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Miracle League heralding 'Christmas miracle'
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 04:55 pm
An anonymous donor has provided what some are calling a "Christmas miracle" to the Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York.
Fuccillo gives $200,000 to Salvation Army for red kettle campaign
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 03:55 pm
Fuccillo Automotive Group presented the Salvation Army with $200,000 Dec. 23 at Fuccillo Chevrolet of Grand Island as part of this year's campaign in which Fuccillo matched red kettle proceeds throughout Upstate New York.
Neighbors Foundation wraps holiday distribution
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 01:10 pm
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island would like to thank the hundreds of individuals and organizations who contributed to make our 2013 holiday distribution so successful. More than 65 of your neighbors were helped with food baskets and, where appropriate, gift cards or toys, for their children.

The foundation itself is a small, all-volunteer organization; we cannot do anything "ourselves." We depend on the community to recognize the need around us, and to respond so generously. Even in beautiful, pleasantly suburban Grand Island, there are needs, and you have helped. Thanks to all of you!

Grand Island: Inauguration Day Jan. 1
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 07:00 am
On Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, Grand Island's inaugural ceremony for all newly elected town officials will take place. Officials to be inaugurated are: town councilmen Christopher K. Aronica and Raymond A. Billica, Town Justice Mark K. Frentzel and Highway Superintendent James B Tomkins.
Hardwick to hold HEAP outreach date to assist residents in need
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 07:00 am
The Erie County Legislature has announced that Home Energy Assistance Program outreaches will be held throughout the county to assistance residents in need this year. Attendees do not have to live in the specific town/village/city hosting the outreach to attend.
Miracle League announces $60K donation
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 07:00 am
The Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY Inc. is closer to realizing the dream of a handicapped-accessible playground at the Miracle League baseball complex in Veterans Park of Grand Island.

The Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY announced Dec. 21 that it is the recipient of a $60,000 grant from an anonymous donor. Members of the board of directors accepted a $60,000 grant to be used toward the construction of the playground, a disability-friendly play area, purpose-built to accommodate all children.

In addition to the immediate grant, a matching challenge has also been made.

St. Stephen School: Spirits lifted by annual Christmas Concert
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 07:00 am
The students at St. Stephen School performed their Christmas Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the parish church.
Grand Island Memorial Library hosts annual graham cracker event
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 07:00 am
On Saturday, Dec. 14, more than 100 children and parents enjoyed making graham cracker houses with Explore and More, A Children's Museum.
Grand Island Fire Co.: Island spared worst of ice storm damage
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 09:55 pm
Grand Island Fire Chief Kevin Koch reports Grand Island firefighters responded to 12 storm-related incidents during a seven-hour period on Sunday, Dec. 22. Most of these early-morning calls involved instances of flooding, power lines down, and transformer failure, but no major structural damage, he noted.
Obit: Robert P. Corcoran
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 09:55 pm
Robert P. Corcoran, age 82, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., passed away on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Columbia after a brief illness.
First Grand Island baby of the new year?
Fri, Dec 27th 2013 03:25 pm
The Island Dispatch is looking for the first baby born in its circulation area in 2014.
Jim Toellner named General Manager of the Year
Fri, Dec 27th 2013 02:05 pm
Jim Toellner, president and general manager of WGRZ-TV, has been named Broadcasting & Cable Magazine's GM of the Year in markets 51-100.

Broadcasting & Cable Magazine, the pre-eminent trade magazine in the television industry, states, "An investment in reporting and a watchdog mentality are catalysts for Jim's success in turning WGRZ into the market leader in Buffalo."

"Television is a team sport, and our great team here at Channel 2 is responsible for this award," Toellner said.

