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Black Balloon Day event to remember lives lost to opioid epidemic
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:15 am
The Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force and its families and consumer support and advocacy group is coordinating activities for National Black Balloon Day (Saturday, March 6). The event began in 2016 in Peabody, Massachusetts. Erie County has participated each year.
Eastern Hills Mall launches 'Off-Broadway Market'
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 10:05 am
Each weekend in March and through Easter, Eastern Hills Mall will offer a holiday shopping experience with established mall retailers, traditional vendors Western New Yorkers have come to rely on for Easter treats, and some exciting new merchants. It's a shopper's paradise that mall executives are calling, "The Off-Broadway Farmers & Artisans Market."
Erie County, Pegula Sports & Entertainment partner to open COVID-19 vaccination clinic at KeyBank Center
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:30 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced the county's partnership with Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
Ready, set, roll: Mallwitz Island Lanes brings back popular Cosmic Bowling
Thu, Mar 4th 2021 11:00 am
Mallwitz Island Lanes is bringing back its popular Cosmic Bowling this weekend, now that a curfew has been lifted with the winning of a second lawsuit against the state by local restaurants, bars and dining establishments.
Ahead of St. Patrick's Day, Erie County Department of Health issues statement on parades & large public events
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 04:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is informing Erie County residents of the restrictions on parades and similar large public events. Based on "New York Forward" guidance, any in-person event must be limited to the nonessential social gathering limit that is in effect for the region, which for Erie County is currently 50 people.
Erie County DOH outlines facility requirements for non-professional, non-collegiate sports events; offers update on vaccinations, quarantines
Sat, Feb 27th 2021 09:40 am
The ECDOH said that, based on information provided by the New York State Department of Health, 14.3% of Erie County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Moreover, 9.2% percent have received the two-dose series.
Erie County Department of Health offers information to wedding & event venues
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 03:45 pm
New York state has released additional "New York Forward" interim guidance for weddings and similar catered events.
Erie County Senior Services offering frozen meal pickup program
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 01:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Senior Services is offering a frozen meal pickup program at 27 participating senior center locations across Erie County while the popular congregate dining program has been paused due to COVID-19 restrictions. Frozen meals are currently available to Erie County residents 60 years of age or older.
ESD announces completion of infrastructure improvements at Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 09:20 am
Empire State Development on Thursday announced the completion of interior infrastructure improvements at the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center, located at 334 E. Utica, on the Buffalo East Side.
ECMC prepares updated visitation guidance for Terrace View
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 07:20 pm
Based on the New York State Department of Health's recently updated guidance regarding general nursing home visitation, Terrace View Long-Term Care (located on ECMC's Grider Street Health Campus) is updating its visitation policies for its residents' families, friends and loved ones.
Reassessment answers just a video away
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:50 pm
It's no longer a coming attraction. The new video about the town's 2021 reassessment project arrived last week on the town's website, Grand-island.ny.us.
Grand Island's Civil War soldiers to be memorialized
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:50 pm
Mary Cooke was attending her first Memorial Day ceremony at the former DeGlopper Park early in her Grand Island political career when an Island resident's comment sent her on what has become a nearly quarter-century search of Islanders who served during the Civil War in the mid-1800s.
'Grandpa' Goulding enjoys 5-generation family
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:45 pm
Bob Goulding, 90, the patriarch of a five-generation Island family, is proud to welcome the family's youngest member - his great-great-grandson Wyatt Nicholas Lancaster.
Making her mark: Islander Danielle Martin is competing in tattoo beauty contest
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:45 pm
Danielle Martin is making an impressive showing in the 2021 Inked Magazine Cover Girl Search, a worldwide tattoo beauty competition. After three elimination rounds in the online contest, Martin is holding strong at first place in her group.
St. Martin's donates baby items to Family Justice Center
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:45 pm
On Feb. 1, the Family Justice Center received a "ton of diapers, wipes, and other baby items" from the Ladies in Faith Together group of Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church. In addition, the group donated $250, which the Family Justice Center requested to establish a new pantry for baby items.
