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Island Dispatch for May 22, 2020
Tue, May 26th 2020 10:00 am
Island Dispatch for May 22, 2020
Waterfront open
Thu, May 21st 2020 10:30 am
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. (ECHDC) and Be Our Guest are encouraging visitors to the Buffalo Waterfront to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Their recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases. They encourage everyone to "enjoy local recreation areas while, practicing social distancing and using common sense to protect themselves and others."
Island Dispatch for May 15, 2020
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:45 pm
The Island Dispatch for May 15, 2020
Salvation Army in need
Tue, May 19th 2020 03:35 pm
Maj. Celestin Nkounkon of the Salvation Army of the Tonawandas and a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Island is in desperate need of nonperishable food items and cash donations to assist in what has become an extremely busy drive-thru food pantry during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Felony hearings, pleas resume in Erie County courts
Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced felony hearings and pleas will resume - in a virtual courtroom setting - in criminal cases in Erie County this week as New York state comes off Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "PAUSE" executive order.
New York offers comprehensive new testing site map
Sun, May 17th 2020 02:25 pm
On Sunday, the governor's office posted a site where people can find coronavirus test sites by ZIP code.
Poloncarz issues emergency order on use of face masks
Fri, May 15th 2020 03:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Friday issued a local emergency order regarding the usage of face coverings and masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") has recommended wearing cloth face coverings which cover the nose and mouth in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as an additional public health measure along with social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other preventive actions.
Erie County Department of Health issues guidance for campgrounds
Tue, May 12th 2020 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is providing this update to the community related to the opening of campgrounds in Erie County.
Island Dispatch for May 8, 2020
Tue, May 12th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Dispatch for May 8, 2020
Gov. Cuomo releases 'NY Forward Reopening' plan; Poloncarz, Wydysh provide county updates
Mon, May 11th 2020 04:55 pm
In a YouTube update Monday, Poloncarz said, "Western New York has met five of the seven metrics, pursuant to the date that was received from Western New York. ... The two things that we have not yet met, which is our hospitalization declines, over a 14-day period or a three-day average, as well as hospitalization deaths over a 14-day period or an average."
Buffalo Launch Club offers takeout orders and new menu items
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
The Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island followed the state and county mandate for all restaurants to close its doors in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once restaurants offered takeout and delivery services in the weeks following, the BLC began brainstorming on how it could do the same and provide opportunities for some of its furloughed restaurant staff.
Casey's Cabana opens
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
Casey's Cabana, a seasonal summer restaurant at 1437 Ferry Road on the shores of the Niagara River, was founded by three Grand Island High School students. It will open its third season at 11 a.m. Monday, May 11, for takeout and free delivery to local residents.
Gas station purchased, and plans underway for renovation
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
Location. Location. Location. That is the mantra of those in real estate - and for Tim Boyle, the northeast corner of Ransom Road and Stony Point on Grand Island is a location he has eyed for years.
Graham provides update, as schools remain closed for academic year
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
Brian Graham, Ed.D., superintendent of Grand Island Schools, said administrators, principals, teachers and school staff are extremely disappointed they will not have the opportunity to see students participate in the annual high school graduation ceremony with everyone gathered at the Kleinhans Music Hall.
New sewer line to be connected
Sat, May 9th 2020 07:00 am
When John C. Whitney, P.E., joined the Town of Grand Island's Department of Engineering & Water Resources in 1986, the force main sewer line from the South Grand Island Bridge to Whitehaven Road was only 8 years old. After 42 years of service, that line is now being replaced due to its deteriorated condition.
Poloncarz signs emergency order extending preparation time for plan to close anticipated deficit
Fri, May 8th 2020 06:25 pm
On Friday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz signed an emergency order to modify section 2511 of the Erie County Charter and extend the administration's deadline for completing a plan to close an anticipated budget deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The order extends the deadline for completing a plan from seven days to 30 days and allows for potential, as-yet-unrealized federal assistance to be factored in.
Read our newspapers online
Fri, May 8th 2020 03:40 pm
While readers are safe at home, and businesses are temporarily closed, we're offering our Niagara County newspapers online. As in, the full edition. For free. Enjoy (and support our advertisers)!
Higgins: $8 million in federal funding to assist mental health & substance abuse services in WNY
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the award of $8 million total in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to BestSelf Behavioral Health, and Horizon Health Services for expansion and continuation of mental health and substance abuse services.
Erie County, partners offering rain barrels & compost bins
Fri, May 8th 2020 01:45 pm
Erie County, in partnership with the City of Buffalo, the Town of Wheatfield, and the Western New York Stormwater Coalition, is once again offering rain barrels and compost bins to encourage households to reduce their environmental footprint through water conservation and reducing fertilizer use.
Where to get coronavirus testing
Thu, May 7th 2020 11:20 am
Coronavirus testing is ramping up in Western New York.
Erie County: Additional defendants serving local jail time released early due to COVID-19 concerns
Wed, May 6th 2020 06:00 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn on Wednesday announced a total of 21 convicted defendants with 45 days or less remaining on their sentences have been released from the custody of Erie County jails in an effort to reduce inmate populations and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19: More testing availability in Erie and Niagara counties
Tue, May 5th 2020 04:40 pm
Coronavirus testing is ramping up in Western New York.
