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This week: Drop-off sites open for Operation Christmas Child
Mon, Nov 14th 2022 02:55 pm
As the Thanksgiving season approaches, many families and children are giving thanks and giving back - to children in need around the world through Operation Christmas Child.
Chimera and Zonta Club of Kenmore begin month of activism
Mon, Nov 14th 2022 02:15 pm
The Zonta Club of Kenmore kicked-off a month of activism for women by welcoming Deputy County Executive Lisa M. Chimera to its monthly business meeting on Nov. 2. Chimera spoke to the needs of local women and the county's efforts to meet these needs. There was also discussion on advocacy, and what actions Zonta members could take to address these needs.
Vietnam veteran honored posthumously at local service
Sat, Nov 12th 2022 11:50 am
Daniel Morano's family said service to others was a big part of his life, both in the military and in his civilian life.
Witness to History: World War II: Bud Long's story, part II
Sat, Nov 12th 2022 11:45 am
The late Bud Long served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II as an airplane mechanic. This is the second part of his recollections of his experiences during World War II.
Erie County Medical Center named in nation's Top 100 Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery
Sat, Nov 12th 2022 11:15 am
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. recently announced it is one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, according to new research released by Healthgrades, a leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients.
Duncan Kirkwood visits GIHS
Sat, Nov 5th 2022 11:10 am
Last Thursday, Grand Island High School PTSA sponsored a schoolwide visit by resilience speaker Duncan Kirkwood. With high energy and personal stories, Duncan talked about the power of resilience - and how passion, perseverance, kindness and purpose lead to success.
Grand Island sets Veterans Day ceremony
Sat, Nov 5th 2022 11:05 am
The Town of Grand Island cordially invites veterans, family members and friends to attend the Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Park Memorial Wall in Veterans Park, 1717 Bedell Road.
Grand Island's T's Dry Bar offers self-care & fun
Sat, Nov 5th 2022 11:00 am
At 22 years old, cosmetologist Theresa West is a business owner, doing the work that she loves most.
Western New York Independent Living offers free rides to polls for voters with disabilities
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 03:20 pm
Continuing the community service it has offered for years, the Western New York Independent Living Family of Agencies is enabling citizens with disabilities to participate in the electoral process by offering free, curb-to-curb rides in its vans - one standard and one wheelchair-lift-equipped - to polling places in Erie, Niagara and Genesee counties.
ECDOH, Kaleida Health alert community to triple threat of pediatric respiratory illnesses
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 03:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and Kaleida Health are alerting local residents of a surge in pediatric respiratory illnesses.
Higgins joins Viridi to highlight more than doubling of battery manufacturing operations at Buffalo facility
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 12:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins joined Viridi Chairman and CEO Jon M. Williams to highlight the Buffalo company's role as a national green energy sector leader.
Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee to establish 2023 grant schedule for project applicants
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 12:15 pm
The next meeting of the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, 726 Exchange St. The meeting agenda includes establishment of the 2023 grant schedule for applicants who are seeking Greenway project funding in the current round of requests. It is open to the public.
Poloncarz appoints Lisa Chimera as deputy county executive
Fri, Nov 4th 2022 12:15 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz recently announced Lisa Chimera will serve as the county's next deputy executive. Chimera has served as an Erie County legislator (3rd District) since July 2019, serving the communities of Tonawanda and Kenmore, along with the Black Rock, Riverside and University Heights areas of the City of Buffalo.
Higgins & Poloncarz announce $1.3 million in federal investments made in local small businesses through Erie County's microenterprises loan/grant program
Thu, Nov 3rd 2022 09:25 am
On Wednesday, Congressman Brian Higgins and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz visited Stack Burger in Lackawanna to highlight efforts to boost small businesses in Erie County through the microenterprise loan/grant program. The initiative provides small businesses with five employees or fewer with loan/grant funding of up to $35,000 thanks to resources made available through the federal CARES Act.
Hochul & Higgins announce $500,000 in federal funding to support targeted violence & domestic terrorism prevention efforts
Wed, Nov 2nd 2022 02:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul and Congressman Brian Higgins on Tuesday announced New York was awarded $500,000 in federal funding to further the state's efforts in combatting targeted violence and domestic terrorism.
