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Kearns, Military Order of Purple Heart launch 'Purple Heart Week' in Erie County
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 04:10 pm
Every year, Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns honors Purple Heart recipients, adding them to the William J. Donovan Purple Heart Recipients Book of Merit on Purple Heart Day, Aug. 7.
Grand Island Town Board to consider public hearing on Amazon Project Olive proposal
Mon, Aug 3rd 2020 11:00 am
Just a week after the developer of Project Olive put the Amazon warehouse development "on pause," the "play" button was hit again.
Fairgrounds to 'Blast Out Hunger' to support FeedMore WNY
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 02:55 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society announced "Blast Out Hunger," a food drive and fireworks drive-in at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, will support FeedMore WNY. The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 15.
Sidewalk project making town center more walkable
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 10:55 am
Fahim Mojawalla, whose family-owned Island Ship Center has operated at 1879 Whitehaven Road since 2008, ran outside recently with his team carrying "bottles of the coldest water on the Island" for the crews installing the sidewalk outside his store.
Sciortino opens Marco's Italian Deli inside Grand Island Market
Sat, Jul 25th 2020 07:00 am
Marco Sciortino, one of the most respected restauranteurs in Western New York, felt like standing on the roof of the Grand Island Market at 1441 Ransom Road and shouting, "I AM BACK!!!"
Run Jimmy Run Charity 5K adapts to challenges of COVID-19
Thu, Jul 23rd 2020 07:00 am
The annual Run Jimmy Run Charity 5K, organized for the past seven years to benefit the Alzheimer's Association Western New York, will go on this year - but with some changes. Instead of gathering hundreds of runners in one location on one day, organizers are offering runners a choice of routes over a period of four days.
It's official: FLOATmingos of Hoyt Lake have been named
Thu, Jul 16th 2020 09:45 am
The FLOtilla of four FLOATmingos on Hoyt Lake grew with the arrival of three additional bright pink flamingo paddleboats, making it a true Flam-bouyance. Available for rent through Hoyt Lake Rowboats, the FLOATmingos offer summer fun for the whole family in a safe, socially distant environment.
With COVID-19 cases surging in South & West, UB surgical resident's medical mission group shifts focus
Wed, Jul 15th 2020 03:25 pm
The Global Surgical and Medical Support Group (GSMSG) sends U.S.-trained physicians to conflict zones to treat patients in places like Iraq and Syria and provide medical care and training when local health care systems are overwhelmed.
Paddles Up goes online for 2020
Sat, Jul 11th 2020 07:00 am
Paddles Up, an annual summer event at Beaver Island State Park, will have to wait until 2021 to celebrate its 15th year in the Niagara River. The event has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the concern for participants' health, announced Michelle Lockett, community engagement manager at Niagara River Greenway.
Coalition to save Fantasy Island introduced
Sat, Jul 11th 2020 06:55 am
New York State Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, who has fond memories of visiting Fantasy Island with his family and friends, calls the efforts of Empire Adventures to bring back the amusement park on Grand Island extremely important, and said he supports the route outlined at a press conference on Thursday.
The graduation that almost wasn't: Grand Island High School holds memorable 55th commencement
Sat, Jul 4th 2020 07:00 am
When schools closed on March 16, Cheryl Chamberlain didn't think it would impact her graduation class. March was a far cry from June, however the COVID-19 days turned into months and Chamberlain had to rethink her plan.
Independence Day will look a little different on Grand Island
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 09:35 pm
The July 4th Independence Day holiday has traditionally been the day Town of Grand Island residents celebrate the community like few others in this country. It is a holiday they truly enjoy by inviting family and friends for activities from early morning to late evening when a spectacular fireworks show would light up the sky over the Island and even cause travelers along Interstate 190 to pull over in awe of the colorful displays.
Efforts underway to make Fantasy Island 'beautiful and fun again'
Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 08:50 pm
Bill Baldwin, a park entertainer for nearly 30 years who played Black Bart - among many roles - in the popular Western shows, proudly said he was shot and fell to the ground in Western Town 28,678 times during his Fantasy Island career. Upon hearing the park was closing, he contacted his friend, Jay Wilcox, a maintenance supervisor at the park for 20 years and now chief operating officer of Empire Adventures Inc. They began brainstorming about what it would take to bring the park back under local ownership and led by a team of former employees.
'Fuccillo Feeds the Front Lines': Grand Island dealership supports first responders
Sat, Jun 27th 2020 07:00 am
Ronnie Mansour had one word to describe his exuberance of the successful "Fuccillo Feeds the Front Lines" promotion being held this month: "HUUUGE," bellowed the general manager of Fuccillo Chevrolet on Grand Island in his best Billy Fuccillo Sr. voice. His team delivered enough meals from the Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub to feed more than 100 members of the Island's police and fire departments on June 18.
