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Sheriff Howard reminds public DV unit is there for victims
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:35 pm
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reminds residents the Erie County Sheriff's Office domestic violence unit is working and available to assist victims.
Island Dispatch for April 3, 2020
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 11:10 am
The Island Dispatch for April 3, 2020.
Grand Island Memorial Library update
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:30 pm
The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed to the public for the duration until further directives are received from the governor.
Chamberlain, Casey's Corner donated to Islander, shipmates
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:30 pm
When business teachers Cheryl Chamberlain asked her entrepreneur class what to do with the snack inventory at their high school store, Casey's Corner, students replied "donate it!"
Grand Island Board of Education meeting to be held online
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:25 pm
Please be advised: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with executive order 202.1, members of the public will not be permitted to attend the board meeting in person, and members of the board of education will attend the meeting remotely on Monday, April 6.
EC Department of Social Services reminds residents to access programs from home
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:35 am
Social Services Commissioner Marie Cannon is reminding Erie County residents that they do not have to (and are not advised to) visit Social Services offices to access the assistance programs the department offers. Programs can either be accessed online or by requesting an application over the phone.
Howard issues warning, update
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:05 am
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard recently issued warning about area parks and recreational areas.
Island Dispatch coloring contest form
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 02:10 pm
Parents: If your child doesn't have access to the Easter coloring contest found in our newspaper, or if you are looking for an additional entry form, please feel free to download the poster HERE (PDF).
Erie County offers updates on resources, recreation
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 05:45 pm
As of noon today, we have received reports of 499 total positive COVID-19 cases in Erie County residents. Eight Erie County residents have died, and 53 people have recovered. There are currently 438 people in isolation.
EC Parks to close disc golf courses in response to COVID-19
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 02:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry announced disc golf courses at Chestnut Ridge, Emery, Ellicott Creek and Como Lake parks will be closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and due to concerns about safe social distancing while playing. New signage will be installed at each disc golf course advising of the closing, and baskets will be removed and stored until the courses are reopened.
Alzheimer's Association WNY offering virtual education, other programs & services
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 12:45 pm
Across New York, it is estimated there are more than 400,000 individuals living with some type of dementia, with another 1 million-plus people providing some kind of care for them. Their needs for access to help, support and education are ongoing.
Erie County: Domestic violence resources available despite COVID-19 closures
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 10:50 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, District Attorney John J. Flynn is reminding the residents of Erie County about resources that remain available for victims of domestic violence.
Facebook Journalism Project awards grant to Niagara Frontier Publications
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:00 pm
Six local newsrooms in New York were selected to receive almost $30,000 in funding - CNY Latino, Examiner Media, Niagara Frontier Publications, Spotlight Newspapers, Wallkill Valley Publications Inc., and Watertown Daily Times, with each of these recipients getting $5,000. In this first round, 50 local newsrooms across the U.S. and Canada are receiving $5,000 grants to help cover unexpected costs associated with covering the crisis in their communities. Additional recipients will be announced in the coming weeks.
Erie County provides virus update, list of local employers hiring
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 03:00 pm
•We have received reports of 31 Erie County residents who are hospitalized as of yesterday due to COVID-19. As of today, at noon, we have had 166 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County residents.
Second person dies in Erie County
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 07:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is announcing there was one death attributable to COVID-19 in Erie County in the past 24 hours. The individual was a male in his 70s.
Erie County Sheriff's Office releases update
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 11:05 am
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard on Tuesday announced the following COVID-19-related updates:
Neighbors Foundation still in need
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:40 pm
Neighbors, during these challenging times we want to remind our Grand Island friends that the Neighbors Foundation is here to help provide food for those that are in temporary need. Please call 773-7476 or 773-1452 for assistance.
Erie County: Matching essential front line workers with needed child care
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:30 pm
In light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the prolonged closure of area schools, many essential front-line workers are struggling to get to work because they lack sufficient child care arrangements.
Kearns modifies process for license plate surrenders
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:30 pm
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and still assist motorists who need to surrender their vehicle's license plates, Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns is introducing a new procedure due to the temporary suspension of services at all auto bureau locations.
