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Grand Island Central School District: Hybrid reopening of school planned for September
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 11:10 am
Grand Island Central School will embark on a hybrid reopening of school in September, school board members learned at a monthly meeting last Monday.
Grand Island Town Board to consider public hearing on Amazon Project Olive proposal
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 11:00 am
Just a week after the developer of Project Olive put the Amazon warehouse development "on pause," the "play" button was hit again.
Pizza Amoré earns Taste of Buffalo award
Sat, Aug 1st 2020 07:00 am
Organizers of the Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops have announced winners of the Taste Takeout Awards. Thirty-five restaurants and food trucks, five wineries, and Tops Markets served special Taste Takeout menu items during Taste of Buffalo at Home.
Grand Island native produces new book
Sat, Aug 1st 2020 07:00 am
Grand Island native Adam DeRose has written and illustrated a new book in his Moose-Book series.
The Market In The Square & 'Country 106.5' WYRK 'Famous Polish Cheesecake Donut' fundraising challenge to benefit ECMC
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 05:55 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. officials announced The Market In The Square and "Country 106.5" WYRK have launched a special "Famous Polish Cheesecake Donut" Northtowns versus Southtowns fundraising sale challenge to support ECMC.
Erie County: Dispute resolution program offers virtual services during pandemic
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 02:50 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced the community dispute resolution program (CDR) in Buffalo City Court continues to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erie County alerts community to deaths due to suspected cocaine plus opioid overdoses
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 01:25 pm
The Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force and invited officials provided an update on opioid-related overdose deaths in Erie County on Tuesday, along with a warning for the public on the deadly dangers of fentanyl and cocaine.
Rotary Club of Grand Island holds second successful Shred-It fundraiser
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:25 am
Laura Zaepfel, vice president of corporate relations at Uniland Development Co., took advantage of her sequestered time at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic to finally go through files of important papers and box those she no longer needed. A problem, she quickly found out, was where she could go with these boxes of papers to be shredded.
Bike path network ecotourism 'gold standard'
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:15 am
Greg Stevens, executive director of the Niagara River Greenway, and Jim Sharpe, chair of Grand Island's Long Range Planning Committee, invited volunteer members of their organizations for two bicycle rides recently to understand Grand Island's current trail network and identify gaps in trail connectivity.
Adrian's awards community scholarships
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:10 am
Toni Amantia of Adrian's Custard & Beef, at 2352 Grand Island Blvd., presented two scholarships to Grand Island seniors last week as part of the inaugural Adrian's community scholarship program.
Crawford asks for traffic summit to address Isle projects
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:10 am
Grand Island Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford is asking for a "coordinated transportation meeting" with other levels of government to tackle growing traffic concerns in the midst of the Island's two historically large development proposals.
Fuccillo takes checkered flag with Island Fun Center
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:05 am
When Tom Fogarty was recruited by Billy Fuccillo Sr. and his son, Billy Jr., to become general manager of its Toyota store on Grand Island, he told them about his concern of residents leaving the Island to purchase the same vehicles elsewhere.
Sidewalk project making town center more walkable
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:55 am
Fahim Mojawalla, whose family-owned Island Ship Center has operated at 1879 Whitehaven Road since 2008, ran outside recently with his team carrying "bottles of the coldest water on the Island" for the crews installing the sidewalk outside his store.
Island Ship Center earning perfect 10 during pandemic
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:50 am
Fahim Mojawalla, owner of the Island Ship Center on Whitehaven Road, said his business is "pivoting during a pandemic."
Grand Island: Project Olive 'on pause' after being pulled from workshop meeting agenda
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:40 am
An anticipated appearance by Project Olive representatives at last Monday's Grand Island Town Board meeting never materialized as the developers told the town they had hit the pause button on the proposal.
NT boating fatality claims life of Grand Island man
Sat, Jul 25th 2020 12:05 pm
Per the Niagara County Sheriff's Office: On July 24 at 16:56 hours, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a possible boating accident. An occupant of a mid-size anchored vessel, just east of Gratwick Park, jumped off the vessel into the Niagara River for a swim. The male subject was quickly overtaken by the fast-moving current and went under the water for a short time.
Run Jimmy Run Charity 5K adapts to challenges of COVID-19
Thu, Jul 23rd 2020 07:00 am
The annual Run Jimmy Run Charity 5K, organized for the past seven years to benefit the Alzheimer's Association Western New York, will go on this year - but with some changes. Instead of gathering hundreds of runners in one location on one day, organizers are offering runners a choice of routes over a period of four days.
Erie County DA's Office organizes implicit bias training course for prosecutors & public defenders
Wed, Jul 22nd 2020 12:05 pm
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced all assistant district attorneys in his office will complete an implicit bias training course. The session will be provided virtually Wednesday afternoon by Buffalo City Court Judge Hon. Lenora Foote-Beavers to all prosecutors and confidential criminal investigators in the Erie County District Attorney's Office, as well as public defenders from the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo.
