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OMH recognizes Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition for service to community
Thu, May 30th 2019 02:00 pm
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is honoring the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition in Buffalo as a recipient of the inaugural OMH Community Care Awards.
WNY Preview Classic to be held at Erie County Fairgrounds
Thu, May 30th 2019 01:15 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society will present the 19th annual Western New York Preview Classic. The show is scheduled to take place inside the Agriculture Discovery Center at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg from May 31 to June 2. More than $6,000 in cash awards and premiums will be presented during this New York Livestock Circuit-approved show.
Erie County Central Police Services, partners to host domestic violence training course for 911 call-takers
Wed, May 29th 2019 04:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Central Police Services, in collaboration with the Office of Public Advocacy and the Town of Cheektowaga Police Department, will host a domestic violence training course for call-takers and dispatchers from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, and Thursday, June 20. This is the first time this training has been conducted in Erie County.
Western New York's largest youth talent show returns to Erie County Fair
Wed, May 29th 2019 03:25 pm
Do you have a child who can sing, dance or play an instrument? Do they have a special talent just waiting to be discovered? If that's the case, the Erie County Fair is looking to see who's got talent!
Foster Care Month: Poloncarz, Cannon join with foster care agencies to raise awareness on need for foster families, recognize work of foster care advocates
Wed, May 29th 2019 03:25 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz recently joined Erie County Department of Social Services Commissioner Marie Cannon and foster care advocates to celebrate National Foster Care Month. Poloncarz recognized the effort of three agencies that have worked to support children in foster care and foster families. Cannon discussed the need for additional foster families in the community.
Engagement: Lacki-McFadden
Sat, May 25th 2019 07:00 am
Margaret and Michael Lacki of Grand Island are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Mary Elizabeth Lacki, to Patrick Michael John McFadden, eldest son of Helen and Mark McFadden of Eastbourne, United Kingdom.
Obituary: Dennis M. Keefe
Sat, May 25th 2019 07:00 am
Dennis M. Keefe, 66, of Grand Island, a retired senior auto claims adjuster who also worked for many years as a journalist, actor and voice-over artist, died May 17, 2019, at Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga after a brief illness.
More cashless tolls coming to WNY
Sat, May 18th 2019 07:05 am
Cashless tolls are here to stay, New York State Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said Monday at a cashless tolling customer outreach event held at the Western New York Welcome Center in Grand Island.
Island Dispatch 75th anniversary drawing winner announced
Sat, May 18th 2019 07:05 am
Congratulations Julie Martin, center, who is the winner of the Island Dispatch's 75th anniversary drawing contest.
Holiday Inn Express receives $1 million Restore NY funds
Sat, May 18th 2019 07:00 am
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Grand Island last week Friday to deliver a $1 million check of Restore NY funding for the Holiday Inn Express hotel on Long Road.
Rotary Club of Grand Island commended for youth groups
Sat, May 18th 2019 07:00 am
Rotary District 7090 Gov. Melisa Schrock attended the Rotary Club of Grand Island's breakfast meeting on May 9 at the Holiday Inn Express and commended members of the club on the four youth clubs it sponsors within the Grand Island school system.
Buffalo Bisons, Duff's, Kearns teamed up to send 1,000 veterans to 'Thank A Vet Day at the Ball Park' for free
Fri, May 17th 2019 07:50 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns, Duff's Famous Wings of Orchard Park and Buffalo Bisons are teaming up to host "Thank A Vet Day at the Ballpark" on Saturday. This day of community and celebration was coordinated by Kearns as an extension of the Erie County Clerk's "Thank A Vet" discount program in an effort to honor veterans.
North American Drone Masters to be held at Erie County Fair
Wed, May 15th 2019 05:50 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society and No Limit FPV have reached an agreement with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and MultiGP to hold the first North American Drone Masters on Aug. 10-11. The event will take place during the Erie County Fair inside the Gusto Grandstand and will be a free event with paid admission to the Erie County Fair.
New Adrian's Custard & Beef bigger, better than ever
Sat, May 11th 2019 07:05 am
There is no comparing the new Adrian's Custard & Beef to the old, said members of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting Saturday celebrating the restaurant's move across the street to 2352 Grand Island Blvd.
McMahon announces campaign for Erie County legislator
Sat, May 11th 2019 07:00 am
Jacob McMahon, a U.S. Marine and a Grand Island native, is running for Erie County Legislator in the 4th District.
Grand Island Town Board: McMurray blasts Madigan over CannonDesign
Sat, May 11th 2019 07:00 am
Town Councilman Mike Madigan will be sitting in the former CannonDesign building, not as a councilman, but as a corporate employee, Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said Monday.
Grand Island: Town to move ahead with gazebo demolition
Sat, May 11th 2019 07:00 am
The Grand Island Rotary Gazebo, off limits for months because of structural problems, will be torn down.
Grand Island Town Board: Opinions differ on sentence for theft from town's Golden Age Center
Sat, May 11th 2019 06:55 am
Barbara Gannon's sentence by Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to 5 years of probation for stealing thousands of dollars from the town's Meals on Wheels program avoids what amounts to a death sentence for the former Golden Age Center recreation supervisor.
ESD: 'Restore NY' funding presented for former 'eyesore'
Fri, May 10th 2019 07:30 pm
Empire State Development on Friday announced $1 million in "Restore NY" funding was provided to Grand Island Hotel LLC upon the completion of the $8 million Holiday Inn Express Hotel, located in the formerly vacant and blighted Dunlop building on Grand Island.
Morinello urges public to attend informational cashless tolls event
Thu, May 9th 2019 04:45 pm
Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello announced the Thruway Authority will host an informational consumer outreach event on cashless tolling installation in the Western New York Region on Wednesday, May 15. The event will be held at the Western NY Welcome Center at 1999 Alvin Road on Grand Island.
