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State School Boards Association's annual convention heads to Buffalo
Mon, Oct 23rd 2023 12:45 pm
Some 1,500 school board members and other school district leaders from throughout New York will gather in Buffalo this week at the New York State School Boards Association's Annual Convention and Education Expo to immerse themselves in such timely issues as school safety, student mental health, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, teacher shortages and more.
First vendor fair at Simply Boba attracts families
Sat, Oct 21st 2023 07:00 am
On a rainy autumn day on Grand Island, people look either to cocoon inside or to find an indoor activity for themselves and their families.
Veterans Day ceremony on Grand Island
Sat, Oct 21st 2023 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island cordially invites veterans, family members and friends to attend the Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Park Memorial Wall located at 1717 Bedell Road.
Vote tabled on warehouse zoning
Sat, Oct 21st 2023 07:00 am
Members of the public who planned to speak their minds against mega warehouses and for zoning revisions were thrown for a loop at the start of the Oct. 16 Town Board meeting. A vote on proposed zoning revisions was destined to be tabled, not voted upon as expected.
Candidates to answer community questions at upcoming forum
Sat, Oct 21st 2023 07:00 am
All the candidates for office in the Town of Grand Island, who are on the Nov. 7 general election ballot, have accepted an invitation to participate in the inaugural candidates forum.
NYS: $49 million in state funding for airports
Fri, Oct 20th 2023 06:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced 36 public-use airports across New York will receive approximately $49 million for strategic infrastructure enhancements that, her team said, "will enhance safety, facilitate innovation, leverage existing resources, advance business development, and promote sustainability and resiliency."
Colvin Cleaners preparing for busy 'Coats 4 Kids' season
Fri, Oct 20th 2023 04:30 pm
With an influx of refugees into Western New York and the economic challenges faced by many families, Colvin Cleaners has seen a much-earlier increase in calls for coats this year as it prepares for its annual "Coats 4 Kids" "Live Drives" to collect much-needed, gently used, or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves for toddlers to young adults and families in need this winter season.
Bowl over cancer and support Relay For Life
Fri, Oct 20th 2023 04:15 pm
"Strike-Out Cancer," the Grand Island Relay For Life's 16th annual "Bowl For A Cure!" bowl-a-thon, basket raffle and 50/50 will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Mallwitz's Island Lanes, 1887 Whitehaven Road.
Give back this holiday season: Island Hair Studio and Barbershop hosting food drive
Fri, Oct 20th 2023 04:05 pm
The Island Hair Studio and Barbershop is hosting a food drive from now until Nov. 17. This food drive is accepting nonperishable items. All donations can be dropped off inside the salon, and the proceeds will be given to the local Neighbor's Foundation of Grand Island.
Tops reminds community of pharmaceutical drop-off locations for 25th annual National Drug Take Back Day
Fri, Oct 20th 2023 02:25 pm
Saturday, Oct. 28, marks the 25th annual National Drug Take Back Day hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. As this day approaches Tops Friendly Markets would like to remind the community that all 54 of its pharmacy locations are approved drop-off locations for prescription drugs.
Higgins: Nearly $285,000 to support public safety measures in Western New York
Fri, Oct 20th 2023 02:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $284,913 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice to support several public safety initiatives in Western New York.
Higgins: $990,000 to support education and career services for at-risk young people
Thu, Oct 19th 2023 09:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a three-year grant totaling $990,000 awarded to the PathStone Corp. His team said, "Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and awarded through the Transitioning Gang-Involved Youth to Higher Education program, the grant supports PathStone's efforts in Erie County to provide at-risk young people with the tools they need to achieve educational and career success."
UB takes AI chat series to Grand Island Central School District
Wed, Oct 18th 2023 08:10 pm
Artificial intelligence has the potential to drastically alter education systems.
Explore & More reopens with 2 new exhibits for community
Tue, Oct 17th 2023 05:00 pm
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum will reopen this Wednesday after being temporarily closed for a month. The museum is reopening with two new exhibits for the community to play and learn, and with new hours.
