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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Erie County DOH expands eligibility for county-run COVID-19 testing sites
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 09:50 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is expanding eligibility for accessing a free diagnostic COVID-19 test at county-run test sites.
$90 million-plus for supportive housing for homeless individuals & families across state
Tue, Feb 9th 2021 08:55 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced $90.4 million in state funding has been awarded for 20 projects to house New Yorkers experiencing or at risk of homelessness and provide supportive services aimed at addressing the root causes of housing instability.
The Big Easy in Buffalo celebrates Mardi Gras, Dyngus Day
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 04:40 pm
The Big Easy in Buffalo announced the next shows in its local live stream series that features Western New York's top local bands that have that New Orleans spirit. The shows will be live-streamed at, all with a 5:30 p.m. start time.
New take-it, make-it workshops & demonstrations at Botanical Gardens
Mon, Feb 8th 2021 12:45 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced last year it will offer the traditional, on-site make-it, take-it programs as take-it, make-it virtual programs to be held online via Zoom. These one-night workshops include a succulent garden workshop, a terrarium workshop and a mini-garden workshop. Also brand new to the educational programs are botanical demonstrations. These low-cost, one-hour demonstrations will cover orchid repotting, spring floral arrangements and a bonsai demonstration.
Erie County making progress with vaccinations
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 03:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered to Erie County residents, including residents at nursing home facilities in Erie County based on information provided by the New York State Department of Health.
Readers invited to take Island Dispatch survey
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:15 am
2020 was a year that tested each and every one us. Thankfully, we made it through - and we're looking forward to better days in 2021.
2022 Erie County cultural funding application release, applicant briefings scheduled
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 06:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, in conjunction with the Erie County Arts and Cultural Advisory Board, will be kicking off the 2022 arts and cultural funding program with an application release on Monday, March 1.
Karen Healy-Case launches campaign for Erie County sheriff
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:00 am
Karen Healy-Case, former lieutenant and district chief for the Buffalo Police Department, launched her campaign for Erie County Sheriff on Wednesday. In a one-minute announcement video, linked below, Healy-Case pledged" to use her decades of experience in law enforcement and the private sector to give taxpayers the results and protection they deserve."
Erie County Senior Services offering more ways to keep seniors engaged
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:45 pm
Tapping into the expertise of departmental health and wellness staff and leveraging extensive preexisting online resources, the Erie County Department of Senior Services has unveiled its updated webpage packed with activities, lessons and numerous engaging opportunities to help seniors combat isolation.
Birds on the Niagara set for Valentine's Day weekend
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:45 pm
Birds on the Niagara (BON21) announced the third annual Birds on the Niagara International Celebration of Winter Birds will be held Feb. 12-14. BON21 is the only international North American bird festival. This year, it is a virtual event with free access, including a special presentation by keynote speaker and author Dr. J. Drew Lanham.
Workforce Board launches 'career connections podcasts'
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:20 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has launched a new workforce podcast initiative titled "Workforce Buffalo Career Connections." The podcasts will highlight the employment and training opportunities that exist in this region and how both job seekers and employers can tap into the many available local resources.
Erie County DOH provides information about COVID cases among St. Francis High School staff & students
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 12:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has identified multiple COVID-19 cases among students and staff at St. Francis High School in Hamburg throughout the month of January. As of today, there are four staff members and 14 students with positive diagnostic COVID-19 tests during the past four weeks.
ECDOH provides vaccine distribution update
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 03:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered to county residents, including those at nursing home facilities, based on information provided by the New York State Department of Health.
Grand Island man sentenced for setting fire inside his apartment
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 10:30 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn on Thursday announced 35-year-old Robert L. Shoemaker of Grand Island was virtually sentenced that afternoon by Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes to a determinate sentence of three-and-a-half years in prison followed by two-and-a-half years of post-release supervision.
Tree & shrub seedlings available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 08:40 pm
Order forms for the 2021 conservation tree and shrub seedling sale are now available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District.
