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Q&A with Grand Island supervisor candidate Michael Madigan
Fri, Aug 4th 2023 08:45 am
Island Dispatch Senior Contributing Writer Karen Carr Keefe last week posed the same set of questions to the two candidates for Grand Island town supervisor: Peter Marston, running on the Conservative line; and Michael Madigan, running on the Republican line. Both candidates currently serve as councilmembers on the Town Board.
Higgins & Buffalo VA urge eligible WNY veterans to apply for PACT Act benefits
Wed, Aug 2nd 2023 09:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins was joined by leaders from the Buffalo VA Medical Center and local veterans to raise awareness about the new benefits available to veterans under the PACT Act, and to encourage Western New York veterans and families to apply.
YMCA Turkey Trot registration opens Tuesday, Aug. 8
Wed, Aug 2nd 2023 09:40 pm
YMCA Buffalo Niagara announced registration for the 128th annual YMCA Turkey Trot will open at 11 am. Tuesday, Aug. 8. Runners may register at until race capacity is reached.
Erie County recognizes National Breastfeeding Month, World Breastfeeding Week; officials attend Healthy Baby Festival
Wed, Aug 2nd 2023 09:40 pm
Deputy Erie County Executive Lisa Chimera and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein attended the Catholic Charities WIC Healthy Baby Festival on Wednesday at Mang Park in Kenmore. The free festival was supported by local community agencies and sponsored in part by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, with concurrent festivals held in Chautauqua and Niagara counties.
Parolee sentenced for pointing illegal pistol at police during foot pursuit
Tue, Aug 1st 2023 01:35 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced 34-year-old William A. Fugate of Buffalo was sentenced yesterday afternoon before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison. He was sentenced yesterday as a second felony offender.
Fun(ner) Summer continues: Strates Shows midway returns to Erie County Fair
Mon, Jul 31st 2023 07:00 am
The James E. Strates Shows will again head to the Erie County Fair this August, commemorating 100 years in business and a "Centennial of Smiles." Strates Shows will bring over 70 rides, games and attractions to complete the mile-long midway in Hamburg.
Reading garden planned for Grand Island Memorial Library
Sat, Jul 29th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Memorial Library is planning to add a reading garden to the grassy area next to the building that faces the parking lot. The library will be called the Richard Earne Memorial Reading Garden, as a tribute to the late Richard Earne, who was a member of the Grand Island Rotary Club, as well as a member of the library board of trustees. He died on Sept. 18, 2022.
VA Western New York Healthcare System receives 5-star rating from CMS
Fri, Jul 28th 2023 05:15 pm
Western New York Healthcare System announced that it has received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the first time CMS has included VA facilities in its annual Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings.
ECMC awarded 3-year CARF accreditation for medical rehab program
Thu, Jul 27th 2023 04:05 pm
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) announced Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp.'s acute inpatient medical rehabilitation unit was accredited for a period of three years through June 30, 2026.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee to meet Aug. 9
Thu, Jul 27th 2023 04:05 pm
The next meeting of the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, 726 Exchange St., Suite 525, Buffalo.
Higgins & Stefanik urge US Customs & Border Protection to address northern border staffing shortages
Wed, Jul 26th 2023 06:20 pm
Congress members Brian Higgins and Elise Stefanik, who serve as co-chairs of the Northern Border Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, are calling on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to address staffing shortages at the northern border, which they said are causing excessive delays and deterring cross-border travel.
Buffalo City Mission, Lloyd Taco Truck host 10th annual 'Christmas in July Luncheon'
Tue, Jul 25th 2023 04:00 pm
On Tuesday, the Buffalo City Mission and Lloyd Taco Truck hosted the 10th annual "Christmas in July Luncheon" at the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise. The event provided nearly 200 meals, which were given to the men's ministry at the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise and the women's ministry located at Buffalo City Mission's Cornerstone Manor. All meals were donated in full by Lloyd Taco Truck.
Roller Rink at Canalside opens Aug. 11
Tue, Jul 25th 2023 11:30 am
Buffalo Waterfront Management Group (BWMG) announced roller-skating will return Friday, Aug. 11. In addition to regular, daily hours of operation, the Roller Rink at Canalside will again offer its popular group skate and party packages. The site will also host an activity zone with pop-up games, activities and a party tent.
Recognizing Disability Pride Month in Erie County
Tue, Jul 25th 2023 09:20 am
July is recognized nationally as Disability Pride Month. Here in Erie County, we have a long history of supporting accessibility and inclusion. While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities (ECOPD) was added to the county charter a full seven years earlier in 1983.
Erie County Medical Center among nation's best for social responsibility and health equity
Mon, Jul 24th 2023 06:35 pm
Erie County Medical Center has again been recognized by the Lown Institute for outstanding social responsibility, receiving an "A" grade on the 2023-24 Lown Institute Hospitals Index. ECMC achieved this honor through strong performance across metrics of health equity, patient outcomes, and value of care, out of more than 3,600 hospitals nationwide.
Catholic Charities WIC to host Healthy Baby Festival in Jamestown, Kenmore, Niagara Falls
Mon, Jul 24th 2023 01:00 pm
Expectant and young families are invited to attend one of three Healthy Baby Festival events hosted by Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program this August. The festivals are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1 at Allen Park in Jamestown; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2 at Mang Park in Kenmore; and noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 - all at Hyde Park splash pad in Niagara Falls.
Grand Island: John Whitney resigning as supervisor Aug. 4
Mon, Jul 24th 2023 12:20 pm
Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney will resign from office effective Friday, Aug. 4.
Paddles Up hits the water running
Mon, Jul 24th 2023 07:00 am
The 17th annual Paddles Up Niagara is gearing up for another good run in the Niagara River on Saturday, July 29.
