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'Tops Totes for Change' continues to aid local charities by raising over $519,000
Thu, May 18th 2023 08:50 pm
It's hard to believe that a little over three years ago Tops launched its highly successful "Tops Totes for Change." This program encourages shoppers to purchase a reusable bag with a special charity design for just $2.69, with $1 of the proceeds being donated back to five local community organization. Since its inception, Tops is proud to say that $519,846 has been raised for area charities and at a time that these organizations need it most.
National Women's Health Week 2023: '#KNOWHmore About Your Health, Today and Every Day'
Thu, May 18th 2023 08:45 pm
May 14-20 is National Women's Health Week. The Erie County Department of Health is joining with the HHS Office of Women's Health (OWH) to promote this year's theme: "#KNOWHmore About Your Health, Today and Every Day."
Ryan selects Yuki Numata Resnick as 2023 'Women of Distinction' honoree
Wed, May 17th 2023 02:05 pm
On Tuesday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan recognized Yuki Numata Resnick, an accomplished violinist, nonprofit leader and educator, as a member of the 2023 New York State Senate "Women of Distinction" class of honorees.
Gunman sentenced for killing 3-year-old boy, injuring three others in shooting outside of Ferry Grider Homes complex
Wed, May 17th 2023 02:05 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced 24-year-old Dequan Richardson of Cheektowaga was sentenced this morning before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to 25 years to life in prison.
'Choir! Choir! Choir!' event at Kleinhans Music Hall postponed to June 20
Tue, May 16th 2023 06:30 pm
Due to a family emergency, "Choir! Choir! Choir!," originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, at Kleinhans Music Hall has been postponed.
Mason FOREVER Foundation Niagara Pioneer Scholarship opportunity
Tue, May 16th 2023 07:00 am
The Mason Forever Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes youth sports and students pursuing a degree in the health/fitness fields.
ECDOH shares resources for Mental Health Awareness Month
Mon, May 15th 2023 04:15 pm
Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Every May, the nation recognizes that mental health plays an important role in our overall health. With that in mind, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is sharing mental health resources with a special focus on children and adolescents. May is also Adolescent Health Month.
National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses chooses Buffalo for national convention
Mon, May 15th 2023 01:35 pm
A party and vendor market in celebration of WNY "health care heroes" will be on tap to lead-off the national convention of licensed practical nurses when it brings its chapter members to Buffalo this October.
ECDOH announces Narcan use training schedule for rest of 2023
Mon, May 15th 2023 01:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force are announcing the schedule for free Narcan trainings for the remainder of 2023. Participants learn to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and use Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an opioid overdose.
Native plant event at Grand Island Community Center
Sat, May 13th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Nature Alliance presents an interactive native plant event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the Grand Island Community Center on the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road.
Letter Carriers food collection to benefit Grand Island Neighbors Foundation
Sat, May 13th 2023 07:00 am
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 31st annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13. The "Stamp Out Hunger & Food Drive" is the country's largest one-day food drive, collecting about 1.82 billion pounds of food since its inception in 1983.
Winners selected in Dispatch contest seeking ideas for 1841 Whitehaven Road
Sat, May 13th 2023 07:00 am
What does the future hold for the former Knights of Columbus hall?
A look at 2023-24 Grand Island Central School District budget
Sat, May 13th 2023 07:00 am
The vote on the Grand Island Central School District's proposed 2023-24 budget, as well as an election of two trustees from four candidates, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 16.
Planning continues for Grand Island Relay For Life Father's Day Lawnmower & RC Car Races
Sat, May 13th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Relay For Life Father's Day Lawnmower and RC Car Races organizers gathered Monday at Grand Island Moose Lodge 180 as planning continues for the 2023 event.
Shoe goal met
Sat, May 13th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Rotary Club thanks the residents of Grand Island for their "overwhelming support" in the club's recent and debut shoe fundraiser.
Island Aesthetics celebrates opening with ribbon-cutting
Sat, May 13th 2023 07:00 am
In May of 2022, Karen Paolini, a nurse practitioner, left her job at ECMC to devote herself full-time to running Island Aesthetics, a business she founded to help "aging women feel better about themselves."
Obituary: James 'Jimmy' J. Daluisio
Sat, May 13th 2023 06:55 am
James "Jimmy" J. Daluisio, 63, of Grand Island, gained his angel wings and was reunited with his wife, Mary, on May 9, 2023. His final days were spent in the comfort of his home surrounded by family and friends.
NYS: $200,000 for Erie County SPCA
Fri, May 12th 2023 04:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced nearly $7.6 million will be provided to 21 animal shelters and humane societies across the state through the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund, which is in its fifth round. The funding will support construction, renovation and expansion projects that will enhance animal care and health, and help ensure adoptions for New York's dogs and cats.
Buffalo State creates 5.14 Memorial Scholarship for east Buffalo students
Fri, May 12th 2023 04:50 pm
The Buffalo State University Foundation has established a 5.14 Memorial Scholarship designed to cover the cost of books and other educational supplies for Buffalo State students who hail from Buffalo's 14208 ZIP code. That is where 10 Black people were shot to death by an avowed white supremacist at Tops Market on May 14, 2022.
Meet the Grand Island School Board candidates
Fri, May 12th 2023 08:45 am
The Grand Island Central School District budget and trustee election will be Tuesday, May 16. In this article, we meet the candidates.
NYS: Start of construction on $71 million affordable housing development in Buffalo
Thu, May 11th 2023 07:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced construction has begun on the $71 million rehabilitation of the Ellicott Town Center, a decades-old housing development near downtown Buffalo featuring 281 homes located among four high-rise towers and 12 townhomes.