DeGlopper Memorial to honor those killed in action
Sat, May 2nd 2020 07:00 am
When Mary Cooke was supervisor of Grand Island, she attended a meeting of the DeGlopper Memorial expansion committee in the Pvt. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 for one reason: to ensure the proposed statue of the town's World War II hero would not be another "Scary Lucy."
Sanitizer donation made to Grand Island Police Department
Sat, May 2nd 2020 07:00 am
The family-owned and operated Hartman's Distilling Co. on Chicago Street in Buffalo, which normally focuses on the production of bourbon, rye, vodka, gin and craft cocktails, has shifted much of its production to bottles of hand sanitizers because of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, it is donating one bottle of hand sanitizer for each one it sells.
Island Dispatch for April 24, 2020
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 02:00 am
The Grand Island Dispatch for April 24, 2020
NFMMC primary care sites offering video visits
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 02:20 pm
Patients at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's six primary care sites can now go online to quickly and conveniently meet with their care providers.
Erie County: Supporting local business during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:40 pm
On Monday, the Erie County COVID-19 Business Task Force announced several new initiatives aimed at helping local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, including the hard-hit agribusiness sector. In partnership with the Task Force, the Erie County Office of Agriculture has developed an "Erie Grown" website to promote the purchase of local and regional farm products by linking consumers with available local food products, support farmers navigating the pandemic and provide a resource hub for consumers and growers.
DeGlopper team remains hard at work
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
After getting over the disappointment that an elaborate unveiling and dedication of a life-sized statue of Grand Island's World War II hero, Pvt. Charles N. DeGlopper, has been postponed until June 5, 2021, the memorial volunteer committee was hard at work this week planning the completion of its fundraising goals.
Grand Island Town Board discusses virtual meetings
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
On Monday, The Town Board of Grand Island held its second virtual meeting via its YouTube channel because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency declared by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last month. During the pre-meeting workshop session, each councilmember and Supervisor John C. Whitney, P.E., discussed an ability to involve residents virtually with the town's various public meetings and hearings.
Rotary Club hears from Whitney
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
The Rotary Club of Grand Island held its first virtual meeting with a guest speaker on Wednesday evening. More than 30 members and guests were online to hear and see Town Supervisor John C. Whitney, P.E., speak about the current situation with COVID-19 and future town projects once a sense of normalcy begins.
Grand Island gifted items from Fantasy Island
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
John C. Whitney, P.E., was attending his first Association of Town Meetings in New York on Feb. 18 as the newly elected supervisor of Grand Island when his assistant, Rhonda Diehl, called with an urgent message: "The media and residents are calling for your comments about Fantasy Island closing for good."
Erie County Senior Services, partners announce Hearts and Hands is ready to assist with transportation, deliveries, and more for senior & disabled communities
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 11:10 am
Recently, the Erie County Department of Senior Services, in conjunction with the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, announced a partnership with Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action, the IDEA Center at the University at Buffalo, Wegmans and others to assist with transportation, deliveries and social connection needs for seniors and the disabled.
Island Dispatch for April 17, 2020
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 03:55 pm
The full edition of the Island Dispatch.
Mallwitz's Island Lanes scores upset victory in food contest
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 01:55 pm
For the Mallwitz family, who have owned Mallwitz's Island Lanes, recreation center and restaurant at 1887 Whitehaven Road for 40 years, "March Madness" is a welcomed revenue stream to accompany its bowling business.
Guest speakers for GIHS business classes
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:40 am
While coordinating lessons for her online business classes, Grand Island High School teacher and DECA adviser Cheryl Chamberlain reached out to Fahim Mojawalla of Island Ship Center to help her explain company culture.
Erie County District Attorney's Office observes National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:15 am
In observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 19-25), Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced his office will continue to be a resource for victims of all crimes despite closures due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Grand Island businesses help Buffalo's east side
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
Many saw the announcement earlier this month that the Island Deli & Meat Market was temporarily closing due to the economic and health ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Longtime Grand Island resident Richard Gurbacki saw the announcement and placed a call to Eric Berger, the owner, and Tracy Crouse, the manager of Island Deli, and asked what would happen to the food that would not be used when the business was closed.
DeGlopper ceremony pushed to 2021
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
The elaborate unveiling and dedication on June 6 of the life-sized statue of Grand Island's United State Army World War II hero Charles N. DeGlopper will be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 pandemic, response putting pressure on Erie County budget
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 04:50 pm
The pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing response to it in Erie County are reaching beyond the immediate need to treat and care for coronavirus victims. The pandemic is now impacting the county's budget, as well, with unbudgeted-for pandemic response equipment and personnel costs adding millions of dollars in expense to the county budget, even as sales tax receipts shrink due to business closures under shutdowns like "NY PAUSE." While some amount of federal relief funding is expected, that funding by itself will not solve the looming fiscal crisis, leaving an increasing likelihood that ongoing county functions and services will be impacted across all departments due to the fiscal stress that COVID-19 response is putting on the county budget.
Colvin Cleaners creates COVID-19 face mask program for WNY customers & nonprofits
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 01:50 pm
Stepping into action when needed is part of the Colvin Cleaners mission to help the Western New York community. Now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Billoni family, owners of Colvin Cleaners, has created an innovative program to provide free, reusable, washable face masks for customers and local nonprofit agencies - including nursing and group homes, which need them most.
 

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