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From eyesore to eye-catcher: Holiday Inn Express to open in May in former Dunlop site
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 07:00 am
Developer Jayesh R. Patel is on the threshold of turning the long-vacant Dunlop building into a vibrant, new hotel on the north end of Grand Island.
Grand Island Town Board: Work begins on West River Connector Trail
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 07:00 am
As work on converting the West River Parkway into the West River Connector Trail began April 16, residents long opposed to the parkway closure went to Town Hall for one last-ditch effort to keep it open.
Grand Island Board of Education passes $62 million budget, introduces new SROs
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 07:00 am
On the last day allowed by state law, the Grand Island Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a 2018-19 budget of $62,481,712 Tuesday.
Jacobs delivers $1 million to expand People Inc. health care delivery
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 09:45 pm
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs announced he has secured a major investment of $1 million in state funding to support People Inc.'s efforts to build a brand new Elmwood Health Center.
Thanks given to volunteers
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 09:20 pm
Grand Island's Golden Age Center honored some of the people who contribute to its success by holding a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, April 18, in the GAC dining area.
All-star Erie County Fair Marching Band recruits new members
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 07:00 am
The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, invites brass, woodwind and percussion musicians, as well as color guard members in grades 7 through 12, to join the Erie County Fair Marching Band this summer. The band is an "all-star" county ensemble representing schools across Western New York. The band performs at parades and events across the region during July and is featured daily at the Erie County Fair.
Grand Island: Easter coloring contest winners presented awards
Sat, Apr 7th 2018 07:05 am
This year's Island Dispatch/Grand Island PennySaver Easter Coloring Contest drew 131 entries. Winners in the three age groups were presented their awards last Saturday at Tops Market of Grand Island, one of the sponsors of the contest along with Kelly's Country Store, John's Pizza & Subs, and Phil Mastantuono Allstate Agency.
DWI victim impact panel speaker joins Poloncarz, Jancewicz to spread anti-DWI message
Thu, Apr 5th 2018 05:00 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Commissioner of Central Police Services James Jancewicz were joined Thursday by Bronte Williams of Buffalo to spread an anti-DWI message and review DWI numbers from the first quarter of 2018.
Combating zombie properties: Erie County, WNY Law Center gains significant new partner in Columbia Law School
Wed, Apr 4th 2018 04:35 pm
Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns and the Western New York Law Center on Wednesday announced a groundbreaking new partnership with Columbia Law School to help Erie County municipalities track and monitor zombie foreclosures.
Zonta's spring fashion show set for April 29
Mon, Apr 2nd 2018 07:00 am
What seems like the endless winter now carries a promise of spring, with Zonta's upcoming Fashion Show and Luncheon.
Huth Road Elementary School: Islander benefactor of fundraisers on road to recovery
Sat, Mar 31st 2018 07:00 am
More than 400 people attended a fundraiser Friday, March 23, for Dana Papaj, the Grand Island woman who was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident last year.
Grand Island Town Board: Proclamation issued to citizen responder
Sat, Mar 31st 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board said "Thank you" to a citizen responder who came to the aid of a potential drowning victim.
Poloncarz signs new Erie County ethics law
Wed, Mar 28th 2018 06:25 pm
On Wednesday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz signed a new local law (Intro. No. 1-2, 2018) establishing a new Erie County code of ethics for elected officials, officers and employees of the county.
Island of Hope: Spinning the wheel with Relay For Life
Sat, Mar 24th 2018 07:00 am
The lights were low and the gamblers were focused on winning big at the blackjack table and the roulette wheel. These were high stakes games. There was the potential for a big payout. It was a matter of life and death.
Grand Island Town Board: Travel plaza law supported
Sat, Mar 24th 2018 07:00 am
With many citing a need to protect the Island environment, members of the public spoke at a hearing in support of a local law that would ban travel plazas townwide.
Lenten Luncheon spotlights local environment
Sat, Mar 17th 2018 07:00 am
Being caretakers of God's creation is more than taking plastic bags to Tops and placing bottles, cans, and newspapers in the recycle bin, said the Rev. Kris Bjerke-Ullman, pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, on Wednesday at the fourth in a series of five Lenten luncheons.
You can win the Island Dispatch Easter Coloring Contest!
Sat, Mar 17th 2018 07:00 am
Rebekah Thompson remembers the first time she ever entered an Island Dispatch coloring contest. She didn't win a prize, but her older sister won a gift card, and that just ignited an artistic and competitive fire.
