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Grand Island Board of Education: Marston tabbed for board vacancy
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:15 am
At the regular meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education Monday evening at Veronica E. Connor Middle School, board President Tak Nobumoto announced the appointment of Susan Anstett Marston to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of trustee Joan Droit on Oct. 5.
Neighbors Foundation helping 68 families
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:10 am
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island is assisting a record 68 families in temporary distress this holiday season.
From the Desk of the Supervisor: Keep in mind these weather-related tips
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:10 am
Happy holidays, Grand Islanders!
Grand Island Town Board agrees to a 2014 contract with GIFC
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board approved a $1 million service contract with the Grand Island Fire Co. at its meeting Dec. 16.

During a public hearing on the contract, Greg Butcher, chairman of the board of the GIFC, said the contract with the town "has been longstanding and the fire company provides an incredible amount of services to the residents of Grand Island, and I would challenge any other community in Erie County to provide as many services as we do to this community."

Neighbors Foundation happy so many Islanders have helped
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 08:30 pm
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island is happy to report that we will be helping 68 families, your neighbors on Grand Island, this holiday season. Well, no, we are not happy to report that number of families in temporary distress on the Island; all wish that the economy and sources of good-paying employment were better. What we are happy about is that so many Grand Islanders have helped: financial and food donations, gift cards, hands-on help, to allow the Foundation to provide that service to some of our less fortunate neighbors.
Behind the Badge: Stay safe this holiday season
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 07:00 am
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season in full swing, please consider taking the following precautions to help alleviate the possibility of becoming a victim while you are out shopping for that special gift:
Island Ship Center launches website
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 03:25 pm
Fahim Mojawalla, owner of Island Ship Center, has announced the launch of his new website at

After running his ship center business for seven years under the umbrella of his corporation, Creative Leather Concepts Inc., Mojawalla decided to make a new site for the pack and ship portion of his Island business, which has grown to offer services like package holding and printing.

Message is simple: Don't make dangerous decision to drink and drive
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 03:20 pm
As your Erie County Clerk, responsible for overseeing auto bureau operations, it is time to remind everyone not to drink and drive this holiday season and not to ride with anyone who has had too much to drink. If you have had too much to drink, for everyone's sake, please do not get behind the wheel of your car.
Grand Island Fire Co.: Osinski elected 2014 fire chief
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 03:15 pm
Grand Island firefighters chose 2014 firematic and administrative officers during annual elections held Wednesday, Dec. 4, at fire headquarters.
Advance Auto Parts opens GI location
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 03:15 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new business driven by service.
Above and Beyond: Firefighters embrace Wag'n 02 Fur Life program
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 03:15 pm
Grand Island Fire Chief Kevin Koch reports that a group of concerned citizens recently donated several lifesaving rescue breathing units for family pets that have been overcome by smoke or noxious fumes during a fire emergency.
Ceretto to hold mobile office hours in Grand Island once a month starting Dec. 18
Mon, Dec 9th 2013 11:00 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, has announced that, once a month starting Dec. 18, he will open a satellite office on Grand Island. Hours will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road. Island constituents are encouraged to come meet with Ceretto and discuss issues of importance to them and their community.
Niagara River Greenway Commission: Public comment period opens for Buckhorn State Park project
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 09:30 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission has announced that the public comment period has opened for the 37th round of projects. In addition, the commission announced that the public comment time will close at the end of the day on Dec. 31.

Projects are posted at Comments may be submitted either at the website or by hard copy to the Commission at 2136 West Oakfield Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

Island hosts Silver Star presentation
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 09:30 pm
Sixty-three years to the day after his actions saved the lives of his fellow soldiers, a Marine was honored Wednesday on Grand Island.

At the Charles N. DeGlopper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Congressman Brian Higgins presented the family of Cpl. Richard J. Blasinski with medals earned by Blasinski as a member of the "Chosin Few," a name given to the Marines who fought in the Battle of Wonsan-Hungnam-Chosin in North Korea during the Korean War. Outnumbered 8 to 1 on one of the coldest days in North Korea, Marines fought Chinese forces in rough terrain.

