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'Take Me Home' program safeguards those who can't speak for themselves
Sat, Aug 12th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Police Department has partnered with the town supervisor's office to launch the "Take Me Home" program. The new service offers a safe return home for those who may need extra help communicating vital information in an emergency situation.
Whitney resignation, Staley Road safety, top board agenda
Sat, Aug 12th 2023 07:00 am
A new era in town government began on Monday as the Town Board accepted with regret and a certificate of appreciation the Aug. 4 resignation of John Whitney as town supervisor.
Grand Island: Town Board kicks off LWRP review process
Sat, Aug 12th 2023 07:00 am
Waterfront revitalization has naturally been a longtime concern for Grand Island, a town whose entire perimeter is surrounded by water, and whose geography holds ecotourism potential.
Kearns pays tribute to Purple Heart recipients
Fri, Aug 11th 2023 09:00 am
In honor of Purple Heart Appreciation Day (Monday, Aug. 7), Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns recognized 22 Erie County Purple Heart recipients who were added to the William J. Donovan Purple Heart Book of Merit for 2023.
Russell J. Salvatore donates van to Diocese of Buffalo
Tue, Aug 8th 2023 08:00 pm
Noted restaurateur and philanthropist Russell J. Salvatore purchased a delivery van for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo that will service all eight counties of Western New York.
ECDOH: Be ready for anything: Public health, public safety, preparedness & pets
Tue, Aug 8th 2023 11:15 am
Erie County departments of Health and Homeland Security & Emergency Services plan interactive and practical activities for Erie County Fair visitors during the "Best 12 Days of Summer."
9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit to visit Hamburg Fairgrounds
Mon, Aug 7th 2023 05:55 pm
On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will be escorted by local law enforcement, fire departments, EMS squads, along with veteran and first responder motorcycle groups from McKinley Mall to the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
'We have to turn these opioid trends around - we've done it before and we can do it again'
Mon, Aug 7th 2023 05:55 pm
Monday's quarterly meeting of the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force was an opportunity to warn community members about an alarming increase in opioid poisoning deaths with cocaine involvement.
Erie County to hold two free rabies vaccine clinics in September
Mon, Aug 7th 2023 07:00 am
The Erie County Department of Health has opened registrations for two free rabies vaccine clinics in September:
Island weaver reflects on a lifetime at the loom
Sat, Aug 5th 2023 07:00 am
When Lenore Tetkowski was a college student in New Jersey, she discovered weaving, a craft that she has loved for a lifetime.
Islander reflects on experience as bone marrow donor
Sat, Aug 5th 2023 07:00 am
Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a type of blood cancer. And approximately every nine minutes, someone dies of a form of blood cancer.
Beaver Island bridge replacement on schedule for 2023 completion
Sat, Aug 5th 2023 07:00 am
Progress is on schedule on the $8 million bridge replacement project of the Beaver Island Parkway bridge over the Thruway at Exit 18B, according to a Thruway spokesman.
'Sail for Roswell' raises $165,000 for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Fri, Aug 4th 2023 02:35 pm
The Buffalo Yacht Club hosted the "Sail for Roswell" regatta and gala dinner on Saturday July 8. The event was a sell-out success, raising $165,000 for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop cancer cures and save lives.
Grand Island business owners tapped to host national conference event
Fri, Aug 4th 2023 11:20 am
When your business accomplishments raise not only your bottom line but the standard in your particular industry, what do you do? If you're Seema and Fahim Mojawalla, owners of Grand Island's Island Ship Center (ISC), you offer to host a conference and share your steps to success with fellow business owners from across the United States. Then, according to Fahim, six years later when you have grown that business into a million-dollar operation, you offer to do it all over again.
Election 2023: George Hauss running for Grand Island town clerk
Fri, Aug 4th 2023 11:15 am
My name is George Hauss, and I want to officially introduce myself as I embark on my candidacy for Grand Island town clerk. As a resident for the last 20 years, representing my neighbors would be a great honor.
