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Fire-damaged Niagara Sailing Club is torn down
Sat, Apr 10th 2021 07:00 am
April 3 was another tough day for members of the Niagara Sailing Club.
Empire State Development, Preservation Buffalo Niagara announce East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund awardees
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 06:40 pm
Empire State Development and Preservation Buffalo Niagara announced $500,000 has been awarded as part of the first round of grants being made through the East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund. Nine awardees have been selected to receive funding for the stabilization of historic at-risk buildings on Buffalo's East Side.
ECDOH cautions residents to reduce COVID-19 risks at holiday celebrations & reconsider spring break travel
Fri, Apr 2nd 2021 01:15 pm
For Erie County residents considering family celebrations and religious gatherings this upcoming weekend, the Erie County Department of Health is offering this guidance:
Buffalo Central Terminal to hold public meeting on community vision
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 09:55 pm
The Buffalo Central Terminal will hold a public meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, to share a vision and redevelopment strategy for the terminal and grounds, created in partnership with the local community.
Erie County district attorney commemorates office's bicentennial
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 09:50 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced his office, along with Erie County, will celebrate its bicentennial on Friday. Flynn, who is serving as 41st DA for Erie County, commemorates the work of past DA and prosecutors by sharing history of the office.
Erie County plans a birthday celebration 200 years in the making
Mon, Mar 29th 2021 04:30 pm
Erie County, in collaboration with numerous partners, is preparing to celebrate its bicentennial with a year of programs, self-guided and group tours, musical performances and museum exhibits. More than 200 partners and volunteers from across the county are taking part in the bicentennial observation, EC200, which will kick off on April 2 (the 200th anniversary of Erie County's recognition as a county) and will continue for a full year, through April 2022.
Viking Diner closes
Sat, Mar 27th 2021 07:00 am
The Viking Diner has closed its doors, and building owner Dave Mazur is advertising the site as available for a new tenant as a turn-key operation.
Grand Island students called to create cartoon map of Grand Island
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce challenges all Island students from grades 6 through 12 to create a cartoon map depicting local businesses. Prizes will be awarded to the top three maps in the contest supported by the Grand Island Historical Society, Grand Island Schools Business Alliance (GISBA) and the Orange Poppy Art Studio.
East Park Garden Club beautifying DeGlopper Memorial since 1962
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:05 pm
Members of the DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee enjoy talking about the many Town of Grand Island residents, businesses and organizations that have donated their time, resources or funds over the years to create what has been developed at the corner of Baseline Road and Grand Island Boulevard.
Grand Island Police Department drafting policy reform
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:05 pm
The Grand Island Police Department is finalizing with town attorneys a draft of its Police Reform Action Plan and will hold another public comment session before submitting the plan to the state by the April 1 deadline.
Island Dispatch's first subscriber still going strong at 98
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:00 pm
As the Island Dispatch turns 77 years old this month, the newspaper is proud to still be in touch with its very first subscriber, lifelong Grand Island resident Donald B. Loder.
UPDATE: Grand Island's Niagara Sailing Club heavily damaged by fast-moving blaze
Sun, Mar 21st 2021 11:45 am
Members resolved to rebuild, after fire tore through the Niagara Sailing Club, at 3619 E. River Road, on Saturday. The Grand Island club's flag was spared, and later hoisted up alongside the American flag.
Grand Island school nurses get Zonta Yellow Rose award
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 11:00 pm
For Zonta women worldwide, March 8 is not only International Women's Day; it is also Zonta Yellow Rose Day. On this day, countries all over the world celebrate the achievements of women, while also acknowledging their ongoing quest for gender equality. In many countries, this day is also a national holiday. March 8 was designated Yellow Rose Day, by Zonta International in 1999 to celebrate women's achievements through the beauty of a yellow rose.
Geary, Burstein honored with 2020 American Public Works Association Awards
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 01:45 pm
The American Public Works Association (APWA) New York Chapter Western Branch has announced Erie County Commissioner of Public Works William Geary Jr. and Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein have each received recognition, with Geary receiving the 2020 Public Works Leader of the Year Award and Burstein being honored with the Most Valuable Service Award, COVID-19 Award.
Scout's DeGlopper Memorial artwork shows impassioned dedication to veterans' causes
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 11:15 am
Morgan Schaefer of Girl Scout Troop 30970 in Williamsville wanted her Gold Award project to involve military veterans. Lucky for Grand Island, a family friend introduced her to Keith Wegrzyn of the DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee.
The Island Shoppe has iconic, artistic selection of gifts for special occasions
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 11:00 am
If you love Grand Island, chances are you'll love The Island Shoppe.
DWI enforcement campaign scheduled for St. Patrick's Day weekend
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 01:20 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced Erie County law enforcement will participate in a statewide DWI enforcement effort this weekend. Local, county and state police agencies in Erie County will combine efforts to conduct sobriety checkpoints and perform roving patrols.
Grand Island: COVID-19 shots resume at K of C
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:00 am
While the prospect of an injection is not usually a happy occasion, the administering of COVID-19 shots at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Wednesday was, for some, a cause to celebrate.
Undie Sunday donations bring joy, thanks
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:00 am
The beneficiaries of the donations to the 21st annual Rotary Club of Grand Island's Undie Sunday were overjoyed with the many packages of new undergarments and socks to benefit homeless men, women and children in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and surrounding areas.
