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Grisanti praises confirmation of Howard Zemsky as chairman of NFTA board of commissioners
Tue, May 15th 2012 05:20 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, applauded the confirmation of Western New York businessman and philanthropist Howard A. Zemsky to the position of chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority by the State Senate Tuesday.
Grisanti bill would move Buffalo School Board elections to November
Tue, May 15th 2012 08:40 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60th , announced Monday that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.2478A officially moving the Buffalo School Board elections from May to November.
Island of Hope: Survivor on a mission for Relay
Fri, May 11th 2012 06:00 pm
When cancer survivor Rita Thurnherr raises money for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, she reminds sponsors and donors about the impact that their donations make. It's standing right in front of them.
Churches join for OneHeartCry
Fri, May 11th 2012 06:00 pm
Seven Island churches in the Grand Island Ministerium will take part in a statewide initiative that seeks to cover New York in prayer.
Grand Island: Viking softball dedicates memorial tree
Fri, May 11th 2012 05:55 pm
Before doing battle on the ball diamond, two opposing softball teams joined in a shared effort to honor the memory of one who lost her battle with cancer.
GI E-ZPass Walk-In Center to close
Fri, May 11th 2012 05:50 pm
The E-ZPass Walk-In Center on Grand Island is one of three in New York that will go out of service on Friday, June 8.
First Earth Bowl Festival to take place June 30 on Grand Island
Wed, May 9th 2012 07:00 am
The first Earth Bowl Festival will take place Saturday, June 30, from 4 to 7 p.m., overlooking the scenic Niagara River, at the Riverside Salem United Church of Christ Environmental Cottage on Grand Island.
River Lea Quilt Guild to meet
Tue, May 8th 2012 12:50 pm
The monthly meeting of the River Lea Quilt Guild will take place on Tuesday, May 15. The program will feature Deborah Naybor (Both Your Hands), who will speak about this project, which helps women toward permanent positive changes and self-sufficiency.
OneHeartCry runs June 3-9
Fri, May 4th 2012 03:50 pm
The Grand Island Ministerium will join the "OneHeartCry" initiative, praying for revival, awakening and transformation across New York state the week of June 3 to 9.
GI Community Chorus to hold largest concert
Fri, May 4th 2012 03:45 pm
The Grand Island Community Chorus invites the public to its biggest concert event in the group's history.
Grand Island Central School District: Budget hearing May 7
Fri, May 4th 2012 03:45 pm
The Grand Island Board of Education will hold a district budget hearing on Monday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in the Connor Middle School Little Theater, 1100 Ransom Road.
Island of Hope: Honorary survivor doesn't consider himself a hero
Fri, May 4th 2012 03:45 pm
Nothing bothers Frank Brusino.
Restaino to seek 145th Assembly seat
Mon, Apr 30th 2012 08:30 am
Niagara Falls attorney and Democrat Robert M. Restaino today announced his candidacy in the upcoming election for New York state's newly outlined 145th Assembly District.
Women's Expo & Boutique coming this weekend
Thu, Apr 26th 2012 07:00 am
The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas is proud to bring back the 2012 Women's Expo & Boutique. Attendees will enjoy an array of displays, shopping opportunities and services from businesses covering everything from fashion, health and wellness, home products and services, financial issues, education, beauty and more. 

Grisanti proposes law to establish central state registry for pet abusers
Tue, Apr 24th 2012 03:45 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60th District, today announced the sponsorship of legislation (S6875) that would amend the agriculture and markets law to have the commissioner create an animal abuse central registry in New York for anyone over the age of 18 who is convicted in a case of animal abuse.
School district, police conduct Operation Safe Stop
Sat, Apr 21st 2012 07:00 am
The Grand Island Central School District participated in Operation Safe Stop, a statewide effort to help ensure that motorists stop for the school bus.
People in the news for April 20, 2012
Fri, Apr 20th 2012 03:50 pm
Dave Pignato was promoted to general manager at Fuccillo Hyundai of Grand Island on Feb. 1. The Wheatfield native is responsible for the "overall profitability of the store," which includes sales, service, and parts.
District, police conduct Operation Safe Stop
Fri, Apr 20th 2012 03:45 pm
On Wednesday, April 18, the Grand Island Central School District participated in Operation Safe Stop, a statewide effort to help ensure that motorists stop for the school bus. Grand Island Town Police, Erie County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police followed school buses on morning routes that are scheduled along busy roads and bus routes where school bus drivers have reported problems.
Drug, alcohol prevention meeting April 24
Fri, Apr 20th 2012 03:45 pm
The One Island, One Team Coalition will host Drug and Alcohol Prevention in Teens, a discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at Grand Island Town Hall. The event will be hosted by Luke Moretti of WIVB-TV Channel 4 with special guest Bob Simpson, a teacher at Grand Island High School.
Forum held on $53 million school budget
Fri, Apr 20th 2012 03:30 pm
The Grand Island Board of Education held a public budget forum before a crowd of 15 people Tuesday evening at Bible Presbyterian Church's Family Life Center on Love Road.
Sheriff praises town government for cooperative work
Fri, Apr 20th 2012 03:30 pm
The sheriff was in town recently to meet Islanders and address local concerns.
Maziarz endorses Ceretto for re-election
Wed, Apr 18th 2012 08:55 am
New York State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-I-Newfane, announced his endorsement of John D. Ceretto, R-I-Lewiston, for re-election in the newly formed 145th Assembly District. Ceretto currently represents the 138th Assembly District in Niagara County.
Ready for spring
Tue, Apr 17th 2012 08:50 am
The Lewiston Dance Centers' newly formed Family Booster Club and the Lewiston Dance Ensemble -- the studio's dance team -- are holding a fundraiser called "The Spring Fling."
Grand Island Shadow Day
Fri, Apr 13th 2012 03:55 pm
The students of Grand Island High School recently had the unique opportunity once again to "shadow" a career for a day.

