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Grand Island Relay For Life: 'Rock-Out' Kickoff Feb. 26
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:05 am
Cancer has been a part of Casey Dahlstrom's life since he was 3 years old, but rather than run from the memory, he embraces it.

Dahlstrom will describe his life with cancer at the Grand Island Relay For Life Kickoff Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Connor Middle School cafeteria. The event was postponed exactly three weeks due to bad weather. Relay For Life itself, the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will have its 12th edition on the Island at 2 p.m. May 31 and runs to 2 a.m. June 1.

Recycling carts coming to Grand Island
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
New recycling carts will soon turn up on Island roadsides.

Republic Services will soon provide 95-gallong recycling carts to every home on the Island at no cost to taxpayers.

Grand Island Board of Education: Resolution passed in opposition to Gap Elimination Adjustment
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
On Feb. 10, the Grand Island Board of Education worked through a varied agenda, including information on Grand Island's 2014-15 budget and a report on the three-year capital improvement project. All board members were present, including Donna Tomkins and Paul Krull via Skype.

Regarding the New York state budget, the board unanimously approved a resolution to get rid of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, GEA. Each year since 2009-10, foundation aid to school districts has been frozen at 2008-09 levels. In addition, aid may be taken from school districts and applied to the New York state budget to close deficits.

Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk: Supporters brave the elements
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
Saturday, Feb. 8, dozens of walkers, skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers braved the elements to take part in the fourth annual Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk on West River Parkway
March 1 deadline for tax exemptions
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
March 1 is the deadline for all Basic STAR, Enhanced/Senior STAR and veterans property tax exemptions to be added to the assessment roll for school tax year 2014-15 and town/county tax year 2015.
Islanders raising money at Pasta Sauce Off
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
The LaSalle Yacht Club has turned its Pasta Sauce Off benefit over to two successful fundraisers who are all of 11 years old.
Islander has special room makeover
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
A 17-year-old girl from Grand Island is the recipient of a bedroom makeover thanks to a team of local volunteers.
'Bye Bye Birdie' opens Feb. 21
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
Rehearsals continue for the St. Stephen's Parish Players performances of "Bye Bye Birdie" in the St. Stephen School cafetorium.
Scout Sunday marked
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
Scout Sunday (for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts) was celebrated at the 9 a.m. Mass Sunday, Feb. 2, at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road.
Kaegebein Elementary School: Students 'Make a Difference' in theatrical production
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 06:55 am
Students in the fourth-grade class of Kaegebein Elementary School teacher Katherine Chadwick presented three performances Jan. 31 of a musical play called "Make a Difference."
Grand Island Dance Center: Dance Ensemble has busy season
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 06:55 am
The Grand Island Dance Center's Dance Ensemble had a very full performance season. The last performance of the season was at Niagara University for the halftime show.
Obit: Judith Ann Zygmunt
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 06:50 am
Judith Ann Zygmunt (née Castanza) died Feb. 10, 2014, at her Grand Island home. She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughters, Dana Rae and Kaylee Ann; and sons, Ryan and Noah.
Obit: Florence C. (Pullano) Costantino
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 06:50 am
Florence C. (Pullano) Costantino, age 96, formerly of Grand Island, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Elderwood Health Care at Oakwood in Amherst.
Grand Island Town Board: Cell tower law amended
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:35 pm
Locating a new cell tower got a little easier with the passage of an amendment to town code.

The Grand Island Town Board changed its regulations on setbacks required for towers, reducing the minimum radius needed within the tower's fall zone.

The move followed a public hearing on the matter that took place last month.

Section 407-169 (C) of town code was amended to read: "The tower must be set back a minimum from any residentially zoned property or any front yard line, and from any residential dwelling, school or historic structure, by a minimum of the lesser of one and a half times its height and any antenna attached thereto, or one and a half times the tower's highest pre-engineered breaking point, as certified by a licensed engineer in a manner acceptable to the town engineer."

Hardwick announces Island Dispatch named official newspaper of Erie County
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:35 pm
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick has announced the Island Dispatch was named an official newspaper of the Erie County Legislature for the year 2014. The designation was confirmed at the Jan. 23 session of the legislature.
Obit: George H. Rowe
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:35 pm
George H. Rowe, 84, of Grand Island entered into rest Feb. 1, 2014.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Business, Food Expo slated for March
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:30 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business & Food Expo at Byblos Niagara, 100 Whitehaven Road, on March 22 and 23.
None injured in car, school bus collision
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
Shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, Grand Island Fire Co. rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a car and school bus on East River Road and Edgewater Drive.
Village Inn, SATO win awards at Soup-Fest 2014
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
The Village Inn and SATO, Serene Gardens' new restaurant in Buffalo, were winners again this past Sunday at the fourth annual Buffalo Soup-Fest, held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Grand Island Board of Education: School delayed for safety, flow of school year
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
The Grand Island Central School District took the uncommon step Wednesday of delaying the start of the school day two hours to deal with a spell of frigid weather.
Artists spruce up Reality Café
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
Grand Island High School art students Ali Price and Jason Carroll volunteered their artistic talents to spruce up the Reality Café.
Grisanti recognizes National Women and Girls in Sport Day
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 08:00 pm
New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti today recognized National Women and Girls in Sport Day, which marks the importance of sports participation in the lives of girls and women.
NU Family Business Center honors NFP publisher Mazenauer
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 07:00 am
Niagara Frontier Publications Publisher Skip Mazenauer was presented the Niagara University Family Business Center Vision Award on Jan. 29. The award recognizes businesspeople who are successful, lead a family- or privately owned Western New York business, are committed to benefiting the community, and who have created something when others did not foresee an opportunity.
Grand Island High School: Ambitious production of 'Pirates of Penzance' opens Feb. 6
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:25 pm
High jinks on the high seas is the setting for Grand Island High School's annual musical.

