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Grand Island Town Board: Housing site plan raises neighbors' concerns
Sat, Oct 7th 2023 07:00 am
Another proposed project off Long Road was the subject of a public hearing in Monday's Grand Island Town Board meeting, but this time, it was a 48-lot housing development in the crosshairs, not a mega-warehouse.
Zobud Bistro closes
Sat, Oct 7th 2023 07:00 am
The restaurant Zobud Bistro has closed, its owner, Sam Redo, confirmed to the Island Dispatch on Wednesday.
Higgins: $214,000 for Center for Elder Law and Justice
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 01:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $214,000 awarded to the Center for Elder Law and Justice. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and awarded through the Administration for Children and Families' Medical Legal Partnership Plus (MLP+) demonstration program, the grant will support the MedLaw Partnership of Western New York, which assists low-income patients and families experiencing significant medical, financial and legal challenges.
'Whiskey Plank' celebration, full-sized replica of historic Erie Canal 'Seneca Chief' on Buffalo waterfront
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 12:35 pm
Sometime after noon tomorrow afternoon, inside the Longshed at Canalside on Buffalo's beautiful waterfront, master boatbuilder Roger Allen will look toward Dr. John Montague, who founded the Buffalo Maritime Center in 1989, smile and whisper, "We did it!"
Unique pumpkin patch found in Kenmore
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 09:40 am
A unique and sincere pumpkin patch can be found in the Village of Kenmore. The patch, which has been created by the members of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society (KVIS), is made of painted wood pumpkins in all shapes and sizes.
Grand Island Memorial Library celebrates freedom to read during Banned Books Week
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 07:00 am
"Let Freedom Read" is this year's theme for Banned Books Week, taking place Oct. 1-7.
Higgins announces over $6.2 million for Daemen, Villa Maria & SUNY Erie Community College
Thu, Oct 5th 2023 07:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced three federal grants totaling $1,325,290 awarded to Daemen University, Villa Maria College and SUNY Erie Community College for fiscal year 2023, with additional funding anticipated over the next five years.
Hochul, leaders from Syracuse & Buffalo announce progress on coordinated public safety efforts
Thu, Oct 5th 2023 07:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul this week convened state officials, local elected leaders, law enforcement and community stakeholders from Syracuse and Buffalo for a virtual public safety briefing to discuss progress on coordinated public safety efforts. Hochul highlighted the administration's funding and policies implemented to combat gun violence, violent crime and car thefts in Syracuse and Buffalo.
Higgins: $450,000 for program expanding domestic violence services to people with disabilities
Wed, Oct 4th 2023 11:05 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $450,000 in federal funding, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, has been awarded for the Helping Others through Protection and Empowerment (HOPE of WNY) program.
Catholic Health hosts free monthly COVID support group
Wed, Oct 4th 2023 09:15 am
Are you or a loved currently dealing with COVID or the aftereffects of COVID? Catholic Health is hosting a free monthly COVID support group for survivors, loved ones and caregivers. The next session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.
Buffalo operations supervisor to be honored at annual Stars of Life awards in Washington, DC
Wed, Oct 4th 2023 09:15 am
Michael Arquette, an operations supervisor with American Medical Response (AMR) in Buffalo, was named one of 32 Global Medical Response (GMR) "Stars of Life."
ECDOH shares 'crucial safety messages' for parents and caregivers of infants and young children
Tue, Oct 3rd 2023 02:45 pm
Following six recent cases involving deaths of infants and young children, Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and UBMD physicians Dr. Geovanny F. Perez and Dr. Fred Archer presented the warning signs and symptoms of infant respiratory distress and safe sleep recommendations on Tuesday.
Defendant pleads guilty ahead of trial for burglarizing closed store during blizzard
Tue, Oct 3rd 2023 02:45 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced 47-year-old Felix Ramos of Buffalo pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon before State Supreme Court Justice Betty Calvo-Torres to one count of burglary in the third degree (class "D" felony). The defendant pleaded guilty to the only count in the indictment against him as his non-jury trial was scheduled to begin.
Kearns to host fall 'DisAbility' awareness event
Tue, Oct 3rd 2023 02:45 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities will be holding a special "DisAbility Awareness Day" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Erie County Auto Bureau located in the Sheridan Plaza at 2309 Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda. No appointment is required for this community outreach event.
United Way of Greater Niagara now accepting funding applications
Tue, Oct 3rd 2023 07:00 am
United Way of Greater Niagara has officially began accepting applications for program funding. Nonprofit agencies, located within Niagara County and/or the City of Tonawanda, that run programs aligned with United Way's new focus, are eligible to apply.
ECDOH joins Literacy Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo Center for Health Equity, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Erie Niagara AHEC to promote Health Literacy Month
Mon, Oct 2nd 2023 01:30 pm
October is recognized nationally as Health Literacy Month, and a group of local agencies is coming together to boost awareness and opportunities to build digital literacy skills, especially as they relate to health and medical care.
Higgins: Nearly $800,000 investment in campus safety efforts at NU, D'Youville
Mon, Oct 2nd 2023 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced two grants totaling nearly $800,000 toward programs promoting campus safety at Niagara University and D'Youville University.
Buffalo Sabres meet the Miracle team
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 07:00 am
The Miracle League lived up to its name once again on Monday night with a special treat for players. It was Buffalo Sabres Miracle League Night at the baseball diamond in Veterans Park.
Elderwood holds event for residents, community
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 07:00 am
The parking lot at Elderwood on Sept. 20 was full of people looking at classic cars, ordering food from Viola's food truck, and checking out the basket raffle.
School districts look to place cameras on buses
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 07:00 am
Stop arm bus cameras are cameras that are placed on the outside of each school bus, with the goal of catching drivers who pass stopped school buses.
