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Kid-friendly Band-Aid drive underway to support RPCI
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 08:20 pm
If Luke Gworek has his way, no kid will have to go home from the hospital with a sad-faced Band-Aid ever again.
Zonta Club of Grand Island: Tribute Garden to honor victims of domestic violence
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 08:20 pm
The Western New York Tribute Garden, in honor of domestic violence victims, is being dedicated in Tonawanda's Isle View Park.

The Zonta Club of Grand Island is not only helping to establish the garden, it is issuing a challenge to other Island service groups: Help in any way you can to make this Tribute Garden a success - so it can have a beneficial effect on women, their families and our community.

'Cooking for Cancer' raising money one nickel at a time at Bottle Junction
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 08:10 pm
Jessica Flash, left, and Allyson Nemeth received a check from Josh Pabon, assistant manager of Bottle Junction. The money comes from patrons of Bottle Junction who decide to donate their bottle deposits to "Cooking for Cancer."
Grand Island Board of Education: First meeting of school year held
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 08:00 pm
The Grand Island Board of Education held its first meeting of the 2014-15 school year in the Professional Development Suite at Grand Island High School. The agenda included reports on personnel, the district's capital project, the dress code and curriculum and instruction.
AAA announces new partnerships, more savings with local auto repair facilities
Mon, Sep 15th 2014 04:35 pm
AAA Western and Central New York has announced details of a renewed partnership with more than 80 auto repair facilities participating in the AAA Approved Auto Repair program. AAA's AAR program offers members a way to identify reliable repair shops they can trust.

Starting this month, local AAR locations will offer new and improved standard discounts and benefits to AAA members, including: a 10 percent discount on repair labor; a two-year/24,000-mile guarantee on parts and labor; a free multi-point inspection; preliminary diagnosis within one hour of tow arrival; and member-preferred pricing on select maintenance services.

Sulaiman welcomes new patients
Sat, Sep 13th 2014 08:50 am
Dr. Rosalind Nolan Sulaiman, an experienced physician specializing in internal medicine and pediatrics, has recently joined forces with the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Dr. Willard Ruth, a respected physician with more than 30 years experience. She is currently accepting new patients at the Grand Island Family Practice.
Grand Island natives inducted into Buffalo Wing Hall of Fame
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 06:55 pm
The recent National Buffalo Wing Festival honored a native Grand Island family that has built a restaurant chain with blood, sweat and tears, and lots of Frank's hot sauce and Marie's blue cheese.
Golden Age Center receives van through grant
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 06:55 pm
The Golden Age Center has a new van, paid for with a Community Development Block Grant approved by the Erie County Legislature.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Youth Ambassadors recognized at picnic
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 06:55 pm
At its annual President's Picnic, Aug. 20, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce recognized its 2013-14 Youth Ambassadors for Service and welcomed its 2014-15 Youth Ambassadors.
Townsend aces field to win Grand Island Fun Center golf tourney
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:15 pm
Kevin Townsend of North Tonawanda won the second annual Grand Island Fun Center Golf Tournament Aug. 24, taking home the $250 first prize.
55th anniversary observed
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
Polly and Doug Smith of Grand Island observed their 55th wedding anniversary Aug. 8 with a family dinner, including both children and three of four grandchildren, in Warfield's Restaurant, Clifton Springs, New York.
60th anniversary celebrated
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Grimes of Grand Island will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Marc Scibilia performs at 9th Ward
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 11:55 pm
Singer/songwriter Marc Scibilia, a Grand Island native now living and working in Nashville - and signed to Capitol Records' IRS label - is returning to Western New York Friday to perform at Babeville's 9th Ward. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. event. Tickets are $10.
Playground ribbon-cutting caps 6 years of work
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 07:00 am
The Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY celebrated another high-water mark in the organization's brief history with Saturday's ribbon-cutting for a new playground in Veterans Park.
The Real Barbers II keeps barbershop tradition alive
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 07:00 am
Kids needing a haircut before going back to school have a new old-school option.

The Real Barbers II has opened in the Grand Island Plaza, next door to M&T Bank and across from Adrian's Custard and Beef.

