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Light Up the Boulevard: It's lights, cameras, Santa!
Sat, Dec 2nd 2023 07:00 am
Grand Island is kicking off the Christmas holiday season this Saturday, Dec. 2, with Santa visits, food trucks, activities, a parade and a tree lighting.
New KinderKiddz director sees teacher training as key to education
Sat, Dec 2nd 2023 07:00 am
For Susan Muscato, who is serving as director of KinderKiddz Early Childhood Learning Center, one of the most important elements of a well-run school is providing training, encouragement and support for the teachers.
Children's safety discussed in program at high school
Sat, Dec 2nd 2023 06:55 am
Children face hidden dangers as they try to navigate the online world, as well as the sometimes more blatant dangers of daily life.
Islanders mourn loss of crash victims
Fri, Dec 1st 2023 11:05 am
Grand Islanders were saddened to learn that fellow Island residents Kurt P. and Monica Villani were the couple who lost their lives in the fiery crash Nov. 22 at the Rainbow Bridge.
Rainbow Bridge car explosion: Deceased Grand Island couple identified
Fri, Nov 24th 2023 09:45 am
"The Niagara Falls Police Department has identified the two occupants involved in the crash at the Rainbow Bridge on Wednesday Nov. 22, 2023, as 53-year-old Kurt P. Villani and his wife, 53-year-old Monica Villani, both of Grand Island, New York."
HEAVY METAL: Steel installed on thruway overpass
Sat, Nov 18th 2023 07:05 am
Grand Island motorists are welcoming the steel installation process now underway in the bridge replacement project on the New York State Thruway overpass at Exit 18B.
Pet food pantry available at St. Martin in the Fields
Sat, Nov 18th 2023 07:00 am
If you need food for your dog or cat, or if you'd like to donate pet food, the place to go is Pete and Skip's pet food pantry, operating monthly at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road.
'Zonta Says No' to violence against women
Fri, Nov 17th 2023 10:00 am
On Monday, Nov. 13, members of the Zonta Club of Grand Island once again decorated the Town Commons with orange ribbons; the color orange is used to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls.
Kearns issues reminder to motorists to be prepared & stay safe during winter driving months
Mon, Nov 13th 2023 04:55 pm
Every start to the winter season, we promise ourselves that this year will be different - that you'll be ready for whatever blizzard Mother Nature sends us. Yes, presently, our weather this fall season has been without any early winter weather events as in years past. However, our weather can change quickly and we can be hit with snow, ice, rain and fog off Lake Erie without warning.
Grand Island Radisson redevelopment gets 1-year extension
Sat, Nov 11th 2023 07:00 am
Have you wondered about what's happening, if anything, at the former Radisson Hotel site at 100 Whitehaven Road?
Grand Island: Marston wins for supervisor; Digati, Kilmer top council race
Wed, Nov 8th 2023 08:20 am
Peter Marston will be Grand Island's new supervisor. The current deputy supervisor won on the Conservative line, with 57.76% of the vote, against Republican Mike Madigan, who garnered 41.85%, in Tuesday's general election. Marston got 3,510 votes to Madigan's 2,543.
A fresh perspective on health care: Schroeder-Watt is new leader for county medical society
Sat, Nov 4th 2023 07:00 am
Grand Islander Dr. Stacey Schroeder-Watt has already zeroed in on a major goal as new president of the Erie County Medical Society.
Up on the rooftop
Wed, Nov 1st 2023 06:35 pm
Workers from Sahlem's Roofing and Siding were putting a new roof on a section of the former Knights of Columbus hall on Wednesday.
Get ready: Frosts & freezes, snow and sleet on the way
Mon, Oct 30th 2023 01:35 pm
Anyone who has experienced a Western New York winter knows that fierce frosts and wicked winds can make travel and outdoor conditions dangerous. With snow in the forecast, now is the time to get serious about winter preparedness for your home, vehicle, workplace and neighborhood.
Election 2023: Grand Island candidate forum a 'getting to know you' event
Sat, Oct 28th 2023 07:00 am
A good-sized crowd showed up for a forum Tuesday night to get to know the nine candidates running in the Nov. 7 general election and to see where they stand on the issues that are important to Grand Island.
Angel Sun benefits Neighbors Foundation
Sat, Oct 28th 2023 07:00 am
Angel Sun, with Maureen Gambino as lead vocalist and Joseph Gotta playing guitar, performed an acoustic show Oct. 18 at Brick Oven Restaurant to benefit the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation. The event, enjoyed by many participants, raised $360 - and attendees also donated nonperishable food to benefit the Neighbors Foundation.
Veronica Connor Middle School students clean trail
Sat, Oct 28th 2023 07:00 am
On Oct. 13, eighth graders from Veronica Connor Middle School could be seen walking down the multipurpose trail on the West River. They were carrying garbage bags and collecting litter from the trail, as well as from the area between the trail and the river.
Wicked Lewsers! A conversation with Grand Island's KISS cover band
Tue, Oct 24th 2023 07:00 am
The Wicked Lewsers, a KISS cover band, has provided entertainment for Islanders for the past 10 years, at both the summer series in the Town Hall Gazebo and the Independence Day parade. They will next be seen at 8 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Matt Urban VFW Post, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster.
Candidates to answer community questions at upcoming forum
Sat, Oct 21st 2023 07:00 am
All the candidates for office in the Town of Grand Island, who are on the Nov. 7 general election ballot, have accepted an invitation to participate in the inaugural candidates forum.
From South Korea to Grand Island: A spiritual journey for David Joon Kyung Chi
Sat, Oct 14th 2023 07:00 am
The Bible Presbyterian Church has a new assistant pastor, but he is already well known to the congregation.