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County announces final 2022 campaign revenue
Wed, May 10th 2023 08:40 pm
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County (UWBEC) announced this week a grand total of $11,538,985 in campaign revenue for its 2022 fundraising campaigns. The total comes from a combination of individual donations, workplace campaigns, corporate and foundation support, special fundraising initiatives and endowment and planned giving.
UB social work researcher introduces a new tool for treating alcohol & drug addiction
Wed, May 10th 2023 08:35 pm
A multidisciplinary team led by a University at Buffalo social work researcher has developed and tested a new assessment tool that has the potential to help people recover from alcohol and drug addiction.
'Silo City Reading Series' 2023 season announced
Tue, May 9th 2023 12:10 pm
The 11th season of the "Silo City Reading Series," a multigenre celebration of poetry, music and art held in Marine A - a 130-foot-high abandoned grain silo at the edge of the Buffalo River - kicks off June 10 with an event headlined by National Book Award Finalist poet Solmaz Sharif, author of "Customs" (Graywolf Press, 2022) and Tyrone Williams, University at Buffalo professor and David Gray Chair of Poetry & Letters. Tickets, offered for $10, are available at
Grand Island School District issues absentee voting information
Mon, May 8th 2023 01:55 pm
The Grand Island Central School District issued the following information with respect to obtaining an absentee ballot for the school budget and trustee election on Tuesday, May 16.
Catholic Charities: Appeal 2023 HOPE Day is Wednesday, May 17
Mon, May 8th 2023 10:45 am
HOPE Day, the annual 24-hour match challenge day of giving to benefit Appeal, is Wednesday, May 17, across Western New York. The first $111,000 raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar from generous donors including Delaware North, Energy Mark, and Thomann Asphalt Paving. All funds go toward the annual Appeal's $9.5 million goal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the "Fund for the Faith."
Erie County: Citizen Preparedness Corps training events scheduled at 5 different public libraries
Mon, May 8th 2023 10:10 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) recently announced five training sessions will be held later this month for local residents "to learn how to properly prepare for any type of disaster."
Rain doesn't stop Relay For Life volunteers
Sat, May 6th 2023 07:00 am
On the rain-spattered morning of April 29, six volunteers hung up "dozens of bows around Town Commons, Town Hall, and the main firehall," said Lynn Marston Dingey, co-chair of Relay For Life. She said the group used at least five rolls of ribbons to complete the project.
New warehouse proposal under consideration on Grand Island
Sat, May 6th 2023 07:00 am
In the very near future, the Grand Island Town Board will vote on building the single largest development project in town history, when it is presented with Acquest Development's request to build a 1.08-million-square-foot, one-floor high-bay facility on 138 acres. The Grand Island Commerce Center would be built between Bedell and Love roads.
Older Americans, town clerks honored at Town Board meeting
Sat, May 6th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board issued proclamations, honoring both older Americans and town clerks during the May 1 meeting.
Garage sale raises funds for Grand Island cat rescue
Sat, May 6th 2023 07:00 am
When Forgotten Felines of WNY rescued Trinity, she was pregnant and in poor condition.
Grand Island residents, Dispatch readers offer ideas for former K of C building
Sat, May 6th 2023 07:00 am
Most of the Grand Island residents, responding to a contest asking for suggestions on what the new owners of the Knights of Columbus building at 1841 Whitehaven Road and the nearly nine acres of land behind it, said they would like to see the property developed into a destination where they could go and do something, and/or a spot to bring the community together.
Catholic Health consultants experience data breach
Fri, May 5th 2023 04:20 pm
Minimum Data Set Consultants LLC (MDS), a firm that provides consulting services to skilled nursing facilities across the country, experienced a data breach that may include medical record information from some long-term-care residents within Catholic Health. MDS is in the process of notifying the residents, their family members, or other responsible party.
Ryan secures $5 million in state funding for Buffalo AKG renovations
Fri, May 5th 2023 04:00 pm
New York State Sen. Sean Ryan announced he has secured a $5 million state grant to support a series of renovations being completed as part of the continued development of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum.
Erie County Department of Health concludes monthly COVID-19 data updates
Fri, May 5th 2023 12:55 pm
In light of the end of the COVID-19 national emergency on April 10, and with the anticipated conclusion of the COVID-19 public health emergency on May 11, the Erie County Department of Health is ending its monthly COVID-19 data updates.
Erie County Fair: Daily flag retreat ceremony to honor veterans & active military
Fri, May 5th 2023 12:50 pm
The Erie County Fair will honor veterans and active military during its daily flag retreat ceremony at Slade Park. Now in its fifth year, this patriotic tradition will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, and continue each evening during the 12-day run.
Attorney general: $350,000 to fight childhood lead poisoning, reduce energy bills in Erie County
Thu, May 4th 2023 10:45 am
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday announced she is providing $350,000 to Erie County to fight lead poisoning and reduce energy costs for low-income families.
AAUW Buffalo Branch to honor Hochul at Grand Island event
Tue, May 2nd 2023 11:20 am
AAUW Buffalo Branch announced the selection of Gov. Kathy Hochul as the 2023 Branch Achievement Award recipient.
Grand Island: Structure heavily damaged from garage fire
Tue, May 2nd 2023 09:15 am
At 12:11 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, the Grand Island Fire Co. dispatch received a call of a structure fire on Sandy Beach Road. Within minutes, firefighters were on scene, reporting a 2.5-story wood frame house with a fully involved garage fire beginning to extend into the house.
Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force meets to refocus efforts to prevent opioid poisoning deaths
Mon, May 1st 2023 04:40 pm
Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force members met at SUNY Erie Community College North Campus today for their first in-person meeting since 2020.

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