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This Week...Around Town - 2020         By Jodi Robinson

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Previous Around Town Pages



March 26, 2020

Happy birthday today to Kendall Duscher, Betty Marinell & Angelo LaDuca. Happy birthday Friday, March 27th to Brooklyn Landroche & Clive Roughsedge and on Saturday, March 28th to Sherry Miller, Annalea Masiello, Liza Bowman, Olivia Williams, Barb Wienke, Kenna MacNeil, Jacob Stewart & Valerie Robinson On Sunday, March 29th wish happy birthday to Margie Southwood, Tracey Shickluna, Chloe Fitzsimmons & Michele LaBarre. Happy birthday on Monday, March 30th to Sharon Wright. Happy birthday on Tuesday, March 31st to Barry Smith & Tom Shanor and on April 1st to Fay McDonald & Jeremy Figler .

   Happy wedding anniversary on March 31st to Rosemary and Bruce Wojick.

   Congratulations to these ice hockey standouts! Grand Island boys Hockey forward Tyler Hunt was named one of the Division II Co-Players of the Year by the Hockey Coaches Association of New York. The other was Starpoint defenseman Tyler Kalota. GI goaltender Bobby Currie was named to honorable mention. Also, Island native Abigal Blair was named to the Coaches All-Federation Girls Hockey Team for 2019-20. She plays on the Kenmore/Grand Island team.

   All of your favorite restaurants are open for take-out. Please try to support our Island small businesses at this time.

   Word on Facebook is the convenient store at the corner of Ransom & Stony Point will be reopened! Landscapers have been working outside.

    Kelly’s Country Store is still open! They have Easter Chocolate and Hoover Milk in Stock. You can order online for free delivery or call the store at 773-0003, if you want to pick it up they also do curbside pick up. Please support this local business that has been on the Island since 1961. They have hours most days from 9am - 8pm.

    Grand Island Central School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Graham updates the district and public on the latest information on COVID-19 in the town, and the rest of the GI Board of Education held their General Session Meeting remotely, and in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday March 23, 2020. See video.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.    Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.


Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


March 19, 2020

Happy birthday today to Carol Sharpe, Lester Lee, Joseph Roberts & Richard McDonald. Happy birthday Friday, March 20th to Marty Bidell, Mary O'Dea Beyer & David Ames and on Saturday, March 21st to Paul Roeder, Ruth Ryan, Daniel Parker, Dolores Laska & Dorothy Martinelli On Sunday, March 22nd wish happy birthday to Wendy Stratton-Gross, Peter Baker & Bev Kinney. Happy birthday on Monday, March 23rd to Pattie Beauchamp, Jim Olmstead, Pat Harding & Ryan Kernin. Happy birthday on Tuesday, March 24th to Jillian Sheehan & Robin Swedish and on March 25th to Jim Ehde, Jack Mahnk, Amy Blundell & Sue Ann Mackenna.

   Happy wedding anniversary today to Amy & Steve Morgan.

   All of your favorite restaurants are open for take-out. Please try to support our Island small businesses at this time.

   Adrian's opened for the season today, March 19th. Orders are pick-up only. You can call ahead or order directly at the front windows.

   Due to a death in the family, Eggsquisite Eats has been closed for a few days. They will re-open tomorrow, Friday, March 20th from 12 noon - 7:00 p.m. They will be open Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

   Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.


Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


March 12, 2020

Happy birthday today to Al Meyer, Madison MacNeil, Ray Hayward, Michele Beauchamp & Jojo Paczynski Sparcino. Happy birthday Friday, March 13th to Karen Hayes Smith, Martha Bojarski, Pat Kendzierski, Adam Kratz, Susan Anstett Marston & Jody Ghianni and on Saturday, March 14th to Jon Grenda, Kathy Shaklee, Rebecca Popiel & Jim Walf On Sunday, March 15th wish happy birthday to Gail Monti, Elizabeth Figler, John Corrao, Mindi Kratz & Henry Lobl. Happy birthday on Monday, March 16th to Megan Malaney, Dan Lee, Cameron Willer, Pat Phillips, Aree Saenger & Debbie Jenkins. Happy birthday on Tuesday, March 17th to Bill Brobeil, Nancy Anderson & Nonnie Carroll and on March 18th to Adam Missert, Nicholas Tim, Audrey Mason, Eddie Krecisz.