Temporary trail route OK'd for hikers, bikers
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:45 pm
Bicycle riders crossing either bridge will soon be greeted by directional signage sending them 12 miles through the South Parkway Bike Path, along the West River or an approximately 6-mile new temporary route through the center of town that will connect the Niagara Greenway Shoreline Trail's 37 miles from Lackawanna to Youngstown.
Grand Island author rereleases book on Polish herbs, folk medicine
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:40 pm
Longtime Grand Island resident and retired nurse Sophie Hodorowicz Knab is going strong in her second career as the author of a series of books on Polish history and customs.
Erie County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Task Force completes draft plan
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:20 pm
The Erie County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Task Force, formed last summer pursuant to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order 203, announced the completion of a preliminary report and recommendations ready for public review and input.
Erie County Soil & Water District announces 'Erie County Envirothon 2021'
Mon, Feb 22nd 2021 02:55 pm
The Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District is encouraging high school students to enroll in "Erie County Envirothon 2021," an environmental-themed event where students represent their high school team in academic competition while learning about five environmental science topics: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and current events.
Second phase of $2 million historic restoration project begins at Buffalo History Museum
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 12:05 pm
The Buffalo History Museum will begin the next phase of restoration to the lower level of its National Historic Landmark Building. Work focuses on improving guest amenities, including new restrooms and an HVAC system. At the end of this phase of construction, the museum's lower level will be restored to the original vision of architect George Cary, with an expansive 4,400-square-foot gallery.
Rotary Club of Grand Island's 'Undie Sunday' begins Monday
Fri, Feb 19th 2021 07:00 am
Considering the need local shelters have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing of the 21st annual Rotary Club of Grand Island's Undie Sunday is ideal. Beginning Monday and concluding on Sunday, March 7, Island residents are encouraged to donate the basic needs of new and unused underclothing and socks to benefit homeless men, women and children in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and surrounding areas.
Christine A. Learman, CPA, PC may have the cure for that tax time headache
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:25 pm
Tax time can be the best of times or the worst of times.
Viking Strong: Unity through art
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:20 pm
A small Grand Island art studio that's less than a year old has wasted no time bringing the community together in a big way.
Community embraces DeGlopper Memorial
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:20 pm
Chris Taylor is a lifelong Grand Island resident who followed in the footsteps of family members who served their country in a branch of the armed forces when he joined the United States Air Force upon graduating from Grand Island High School in 1999. He left the Island with the memory of his uncle, Army Sgt. Philip C. Taylor, heavy on his heart. Sgt. Taylor was one of the first U.S. soldiers killed on Cambodian soil during an air strike at the tail end of the Vietnam War in 1971.
Orange Poppy Art Studio: A place to learn, create ... and find respite
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:15 pm
When artists Bonnie Nevans and Crystal Still, both of Grand Island, decided they wanted to start an art studio, the idea was born of hope and a vision.
Erie County DOH outlines plan to vaccinate residents with certain medical conditions
Sat, Feb 13th 2021 11:55 pm
A press release noted, "After consulting with local infectious disease and medical experts, ECDOH decided to distribute next week's NYS-directed vaccine allocation to hospitals for people with comorbid conditions. As of this media release, ECDOH has not been notified of the vaccine allotment for this population for the week of Feb. 14. Hospitals will evaluate inpatients during their hospital stay and vaccinate those who are most at-risk due to one or more comorbidities. Hospitals will also identify outpatients with significant comorbidities, such as those accessing specialty clinics, and offer them COVID-19 vaccine."