Starbucks is coming to Grand Island
Sat, Oct 14th 2023 07:00 am
There's a new buzz in town, now that construction is underway for a Starbucks coffee shop with drive-thru at the Tops Plaza at 2160 Grand Island Blvd.
Zobud Bistro closes
Sat, Oct 7th 2023 07:00 am
The restaurant Zobud Bistro has closed, its owner, Sam Redo, confirmed to the Island Dispatch on Wednesday.
Grand Island School District holds 'test drive a school bus day'
Sat, Oct 7th 2023 07:00 am
Driving a school bus for the first time was "a little nerve-wracking," said Tara Gipp, who attended the school bus test-driving event on Sept. 30 at the Jack Burns Transportation Center, 2451 Baseline Road.
'Whiskey Plank' celebration, full-sized replica of historic Erie Canal 'Seneca Chief' on Buffalo waterfront
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 12:35 pm
Sometime after noon tomorrow afternoon, inside the Longshed at Canalside on Buffalo's beautiful waterfront, master boatbuilder Roger Allen will look toward Dr. John Montague, who founded the Buffalo Maritime Center in 1989, smile and whisper, "We did it!"
Grand Island Memorial Library celebrates freedom to read during Banned Books Week
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 07:00 am
"Let Freedom Read" is this year's theme for Banned Books Week, taking place Oct. 1-7.
ECDOH shares 'crucial safety messages' for parents and caregivers of infants and young children
Tue, Oct 3rd 2023 02:45 pm
Following six recent cases involving deaths of infants and young children, Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and UBMD physicians Dr. Geovanny F. Perez and Dr. Fred Archer presented the warning signs and symptoms of infant respiratory distress and safe sleep recommendations on Tuesday.
Grand Island family works to spread awareness of rare disorder
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 07:00 am
When Nora Conta was a 6-month-old baby, she couldn't hold a bottle and she couldn't grab toys. Her hands were closed tight, and she was unable to open them. It was when she was 6 months old that her parents wondered if something was wrong with their daughter.
Buffalo Sabres meet the Miracle team
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 07:00 am
The Miracle League lived up to its name once again on Monday night with a special treat for players. It was Buffalo Sabres Miracle League Night at the baseball diamond in Veterans Park.
Grand Island History Weekend offers glimpses into local stories
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 06:55 am
Grand Island History Weekend on Sept. 23 and 24 offered an opportunity for people interested in local history to take a tour of some of Grand Island's historical sites, which include the Grand Island Historical Society, the Alt Farmstead, and Kelly's Country Store, which held a fall festival.
PHOTOS: Kelly's Fall Fest delights families
Fri, Sep 29th 2023 11:00 am
There was a Bills game on TV, it was drizzling outside, and the wind at times felt chilly. But none of those things seemed to bother the folks who came to the Fall Fest on Sunday at Kelly's Country Store, 3121 Grand Island Blvd. It was the second day of a two-day festival.
Grand Island board looks to further cut building size
Sat, Sep 23rd 2023 07:00 am
A standing-room-only crowd in Town Hall on Monday signaled its approval to the town's efforts to limit the size of new buildings on Grand Island to 100,000 square feet.
Bone marrow donation touches lives
Sat, Sep 23rd 2023 07:00 am
On Sept. 16, the day of the Be the Match donor drive signup event at Town Hall, Kim Kalman received an anonymous letter from the wife of the recipient of her bone marrow. According to Be the Match rules, all correspondence between donors and recipients has to remain anonymous until a year after the donation.
Vintage boats, cars, capture crowd
Sat, Sep 16th 2023 07:00 am
The Antique & Classic Boat Show on Saturday did not disappoint in its 44th annual event.
Artist Chie Doring celebrates her 96th birthday at the Moose
Sat, Sep 16th 2023 07:00 am
Longtime Islander and porcelain artist Chie Doring celebrated her 96th birthday on Sept. 8, a day after her actual birthday, bolstered with the happy company of her husband, Floyd, and their friends at Moose Lodge 180, 2524 Grand Island Blvd.
Island remembers 9/11 in sorrow, unity
Fri, Sep 15th 2023 07:00 am
The 9/11 ceremony was sober, heartfelt and patriotic Monday night at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 on Grand Island Boulevard.
Back to the drawing board on Grand Island warehouses
Sat, Sep 9th 2023 07:00 am
It was déjà vu all over again Wednesday for the Grand Island Town Board in setting an 8 p.m. Sept. 18 public hearing on the Long Road mega warehouse proposal.
New director chosen for St. Timothy child care center
Sat, Sep 2nd 2023 07:00 am
A new child care center director, Athena Torain, has taken over running the educational programs at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church and Child Care Center. She said she is excited to work in a faith-based educational program for young children.
Grand Island: Zoning revisions proposed to limit warehouse size
Sat, Sep 2nd 2023 07:00 am
About 40 protesters on Monday marched outside Town Hall in favor of a warehouse moratorium and against the Town Board accepting a developer's supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a proposed 1.2-million-square-foot Long Road warehouse.
Sokody Sales Team office leads blood drives
Sat, Aug 26th 2023 07:00 am
Venita Jackson, carrying a bottle of fruit juice, walked into the office of the Sokody Sales Team on the afternoon of Aug. 22. She had just donated blood on the ConnectLife bus in the business' parking lot.
Rotary Club gets walking tour in Beaver Island State Park
Sat, Aug 26th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Rotary Club invited naturalist and retired high school science teacher Diane Evans to guide club members on a hike through the park. The hike took club members from the V'randa to River Lea, where Evans showed the group such trees as horse chestnut, willow, honey locust, walnut, bitternut hickory and fireberry hawthorn.

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