Erie County Department of Health update for March 24, morning
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 11:00 am
The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed an additional five cases of COVID-19 in Erie County residents since yesterday, March 23. This brings our case total to date to 101.
Island Dispatch coloring contest form
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 02:10 pm
Parents: If your child doesn't have access to the Easter coloring contest found in our newspaper, or if you are looking for an additional entry form, please feel free to download the poster HERE (PDF).
Kaleida Health announces recruitment efforts for surge team
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 07:45 am
Kaleida Health continues to prioritize testing its own workforce to ensure it maintains the health and well-being of its staff. It has been conducting its own COVID-19 employee testing for the past few days.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19: New York mandating new surge plans for hospitals
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 05:10 pm
The New York State Department of Health has instructed hospitals across the state to update their recently submitted "surge" pandemic plans. The goal is to increase hospital inpatient bed capacity by 50% to help fight the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.
Grand Island Memorial Library closed
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed to the public through Tuesday, March 31, at 8 p.m. as per recommendations from the county executive in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
State of emergency declared for COVID-19
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
Monday morning, Town of Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney issued a proclamation to address the COVID-19 threat and declared a local state of emergency within the Town of Grand Island.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Citizen of the Year award recipients announced
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce announced this week the 2020 Citizen of the Year award recipients are as follows:
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 update for Friday, March 20
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 06:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is releasing results of reports from COVID-19 testing on individuals in Erie County. There are currently 36 lab confirmed cases in Erie County residents as of noon today. Additional tests are being run by our Public Health Lab and commercial labs and results will be released when available.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 07:50 am
Kaleida Health released the following updates and reminders Thursday regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 update for Thursday, March 19
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 04:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is releasing results of its disease investigations on the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in Erie County. There are currently 29 lab confirmed cases in Erie County residents. Additional tests are being run by the Public Health Lab and results will be released when available.
Town of Grand Island COVID-19 proclamation issued
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Monday morning, Town of Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney issued a proclamation to address the COVID-19 threat and declared a local state of emergency within the Town of Grand Island.
Erie County confirms 4 additional positive COVID-19 cases
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 11:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) received results for four additional positive COVID-19 cases in Erie County residents on Sunday evening.
Grand Island Central School District closed until April 20
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 11:00 pm
In accordance with the Erie County Executive recommendation that people avoid large gatherings of more than 50 people, and in light of the declaration of multiple States of Emergency, all Erie County school districts will be closed until April 20, 2020.
Update on COVID-19 cases in Erie County; Poloncarz declares state of emergency
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 12:50 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Daniel Neaverth Jr. announced three individuals in Erie County tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus. The cases were confirmed through testing at the Erie County Public Health Lab late Saturday afternoon and are the first confirmed cases in Erie County.
Coronavirus found in Erie County, 2 Assembly members
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 09:30 pm
On Saturday evening, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz posted the following on his Facebook page: "I have been advised by the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) that of today's tests, 3 samples from Erie County residents tested positive for the #Coronavirus/#COVIDー19. Our Department of Health is currently contacting close contacts of the three persons.
GICSD cancels travel in light of COVID-19 pandemic
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Board of Education took steps to address the coronavirus pandemic by canceling out of state school travel.
Zonta Club of Grand Island: 3 Yellow Rose recipients honored
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
The Zonta Club of Grand Island has selected three outstanding women to receive the 2020 Yellow Rose award for leadership and service to the community.
Grand Island artist remembered on mural
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
Longtime Grand Islanders may remember two outstanding graduates from Grand Island High School in the late 1960s, Terry Klaaren and Dori Hartman.
Save the Michaels to host support group
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
Do you love someone who struggles with addiction? Are you looking for guidance on how to encourage them in early recovery?
NYS COVID-19 info, list of resources
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 09:00 pm
HERE is a link to the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, the coronavirus, from the New York State Department of Health.
Erie County Senior Services suspends some services
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 06:25 pm
As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, Erie County Senior Services will be suspending the following services until further notice:
 

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