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Mon, Jul 18th 2011 04:00 pm
Happy birthday, Fantasy Island!
Mon, Jul 18th 2011 09:25 am
It was altogether fitting that Martin DiPietro needed a microphone and speaker for his comments at Saturday's birthday party marking the founding of Fantasy Island in 1961. Without an amplifier, no one would have heard the owner of the amusement park on Grand Island Boulevard above the screams and laughs of patrons on his midway.
Miracle League car coming to an event near you
Mon, Jul 18th 2011 09:20 am
Marla Crawford, volunteer coordinator for the Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York, and her husband, Dick, of Grand Island, visited the recent Island Happenings event in the Grand Island Town Commons and offered Islanders the opportunity to buy $10 raffle tickets for a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo.
New board develops new outlook
Sat, Jul 16th 2011 04:40 pm
With the swearing-in of new officers Monday evening, the Grand Island Board of Education has taken on a different look and personality. District Clerk Janet Schuster administered oaths of office to David Goris as president and Tak Nobumoto as vice president.
Children raise money for GI Autism Support Group
Fri, Jul 15th 2011 04:45 pm
Melissa Ueblacker would be so proud of her niece and nephew.
St. Timothy Lutheran Child Care Center
Fri, Jul 15th 2011 04:45 pm
Children and staff at St. Timothy Lutheran Child Care Center celebrated American's independence with a patriotic parade on July 1. (photo by Larry Austin)
Road work begins on boulevard
Fri, Jul 15th 2011 04:40 pm
Closure of Grand Island Boulevard began Monday as part of a New York State Department of Transportation project to replace a culvert just north of Whitehaven Road. Work began in front of Town Hall on Grand Island Boulevard.
Grisanti to co-sponsor legislation for Caylee's Law
Wed, Jul 13th 2011 09:05 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti announced this week that he is co-sponsoring legislation to create Caylee's Law. The bill would make it a felony for a parent or legal guardian to fail to timely report a missing child, in cases where the parent knew or should have known that the child was possibly in danger.
Island native plans 400-mile fundraising walk
Fri, Jul 8th 2011 09:15 pm
Grand Island native Matthew Mondoux rode in a convertible in Monday's Independence Day parade, but the journey of his life begins Sunday when he walks 400 miles to New York City to raise money for Columbia University's ALS Research Center.
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.