ECDOH to offer monkeypox vaccines through 'Vax Visit' program
Tue, Nov 1st 2022 01:55 pm
Starting Nov. 1, the Erie County Department of Health is offering free and confidential monkeypox vaccines to eligible Erie County residents at their homes or any location in Erie County through its "Vax Visit" program. This is part of ECDOH's monkeypox vaccine outreach campaign, which began in July in coordination with Evergreen Health, MOCHA Buffalo, the Pride Center of WNY, Upstate NY Black and Latino Pride, and GLYS WNY.
Santa's biggest little helper is back this season with Tops Christmas Bonus
Mon, Oct 31st 2022 10:55 am
Santa's little elves are busy at work helping you save big once again this holiday season, with the return of Tops Christmas Bonus! Turn one stop into huge savings on groceries, gas and your holiday gifts!
Grand Island: Supervisor John Whitney Q&A part II
Sat, Oct 29th 2022 07:00 am
In last week's Islandwide Dispatch, Town Supervisor John C. Whitney, P.E., revealed he will not seek reelection when his term expires at the end of 2023. He also explained Acquest Development Inc., owner of the property where the proposed Amazon warehouse was to be built, presented the town with a plan to build a 1.1 million-square-foot, one-floor, high-bay warehouse on the site.
Chamber of Commerce celebrates The Sokody Sales Team with ribbon-cutting
Sat, Oct 29th 2022 07:00 am
The office of The Sokody Sales team, located at 1939 Grand Island Blvd., is more than just a workplace; it is a place where "work would be considered like home," said owner Jason Sokody.
Radisson project clearing hurdles: Latest proposals see a number of changes
Sat, Oct 29th 2022 07:00 am
Progress continues toward residential living at the Radisson Hotel -- Niagara Falls -- Grand Island property at Whitehaven and East River roads. A number of procedural steps were taken at last month's Grand Island Town Board meeting, and further action is expected at November's Planning Board meeting.
Witness to history: World War II: Bud Long's story, part I
Sat, Oct 29th 2022 07:00 am
Bud Long was born in Tonawanda and spent most of his childhood and youth living on a five-acre farm on Grand Island. When he graduated from Tonawanda High School, his father asked him if he was going to work on the family farm, but he had other ideas.
Holiday Happenings celebrates autumn
Fri, Oct 28th 2022 05:00 pm
Holiday Happenings, held at the Grand Island Golden Age Center, featured a number of vendors and crafters, who sold such things as notecards, book pillows, jams and jellies, winter squash, soaps, homemade candies, and handmade blankets. In addition, people could buy lunch, prepared by the center's cook, or they could buy baked goods, prepared by members of the Golden Age Center.
Maguire family of dealerships moves into Buffalo area, adds Grand Island Chevrolet, Toyota & Hyundai outlets From Fuccillo Auto Group
Fri, Oct 28th 2022 03:15 pm
The Maguire Family of Dealerships on Thursday announced its acquisition of Fuccillo Chevrolet of Grand Island, Fuccillo Toyota of Grand Island, and Fuccillo Hyundai of Grand Island from the Fuccillo Auto Group, marking the Maguire family of dealerships' first entrance into the Greater Buffalo market.
First Night Buffalo to kids in WNY: Show us your talents and touchdown dances!
Fri, Oct 28th 2022 12:15 pm
A new, fun feature of the Independent Health Foundation's First Night Buffalo 2023 will highlight the talent of Western New York kids. Children 17 years old and younger are invited to submit a video clip of their best touchdown celebrations or traditional talents to the Independent Health Foundation to be shared and awarded as part of First Night Buffalo 2023.
Local baseball organization fundraising to donate meals to veterans
Fri, Oct 28th 2022 12:15 pm
For the second consecutive year, the 716 Patriots Baseball Organization, in coordination with BBQ Weider's, will host a chicken barbecue fundraiser. The event will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the George W. Lamm Post, 962 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville.
PrEP Aware Week: Preventing HIV infections
Wed, Oct 26th 2022 09:55 am
PrEP Aware Week (Oct. 24-31) is a time to raise awareness about the importance of HIV prevention, and the availability of a bimonthly injectable PrEP formulation. This observance gives community organizations, health care clinics, schools and public health departments the chance to raise awareness about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Fantastic Friends of WNY holds 4th special needs fashion show
Tue, Oct 25th 2022 04:05 pm
Fantastic Friends of WNY will hold its fourth annual "Fantastic Friends Rock the Runway" fashion show, which includes a live and silent auction. The event will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Forbes Theater at 500 Pearl, Buffalo.