   Happy 35th anniversary to Vicki & Ian Harnden on Monday, March 16th and also to Bob & Debbie Guenther married in 1979.

    Congratulations to the Grand Island JV Hockey team on their third straight state JV title, and fourth in five years. The Vikings won on March 1st in Rochester, beating Jamestown by a score of 5-4. With a season record of 14-2-2, 14 year head coach Marvin Pawlowski will be retiring.

    Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 is hosting their 17th annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 14th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner includes Corned Beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and dessert. Tickets are $11.00 Public is welcome to attend.

    River Lea Open House at Beaver Island State Park. Come visit the Grand Island Historical Society museum, River Lea, on Sunday, March 15th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Meet your elected officials at the GI Republican St. Patrick's Day Party on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 773 North, 2749 Grand Island Blvd., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. . See flyer.

   GI Relay has raised over 2 million in the last 18 years having fundraising events. This month's events are: Saturday, March 21st, TV Trivia Night, Tuesday March 24th, Crockpot Kickoff at Ellden's at River Oaks, Friday, March 27th Bowl For A Cure at Mallwitz's Lanes and Saturday, March 28th Bands & Baskets at Mallwitz's Island Lanes. See flyer.

    The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting, including the Second Public Info Session for the 2020-2021 School Budget on Monday March 9, 2020 in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School. See video.

   Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    March 5, 2020

    Happy birthday today to Tim Moriarty, David McConnell, Rich Amantia, Missy Fargino & Jeanne Powers. Happy birthday Friday, March 6th to Hayden Backlund, Eilene Gebrian, Charles Tobe & Pat Bassler and on Saturday, March 7th to Linda Leuchner, Glen Shepherd, Leda Barton, Lola Brindisi, Carol O’Connor & Bill Ortiz. On Sunday, March 8th wish happy birthday to Rosemary Loth Fischer & Diane Grant. Happy birthday on Monday, March 9th to Grace Wenner & Elaine Hardman. Happy birthday on Tuesday, March 10th to Nancy Seifert Dinan & Christie Lewis Hy and on March 11th to Emily Bolles, Roman Cacciatore, David Cook & Shirley Norman.

        Every Thursday you can get tacos at the VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., for $1.50 each at lunch and dinner. Dinner hours are 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., followed by a trivia competition. They are also now serving lunch Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend! March 2-6 Menu. You don't have to be a member to dine at the VFW, just sign in when you get there.

    Update: Game time is 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 8th at Buffalo State.
        Grand Island Girls Basketball won their Section VI A-2 semifinal against Lew-Port on Tuesday, March 3rd by a score of 43-34. Next up is the Section A-2 final at Buffalo State College on Sunday, March 8th, against #1 seed Willimasville South. Last year Will South beat GI in the final, their sixth consecutive sectional title. Congratulations on your accomplishments so far!

        The annual Kaegebein PTA Family Fun Night is tonight, March 5th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the school, with fun games and activities as well as a basket raffle. See flyer.

        The Grand Island Historical Society general meeting and program will take place tonight, Thursday, March 5th at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park at 7:00 p.m. Guest speaker is Chuck LaChiusa with a power point program on "Buffalo's Outstanding Murals." Suggested donation for non-members and guests is $5.00.

        ConnectLife will be bringing their bus to the Town of Grand Island Highway Department, 1820 Whitehaven Road on Monday, March 9th, from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

        On Monday, March 2nd the NYS Power Authority started the removal of the Lake Erie Ice Boom. This sure sign of spring, happened at its second earliest removal since 1964. The earliest was on February 28, 2012.