Elder Law Day 2019 brings free legal advice, information on aging for seniors, caregivers
Thu, May 9th 2019 12:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Senior Services and the Center for Elder Law and Justice have announced Elder Law Day 2019 will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave, Buffalo (next to the Galleria Mall).
Legendary Sky Wheel to make midway return as Strates Shows celebrates 95th year at Erie County Fair
Tue, May 7th 2019 03:55 pm
On Tuesday, the Erie County Agricultural Society announced the James E. Strates Shows will feature the return of the legendary 80-foot-high double-Ferris wheel called the Sky Wheel on its midway in 2019. This limited, one-time engagement is part of the celebration commemorating the 95th year of the Strates Shows at the Erie County Fair.
Higgins & local advocates detail bipartisan bill to help individuals with severe medical needs
Tue, May 7th 2019 10:05 am
Congressman Brian Higgins was joined Monday by representatives from People Inc., Western New York Independent Living and the National Coalition for Assistive & Rehab Technology to announce federal legislation to make it easier for individuals with significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions to access specialized wheelchairs and adaptive equipment technology. Reps. Higgins and Jim Sensenbrenner have introduced H.R. 2408, the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act. The bipartisan bill creates a separate benefit category under Medicare to cover complex wheelchair and other adaptive equipment for people with severe medical needs.
Erie County 'DPW+EMS' Day May 18
Mon, May 6th 2019 07:00 am
The Erie County Department of Public Works and the Division of Emergency Medical Services in the Department of Health have announced "DPW+EMS Day."
Hundreds attend GI Lions Club spaghetti dinner
Sat, May 4th 2019 07:00 am
Hundreds of supporters of the Grand Island Lions Club were lined up for pasta and to support the club's Special Kids Picnic for children with special needs.
DeGlopper Memorial Expansion: Volunteers make quick work at 'Sod Party'
Sat, May 4th 2019 07:00 am
Installation of new sod at the DeGlopper Memorial Saturday morning was nearly completed before lunchtime thanks to dozens of volunteers.
Erie County DA's office hosts student debate at courthouse
Fri, May 3rd 2019 08:20 pm
The Erie County District Attorney's Office hosted dozens of Buffalo Public School students, teachers and coaches for a series of debates at Erie County Court in downtown Buffalo.
Spring semester 2019 classes open for 'University Express'
Wed, May 1st 2019 05:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Senior Services' health and wellness program has announced the spring "University Express" lifelong learning program is now accepting registrations from older adults interested in taking one or more of the classes being offered.
Erie County Parks, Senior Services departments debut seniors hiking club
Sat, Apr 27th 2019 07:00 am
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, in conjunction with the Department of Senior Services, will debut a series of free weekly hikes geared toward seniors beginning on May 2.
Rotary Club of Grand Island: Grand Island's donations to Undie Sunday support needy
Sat, Apr 27th 2019 07:00 am
Homeless neighbors in Western New York were a bit warmer this winter because of the efforts of people from Grand Island.
Cuomo announces transportation money
Sat, Apr 27th 2019 07:00 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced $30.1 million in new funding has been awarded for 15 projects, including one on Grand Island, that support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, as well as projects specifically targeted toward improving air quality in Western New York.
Grand Island High School: DECA students heading to national stage
Sat, Apr 27th 2019 07:00 am
Eight students from Grand Island High School will depart at dawn Friday morning for Orlando to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference.
DeGlopper Memorial Expansion 'Sod Party'
Sat, Apr 27th 2019 07:00 am
Installation of new sod at the DeGlopper Memorial currently under work will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 27.
Lions Club of Grand Island: 50th annual spaghetti dinner on April 29
Sat, Apr 27th 2019 06:55 am
The Grand Island Lions Club will hold the 50th annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Special Kids Picnic from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the ballroom of Radisson Grand Island, 100 Whitehaven Road. The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad and Italian bread. Money from the event will support the annual Special Kids Picnic in July.
Ladies of Charity drive beginning
Sat, Apr 27th 2019 06:55 am
The 2019 Ladies of Charity Book Bag Project will take place through the month of May.
Warning of phone scam with calls 'spoofed' as originating from Erie County Clerk's Office
Fri, Apr 26th 2019 06:45 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns is warning Erie County residents of a phone scam where incoming calls will appear on a caller ID display as coming from the Erie County Clerk's Office. The scammer then requests personal identifying information while proposing to offer debt relief services.
Erie County Department of Social Services seeks organizations, businesses to host 2019 summer youth employment program participants
Tue, Apr 23rd 2019 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services is currently recruiting organizations and businesses throughout Erie County to participate in the 2019 summer youth employment program. The SYEP is an important platform to introduce youth 14 through 20 years of age to the workforce. The program and its ancillary training opportunities help participants acquire skills to improve school performance and expand educational and career goals.
Grand Island Garden Walk is July 7
Tue, Apr 23rd 2019 07:00 am
Spring is here and it is time to start thinking about planting and enjoying gardens. The fourth annual Grand Island Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. The Garden Walk is a free event for participating gardens and for the public. Hundreds of visitors have toured and admired Island gardens during past walks, and such annual successes have the planning committee excited for the 2019 gardening season.
Grand Island Relay For Life: Island to Paint the Town Purple on May 4
Tue, Apr 23rd 2019 07:00 am
Committee members of the 2019 Grand Island Relay For Life will Paint the Town Purple on Saturday, May 4, and bring the Town Commons alive with purple in preparation for the annual Paint the Town Purple event, which takes place nationally on May 1.
State Independence Party makes endorsements in town races
Mon, Apr 22nd 2019 07:00 am
The New York State Independence Party announced their endorsements for the 2019 election in the Town of Grand Island.

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