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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.
Island Prescription Center offers rapid COVID testing
Sat, Jan 9th 2021 07:00 am
Do you want a quick answer to the question, "Do I have COVID?"
Erie County DA begins new term of office
Thu, Dec 31st 2020 10:45 am
John J. Flynn was sworn in for a second term as Erie County district attorney at a small event held in his office on Wednesday afternoon.
Fuccillo donates to Grand Island Neighbors Foundation
Wed, Dec 23rd 2020 06:55 pm
The Fuccillo Chevrolet, Toyota and Hyundai dealerships of Grand Island on Dec. 23 donated $1,500 to the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation to support the work of helping neighbors in need in the community. The family of dealerships on Alvin Road recognizes through its charitable donation that Island families face hardships year-round, not just during the holidays.
DA Flynn warns about increase in stolen packages, offers tips to deter thefts
Wed, Dec 16th 2020 11:40 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn reminds the community about the potential dangers of leaving packages unattended after delivery. While incidents of stolen packages tend to increase around the holidays, he urged residents to be extra vigilant as more orders may be placed online as people choose to shop from home this season in an effort to social distance and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Flynn allows assistant district attorneys & support staff to work from home due to COVID-19 concerns
Thu, Dec 10th 2020 10:10 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced the majority of the office's staff will not report in-person for work effective Thursday. The Erie County District Attorney's Office made the decision, in consultation with Erie County and its Department of Health, in an effort to reduce the number of employees inside the buildings and prevent the spread of COVID-19. More than 75% of the DA's office employees will be permitted to work from home through the end of the year.
Kearns' 'Suits for Troops' benefits Erie County veterans
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 02:40 pm
Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns received a generous donation from Joe Terranova, owner of Tuxedo Junction, who provided more than 300 suits and dress pants to benefit the clerk's "Suits for Troops" season of giving drive.
UPDATE: New life sought for land once considered for Amazon warehouse
Sat, Dec 5th 2020 07:00 am
Michael Huntress, vice president of Acquest Development Co. of Williamsville, truly believes when one door closes, another opens.
'The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020' now on sale
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 05:40 pm
"The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020" is a 400-page, hardcover journey through the illustrious history of baseball in The Queen City. It is filled with more than 150 images, rare illustrations, cartoons, and page after page of baseball facts and follies - a true reflection of Buffalo's 163-year love affair with the grand old game.
Grand Island: New life for land once considered for Amazon warehouse
Wed, Dec 2nd 2020 03:40 pm
The Island Dispatch has learned Michael Huntress, vice president of Acquest Development LLC of Amherst, submitted a site plan to the Town of Grand Island for a proposed 1,080,308-square-foot distribution facility project on Long Road. The structure would sit on land its own, along the New York State Thruway I-190 - an area that was under consideration by Amazon for a proposed 3.8 million-square-foot distribution center.
Tradition of giving continues through Barb's Butterfly Effect
Sat, Nov 28th 2020 07:00 am
One of Barbara Nowakowski's greatest joys was helping the less fortunate at Christmastime, her family says. After she passed away in September, Barbara's daughters, Susan Nowakowski Miles and Diane Saddler, decided to carry on the program in their mom's memory.
New initiative to support Black-owned businesses
Mon, Nov 23rd 2020 11:35 am
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown recently announced a new initiative to drive consumers to Black-owned businesses in the Queen City this holiday season. From Dec. 4-11, the City of Buffalo and AT&T present "Buy Black Buffalo Week," a citywide shopping movement to support Black-owned businesses, especially ones that have suffered economic challenges due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic.
Step-In-Time adapts to the times
Sat, Nov 21st 2020 07:00 am
It was a long time in coming, but Step-In-Time Studio of Dance is finally holding its June dance recital this week. The event, delayed by the coronavirus outbreak, is taking place in a series of daily mini-performances, with about 145 students divided into separate, small shows. With masks, temperature checks and social distancing, the pandemic brought a new date and a new look to the event. And it brought tears of joy to the eyes of a number of parents.
BlackBerry's arrives
Sat, Nov 21st 2020 07:00 am
The ceremonial cutting of a ribbon earlier this week officially completes the transformation to BlackBerry's Bar & Grill from the longtime landmark gathering place, TC's Island Bar & Grille.
Erie County in 'a bad situation' with coronavirus, but controls its own destiny
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 04:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein again on Monday warned residents coronavirus cases will continue to rise unless safety measures are obeyed. Most of the area is in a "yellow" micro-cluster area, as the number of positive COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed in the past month.
'Yellow zone' poses new challenge for Grand Island
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 07:05 am
Kevin Slachciak, who has owned Say Cheese Pizza Co. on Love Road for 25 years, is beginning to believe Gov. Andrew Cuomo "hates small businesses and wants us all to close" after he was notified of the new "yellow zone" restrictions he must follow as a restaurant in Erie County.
Hope arises for bettering the boulevard
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 07:00 am
When the first South Grand Island Bridge was constructed in 1935, connecting Tonawanda with Niagara Falls, the New York State Thruway Highway 190 did not exist. Travelers heading north used Grand Island Boulevard as its primary thoroughfare, according to Supervisor John C. Whitney. That is why the former bustling Niagara Falls Visitor Center was built at the corner of Grand Island Boulevard and Staley Road - and why there are so many motels along the boulevard.
