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Poloncarz, Burstein review 2017 Erie County opioid fatalities
Tue, Feb 27th 2018 10:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Tuesday joined county Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein to review the latest county data on the opioid epidemic and fatalities associated with it, noting the Erie County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed 233 opioid overdose fatalities for 2017, with another 35 cases suspected but still pending confirmation. In 2016, 301 individuals died of an opioid overdose in Erie County.
Grand Island Town Board: Resident calls Love's proposal 'literally in my back yard'
Sat, Feb 24th 2018 07:00 am
Oliver Gross of Grand Island opposes the proposed Love's Travel Stop not because he's one of those NIMBY people, who say "Not In My Back Yard" to everything.
Lions to host free vision screenings
Sat, Feb 24th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Lions Club, in conjunction with Lions S.E.E. and Lions Kidsight USA, is hosting free vision screenings for children 6 months to 6 years old. Screenings will be held in the conference room at the Grand Island Memorial Library on Thursday, March 1, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m.
5th annual Pasta Sauce-Off set for March 10
Fri, Feb 23rd 2018 07:00 am
The fifth annual Pasta Sauce-Off will take place from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the LaSalle Yacht Club, 73 S. 68th St., Niagara Falls.
Lenten Luncheon hears plans for Family Justice Center satellite
Fri, Feb 23rd 2018 07:00 am
Islanders enjoying the first Lenten Luncheon of the season Wednesday heard about plans to build a facility to counsel Island victims of domestic violence.
Erie County Senior Services accepting nominations for 'Senior of the Year'
Thu, Feb 22nd 2018 02:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Senior Services is seeking nominees for Erie County Senior of the Year. The honor will go to a resident over the age of 60 whose community involvement has made a difference to others - improving the quality of life in and around Erie County - and putting to use his or her knowledge, skills, values and motivation to enable that difference.
Jacobs letter cites 'flawed' process on West River Connector Trail
Sat, Feb 17th 2018 07:00 am
State Sen. Chris Jacobs told the state's public process in closing the West River Parkway and turning into a multi-modal connector trail "flawed."
Grand Island native Patricia Zoltoski honored
Sat, Feb 17th 2018 07:00 am
What began as an exchange between two college friends reminiscing on the anniversary of their late mothers' passing became an epiphany which set forth an intention to change the way we think about March 4.
Annual Lenten Luncheons to begin
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 07:05 pm
The Grand Island Ministerium has announced that the annual Lenten Luncheons will begin at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. This series has been ongoing for more than three decades.
Grand Island: Love's Travel Stop proposal has first public airing
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 06:50 pm
On the heels of the first public presentation regarding development by an Oklahoma company of a multi-million dollar truck stop on Whitehaven Road, Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said he will propose a new law Friday that will ban "travel plazas" on Grand Island.
Marc Scibilia records song for 'Peter Rabbit'
Thu, Feb 15th 2018 05:15 pm
Grand Island's own Marc Scibilia recorded a cover of the hit song "Rather Be" (originally by Clean Bandit). The song was featured in the movie "Peter Rabbit," which debuted in theaters last weekend.
Erie County unveils 2019 cultural funding application
Wed, Feb 14th 2018 02:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, in conjunction with the Erie County Arts and Cultural Advisory Board, will kick off the 2019 arts and cultural funding program with an application release on Friday, Feb. 23. Applications are being released earlier in the year and will be due earlier than in the past.
Erie County Fair looks for regional bands & performers
Wed, Feb 14th 2018 02:15 pm
With six stages featuring more than 110 musical performances, the Erie County Fair ranks as one of Western New York's largest live performance festivals. In addition to music - featuring genres from country to German and rock to jazz - the venue also puts the spotlight on community performers, such as dance ensembles, youth groups and aspiring vocalists.
Grand Island's lost and forgotten gilded age
Sat, Feb 10th 2018 07:00 am
At the turn of the 20th century, motorboat clubs were a new thing. In Western New York, a motorboat club was established on what is now called Unity Island in 1903. When New York state appropriated the land to build the Black Rock lock, the club had to be moved.
Grand Island Town Board: Truck stop proposal goes to Planning Board
Sat, Feb 10th 2018 07:00 am
Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray advised the public near the conclusion of Monday's Grand Island Town Board meeting that a national truck stop chain has made a submission to the Planning Board for what he called "a massive truck stop/gas station" on Whitehaven Road.
Town of Grand Island: Master plan meeting set for Feb. 28
Sat, Feb 10th 2018 07:00 am
Findings from research into the town's new master plan will be aired at a public meeting Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Grand Island High School.
Island Ship Center adds another service
Sat, Feb 10th 2018 07:00 am
As if the Island Ship Center didn't offer enough services, company owners Seema and Fahim Mojawalla report that they've completed certification to repair damaged iPhone and iPad screens.
Buffalo Launch Club invites public to Sunday brunch
Fri, Feb 9th 2018 09:10 pm
The Buffalo Launch Club is extending an invitation to the public to enjoy a champagne brunch at the oldest motorboat launch club in the U.S.
HS Hoops: Grand Island pushes past Niagara-Wheatfield with big runs
Thu, Feb 8th 2018 12:35 am
Grand Island coach Ron Krysztof will tell anyone his team's ability to shoot the 3-pointer is critical. Wednesday night versus Niagara-Wheatfield, they only made six, a little below their season average, but all six came at key times to spark a Vikings win. The Vikings defeated the Falcons 51-30 Wednesday night for their second win in a row.