Erie County: Savage calls for passage of Child Victims Act
Thu, Mar 15th 2018 02:00 pm
Erie County Legislature Chairman Peter J. Savage III was joined by Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn to announce his support for passage of the Child Victims Act. The bill would empower survivors of childhood sexual abuse to confront their abusers as adults, and provide law enforcement with the means to bring child predators to justice.
Knights of Columbus inducts 9 members
Sat, Mar 10th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Council No. 4752 inducted nine new members on March 4. The ceremony took place at the Knights' hall at 1841 Whitehaven Road with District Deputy Anthony Pirrone present.
Opioid crisis topic of Lenten Luncheon
Sat, Mar 10th 2018 07:00 am
Citing statistics that show the number of deaths in Erie County from opioid abuse has tripled in the last four years, the Rev. Earle King of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Jacobs, Gallivan push for increase in childcare program
Fri, Mar 9th 2018 05:40 pm
New York State Sens. Chris Jacobs and Pat Gallivan are leading the fight to secure $2 million in the fiscal year 2019 state budget for a childcare program that helps low-income working parents.
Grand Island schools donate $1K to ECMC
Sat, Mar 3rd 2018 07:00 am
Employees throughout the Grand Island Central School District had a personal connection when they donated to the Erie County Medical Center Trauma Center/Emergency Department Capital Project.
'Dedicated to Dana'
Sat, Mar 3rd 2018 07:00 am
Dana Papaj, a Grand Island resident who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in June, will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser in her honor.
Section VI hockey holds annual presser at KeyBank Center
Fri, Feb 23rd 2018 02:00 pm
On Friday morning, eight Section VI hockey teams came together for an annual press conference. The conference was held to present the eight teams playing in the girls, small schools, large schools and private schools championships.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Zonta Club of Grand Island helps Neighbors Foundation
Sat, Jan 27th 2018 07:00 am
The Zonta Club of Grand Island presented a check for $1,500 to the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island's "Share Your Happiness" fund drive on Jan. 18 at Town Hall. From left are Zonta President Karen Keefe, Neighbors Foundation member Ann Dahl, Neighbor's Foundation President Henry Kammerer and Zonta Treasurer Linda Isenhart.
On eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Higgins honors Ehrhardt
Fri, Jan 26th 2018 10:25 pm
On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Congressman Brian Higgins, Town of Tonawanda Deputy Supervisor John Bargnesi, Village of Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang, Tonawanda Councilman Dan Crangle of and other local leaders paid tribute to Howard Michael Ehrhardt, a World War II veteran from Western New York who helped to liberate Dachau (DAAK-HOW), Hitler's first and longest-run concentration camp in Germany. During a ceremony in Tonawanda Town Hall, Ehrhardt's military service medals were presented to his son, Howard Michael Ehrhardt Jr., also a U.S. Army veteran, who served during the Vietnam War.
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.
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.
Niagara University theater professor choreographing world premier of Eddie Money musical
Tue, Jan 16th 2018 03:10 pm
The world premiere of a new musical created by and starring legendary rocker Eddie Money is being choreographed by Niagara University associate professor Terri Filips Vaughan.
Grand Island Central School District: Korean War vet gives thanks for handmade cards on Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight
Sat, Jan 13th 2018 07:00 am
Korean War veteran Richard Pealer returned to Buffalo after a Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., with a special message from Grand Island students. Tucked into his luggage was a handmade note that thanked him for his service to his country.
National Grid earns Emergency Response Awards from Edison Electric Institute
Thu, Jan 11th 2018 05:05 pm
National Grid has received Edison Electric Institute's Emergency Assistance and Emergency Recovery awards for its response to damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes that struck the upstate New York region in May and July 2017.
4 inaugurated on New Year's Day
Sat, Jan 6th 2018 07:00 am
On a cold New Year's Day, four newly elected town officials, their families, friends and other interested Island residents were at the Buffalo Launch Club, waiting for the inauguration of four newly elected town officials to begin. Only one person was missing when the clock struck noon: New York State Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia.
No more pouts about the drought: Bills are in playoffs
Thu, Jan 4th 2018 12:15 pm
Waking up on New Year's Day was different this year. It wasn't that dates changed to 2018, or drastic cold weather, it was being able to say six words that had been absent from a Western New Yorker's vocabulary for what seemed like an eternity: "The Bills are in the playoffs."
Grand Island Chamber elects new officers, mingles at holiday party
Sat, Dec 30th 2017 07:00 am
More than 120 people were in attendance as the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce held its annual holiday party on Dec. 14 at the Buffalo Launch Club.

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