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NFMMC primary care sites offering video visits
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 02:20 pm
Patients at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's six primary care sites can now go online to quickly and conveniently meet with their care providers.
Erie County: Supporting local business during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:40 pm
On Monday, the Erie County COVID-19 Business Task Force announced several new initiatives aimed at helping local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, including the hard-hit agribusiness sector. In partnership with the Task Force, the Erie County Office of Agriculture has developed an "Erie Grown" website to promote the purchase of local and regional farm products by linking consumers with available local food products, support farmers navigating the pandemic and provide a resource hub for consumers and growers.
Grand Island gifted items from Fantasy Island
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
John C. Whitney, P.E., was attending his first Association of Town Meetings in New York on Feb. 18 as the newly elected supervisor of Grand Island when his assistant, Rhonda Diehl, called with an urgent message: "The media and residents are calling for your comments about Fantasy Island closing for good."
Rotary Club hears from Whitney
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
The Rotary Club of Grand Island held its first virtual meeting with a guest speaker on Wednesday evening. More than 30 members and guests were online to hear and see Town Supervisor John C. Whitney, P.E., speak about the current situation with COVID-19 and future town projects once a sense of normalcy begins.
Grand Island Town Board discusses virtual meetings
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
On Monday, The Town Board of Grand Island held its second virtual meeting via its YouTube channel because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency declared by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last month. During the pre-meeting workshop session, each councilmember and Supervisor John C. Whitney, P.E., discussed an ability to involve residents virtually with the town's various public meetings and hearings.
DeGlopper team remains hard at work
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
After getting over the disappointment that an elaborate unveiling and dedication of a life-sized statue of Grand Island's World War II hero, Pvt. Charles N. DeGlopper, has been postponed until June 5, 2021, the memorial volunteer committee was hard at work this week planning the completion of its fundraising goals.
Erie County Senior Services, partners announce Hearts and Hands is ready to assist with transportation, deliveries, and more for senior & disabled communities
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:10 am
Recently, the Erie County Department of Senior Services, in conjunction with the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, announced a partnership with Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action, the IDEA Center at the University at Buffalo, Wegmans and others to assist with transportation, deliveries and social connection needs for seniors and the disabled.
Island Dispatch for April 17, 2020
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 03:55 pm
The full edition of the Island Dispatch.
Mallwitz's Island Lanes scores upset victory in food contest
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 01:55 pm
For the Mallwitz family, who have owned Mallwitz's Island Lanes, recreation center and restaurant at 1887 Whitehaven Road for 40 years, "March Madness" is a welcomed revenue stream to accompany its bowling business.
Guest speakers for GIHS business classes
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:40 am
While coordinating lessons for her online business classes, Grand Island High School teacher and DECA adviser Cheryl Chamberlain reached out to Fahim Mojawalla of Island Ship Center to help her explain company culture.
Erie County District Attorney's Office observes National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:15 am
In observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 19-25), Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced his office will continue to be a resource for victims of all crimes despite closures due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
DeGlopper ceremony pushed to 2021
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
The elaborate unveiling and dedication on June 6 of the life-sized statue of Grand Island's United State Army World War II hero Charles N. DeGlopper will be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grand Island businesses help Buffalo's east side
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
Many saw the announcement earlier this month that the Island Deli & Meat Market was temporarily closing due to the economic and health ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Longtime Grand Island resident Richard Gurbacki saw the announcement and placed a call to Eric Berger, the owner, and Tracy Crouse, the manager of Island Deli, and asked what would happen to the food that would not be used when the business was closed.
COVID-19 pandemic, response putting pressure on Erie County budget
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 04:50 pm
The pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing response to it in Erie County are reaching beyond the immediate need to treat and care for coronavirus victims. The pandemic is now impacting the county's budget, as well, with unbudgeted-for pandemic response equipment and personnel costs adding millions of dollars in expense to the county budget, even as sales tax receipts shrink due to business closures under shutdowns like "NY PAUSE." While some amount of federal relief funding is expected, that funding by itself will not solve the looming fiscal crisis, leaving an increasing likelihood that ongoing county functions and services will be impacted across all departments due to the fiscal stress that COVID-19 response is putting on the county budget.
Colvin Cleaners creates COVID-19 face mask program for WNY customers & nonprofits
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 01:50 pm
Stepping into action when needed is part of the Colvin Cleaners mission to help the Western New York community. Now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Billoni family, owners of Colvin Cleaners, has created an innovative program to provide free, reusable, washable face masks for customers and local nonprofit agencies - including nursing and group homes, which need them most.
Erie County Senior Services expands 'Go and Dine' program
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 09:10 am
The Erie County Department of Senior Services announced the expansion of the "Go and Dine" program. Four meal vouchers have been made available to participants each month and can be used at locally owned and operated participating restaurants. Due to COVID-19, the department is expanding the program to eight meal vouchers per month. It is also looking for new restaurants to expand its range across Erie County.
ECMC debuts virtual ER visits
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 05:00 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Wednesday announced it has launched a virtual ER care platform to provide video and telephonic visits for remote emergency room visits, in addition to previously established virtual care outpatient services.
