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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."
Rotary Club hears from Whitney
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
The Rotary Club of Grand Island held its first virtual meeting with a guest speaker on Wednesday evening. More than 30 members and guests were online to hear and see Town Supervisor John C. Whitney, P.E., speak about the current situation with COVID-19 and future town projects once a sense of normalcy begins.
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.
DeGlopper team remains hard at work
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
After getting over the disappointment that an elaborate unveiling and dedication of a life-sized statue of Grand Island's World War II hero, Pvt. Charles N. DeGlopper, has been postponed until June 5, 2021, the memorial volunteer committee was hard at work this week planning the completion of its fundraising goals.
Niagara-Wheatfield BOE begin budget talks amid uncertainty in state funding
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 04:45 pm
The Niagara-Wheatfield Board of Education held a virtual board meeting this week where they began tentative budget discussions for the 2020-21 school year. A proposed budget of $77,119,627 shows only a moderate 3.7% increase from last year. However, amidst the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, board members will have to await the governor's decision regarding the end of the month before they can decide whether or not to move forward with the figures.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for April 24, 2020
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 03:55 pm
The full version of the Tribune Sentinel combo newspaper.
Best ways to spend your quarantine
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 06:15 pm
While quarantine is ruining peoples' plans for having fun in the sun and destroying family reunions and birthday parties, there's a few different ways you can keep the boredom away and stay busy during quarantine. From streaming and video calling, to doing puzzles and getting a head start on spring cleaning, this quarantine is making people get creative with how to spend their free time.
The CROWN Act: The end to hair discrimination
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 06:05 pm
DeAndrew Arnold, a senior attending Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, had been suspended and told he could not walk in his upcoming high school graduation unless he cut his dreadlocks to meet his school district dress code.
Colvin Cleaners teaching WNY to make face masks
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 09:25 am
A week ago, The Billoni family and Colvin Cleaners announced they were bringing back their tailors and seamstresses who were laid off due to COVID-19 to make reusable, washable face masks for their customers and local nonprofit agencies. Within an hour of this announcement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced everyone in New York is required to wear a facemask when out in public.
Built to last: A man in pursuit of quality leatherwork
Wed, Apr 22nd 2020 01:15 pm
Jesse's business, New House Leatherworks, was founded out of his desire to find a new hobby that fit his personality and the values he holds. He searched for years to find where his natural talent lay, picking up different hobbies, but never feeling like they were truly meant for him.
Hibbard's planning to open May 1
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 07:00 pm
Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard is anticipating opening for the 2020 season next week.
Island Dispatch for April 17, 2020
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 03:55 pm
The full edition of the Island Dispatch.
Mallwitz's Island Lanes scores upset victory in food contest
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 01:55 pm
For the Mallwitz family, who have owned Mallwitz's Island Lanes, recreation center and restaurant at 1887 Whitehaven Road for 40 years, "March Madness" is a welcomed revenue stream to accompany its bowling business.
Village of Lewiston adopts 2020-21 budget
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 01:20 pm
The Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees unanimously approved the fiscal year 2020-21 budget on Monday. Residents will see an 8-cent increase in their property taxes, with a fee of $7.65 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. That equates to $12 more for a homeowner with a $150,000 property.
Stapleton on nursing home residents: 'We're going to do whatever we need to do to make sure that they remain safe'
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 03:40 pm
"We know nursing homes are a sign of concern for us, because the numbers of residents getting sick is going up, and number of positives in the nursing homes are going up. So, it'll allow us to take that hundred and put it towards trying to provide a testing for people who work in assisted living centers, nursing homes. These are people who have symptoms. And it allow us to make sure that we're preventing the spread of the infection through a nursing home or through an assisted living center."
'In the Loop' with the Lewiston-Porter Board of Education: How are you?
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
How are you, Lewiston-Porter? On our homepage, you will find a quick family check-in survey. Please take the time to fill it out and let us know how your family is doing, and the best way to support you and your children during this time.
DeGlopper ceremony pushed to 2021
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 07:00 am
The elaborate unveiling and dedication on June 6 of the life-sized statue of Grand Island's United State Army World War II hero Charles N. DeGlopper will be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 and your safety: Niagara County offers tips on making masks
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 04:25 pm
Can't find masks online? Need to make a cloth covering? Not sure how? Niagara County has some suggestions.
Colvin Cleaners creates COVID-19 face mask program for WNY customers & nonprofits
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 01:50 pm
Stepping into action when needed is part of the Colvin Cleaners mission to help the Western New York community. Now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Billoni family, owners of Colvin Cleaners, has created an innovative program to provide free, reusable, washable face masks for customers and local nonprofit agencies - including nursing and group homes, which need them most.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for April 17, 2020
Fri, Apr 17th 2020 11:50 am
The full version of the Tribune Sentinel combo newspaper.