Election 2023: Obarka running for Grand Island Town Council
Fri, Aug 4th 2023 11:15 am
My name is Kristen Obarka, and I am running for Grand Island Town Council. I would be greatly honored to represent all the residents of this very special community.
Buffalo Launch Club readies for 44th annual Antique Classic Boat Show
Fri, Aug 4th 2023 11:00 am
Boating season is in full swing, particularly in the Great Lakes region, which, overall, offers the best on-water fun this time of year.
Ask Expert Vienna Laurendi: Deciding when to sell a home
Fri, Aug 4th 2023 10:55 am
This is a very common question that comes from most potential home sellers who wonder if the spring market is the best market to capitalize on their investment; or is there any other time during the year that is just as good - or better?
Q&A with Grand Island supervisor candidates
Fri, Aug 4th 2023 08:50 am
Island Dispatch Senior Contributing Writer Karen Carr Keefe last week posed the same set of questions to the two candidates for Grand Island town supervisor: Peter Marston, running on the Conservative line; and Michael Madigan, running on the Republican line. Both candidates currently serve as councilmembers on the Town Board.
Q&A with Grand Island supervisor candidate Peter Marston
Fri, Aug 4th 2023 08:45 am
Island Dispatch Senior Contributing Writer Karen Carr Keefe last week posed the same set of questions to the two candidates for Grand Island town supervisor: Peter Marston, running on the Conservative line; and Michael Madigan, running on the Republican line. Both candidates currently serve as councilmembers on the Town Board.
Q&A with Grand Island supervisor candidate Michael Madigan
Fri, Aug 4th 2023 08:45 am
Island Dispatch Senior Contributing Writer Karen Carr Keefe last week posed the same set of questions to the two candidates for Grand Island town supervisor: Peter Marston, running on the Conservative line; and Michael Madigan, running on the Republican line. Both candidates currently serve as councilmembers on the Town Board.
Higgins & Buffalo VA urge eligible WNY veterans to apply for PACT Act benefits
Wed, Aug 2nd 2023 09:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins was joined by leaders from the Buffalo VA Medical Center and local veterans to raise awareness about the new benefits available to veterans under the PACT Act, and to encourage Western New York veterans and families to apply.
Erie County recognizes National Breastfeeding Month, World Breastfeeding Week; officials attend Healthy Baby Festival
Wed, Aug 2nd 2023 09:40 pm
Deputy Erie County Executive Lisa Chimera and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein attended the Catholic Charities WIC Healthy Baby Festival on Wednesday at Mang Park in Kenmore. The free festival was supported by local community agencies and sponsored in part by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, with concurrent festivals held in Chautauqua and Niagara counties.
YMCA Turkey Trot registration opens Tuesday, Aug. 8
Wed, Aug 2nd 2023 09:40 pm
YMCA Buffalo Niagara announced registration for the 128th annual YMCA Turkey Trot will open at 11 am. Tuesday, Aug. 8. Runners may register at www.YMCABN.org until race capacity is reached.
Parolee sentenced for pointing illegal pistol at police during foot pursuit
Tue, Aug 1st 2023 01:35 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced 34-year-old William A. Fugate of Buffalo was sentenced yesterday afternoon before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison. He was sentenced yesterday as a second felony offender.
Fun(ner) Summer continues: Strates Shows midway returns to Erie County Fair
Mon, Jul 31st 2023 07:00 am
The James E. Strates Shows will again head to the Erie County Fair this August, commemorating 100 years in business and a "Centennial of Smiles." Strates Shows will bring over 70 rides, games and attractions to complete the mile-long midway in Hamburg.
Reading garden planned for Grand Island Memorial Library
Sat, Jul 29th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Memorial Library is planning to add a reading garden to the grassy area next to the building that faces the parking lot. The library will be called the Richard Earne Memorial Reading Garden, as a tribute to the late Richard Earne, who was a member of the Grand Island Rotary Club, as well as a member of the library board of trustees. He died on Sept. 18, 2022.
