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Grand Island Central School District to reopen Jan. 4
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 01:10 pm
Last Friday, Grand Island Central School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Graham, Ed.D., provided parents and families with an update on COVID-19 and school safety.
DA Flynn warns about increase in stolen packages, offers tips to deter thefts
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 11:40 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn reminds the community about the potential dangers of leaving packages unattended after delivery. While incidents of stolen packages tend to increase around the holidays, he urged residents to be extra vigilant as more orders may be placed online as people choose to shop from home this season in an effort to social distance and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Junior League of Buffalo high school senior scholarship
Tue, Dec 15th 2020 02:50 pm
The Junior League of Buffalo will award two $2,000 scholarships to graduating female high school seniors who are outstanding leaders in the Western New York community. The scholarships are for post-high school institutions to assist the student in defraying expenses for tuition, books, fees or dormitory. They are awarded based on evidence of demonstrated leadership skills within their school and community. Additionally, the student's background should show strong evidence of being well rounded in both personal and academic endeavors.
Poloncarz: Vaccines start to arrive, but won't be available to general public 'for months'
Mon, Dec 14th 2020 03:40 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz updated residents on the coronavirus vaccine during a press conference Monday afternoon.
Grand Island School District sets annual toy/gifts, food/toiletry drive
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island School District announces its annual toy/gifts and food/toiletry drive for Grand Island families, and invites area residents to participate.
Coalition speaks out against Acquest warehouse project
Fri, Dec 11th 2020 07:00 am
The group whose opposition may have helped sink Amazon's proposed Grand Island distribution center last summer is taking aim at a new warehouse that was proposed last week to replace the one that got away.
Buffalo Zoo gorilla Amari off to start a family of her own
Thu, Dec 10th 2020 08:30 pm
The Buffalo Zoo has teamed up with Zoo Atlanta (Georgia) and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (Ohio) to form a new gorilla troop located at Zoo Atlanta. Amari, the 10-year western lowland gorilla, born at the Buffalo Zoo in 2010, recently traveled with the Zoo Atlanta animal care team from Buffalo to Atlanta.
Flynn allows assistant district attorneys & support staff to work from home due to COVID-19 concerns
Thu, Dec 10th 2020 10:10 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced the majority of the office's staff will not report in-person for work effective Thursday. The Erie County District Attorney's Office made the decision, in consultation with Erie County and its Department of Health, in an effort to reduce the number of employees inside the buildings and prevent the spread of COVID-19. More than 75% of the DA's office employees will be permitted to work from home through the end of the year.
WNY Land Conservancy, design partners seek photos from community that will influence designs for The Riverline
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 02:50 pm
The Western New York Land Conservancy and its design partners W Architecture, Hood Design Studio, and Green Shield Ecology are seeking photos from people in the Western New York community that can help provide ideas for the design of The Riverline, the proposed nature trail and greenway being developed along the former rail corridor running from Canalside to the Buffalo River.
Water Resources Development Act approved, including project added by Higgins addressing harmful algal blooms
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation, which provides authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out water projects, includes a provision led by Higgins that provides $25 million for a demonstration project aimed at eliminating harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes and other waterways.
Kearns' 'Suits for Troops' benefits Erie County veterans
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 02:40 pm
Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns received a generous donation from Joe Terranova, owner of Tuxedo Junction, who provided more than 300 suits and dress pants to benefit the clerk's "Suits for Troops" season of giving drive.
Erie County cancer services program announces cervical cancer webinar
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 09:55 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and its cancer services program will present a free 40-minute webinar on cervical cancer at 6 p.m. Jan. 11, 2021.
Grand Island coalition speaks out against new warehouse project
Mon, Dec 7th 2020 09:15 am
The Coalition for Responsible Economic Development for Grand Island (CRED4GI) is engaging residents to oppose a newly proposed warehouse project by Michael Huntress and Acquest Development.
UPDATE: New life sought for land once considered for Amazon warehouse
Sat, Dec 5th 2020 07:00 am
Michael Huntress, vice president of Acquest Development Co. of Williamsville, truly believes when one door closes, another opens.
Grand Island School District welcomes easing of COVID test rules
Sat, Dec 5th 2020 07:00 am
Grand Island Schools Superintendent Brian Graham got some good news from the governor this week that could bring the district a step closer to having kids back in school.
'The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020' now on sale
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 05:40 pm
"The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020" is a 400-page, hardcover journey through the illustrious history of baseball in The Queen City. It is filled with more than 150 images, rare illustrations, cartoons, and page after page of baseball facts and follies - a true reflection of Buffalo's 163-year love affair with the grand old game.
East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund open to applicants
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 03:00 pm
Empire State Development, East Side Avenues and Preservation Buffalo Niagara announced applications are available for funding dedicated to the stabilization of historic at-risk buildings on Buffalo's East Side.
New ECMC videos offer coping advice for holidays, pandemic
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 01:25 pm
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. recently completed production of new videos that offer coping strategies and advice to help get through the upcoming holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa A. Keenan-Uschold, Ph.D., chief clinical psychologist at ECMC, covers several topics in the videos, including: Coping with COVID-19 during the holidays, managing stress, and providing help for parents to support students while they study virtually from home.
Poloncarz statement on passage of 2021 Erie County budget
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 11:15 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued the following statement Thursday pursuant to the Erie County Legislature's 7-4 vote to approve the administration's proposed 2021 budget, which funds ongoing county COVID-19 response and also reduces the county property tax rate to $4.43 per $1,000 of assessed value, the lowest it has been since 2005:
Holiday light display contest
Thu, Dec 3rd 2020 11:35 am
The 2020 holiday light display contest, presented by the Grand Island Recreation Department, is going on now. The contest is open to all Grand Island residents. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, Dec. 16. Awards will be provided for the top three winners in each of two categories: classic and contemporary.
