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Island Dispatch for July 3, 2020
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 02:20 pm
Island Dispatch for July 3, 2020
NYSCA awards $490,000 in CARES Act funding to 49 arts organizations in 9 NYS regions, 23 counties
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 01:45 pm
In its ongoing support of New York state arts organizations and artists facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, The New York State Council on the Arts will award $490,000 in NEA CARES Act funds to 49 organizations in nine regions of the state.
New York State Thruway Authority: Grand opening held for expanded pet comfort area at WNY Welcome Center
Sat, Jul 4th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Thruway Authority announced the grand opening of the expanded pet comfort area at the Western New York Welcome Center in Grand Island. This collaborative effort between the Town of Grand Island and the Thruway Authority nearly doubled the size of the dog park.
The graduation that almost wasn't: Grand Island High School holds memorable 55th commencement
Sat, Jul 4th 2020 07:00 am
When schools closed on March 16, Cheryl Chamberlain didn't think it would impact her graduation class. March was a far cry from June, however the COVID-19 days turned into months and Chamberlain had to rethink her plan.
CAO of WNY launches CAO text line to service clients during COVID-19 crisis
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:00 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY has launched a new text messaging service for clients in need called the "CAO text line." The tool was implemented to better serve the community and prepare for the reopening of its sites and services. Text alerts will include important announcements, program and event flyers, contact information, and links to CAO's website pages.
Independence Day will look a little different on Grand Island
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 09:35 pm
The July 4th Independence Day holiday has traditionally been the day Town of Grand Island residents celebrate the community like few others in this country. It is a holiday they truly enjoy by inviting family and friends for activities from early morning to late evening when a spectacular fireworks show would light up the sky over the Island and even cause travelers along Interstate 190 to pull over in awe of the colorful displays.
Efforts underway to make Fantasy Island 'beautiful and fun again'
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 08:50 pm
Bill Baldwin, a park entertainer for nearly 30 years who played Black Bart - among many roles - in the popular Western shows, proudly said he was shot and fell to the ground in Western Town 28,678 times during his Fantasy Island career. Upon hearing the park was closing, he contacted his friend, Jay Wilcox, a maintenance supervisor at the park for 20 years and now chief operating officer of Empire Adventures Inc. They began brainstorming about what it would take to bring the park back under local ownership and led by a team of former employees.
Back by popular demand: Rotary Club Shred-It event is July 11
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 08:40 pm
The Rotary Club of Grand Island's annual Shred-It event on June 27 was such a huge success members have scheduled another one on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in the KeyBank parking lot in the Tops Plaza on Grand Island Boulevard.
Higgins: Over $98,000 in telehealth funding for ECMC
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 10:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $98,435 in new federal funding to support telehealth expansion at Erie County Medical Center. The funding, approved by Congress, is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission's COVID-19 telehealth program.
Island Dispatch for June 26, 2020
Wed, Jul 1st 2020 01:00 pm
Island Dispatch for June 26, 2020
WNY departments of health remind residents of travel advisory
Tue, Jun 30th 2020 12:25 pm
Governors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced a travel advisory on June 25 that requires all individuals traveling from states with significant community transmission of COVID-19 to remain under quarantine for a period of 14 days. As of June 30, those states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
Hardwick announces Erie County road project slated for Grand Island
Sat, Jun 27th 2020 07:00 am
At its June 18 legislative session, the Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a mill-and-overlay project for Stony Point Road, between Whitehaven and Beaver Island State Park.
'Fuccillo Feeds the Front Lines': Grand Island dealership supports first responders
Sat, Jun 27th 2020 07:00 am
Ronnie Mansour had one word to describe his exuberance of the successful "Fuccillo Feeds the Front Lines" promotion being held this month: "HUUUGE," bellowed the general manager of Fuccillo Chevrolet on Grand Island in his best Billy Fuccillo Sr. voice. His team delivered enough meals from the Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub to feed more than 100 members of the Island's police and fire departments on June 18.
Rebel Ride to host multiple Zoom workout classes benefiting CAO of WNY
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 12:40 pm
Rebel Ride, an indoor cycling and fitness boutique in Amherst, is hosting four zoom workout classes this weekend benefiting The Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO). Each class costs $10 and can be purchased online at rebelride.com.
'New York Forward' provides details on phase 4
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 11:50 pm
The "New York Forward" website has begun to detail the fourth phase of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan. Western New York is expected to enter this stage on Tuesday, June 30.
Erie County DA's Office warns public about potential charges for setting off illegal fireworks
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 12:30 pm
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is reminding residents that setting off fireworks is not only dangerous and disruptive, but also an illegal activity.
Island Dispatch for June 19, 2020
Tue, Jun 23rd 2020 07:00 am
Island Dispatch for June 19, 2020
Free food drive-thru at Trinity Church
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
Trinity United Methodist Church has announced the first of a series of monthly food giveaways.
Town of Grand Island partners with local agencies to address questions related to solar energy
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island has partnered with two local agencies to provide a virtual, live presentation with a question and answer session about solar parks and community solar.
WNY Welcome Center to be used as additional early voting polling location ahead of upcoming elections
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island and the Erie County Board of Elections announced this week that the Western New York Welcome Center on Alvin Road will be used as an additional early voting location for the upcoming elections in New York state.
Grand Island Central School District: 5K vote as school budget passes
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
After a long Tuesday night and Wednesday morning of counting absentee ballots for the budget vote and trustee election, the Grand Island Central School District announced Wednesday passage of its $64 million 2020-21 school budget.