Kaleida Health statement on Erie County's plan to vaccinate those with underlying medical conditions
Sat, Feb 13th 2021 11:55 pm
Kaleida Health on Saturday released the following statement regarding Erie County Department of Health's plan to vaccinate residents with certain comorbidities and underlying medical conditions:
GIBOE: Draft 2021-22 budget introduced; Hybrid learning model decried by parents
Fri, Feb 12th 2021 07:00 pm
The Grand Island Board of Education is looking to close a budget gap of at least $1,478,957 after its first review of the draft budget for the school year 2021-22.
Kearns, 'Zombie Task Force' announce 'Stay in Your Home' campaign
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 10:00 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and members of the Erie County Zombie Foreclosure Task Force have created the "Stay in Your Home" campaign in response to the impending foreclosure crisis due to the unprecedented financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Live Well Erie encourages community: Unite to get vaccinated
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 01:25 pm
Like the rest of the nation, the people of Erie County have suffered devastating effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have lost hundreds of lives, and our way of life has been impacted in negative ways that we could not have predicted in early 2020. While we are encouraged by the newly approved vaccines, we pause to mourn with those who have lost loved ones, and to applaud the commitment of front-line health care workers and other essential worker heroes.
NYSDOH awards grant to ECMC to eliminate hepatitis C
Thu, Feb 11th 2021 01:20 pm
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) AIDS Institute has again awarded a $1.5 million Eliminating Hepatitis C by Improving Access to Care and Treatment grant to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp.'s Center for Hepatology Care. The center was previously funded by the same state source from 2015-20.
Town Board workshop deals with reval, website redesign
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 03:45 pm
Reassessments and revising the town's website to make it more user-friendly were the key topics discussed at a Feb. 1 workshop meeting of the Town Board.
Modified Relay For Life tentatively scheduled
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 03:40 pm
The 2021 version of Relay For Life, tentatively scheduled for June 4, is expected to look far different from previous versions of the event, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are hoping for an in-person event, but it is doubtful that can happen because of New York State protocols, American Cancer Society protocols, and people's comfort levels," said Lynn Marston Dingey, one of three co-chairs of Relay For Life.
Mojawalla's sugar-free journey
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 03:40 pm
Grand Island businessman Fahim Mojawalla is known to motivate his staff by setting goals and offering inspiration. The latest recipient of that inspirational goal-setting is - himself!
Undie Sunday needs your support
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 03:35 pm
With the cold of winter upon us the Rotary Club of Grand Island will host its annual Undie Sunday 2021 collection between Feb. 22 and March 7 throughout the Island for homeless men, women and children in the community.
'Wag with Swag' brings pet grooming curbside
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 03:30 pm
It's winter, it's cold and we are still in the midst of a pandemic. But the dog needs a bath, and nobody in the family wants to wrestle with a dog, suds and the bathtub.
Fogarty steering the course for Fuccillo Auto Group
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 03:10 pm
Tom Fogarty, the new general manager at Fuccillo Auto Group on Grand Island, is no stranger to the car business. A 38-year veteran of the industry, he has been a general manager with Toyota in Buffalo for 19 of the past 20 years. He now oversees all three of the Fuccillo dealerships on the Island - Toyota, Chevrolet and Hyundai.
Zoom piano lessons strike a new chord
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 03:10 pm
Grand Island piano teacher Debbie Bastian is adding Zoom to her music repertoire.
Filling gaps in Greenway Shoreline Trail
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 03:05 pm
On a recent late January afternoon when skiing, snowboarding or sledding were the optimum outdoor activities, Gregory D. Stevens, Michelle Lockett and Jim Sharpe were talking about bicycling and hiking on Grand Island and the urgency to bring together New York state, Erie County and Grand Island officials to create a plan to improve bike lanes, connect trails and position the Island as a true ecotourism destination.
Setting sites on Grand Island heroes
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 03:00 pm
Private First Class Charles N. DeGlopper was a 22-year-old United States Army soldier fighting for his country on June 9, 1944, during the Battle of Normandy campaign in World War II when he was compelled to make a split-second decision that ultimately cost him his life as he was killed in action protecting his fellow soldiers.
 

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