Grand Island: New life for land once considered for Amazon warehouse
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 03:40 pm
The Island Dispatch has learned Michael Huntress, vice president of Acquest Development LLC of Amherst, submitted a site plan to the Town of Grand Island for a proposed 1,080,308-square-foot distribution facility project on Long Road. The structure would sit on land its own, along the New York State Thruway I-190 - an area that was under consideration by Amazon for a proposed 3.8 million-square-foot distribution center.
UB donates hundreds of reusable face masks, face shields made by faculty & students to Buffalo City Mission
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 01:35 pm
The University at Buffalo has donated more than 200 reusable 3-D-printed face masks and 100 face shields to the Buffalo City Mission for distribution to its clients and staff.
Erie County Department of Health outlines testing process for schools in micro-cluster zones
Tue, Dec 1st 2020 12:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) will provide use of its Division of Emergency Medical Services new limited service lab (LSL) license to schools within New York state-designated micro-cluster zones. This announcement follows extensive internal discussions about how to best support schools in providing safe testing for students and staff.
Erie County to deliver $19 million in financial aid to nearly 1,400 small businesses in need
Mon, Nov 30th 2020 07:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Monday announced the completion of the Erie County "Back to Business" grant program, reporting that grant recipients will be notified via email and checks will be distributed by mail beginning today.
Tradition of giving continues through Barb's Butterfly Effect
Sat, Nov 28th 2020 07:00 am
One of Barbara Nowakowski's greatest joys was helping the less fortunate at Christmastime, her family says. After she passed away in September, Barbara's daughters, Susan Nowakowski Miles and Diane Saddler, decided to carry on the program in their mom's memory.
Poinsettia & Railway Exhibit, Santa's Workshop, BOGO Day at Botanical Gardens
Thu, Nov 26th 2020 07:00 am
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens' annual poinsettia and railway exhibit will run Nov. 27 through Jan. 3, 2021. The annual "Santa's Workshop" event will take place Dec. 11-12. A buy one, get one admission (BOGO) day will round out the fun on Dec. 28 to celebrate the holiday season.
SBA: Make a big difference on Small Business Saturday
Tue, Nov 24th 2020 03:50 pm
The Small Business Administration Buffalo District office is encouraging shopping at local small businesses on Small Business Saturday.
Erie County 'Service Link Stop' opens doors to new beginnings
Tue, Nov 24th 2020 02:55 pm
The Erie County Department of Mental Health, in partnership with the Erie County Sheriff's Office and the Community for Greater Buffalo's Racial Equity Roundtable, has created the Erie County Service Link Stop at 120 West Eagle St., Buffalo, to connect individuals leaving detention with a comprehensive set of services to help them stabilize in the community and lead better, healthier lives.
KeyBank, in partnership with First Niagara Foundation, donates $1 million to support D'Youville health hub
Tue, Nov 24th 2020 01:45 pm
KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is donating $1 million to support the Health Professions Hub at D'Youville.
With 'explosion' of COVID-19 cases in Erie County, 'orange zone' could turn 'red' this week
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 07:50 pm
Speaking to press Monday afternoon, Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said, "We are seeing an explosion of cases in the past two weeks."
E-waste recycling drive on Grand Island
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 04:50 pm
The Grand Island e-waste recycling drive will be held from 9 am until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road. It is a free, drive-thru, contactless, drop-off event.
Erie County Department of Social Services promotes remote service options through 'We can help you from home' campaign
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 04:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services has developed remote service delivery options to meet community needs while reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission among clients and staff. ECDSS is now promoting remote service channels through a social media campaign titled "We can help you from home" to highlight the many ways in which Erie County residents can access social services from the safety of their homes.
Erie County Department of Health acknowledges 'unacceptable delays' in COVID-19 test result notification
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 02:10 pm
Following an investigation into reports of lengthy wait times for COVID-19 test results, the Erie County Department of Health acknowledges notification policies in place in November led to "unacceptable delays in positive case notifications."
Habitat corner: Let's talk turkey
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 01:45 pm
This is the time of year for talking turkey, and this turkey talk will be sharing insight into the world and life of the wild turkey. Did you know that turkeys are social and affectionate, and create lasting friendships? That they recognize one another by their unique voices?
Grand Island Memorial Library now curbside-only in 'orange zone'
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 01:10 pm
Due to the New York state micro-cluster "orange zone" status for this area, the Grand Island Memorial Library shifted to curbside pick-up last Friday. ‚Äč
Thruway Authority offers tips for motorists in Thanksgiving travel week
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 01:00 pm
The New York State Thruway Authority offered tips and advice for drivers who must travel this Thanksgiving holiday week, as cashless tolling is now live on the thruway's ticketed system. The historic transition took place at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.
Step-In-Time adapts to the times
Sat, Nov 21st 2020 07:00 am
It was a long time in coming, but Step-In-Time Studio of Dance is finally holding its June dance recital this week. The event, delayed by the coronavirus outbreak, is taking place in a series of daily mini-performances, with about 145 students divided into separate, small shows. With masks, temperature checks and social distancing, the pandemic brought a new date and a new look to the event. And it brought tears of joy to the eyes of a number of parents.
BlackBerry's arrives
Sat, Nov 21st 2020 07:00 am
The ceremonial cutting of a ribbon earlier this week officially completes the transformation to BlackBerry's Bar & Grill from the longtime landmark gathering place, TC's Island Bar & Grille.
Botanical Gardens announces a brand-new series, 'Gardens After Dark'
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 05:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens introduced a brand-new series of exhibits titled "Gardens After Dark." Offered at different times throughout the year, this new experience was created to open the Botanical Gardens in the evening for all to enjoy.

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