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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 www.erie.gov/vax, 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.
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 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.
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.
Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force announces virtual and in-person Narcan use training schedule
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force are announcing the next three months of trainings to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and use Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an opioid overdose.
ECMC updates patient visitation guidelines
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:35 pm
Erie County Medical Center has updated patient visitation guidelines due to historically high inpatient volumes, extended wait times in its ER, and an increasing COVID-19 inpatient census. ECMC urges anyone experiencing mild symptoms to first consult with their primary care physician or visit an urgent care location.
ECDOH, Grand Island Central School District to pilot a 'test-to-stay' program
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:35 pm
After reviewing available information about the "test-to stay" approach for K-12 students, the Erie County Department of Health has developed documentation, including protocols, consent forms and communication materials, to move toward implementing this initiative.
First Night Buffalo to host virtual New Year's Eve celebration for families
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 07:00 am
"First Night Buffalo at Home," sponsored by the Independent Health Foundation in partnership with Oishei Children's Hospital, will feature an entertaining lineup of performances and activities accessible online at www.firstnightbuffalo.org the evening of Dec. 31. First Night family party packs will go on sale at select Tops Friendly Markets in early December.
Christmas at River Lea
Sat, Nov 27th 2021 07:00 am
River Lea open houses are scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Dec. 3-5. Step back and enjoy Christmas at the Grand Island Historical Society's museum in Beaver Island State Park the old-fashioned way, with sales of homemade cookie presented on vintage plates, a tour of the house with costumed docents, mulled cider, decorated crafts and light refreshments.
Grand Island School District selected for pilot 'test to stay program
Sat, Nov 27th 2021 07:00 am
Grand Island Central School District Superintendent Brian Graham announced at Monday's meeting of the Board of Education that the Grand Island School District has been selected by Erie County to be the only district to pilot a "test to stay" strategy.
Island Shoppe offers vivid colors for Small Business Saturday
Fri, Nov 26th 2021 07:00 am
As visitors enter the Island Shoppe, at 2335 Grand Island Blvd., they are greeted by a large, pink Christmas tree placed in a predominant position. The store's owner, Josephine Ciffa, explained why she decided to put a personal flair on the Christmas tree concept.
Volunteers needed for bell ringing
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 06:50 pm
If you enjoy spreading holiday cheer, you might be just the person that the Grand Island Rotary Club is looking for to volunteer as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army's annual red kettle fundraising campaign.
Hochul announces comprehensive cleanup plans for former Lackawanna Bethlehem Steel site
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 06:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the selection of final cleanup plans for the estimated $69 million remediation of the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna. The announcement builds on the progress already underway at the site, and construction to advance the cleanup plan is expected to begin next year. In addition to addressing sitewide contamination, the cleanup will provide public access to Lake Erie for the first time in more than 100 years.
S&P Global Ratings reaffirms Erie County's credit rating at AA-
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 05:00 pm
S&P Global Ratings, an independent ratings agency, reaffirmed Erie County's rating at "AA-" for the county's 2021 general obligation bonds along with affirming a stable rating on the county's existing general obligation debt.
Calling all fans: 'Sabres Holiday Angels' is underway
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 05:35 pm
The Buffalo Sabres announced the team will partner with Child & Family Services for the return of the "Sabres Holiday Angels." The adopt-a-family program allows Sabres fans to support their neighbors in need this holiday season.
Explore & More offers 'pay what you can' program
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 12:25 pm
Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum will offer "pay what you can" admission from Dec. 1 through 17, thanks to a grant from the New Car Dealers of Western New York.
Mask mandate goes into effect in Erie County
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 03:35 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday announced a mask mandate for all patrons and public-facing staff inside all public locations in Erie County. He said this is the first of up to four phases of action designed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Kearns reminds snowmobilers to register their sleds locally
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 03:10 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns advises snowmobilers to register their sleds locally through the Erie County Auto Bureau, rather than conducting their renewal online with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
Erie County clerk's zombie taskforce meets with GI officials
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 03:10 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. "Mickey" Kearns, a long-time advocate in the fight against vacant and abandoned zombie homes, met recently with Town of Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney and Code Enforcement Officer Ronald Milks to discuss how the Erie County Clerk's ZOMBIES Initiative can provide technical assistance and outreach services for municipalities and communities facing zombie foreclosures.
YMCA 'Turkey Trot' race participants to begin packet pick-ups on Monday
Sat, Nov 20th 2021 12:25 pm
Race participants for the 126th annual YMCA "Turkey Trot" will begin picking up their race-day packets Monday, Nov. 22, at the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA located at 150 Tech Drive, Amherst, ahead of the race on Thanksgiving morning.
Grand Island Town Board selects EFPR Group as auditing firm
Sat, Nov 20th 2021 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board voted 5-0 on Monday to hire the EFPR Group as the town's auditing firm, replacing the Bonadio Group, which has been the auditing company since 2005. The contract with the EFPR Group will be effective from fiscal year 2021 through fiscal year 2028.
Neighbors Foundation grateful for donations from Realtors, students
Sat, Nov 20th 2021 07:00 am
On Nov. 6, the Hunt Real Estate Realtors and students from Grand Island High School's business department got together at Hunt's office, at 2098 Grand Island Blvd., to collect food, gift cards and donations for the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation.
Fairgrounds Festival of Lights drive-thru adds 'City of Lights' home decorating competition
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 05:40 pm
The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights will add holiday spirit with the return of the drive-thru this year. It is also looking to highlight the creativity and imagination of friends and neighbors in the south towns. The inaugural "City of Lights" home decorating competition will showcase families that go above and beyond decorating the exterior of their homes.
'Emergence' Series by Daemen College engages local arts organizations in support of artists
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 05:40 pm
Arts Services Inc. Executive Director Jen Swan-Kilpatrick is the chairperson of Daemen College's "Emergence" Series, an arts showcase for emerging artists living in the region. The series will also see participation from the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, CEPA Gallery and Crucible Art Collective as gallery hosts for the selected works.
Family Promise of WNY van totaled; shelter desperate to find a replacement
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 04:40 pm
Family Promise of WNY (FPWNY), an emergency family homeless shelter, is "desperate" for community support in securing a van to transport the children and parents it serves. Two weeks ago, the FPWNY 12-passenger van was in a serious accident. The van has been deemed a total loss by an insurance company.
ECDOH updates COVID-19 quarantine requirements
Thu, Nov 18th 2021 11:55 pm
On Oct. 27, the New York State Department of Health released an informational document that allowed local health departments to reduce the duration of a quarantine under certain conditions. Based on that document, the Erie County Department of Health is announcing an adjustment to its COVID-19 quarantine requirements.
COVID cases continue to rise in WNY
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 04:35 pm
From the week ending Oct. 23 to the week ending Nov. 13, COVID-19 cases have increased 105% in Erie County.
The Western New York Land Conservancy completes purchase of Grand Island forest
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 08:25 am
The Western New York Land Conservancy has purchased what it called an "ecologically significant," 10.5-acre forest on Staley Road on Grand Island.
'Power of Place' bringing National History Association to Buffalo
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 04:40 pm
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will bring 800 to 1,000 history professionals and volunteers to Buffalo from Sept. 14-17, 2022, for its annual meeting.
 

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