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Golden Age Center offers shopping alternatives for seniors
Sat, Dec 18th 2021 07:00 am
For senior citizens who are looking for a shopping experience that is neither online nor in a shopping mall, the Grand Island Golden Age Center offers Santa's Workshop, which is available until Dec. 22.
Grand Island Community Chorus shares Christmas music
Sat, Dec 18th 2021 07:00 am
After a one-year hiatus, the Grand Island Community Chorus returned to offer a Christmas program, titled "Starry Nights and Winter Delights," on Sunday at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.
Morinello, Red Cross to hold blood drive
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 11:15 am
From noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello and the American Red Cross of Western New York will hold a blood drive at the Grand Island Fire Hall, 2275 Baseline Road.
'Test to stay' requirements debated at school board meeting
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 11:10 am
As of Monday, only one student out of 117 students in the Grand Island School District participating in the "test to stay" program has tested positive for COVID-19, said Grand Island Central School District Superintendent Brian Graham.
Winners of Grand Island Coloring Contest revealed
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 07:00 am
A panel of top judges recently considered the myriad magnificent entries into the 2021 Grand Island Coloring Contest. After much deliberation, the winners were announced and include:
Weekend windstorm strikes Grand Island
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:55 pm
Early in the afternoon on Dec. 11, the winds howled, with gusts up to 75 miles per hour. Stephen Stouter, who lives on Westwood Drive, looked outside and saw fire in his neighbor's backyard.
Erie County Department of Health, Live Well Erie launch 'Curbside Care' Initiative
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:35 pm
On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Erie County Department of Health and Live Well Erie will start a weekly health initiative, "Curbside Care," offering health screenings, harm reduction supplies, and flu and COVID-19 vaccines from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Poloncarz commits $1.3 million in additional funding for Erie County health care careers program
Wed, Dec 15th 2021 07:55 pm
In an effort to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is dedicating an additional $1.35 million in funding for the Erie County Healthcare Careers (ECHC) program, which provides qualifies Erie County residents with free training and support services for high-demand health care positions.
Higgins seeking applicants for 2022 internships
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 09:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins invites college students and graduate students interested in gaining valuable government experience to apply for an internship with his office. Internships are available in both office locations (Washington, D.C., and Buffalo), begin as early as January and continue through the end of May at the latest.
State Parks seeks lifeguards for 2022
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 01:50 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced there will be four lifeguard exams scheduled in the Niagara Region for the 2022 season. Testing is required for anyone wishing to work as a lifeguard at any state park.
Mount St. Mary Academy students make 'Cards for a Cause'
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 02:00 pm
The Mental Health Association of Niagara County has purchased 50 Christmas/holiday cards from a Mount St. Mary Academy student-run business called "Cards for a Cause" to send to its supporters. The association is expanding youth programming.
Higgins encourages ADM to repair & preserve Great Northern grain elevator
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 01:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is encouraging swift action to repair one of Buffalo's iconic grain elevators. The Great Northern grain elevator, owned by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), was damaged during the weekend windstorm.
Northwell Health deploying nurses to fight COVID-19 surge in Western New York
Sat, Dec 11th 2021 05:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced Northwell Health, New York state's largest health system, has dispatched a team of skilled nurses to Western New York to answer the call for more medical personnel to help a region overburdened with a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Town of Grand Island expresses opposition to Erie County's mask mandate
Sat, Dec 11th 2021 07:00 am
On Monday evening, the Grand Island Town Board passed by a 4-0 vote a resolution expressing opposition to Erie County's mask mandate, which went into effect Nov. 23. In the resolution, the councilmembers went on record as opposing any future mask mandates, vaccination mandates, or any other COVID-19 restrictions. It requested the town and the state refrain from enforcing the mask mandate on Grand Island.
First public menorah lighting celebration on Grand Island
Sat, Dec 11th 2021 07:00 am
On the evening of Dec. 5, the last night of the eight-day Festival of Lights, a public menorah lighting and Chanukah celebration was held at Grand Island Town Commons. The event was coordinated by Chabad of Buffalo, a Jewish organization in Buffalo, and by a number of Island residents.
2021 'Light Up the Boulevard' Electric Parade and Festival a success
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 05:15 pm
The ninth annual "Light Up the Boulevard" Electric Parade and Festival took place Saturday, Dec. 4. This year's event was presented by the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, Grand Island Recreation Department and Town of Grand Island. It was sponsored by Fuccillo Automotive Group of Grand Island.
Erie County DA advocates for changes to criminal justice legislation to protect public safety
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 01:55 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, along with Buffalo Police Deputy Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia and New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, joined members of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police Inc., prosecutors, advocacy groups, and the family members of victims of violent crime to urge New York state legislators to modify recently enacted criminal justice reform laws. The announcement was held Thursday afternoon outside of the New York State Capitol building in Albany.
'Santa Land' canceled as precaution due to anticipated high-wind weather event
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 12:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, along with the Town of Orchard Park Recreation Department and other partners, announced the cancellation of "Santa Land" events due to a wide-impact wind and weather event that is expected to impact Erie County and Western New York Saturday into Sunday. The storm is expected to bring damaging and intensifying wind gusts and rain to the area throughout the day, with the potential for wind damage, downed trees and power outages.
Fuccillo Automotive Group supports Neighbors Foundation
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 07:00 am
Fuccillo Automotive Group donated both a check and 30 turkeys to the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island, who will distribute the assistance to Island families during the holiday season. Pictured are three Fucillo managers (dressed in black jackets in the middle of the photographs): Toyota manager Tom Fogarty, Chevrolet manager Ronnie Mansour, and Hyundai manager Russ Tabone, with representatives of the Neighbors Foundation.
