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New York State Thruway Authority: North GI Bridge work completed ahead of schedule
Fri, Nov 24th 2017 07:00 am
The New York State Thruway Authority announced Tuesday the $8.4 million bridge rehabilitation project on the northbound North Grand Island Bridge on the Niagara Thruway has been completed ahead of schedule.
Poloncarz notes continued success of prescription drug discount program
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 10:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz noted the success of the Erie County Prescription Discount Card Program, a program he had recommended the county pursue in 2008 as county comptroller and that ensures local residents with little or no prescription coverage can obtain their medications at an affordable price.
Islanders encouraged to Shop Small
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 09:40 pm
This Nov. 25, Grand Island businesses will mark a holiday shopping tradition that celebrates small businesses.
Notaro Chiropractic donates to Community Missions
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 09:30 pm
Monday in Niagara Falls, representatives of Notaro Chiropractic presented two turkeys to Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. for Thanksgiving meals.
Erie County, partners receive $300,000 grant to aid in opioid misuse prevention in women of childbearing age
Mon, Nov 20th 2017 04:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health, in partnership with Neighborhood Health Centers and the Seneca Nation Health System, has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health to address the prevention of prescription and non-prescription opioid misuse by women.
Grand Island Town Board: McMurray puts brakes on truck stop
Sat, Nov 18th 2017 07:00 am
Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said on social media this week that a national corporation is eyeballing Grand Island for a truck stop.
Grand Island Historical Society: River Lea historic farmhouse to host holiday events
Sat, Nov 18th 2017 07:00 am
"The Golden Era" is the Grand Island Historical Society's theme for the 2017 holiday season.
Erie County DPW, Emergency Services emphasize winter preparation
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 07:15 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined Friday by Commissioner of Public Works William Geary and Emergency Services Commissioner Daniel Neaverth Jr. to emphasize planning, preparedness and safety as winter approaches.
Silk Florals celebrates 1-year anniversary
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 07:05 pm
The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for Andi LaMar, owner and designer of Silk Florals.
Neighbors Foundation: Share Your Happiness campaign begins
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 07:00 pm
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island is counting on Islanders to support its annual Share Your Happiness campaign for those temporarily in need.
NAPA Mechanics Competition at farm show
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 08:30 pm
Once again the Western New York Farm Show is inviting high school students and nonprofessional, young adults to participate in its annual NAPA Mechanics Competition.
Erie County Sheriff's Office: Civil Division receives high accreditation
Sat, Nov 11th 2017 07:00 am
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard has announced his Civil Enforcement Division has been reaccredited by the New York State Sheriff's Association.
Operation Christmas Child collection set for Nov. 13-20
Sat, Nov 11th 2017 07:00 am
Grand Island families are on a mission to make an impact in the lives of children in need. They are donating colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts to be sent to children around the world - many of whom have never received a gift before and have very little to call their own.
Grand Island Town Board: Ball is in School Board's court on school resource officer job
Sat, Nov 11th 2017 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board took no action Monday on a proposed joint agreement between the town and Grand Island Central School District that would help re-establish a school resource officer position at the schools.
Above and Beyond: New membership category adopted by GIFC
Sat, Nov 11th 2017 07:00 am
Grand Island Fire Chief Chris Soluri reports that the Grand Island Fire Co. recently created a new active volunteer EMS category in order to provide additional opportunities for those who have a preference for caregiving within their community. He stressed that this innovation represents a revitalization of recruitment and retention policies, which have always been a top priority for GIFC leadership.
School district honors Island veterans with first-ever parade
Fri, Nov 10th 2017 03:05 pm
A thousand students in the Grand Island Central School District honored veterans Monday during the first-ever veterans parade at the middle school and high school.
Town of Grand Island Election 2017: GOP wins in clean sweep
Fri, Nov 10th 2017 03:00 pm
The Grand Island endorsed Republicans swept all four seats up for grabs in Tuesday's general election.
Erie County Senior Services falls prevention seminar series continues
Thu, Nov 9th 2017 04:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Senior Services falls prevention seminar series brings together a panel of experts to discuss falls, their causes, identify home hazards and ways to improve balance. The six-person panel will present an informative session at the Clarence Senior Center (4600 Thompson Road) at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. The event will include a Stay Fit Dining noontime meal.
Home Energy Assistance Program opening Monday
Thu, Nov 9th 2017 04:30 pm
Applications for Home Energy Assistance Program ("HEAP") regular benefits will be accepted beginning Monday, Nov. 13, and Erie County's Department of Social Services ("DSS") anticipates receiving high numbers.
Canisius recognized as military-friendly school
Mon, Nov 6th 2017 12:35 pm
For the ninth consecutive year, Canisius College is among the top institutes of higher education designated a 2018 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine.
Jacobs provides funding for legal aid to veterans
Mon, Nov 6th 2017 11:00 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs has secured $25,000 in the current state budget for the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo to support providing legal services to veterans and military families across Western New York.