Rabies vaccine air drop and ground baiting for wildlife populations will begin in late-July
Mon, Jul 24th 2023 07:00 am
The yearly rabies vaccine distribution for wildlife populations in Erie County is scheduled to start in early August.
GI leads off workshop series for Family Justice Center
Sat, Jul 22nd 2023 11:00 pm
The Grand Island satellite of the Family Justice Center was chosen to lead off a Wellness and Safety Workshop this coming week, from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25.
Residents anxious to learn status of Long Road warehouse proposal
Sat, Jul 22nd 2023 10:55 pm
Fear of overdevelopment was the hot topic as Grand Islanders took to the microphone at Monday's Town Board meeting.
Alzheimer's caregivers can find help at Grand Island support group
Thu, Jul 20th 2023 08:10 pm
The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association offers a monthly support group in Grand Island for families and individuals who care for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
ECDOH, Fidelis Care encourage parents & caregivers to keep children up to date with required immunizations
Thu, Jul 20th 2023 08:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and Fidelis Care are encouraging parents and caregivers to keep their children up to date with required immunizations.
Tops golf tourney nets more than half-million for John R. Oishei Children's Hospital
Tue, Jul 18th 2023 05:10 pm
It was a record-breaking year for the Tops charity golf outing, where $525,000 was raised for John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.
July 22 event at Delavan-Grider Community Center to help Alzheimer's caregivers
Tue, Jul 18th 2023 05:05 pm
The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will hold an educational program for caregivers who need assistance dealing with challenging behaviors caused by Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
Niagara County Sheriff's Office seeks assistance in locating August Hicks
Tue, Jul 18th 2023 04:15 pm
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office released the following information:
Erie County, partners offering rain barrels and compost bins
Mon, Jul 17th 2023 09:10 pm
Erie County, in partnership with 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.
Grand Island Board of Education holds annual reorganization meeting
Sat, Jul 15th 2023 07:00 am
In its reorganization meeting held on July 10, the Grand Island Board of Education elected Ashli Dreher to serve as president, and Sue Marston to serve as vice president. Both are continuing their roles from the prior school year.
'Tuesday Night Summer Concert Series': Let's start the music and dance!
Sat, Jul 15th 2023 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island Recreation Department kicked off its "Tuesday Night Summer Concert Series" without a hitch as the rain held off and a cooler breeze made for the perfect summer night of music, dance and neighborly conversation.
St. Martin's unveils new pavilion at annual chicken barbecue
Sat, Jul 15th 2023 07:00 am
St. Martin-in-the-Fields' new pavilion was the star in the show at the church's annual chicken barbecue and basket raffle, held on Saturday. In addition to a collection of baskets, there were separate raffles for a sombrero, covered with scratch-off lottery tickets; a 50-50 raffle; and a pair of season tickets to Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.
Track Club gives $5,000 to Neighbors Foundation
Sat, Jul 15th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Neighbors Foundation was the recipient of $5,000 from the Greater Buffalo Track Club (GBTC), resulting from the Grand Island Half Marathon held at Beaver Island State Park on May 6.
GIHS alums bring canned cocktail brand to WNY
Sat, Jul 15th 2023 07:00 am
A partnership has been forged between a Grand Island liquor store and two alumni of Grand Island High School who are working together to introduce a canned cocktail to the Western New York area.
Erie County can help keep homes and families cool & comfortable
Fri, Jul 14th 2023 02:30 pm
It seems like summer has just started and already it's going too fast. I have been enjoying spending time at various district events, including the Grand Island Fourth of July parade, Italian Heritage Festival, and the children's concerts here in Kenmore.
Ryan seeks submissions for summer reading program
Fri, Jul 14th 2023 10:50 am
New York State Sen. Sean Ryan announced his office is now accepting submissions for the New York State Senate's 2023 summer reading program.
State parks schedules lifeguard qualifier
Fri, Jul 14th 2023 10:45 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced a lifeguard qualifier will be held for the completion of the 2023 season.
Visitors greeted by a diversity of gardens during Island Garden Walk
Fri, Jul 14th 2023 07:00 am
A 5-year-old boy sat on rocks and poured fish food into a small koi pond on East River Road during the Grand Island Garden Walk on Sunday. As soon as the food hit the water, the fish swam excitedly to the surface.
Sara Davidovich joins Trinity Medical podiatry
Wed, Jul 12th 2023 05:05 pm
Trinity Medical Podiatry, part of a multi-specialty physician network affiliated with Catholic Health, welcomes Sara Davidovich, DPM, to its practice at 2121 Main St., Buffalo.
Grand Island Lions to host annual Kids' Picnic
Mon, Jul 10th 2023 04:15 pm
The Grand Island Lions Club will host its annual Kids' Picnic from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island Area children with disabilities, their parents, counselors and teachers can enjoy a day of boat rides, pony rides, farm animal zoo, face painting, entertainment, fun, food and refreshments.
Erie County restarts specialized resource and referral service for children from birth to 21 years
Mon, Jul 10th 2023 10:00 am
After a decade-long hiatus, the Erie County Department of Health has reintroduced the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) program within the office of health equity. This free resource and referral program will improve care coordination for infants, children and youth from birth to 21 years old who have a serious or chronic medical, physical, behavioral, emotional or developmental condition.
Chamberlain-Staubitz engagement
Sat, Jul 8th 2023 07:00 am
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Chamberlain of Grand Island would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Chamberlain, to Derek Staubitz, son of Malinda Wolfley of Lancaster. A Sept. 23, 2023, wedding is planned. Brooke and Derek have made their home and business, Hybrid Defense, here on Grand Island.

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