Island Dispatch for April 10, 2020
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 12:45 pm
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Fuccillo offering local first responders complimentary installation of PermaSafe to help disinfect service vehicles during COVID-19 pandemic
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 09:00 am
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, local first responders can have their service vehicles disinfected and provided with long-term antimicrobial protection at no charge with a one-time installation of the PermaSafe system by Fuccillo Chevrolet of Grand Island, Fuccillo Hyundai of Grand Island and Fuccillo Toyota of Grand Island.
Erie County Department of Social Services shares resources for families in crisis
Tue, Apr 14th 2020 12:30 pm
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Erie County Department of Social Services is reminding residents that help and supports are available for families feeling increased stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Message from Supervisor John C. Whitney
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
Heartfelt Passover and Easter wishes to everyone as we truly we live through a pandemic event that none of us could ever have dreamed of.
Hardwick: Picking up the pieces
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
The world has changed in the last month. The pandemic now dominates every news cycle and almost every personal conversation. Our response to this crisis will go a long way toward determining the kind of community we will have once life returns to some semblance of normal.
Tech delivery enables Grand Island students to learn from home
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
When Max Pikula became a principal for the first time in his 20-year career in the Grand Island School District six months ago, he never envisioned doing what is required today with his faculty at Huth Road Elementary.
Grand Island Central School District working to provide meals to students
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
Important advance planning by Grand Island Central School District administrators, along with dedicated, hard-working food service staff and volunteers, has resulted in the uninterrupted distribution of breakfast and lunch to thousands of students since the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools last month.
Poloncarz: Working together to weather the storm
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 06:05 pm
I would like to open this month by thanking all of the health care workers; our nurses, our doctors, our Department of Health staff and epidemiologists on the ninth floor of the Rath Building. They are working many long hours, and we could not get through this coronavirus crisis without their dedication to public health and safety. They embody the resolve which we have always relied on to triumph over crises of any kind.
Poloncarz issues emergency order on use of face masks
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 03:10 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Thursday 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 has recommended wearing cloth face coverings that 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.
Attorney General James secures full refunds for all Fantasy Island consumers
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:35 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced she has negotiated a settlement guaranteeing all consumers who purchased season passes, meal plans and associated goods and services at the Western New York theme park Fantasy Island will be fully reimbursed for all advance purchases made for the 2020 season.
Sheriff Howard reminds public DV unit is there for victims
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 03:35 pm
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reminds residents the Erie County Sheriff's Office domestic violence unit is working and available to assist victims.
Island Dispatch for April 3, 2020
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 11:10 am
The Island Dispatch for April 3, 2020.
Kelly's Country Store pivots in pandemic to offer Easter chocolate to families
Sun, Apr 5th 2020 07:00 am
Easter preparation began, well, right after Christmas for the family behind Kelly's Country Store.
Chamberlain, Casey's Corner donated to Islander, shipmates
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:30 pm
When business teachers Cheryl Chamberlain asked her entrepreneur class what to do with the snack inventory at their high school store, Casey's Corner, students replied "donate it!"
Grand Island Memorial Library update
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:30 pm
The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed to the public for the duration until further directives are received from the governor.
Grand Island Board of Education meeting to be held online
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 03:25 pm
Please be advised: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with executive order 202.1, members of the public will not be permitted to attend the board meeting in person, and members of the board of education will attend the meeting remotely on Monday, April 6.
EC Department of Social Services reminds residents to access programs from home
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:35 am
Social Services Commissioner Marie Cannon is reminding Erie County residents that they do not have to (and are not advised to) visit Social Services offices to access the assistance programs the department offers. Programs can either be accessed online or by requesting an application over the phone.
Howard issues warning, update
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:05 am
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard recently issued warning about area parks and recreational areas.
Island Dispatch coloring contest form
Wed, Apr 1st 2020 02:10 pm
Parents: If your child doesn't have access to the Easter coloring contest found in our newspaper, or if you are looking for an additional entry form, please feel free to download the poster HERE (PDF).
Erie County offers updates on resources, recreation
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 05:45 pm
As of noon today, we have received reports of 499 total positive COVID-19 cases in Erie County residents. Eight Erie County residents have died, and 53 people have recovered. There are currently 438 people in isolation.
EC Parks to close disc golf courses in response to COVID-19
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 02:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry announced disc golf courses at Chestnut Ridge, Emery, Ellicott Creek and Como Lake parks will be closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and due to concerns about safe social distancing while playing. New signage will be installed at each disc golf course advising of the closing, and baskets will be removed and stored until the courses are reopened.
Alzheimer's Association WNY offering virtual education, other programs & services
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 12:45 pm
Across New York, it is estimated there are more than 400,000 individuals living with some type of dementia, with another 1 million-plus people providing some kind of care for them. Their needs for access to help, support and education are ongoing.
Erie County: Domestic violence resources available despite COVID-19 closures
Tue, Mar 31st 2020 10:50 am
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, District Attorney John J. Flynn is reminding the residents of Erie County about resources that remain available for victims of domestic violence.
 

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