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Chamber says thanks to Citizen of the Year sponsors
Fri, Apr 12th 2013 10:40 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has expressed its thanks to the local businesses that have given their support to the annual Citizen of the Year Awards event.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Tufillaro, Wavelengths Hair Design receive Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Apr 12th 2013 10:35 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has named Linda Tufillaro and Wavelengths Hair Design as recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award.
The Beach House wins Best Fish Fry contest
Sat, Apr 6th 2013 07:00 am
The Beach House has won Niagara Frontier Publications' second annual Best Fish Fry contest. Following a record number of entries, the Grand Island restaurant netted 13.1 percent of the 268 votes - more than double the tally of the second-place winners.
Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk raises $10K for local Hospice
Fri, Mar 29th 2013 04:05 pm
Founders of Grand Island's Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk donated a check for $10,114 to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York.
Troop 510 Boy Scouts support Neighbors Foundation
Fri, Mar 29th 2013 04:00 pm
Since 1973, the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation has been providing emergency assistance to Grand Island residents who find themselves in temporary need.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Kinney, Watz to receive Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Mar 29th 2013 03:50 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will honor Beverly Kinney and Jim Watz on Thursday, April 25, as Citizens of the Year.
Bennie and the Jets win GISBA Corporate Bowl
Fri, Mar 29th 2013 03:50 pm
Bennie and the Jets will divide $2,000 in scholarship money following the 15th annual Grand Island School and Business Corporate Bowl, held Tuesday night at the Grand Island High School auditorium.
Grand Island: Quilt to be raffled off for Relay For Life
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:20 pm
A fundraiser for the Relay For Life is in full swing. A Relay quilt, generously and beautifully handcrafted by Sue Miles and Colleen Eddy of Grand Island, was donated to Grand Island's Relay For Life, to be raffled off to support Relay and its ongoing fundraising for the American Cancer Society.
St. Stephen R.C. Church: Catholic Charities Drive continues
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:15 pm
The annual Catholic Charities Drive is ongoing through Palm Sunday.
Grand Island High School: DECA students strike gold at states
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:15 pm
"Striking Gold" was the theme as 56 Grand Island High School DECA students traveled to Rochester last week in search of success in the business world.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: 6 people, 1 business named Citizen of the Year award winners
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 02:10 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will honor six individuals and one business on Thursday, April 25, as Citizens of the Year.

In announcing the winners, the chamber said award recipients "have given much of their time and talents in making Grand Island the wonderful community it is today."

Here is the list.

Ceretto teams up with local highway superintendent to increase state highway funds
Fri, Mar 8th 2013 09:15 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-C-Lewiston, met earlier this week with James Tomkins, Grand Island highway superintendent, in the Assembly chamber. They discussed the importance of increasing state support for the region's roads and bridges.
Rotary honors Kelly family
Thu, Mar 7th 2013 03:50 pm
The Kelly family of Grand Island received the Grand Island Rotary Club's Vocational Service Award at a meeting Feb. 27 at the Buffalo Launch Club.

The Kellys' own Kelly's Country Store celebrated a 50th anniversary last year.

Veronica Connor Middle School: Viking Values emphasized in Positive Behavioral Intervention Support week
Thu, Mar 7th 2013 03:50 pm
February break came and went, and for many students it was refreshing and invigorating. In the spirit of re-energizing, Veronica E. Connor Middle School recently hosted a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support week.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Local businesses step up as sponsors for Citizen of the Year
Thu, Mar 7th 2013 03:45 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has recognized Michael Keating, Grand Island KeyBank branch manager, and Yvonne Michaels, KeyBank's client service manager for their generosity and support of the chamber's Citizen of the Year community event.
Grand Island Board of Education: District trying to resolve $1.5 million shortfall
Thu, Mar 7th 2013 03:45 pm
Administrators at the Grand Island School District are working toward resolving an estimated shortfall of $1,499.344 by the second week in April.

At the Feb. 25 Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent for School Business Services Joe Giarrizzo told trustees that even though the district is able to recoup 72.1 percent of school expenses from the state and that revenues are up a bit, "Expenses are skyrocketing. We are falling behind." While the district does have money in a reserve savings account, expenses are such that more and more reserve is used each year to close budget gaps.