Erie County receiving federal assistance to mitigate impacts of COVID-19
Tue, Jul 21st 2020 01:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning announced $1.5 million in Emergency Solutions Grant ("ESG") funds from the federal CARES Act is coming to Erie County to be used for emergency shelter services for the homeless and potentially homeless populations, along with $320,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant ("CDBG") funding from the federal CARES Act for local food pantry assistance, allowing much greater outreach into many of Erie County's rural areas.
Grand Island High School: Start of fall sports season pushed back to Sept. 2
Sat, Jul 18th 2020 07:00 am
The officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Thursday voted to delay the official start date of the fall 2020 sports season, to cancel the fall 2020 regional and state championships and to prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19.
Grand Island Town Board: Project Olive at top of workshop meeting agenda Monday
Sat, Jul 18th 2020 07:00 am
Project Olive representatives are expected to meet with the Grand Island Town Board on Monday after an apparent setback before the town's Planning Board.
Round Room retailers host 8th annual 'School Rocks Backpack Giveaway' event; marking 1 million backpacks distributed to kids throughout country
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 09:45 am
Round Room LLC., the nation's largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer, announced its TCC and Wireless Zone stores are donating 140,000 backpacks full of school supplies during its eighth annual "School Rocks Backpack Giveaway" - marking more than 1 million total backpacks donated since the campaign launched in 2013.
Erie County Department of Health directs education efforts & enforcement actions toward local restaurants and bars
Wed, Jul 15th 2020 03:10 pm
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Erie County Department of Health has conducted complaint-based investigations of food service establishments in addition to regular inspections.
Grand juries resume in Erie County
Wed, Jul 15th 2020 02:50 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced grand jury selection began Monday, as part of the phased reopening of in-person court procedures. The Erie County District Attorney's Office anticipates criminal cases will begin being presented to the grand jury on Monday, July 20.
The GreenFields Continuing Care Community to host 3rd annual Chiavetta's BBQ to support Alzheimer's Association WNY Chapter
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 05:00 pm
Things certainly don't look the same, but one thing hasn't changed: the debilitating impact of Alzheimer's disease. The recent months have not made things any easier - the pandemic has caused isolation, loneliness and grief for too many families. The work of the Alzheimer's Association has never been more important, as it continues to provide resources to those facing the long days and nights of Alzheimer's disease.
Erie County COVID-19 data shows increase in cases in younger adults
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 05:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is reporting a noticeable increase in the percentage of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases among the 20-29-year-old and 30-39-year-old age groups.
Family Promise of WNY doubles capacity: Newly renovated shelter to benefit families experiencing homelessness
Mon, Jul 13th 2020 12:25 pm
Family Promise of Western New York, an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness, has completed critical upgrades to its shelter facility and is reopening for intakes in August with double the capacity. This reopening is in anticipation of predicted mass evictions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and unemployment throughout the region. Improvements include private family units, additional bathrooms and a fire safety system.
Paddles Up goes online for 2020
Sat, Jul 11th 2020 07:00 am
Paddles Up, an annual summer event at Beaver Island State Park, will have to wait until 2021 to celebrate its 15th year in the Niagara River. The event has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the concern for participants' health, announced Michelle Lockett, community engagement manager at Niagara River Greenway.
Coalition to save Fantasy Island introduced
Sat, Jul 11th 2020 06:55 am
New York State Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, who has fond memories of visiting Fantasy Island with his family and friends, calls the efforts of Empire Adventures to bring back the amusement park on Grand Island extremely important, and said he supports the route outlined at a press conference on Thursday.
Amherst CARES Act grant funds urgent deliveries for persons with disabilities by WNYIL
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 03:15 pm
Western New York Independent Living Inc. (WNYIL) has been awarded $12,500, which was funded by the Town of Amherst's CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act Community Development Block Grant program, to support its food, medication and medical equipment delivery services to people with disabilities in Amherst.
Erie County boosts small businesses with microenterprise loan/grant program
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:40 am
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (ECDEP), in conjunction with the Erie County Business Task Force, is boosting small business in Erie County with the microenterprise loan/grant program, providing microenterprises with five employees or fewer up to $35,000 in a loan/grant to build their business.
Erie County Office of Consumer Protection working to educate, inform consumers
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 10:30 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined by Jessica Poleon, director of the Erie County Office of Consumer Protection, to discuss the new office and its functions. Created in 2019 to ensure Erie County's residents have access to education, information and resources regarding consumer protection, the office will investigate and resolve consumer complaints through voluntary mediation and educate Erie County consumers on their rights and responsibilities as consumers.
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.
 

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