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From eyesore to eye-catcher: Holiday Inn Express to open in May in former Dunlop site
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 07:00 am
Developer Jayesh R. Patel is on the threshold of turning the long-vacant Dunlop building into a vibrant, new hotel on the north end of Grand Island.
Grand Island Town Board: Work begins on West River Connector Trail
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 07:00 am
As work on converting the West River Parkway into the West River Connector Trail began April 16, residents long opposed to the parkway closure went to Town Hall for one last-ditch effort to keep it open.
Town of Grand Island to take part in Solarize Campaign
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island will take part in a Solarize Campaign, a program that will make investing in solar power easier and more affordable for local residents and businesses. Project leader Councilwoman Bev Kinney and vice leader Councilwoman Jennifer Baney have put together a team of community leaders to spearhead the campaign.
Grand Island Board of Education passes $62 million budget, introduces new SROs
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 07:00 am
On the last day allowed by state law, the Grand Island Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a 2018-19 budget of $62,481,712 Tuesday.
Island Ship Center has new hours
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 06:55 am
Fahim Mojawalla of Island Ship Center was in Atlanta studying ways to improve his business when he realized his company had consistency in brand and consistency in message. He needed consistency in hours of operation, too.
Encore for Evie raises over $2K
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 06:55 am
Audience members at an encore presentation of the St. Stephen's Parish Players production of "The Lion King Jr." were bidding on front row seats to see a show dedicated to a 6-year-old actress in the show.
Antique and Classic Boat Show returns to Grand Island's BLC
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 09:30 pm
It seems to be taking forever for the area's boating season to come around this year, with early March-type winter weather now extending well into April.
Thanks given to volunteers
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 09:20 pm
Grand Island's Golden Age Center honored some of the people who contribute to its success by holding a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, April 18, in the GAC dining area.
Obituary: Norman J. Mrkall, highway superintendent, fire chief
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 09:15 pm
Norman J. Mrkall, lifelong resident of Grand Island, a retired highway superintendent and long time firefighter, died peacefully in his home on April 17. He was 81 years old.
Erie County Department of Public Works readies 2018 roadwork agenda
Wed, Apr 18th 2018 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Public Works Highways' Division has announced the initial 2018 program of county roads targeted for repairs, including roads in each of the county's five highway districts. This includes mill and overlay work designated for several roads that sustained damage over the winter, along with an extensive pavement preservation program for roads in outlying areas.
Fitch Ratings affirms Erie County's A+ rating
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 03:40 pm
Wall Street rating agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed Erie County's "A+" credit rating and pronounced the county's rating outlook as "stable" in the county's most recent ratings assessment, announced April 13.
Poloncarz unveils school district expense report
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 11:55 am
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has unveiled "Examining School District Expenses and Potential for Consolidation in Erie County," his administration's report providing an overview of school district administrative expenditures throughout Erie County, potential savings from consolidation, and examples of three potential school district mergers.
Erie County District Attorney Flynn instates school critical incident initiative
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 11:55 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced his office finalized the ECDA school critical incident initiative and will begin collaborating with school districts and law enforcement to improve investigative response to school threats.
Construction to convert West River Parkway into trail to begin April 16
Sat, Apr 14th 2018 07:05 am
The Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation announced this week that work to convert the West River Parkway into an 8-mile multi-use trail will begin on Monday, April 16.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Citizen of the Year honorees named
Sat, Apr 14th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will hold the 52nd annual Citizen of the Year awards dinner on Thursday, April 26, to honor six award recipients who have made Grand Island a better place to live, work and play.
3-day faith-based book, media sale at Trinity planned
Sat, Apr 14th 2018 07:00 am
Trinity United Methodist Church will have a unique collection of media "soul food" available when it hosts a faith-based book/media sale.
Grand Island Board of Education: Trustees consider budget that shrinks, tax levy that increases 1.02%
Sat, Apr 14th 2018 07:00 am
When the Grand Island Board of Education meets April 17, it will consider adoption of a 2018-19 budget that is marginally smaller than the current operating budget and that will increase the tax levy by 1.02 percent.
Erie County legislators approve Kearns' proposal to hire 11 additional civil service employees for auto bureaus
Fri, Apr 13th 2018 05:15 pm
On Thursday, the Erie County Legislature voted to approve Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns' request to hire 11 additional civil service employees for the county auto bureaus. The resolution passed through a bipartisan effort. Kearns will use these new positions to add additional Saturday services at the Northtowns Auto Bureau in Tonawanda.
Erie County: National Public Safety Telecommunications Week recognizes vital work of 911 call takers
Thu, Apr 12th 2018 12:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Central Police Services is joining counterparts nationwide this week to participate in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, an annual event held in the second week of April to honor and recognize 911 call takers - the "first" first responders - for their dedication and service to the public during some of the most difficult moments in a person's life.
Elder Law Day 2018 brings free legal advice, information on aging for seniors, caregivers
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 07:00 am
The Erie County Department of Senior Services and the Center for Elder Law and Justice have announced Elder Law Day 2018 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., Buffalo.
All-star Erie County Fair Marching Band recruits new members
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 07:00 am
The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, invites brass, woodwind and percussion musicians, as well as color guard members in grades 7 through 12, to join the Erie County Fair Marching Band this summer. The band is an "all-star" county ensemble representing schools across Western New York. The band performs at parades and events across the region during July and is featured daily at the Erie County Fair.