        At the February 10th Planning Board meeting a 65 acre parcel at the corner of East River and Whitehaven was discussed. Proposed are 76 residential lots and 49 townhomes, with 4 units per building. Single family homes will be constructed on the back portion of the site. There is a 40' proposed landscaped open space buffer, which will separate the proposed residential subdivision and the existing homes on the west side of Timberlink Dr. Lot size will be a minimum of 70'x110'. Timberlink lot size is 100'x220'. The last development talked about for that area was in 2014 and called Light House Pointe. A large group of residents made known their displeasure at the plans.

        If you can't wait for spring and gardening, check out a library program on Saturday, March 28, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
       Tina Ames, writer/blogger for Mother Earth News, gives "old-fashioned" tips on gardening, seed saving, composting and all natural techniques for a no spray garden. All students will receive Tina's own heirloom seeds and notes to take home. Individual questions on your garden always welcome! Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    February 27, 2020

    Happy birthday today to Gabby Robinson, Kevin Koch Jr. & Mike Cali. Happy birthday Friday, February 28th to Mary Ann Love, Barry Conway, David Steggs, Patrick McMahon & Ron Bastian and on Saturday, February 29th to Jason Weis, Donna Linenfelser & Greg Chamberlain. On Sunday, March 1st say happy birthday to Jane Cooke, Jean Smith, Linda Hermann, Michael William Rayhill, Karie Stedman, Ashley Gorman, Sarah Dollendorf, Gail Click, Bridget McMahon & Phyllis Martin. Happy birthday on Monday, March 2nd to Jamie Akers Smith. Happy birthday on Tuesday, March 3rd to Jeff Denler, John Simon & Anne Rollins and on March 4th to Kevin Smith & Mary Trinci.

       Congratulations to Grand Island High School hockey player Robert Currie on being named the Sgroi Financial Boys Prep Talk Athlete of the Week. He had his sixth shutout of the season in a WNY Federation playoff game against Kenmore East. Voting is conducted on BuffaloNews.com, beginning each Monday. The voting concludes Thursdays at noon. To nominate an athlete for consideration, send an email to sports@buffnews.com.

        Thanks to Shirley Luther for giving us the heads up regarding her great grandson.... The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs paid tribute to some of its own the second weekend in February, as it held the group’s annual awards banquet for 2019 in Lockport. The Carl Lass Memorial Award winner for Youth of the Year went to William “Billy” Click of Grand Island, a strong member of the Junior Club at the Three-F Club in Lewiston. He is the top shooter who helps train younger shooters. He carried the NRA Civilian Award for Distinguished Expert Marksman. He will join the Navy after he graduates from Grand Island High School this year.

        ConnectLife will be bringing their bus to the Town of Grand Island Highway Department, 1820 Whitehaven Road on Monday, March 9th, from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. You can schedule an appointment by visiting ConnectlifeGiveBlood.org, enter sponsor code 000252 or by calling ConnectLife at 716-529-4270. Photo ID is required to donate. See Flyer

        The Ramrods team from Grand Island won the 13th annual Western New York International Rabbit Derby on January 25th, at the Southtowns Walleye Association clubhouse in Hamburg. Almost 600 people were at the fundraiser, in honor of 13-year-old Gracie King of North Tonawanda. Co-captains Tim Conn & Rob Christopher led the Island team, winning with a 3.97 pound rabbit.

        Mallwitz Island Lanes is hosting WBBZ-TV's "Beat The Champ." It will be on WBBZ-TV, Your Hometown MeTV Station; Ch. 67.1; Cable 5; FiOS 5; Dish 5: DirecTV 67, on Saturday, February 29th at 4:00 p.m. Paul Peck is at the Broadcast Desk with Hall of Fame bowler Sue Nawojski. Janelle Sabin is at the Castilone Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram scoreboard. Hometown bowlers competing this week are part of the “Mallwitz’s Island Lane Challenge” featuring Team “Big Easy,” Team “Zack Kelly”, Team “Mike Johnson,” and Team “Mike Mallwitz!” It will also be at a SPECIAL TIME Sunday night at 9pm after the Variety Kids Telethon.

