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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.
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.
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.
City of Buffalo enacting curfew
Tue, Jun 2nd 2020 11:50 am
In light of Monday's violent protests, the City of Buffalo is enacting a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight through Monday.
Erie County to assist licensed barber shops, salons in getting ready for phase two reopening
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 03:45 pm
Erie County will be assisting licensed local barber shops and hair salons reopening their businesses by providing face shields for barbers and stylists' use as they return to work in phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to reopen New York.
ECMC opens state-of-the-art KeyBank Trauma and Emergency Department
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 01:00 pm
On Saturday, Erie County Medical Center Corp. celebrated the opening of the institution's new $55 million KeyBank Trauma and Emergency Department, which will double the size of the existing 40-year-old facility and feature state-of-the-art technology and equipment for the region's only level one adult trauma center.
2020 Paddles Up canceled; solo paddle & online prize giveaway to replace popular summer event
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:45 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission announced the 2020 Paddles Up at Beaver Island State Park has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the concern for participants' health.
COVID-19 antibody test scheduling resumes with Erie County Department of Health
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
Scheduling for COVID-19 antibody test appointments has resumed for Erie County Department of Health clinics taking place in June.
Erie County Social Services Department announces pandemic EBT benefit
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS) announced the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will be issuing a pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer food benefit to all New York state households with school-aged children who receive free or reduced-price lunches under the National School Lunch Act. This action was taken as part of the Families First Corona Virus Response Act of 2020.
Higgins announces federal affordable housing assistance for people with disabilities
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $34,561 to Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) and $65,073 to the City of Buffalo in federal funding to assist in providing affordable housing to non-elderly people living with disabilities through the Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program. This brings total affordable housing federal emergency relief supporting Buffalo residents to over $16 million: $3,044,512 for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and $13,120,017 for the City of Buffalo.
Island Dispatch for May 29, 2020
Fri, May 29th 2020 10:10 am
Island Dispatch for May 29, 2020
Erie County Fair postponed until 2021
Wed, May 27th 2020 10:25 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, announced Wednesday that it has decided to postpone the 2020 Erie County Fair (originally scheduled to be held Aug. 12-23).
Island Dispatch for May 22, 2020
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:00 am
Island Dispatch for May 22, 2020
Waterfront open
Thu, May 21st 2020 10:30 am
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. (ECHDC) and Be Our Guest are encouraging visitors to the Buffalo Waterfront to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Their recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases. They encourage everyone to "enjoy local recreation areas while, practicing social distancing and using common sense to protect themselves and others."
Island Dispatch for May 15, 2020
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:45 pm
The Island Dispatch for May 15, 2020
Salvation Army in need
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:35 pm
Maj. Celestin Nkounkon of the Salvation Army of the Tonawandas and a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Island is in desperate need of nonperishable food items and cash donations to assist in what has become an extremely busy drive-thru food pantry during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Felony hearings, pleas resume in Erie County courts
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced felony hearings and pleas will resume - in a virtual courtroom setting - in criminal cases in Erie County this week as New York state comes off Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "PAUSE" executive order.
New York offers comprehensive new testing site map
Sun, May 17th 2020 02:25 pm
On Sunday, the governor's office posted a site where people can find coronavirus test sites by ZIP code.
Poloncarz issues emergency order on use of face masks
Fri, May 15th 2020 03:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Friday issued a local emergency order regarding the usage of face coverings and masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") has recommended wearing cloth face coverings which cover the nose and mouth in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as an additional public health measure along with social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other preventive actions.
Erie County Department of Health issues guidance for campgrounds
Tue, May 12th 2020 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing this update to the community related to the opening of campgrounds in Erie County.
Island Dispatch for May 8, 2020
Tue, May 12th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Dispatch for May 8, 2020
Gov. Cuomo releases 'NY Forward Reopening' plan; Poloncarz, Wydysh provide county updates
Mon, May 11th 2020 04:55 pm
In a YouTube update Monday, Poloncarz said, "Western New York has met five of the seven metrics, pursuant to the date that was received from Western New York. ... The two things that we have not yet met, which is our hospitalization declines, over a 14-day period or a three-day average, as well as hospitalization deaths over a 14-day period or an average."