DA Flynn announces 'Enough Abuse' campaign in Erie County to combat child sexual abuse
Wed, Feb 7th 2018 12:45 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Erie County has become the sixth county in New York to launch the "Enough Abuse" campaign.
Erie County returns most money in unemployment benefit fraud cases
Wed, Feb 7th 2018 12:40 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Erie County recovered the highest in total restitution in New York by prosecuting unemployment insurance benefits fraud in 2017.
EC Department of Mental Health awarded funding for ongoing work addressing homelessness in WNY
Wed, Feb 7th 2018 12:40 pm
Ongoing efforts to combat homelessness in Erie County recently received a major boost in the form of an award to continue six different grants obtained through a federal program managed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that will provide support to local programs serving individuals and families who are currently homeless.
Grand Island Fire Co.: Driver seriously injured in accident involving Metro bus
Sat, Feb 3rd 2018 07:00 am
Shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Grand Island Fire Co. rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Metro bus and two passenger vehicles on Grand Island Boulevard near Fantasy Island.
Grand Island: 773 North holds much-anticipated ribbon-cutting event
Sat, Feb 3rd 2018 07:00 am
Back in November, almost three months before her restaurant 773 North had even opened, Christy Zippier sold thousands of dollars in Christmas gift certificates going door to door on the Island.
Rotary Club of Grand Island: Meat raffle March 3
Tue, Jan 30th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Rotary will host a meat raffle to support Growing Readers, a program in the Grand Island Central School District to develop literacy among Grand Island youth.
Erie County Public Works highways' division offers real time road updates, closures
Mon, Jan 29th 2018 02:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Public Works' highways division is making it easier than ever for residents and motorists to be aware of road conditions and make travel plans accordingly thanks to the availability of the department's road status viewer, an online tool that clearly shows which roads are county roads as well as the status of those roads (open or closed).
NFP's 'Best Fish Fry' contest now underway
Mon, Jan 29th 2018 01:00 pm
Fish fry season has begun again - and we want to know where to eat!
Grand Island Historical Society: Gilded age of Island is topic of BLC program
Mon, Jan 29th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Historical Society and the Buffalo Launch Club Heritage Committee will present a special program at the Buffalo Launch Club combining a shore dinner with a slice of history from Grand Island's storied past.
Islander Brett Kern earns first Pro Bowl nod
Sat, Jan 27th 2018 07:00 am
Grand Island native Brett Kern of the Tennessee Titans is spending this week at his first-ever trip to the National Football League's Pro Bowl in Orlando.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Grand opening planned for new Island restaurant
Sat, Jan 27th 2018 07:00 am
Members of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, representatives of town government and the business community, friends and family are expected to be in attendance at a ribbon-cutting and grand opening to the news restaurant on the Island.
Islanders play role in new memoir
Sat, Jan 27th 2018 07:00 am
Ron Zoeller, a Buffalo native, entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of North American Health Plans, has released his memoirs, "All In." The 360-page book contains more than 120 photos and inspirational quotes from business, military and sports leaders.
WinterFest brings free seasonal fun to Chestnut Ridge Park
Tue, Jan 23rd 2018 04:35 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, along with Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Daniel J. Rizzo and members of the Orchard Park Department of Recreation and Chestnut Ridge Conservancy, announced the return of WinterFest to Chestnut Ridge.
Above and Beyond: Assemblyman Morinello installs 2018 fire company officers
Sat, Jan 20th 2018 07:00 am
New York State Assemblyman Angelo Morinello administered the oath of office to newly elected Grand Island Fire Co. officers on Saturday, Jan. 13, at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Both firematic and administrative officers were sworn to uphold their 2018 community protection duties. Honored guests and family members joined in praising the steadfast commitment of these volunteers.
Grand Island Board of Education: District reveals details of two resolutions from December meeting
Sat, Jan 20th 2018 07:00 am
More than a month after the Grand Island Board of Education passed two resolutions on secret agreements, the administration of the Grand Island Central School District revealed Wednesday what those votes were about.
A bigger-than-life Christmas adventure for families of cystic fibrosis
Sat, Jan 20th 2018 07:00 am
No one should ever know the pain of losing a child. Unfortunately, Joan Holesko, 26-year member of the Gamma Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG) and her husband, Stephen, know the pain all too well.
Grand Island Town Board: Assessor's, town clerk's office praised
Sat, Jan 20th 2018 07:00 am
Grand Island Town Board members had praise for two town government departments that helped hundreds of Island property owners save money on their taxes.
Tree & shrub seedlings available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District
Fri, Jan 19th 2018 04:25 pm
Order forms for the 2018 conservation tree and shrub seedling sale are now available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray to challenge Chris Collins for Congress
Thu, Jan 18th 2018 10:20 pm
It has been a whirlwind week for 27th Congressional District candidate and Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray. On Sunday, he announced his candidacy to a standing-room-only crowd of over 200 at the Brickyard Brewing Company in Lewiston. Voters throughout the district came to support McMurray's effort to unseat incumbent Congressman Chris Collins.
Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board annual report notes program expansions, successful collaborations
Wed, Jan 17th 2018 05:10 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board ("WIB") has released its annual report, spotlighting the success and growth of the Career Pathways program, the WNY Employment Strikeforce, and other programs designed to build workforce skills and place job seekers in the local business community.

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