        Save the dates! Band & Baskets For Relay For Life at Mallwitz's Island Lanes, Saturday, March 28th at 6:00 p.m. The Grand Island Zonta's annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon is at the Buffalo Launch Club on Sunday, April 26th. The Linda Basta Memorial Charity Walk is on Saturday, May 9th at Veterans Park. Check out the Calendar of Events for more info.

        The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday, February 24, 2020. SeeVideo.

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.
  • Come and meet other families that are affected by Autism and other special needs. Meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Howard Hannah real estate office basement, 2139 Grand Island Blvd. from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Contact person: Vienna Haak, 430-5118.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    February 20, 2020

    Happy birthday today to Bryan Smith, Melanie Stein, Carol Alt, Daniel Tattenbaum, Jennifer Watkins, Katie Brady, MaryJo Gill & Dick Bessel. Happy birthday Friday, February 21st to Eugene Corey & Sal Gullo and on Saturday, February 22nd to Marilyn Wilkie Watt, Jim Zilliox & Ralph Quarantillo. On Sunday, February 23rd say happy birthday to Sherry DeBruyn, Jo Klock, Paula Nakayama, Sophia Black, Linda Gerristad & Supervisor John Whitney. Happy birthday on Monday, February 24th to Brian Robinson & Jan Yardley. Happy birthday on Tuesday, February 25th to Dennis Donovan, Scott Tetreault, Kevin Brock & Mary Williams and on February 26th to David Rogers, Debbie Kennedy-Rogoza, Jay Hollinger, William Madigan & Lynn Dingey.

        I BIRD NY - Saturday, February 22, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Buckhorn Island State Park. Our parks offer incredible birding opportunities for all ages. Join us each season as we explore a different park and learn about our local birds. Registration: Required. For information & registration call (716) 549-1050.

        The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd. All members are requested and urged to attend, you are an important part of the American Legion.

        Congratulations to Grand Island High School wrestlers' participating last weekend in the Section VI Division I championship tournament at Starpoint High School on Saturday, February 15th. The Bielec brothers earned trips to the state tournament. Senior Blake earned his second straight trip and younger brother and sophomore Brian won his first sectional title. They are headed to Albany for the state tournament taking place on February 28 & 29th.

       Congratulations go to Lydia Sweeney on being named the NIagara PAL Female Prep Athlete of the Year on Saturday, February 16th.

        Grand Island Parks Department is accepting applications for the following positions: Gardener / Park Patrol / General Maintenance. Click here.

       The annual Rotary Club of Grand Island’s “Undie Sunday,” clothing drive is collecting new and unused underwear and socks for local missions from February 10-24th. There are hampers at all the local churches and at Ace Hardware, Island Center, GI Library & Top's Supermarket and many more spots.

        The Grand Island Alumni Association 13th Annual Comedy Show will take place on Saturday, February 29th at Ellden's Grill at River Oaks. This year's comedians are Greg Owens, James Kurdziel & Jeff Arcuri. Tickets are $25 and are available at Platinum Sponsor Aceti's Wine & Spirits in Top's Plaza and Gold Sponsor deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road.Flyer. It would be nice to see former winners and their parents come out and show their support!

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.
  • Save the Michaels will also be offering a monthly support group right on Grand Island for any individuals with a loved one in active addiction or early recovery. The meetings will be the 4th Wednesday evening of every month at 6:30pm at the Golden Age Center. this month's meeting is Wednesday, February 26th.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    February 13, 2020

    Happy birthday today to Laura Sexton, Adam Dahlberg, Mitchell Matthews, Nancy Hamm-Johnson, Hans Sterzelbach & Emma Wheeler. Happy birthday on Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14th to Shirley Martin & Wayne Anstett and on Saturday, February 15th to Herman Roberts, Philip Sahlem, Todd Sipson, Kellie Kehoe, Daniel Baney & Donna Tomkins. On Sunday, February 16th say happy birthday to Deborah Parker, Marianne Ward & Lynne Rimer. Happy birthday on Monday, February 17th to Kathy Garlapow, Anita DeGlopper, Lillian Brenner, Aaron Delavalle, Chuck Delavalle & Swaran Dhaliwal. Happy birthday on Tuesday, February 18th to Michelle Gast, Patrick Stouter, Chris Ciszek, Dave Fields & Barbara Wudyka and on February 19th to Phyllis Wesolek.

