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Erie County: Matching essential front line workers with needed child care
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:30 pm
In light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the prolonged closure of area schools, many essential front-line workers are struggling to get to work because they lack sufficient child care arrangements.
Kearns modifies process for license plate surrenders
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 01:30 pm
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and still assist motorists who need to surrender their vehicle's license plates, Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns is introducing a new procedure due to the temporary suspension of services at all auto bureau locations.
Erie County Department of Health update for March 24, morning
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 11:00 am
The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed an additional five cases of COVID-19 in Erie County residents since yesterday, March 23. This brings our case total to date to 101.
Island Dispatch coloring contest form
Mon, Mar 23rd 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).
Kaleida Health announces recruitment efforts for surge team
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 07:45 am
Kaleida Health continues to prioritize testing its own workforce to ensure it maintains the health and well-being of its staff. It has been conducting its own COVID-19 employee testing for the past few days.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19: New York mandating new surge plans for hospitals
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 05:10 pm
The New York State Department of Health has instructed hospitals across the state to update their recently submitted "surge" pandemic plans. The goal is to increase hospital inpatient bed capacity by 50% to help fight the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.
Grand Island Memorial Library closed
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed to the public through Tuesday, March 31, at 8 p.m. as per recommendations from the county executive in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
State of emergency declared for COVID-19
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
Monday morning, Town of Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney issued a proclamation to address the COVID-19 threat and declared a local state of emergency within the Town of Grand Island.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Citizen of the Year award recipients announced
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce announced this week the 2020 Citizen of the Year award recipients are as follows:
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 update for Friday, March 20
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 06:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is releasing results of reports from COVID-19 testing on individuals in Erie County. There are currently 36 lab confirmed cases in Erie County residents as of noon today. Additional tests are being run by our Public Health Lab and commercial labs and results will be released when available.
Kaleida Health updates on COVID-19
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 07:50 am
Kaleida Health released the following updates and reminders Thursday regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 update for Thursday, March 19
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 04:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is releasing results of its disease investigations on the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in Erie County. There are currently 29 lab confirmed cases in Erie County residents. Additional tests are being run by the Public Health Lab and results will be released when available.
Town of Grand Island COVID-19 proclamation issued
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 02:25 pm
Monday morning, Town of Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney issued a proclamation to address the COVID-19 threat and declared a local state of emergency within the Town of Grand Island.
Erie County confirms 4 additional positive COVID-19 cases
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 11:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) received results for four additional positive COVID-19 cases in Erie County residents on Sunday evening.
Grand Island Central School District closed until April 20
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 11:00 pm
In accordance with the Erie County Executive recommendation that people avoid large gatherings of more than 50 people, and in light of the declaration of multiple States of Emergency, all Erie County school districts will be closed until April 20, 2020.
Update on COVID-19 cases in Erie County; Poloncarz declares state of emergency
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 12:50 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Daniel Neaverth Jr. announced three individuals in Erie County tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus. The cases were confirmed through testing at the Erie County Public Health Lab late Saturday afternoon and are the first confirmed cases in Erie County.
Coronavirus found in Erie County, 2 Assembly members
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 09:30 pm
On Saturday evening, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz posted the following on his Facebook page: "I have been advised by the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) that of today's tests, 3 samples from Erie County residents tested positive for the #Coronavirus/#COVIDー19. Our Department of Health is currently contacting close contacts of the three persons.
GICSD cancels travel in light of COVID-19 pandemic
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Board of Education took steps to address the coronavirus pandemic by canceling out of state school travel.
Zonta Club of Grand Island: 3 Yellow Rose recipients honored
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
The Zonta Club of Grand Island has selected three outstanding women to receive the 2020 Yellow Rose award for leadership and service to the community.
Grand Island artist remembered on mural
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
Longtime Grand Islanders may remember two outstanding graduates from Grand Island High School in the late 1960s, Terry Klaaren and Dori Hartman.
Save the Michaels to host support group
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
Do you love someone who struggles with addiction? Are you looking for guidance on how to encourage them in early recovery?
NYS COVID-19 info, list of resources
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 09:00 pm
HERE is a link to the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, the coronavirus, from the New York State Department of Health.
Erie County Senior Services suspends some services
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 06:25 pm
As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, Erie County Senior Services will be suspending the following services until further notice:
Catholic Health announces enhanced visitor screenings
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 03:45 pm
As Catholic Health takes proactive steps to protect the health and safety of its patients, long-term care residents, and associates amid the growing coronavirus crisis, the health system announced enhanced visitor screenings at its member hospitals, including Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, and Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee to meet March 20 for announcement of greenway awards
Tue, Mar 10th 2020 01:10 pm
The next meeting of the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 20, at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, 726 Exchange St., Suite 525. The gathering is open to the public. Its agenda includes announcement of Greenway funding awards for submitted Greenway project grant requests.