Grand Island High School: Summer school graduation day arrives
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 07:00 am
On a warm summer's afternoon, three young women and their families sat on folding chairs amidst the gardens of the Huth Road Elementary School courtyard. They were there Friday to receive their high school diplomas after spending hours working on academic areas of difficulty in summer school.
Grand Island farmhouse celebrates sesquicentennial
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:50 pm
Grand Island Historical Society officers Carolyn Doebert, Sharon Nichols and Maggie Gushue presented a framed copy of the original 1864 deed of the fifth-oldest house on Grand Island to current owners Robin and Bryce Shipman at their recent festive sesquicentennial birthday celebration.
Annual Pepper-Off heats things up
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
What started out three years ago as a combination of Mike Geblein's retirement party and friends really like to cook peppers so let's have a cook-off has evolved into an annual event at the Geblein compound.
GIHS is People's Choice at Lewiston Art Festival
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:45 pm
Grand Island High School students took home the People's Choice award and a third-place yellow ribbon from the Chalk Walk competition at the Lewiston Art Festival Saturday.
Grand Island Town Board: Two proclamations issued at meeting
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:40 pm
The Grand Island Town Board proclaimed Aug. 16 National Airborne Day in the town during its meeting Monday and encouraged Islanders to observe and commemorate the event.
Town of Grand Island calls results of new recycling program 'fantastic'
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
The Grand Island Town Board has called the results of the first month of use with the new 95-gallon wheeled recycling carts "fantastic."

In a press release to the media this week, the board said the amount of recycling by Grand Islanders in the first month of using the carts that were delivered in May by Republic Services has increased.

Buffalo Division Manager Terry Schweitzer and Municipal Services Manager Terry Grady of Republic Services met recently with the Town Board to review the recycling numbers and the overall program, the statement said. According to the town, when compared to the same time period last year, the Grand Island recycling rate has increased by more than 30 percent.

Grand Island Town Board: Contractors complain about draft law
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
Island contractors showed up at Town Hall Monday to criticize a proposed local law that one called "blue collar vs. white collar."

A public hearing at the monthly Town Board meeting was attended by many of Grand Island's contractors, who gave input on Local Law Intro No. 13 of 2014 that would amend chapter 407 of the town code to allow contractor maintenance yards as a special use in certain residential districts, subject to certain conditions.

Just before taking public comments, Town Supervisor Mary Cooke said, "What's currently going on in town right now may not all be legal, and we're trying to figure out a way to allow someone who has a small operation to be able to work in their property that they have without disrupting their entire neighborhood so that we don't get complaints from people who say, 'I live in a residential neighborhood. I didn't sign up for this.' "

Grand Island Board of Education: Another assistant principal departs GIHS for better job
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
During the Monday evening meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education, trustees heard reports on a variety of topics, including some important staffing changes. Dr. Andrés Arroyo is leaving his position as assistant principal of Grand Island High School to become principal at Newfane High School. Arroyo has served Grand Island for the past seven years and earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

His resignation comes close behind that of Assistant Principal Michael Lauria, who left his job earlier this summer to become principal at Springville High School. Administrators acted quickly to search for and to hire replacements for Arroyo and Lauria, and high school Principal Dan Quartley introduced the new staff to the Board of Education at Monday's meeting. They are T. Michael Carter and Corey Gray.

Grand Island: Miracle League playground open for play
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 01:30 pm
The new disability-friendly playground in Veterans Park, part of the Miracle League complex, is now complete and open for play "for the whole Western New York community," said R.J. Wynne, president of the Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York.
Paddles Up brings hundreds to Island
Thu, Aug 7th 2014 06:15 pm
This year's Paddles Up, hosted by the Niagara Greenway Commission, drew tourists and locals alike to Beaver Island State Park to experience the area's largest paddlesports event.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Cellular Connection to host 2nd annual backpack giveaway
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:10 pm
Residents in Grand Island are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign.

The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless retailer in the U.S., in a joint effort with its customers, has announced that it will donate 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Last year, the company donated 60,000 backpacks.

More than 350 participating TCC stores across the U.S. are inviting local families to bring their children to the store between noon and 2 p.m. on Aug. 2 to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more.

Islander Kara Dudley finds moment in Internet spotlight
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:00 am
A Grand Islander stole the spotlight from a famous Victoria's Secret model Monday and ended up on the front page of various international news websites.

Island native Kara Dudley is the anonymous woman seen upstaging supermodel Karlie Kloss in several Internet photos posted July 21 on celebrity websites. Dudley was photographed coming out of a New York City shop after searching for Taylor Swift, who had appeared to have gone into it earlier. She saw the paparazzi, but was oblivious to the statuesque Kloss, who was standing directly behind her.

Grand Island Town Board: Residents laments move from home because of transient home
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:10 pm
A Ward Park resident told the Grand Island Town Board that she expected to retire to the duplex she owned for the last 14 years, but a neighboring property changed her mind.

Patricia Kostenbauder told the board at its monthly meeting in Town Hall Monday that she expected to spend her retirement at her home at 80 Ward Park. "However, we had a change of plans because of the transient vacation come next door," she said.