Grand Island: Snow may be departing, but plow controversy persists
Fri, Mar 12th 2021 11:00 am
Snowplows were on the minds of Town Board members at a March 1 workshop meeting. Not because of a big snowfall, but because when the flakes flew furiously in mid-February, dozens of residents called town officials to complain.
Botanical Gardens 'Great Plant Sale' available online through April 15
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 01:55 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is holding its annual "Great Plant Sale" online for the second year in a row.
Sidway kids get an extra dose of learning
Tue, Mar 9th 2021 11:50 am
Sidway Elementary students got an early Christmas present this past Wednesday - an extra half-day of in-person learning.
Erie County, Pegula Sports & Entertainment partner to open COVID-19 vaccination clinic at KeyBank Center
Fri, Mar 5th 2021 09:30 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Thursday announced the county's partnership with Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the Buffalo Sabres to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
Ahead of St. Patrick's Day, Erie County Department of Health issues statement on parades & large public events
Tue, Mar 2nd 2021 04:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is informing Erie County residents of the restrictions on parades and similar large public events. Based on "New York Forward" guidance, any in-person event must be limited to the nonessential social gathering limit that is in effect for the region, which for Erie County is currently 50 people.
Grand Island's Civil War soldiers to be memorialized
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:50 pm
Mary Cooke was attending her first Memorial Day ceremony at the former DeGlopper Park early in her Grand Island political career when an Island resident's comment sent her on what has become a nearly quarter-century search of Islanders who served during the Civil War in the mid-1800s.
Making her mark: Islander Danielle Martin is competing in tattoo beauty contest
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:45 pm
Danielle Martin is making an impressive showing in the 2021 Inked Magazine Cover Girl Search, a worldwide tattoo beauty competition. After three elimination rounds in the online contest, Martin is holding strong at first place in her group.
Temporary trail route OK'd for hikers, bikers
Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 03:45 pm
Bicycle riders crossing either bridge will soon be greeted by directional signage sending them 12 miles through the South Parkway Bike Path, along the West River or an approximately 6-mile new temporary route through the center of town that will connect the Niagara Greenway Shoreline Trail's 37 miles from Lackawanna to Youngstown.
Viking Strong: Unity through art
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:20 pm
A small Grand Island art studio that's less than a year old has wasted no time bringing the community together in a big way.
Orange Poppy Art Studio: A place to learn, create ... and find respite
Thu, Feb 18th 2021 05:15 pm
When artists Bonnie Nevans and Crystal Still, both of Grand Island, decided they wanted to start an art studio, the idea was born of hope and a vision.
WNY Land Conservancy, design team seek input on early design concepts for The Riverline
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 10:50 am
The Western New York Land Conservancy and its design team will display early concept designs for The Riverline during a livestreamed YouTube event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. During the event, Western New Yorkers will see design alternatives for The Riverline and hear from Barbara Wilks of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Walter Hood of Hood Design Studio.
Readers invited to take Island Dispatch survey
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:15 am
2020 was a year that tested each and every one us. Thankfully, we made it through - and we're looking forward to better days in 2021.
Catholic Health vaccinates members of law enforcement
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 05:50 pm
In addition to vaccinating nearly 8,000 of its associates and providers, Catholic Health has also vaccinated hundreds of members of the local law enforcement community against COVID-19, including members of the Buffalo Police Department.
ILDC board approves sale of 9.2-acres on former Bethlehem Steel site to Uniland Development Co.
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 01:35 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corporation board of directors on Wednesday approved the sale of 9.2 acres on the former Bethlehem Steel property to Uniland Development Co.
Grand Island restaurants bouncing back
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
When a state judge opened the door to indoor dining for Erie County eating establishments last Thursday, Jan. 14, patrons beat feet into Grand Island restaurants. The patter of their feet was music to the ears of restaurant owners, who were more than ready to comply with the required COVID-safe measures of 50% capacity, 6-foot distance between tables, no more than four people per table and 10 p.m. closing.
Thermo Fisher one step closer to $85M expansion
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
An approval by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's (ECIDA) Board of Directors on Wednesday for a tax incentive package presented by Grand Island's Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. should result in the life sciences company proceeding with plans to add an $85 million, 69,000-square-foot expansion to its research, development and manufacturing facility at 3175 Staley Road.
One Bills 'Drive': Grand Island parade cheers team on march to Super Bowl
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
What started as a whim turned into a mile-long parade of cars circling the Island in a pregame support of the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.
Buffalo City Mission: $500,000 commitment from KeyBank & First Niagara Foundation
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:30 am
The Buffalo City Mission on Wednesday announced a $500,000 financial commitment from KeyBank and its partner, First Niagara Foundation.
Most generous fans in football: Buffalo Bills backers, M&T team up for $12K gift to Pancho Packs
Mon, Jan 18th 2021 12:45 pm
As the Buffalo Bills charge into the championship round of the playoffs, M&T Bank wants to keep the energy going - it's teaming up with Bills fans to do some good together!
Town Hall Square Plaza to get facelift
Sat, Jan 16th 2021 07:00 am
As president and CEO of his family's 73-years-old Consumer Beverages, Neil Kavanaugh is always looking for favorable strips of commercial property throughout Western New York. While driving on Grand Island Boulevard 30 years ago, he found one in the Town Hall Square strip plaza, which he calls "the perfect location" on Grand Island.
Oishei Children's Hospital recognized for high-quality maternity care
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 01:20 pm
Oishei Children's Hospital is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York with a Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
 

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