Proclamation issued in support of 'Small Business Saturday'
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 10:00 pm
The Grand Island Town Board has proclaimed Nov. 30, two days after Thanksgiving, as "Small Business Saturday" on Grand Island and urged all residents "to support local businesses that we value in our community by patronizing them on 'Small Business Saturday' and repeatedly throughout the year."
Grand Island Board of Education: STEM wing's completion eyed for Aug. 1
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 10:00 pm
At its regular meeting Monday evening at Veronica E. Connor Middle School, the Grand Island Board of Education received an update from Campus Construction Management on the district's extensive capital project.
Obit: Grace M. Calvano
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 10:00 pm
Grace M. (Tedesco) Calvano, 100, passed away peacefully on Saturday Nov. 2, 2013, at Our Lady of Peace in Lewiston, on All Souls Day surrounded by her loving family.
Obit: Margaret Virginia Ridgway 'Dena' Kunkel
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 10:00 pm
Margaret Virginia Ridgway "Dena" Kunkel entered into rest Nov. 12, 2013. She was a longtime Grand Island resident.
Higgins presents Silver Star to family of Richard Blasinski exactly 63 years after his brave actions
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 07:40 pm
On Nov. 27, 1950, during the Korean War, Corporal Richard J. Blasinski saved many lives. He was awarded the Silver Star, but was never formally recognized before his passing in 1991.
Island Pediatrics creates new corporate identity
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 11:15 pm
The area's largest pediatric medical practice has recently created a new corporate identity that will place its four local offices under the umbrella of the new Integrity Health Group.
Obit: Patricia A. (Ertl) Mikulsky
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 11:10 pm
Patricia A. (Ertl) Mikulsky entered into rest Nov. 10, 2013. She was a resident of Grand Island.
St. Stephen School: Coats4Kids Drive a success
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 11:00 pm
The St. Stephen Mission Club has been busy collecting gently used and new winter coats, hats, mittens, and scarves for the "Coats4Kids Drive" for the needy of Western New York.
Organizers to bring back Light Up the Boulevard bigger, better
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 10:00 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is hoping the second edition of the Light Up the Boulevard 2.0 will top the first.
Traffic tips
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 07:00 am
It is that time of year when it is important to watch for deer, while driving. Deer breeding and hunting season is upon us and deer are very active.
Cancer study presented at St. Timothy
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:20 am
The New York State Department of Health presented a report on the final results of its Tonawanda area cancer study that shows elevated levels of some cancers and birth defects.
CROP Walk Golden Sneaker awarded
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:20 am
For the first time in the history of the Grand Island CROP Walk, the Golden Sneaker Award has been given to the walker who raised the most donations online at
Grand Island Town Board: November proclaimed American Legion Membership Month
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
The Grand Island Town Board issued a proclamation naming the month of November 2013 American Legion Membership Month.
Grand Island Rotary Club: District governor visits, new members inducted
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Grand Island, governor of District 7090, Kevin Crouse, called the club "exemplary," and so much so that the community should be called "Grand Rotary Island." Crouse was in town on his annual visit to the Island.
Huth Road Elementary School: Newspaper Club begins work
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
Work on this year's edition of the Huth Road Elementary Newspaper began Wednesday with a meeting of the Newspaper Club, under the direction of Angela Hamilton.
School Bus Safety Poster Contest winners announced
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
Winners of the Grand Island Central School District's School Bus Safety Poster Contest were honored an award breakfast at Tops Market.
Obit: Adam Ruiz
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
Adam Ruiz, 37, formerly of Grand Island, of Lockport, died Tuesday. Nov. 5, 2013.
All Grand Island incumbents re-elected
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:10 am
All four incumbents in Grand Island political races were re-elected Tuesday in the general election.
Kaegebein Elementary School: Playground Committee says 'Thank you, Say Cheese'
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
Fundraising efforts to build a new playground at Kaegebein Elementary School received a hand from a neighboring business. Kevin Slachciak, owner of Say Cheese Pizza Company, located just up Love Road from Kaegebein Elementary, presented the Kaegebein Playground Committee with a check for $750.
Grand Island Board of Education: 'Heartsavers' honored, Droit remembered
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
At a crowded Grand Island Board of Education meeting Monday evening, Veronica Connor Middle School Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne received official recognition from the American Heart Association for her administering of CPR on one of her students who had collapsed in full cardiac arrest in a school hallway Sept. 9.
Grand Island Central School District: Masters Field goes out with win
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
Grand Island High School alumni from the 1960s to the present took the field one last time at their alma mater Saturday.
Huth Road Elementary School: Honorary life memberships presented
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The Huth Road Elementary School PTA presented Honorary Life Membership to Carolyn Thompson and Tracey Shickluna at a recent PTA meeting. Honorary life memberships are presented to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort on behalf of the welfare of children and youth.
Grand Island High School: DECA installs new members
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The members of the Grand Island chapter of DECA, a business and marketing club, were present to be inducted into the state and national level of DECA at Salvatore's Italian Gardens.
Sherman Says: Distracted driving penalties finally have some weight
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The penalties for driving while distracted in New York state are finally catching up with a problem that seems to grow more serious each day.

We have all seen motorists talking on their cellphones as they navigate busy thoroughfares and small neighborhood streets alike. Do drivers who try to conceal their smartphones by pressing their entire device between their ear and the palm of their hand actually think the ruse is working?

Get-acquainted event held
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
Participants had a great time recently playing two rounds of laser tag and enjoying some pizza and soda during a get-acquainted event for Grand Island High School's Interact Club.
Grand Island Town Board: Lee Tetkowski honored for service
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
Two proclamations at the Grand Island Town Board meeting involved an Islander to whom "the world's children have been a priority."