in New York state are finally catching up with a problem that seems to grow more serious each day.

We have all seen motorists talking on their cellphones as they navigate busy thoroughfares and small neighborhood streets alike. Do drivers who try to conceal their smartphones by pressing their entire device between their ear and the palm of their hand actually think the ruse is working?

Get-acquainted event held
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
Participants had a great time recently playing two rounds of laser tag and enjoying some pizza and soda during a get-acquainted event for Grand Island High School's Interact Club.
Grand Island Town Board: Lee Tetkowski honored for service
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
Two proclamations at the Grand Island Town Board meeting involved an Islander to whom "the world's children have been a priority."
Grand Island Board of Education: PTA Council event honors board members
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:10 pm
In honor of School Board Recognition Week Grand Island PTA Council hosted a reception for school board members prior to Monday night's meeting.
Mary Star of the Sea Council holds Past Grand Knights Dinner
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:10 pm
The Mary Star of the Sea Council No. 4752 celebrated its annual Past Grand Knight's Dinner honoring Paul Minton on Saturday, Oct. 19. This was Minton's second term as Grand Knight.
Grand Island: Light Up the Boulevard planned for Nov. 23
Sat, Oct 26th 2013 07:00 am
The Grand Island of Chamber Commerce is putting on the second annual Light Up the Boulevard Electric Light Parade and Festival on Nov. 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening's activities will include Grand Island's first-ever Rudolph Run, Electric Light Parade, lighting of the official Town Tree, visits with Santa (sponsored by Kelly's Country Store) music and carolers, craft stations, and vendor booths.
CROP Walk Raises $4K to feed hungry
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:25 pm
The big prize is a golden sneaker mounted on a board. The sneaker was once the Rev. Earle King's running shoe. Running shoes get retired more quickly than walking shoes, and the pastor of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road, transformed his shoe into the most coveted prize of Grand Island's annual CROP Walk, held on Oct. 13 in Beaver Island State Park.
Above and Beyond: Island fire prevention open house complemented by special awards
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
More than 2,000 Sidway Elementary School students and Fire Prevention Open House visitors came to fire headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 10, to learn more about their Grand Island Fire Co. volunteers, equipment, and operational capabilities.
Veterans Day services Nov. 11
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
The Town of Grand Island will honor veterans of past military campaigns during the annual Veterans Day program. This year, the town will honor veterans of the Cold War, Iraq War and Afghanistan War.

Veterans, family members, and friends are invited to attend the program on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park, located at 1717 Bedell Road. Each Veteran will receive a memento.

Grand Island veterans are asked to notify the Recreation Department if they will attend the program on Nov. 11, or if a veteran will be represented by a family member.

Historical Society Christmas Luncheon to include child fashion show
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
The annual Christmas luncheons sponsored by the Grand Island Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon at River Lea, in Beaver Island State Park.
Grisanti to hold office hours
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti has announced his district office will hold special satellite office hours at Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. both days.
St. Timothy to host health forum
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
James Bowers of the New York State Department of Health will be at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church of Grand Island, 1453 Staley Road, on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. to discuss the Tonawanda Area Health Outcomes Review.
'Isle of Horror' meets 'Isle of Spooky Fun'
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
The Grand Island High School Art Club brings Halloween this year to the Island's Nike Base on Whitehaven Road. On Oct. 25 and 26, the students from the Art Club will treat young families, teens, and adults to a fun-filled spooktacular event.
Obit: Fred (James) Mumm
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:10 pm
Fred (James) Mumm, 77, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Hospice of Buffalo after a long battle with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes.
Obit: Richard N. Raham
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:10 pm
Grand Island resident Richard N. Raham entered into rest Oct. 23, 2013. He was 82 years old.
Raffle to benefit Miracle League
Sat, Oct 19th 2013 07:00 am
The Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY thanked John Sobieski for donating a 150-pound and growing pumpkin to be raffled to benefit the league. Tickets are available at McMahon's Family Restaurant, the Grand Island Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Island Ship Center.
Reminder: Classical piano performance
Fri, Oct 18th 2013 03:00 pm
"An Afternoon of Classical Piano" will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.