Graham provides update, as schools remain closed for academic year
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
Brian Graham, Ed.D., superintendent of Grand Island Schools, said administrators, principals, teachers and school staff are extremely disappointed they will not have the opportunity to see students participate in the annual high school graduation ceremony with everyone gathered at the Kleinhans Music Hall.
Buffalo Launch Club offers takeout orders and new menu items
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
The Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island followed the state and county mandate for all restaurants to close its doors in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once restaurants offered takeout and delivery services in the weeks following, the BLC began brainstorming on how it could do the same and provide opportunities for some of its furloughed restaurant staff.
Casey's Cabana opens
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
Casey's Cabana, a seasonal summer restaurant at 1437 Ferry Road on the shores of the Niagara River, was founded by three Grand Island High School students. It will open its third season at 11 a.m. Monday, May 11, for takeout and free delivery to local residents.
Gas station purchased, and plans underway for renovation
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
Location. Location. Location. That is the mantra of those in real estate - and for Tim Boyle, the northeast corner of Ransom Road and Stony Point on Grand Island is a location he has eyed for years.
New sewer line to be connected
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
When John C. Whitney, P.E., joined the Town of Grand Island's Department of Engineering & Water Resources in 1986, the force main sewer line from the South Grand Island Bridge to Whitehaven Road was only 8 years old. After 42 years of service, that line is now being replaced due to its deteriorated condition.
Poloncarz signs emergency order extending preparation time for plan to close anticipated deficit
Fri, May 8th 2020 06:25 pm
On Friday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz signed an emergency order to modify section 2511 of the Erie County Charter and extend the administration's deadline for completing a plan to close an anticipated budget deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The order extends the deadline for completing a plan from seven days to 30 days and allows for potential, as-yet-unrealized federal assistance to be factored in.
Read our newspapers online
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:40 pm
While readers are safe at home, and businesses are temporarily closed, we're offering our Niagara County newspapers online. As in, the full edition. For free. Enjoy (and support our advertisers)!
Erie County, partners offering rain barrels & compost bins
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
Erie County, in partnership with the City of Buffalo, the Town of Wheatfield, and the Western New York Stormwater Coalition, is once again offering rain barrels and compost bins to encourage households to reduce their environmental footprint through water conservation and reducing fertilizer use.
Higgins: $8 million in federal funding to assist mental health & substance abuse services in WNY
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of $8 million total in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to BestSelf Behavioral Health, and Horizon Health Services for expansion and continuation of mental health and substance abuse services.
Where to get coronavirus testing
Thu, May 7th 2020 11:20 am
Coronavirus testing is ramping up in Western New York.
Erie County: Additional defendants serving local jail time released early due to COVID-19 concerns
Wed, May 6th 2020 06:00 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn on Wednesday announced a total of 21 convicted defendants with 45 days or less remaining on their sentences have been released from the custody of Erie County jails in an effort to reduce inmate populations and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19: More testing availability in Erie and Niagara counties
Tue, May 5th 2020 04:40 pm
Coronavirus testing is ramping up in Western New York.
Sanitizer donation made to Grand Island Police Department
Sat, May 2nd 2020 07:00 am
The family-owned and operated Hartman's Distilling Co. on Chicago Street in Buffalo, which normally focuses on the production of bourbon, rye, vodka, gin and craft cocktails, has shifted much of its production to bottles of hand sanitizers because of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, it is donating one bottle of hand sanitizer for each one it sells.
DeGlopper Memorial to honor those killed in action
Sat, May 2nd 2020 07:00 am
When Mary Cooke was supervisor of Grand Island, she attended a meeting of the DeGlopper Memorial expansion committee in the Pvt. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 for one reason: to ensure the proposed statue of the town's World War II hero would not be another "Scary Lucy."
Island Dispatch for April 24, 2020
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 02:00 am
The Grand Island Dispatch for April 24, 2020
 

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