Board of Education honors top popcorn seller
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 07:00 am
At its Sept. 25 meeting, the Grand Island Board of Education honored Grayson Shelp, 13, for his dedication to selling popcorn for Boy Scout Troop 510. During this past summer, Grayson sold $15,000 worth of popcorn, breaking his own record that he set two years ago.
Grand Island family works to spread awareness of rare disorder
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 07:00 am
When Nora Conta was a 6-month-old baby, she couldn't hold a bottle and she couldn't grab toys. Her hands were closed tight, and she was unable to open them. It was when she was 6 months old that her parents wondered if something was wrong with their daughter.
Grand Island History Weekend offers glimpses into local stories
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 06:55 am
Grand Island History Weekend on Sept. 23 and 24 offered an opportunity for people interested in local history to take a tour of some of Grand Island's historical sites, which include the Grand Island Historical Society, the Alt Farmstead, and Kelly's Country Store, which held a fall festival.
Erie County District Attorney's Office observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Fri, Sep 29th 2023 05:50 pm
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, District Attorney John J. Flynn reminds the residents of Erie County that his office remains a resource for victims of domestic violence and will continue to prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.
DEC, EPA announce Oct. 2 start of aircraft-based survey of Erie & Niagara counties
Fri, Sep 29th 2023 05:50 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the start of an aerial radiological survey of Erie and Niagara counties beginning the week of Oct. 2 and continuing throughout October in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Kelly's Country Store: The perfect spot for fall festivities
Fri, Sep 29th 2023 03:55 pm
Kelly's Country Store has been a staple among the Grand Island community since 1962, and the holiday season is always its time to shine.
PHOTOS: Kelly's Fall Fest delights families
Fri, Sep 29th 2023 11:00 am
There was a Bills game on TV, it was drizzling outside, and the wind at times felt chilly. But none of those things seemed to bother the folks who came to the Fall Fest on Sunday at Kelly's Country Store, 3121 Grand Island Blvd. It was the second day of a two-day festival.
Hochul announces economic development awards in WNY to spur nearly $9 million in capital investments
Tue, Sep 26th 2023 03:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York Power Authority board of trustees approved more than $1.5 million in funding awards under the Western New York Power Proceeds program to Northland Workforce Training Center and Top Seedz, a Buffalo-based organic food company, designed to spur nearly $9 million in capital investments and support 53 jobs — with 11 of those jobs newly created.
Bone marrow donation touches lives
Sat, Sep 23rd 2023 07:00 am
On Sept. 16, the day of the Be the Match donor drive signup event at Town Hall, Kim Kalman received an anonymous letter from the wife of the recipient of her bone marrow. According to Be the Match rules, all correspondence between donors and recipients has to remain anonymous until a year after the donation.
Volunteers needed
Sat, Sep 23rd 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Fire Co. held a recruitment event on Sept. 16 in front of Tops Friendly Markets. Zach Bernfeld, one of the volunteers at the event, said people should consider joining the fire company because "It's good to help your community. You get free training. You can go through a bunch of fire classes and become an EMT or a paramedic, if you'd like. You can become a cadet at 16 and a regular member at 18."
GIHS: Athletic Director Jon Roth retires after 50-year career
Sat, Sep 23rd 2023 07:00 am
Jon Roth has been part of the Grand Island Central School District for 50 years. His career began in 1973 when he was hired by H. David Myers, Grand Island's first athletic director, as a physical education teacher in Sidway Elementary School.
Grand Island board looks to further cut building size
Sat, Sep 23rd 2023 07:00 am
A standing-room-only crowd in Town Hall on Monday signaled its approval to the town's efforts to limit the size of new buildings on Grand Island to 100,000 square feet.
Speakers critical of warehouse site plan
Sat, Sep 23rd 2023 07:00 am
In the second of two Town Board public hearings this week, residents gave their opinions Wednesday at the high school on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Grand Island Commerce Center. That's the formal name for the mega-warehouse proposed by Acquest Development for 2780 Long Road.
Kelly's Fall Fest is Sept 23-24
Fri, Sep 22nd 2023 01:00 pm
Kelly's Country Store is holding a Fall Fest from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24.
Breast Cancer Network of Western New York celebrates new location
Fri, Sep 22nd 2023 12:10 pm
Breast Cancer Network of Western New York, a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit for breast cancer advocacy, has relocated its headquarters. After being in Depew for 14 years, Breast Cancer Network will now be located within the United Way Building located at 742 Delaware Ave.
Higgins & Gillibrand invite high school students & parents to service academy information session
Fri, Sep 22nd 2023 12:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and representatives from the office of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are hosting a service academy information event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Williamsville South High School, 5950 Main St.
State Parks announces Grand Island waterfowl blind drawings
Fri, Sep 22nd 2023 11:20 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced lottery drawings for waterfowl hunting season have been scheduled at Beaver Island State Park.
On National Sponge Candy Day, Ryan honors Fowler's & Watson's as September Small Businesses of the Month
Thu, Sep 21st 2023 10:50 pm
On Thursday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan celebrated National Sponge Candy Day by announcing that two of Western New York's oldest chocolate makers have been selected as the 61st Senate District Small Businesses of the Month for September.
Kenmore Lions to host free eyeglass clinic
Tue, Sep 19th 2023 12:20 pm
The Kenmore Lions Club will sponsor its fourth free eyeglass clinic on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Town of Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 291 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda.
Warehouses: Public input is key in 2 hearings next week
Sat, Sep 16th 2023 07:00 am
Deputy Supervisor Pete Marston is emphasizing the importance of public input as two significant public hearings loom next week for the Town of Grand Island.

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