Grand Island introduced to massive Project Olive
Sat, Mar 7th 2020 07:05 am
Grand Islanders received their official first word on a rumored commercial project for the north end of the Island that is unprecedented in size in town history.
I AM THEY 'Thankful for the Scars' Tour heads to Grand Island
Wed, Mar 4th 2020 07:55 pm
Christian pop-acoustic band I AM THEY is bringing its spring headlining tour "Thankful for the Scars" to Grand Island. Presented by Family Life, the concert will be held, Saturday, March 28, at Cornerstone Church, 1290 Whitehaven Road. Opening performances will feature special guest John Tibbs.
Why, yes, that was the Grand Island bridge: 'A Quiet Place Part II' shines spotlight on WNY
Tue, Mar 3rd 2020 07:00 am
When it came time to shoot "A Quiet Place Part II" in 2019, John Krasinski and his crew would opt to use Western New York as the film's backdrop.
NY attorney general looking out for Fantasy Island patrons; park has potential buyers
Sat, Feb 29th 2020 07:00 am
The Fantasy Island amusement park website still lists the park as "permanently closed," but unlike last week when its closure was announced, the ownership is working on finding "solutions to permanently closing the park," according to their director of marketing.
Grand Island Board of Education: School district administration briefs trustees on Foundation Aid
Sat, Feb 29th 2020 07:00 am
Calculating New York State's Foundation Aid to school districts is a simple four-part, 25-step, calculation that leads to a fifth part with two steps, the first of which, according to Superintendent of School Brian Graham, is "Forget everything you just did in Parts A through D. Maybe throw your calculator, rip up your papers, sigh in frustration. ..."
Rotary Club of Grand Island: Thanks for Undie Sunday
Sat, Feb 29th 2020 07:00 am
Sherry Miller, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Grand Island and Undie Sunday chair, said: "We thank our community for their outpouring of support to the annual Rotary Club of Grand Island's Undie Sunday collection. We were able to help the least of us by distributing bags of new undergarments and socks to three missions in our area. This was truly following Rotary's mission of 'Service Above Self.' "
LaSalle Yacht Club to host 7th annual Pasta Sauce-off
Sat, Feb 29th 2020 07:00 am
The seventh annual Pasta Sauce-off will take place from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the LaSalle Yacht Club, 73 S. 68th St., Niagara Falls.
Help spread the word for inclusion: National initiative raises awareness of need to include people with disabilities in all life activities, policy decisions
Thu, Feb 27th 2020 12:35 pm
The Erie County Office for People with Disabilities will join partner organizations across Erie County and Western New York on Wednesday, March 4, to "Spread the Word for Inclusion" and raise awareness of the need to include people with disabilities in all life activities and in decision-making by policymakers.
Portraits in porcelain: Doring to display artistry in April 26 exhibit
Wed, Feb 26th 2020 10:50 am
Chie Doring knew she wanted to be an artist when she was just a young girl growing up in Japan. Now, at age 92, the award-winning artist and longtime Grand Island resident is planning to celebrate a retrospective of her paintings in "A Unique Asian Porcelain Art Show" this spring.
Erie County Parks Department continues winter activities
Mon, Feb 24th 2020 05:25 pm
Spring is approaching in Western New York but there are still a number of activities scheduled in Erie County Parks in the upcoming late-winter weeks. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry announced three programs designed to be recreational and informative: "Signs of Change" at Chestnut Ridge, "Winter Tree ID" at Emery Park, and "Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey and Detection Training" at Emery Park.
Fantasy Island: New York AG pressing Apex to provide refunds
Fri, Feb 21st 2020 06:20 pm
The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James has sent correspondence to Apex Parks Group LLC requesting refunds be provided to Fantasy Island customers who purchased season tickets.
Fantasy Island closes, ending 59-year ride
Fri, Feb 21st 2020 06:15 pm
Four years after buying Martin's Fantasy Island, Apex Parks Group announced the permanent closure of the Grand Island park this week.
'An Evening With Horses & Heroes' to highlight Western New York EquiFest 2020
Fri, Feb 21st 2020 07:00 am
The athletic strength and talents of both the horse and their riders will be on display as WNY Equifest 2020 presents an "Evening with Horses & Heroes," at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, inside Showplex on the Erie County Fairgrounds. This ticketed event will feature a costume-studded parade of riders and their beautiful horses demonstrating various forms of horsemanship and skills.
Morinello delivers Valentine's cards to seniors
Sat, Feb 15th 2020 08:30 am
This Valentine's Day, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello visited the Grand Island Golden Age Center and delivered Valentine's Day cards, created by local elementary school students, to seniors.
Boating safety course
Sat, Feb 15th 2020 07:00 am
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-1 will offer its "About Boating Safety" one-day class this spring and early summer in the River Region. Classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 29, March 28, April (TBA), May 16 and June 20, at the Officers Club, Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown. An additional class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewiston Fire Co. No. 2, 1705 Saunders Settlement Road.
 

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