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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.
Grand Island Rotary Club: District governor visits, new members inducted
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Grand Island, governor of District 7090, Kevin Crouse, called the club "exemplary," and so much so that the community should be called "Grand Rotary Island." Crouse was in town on his annual visit to the Island.
Huth Road Elementary School: Newspaper Club begins work
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
Work on this year's edition of the Huth Road Elementary Newspaper began Wednesday with a meeting of the Newspaper Club, under the direction of Angela Hamilton.
School Bus Safety Poster Contest winners announced
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
Winners of the Grand Island Central School District's School Bus Safety Poster Contest were honored an award breakfast at Tops Market.
Kaegebein Elementary School: Playground Committee says 'Thank you, Say Cheese'
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
Fundraising efforts to build a new playground at Kaegebein Elementary School received a hand from a neighboring business. Kevin Slachciak, owner of Say Cheese Pizza Company, located just up Love Road from Kaegebein Elementary, presented the Kaegebein Playground Committee with a check for $750.
Grand Island Board of Education: 'Heartsavers' honored, Droit remembered
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
At a crowded Grand Island Board of Education meeting Monday evening, Veronica Connor Middle School Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne received official recognition from the American Heart Association for her administering of CPR on one of her students who had collapsed in full cardiac arrest in a school hallway Sept. 9.
Grand Island Central School District: Masters Field goes out with win
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
Grand Island High School alumni from the 1960s to the present took the field one last time at their alma mater Saturday.
Huth Road Elementary School: Honorary life memberships presented
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The Huth Road Elementary School PTA presented Honorary Life Membership to Carolyn Thompson and Tracey Shickluna at a recent PTA meeting. Honorary life memberships are presented to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort on behalf of the welfare of children and youth.
Grand Island High School: DECA installs new members
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The members of the Grand Island chapter of DECA, a business and marketing club, were present to be inducted into the state and national level of DECA at Salvatore's Italian Gardens.
Sherman Says: Distracted driving penalties finally have some weight
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The penalties for driving while distracted in New York state are finally catching up with a problem that seems to grow more serious each day.

We have all seen motorists talking on their cellphones as they navigate busy thoroughfares and small neighborhood streets alike. Do drivers who try to conceal their smartphones by pressing their entire device between their ear and the palm of their hand actually think the ruse is working?

Get-acquainted event held
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
Participants had a great time recently playing two rounds of laser tag and enjoying some pizza and soda during a get-acquainted event for Grand Island High School's Interact Club.
Grand Island Town Board: Lee Tetkowski honored for service
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
Two proclamations at the Grand Island Town Board meeting involved an Islander to whom "the world's children have been a priority."
Grand Island Board of Education: PTA Council event honors board members
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:10 pm
In honor of School Board Recognition Week Grand Island PTA Council hosted a reception for school board members prior to Monday night's meeting.
Mary Star of the Sea Council holds Past Grand Knights Dinner
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:10 pm
The Mary Star of the Sea Council No. 4752 celebrated its annual Past Grand Knight's Dinner honoring Paul Minton on Saturday, Oct. 19. This was Minton's second term as Grand Knight.
CROP Walk Raises $4K to feed hungry
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:25 pm
The big prize is a golden sneaker mounted on a board. The sneaker was once the Rev. Earle King's running shoe. Running shoes get retired more quickly than walking shoes, and the pastor of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road, transformed his shoe into the most coveted prize of Grand Island's annual CROP Walk, held on Oct. 13 in Beaver Island State Park.
Above and Beyond: Island fire prevention open house complemented by special awards
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
More than 2,000 Sidway Elementary School students and Fire Prevention Open House visitors came to fire headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 10, to learn more about their Grand Island Fire Co. volunteers, equipment, and operational capabilities.
Veterans Day services Nov. 11
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
The Town of Grand Island will honor veterans of past military campaigns during the annual Veterans Day program. This year, the town will honor veterans of the Cold War, Iraq War and Afghanistan War.

Veterans, family members, and friends are invited to attend the program on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park, located at 1717 Bedell Road. Each Veteran will receive a memento.

Grand Island veterans are asked to notify the Recreation Department if they will attend the program on Nov. 11, or if a veteran will be represented by a family member.

'Isle of Horror' meets 'Isle of Spooky Fun'
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
The Grand Island High School Art Club brings Halloween this year to the Island's Nike Base on Whitehaven Road. On Oct. 25 and 26, the students from the Art Club will treat young families, teens, and adults to a fun-filled spooktacular event.
October is Fire Prevention Month
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:40 pm
Grand Island Fire Co. Lt. Tom Dewey and firefighter Chuck Piccone, with the help of a volunteer, teach students at St. Stephen School how to use a fire extinguisher during a fire prevention assembly.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields: Pet blessing, food drive held
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:35 pm
Nearly a dozen dogs and one cat attended a pet blessing Saturday at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church on Baseline Road.
Connor Middle School: 'Wizard of Oz' opens
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:25 pm
Connor Middle School students have known all summer that they would stage "The Wizard of Oz" for their autumn musical this year.
50 years of Masters Field
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:20 pm
A celebration of 50 years at Gene Masters Field will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11:30 a.m. before the 1 p.m. Grand Island Vikings home football game vs. Williamsville North.
School board member Joan Droit mourned
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:20 pm
Islanders are mourning the passing of a longtime teacher who put students at the center of her work.