New York Farm Bureau to host 'Focusing on the Future of Northeast Agriculture' conference in Buffalo
Tue, Oct 25th 2022 03:30 pm
Registration is now open for a special conference titled "Focusing on the Future of Northeast Agriculture: Adapt. Advance. Achieve." It will be held Dec. 6 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo. The event will focus on the changing climates impacting farmers: business, market and weather patterns.
Alzheimer's Association hosts roundtable to discuss latest research, address opportunities to participate
Tue, Oct 25th 2022 03:30 pm
The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will host a research roundtable from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at City Honors School in Buffalo to share the latest developments in Alzheimer's and dementia research.
ECDOH: Get a flu vaccine - it's not too late
Mon, Oct 24th 2022 03:50 pm
One dose of flu vaccine can prevent the body aches, fevers, chills, stuffy nose, sore throat and general sense of feeling awful that the typical influenza infection causes.
Following Build Back Better Grant, Higgins and Goodwill of WNY outline plans to accelerate workforce training & job placement in advanced manufacturing
Mon, Oct 24th 2022 03:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins on Monday joined Goodwill of Western New York President and CEO Thomas R. Ulbrich to outline how a portion of the recently awarded $25 million federal Build Back Better Grant will be used to support career training and job placement for Western New York workers.
Erie County residents can find their home's age with new searchable database
Mon, Oct 24th 2022 11:40 am
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week - acknowledged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and health departments across the country - runs from Oct. 24-29, 2022. This week, the Erie County Department of Health is introducing a new property records database.
$30.1 million NYS funding milestone reached for Buffalo & Erie County beautification & improvement projects
Sat, Oct 22nd 2022 11:05 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the achievement of a $30.1 million milestone in New York State support for projects to beautify and improve parklands and trail networks along the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway.
Islandwide Dispatch interview with Supervisor John Whitney
Sat, Oct 22nd 2022 10:55 am
Grand Island Town Supervisor John C. Whitney, P.E., said during a lengthy interview with the Island Dispatch he would not seek reelection when his first term ends next year.
Grand Island Fire Co. open house doesn't disappoint
Sat, Oct 22nd 2022 09:10 am
A crowd gathered on the parking lot at the Grand Island Fire Co.'s headquarters at the corner of Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road to experience what was promised to be the most exciting event of the Oct. 14 open house.
Town Board sets hearing date for 2023 budget
Sat, Oct 22nd 2022 07:00 am
At an Oct. 19 workshop meeting, the Grand Island Town Board voted to set a public hearing for the 2023 town budget for 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. In addition, the next steps to enacting a local law to breach the tax cap will occur at the same Town Board meeting.
Citizen of the Year dinner honors those positively impacting Grand Island
Sat, Oct 22nd 2022 07:00 am
The annual Citizen of the Year Awards dinner, held Oct. 13 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Niagara Falls, was a success, said Grand Island Chamber of Commerce President Eric Fiebelkorn. "The dinner was well attended and was very successful. The honorees this year were fantastic and made the program worthwhile and the success it was."
Grand Island's witnesses to history: World War II Part one: Charles DeGlopper
Sat, Oct 22nd 2022 07:00 am
Shortly before D-Day, approximately half a million members of the U.S. military were training for the invasion in England. While there, Charles N. DeGlopper and his lifelong friend, Harold "Bud" Long, had a chance to catch up with each other.
Andrea Tarshus runs toward goal of helping others
Sat, Oct 22nd 2022 07:00 am
When Andrea A. Tarshus, Esq., decided to leave the corporate setting of practicing law and become a sole practitioner, she knew her practice would focus on entrepreneurs, minority and women-owned businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.
DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee taking monument site to national level
Sat, Oct 22nd 2022 07:00 am
Seven years ago, several local veterans and town officials met in the Grand Island Moose Lodge to discuss developing a vacant lot. Located in the center of town, at the corners of Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road, they sought to build a memorial site for hometown hero and U.S. Army soldier Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper - and all town veterans of the armed forces.

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