"Because of the problems with this house, because they continue this illegal transient vacation house, which is a business in a residential area, we've decided to sell our duplex," Kostenbauder said.

GISBA prepares high school students with an interest in business
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:05 pm
In an age focused on social media and the iPhone craze, millennials are losing touch with good old-fashioned hard work. Technology has made it too easy for this generation to forget about the labor involved in running a successful business, regardless of the industry.

The Grand Island School and Business Alliance has been active for more than 20 years, introducing high school students to an environment that requires hard work for success.

Students can choose to compete in the organization's Corporate Bowl, shadow local employers and personnel, partake in mock job interviews, and hear community speakers made possible by GISBA, so that these young participants are better prepared for the working world.

Grand Island Central School District: Relationship between town, schools remains strong
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:00 pm
"So, it's very unusual," stated Town of Grand Island Supervisor Mary Cooke. She was referring to the back and forth communication that exists between town officials and the Grand Island Board of Education and district administration. The current schedule of joint meetings with the town and school boards stands at a healthy three times per year, a precedent that was set when the Robert W. Christmann was superintendent of schools. Current superintendent, Dr. Teresa Lawrence, has continued to place a priority on the meetings.
Grand Island Board of Education: Pyc elected school board president
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:00 pm
On Monday evening, the Grand Island Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting in the Grand Island High School Professional Development Room. As part of the board's regular monthly meeting, organizational meeting business included swearing in of trustees Susan Marston and Karen Carroll prior to the meeting.

Lisa Pyc was voted in as the new school board president in a 4-2 vote, replacing Tak Nobumoto, who lost his board seat in the May election. Susan Marston was elected as vice president in a 5-1 vote. Trustee Paul Krull was absent from the meeting. District Clerk Janet Schuster administered the oath of office to the new officers.

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: KidBiz draws scores of businesses to Town Commons
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 03:55 pm
Jim Sharpe, chairman of KidBiz, said it was great day to be in the Town Commons Saturday, but that's usually the case for the Chamber of Commerce event that provides children a chance to run their own businesses.
GIHS Class of 2014 'under construction'
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 03:50 pm
The Grand Island High School Class of 2014 is a work in progress just like the school building from which they graduated Sunday.
Longest serving crossing guard calls it quits
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:30 am
Jeanne Anstett, pictured, has been a crossing guard at the corner of Warner and South Park so long she's helped second generation kids cross the streets to Huth Road Elementary School.
Grand Island Lions Club: Officers, directors installed at annual dinner
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
The Grand Island Lions Club held its annual installation dinner at Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa. A number of members were recognized for perfect attendance and years of service.
Masters Field closer to completion
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
The Grand Island Alumni Association will hold "Friday Night Under the Lights" when the first night football game on the Ransom Road campus in Grand Island Vikings history takes place at new Gene Masters Field.
GI Dance Center visits Fairy House Festival
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
Grand Island Dance Center recently took part in the Fairy House Festival, a yearly event held at Artpark in the Village of Lewiston.
Annual Father's Day Lawn Mower Races held on West River
Sat, Jun 28th 2014 12:00 am
On Saturday, June 14, the annual Father's Day Lawn Mower Race and Classic Car Show took place along the West River to support Grand Island Relay For Life. This family-friendly event, founded by Islander Floyd Doring even had a race category for push mowers for the younger race fans.
Environmental PhotoVoice project underway
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 11:55 pm
An Island group is seeking to explore environmental issues on the Island through the medium of photography.

The Grand Island PhotoVoice project began Wednesday night at St. Timothy Lutheran Church with an introductory meeting attended by more than a dozen people. The GI version of the PhotoVoice tool is meant to express viewpoints of community members regarding their health and environment in the wake of the 2013 conviction of Tonawanda Coke for polluting and violating the federal Clean Air Act.

Kim Yaeger, a facilitator and member of the St. Timothy congregation, will collect photo submissions from the community that address how the outdoor environment improves, threatens or harms health and quality life.

From the Desk of the Supervisor: Fishing, concerts, celebrations planned
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 11:55 pm
Happy summer, Grand Island!

Enjoy free fishing (no license required) at Fisherman's Landing at the South Grand Island Bridge on Saturday, June 28, in a contest sponsored by the Recreation Department from 8 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded on July 1 at 2 p.m. More information is available on the "Recreation" page of the town website at gigov.com.

Summer concerts under the Grand Island Rotary Club Gazebo in the Town Commons begin on Tuesday, July 1, and run through Aug. 12. This year, two will be held at Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa: July 8 and July 22. The schedule is on the town's websitegigov.com and in the Island Dispatch. Hope to see you out enjoying some live music!