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Tax bills are on the way
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 07:00 am
Approximately 4,500 town and county tax bills are now in the mail thanks to the volunteer work of members of the Golden Age Club at the town's Golden Age Center.
Grand Island Town Board: Kennedy, Burns receive town proclamations
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 07:00 am
In its first meeting of 2020, the Grand Island Town Board issued proclamations to two cornerstones of the town court.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: State of the Town forum Jan. 30
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has announced the second annual State of the Town and Schools event.
New York State Thruway Authority: Cashless tolling customer assistance sessions to continue at WNY Welcome Center
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Thruway Authority has announced cashless tolling customer assistance sessions will continue in 2020 at the Western New York Welcome Center on the first Tuesday of each month.
Driscoll: With cashless tolling, don't wait to sign up for E-ZPass
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 06:55 am
The Thruway Authority is moving ahead with a proposal to adjust tolls on the Thruway beginning Jan. 1, 2021 -- the first since 2010 -- after we have converted to cashless tolling system-wide by the end of 2020. I want to further clarify what this means for motorists in Western New York, and how the proposed changes will impact our customers.
Island Dispatch named official Erie County newspaper
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 06:55 am
Legislator Kevin Hardwick has announced that the Island Dispatch will again serve as one of the official newspapers of Erie County for the 2020 legislative year.
Erie County: Cervical cancer prevention starts with screening and vaccination
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 05:05 pm
January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Erie County Department of Health is reminding women that screening and vaccination are important tools to detect and prevent cervical cancer.
State Parks to provide seasonal dock permits along West River Shoreline Trail
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 06:15 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will issue temporary seasonal dock permits for up to 50 docks along the West River Shoreline Trail on a first-come, first-served basis for the 2020 season.
'Share Your Happiness': Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island sends thanks
Mon, Jan 6th 2020 03:05 pm
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island thanks the hundreds of individuals and organizations who contributed to our successful 2019 holiday distribution. Fifty-three of your neighbor families were helped with food baskets and, where appropriate, gift cards for their children.
New York State Thruway Authority: NYSTA, MTA, NY/NJ Port Authority tout creation of toll payer advocate position
Sat, Jan 4th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Thruway Authority, MTA Bridges and Tunnels, and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Dec. 23 the creation of Offices of the Toll Payer Advocate for customers of these tolling agencies.
Erie County Sheriff's Office: Armed man robs 7-Eleven
Sat, Jan 4th 2020 07:00 am
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports his office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Jan. 1, at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Grand Island.
2019 Christmas Coloring Contest winners receive prizes
Sat, Jan 4th 2020 07:00 am
The Island Café in Tops Friendly Markets on Grand Island Boulevard hosted the prize giveaway for winners of the Island Dispatch 2019 Christmas Coloring Contest on Dec. 20.
Above and Beyond: GIFC sets record for calls in 2019
Sat, Jan 4th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Fire Co. responded to nearly five calls a day in 2019, the company reported.
Town of Grand Island Inauguration Day: Hundreds attend swearing-in ceremony at community center
Sat, Jan 4th 2020 07:00 am
Grand Island government began the transition to a one-party Town Board with a New Year's resolution to work toward town unity.
Notaro Chiropractic Group expands East Amherst, new Maple Road location in Williamsville
Sat, Jan 4th 2020 06:55 am
The Notaro Chiropractic Group, which has a location on Grand Island, will have a new location at 950 Maple Road in Williamsville opening Jan. 30.
Poloncarz appoints Szymanski Erie County director of workforce development
Thu, Jan 2nd 2020 12:25 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced his appointment of Geoffrey M. Szymanski as Erie County director of workforce development. In that position, he serves as executive director of the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board.
Grand Island Town Board: Proposed tree ordinance not taking root
Sat, Dec 21st 2019 07:00 am
A proposed town tree ordinance is going back to committee following another public hearing before the Grand Island Town Board Monday.
Inauguration Day on Grand Island
Sat, Dec 21st 2019 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island has announced the inauguration of the newly elected officials will take place at noon Wednesday, Jan. 1, at the Grand Island Community Center in the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road.
Last-minute Christmas gift makes 'a fitting tribute' to DeGlopper
Sat, Dec 21st 2019 07:00 am
The DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee is recommending a fitting Christmas gift for the Island's veterans.
Golden Age Center: Sold! It's Snow Wonderful fetches $ at Festival of Trees
Sat, Dec 21st 2019 07:00 am
A group from the town's Golden Age Center has used its Christmas spirit to raise money for Children's Hospital.
Neighbors Foundation conducts annual holiday food drive
Sat, Dec 14th 2019 07:00 am
This year's Neighbors Foundation food drive once again supported dozens of Island families in temporary need this holiday season.
Grand Island businesses recovering after plaza fire
Sat, Dec 14th 2019 07:00 am
A fire on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Tai Pei restaurant, 2315 Grand Island Blvd., has impacted neighboring businesses in the same plaza.
GIHS takes Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
Sat, Dec 14th 2019 07:00 am
The Grand Island Central School District's coaching staff and supporters of the Unified basketball team took the plunge this weekend for the Special Olympics.