Buffalo Zoo to welcomes guests back
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 12:55 pm
After closing in March due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Buffalo Zoo will reopen Thursday, July 2, with enhanced health and safety measures in place to protect guests, team members and animals alike.
Buffalo City Mission receives $20,000 from Citi & National Disability Institute to support direct services for homeless with disabilities
Thu, Jun 25th 2020 11:30 am
The Buffalo City Mission received a $20,000 donation from Citi, in collaboration with the National Disability Institute (NDI), to help advance its work with the homeless community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Mission is one of just 39 national community-based nonprofit organizations to receive a share of a $1 million donation from Citi, which is helping organizations provide direct services to low-income people with disabilities.
Grand Island supports neighbors in need
Tue, Jun 16th 2020 12:35 pm
The Grand Island Neighbors Foundation has received many donations from members of our community during this COVID-19 pandemic and would like to thank all members of our community who have provided food and cash to help us in our mission to serve those in need on Grand Island. We would like to highlight several of our more significant contributions.
Town Board, Planning Board hold online joint Project Olive hearing
Sat, Jun 13th 2020 12:00 pm
Project Olive returned to the town government's agenda with an online joint meeting of the Grand Island Town Board and Planning Board Thursday night.
Jacobs: $1 million in state funding for DL&W project
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 02:05 pm
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs announced he has secured $1 million in state funding to support the redevelopment of Buffalo's Delaware, Lackawanna ad Western Terminal Railroad station on the city's waterfront.
Food trucks return to Kelly's Country Store on Friday
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 12:00 pm
Kelly's Country Store will host a return of food trucks on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. This week, three trucks are scheduled to visit Kelly's, 3121 Grand Island Blvd., said Kevin Kelly, owner and president of Kelly's.
Grand Island Fire Co. members receive COVID-19 antibody testing from NFMMC
Wed, Jun 10th 2020 04:25 pm
Laboratory Assistant Jane Markarian, right, draws a blood sample for antibody testing from Grand Island Fire Co. EMS Director Robert Meyer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's Porter Road Patient Service Center in the Town of Niagara.
Grand Island Rotary Roundup: Shred-It fundraiser scheduled
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 07:00 am
The annual Rotary Club of Grand Island's Shred-It fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 27, in the Tops parking lot adjacent to KeyBank on Grand Island Boulevard.
Nurse who aided NYC coronavirus efforts returns home to Grand Island
Sat, Jun 6th 2020 07:00 am
U.S. Air Force Reserve Capt. Tara Gensler, a clinical nurse in the 914th ASTS based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, was in her Grand Island home last Saturday morning asking why her family wanted her to immediately join them outside.
Erie County to assist licensed barber shops, salons in getting ready for phase two reopening
Mon, Jun 1st 2020 03:45 pm
Erie County will be assisting licensed local barber shops and hair salons reopening their businesses by providing face shields for barbers and stylists' use as they return to work in phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to reopen New York.
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame launches 2020 student scholarship project with all-star music collaboration
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:45 pm
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame President Anthony Casuccio posted an idea on Facebook, which evolved into a virtual creation of artists coming together for a good cause: The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame student scholarship program.
Wear a mask! Western New Yorkers make a video that sends this critical message
Fri, May 22nd 2020 03:40 pm
Most New Yorkers know that, when they're in public, they should wear a mask; but as anyone who's been outside lately knows, it's a message that bears repeating.
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."
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.
Western New York residents encouraged to be counted in 2020 census
Tue, May 19th 2020 09:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino and Niagara Ministerial Council President the Rev. Craig Pridgen, senior pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church, are teaming up to share information about the Census and stress how important it is for residents to be counted.
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.
2020 Taste of Buffalo Presented by Tops goes virtual
Mon, May 11th 2020 09:30 am
Together with Tops Friendly Markets, organizers of the 2020 Taste of Buffalo on Monday announced plans for a virtual version of this summer's food festival. To ensure the health and safety of guests, the event's board of directors made the decision to introduce "Taste of Buffalo at Home," a virtual food festival.
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.
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.
Where to get coronavirus testing
Thu, May 7th 2020 11:20 am
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.
UB data show COVID-19 hospitalizations in Erie County have reached an extended plateau
Fri, May 1st 2020 01:55 am
Early this week, there was a spike in Erie County's COVID-19 hospitalizations. The number of people hospitalized with the virus in the county reached 258, the highest it has been.
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.
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."
 

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