Grand Island Board of Education discusses issues related to shifting to a fleet of electric vehicles
Sat, Oct 14th 2023 07:00 am
New York state's requirement that all school districts shift to a fully electric fleet of vehicles by 2035 was described as an underfunded mandate at the Grand Island Board of Education's meeting on Tuesday at Sidway Elementary School.
From South Korea to Grand Island: A spiritual journey for David Joon Kyung Chi
Sat, Oct 14th 2023 07:00 am
The Bible Presbyterian Church has a new assistant pastor, but he is already well known to the congregation.
Starbucks is coming to Grand Island
Sat, Oct 14th 2023 07:00 am
There's a new buzz in town, now that construction is underway for a Starbucks coffee shop with drive-thru at the Tops Plaza at 2160 Grand Island Blvd.
Buffalo woman pleads guilty for multiple shoplifting incidents after being banned from Walden Galleria
Fri, Oct 13th 2023 04:25 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced 24-year-old Nyeaira E. Stallworth of Buffalo pleaded guilty this morning before State Supreme Court Paul B. Wojtaszek to four counts of burglary in the third degree and one count of grand larceny in the third degree (class "D" felonies). The defendant pleaded guilty to all charges in the indictment against her.
Defendant sentence for looting stores during blizzard
Fri, Oct 13th 2023 04:25 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced 31-year-old Dijon C. Joyner of Buffalo was sentenced this morning before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case to five years of probation.
Citizens with disabilities in Erie County can question candidates in November election
Fri, Oct 13th 2023 12:50 pm
Western New York Independent Living (WNYIL) is holding a free "Meet The Candidates" day to enable local residents with disabilities - or anyone from the community - to hear and discuss issues with some of those who are on the ballot in the November general election.
Erie County DA Flynn encourages residents to report scams
Fri, Oct 13th 2023 12:50 pm
As part of his ongoing effort to protect Erie County residents from financial crimes, District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that citizens can report information about scams or suspected fraud directly to his office through a new feature on the Erie County District Attorney's Office website.
First Night Buffalo invites WNY kids to show off their talents
Thu, Oct 12th 2023 09:45 am
It's back! Independent Health Foundation's First Night Buffalo 2024 will highlight the talent of Western New York kids. Children ages 5 to 17 are invited to submit a short video highlighting their talent as part of this year's First Night virtual celebration.
Zobud Bistro closes
Sat, Oct 7th 2023 07:00 am
The restaurant Zobud Bistro has closed, its owner, Sam Redo, confirmed to the Island Dispatch on Wednesday.
Grand Island Town Board: Housing site plan raises neighbors' concerns
Sat, Oct 7th 2023 07:00 am
Another proposed project off Long Road was the subject of a public hearing in Monday's Grand Island Town Board meeting, but this time, it was a 48-lot housing development in the crosshairs, not a mega-warehouse.
Grand Island School District holds 'test drive a school bus day'
Sat, Oct 7th 2023 07:00 am
Driving a school bus for the first time was "a little nerve-wracking," said Tara Gipp, who attended the school bus test-driving event on Sept. 30 at the Jack Burns Transportation Center, 2451 Baseline Road.
Grand Island candidate forum set for Oct. 24
Sat, Oct 7th 2023 07:00 am
Four civic clubs and the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce are combining forces to present a candidate forum from 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24. The forum will be held at Kaegebein Elementary School auditorium, 1690 Love Road.
Higgins: $214,000 for Center for Elder Law and Justice
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 01:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $214,000 awarded to the Center for Elder Law and Justice. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and awarded through the Administration for Children and Families' Medical Legal Partnership Plus (MLP+) demonstration program, the grant will support the MedLaw Partnership of Western New York, which assists low-income patients and families experiencing significant medical, financial and legal challenges.