VA Western New York Healthcare System receives 5-star rating from CMS
Fri, Jul 28th 2023 05:15 pm
Western New York Healthcare System announced that it has received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the first time CMS has included VA facilities in its annual Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings.
ECMC awarded 3-year CARF accreditation for medical rehab program
Thu, Jul 27th 2023 04:05 pm
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) announced Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp.'s acute inpatient medical rehabilitation unit was accredited for a period of three years through June 30, 2026.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee to meet Aug. 9
Thu, Jul 27th 2023 04:05 pm
The next meeting of the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, 726 Exchange St., Suite 525, Buffalo.
Higgins & Stefanik urge US Customs & Border Protection to address northern border staffing shortages
Wed, Jul 26th 2023 06:20 pm
Congress members Brian Higgins and Elise Stefanik, who serve as co-chairs of the Northern Border Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, are calling on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to address staffing shortages at the northern border, which they said are causing excessive delays and deterring cross-border travel.
Buffalo City Mission, Lloyd Taco Truck host 10th annual 'Christmas in July Luncheon'
Tue, Jul 25th 2023 04:00 pm
On Tuesday, the Buffalo City Mission and Lloyd Taco Truck hosted the 10th annual "Christmas in July Luncheon" at the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise. The event provided nearly 200 meals, which were given to the men's ministry at the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise and the women's ministry located at Buffalo City Mission's Cornerstone Manor. All meals were donated in full by Lloyd Taco Truck.
Roller Rink at Canalside opens Aug. 11
Tue, Jul 25th 2023 11:30 am
Buffalo Waterfront Management Group (BWMG) announced roller-skating will return Friday, Aug. 11. In addition to regular, daily hours of operation, the Roller Rink at Canalside will again offer its popular group skate and party packages. The site will also host an activity zone with pop-up games, activities and a party tent.
Recognizing Disability Pride Month in Erie County
Tue, Jul 25th 2023 09:20 am
July is recognized nationally as Disability Pride Month. Here in Erie County, we have a long history of supporting accessibility and inclusion. While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities (ECOPD) was added to the county charter a full seven years earlier in 1983.
Erie County Medical Center among nation's best for social responsibility and health equity
Mon, Jul 24th 2023 06:35 pm
Erie County Medical Center has again been recognized by the Lown Institute for outstanding social responsibility, receiving an "A" grade on the 2023-24 Lown Institute Hospitals Index. ECMC achieved this honor through strong performance across metrics of health equity, patient outcomes, and value of care, out of more than 3,600 hospitals nationwide.
Catholic Charities WIC to host Healthy Baby Festival in Jamestown, Kenmore, Niagara Falls
Mon, Jul 24th 2023 01:00 pm
Expectant and young families are invited to attend one of three Healthy Baby Festival events hosted by Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program this August. The festivals are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1 at Allen Park in Jamestown; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2 at Mang Park in Kenmore; and noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 - all at Hyde Park splash pad in Niagara Falls.
Grand Island: John Whitney resigning as supervisor Aug. 4
Mon, Jul 24th 2023 12:20 pm
Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney will resign from office effective Friday, Aug. 4.
Paddles Up hits the water running
Mon, Jul 24th 2023 07:00 am
The 17th annual Paddles Up Niagara is gearing up for another good run in the Niagara River on Saturday, July 29.
Rabies vaccine air drop and ground baiting for wildlife populations will begin in late-July
Mon, Jul 24th 2023 07:00 am
The yearly rabies vaccine distribution for wildlife populations in Erie County is scheduled to start in early August.
GI leads off workshop series for Family Justice Center
Sat, Jul 22nd 2023 11:00 pm
The Grand Island satellite of the Family Justice Center was chosen to lead off a Wellness and Safety Workshop this coming week, from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25.
 

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