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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.
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."

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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!

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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."
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.
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.
Grand Island Town Board: November proclaimed American Legion Membership Month
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
The Grand Island Town Board issued a proclamation naming the month of November 2013 American Legion Membership Month.
 


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