Veterans to be featured at school's first parade
Sat, Nov 4th 2017 07:00 am
The Grand Island Central School District will honor veterans from the Grand Island community next week with a new event.
Sidway Elementary School: First fundraiser for new playground scares up $4K
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 07:00 pm
Sidway Elementary School Principal Denise Dunbar was a little more afraid heading into Halloween than usual.
Vocation success story presented at meeting
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 03:50 pm
During the Oct. 25 meeting of Grand Island Rotary at the Buffalo Launch Club, Islander Mike Ludwig described his progression from a dry wall installer to a successful entrepreneur who, along with his wife and with financial advice from Christine Learman, CPA, created and grew Island Pet Lodge to the leading pet care facility on the Island.
Grand Island Historical Society: 'The Golden Era' theme of holiday luncheons
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 03:50 pm
The Grand Island Historical Society's annual holiday luncheon theme is "The Golden Era."
GNBC's 50th family-fun 'Nutcracker' comes to life
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 03:25 pm
Some of the Greater Niagara Ballet Company cast members, artistic director Beverley Feder and Assistant Director Julie Traver recently took advantage of some beautiful weather to take a photo for the upcoming 50th anniversary production of "The Nutcracker."
Grand Island Board of Education: District employee contracts settled
Sat, Oct 28th 2017 07:00 am
The two biggest labor unions in the Grand Island Central School District are partnering with the district to control health care costs.
Grand Island Town Board/Board of Education: Stop signs at Stony Point, Ransom roads on agenda for joint meeting
Sat, Oct 28th 2017 07:00 am
The agenda for Monday's joint meeting of the Grand Island Town Board and Grand Island Board of Education calls for discussion of the new traffic configuration at the intersection of Stony Point and Ransom Roads.
CrossRiver Tabernacle to hold grand opening
Sat, Oct 28th 2017 07:00 am
Islanders are invited to celebrate the grand opening of a new church on Grand Island Boulevard.
Look for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this Halloween
Fri, Oct 27th 2017 04:15 pm
Children in costume will be carrying the familiar orange collection boxes on Halloween in the annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
Erie County Sheriff's Office: Preparation is key to safe, fun Halloween
Fri, Oct 27th 2017 04:10 pm
With Halloween approaching, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard encourages parents to be mindful of potential hazards and dangers that tend to accompany this holiday.
Grand Island Lions Club to host Meet the Candidates Night
Mon, Oct 23rd 2017 07:00 am
The Grand Island Lions Club is sponsoring a Meet the Candidates Night on Thursday, Oct. 26.
Spacone running for GI Town Council
Sat, Oct 21st 2017 07:10 pm
Dr. Celia Spacone is the executive director of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center (BPC), where she has enjoyed a highly distinguished 32-year career. Spacone will soon be retiring from her position at the BPC, and is eager to bring her unique set of skills and abilities to the Grand Island Town Council.
Enbridge provides $8K grant: Special extractor, drying cabinet will remove carcinogens from firefighters' gear
Sat, Oct 21st 2017 07:10 pm
Cancer, not flames, may be the firefighter's greatest enemy.
Grand Island Town Board: New townhouse apartment complex on GI Boulevard gets OK
Sat, Oct 21st 2017 07:10 pm
A 40-unit townhouse complex on Grand Island Boulevard received site plan approval from the Grand Island Town Board Monday.
Montana seeks council post
Sat, Oct 21st 2017 07:10 pm
My name is Cyndy Montana and I am running for Town Council. I want to thank the Island Dispatch for giving me this opportunity to speak directly to you, my fellow Island friends and neighbors, and tell you a bit about myself, my vision for Grand Island and the qualities I will bring to the Town Board if elected. I hope to earn your vote on Nov. 7!
Fall foliage photo contest returns to Erie County Parks
Fri, Oct 20th 2017 06:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry has announced the return of the popular "Fall for Erie County Parks" photo contest, which is open to Erie County residents and offers amateur photographers an opportunity to focus on the beauty of Erie County's 10,000-acre parks system and a chance to win a prize.
Above and Beyond: Annual state of readiness inspection held
Sat, Oct 14th 2017 07:00 am
On Saturday, Oct. 7, Grand Island firefighters, medics/emergency medical technicians, and cadets reported to fire headquarters for their annual state of readiness inspection by Fire Chief Chris Soluri.
Schumer slams EPA for 'suddenly abandoning radioactive clean-up effort in Niagara County'
Mon, Oct 9th 2017 12:30 pm
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday demanded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency immediately return to Niagara County to expedite the clean-up of radioactive hotspots in Lewiston and Niagara Falls. Schumer said the EPA recently abandoned cleanup activities at one of the sites without a full explanation to local residents, and said the EPA should return to Niagara County as quickly as possible to immediately resume remaining clean-up efforts.
Memorial tree planting set for Oct. 28
Mon, Oct 9th 2017 07:00 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Beaver Island State Park Memorial Tree Planting Project have announced they will hold the next memorial tree planting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

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