'Tis the season
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:20 am
Members of the Interact Club of Grand Island High School are volunteering to support the Salvation Army's red kettle Christmas drive.
St. Stephen School: Mission Club makes cards for elderly
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:15 am
St. Stephen's Mission Club students were busily preparing Christmas greeting cards for the elderly. These cards, made with loving care, are being delivered to the residents at Our Lady of Peace Skilled Nursing Facility.
Grand Island Board of Education: Marston tabbed for board vacancy
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:15 am
At the regular meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education Monday evening at Veronica E. Connor Middle School, board President Tak Nobumoto announced the appointment of Susan Anstett Marston to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of trustee Joan Droit on Oct. 5.
Neighbors Foundation helping 68 families
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:10 am
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island is assisting a record 68 families in temporary distress this holiday season.
From the Desk of the Supervisor: Keep in mind these weather-related tips
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:10 am
Happy holidays, Grand Islanders!
Grand Island Town Board agrees to a 2014 contract with GIFC
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board approved a $1 million service contract with the Grand Island Fire Co. at its meeting Dec. 16.

During a public hearing on the contract, Greg Butcher, chairman of the board of the GIFC, said the contract with the town "has been longstanding and the fire company provides an incredible amount of services to the residents of Grand Island, and I would challenge any other community in Erie County to provide as many services as we do to this community."

Neighbors Foundation happy so many Islanders have helped
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 08:30 pm
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island is happy to report that we will be helping 68 families, your neighbors on Grand Island, this holiday season. Well, no, we are not happy to report that number of families in temporary distress on the Island; all wish that the economy and sources of good-paying employment were better. What we are happy about is that so many Grand Islanders have helped: financial and food donations, gift cards, hands-on help, to allow the Foundation to provide that service to some of our less fortunate neighbors.
Behind the Badge: Stay safe this holiday season
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:00 am
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season in full swing, please consider taking the following precautions to help alleviate the possibility of becoming a victim while you are out shopping for that special gift:
Island Ship Center launches website
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 03:25 pm
Fahim Mojawalla, owner of Island Ship Center, has announced the launch of his new website at www.IslandShipCenter.com.

After running his ship center business for seven years under the umbrella of his corporation, Creative Leather Concepts Inc., Mojawalla decided to make a new site for the pack and ship portion of his Island business, which has grown to offer services like package holding and printing.

Message is simple: Don't make dangerous decision to drink and drive
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 03:20 pm
As your Erie County Clerk, responsible for overseeing auto bureau operations, it is time to remind everyone not to drink and drive this holiday season and not to ride with anyone who has had too much to drink. If you have had too much to drink, for everyone's sake, please do not get behind the wheel of your car.
Grand Island Fire Co.: Osinski elected 2014 fire chief
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 03:15 pm
Grand Island firefighters chose 2014 firematic and administrative officers during annual elections held Wednesday, Dec. 4, at fire headquarters.
Advance Auto Parts opens GI location
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 03:15 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new business driven by service.
Above and Beyond: Firefighters embrace Wag'n 02 Fur Life program
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 03:15 pm
Grand Island Fire Chief Kevin Koch reports that a group of concerned citizens recently donated several lifesaving rescue breathing units for family pets that have been overcome by smoke or noxious fumes during a fire emergency.
Ceretto to hold mobile office hours in Grand Island once a month starting Dec. 18
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 11:00 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, has announced that, once a month starting Dec. 18, he will open a satellite office on Grand Island. Hours will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road. Island constituents are encouraged to come meet with Ceretto and discuss issues of importance to them and their community.
Niagara River Greenway Commission: Public comment period opens for Buckhorn State Park project
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 09:30 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission has announced that the public comment period has opened for the 37th round of projects. In addition, the commission announced that the public comment time will close at the end of the day on Dec. 31.

Projects are posted at www.niagaragreenway.org. Comments may be submitted either at the website or by hard copy to the Commission at 2136 West Oakfield Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

Island hosts Silver Star presentation
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 09:30 pm
Sixty-three years to the day after his actions saved the lives of his fellow soldiers, a Marine was honored Wednesday on Grand Island.

At the Charles N. DeGlopper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Congressman Brian Higgins presented the family of Cpl. Richard J. Blasinski with medals earned by Blasinski as a member of the "Chosin Few," a name given to the Marines who fought in the Battle of Wonsan-Hungnam-Chosin in North Korea during the Korean War. Outnumbered 8 to 1 on one of the coldest days in North Korea, Marines fought Chinese forces in rough terrain.

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 www.cropwalkonline.org.
 


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