'Whiskey Plank' celebration, full-sized replica of historic Erie Canal 'Seneca Chief' on Buffalo waterfront
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 12:35 pm
Sometime after noon tomorrow afternoon, inside the Longshed at Canalside on Buffalo's beautiful waterfront, master boatbuilder Roger Allen will look toward Dr. John Montague, who founded the Buffalo Maritime Center in 1989, smile and whisper, "We did it!"
Unique pumpkin patch found in Kenmore
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 09:40 am
A unique and sincere pumpkin patch can be found in the Village of Kenmore. The patch, which has been created by the members of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society (KVIS), is made of painted wood pumpkins in all shapes and sizes.
Grand Island Memorial Library celebrates freedom to read during Banned Books Week
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 07:00 am
"Let Freedom Read" is this year's theme for Banned Books Week, taking place Oct. 1-7.
Higgins announces over $6.2 million for Daemen, Villa Maria & SUNY Erie Community College
Thu, Oct 5th 2023 07:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced three federal grants totaling $1,325,290 awarded to Daemen University, Villa Maria College and SUNY Erie Community College for fiscal year 2023, with additional funding anticipated over the next five years.
Hochul, leaders from Syracuse & Buffalo announce progress on coordinated public safety efforts
Thu, Oct 5th 2023 07:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul this week convened state officials, local elected leaders, law enforcement and community stakeholders from Syracuse and Buffalo for a virtual public safety briefing to discuss progress on coordinated public safety efforts. Hochul highlighted the administration's funding and policies implemented to combat gun violence, violent crime and car thefts in Syracuse and Buffalo.
Higgins: $450,000 for program expanding domestic violence services to people with disabilities
Wed, Oct 4th 2023 11:05 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $450,000 in federal funding, through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, has been awarded for the Helping Others through Protection and Empowerment (HOPE of WNY) program.
Catholic Health hosts free monthly COVID support group
Wed, Oct 4th 2023 09:15 am
Are you or a loved currently dealing with COVID or the aftereffects of COVID? Catholic Health is hosting a free monthly COVID support group for survivors, loved ones and caregivers. The next session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.
Buffalo operations supervisor to be honored at annual Stars of Life awards in Washington, DC
Wed, Oct 4th 2023 09:15 am
Michael Arquette, an operations supervisor with American Medical Response (AMR) in Buffalo, was named one of 32 Global Medical Response (GMR) "Stars of Life."
ECDOH shares 'crucial safety messages' for parents and caregivers of infants and young children
Tue, Oct 3rd 2023 02:45 pm
Following six recent cases involving deaths of infants and young children, Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and UBMD physicians Dr. Geovanny F. Perez and Dr. Fred Archer presented the warning signs and symptoms of infant respiratory distress and safe sleep recommendations on Tuesday.
Defendant pleads guilty ahead of trial for burglarizing closed store during blizzard
Tue, Oct 3rd 2023 02:45 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced 47-year-old Felix Ramos of Buffalo pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon before State Supreme Court Justice Betty Calvo-Torres to one count of burglary in the third degree (class "D" felony). The defendant pleaded guilty to the only count in the indictment against him as his non-jury trial was scheduled to begin.
Kearns to host fall 'DisAbility' awareness event
Tue, Oct 3rd 2023 02:45 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities will be holding a special "DisAbility Awareness Day" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Erie County Auto Bureau located in the Sheridan Plaza at 2309 Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda. No appointment is required for this community outreach event.
United Way of Greater Niagara now accepting funding applications
Tue, Oct 3rd 2023 07:00 am
United Way of Greater Niagara has officially began accepting applications for program funding. Nonprofit agencies, located within Niagara County and/or the City of Tonawanda, that run programs aligned with United Way's new focus, are eligible to apply.
ECDOH joins Literacy Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo Center for Health Equity, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Erie Niagara AHEC to promote Health Literacy Month
Mon, Oct 2nd 2023 01:30 pm
October is recognized nationally as Health Literacy Month, and a group of local agencies is coming together to boost awareness and opportunities to build digital literacy skills, especially as they relate to health and medical care.

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