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Grisanti successful in increasing CHIPS funding for entire 60th district
Thu, Mar 28th 2013 09:40 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti was successful in his fight to increase CHIPS funding for the 60th Senate District. On Wednesday, the New York State Senate concluded its passage of the 2013-14 state budget, which delivers an on-time budget with Consolidated Highway Improvement Projects increases throughout Grisanti's district. The increase is more than $1.162 million from the previous year.
Zonta Yellow Roses
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:25 pm
The Zonta Club of Grand Island celebrated Zonta Rose Day at the club's March 12 meeting at the Buffalo Launch Club.
Grand Island: Quilt to be raffled off for Relay For Life
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:20 pm
A fundraiser for the Relay For Life is in full swing. A Relay quilt, generously and beautifully handcrafted by Sue Miles and Colleen Eddy of Grand Island, was donated to Grand Island's Relay For Life, to be raffled off to support Relay and its ongoing fundraising for the American Cancer Society.
St. Stephen R.C. Church: Catholic Charities Drive continues
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:15 pm
The annual Catholic Charities Drive is ongoing through Palm Sunday.
Grand Island High School: DECA students strike gold at states
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:15 pm
"Striking Gold" was the theme as 56 Grand Island High School DECA students traveled to Rochester last week in search of success in the business world.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: 6 people, 1 business named Citizen of the Year award winners
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:10 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will honor six individuals and one business on Thursday, April 25, as Citizens of the Year.

In announcing the winners, the chamber said award recipients "have given much of their time and talents in making Grand Island the wonderful community it is today."

Here is the list.

Erie County Sheriff's Office: Narcotics detectives arrest 3 on GI
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:00 pm
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard has announced that the Narcotics Unit, after a several months-long investigation, arrested three individuals at a Carl Road duplex (left side) on Grand Island mid-morning Friday, March 8, after executing a search warrant signed by Grand Island Town Justice Mark Frentzel.
Obit: Eileen K. O'Brien
Fri, Mar 15th 2013 02:15 pm
Eileen K. O'Brien entered into rest March 11, 2013. She was a resident of Grand Island.
Ceretto teams up with local highway superintendent to increase state highway funds
Fri, Mar 8th 2013 09:15 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-C-Lewiston, met earlier this week with James Tomkins, Grand Island highway superintendent, in the Assembly chamber. They discussed the importance of increasing state support for the region's roads and bridges.
Rotary honors Kelly family
Thu, Mar 7th 2013 03:50 pm
The Kelly family of Grand Island received the Grand Island Rotary Club's Vocational Service Award at a meeting Feb. 27 at the Buffalo Launch Club.

The Kellys' own Kelly's Country Store celebrated a 50th anniversary last year.

Veronica Connor Middle School: Viking Values emphasized in Positive Behavioral Intervention Support week
Thu, Mar 7th 2013 03:50 pm
February break came and went, and for many students it was refreshing and invigorating. In the spirit of re-energizing, Veronica E. Connor Middle School recently hosted a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support week.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Local businesses step up as sponsors for Citizen of the Year
Thu, Mar 7th 2013 03:45 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has recognized Michael Keating, Grand Island KeyBank branch manager, and Yvonne Michaels, KeyBank's client service manager for their generosity and support of the chamber's Citizen of the Year community event.
Grand Island Board of Education: District trying to resolve $1.5 million shortfall
Thu, Mar 7th 2013 03:45 pm
Administrators at the Grand Island School District are working toward resolving an estimated shortfall of $1,499.344 by the second week in April.

At the Feb. 25 Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent for School Business Services Joe Giarrizzo told trustees that even though the district is able to recoup 72.1 percent of school expenses from the state and that revenues are up a bit, "Expenses are skyrocketing. We are falling behind." While the district does have money in a reserve savings account, expenses are such that more and more reserve is used each year to close budget gaps.

Ceretto celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday with Grand Island Memorial Library
Mon, Mar 4th 2013 10:40 pm
Assemblyman John D. Ceretto helped celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday over the weekend by reading "The Cat in the Hat" to children at the Grand Island Memorial Library. The event, also a part of "Read Across America," was intended to spur imagination and a love of reading in children.
Obit: Leah E. (Boyd) Gollwitzer
Fri, Mar 1st 2013 07:00 am
Grand Island resident Leah E. (Boyd) Gollwitzer entered into rest Feb. 25, 2013.
Obit: Janet E. (Snyder) Hobba
Fri, Mar 1st 2013 07:00 am
Janet E. (Snyder) Hobba, 80, of Grand Island, went to be with her Lord and Savior in eternal rest on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, following a long illness.
Public invited to 'Right to Bear Arms Debate'
Wed, Feb 27th 2013 07:00 am
The Conservative Committee of Grand Island invites the public to attend round 2 of "The Right to Bear Arms Debate" at the Holiday Inn Grand Island on Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Rotary Club receives presentation on bullying
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 06:10 pm
The Rotary Club of Grand Island at its meeting on Wednesday at the Buffalo Launch Club and received a presentation from Heather Maras, social worker at Kaegebein and Huth Road elementary schools, on the Grand Island Central School District's efforts to combat bullying behavior in students.
M&T Bank Charitable Foundation donates to Miracle League
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 06:00 pm
R.J. Wynne, right, president of The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York, accepted a check for $1,000 from Josh Heim, from M&T Bank Charitable Foundation.
Grand Island Memorial Library Calendar of Events
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 06:00 pm
The Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road, has library hours of operation on Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays.
20 years of Island Dispatch issues digitized
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 06:00 pm
Lynn Alan Konovitz, director of the Grand Island Memorial Library, reports that a digital collection of the Island Dispatch is now available online.
Grand Island High School: First group of students taking International Baccalaureate program
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 06:00 pm
Kimberly Yaeger isn't avoiding hard work in her senior year of high school.