Ceretto celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday with Grand Island Memorial Library
Mon, Mar 4th 2013 10:40 pm
Assemblyman John D. Ceretto helped celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday over the weekend by reading "The Cat in the Hat" to children at the Grand Island Memorial Library. The event, also a part of "Read Across America," was intended to spur imagination and a love of reading in children.
Rotary Club receives presentation on bullying
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 06:10 pm
The Rotary Club of Grand Island at its meeting on Wednesday at the Buffalo Launch Club and received a presentation from Heather Maras, social worker at Kaegebein and Huth Road elementary schools, on the Grand Island Central School District's efforts to combat bullying behavior in students.
M&T Bank Charitable Foundation donates to Miracle League
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 06:00 pm
R.J. Wynne, right, president of The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York, accepted a check for $1,000 from Josh Heim, from M&T Bank Charitable Foundation.
Grand Island High School: First group of students taking International Baccalaureate program
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 06:00 pm
Kimberly Yaeger isn't avoiding hard work in her senior year of high school.

Yaeger is among the first group of Grand Island High School students enrolled in the new International Baccalaureate program at the school that has raised the workload for participating students. That's OK with Yaeger.

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Life Technologies a gold sponsor for Citizen of the Year event
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 05:55 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has recognized Life Technologies for once again showing their support for one of the largest community events held on Grand Island, the Citizen of the Year Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Kaegebein Playground Committee thanks Niagara Falls Sam's Club
Tue, Feb 26th 2013 05:55 pm
On Feb. 18, Sam's Club in Niagara Falls held its 20th year of operation celebration event.
Miracle League holds paver contest
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:30 pm
The Miracle League of Western New York held a paver selling contest for all players and buddies, and the winner was Michael Dinsmore, who won a 32-inch flat-screen television donated by Double D Construction.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: RE/MAX North opens new office on GI
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:15 pm
Directors from the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, elected officials, RE/MAX North agents and friends all joined Peg Eisenhauer, broker and owner of the new RE/MAX North office, at a ribbon-cutting.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Bronze sponsors join support for Citizen of the Year
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:10 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has recognized Fahim Mojawalla, owner of Creative Leather Concepts and Island Ship Center, along with Liz Wilbert of Realty USA, for their generosity by stepping up as a Bronze sponsors for this year's Citizen of the Year Awards event.
Grand Island: 2013 Relay For Life 'Going for the Gold'
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:00 pm
The 2013 Relay For Life season began in a full sprint with a kickoff rally Wednesday.

New teams and veteran Relayers gathered at Grand Island High School to award medals for 2012 and to begin the 2013 event, which will have an Olympic theme of "Going for the Gold."

Grand Island Lions Club: 'Aren't you the guys that collect eyeglasses?'
Wed, Feb 6th 2013 07:00 am
The Grand Island Lions Club has been serving the community for more than 50 years, and though most people are familiar with our eyeglass collections, our Special Kids Picnic, our annual spaghetti dinner, and our involvement with the Miracle League Field, most are not aware of all the behind-the-scenes activities we perform and the services available through our work and our association with sight, hearing, health, and environmentally-related professionals and organizations.

Take, for example, the trip a used pair of eyeglasses takes from your face to the face of someone, somewhere in the world, who needs them but, unfortunately, can't afford them. How can we do that for just 8 cents a pair?

Kaegebein Elementary School: 'Dinner and a Show' to raise money for playground
Wed, Feb 6th 2013 07:00 am
The Kaegebein Community Playground Committee will host "Dinner and a Show" to raise money for a new playground.

On Friday, March 1, the Playground Committee will supervise the annual Kaegebein Talent Show, with a spaghetti dinner fundraiser preceding the show.

The event will take place at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.

Holiday Inn, NFP support chamber Citizen of the Year awards
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 07:00 am
The Holiday Inn Grand Island and Niagara Frontier Publications have pledged support for the annual Citizen of the Year award banquet with platinum sponsorships.
Crimestoppers reward an incentive to catch vandals
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 07:00 am
Town of Grand Island officials and local police are hoping a $1,000 reward will help resolve a spate of vandalism incidents that have taken place at the Nike Base.
Serene Gardens to hold cooking demonstration
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 07:00 am
On Saturday, Feb. 9, Serene Gardens, 2800 Grand Island Blvd., will host a free Japanese cooking demonstration and tasting, beginning at 4 p.m. Explore two basic staples of Japanese food, miso soup and sushi roll, with Serene Gardens' Chef Satomi Smith.