Cuomo placing Erie County in 'yellow zone'
Mon, Nov 9th 2020 11:55 am
In a Monday morning conference call, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is placing parts of Erie County into his micro-cluster action initiative "yellow zone." Maps will be released this afternoon.
DeGlopper Memorial raising funds to continue capstone project
Sat, Nov 7th 2020 07:00 am
With the dedication of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial scheduled for June 5, 2021, its expansion project committee decided to take fundraising initiatives to a new level this week through and continue it through the end of the year. The goal is to complete fundraising needs by raising $100,000.
Veterans Day event set for Wednesday on Grand Island
Sat, Nov 7th 2020 07:00 am
Ray DeGlopper, the nephew of World War II hero Charles N. DeGlopper, will proudly march with American Legion Post 1346's color guard on Veteran's Day, Wednesday at 11 a.m., as the nation stops to honor all those who have served the country in war and also to commemorate the end of World War I.
Grand Island resident donates to Community Missions
Fri, Nov 6th 2020 01:15 pm
On Wednesday afternoon, Community Missions received a donation of a $1,000 gift card to Ashley Furniture for its newest program, a youth homelessness demonstration program.
First Night Buffalo 2021: The show will go on, virtually
Mon, Nov 2nd 2020 08:45 am
The 32nd annual First Night Buffalo presented by the Independent Health Foundation will be like none before as it will be celebrated virtually for everyone looking forward to the promise of the new year in 2021.
Grand Island's health food guru: Alan Pless maps out his version of a well-balanced life
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 07:00 am
We're all more focused on avoiding disease in the midst of this year's pandemic, but Grand Islander Alan Pless has been on a similar mission of promoting health for decades.
Erie County executive joins thousands of county residents participating in early voting
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 02:55 pm
On Monday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz took part in early voting for the 2020 presidential election, casting his ballot at St. Columba-Brigid Church on Hickory Street in the City of Buffalo's Ellicott District.
Higgins announces new resources in effort to reduce youth homelessness in Erie County
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins joined representatives from the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, BestSelf Behavioral Health and Compass House to announce more than $2.37 million in federal funding and a coordinated strategy to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness in Erie County.
Buffalo History Museum: New exhibition celebrates 50 years of art conservation & collaboration
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 11:05 am
The Buffalo History Museum has opened a new exhibit in collaboration with Buffalo State College's Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department. The exhibition, "Fifty Years of Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Art in Western New York," displays many of the museum's objects that have undergone conservation treatment. The exhibit is part of a broader community celebration for the 50th year of the conservation program.
Colvin Cleaners needs coats as 25th annual 'Coats 4 Kids' program begins
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 10:05 am
Colvin Cleaners is encouraging Western New Yorkers to go through their closets and donate gently used or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves for toddlers to young adults for families in need this winter season.
Fuccillo Toyota making 'STRIDES'
Sat, Oct 17th 2020 07:05 am
Sidney Neyman, a sales representative for Fuccillo Toyota on Alvin Road, is the "I" in "STRIDES," for "Drive to Make Strides in Buffalo," which takes place Saturday at the Walden Galleria. The huge letters will be present Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Walden Galleria Mall parking ramp near the regal cinemas.
Fuccillo Toyota comes through with support for American Cancer Society fundraiser
Sat, Oct 17th 2020 07:00 am
Who better than an automobile dealership to take the lead in a drive-thru fundraiser? Fuccillo Toyota of Grand Island is giving a lift to the revamped "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer."
A peaceful path to nature: Writers walk the plank to an island treasure
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 03:30 pm
I set off with my fellow intrepid hiker, Alice Gerard, on a sunny, breezy day last week Tuesday to find beauty and peace - and maybe a rabbit or two - along Grand Island's newest nature trail.
Higgins & Martoche: $527,000-plus in federal funding to expand trauma counseling available to those who come before Buffalo's Human Trafficking Intervention Hub Court
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 09:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and Buffalo City Court judge the Hon. Amy Martoche were joined by Evergreen Health, Via Evaluation and the Erie County Department of Health to announce a federal grant totaling $527,112 to provide new, innovative court-based trauma intervention to human trafficking survivors who are justice-involved.
Erie County senior volunteers donate masks for children
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 06:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Senior Services' Retired and Senior Volunteer Program ("RSVP") has partnered with the Erie County Department of Health to sew over 550 masks for children.
Town of Grand Island: Traffic enforcement, awareness program set for Oct. 9-10
Sat, Oct 3rd 2020 07:05 am
The Town of Grand Island has announced Traffic Safety Enforcement and Awareness Days for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10. The goal of this high-visibility, multi-agency enforcement and awareness program is to promote traffic safety by encouraging motor vehicle operators, bicyclists and pedestrians to become attentive to road safety. Speeding, aggressive driving, driving on the shoulder, complete stops and distracted driving will be highlighted.
Axe-throwing facility opens on Grand Island
Sat, Oct 3rd 2020 07:00 am
The first Grand Island business dedicated to the growing sport of competitive axe-throwing is up and throwing.
 

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