"The Pirates of Penzance" will be presented Thursday, Feb. 6; Friday, Feb. 7; and Saturday, Feb. 8, on the high school stage. This ambitious production is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's best known comic operettas.

Relay For Life 2014 to 'Rock-Out Cancer'
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:25 pm
The 2014 Grand Island Relay For Life will hold its kickoff event Feb. 5, and those who attend should go ready to rock.

Organizers of the GI Relay have adopted "Rock-Out Cancer" as the 2014 theme for the fund drive to support the American Cancer Society. The kickoff for 2014 will take place at Veronica Connor Middle School's cafeteria, 1100 Ransom Road, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.

At the kickoff, awards recognizing achievement from the 2013 Relay will be handed out as well.

Obit: James Wynne
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:20 pm
James Wynne, a resident of Grand Island, died Friday, Jan. 24, of complications of cancer. He was born July 24, 1937, and was 76.
Obit: Lily Kay O'Connor
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:20 pm
Lily Kay O'Connor passed away unexpectedly on the morning of Jan. 22, 2014.
Erie County Sheriff's Office: Civil Enforcement Division tips $1 million in revenue
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:20 pm
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard has announced the Civil Enforcement Division reached a four-year high in revenue, topping $1 million for the county's 2013 General Fund account.

As the sheriff is the state-mandated enforcement officer for all courts in New York State; the C.E.D. performs service and enforcement functions for its civil courts, including the service of summonses and subpoenas, collection of money judgments, and enforcement of court orders, including warrants of eviction. Service/enforcement and mileage fees, plus a "poundage" fee of 5 percent on all money collected are forwarded monthly to the county comptroller.

Obit: George K. Minton
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:20 pm
George K. Minton, a resident of Grand Island, entered into rest Jan. 20, 2014.
Grand Island Town Board: Public assembly permit law has second hearing
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:20 pm
A proposed law to require public assembly permits had another hearing at Town Hall.

Local Law Intro No. 3 of 2013 - Public Assembly Permit would regulate parades and special events having more than 200 persons in attendance.

Valentine's Day well-wishers can enter to win dinner for two
Fri, Jan 24th 2014 04:00 pm
Express your affection this Valentine's Day and you could win dinner for two at a local restaurant.
Above and Beyond: 2014 fire company officers installed
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 05:25 pm
New York State Fire Training Instructor Mark Butler administered the oath of office to newly elected Grand Island Fire Co. officers on Saturday, Jan. 11, at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road.
GIFC officers installed
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 05:20 pm
Members of the Grand Island Fire Co. took their oaths of office to newly elected officer positions during ceremonies at fire headquarters Saturday, Jan. 11. Both firematic and administrative officers were sworn-in.
Obit: Kathleen R. Hardman Jeffries
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 05:20 pm
Kathleen R. Hardman Jeffries entered into rest Jan. 9, 2014, of natural causes. She was a resident of Grand Island.
Grand Island Board of Education: Trustees meet in new professional development room
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 05:15 pm
The Grand Island Board of Education held its monthly meeting on Monday evening, Jan. 13, in the new Professional Development room in Grand Island High School. Part of the district's three-year multimillion dollar project, the former senior cafeteria has a new ceiling and lighting, three SMART boards, which are used for teacher and staff training, and some new furniture. The public premiere of the room is one of the many visible changes to the high school, including the STEM addition on Ransom Road where, despite last week's blizzard, work has progressed and is "on schedule," according to Vaughn Maracle of Campus Construction Management.
Obit: Dawn Webb Trivette
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 05:00 pm
Dawn Webb Trivette, age 76, of Guy Ford Road, Sugar Grove, N.C., passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 15, 2014, at home.
Ceretto's office to hold Grand Island mobile office hours Jan. 22
Sat, Jan 18th 2014 07:00 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto's office will hold mobile office hours at the Grand Island Town Hall, located at 2255 Baseline Road, from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 22. Grand Island constituents are encouraged to come and discuss issues of importance to them and their community.
Ceretto pays tribute to Niagara Wine Trail
Sat, Jan 18th 2014 06:55 am
Earlier this month, State Assemblyman John Ceretto joined with friends and supporters in mid-winter salute to the Niagara Wine Trail.
Buffalo Launch Club program to examine history of Strawberry, Motor Boat islands
Sat, Jan 18th 2014 06:55 am
The Buffalo Launch Club invites area residents interested in the history and future of Strawberry and Motor Boat islands in the upper Niagara River to an evening program on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the BLC, 503 East River Road, Grand Island.
Compu-Mail's $1,000 'Charity Connection' donation goes to Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 09:20 pm
Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York is the recipient of a $1,000 donation through Compu-Mail's "Charity Connection" program. The organization was selected from numerous online nominations made by Compu-Mail's clients and associates throughout last fall.