'Ice Sculpting Masters Winter Wonderland' drive-thru coming to The Fairgrounds in February
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 07:55 pm
In excess of 150,000 pounds of ice will be carved into more than 90 sculptures at the Hamburg Fairgrounds as part of "The Ice Sculpting Masters Winter Wonderland" drive-thru, a brand-new event produced by The Ice Farm. This is a friendly family event that will take place between 5-10 p.m. nightly from Feb. 11-15.
ILDC board approves sale of 9.2-acres on former Bethlehem Steel site to Uniland Development Co.
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 01:35 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corporation board of directors on Wednesday approved the sale of 9.2 acres on the former Bethlehem Steel property to Uniland Development Co.
Erie County Department of Health cancels additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is cancelling COVID-19 vaccine appointments scheduled for ECC South on Friday, Jan. 29, and ECC North and ECC South on Saturday, Jan. 30, due to lack of vaccine supply.
Despite pandemic, recycler raises more than $11,000 to support Camp Good Days
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 04:00 pm
On Tuesday, local electronics recycler Sunnking presented an $11,761 check to Camp Good Days and Special Times, a local nonprofit organization helping children and families living with cancer.
CAO of WNY recruiting a Healthy Homes AmeriCorps VISTA
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:55 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY (CAO), in partnership with The Service Collaborative of WNY, is recruiting a Healthy Homes VISTA to coordinate a number of projects within its housing development office.
New York Power Authority's economic development awards creating 583 jobs in WNY
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the New York Power Authority's board of trustees approved four economic development awards that will support 583 jobs and spur $356 million in private capital investments across Western New York.
DEC issues guidance to avoid coyote conflicts
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 10:25 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued guidance to help prevent conflicts between people and coyotes.
ECDOH: Higher-risk sports can resume
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing the following information for schools, coaching staff, athletes, parents of student-athletes and youth and adult amateur sports leagues in Erie County.
Buffalo Rotary donating $50,000 to bolster local pandemic relief
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:20 pm
Due to the extraordinary need in the community caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Buffalo will provide much-needed aid to six local organizations that have been challenged to provide assistance to people in need of basic food and supplies.
Cuomo: $200 million in BRIDGE NY funding available to build resiliency in NYS communities
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $200 million in BRIDGE NY funding for local governments to make their infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather events.
Botanical Gardens new 'Gardens After Dark' series has 'Enchanted Winter Escape'
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens recently introduced a brand-new series of exhibits titled "Gardens After Dark." It then introduced "Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape" for 2021.
State Parks to provide seasonal dock permits along West River Shoreline Trail
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 01:00 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will issue temporary seasonal dock permits for up to 35 public docks along the West River Shoreline Trail on a first-come, first-served basis for the 2021 season.
Grand Island restaurants bouncing back
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
When a state judge opened the door to indoor dining for Erie County eating establishments last Thursday, Jan. 14, patrons beat feet into Grand Island restaurants. The patter of their feet was music to the ears of restaurant owners, who were more than ready to comply with the required COVID-safe measures of 50% capacity, 6-foot distance between tables, no more than four people per table and 10 p.m. closing.
Hardwick announces Island Dispatch named official county newspaper
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
Legislator Kevin Hardwick again announces the Grand Island Dispatch will serve as one of the official newspapers of Erie County for the 2021 legislative year.
Thermo Fisher one step closer to $85M expansion
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
An approval by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's (ECIDA) Board of Directors on Wednesday for a tax incentive package presented by Grand Island's Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. should result in the life sciences company proceeding with plans to add an $85 million, 69,000-square-foot expansion to its research, development and manufacturing facility at 3175 Staley Road.
One Bills 'Drive': Grand Island parade cheers team on march to Super Bowl
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
What started as a whim turned into a mile-long parade of cars circling the Island in a pregame support of the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.
UB expert: Buffalo Bills unite a far-flung community, sending message of healing and hope
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 05:20 pm
The Buffalo Bills' success has sown "seeds of hope" and become a path to build a community amid the isolation and anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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