Cuomo: 'NYS on PAUSE' extended until May 15
Thu, Apr 16th 2020 03:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced he is extending the "New York State on PAUSE" mandate until May 15, as he wants to see the COVID-19 infection rate lower before he reopens schools and businesses.
Wydysh on flattening COVID-19 curve: 'We've made all those sacrifices; don't let that be a waste'
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 02:40 pm
In her afternoon update on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said, "Keep following those guidelines. Know that what we're doing is working. But we have to keep continuing that process to see that steady flattening, and to stay in a good situation that won't overwhelm our health care system."
Island Dispatch for April 10, 2020
Wed, Apr 15th 2020 12:45 pm
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Stapleton: Niagara County '2-3 weeks behind downstate' plateau
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 03:25 pm
As downstate New York continues to see a plateau in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and less coronavirus-related deaths each day, the New York City area is rapidly approaching its pandemic apex. Niagara County isn't quite moving that fast.
Wydysh: Despite flattening curve, 'New York State on PAUSE' still in effect; golf courses, boat launches added to closure list
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 03:35 pm
In her Saturday afternoon appearance on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said this is no time to abandon the physical distancing measures put in place by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Easter: NOT CANCELED! Area photos
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 03:00 pm
With "New York State on PAUSE," and its residents staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19, families will be apart. Churches will be closed. Stores are shut. ... But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate.
Grand Island Central School District working to provide meals to students
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
Important advance planning by Grand Island Central School District administrators, along with dedicated, hard-working food service staff and volunteers, has resulted in the uninterrupted distribution of breakfast and lunch to thousands of students since the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools last month.
Tech delivery enables Grand Island students to learn from home
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 07:00 am
When Max Pikula became a principal for the first time in his 20-year career in the Grand Island School District six months ago, he never envisioned doing what is required today with his faculty at Huth Road Elementary.
Village of Lewiston to approve budget ahead of 'shaky couple months'
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
The Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees stands ready to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2020-21 - one that will include an 8-cent property tax increase for residents.
Summer events/seasonal eats update
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
On Wednesday, The Silo Restaurant owner Alan Hastings and GM Lexi Alfiere said, "We are eager to open for the 2020 season and have already started to assemble our team. We wish that we could take advantage of the great spring weather to begin our training, but will keep things on hold for a little while. We are watching the situation closely and anticipate a delayed opening."
Here's how the Regents decision affects Lewiston-Porter
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
Closure of all schools will continue now through Wednesday, April 29. The governor states this will again be reassessed in two weeks. There has been no discussion or guidance as to the closing of school for the remainder of the year. As hope springs eternal, we are still operating on the premise that schools will reopen at some certain point this year. We continue to look forward to returning to school and returning to normalcy.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for April 10, 2020
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
The full version of the Tribune Sentinel combo newspaper.
Easter Bunny practicing social distancing in Niagara County
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 07:35 pm
It seems the Easter Bunny has found a way to spread some holiday cheer in Niagara County this season while still maintaining social distancing. On Sunday, April 12, he'll be bringing that joy to neighborhoods around the Town of Niagara.
Hopping for happiness: Local NF resident festively spreads cheer during tough times
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 04:20 pm
Gina Streck, a hairdresser at Salon Diaz, took matters into her own hands to spread some smiles this past week. With one of her favorite holidays of Easter coming up, Streck did drive-by visits to local children in the area dressed up as the one and only Easter Bunny.
Lori Caso offers recipes for 'Cooking in Quarantine'
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 12:25 pm
I'm one of those folks who tends to bake when I'm stressed or anxious. So, you can only imagine how these weeks in quarantine have been. I've joked that the 19 in COVID-19 will represent my anticipated weight gain.
Elected leaders working to reduce crowd sizes
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 12:35 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order extending limitations he placed on social gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19. His mandate, "which closed or otherwise restricted public or private businesses or places of public accommodation, and which required postponement or cancellation of all nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, games, meetings or other social events) ... shall be continued ... until 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2020, unless later extended by a future executive order."
Lewiston's Memorial Day parade canceled
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
It is with a heavy heart that Lewiston's Memorial Day Remembrance Committee voted during a conference call on Saturday, the 4th of April, to cancel the remaining portion of our Memorial Day observance.
Island Dispatch for April 3, 2020
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 11:10 am
The Island Dispatch for April 3, 2020.
Easter parading
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 09:50 am
Since families couldn't visit the Easter Bunny this spring, the Easter Bunny decided to visit them - in grand fashion, nonetheless.
WNY elected leaders, medical officers against proposed downstate transfer of PPE, ventilators
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 02:40 pm
On Friday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to sign an executive order wherein the state can take ventilators and personal protective equipment from upstate New York hospitals and reallocate them to downstate medical facilities. With a higher number of positive COVID-19 cases in the five boroughs, Cuomo said this is where the equipment is needed most right now.
 

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