Grand Island Town Board: Playgrounds, rec programs to open
Sat, Jun 20th 2020 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island Board approved motions at its meeting on Monday to open playgrounds and begin accepting registrations for adult and youth recreation programs this summer because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions being lifted by the state.
ECMC updates patient visitation
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 03:55 pm
Based on guidance issued Wednesday morning by the New York State Department of Health that requires hospitals across the state to submit their updated patient visitation information 48 hours before implementing those changes, Erie County Medical Center this afternoon submitted to NYSDOH the institution's updated patient visitation information.
Island Dispatch for June 12, 2020
Wed, Jun 17th 2020 12:10 pm
Island Dispatch for June 12, 2020
Grand Island supports neighbors in need
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 12:35 pm
The Grand Island Neighbors Foundation has received many donations from members of our community during this COVID-19 pandemic and would like to thank all members of our community who have provided food and cash to help us in our mission to serve those in need on Grand Island. We would like to highlight several of our more significant contributions.
Kearns reopens 4 Erie County auto bureau locations by appointment only, except for learner's, CDL permit testing
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 11:30 am
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns announced that, effective Wednesday, four Erie County auto bureau locations will be reopening to the public by appointment only. The facilities slated to reopen are the Southtowns Auto Bureau (located in the Southgate Plaza), the Northtowns Auto Bureau (located in the Sheridan Plaza), the Downtown Auto Bureau (located in the Rath Building) and the Cheektowaga Auto Bureau (located in the Urbandale Plaza).
Town Board, Planning Board hold online joint Project Olive hearing
Sat, Jun 13th 2020 12:00 pm
Project Olive returned to the town government's agenda with an online joint meeting of the Grand Island Town Board and Planning Board Thursday night.
Jacobs: $1 million in state funding for DL&W project
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 02:05 pm
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs announced he has secured $1 million in state funding to support the redevelopment of Buffalo's Delaware, Lackawanna ad Western Terminal Railroad station on the city's waterfront.
Erie County Department of Environment & Planning: Changes to household hazardous waste collection program for 2020
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 02:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has announced the continuation of the county's program for residents to dispose of their household hazardous waste with the first HHW collection event scheduled for Saturday, June 27.
Grand Island Fire Co. members receive COVID-19 antibody testing from NFMMC
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:25 pm
Laboratory Assistant Jane Markarian, right, draws a blood sample for antibody testing from Grand Island Fire Co. EMS Director Robert Meyer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's Porter Road Patient Service Center in the Town of Niagara.
What Erie County residents need to know about contact tracing, isolation & quarantine for COVID-19
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 01:25 pm
As Western New York moves through the phases of reopening with "New York Forward," the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) contact tracing program will continue to be an important part of reducing community transmission of COVID-19 in Erie County.
Erie County Soil and Water 2020 fish stocking program opens
Tue, Jun 9th 2020 11:45 am
The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District's annual summer fish stocking program has begun. Landowners looking to restock their warm/cool water ponds can place orders for largemouth bass and/or fathead minnows now through July 13 with the pick-up scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at the district office in East Aurora.
Erie County Agricultural Society to host Western New York youth in 'Ag Bonanza'
Mon, Jun 8th 2020 10:40 am
Following the announcement of many pandemic-related cancellations across the region, the Erie County Agricultural Society announced the launch of the "Western New York Youth in Ag Bonanza" program.
Grand Island Rotary Roundup: Shred-It fundraiser scheduled
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 07:00 am
The annual Rotary Club of Grand Island's Shred-It fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 27, in the Tops parking lot adjacent to KeyBank on Grand Island Boulevard.
Grand Island Town Board looks into gas prices
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 07:00 am
A motion was passed in Monday's Grand Island Town Board workshop for a letter to be sent from the board to gas station operators on the Island expressing feedback members have received from residents regarding the disparity in fuel costs in comparison to stations over the bridge in Tonawanda.
Nurse who aided NYC coronavirus efforts returns home to Grand Island
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 07:00 am
U.S. Air Force Reserve Capt. Tara Gensler, a clinical nurse in the 914th ASTS based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, was in her Grand Island home last Saturday morning asking why her family wanted her to immediately join them outside.
Island Dispatch for June 5, 2020
Fri, Jun 5th 2020 11:00 am
Island Dispatch for June 5, 2020
Erie County: Poloncarz announces 2020 COVID-19 budget deficit plan in effort to address fiscal challenges
Thu, Jun 4th 2020 04:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced his 2020 COVID-19 budget deficit remediation plan, identifying budgetary gap-closing measures to address a projected $137.8 million pandemic-related deficit in the county's fiscal year 2020 budget. The plan identifies seven key measures, including usage of some fund balance and closeouts of some capital projects, to bridge the gap caused by significant losses in sales tax, hotel occupancy taxes, and other revenue generators since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Kearns reinstates accepting pistol permit applications
Wed, Jun 3rd 2020 03:05 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns announced the Erie County Pistol Permit Department will once again be accepting new applications for pistol permits by mail only.
Poloncarz issues curfew for additional Erie County areas
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 12:45 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced a curfew will be in effect tonight, Tuesday June 2, starting at 8 p.m., and ending tomorrow at 5 a.m. in the cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna and the towns of Amherst, Cheektowaga, Tonawanda and West Seneca.
 

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