        The VFW Auxiliary is hosting a Pork Roast dinner on Saturday, February 15th, at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. See flyer for details.

        On Sunday, February 16th, the WNY Welcome Center, 1999 Alvin Road, will host Staycation Stations, discover great places to visit in your own backyard. Activities take place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. See flyer for details.


        Check this out....Forty Days - Forty Items, or in our case, 39 Days, 39 Items. Each day of Lent, remove one item from your closet (or bureau) you no longer wear and put in a trash bag. At the end donate to those in need.

       Congratulations to Melina Aceti, named to the Daemen College Dean's List. A matriculated undergraduate student who attains a grade point average of 3.30 or better in any one semester is eligible.

       An ax throwing venture will soon be on GI. It is to be located in the industrial park off of Bedell Road, on Lang Blvd. by spring.

       The annual Rotary Club of Grand Island’s “Undie Sunday,” clothing drive is collecting new and unused underwear and socks for local missions from February 10-24th. There are hampers at all the local churches and at Ace Hardware, Island Center, GI Library & Top's Supermarket and many more spots.

       Zobud Bistro was reviewed in the Buffalo News this week by restaurant reviewer Andrew Z. Galarneau. See review here.

        The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting, including the first public info session for the 2020-2021 School Budget on Monday February 10, 2020 in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School. See video.

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    February 6, 2020

    Happy birthday today to Linda Tufillaro, Olivia Wenner, Noelle Linenfelser & Cody Okelberry. Happy birthday on Friday, February 7th to Glenn Skelly and on Saturday, February 8th to Mary Sitarski, Diane Garey, Diane Gurbacki, Sarah Klock , David Santa Lucia, Jadon Garman, Carleigh Rodriguez, Sheila Strott & Jackson Tower. On Sunday, February 9th to Elinor Wiant, Linda Tomkiel, Chris Ford & Dory Smith Matwijkow. Happy birthday on Monday, February 10th to Kaylee Montana. Happy birthday on Tuesday, February 11th to Jackie Walt, Joanne Metzger, Joan Barone, Dominic Mazzola & Amanda Kaiser Wayne and on February 12th to Kim Kalman, Carol Roesch, Patty Rink and her twin Penny Linenfelser , Jayce Claus & Charles Ackerman.

        Thanks to all the reader's donations to Isledegrande this week, from Alan Lee, Frank Pusatier, Stephen Fritschi, Barbara Fritchey, Anonymous, Paul Coughlin, Mike Madigan, Scot Davis & Diane Gollwitzer Doane.

        New videos developed by the GI Economic Development Advisory Board can be seen on the town website. There are three shorts: A Grand Place to Live, A Grand Place to Work, A Grand Place to Play. View here.
       The Town also created a new Facebook page .

       The Town of Grand Island is looking for residents to fill the following board vacancies: • Architectural Review Advisory Board • Conservation Advisory Board • Economic Development Advisory Board • Historic Preservation Advisory Board • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board • Planning Board • Technology Advisory Board • Traffic Safety Advisory Board. Please send your resume and or qualifications to the Town Supervisor, John C. Whitney, P.E., by February 15, 2020. Email: rdiehl@grand-island.ny.us

        ConnectLife will be bringing their bus to the Town of Grand Island Highway Department, 1820 Whitehaven Road on Wednesday, February 12th, from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. You can schedule an appointment by visiting ConnectlifeGiveBlood.org, enter sponsor code 000252 or by calling ConnectLife at 716-529-4270. Photo ID is required to donate. See Flyer.

