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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.
Obit: Gloria M. Watkins
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:55 pm
Gloria M. Watkins entered peacefully into heaven Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, surrounded by family.
Obit: Michele M. (Geiger) Breier
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:55 pm
Michele M. (Geiger) Breier entered into rest Jan. 7, 2014.
Obit: Julia Pedlow
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:55 pm
Julia Pedlow, age 94, died Jan. 1, 2014, under the loving care of Elderwood at Wheatfield and Niagara Hospice.
Obit: Betty Anna Neiswinter Watts
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:55 pm
Betty Anna Neiswinter Watts, 88, a resident of the Valley View Nursing Center in Montoursville, Pa., has entered into eternal rest, Jan. 5, 2014.
Grand Island Fire Co.: Island sustains shoreline damage during polar vortex weather system
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:50 pm
As a result of severe blizzard conditions that caused Niagara River ice jams, Grand Island residents encountered shoreline damage in the vicinity of 4300 East River Road. Although docks and boat houses sustained the most damage, residential properties in low-lying areas were also at risk.
K of C to hold FT contest
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:50 pm
The gymnasium at St. Stephen School is reserved for the local/Council 4752 championship, the first level of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship, on Saturday, Jan. 18. Registration, as well as free throw practice, begins at 12:30 p.m. and closes at 1:30 p.m. Competition begins promptly at 1:30 p.m.
Grand Island Town Board: Metz Building sold
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 04:45 pm
The Metz Building on Long Road has been sold, clearing the way for development of what many consider the Island's most notorious eyesore.

Councilman Gary Roesch said at the end of Monday's Grand Island Town Board meeting that owner Jim Metz had sold the building, former home to Dunlop Tire headquarters, to Rudra Management of Cheektowaga, which he called developers of other hotels and motels in the area.

Roesch said he didn't know the sale price but said Metz, probably didn't get "anywhere near what he was asking" for all along in the sale.

Grisanti: Bishop Malone to give invocation for opening day of legislative session
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:45 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti has announced the Most Rev. Richard Joseph Malone, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, will give the invocation for opening day of the New York State Senate's 2014 legislative session.
Higgins announces completion of phase I pre-inspection pilot project at U.S./Canada border
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 10:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced completion of the first phase of a pilot project to streamline traffic and the flow of goods across the border between the U.S. and Canada. Phase II will soon begin at the Peace Bridge.
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.
 


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