Retired teacher and current school board trustee Joan Droit died Saturday. She was elected to the Board of Education on May 17, 2011.

"The Grand Island Central School District wishes to acknowledge the contribution Joan Droit made on behalf of students, faculty and the school community at large," the district said in a statement.

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Prizes rolling out for 30 Days of Giveaways Web promotion
Fri, Oct 11th 2013 04:00 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is holding 30 Days of Giveaways from Oct. 1 to 30.

At the Grand Island Chamber Website Launch Party, Fahim Mojawalla, the chamber's media director, introduced 30 Days of Giveaways as a way for local businesses to increase their exposure with clients. Log on to the chamber website and register for a chance to win the giveaway of the day.

Sun shines on Taste of GI
Fri, Oct 11th 2013 03:55 pm
The second annual Taste of Grand Island Fall Festival presented by The M.O.G. took place Saturday, Sept. 28, on Grand Island Boulevard between Baseline and Whitehaven roads. The sun shined down all day for the event, which took place from noon to 8 p.m.
Islander receives special guest
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:25 pm
Navy veteran Peter Xanthos of East River Road (pictured at center) recently hosted visitors, including his shipmate from World War II, Walter Frey.
Memorial Library receives grant for newspaper project
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:15 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, who represents the Island in the New York State Senate, recently visited Grand Island Memorial Library. Lynn Alan Konovitz, director, said Grisanti gave libraries like Grand Island's extra funding aid, which Memorial Library used for computer hardware.
Sidway Elementary School: Students undergo training during Bus Safety Week
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:15 pm
Kindergarteners and first-graders at Sidway Elementary School underwent bus safety training as part of Bus Safety Week in the district Sept. 23 to 27.
Kaegebein Elementary School: Apple Day celebrated
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:15 pm
Tuesday was Apple Day at Kaegebein Elementary School.
Connor Middle School principal honored for lifesaving actions
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:10 pm
Veronica Connor Middle School Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne was honored this week by Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick for her part in helping save the life of one of her students.
Grand Island High School: DECA preserves past with time capsule
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:10 pm
With the Grand Island school year well underway, and with the capital project expanding the high school terrain a few feet further every day, the high school building foundations formed in the past are being restructured in the present with the intent to revolutionize the Island's future. In effort to preserve today's customs for the future, the Grand Island High School DECA business and marketing organization has coined a time capsule project to embody the atmosphere of the current school and community's culture.
Rotary Club: Document Destruction Day Oct. 5
Fri, Sep 27th 2013 07:40 pm
The Grand Island Rotary Club reminds Western New Yorkers the club will once again hold a Document Destruction Day on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the KeyBank parking lot of the Tops Plaza on Grand Island Boulevard. For $10 per box, patrons will get assured, confidential shredding of all papers.
Grand Island Fire Company hosts annual open house
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 03:50 pm
The Grand Island Fire Co. will host its annual open house on Thursday, Oct. 10, at GIFC headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Check out photos of last year's live fire demo.
Paying tribute
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 01:50 pm
On Friday, family, friends and first responders paid tribute to Russell M. Pecoraro, who recently passed away. An elaborate procession - complete with helicopter escort - took place across Whitehaven Road.
Stacy Clark continues rise to stardom with new EP, 'Days Into Nights'
Sat, Sep 21st 2013 04:35 pm
The feeling of a red carpet beneath the feet of a Grand Islander is simply as foreign as the feeling of the lunar surface. To put it bluntly, the limelight does not shine on the Island; it would rather shine on the international music centers of the nation - like Nashville or Los Angeles - to find the next big music star.
Clerk's 'Thank-A-Vet' Discount Card Program signs-on 500th business
Thu, Sep 19th 2013 04:55 pm
When Chris Jacobs took office as Erie County Clerk last year, he inherited a veterans program in name only. The discount program had but 27 participating businesses and very few veterans were issued the complimentary card.

"I pledged to make this program a real benefit to the over 60,000 veterans in Erie County and vowed to have 250 businesses signed-on by the end of my first term in office," Jacobs said. He has doubled his goal, recently hitting the 500th mark of participating Erie County businesses offering discounts to enrolled veterans.

Veronica Connor Middle School student revived by GI school official
Thu, Sep 19th 2013 04:50 pm
Veronica Conner Middle School Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne stepped in Monday, Sept. 9, to do CPR on a 10-year-old student who had collapsed in the school hallway.

Shortly before 4 p.m., the Grand Island Fire Co. responded to a report of a "student down" at the Ransom Road school.

According to the GIFC report, the student had left the school earlier in the day with an unspecified illness, but had returned with her mother to pick up some items when she collapsed near her locker.

Islanders open Magpie's Bake Shop & Café in Tonawanda
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:55 am
Sisters Sarah Mallare and Christine Carr of Grand Island have opened a new bakery in the City of Tonawanda. Magpie's Bake Shop & Café, named after their mother, Christine "Maggie" Smith, recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting. Located at 38 Niagara St., they offer soups, pizza, cakes, pastries, many other baked goods.