GIFC helps Light Up the Boulevard
Sat, Dec 14th 2019 07:00 am
Santa Claus (Noah Teator) and an elf (Megan Stanley) of the Grand Island Fire Co. rode ladder truck No. 6 last Saturday in the Light Up the Boulevard Parade to the Town Commons, where Santa lit the town Christmas tree. (Photo by Larry Austin)
2019 poverty initiatives allocation designates over $1.6 million in county antipoverty grants
Fri, Dec 13th 2019 06:10 pm
Sixteen local organizations have been designated to receive over $1.6 million in grant funding as part of the 2019 poverty initiatives allocation following recommendations from the Erie County Poverty Committee, which evaluated 61 proposals from qualified not-for-profit agencies seeking to provide transformational projects that empower those living in or at risk of falling into poverty.
Help Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission 'Feed the Falls'
Wed, Dec 11th 2019 04:30 pm
Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission is in need of volunteers for its "Feed the Falls" Christmas program.
Want a unique holiday present? Purchase a 12-day pass to 2020 Erie County Fair
Mon, Dec 9th 2019 02:25 pm
For a limited time, the Erie County Agricultural Society will offer 12-day gate admission passes to the 181st Erie County Fair for $35. The sale began today and will continue until the limited supply is gone. Passes allow for one gate admission per day of the Erie County Fair (passes do not include parking.)
Golden Age Center: Light Up the Boulevard supported at GAC
Sat, Dec 7th 2019 07:00 am
In support of the annual Light Up the Boulevard parade and festival, several Golden Age Center members have created a miniature replica of this event. Members who helped make this indoor version are, pictured, standing: Pat Ehinger, sitting: Lorraine Wilcox, kneeling: Anna Vaccaro.
Kelly's Country Store makes donation to DeGlopper Memorial
Sat, Dec 7th 2019 07:00 am
Each year, Kelly's Country Store donates a portion of the previous year's proceeds of their on-site fresh Christmas tree sales to worthy causes that are dear to the Kelly family. The Kelly family choose the DeGlopper Memorial because this is the place on Grand Island where residents, past, present and future who proudly serve their country, are remembered and honored.
Grand Island Town Board: Residents concerned with suspected solar farm
Sat, Dec 7th 2019 07:00 am
Suspicious that a new solar farm will be developed in their neighborhood, several Islanders criticized plans to rezone two pieces of property near the intersection of Alvin and Whitehaven roads up the road from the WNY Welcome Center.
Above and Beyond: Sadkowski chosen 2020 chief of Grand Island Fire Co.
Sat, Dec 7th 2019 07:00 am
Grand Island firefighters chose 2020 firematic and administrative officers during annual elections held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at fire headquarters.
Grand Island Town Board: Light Up the Boulevard 2019 dedicated to Fran McMahon
Sat, Dec 7th 2019 06:55 am
The Grand Island Town Board issued a town proclamation at its regular meeting Monday in Town Hall extolling this weekend's Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Light Up the Boulevard Parade and Festival.
Erie County credit rating boom: Kroll Bond Rating Agency assigns AA-, 'stable' outlook to county bonds
Tue, Dec 3rd 2019 03:20 pm
The Erie County Division of Budget and Management announced Kroll Bond Rating Agency ("KBRA") assigned a long-term rating of AA- and a "stable" outlook for Erie County bonds, another affirmative sign from an independent financial entity that the county's fiscal profile is strong and stable in 2019. In early November, Moody's Investor's Service ("Moody's") upgraded Erie County's credit rating to A1, up from A2, and noted a "stable" outlook for the county, as well, marking the highest rating the county has reached with Moody's since 1976.
Buffalo Botanical Gardens continues to gather support for a 40,000-square-foot expansion
Wed, Nov 27th 2019 12:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc. adopted a master plan for the future of the Botanical Gardens and has engaged the community to measure and gain support for the proposed 40,000-square-foot expansion. Informational meetings have been conducted with local community organizations, partners, government entities and community leaders to explain the expansion plan and secure input to ensure the plan addresses the needs of the community.
Fairgrounds Festival of Lights begins; region's largest holiday festival
Tue, Nov 26th 2019 07:00 am
On Friday, Nov. 29, the switch will be flipped to illuminate more than 1 million lights as the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights opens its 15th season. This time-honored, Western New York holiday tradition takes place at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.
Scientists share updates, including maps, from Tonawanda Coke Soil Study
Sat, Nov 23rd 2019 07:00 am
On Thursday, scientists hosted a community meeting to update the public on the Tonawanda Coke Soil Study.
Grand Island Town Board: Plaza business wants panhandling addressed
Sat, Nov 23rd 2019 07:00 am
A Grand Island Plaza business is asking the Grand Island Town Board for help in addressing the issue of panhandlers.
Trinity United Methodist Church: 'Pink Bag Ladies' support veterans again
Sat, Nov 23rd 2019 07:00 am
The "Pink Bag Ladies" at Trinity United Methodist Church, who make care packages for female veterans serving in all the armed services all around the world, have turned their charity to male veterans this season.
St. Stephen collecting cleaning supplies for local households
Sat, Nov 23rd 2019 07:00 am
This Christmas, Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz and the Response To Love Center on Buffalo's East side, at 130 Kosciuszko St., are asking for help once again.
 

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