        Are your kids bored, stuck in the house with nothing to do?? Pizza Amore "The Wood Fire Way" can help with "Make and Bake"!! For $11 your child can choose their own toppings, make their own pizza, watch it cook in the oven and enjoy their very own personal pizza! Dates are February 8th & February 22nd from 1-3pm. No reservations needed but must be accompanied by an adult!

        The Sidway Playground is scheduled to be built on May 2 & 3, 2020 and they need 100 volunteers each day to help. Volunteers are needed of various skill levels, as well as the use of tools and construction equipment. Help will also be needed in registration, food preparation and construction. All volunteers must be 18 years of age. Please fill out the form and return by Friday, March 13th to Sidway School, 2451 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072, Attention Denise Dunbar.

       The EG tax service office has moved to 2419 Grand Island Blvd. (The Grand Island Plaza).

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    January 30, 2020

    Happy birthday today to David Clayton III & Rich Foks . Happy birthday on Friday, January 31st to Ronald Duguay, Hailee Clayton, Conner Bolles, Anthony Mondi & Regina Truitt and on Saturday, February 1st to Judith Pack, Mandy Malaney, Ryan Pecoraro, Clyde Hickok, & Sydney Mazur. On Sunday, February 2nd to Lee Richard, Bob Hillock, Don Kaiser, Cheryl Wasson, Natalie Kopf, Dominic Pullano, Eileen Crane, Robert S. Fraser, Carol Maul & Surjit Kaur. Happy birthday on Monday, February 3rd to Joan Savoy Dlugokinski, Ilene Dee & Ryan Timmerman Happy birthday on Tuesday, February 4th to Emma Hall, Christopher Drew , Juliette Caprio, Mark VonWryeza, Mary Lou Jerge, Dan Ryan, Sophie Cane, Pete Marston & Maureen Lewis and on February 5th to Dolly D'Orazio, Jeri Benzing & Kip Staub.

        Happy wedding anniversary to Oliver & Anne Stuardi on February 2nd.

        Thanks to all the donations to Isledegrande this week from Liz Barker, Joe Synakowski, Valerie Funk, Nathaniel Slotiuk & Alice Demmin.

        It was reported cars were broken into at Heron Pointe Apartments, Sunday night, and at Hidden Oaks Court on Monday night. Keep your cars locked at all times and take out any valuables.

       Grand Island High School presents the Broadway musical, Disney "Beauty and the Beast", at the GIHS Viking Theater on Thursday, January 30th at 7;00 p.m., Friday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 online presale and $12 at the door. Flyer.

        The 2020 Miracle League of WNY Season registration is NOW OPEN! To register, go to this link and complete the registration process.

        Sidway Elementary is having Family Fun Day and Basket Raffle on Saturday, February 1st, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. They will have food trucks, snacks, hot chocolate bar, selfie station, games and of course a basket raffle. Fitness with Nichole will be doing a Zumba class at 1:15!

        GI Rotary Meat Raffle is on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 or table of 8 is $70. Admission includes beer, pop, wine & pizza. See flyer, tickets are going fast!

       Thunder on the Niagara is scheduled for August 1 & 2, at Gratwick Waterfront Park, North Tonawanda. If you are interested in volunteering or being a vender at the event, go to their Facebook page.

        The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday January 27, 2020. See Video

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.

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    January 23, 2020

    Happy birthday today to Jonathan Minton, Allison Boron, Mark Leffler & Mary Jan Clark. Happy birthday on Friday, January 24th to Louie Freitas Joyce Warning, Hunter Schmidt, Sarah Ramsperger, Benjamin DeFranks, Tyler Meyer & Warren Becher and on Saturday, January 25th to Patricia Webb Scott, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland, Colton Wilkinson. Sam Giglia, Judy Polizzi & Carolyn Spacone. On Sunday, January 26th to John Dudley, Tommy Geblein, Wayne Baumler & Mary Caldwell. Happy birthday on Monday, January 27th to Sabrina Butcher, Brent Minet, Mary Stewart, Judi Wakefield & Pat Shickluna Happy birthday on Tuesday, January 28th to Kelly Cunningham, Jason Vallina, Tom Burkman & Barbara Grabiec and on January 29th to Arlene Larry, Kevin Kelley, Eric Sharpe, Nicholas Penque & Bonnie Alabiso .