Erie County auto bureaus will process record number of transactions in 2018
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 07:10 am
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles renewal schedule, Erie County auto bureaus will hit a record number of transactions in 2018. The main cause of this substantial uptick in transactions is due to New York state license renewals. Because of this, Erie County Auto Bureaus are experiencing a significant increase in volume, leading to lengthy wait times of up to two hours.
Driscoll: EZ-Pass is cost-effective way to travel Grand Island
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 12:15 pm
Shortly after midnight Friday morning, March 30, at the direction of Gov. Cuomo, the Thruway Authority successfully flipped the switch on cashless tolling at the Grand Island Bridges. It was a historic occasion, as Grand Island successfully became the Thruway Authority's second cashless tolling location across its 570-mile system, the first in upstate New York.
Grand Island Town Board: New ground rules for workshop agenda established
Sat, Apr 7th 2018 07:05 am
After having some heated arguments in the last two years about items on the meeting agenda, the Town Board argued Monday about who should even set the workshop agenda itself.
Grand Island: Easter coloring contest winners presented awards
Sat, Apr 7th 2018 07:05 am
This year's Island Dispatch/Grand Island PennySaver Easter Coloring Contest drew 131 entries. Winners in the three age groups were presented their awards last Saturday at Tops Market of Grand Island, one of the sponsors of the contest along with Kelly's Country Store, John's Pizza & Subs, and Phil Mastantuono Allstate Agency.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Ch. 4's Greber to MC Citizen of the Year awards
Sat, Apr 7th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that WIVB-TV Channel 4 news anchor Dave Greber will once again preside as master of ceremonies for Grand Island Citizen of the Year Awards.
DeGlopper to enter 82nd Airborne Hall of Fame
Sat, Apr 7th 2018 07:00 am
The late Charles N. DeGlopper of Grand Island is slated to become a member of the inaugural induction class of the 82nd Airborne Hall of Fame.
Grand Island Town Board: Travel plaza ban passed
Sat, Apr 7th 2018 06:55 am
Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said residents were so adamant that the Town Board not allow a Love's Travel Stop location on the Island that they were ready to leave town if the truck stop empire set up shop here.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church: Sunday services to celebrate landmark ordination
Fri, Apr 6th 2018 04:45 pm
This coming Sunday, April 8, will be the 40th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of the Rev. Judith Burrows. She was ordained a priest at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church on April 8, 1978, thus becoming the first woman ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York.
Sales tax checks delivered to Grand Island School District
Fri, Apr 6th 2018 04:40 pm
Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw recently updated school districts throughout Erie County on their share of collected sales tax from the first quarter of the year. Checks that support programs and services for children, teachers and administrators have been delivered to Erie County to school superintendents. Grand Island School District's share totals $837,310.65.
DWI victim impact panel speaker joins Poloncarz, Jancewicz to spread anti-DWI message
Thu, Apr 5th 2018 05:00 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Commissioner of Central Police Services James Jancewicz were joined Thursday by Bronte Williams of Buffalo to spread an anti-DWI message and review DWI numbers from the first quarter of 2018.
Zonta's spring fashion show set for April 29
Mon, Apr 2nd 2018 07:00 am
What seems like the endless winter now carries a promise of spring, with Zonta's upcoming Fashion Show and Luncheon.
Dr. Martin Luther King service set for April 4
Mon, Apr 2nd 2018 07:00 am
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral invites the community of Western New York to a multi-faith service commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on what will be the 50th anniversary of his death, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.
Huth Road Elementary School: Islander benefactor of fundraisers on road to recovery
Sat, Mar 31st 2018 07:00 am
More than 400 people attended a fundraiser Friday, March 23, for Dana Papaj, the Grand Island woman who was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident last year.
Grand Island Town Board: Proclamation issued to citizen responder
Sat, Mar 31st 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board said "Thank you" to a citizen responder who came to the aid of a potential drowning victim.
Billica honored at St. Patrick's Day party
Sat, Mar 31st 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Republican Committee gathered on March 13 to honor recently retired Town Councilman Ray Billica at their annual St. Patrick's Day Party, held at the festively decorated Riverstone Grill. A large crowd enjoyed delicious St. Patrick's Day-themed hors d'oeuvres and desserts, beverages, door prizes (a necklace from deSignet International and a shamrock plant) and a silent auction.
Vet Camp back at Erie County Fair
Fri, Mar 30th 2018 02:00 pm
Based on the popularity of last year's inaugural Erie County Fair Vet Camp, the Erie County Agricultural Society has announced it will add a third session to accommodate aspiring veterinarians.
Cashless tolling live on Grand Island
Fri, Mar 30th 2018 09:20 am
The New York State Thruway reminds motorists cashless tolling is now live at the Grand Island toll plazas. To minimize impact to traffic, the official switch took place during the overnight hours. As of this morning's commute, the Grand Island toll plazas will no longer accept cash payment.
Poloncarz signs new Erie County ethics law
Wed, Mar 28th 2018 06:25 pm
On Wednesday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz signed a new local law (Intro. No. 1-2, 2018) establishing a new Erie County code of ethics for elected officials, officers and employees of the county.
Poloncarz appoints Marie Cannon commissioner of Erie County Social Services
Tue, Mar 27th 2018 04:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has announced his appointment of Marie Cannon as commissioner of the Erie County Department of Social Services.

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