EFC: More than $19 million in cost savings for local ratepayers for water quality improvement projects
Thu, Dec 9th 2021 03:20 pm
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Maureen A. Coleman announced EFC successfully closed its State Revolving Funds Revenue Bonds, Series 2021 B (2010 Master Financing Program) (Green Bonds) bond transaction that will help ratepayers in 54 communities save $19 million over the next 20 years.
Buffalo Botanical Gardens donates record amount fresh produce to a community in need
Thu, Dec 9th 2021 09:05 am
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens donated more than 700 pounds of fresh, organic produce to Gerard Place's Community Kitchen this year. After three years of partnership, the 100% community-funded, organic eco garden at the Botanical Gardens produced the biggest and most diverse harvest to date. This produce helped feed a community of people where the need was three times greater because of the pandemic.
Almost 7,000 new COVID cases in Erie & Niagara counties
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 02:25 pm
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Erie and Niagara counties.
New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-26) complete, ready for review
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 12:30 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division for Historic Preservation announced the completion of the Final New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-2026)/Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
Catholic Charities announces new leadership appointments
Tue, Dec 7th 2021 04:10 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo announced two leadership appointments within its organization: Deneb Pirrone as corporate compliance and quality officer, and Ryan Undercoffer as senior director.
EPIC - Every Person Influences Children receives $10,000 grant from The Rite Aid Foundation
Tue, Dec 7th 2021 04:10 pm
The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded EPIC - Every Person Influences Children with a $10,000 grant as part of its 2021 Giving Tuesday grant program.
Erie County Department of Health expands COVID-19 vaccination sites
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 03:55 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has announced additional Erie County COVID-19 vaccine sites. A full and updated schedule is available at, and appointments are strongly suggested.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce welcomes KinderKiddz
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 01:30 pm
On Tuesday, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, as well as town government officials, held a ribbon cutting at KinderKiddz, 2710 Grand Island Blvd.
Santa Land returns to Chestnut Ridge Park
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 01:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry has announced the return of Santa Land to Chestnut Ridge Park this year, bringing the popular family fun event back after a year's hiatus in 2020.
Grand Island businesses, community celebrate Small Business Saturday
Sat, Dec 4th 2021 07:00 am
Buying locally, encouraging creativity, and creating community were some of the themes of Small Business Saturday, held on Nov. 27.
VFW Post celebrates DeGlopper's 100th birthday
Sat, Dec 4th 2021 07:00 am
It was a proud moment when Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper's 100th birthday was celebrated Nov. 30 by the Grand Island VFW post named in his honor and in memory that he died a hero in the Battle of Normandy.
Jan Yardley: Reflections on a life spent helping others
Sat, Dec 4th 2021 07:00 am
Helping other people is something that has made Jan Yardley, the recipient of the Grand Island Golden Age Center's 2020 Senior of the Year award, happy.
Grand Island Fuccillo sponsors community contest
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 11:00 am
To celebrate Halloween, Niagara Frontier Publications held a contest to find the most creatively decorated homes on Grand Island. Residents sent pictures of spooky, scary and outrageously creative decorated homes.
Poloncarz statement on adoption of 2022 Erie County budget
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 10:25 am
On Thursday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued the following statement on the adoption of the 2022 Erie County Budget by a 7-4 vote in the Erie County Legislature:
Whitney not in favor of mask mandate
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 07:00 am
As town supervisor of the Town of Grand Island, I cannot place my support behind the mandatory mask mandate issued by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Personally, I wear a mask where required and support vaccinations. However, I feel that the mandate will damage our businesses by forcing our residents to cross the bridge to Niagara County, where the mandate doesn't exist.
Higgins: $5.5 million-plus for health centers in WNY
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced two grants through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services totaling $5,537,922 have been awarded to Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB) and Neighborhood Health Center of WNY for services provided at seven health clinics across Western New York.
The Big Easy in Buffalo announces December concerts
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 03:50 pm
The Big Easy in Buffalo today announced two December shows as part of its 15th season:
ESD announces application period now open for 5th round of $40 million Better Buffalo Fund
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 12:40 pm
Empire State Development announced the application period is open for round 5 of the $40 million Better Buffalo Fund, which is dedicated to projects that revitalize neighborhood commercial districts and encourage density and growth along transportation corridors.
Sports Turf Managers Association names Sahlen Field '2021 Professional Baseball Field of the Year'
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 09:00 am
The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) announced Sahlen Field, the home of the Buffalo Bisons and temporary home of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2021, has been named 2021 Professional Baseball Field of the Year.
Kroll Bond Rating Agency reaffirms AA- rating and 'stable' outlook to Erie County bonds
Tue, Nov 30th 2021 03:20 pm
The Erie County Division of Budget and Management announced Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) has reaffirmed its long-term rating of AA- and a "stable" outlook for Erie County bonds. A press release from Executive Mark Poloncarz said this is "another affirmative sign from an independent financial entity that the county's fiscal profile is strong and stable in 2021."
Catholic Health to limit hospital visitation due to surge in COVID-19 patients, hospital capacity
Tue, Nov 30th 2021 09:35 am
As a result of the surge in COVID-19 cases that has placed significant pressure on hospital capacity across the region, non-coronavirus patients in Catholic Health hospitals will be limited to one visitor at a time during reduced hours as of Wednesday, Dec. 1.

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