        Happy 38th wedding anniversary to Karen & Rom Figler today, January 23rd!

        Thanks to Nancy Gorrell & Alice Demmin for being the second & third readers to donate in 2020, we really appreciate your thoughtfullness.

       Grand Island High School presents the Broadway musical, Disney "Beauty and the Beast", at the GIHS Viking Theater on Thursday, January 30th at 7;00 p.m., Friday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 online presale and $12 at the door. Flyer.




       The Viking Diner, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. is scheduled to open Saturday, February 1st. The menu can be seen on the Viking Diner Facebook page.

       The Golden Age Center is hosting "Dinner & a Craft" on Wednesday, January 29th. Dinner will be catered by a local restaurant; menu to be posted. Craft to be announced. Participation is LIMITED in this program, so be sure to sign up and pay early, as payment holds your spot in the program.Cost: $20, payable by cash or check made payable to the Golden Age Cente

       The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd. All members are requested and urged to attend, you are an important part of the American Legion.

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.

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    January 16, 2020

    Happy birthday today to Darlene Hewitt, Amber Malaney, Don Burrows, Joyce Hornbeck, Sudha Sharma, Earl DeGlopper Jr., Carroll Becker, Sue Fleischauer & Joy Mesmer. Happy birthday on Friday, January 17th to Justin Sondel, Ron Sutton, Hank Kammerer, Nick Kingston, Marvin Mack & Barbara Creighton and on Saturday, January 18th to Caitlin Schwinge, Gail Becher, Patricia Smith, Peter and Paul Minton, Robert Davis & Linda Piro and on Sunday, January 19th to Susan Razmus, Mackenzie Hassan & Kristyn Brown. Happy birthday on Monday, January 20th to Fran Burrows, Kaylee Connell, Andrew Masiello, Josh Lange, Dustin Gushue, Brenda Hollfelder & Diane Haney Happy birthday on Tuesday, January 21st to Pat Caffery Roncone, Mary Cooke, Ron Pavis, John Gast & Dennis Lachk and on January 22nd to Kurt Lorence, Jean Bousquet, Joanne Browne, Nina Leskiw, Margie Rall Hunter, Karen Geng, Vinny Pascucci & Christian Bermel.

        Thanks to Sandy Nelson for being the first reader to donate in 2020, we really appreciate your thoughtfullness.

       GIHS Senior Lydia Sweeney broke the 1,000 career point mark in a win over North Tonawanda on Friday, January 10th. She had 34 points in the 63-29 win. The next home game will be against Lockport on Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 p.m. Lydia is planning on attending Cedarville University in the fall.

       The New York State Sportswriters Association has named their all-state selections for football. GIHS defensive back Ben Moskala was named to the fourth-team and kicker Sean Rustowicz was given honorable mention.


        A gentleman from Southtowns Trophy & Engraving came up with these hilarious magnets. They are made of wood, 4"x3.5", are $13 each, and available at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road. You can call Kim at 773-6256 to reserve yours or stop in 9-5, Monday - Friday. Saturday - 9-2.

        The VFW Auxiliary Annual Soup Night is on Saturday, January 18th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. There will be more than 20 soups to choose from. Tickets are $8.00 and include all you can eat soup, salad and bread. Dessert will be available to purchase. Take-out soup will be available after 6:00 p.m. for $7.00 per quart. Flyer.

        Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Registration, as well as free throw practice, begins at 12:30 p.m. and closes at 1:30 p.m. Competition begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. It wil be held in the St. Stephen Gym.

       Save the Michaels is offering a monthly support group for any individuals with a loved one in active addiction or early recovery. The meetings will be the 4th Wednesday evening of every month at 6:30pm at the Golden Age Center, January 22nd.