Beginning the day with breakfast and inspiration from guest speaker, the Hon. State Supreme Court Judge Henry Nowak, the students were prepared for a peek into the world of work. Locations this year included: the Buffalo FBI office, 98.5 WKSE radio station, Sweet Beginnings Bakery, Cannon Design, and local Grand Island schools.

Chamber of Commerce: McMahon, 1 Island honored with Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Apr 13th 2012 03:50 pm
Faith, wisdom, patience, vision and diligence are the most prominent characteristics of Fran McMahon.
Chamber of Commerce: McMahon, 1 Island honored with Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Apr 13th 2012 03:50 pm
One Island, One Team, One Dream, to be Drug Free, was formed in 2006 as a very grass roots movement when newly appointed Grand Island High School Principal Sandra Anzalone issued a survey to parents to determine the most pressing needs in the school body.
St. Stephen's Parish Players: 'Sound of Music' continues
Fri, Apr 13th 2012 03:00 pm
While millions have watched the annual Easter television broadcast of "The Sound of Music," Shannon McNaughton was recently watching it for just her second time.
Grisanti's repair program for pesticide containers signed into law by Cuomo
Wed, Apr 11th 2012 12:10 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60th District, today announced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law Grisanti's legislation, which extends for two years the provision of the environmental conservation law that allows merchants in New York to implement a "minor repair program" for damaged pesticide containers and lawn fertilizers containing pesticides.
Grand Island Easter coloring contest winners announced
Mon, Apr 9th 2012 04:05 pm
Photo gallery; the Island Dispatch congratulates the following winners of the 2012 Easter coloring contest:
Grand Island Women's Chapter of New York State Women Inc. to meet April 18
Mon, Apr 9th 2012 08:30 am
The Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter of New York State Women Inc. will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at Metro Town Center Realty Inc.
Dueling clerics inspire St. Martin's
Fri, Apr 6th 2012 02:35 pm
Two clerics joined together in music to support a youth program at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church.
GIBOE: $53 million budget approved
Fri, Apr 6th 2012 02:35 pm
After a five-month budget development process, the Grand Island Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution for the proposed 2012-13 school district budget in the amount of $53,079,789. This includes a 2.4 percent tax rate increase and a tax levy capped at 3.25 percent. The budget will go to Grand Island voters on Tuesday, May 15.
St. Stephen's Parish Players: April offers a month of shows
Fri, Apr 6th 2012 02:35 pm
The St. Stephen's Parish Players has announced the spring production schedule.
Chamber of Commerce: Benson, Dick & Jenny's, honored with Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Apr 6th 2012 02:30 pm
Sixteen years ago, Grand Island Central School Superintendent Paul Fields appointed Bruce Benson and challenged him to "take Grand Island Middle School into the next century." With forethought and meticulous planning, Benson met the task head on and accomplished exactly that.

During his tenure as principal, six new classrooms were added to the existing building, and it was renamed the "Veronica E. Connor Middle School." More significantly, however, Benson was instrumental in Connor Middle School's rating as one of the top 10 middle schools in Western New York.

Chamber of Commerce: Benson, Dick & Jenny's, honored with Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Apr 6th 2012 02:30 pm
Dick and Jenny Benz met in New Orleans at the Upperline Restaurant - she was a server and he was the chef. After getting married on Uncle PJ's boat on the West River, they decided to open a little dinner restaurant in uptown New Orleans. They called it Dick & Jenny's, of course.
Restroom graffiti leads to charges
Fri, Apr 6th 2012 02:00 pm
Deputies arrested a 19-year-old Grand Island man for felony criminal mischief after he damaged property of the Tim Horton's Restaurant with graffiti on March 25.
Grisanti announces legislative package aimed at protecting environment with hyrdrofracking
Wed, Apr 4th 2012 03:00 pm
As chairman of the Senate committee on environmental conservation for these last 16 months, I have advanced a number of reforms aimed at protecting the environment - from sponsoring New York's water withdrawal legislation that ensures compliance with the Great Lakes Compact, to advocating for enhancing our environmental protection fund. Nonetheless, I have encountered no single issue as critical, controversial and important as high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF).
Grisanti launches online petition to encourage Assembly to stop auto insurance fraud
Mon, Apr 2nd 2012 05:00 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60th District, has announced he has started a petition drive to show members of the New York State Assembly that people are tired of paying higher premiums due to the abuses of the state's no-fault insurance system.
Golf returns early to Beaver Island State Park
Mon, Apr 2nd 2012 12:35 pm
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey has announced the Beaver Island State Park golf courses will reopen on April 5 with new, lower rates and specials in effect.
FOX's 'Bones' features new Marc Scibilia single
Mon, Apr 2nd 2012 08:50 am
Work of Grand Island native on "Bones" return episode.