Yaeger is among the first group of Grand Island High School students enrolled in the new International Baccalaureate program at the school that has raised the workload for participating students. That's OK with Yaeger.

Erie County Legislature: Valentines for Veterans generates thousands of cards
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 06:00 pm
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick has announced his third annual Valentines for Veterans program generated thousands of cards as a result of the hard work of schools located within the district he represents.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Life Technologies a gold sponsor for Citizen of the Year event
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 05:55 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has recognized Life Technologies for once again showing their support for one of the largest community events held on Grand Island, the Citizen of the Year Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce delivers 2013 Community Directory
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 05:55 pm
The new 2013 Grand Island Community Directory has been successfully delivered to more than 7,100 homes, businesses, schools and churches on Grand Island.
Department of Health to hold public meeting
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 05:55 pm
The New York State Department of Health will hold a public meeting to discuss a health outcomes review for Tonawanda and surrounding areas in Erie County, including Grand Island.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Kaegebein Playground Committee thanks Niagara Falls Sam's Club
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 05:55 pm
On Feb. 18, Sam's Club in Niagara Falls held its 20th year of operation celebration event.
Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk set for Feb. 23
Wed, Feb 20th 2013 07:00 am
On Saturday, Feb. 23, the third annual Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk 2013 to benefit Hospice Foundation of Western New York will take place on the West River Road Parkway beginning with registration at 10 a.m. An after-party will take place at Riverstone Grill from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Miracle League holds paver contest
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:30 pm
The Miracle League of Western New York held a paver selling contest for all players and buddies, and the winner was Michael Dinsmore, who won a 32-inch flat-screen television donated by Double D Construction.
New mobile-friendly website for Grand Island schools
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:25 pm
Grand Island Central School District has announced a new, mobile-friendly school district website is now live. In addition to a new look featuring Grand Island's own students, many new enhancements have been made, including improved navigation, a spotlight news section, upcoming events list and easy buttons to frequently visited pages, like the Parent Portal.
Grand Island Board of Education: Next school year discussed
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:20 pm
The 2013-2014 school year budget was discussed again at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education. Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Joe Giarrizzo told trustees that he has adjusted his previous budget gap estimate from $1,514,000 to $1,644,199. The increase is due to higher wage and salary estimates for the coming year. Basically, 68 percent of the budget forecast increase is due to step increases in salaries. Giarrizzo also indicated that the mandated percentage that the district must contribute to the Teacher Retirement System is 16.25 percent, up 4.14 percent from the last reported estimate.
Obit: Jan Madejski
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:20 pm
Born in Buffalo on Feb. 20, 1933, Jan Madejski died peacefully at his home in Grand Island on Feb. 12, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Obit: Dorothy E. (Roach) Carey
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:20 pm
Dorothy E. (Roach) Carey, entered into rest Feb. 8, 2013. She was a resident of Grand Island.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: RE/MAX North opens new office on GI
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:15 pm
Directors from the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, elected officials, RE/MAX North agents and friends all joined Peg Eisenhauer, broker and owner of the new RE/MAX North office, at a ribbon-cutting.
Grand Island: Assessment meeting Feb. 28
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:15 pm
In an effort to keep the property owners informed as to what information they will receive in March 2013, a public meeting will take place on Feb. 28, in the court room of the Town Hall at 7 p.m.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Bronze sponsors join support for Citizen of the Year
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:10 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has recognized Fahim Mojawalla, owner of Creative Leather Concepts and Island Ship Center, along with Liz Wilbert of Realty USA, for their generosity by stepping up as a Bronze sponsors for this year's Citizen of the Year Awards event.
Grand Island: 2013 Relay For Life 'Going for the Gold'
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:00 pm
The 2013 Relay For Life season began in a full sprint with a kickoff rally Wednesday.

New teams and veteran Relayers gathered at Grand Island High School to award medals for 2012 and to begin the 2013 event, which will have an Olympic theme of "Going for the Gold."

'Birding on the River' planned by State Parks
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:00 pm
The Niagara Region of the Office of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will host "Birding on the River" at Beaver Island and Buckhorn Island state parks from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Chris Collins announces federal aid to repair flood damage in southern Erie County
Fri, Feb 15th 2013 02:25 pm
Congressman Chris Collins announced Friday that the Federal Highway Administration is sending nearly $7 million to Western and Central New York to repair roadways heavily damaged when storms hit the region during August of 2009. Severe storms and heavy flooding washed-out many roads in southern Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. The same storm system also caused damage in Central New York.
Understanding dementia
Fri, Feb 15th 2013 08:30 am
The effects of dementia will be the topic of a special presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at ElderWood Health Care at Riverwood, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island.

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