Coming off of a recent Buffalo Soup Fest award for "Best Kept Secret," Satomi will demonstrate how she prepares these dishes from the first step; making broth for miso soup, washing the rice properly, making the vinaigrette for sushi rice, etc. Following the class there also will be a sake and wine tasting.

Grand Island High School: Interact Club holds chili fundraiser
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 07:00 am
Football and chili go together like Interact and Rotary. The latter two joined together Tuesday at Grand Island High School to make chili in advance of the Super Bowl.
Town 'open for business,' not looking to bulldoze the Island, advisory board says
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 07:00 am
Grand Island is putting out the "Open for Business" sign and taking a proactive approach to business development.

Members of the town's Economic Development Advisory Board are ramping up efforts to promote the town as business-friendly. EDAB Co-chair Tom Knight said the group's goal is to recruit new business to the Island "that are a fit and makes sense, without stepping on the toes of existing businesses."

Grand Island High School: 'S.S. American' about to sail
Fri, Feb 1st 2013 07:15 pm
The music department at Grand Island High School has turned its ship around 180 degrees in presenting "Anything Goes" as its spring musical this year.
St. Stephen School Mission Club support Kairos project
Tue, Jan 29th 2013 07:00 am
Members of St. Stephen School Mission Club lovingly decorated special placemats to be given to incarcerated men and women, through the Kairos prison ministry.
Grand Island Rotary Club hears presentation on success, challenges of WNY Muslims
Tue, Jan 29th 2013 07:00 am
The Grand Island Rotary Club, in its weekly meeting at the Buffalo Launch Club on Jan. 16, was treated to an unfolding story of the difficulties, and successes, of Muslims in Western New York reaching the public with the message of their tolerance and Americanization.

The talk was by Dr. Khalid Qazi, professor of internal medicine at the University at Buffalo, and also chair of the WNY Muslim Public Affairs Council. He led off with an example of how security difficulties kept a "MASH" unit sent by the U.S. Army to Pakistan from really helping after a devastating earthquake there in 2005, until Qazi and other medical personnel (Pakistani natives) who were also there on a relief mission, intervened.

The talk was by Dr. Khalid Qazi, professor of internal medicine at the University at Buffalo, and also chair of the WNY Muslim Public Affairs Council. He led off with an example of how security difficulties kept a "MASH" unit sent by the U.S. Army to Pakistan from really helping after a devastating earthquake there in 2005, until Qazi and other medical personnel (Pakistani natives) who were also there on a relief mission, intervened.

Above and Beyond: GIFC installs 2013 officers
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 07:00 am
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard administered the oaths of office to newly elected Grand Island Fire Co. officers on Saturday, Jan. 12, at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road.

Both firematic and administrative officers were sworn to uphold their 2013 community protection duties. Howard was joined by Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, New York State Assemblyman John Ceretto; representative of New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti, Ron Descenes; Grand Island town officials, including Mary Cooke, other special guests and family members in praising the selfless dedication of these GIFC volunteers.

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Directors, board installed at meeting
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 07:00 am
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce held its board of directors meeting and installation of newly elected directors at the Holiday Inn Grand Island.
Grand Island High School: Job Search Feb. 14
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 07:00 am
Grand Island High School has announced that Job Search Seminar will be held Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Holiday Inn Grand Island, 100 Whitehaven Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakout sessions will be provided by local colleges.

Job Search Seminar was developed by the Grand Island High School Business Department in response to local businesses and their need for more qualified and prepared student workers.

District offers lockers to GIHS hall walkers
Tue, Jan 22nd 2013 07:00 am
The Grand Island Central School District (until May 1) will make available to all hall walkers an individual locker in which to store their personal items while exercising. These lockers are conveniently located close to the high school Viking Mall.

Call Bobby Cushing at 773-8820, ext. 6, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to obtain a locker number and personal locker combination number. Should there not be a person to answer a phone call, press "0" and leave a message, which will promptly be returned.