       The Golden Age Center is hosting a potluck and games night on Wednesday, January 22nd from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. They would like participants to register with the GAC office and note what dish you would like to share.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday January 13, 2020. See video.

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    January 9, 2020

    Happy birthday January 9th Dale Morgan, Richard Brzyski, Rita Desemone, Sam Loquasto & Martha Marrinan. Happy birthday on Friday, January 10th to Patricia & Scott Shaw & Darlene Conners and on Saturday, January 11th to Debbie Stack, Joyce Neil, Susan Head, Art Ciechoski, Mary McClive, Mark Landroche & Jack Roesch and on Sunday, January 12th to Martha Muller, Barbara Fritchey, Lyle Dinsmore, Carol Gioia & Adam Kopf. Happy birthday on Monday, January 13th to James Winter, Carol Kraemer, Greg Bell, Lynn Henschel & Paula Zucarelli Happy birthday on Tuesday, January 14th to Mary Jung, Carolina Luciani, Mike Rustowicz, Evan Carey & Judy Link and on January 15th to Anthony Masocco, Jennifer Farrell & John Harbison.

       Happy wedding anniversary to Linda & John Braddell on January 13th!

        The Family Justice Center of Erie County (FJC) will host a Community Meeting on Thursday, January 9th to discuss plans for a new, permanent location on Grand Island. This meeting will include an introduction to the FJC, information about the new Grand Island Location, and opportunities to get involved. Doors open at 6:30 p.m, with a presentation at 7:00 pm, at Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. All are welcome!

        The GI Alumni Association and Aceti's Wine & Spirits announce the 13th Annual Comedy Night will be on Saturday, February 29th at Ellden's at River Oaks. Tickets will be available shortly. SAVE THE DATE!!!
       In the past 15 years the GI Alumni Association has awarded 38 scholarships to seniors, donated $4000 for cushion wrapping of 100 yards of fence at Gene Master’s Field, donated $4,800 to Gene Masters Scholarship fund, gave $500 to the Sidway School Playground fund, $1,000 to the GIHS Life Skills summer program and donated to the Senior Celebration, held after senior prom each year.

       Another SAVE THE DATE: Grand Island High School presents the Broadway musical, Disney "Beauty and the Beast", at the GIHS Viking Theater on Thursday, January 30th at 7;00 p.m., Friday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 p.m. Flyer.

       The Viking Diner, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. and Aceti's Wine & Spirits are both looking for employees.

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.

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    January 2, 2020

    Happy birthday today to Carol Gioia & Raymond Whitbeck. Happy birthday on Friday, January 3rd to Terry Funk and on Saturday, January 4th to Gail Berti, Lynn Vaine, Karen Woods & Michael Dowd and on Sunday, January 5th to Peggy Boettcher Fuller and her twin sister Kathy Boettcher Stisser, Sue Novits, Dennis McCloskey, Bob Zielinski, Jake Dixon & Marissa Aceti . Happy birthday on Monday, January 6th to Michael Lockett, Melissa Clement Hill, Ron Webb, Dale Morgan, Kathy McNulty, Sandy Less, Florence Prawel, Jacqueline Goris & John Bidell Sr. Happy birthday on Tuesday, January 7th to Craig Davis & Eric Reimann and on January 8th to Sharon Koehler, Sharon Minet, Nicholas Heftka, Alexandria Anderson, Michael Klipich, Betsy Tranter Jean Siess & Sherilyn Gillard.

       Happy anniversary to Gary & Emily Dahlstrom on Monday, January 6th.

       Congratulations to Ella Rudney a GIHS freshman, named to the All-WNY girls soccer team. She was the only freshman to make the team and had 15 goals and 14 assists for the Class A co-champions. She scored in overtime in the A-2 championship game. Named third-team all-state in Class A.

       A retirement party for The Honorable Sybil E. Kennedy and Chief Court Clerk Maria C. Burns will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020. You are invited! See flyer for details. RSVP by Saturday, January 4th.

       The Viking Diner, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. will be accepting applications for front of the house serving positions beginning Monday, January 6th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Looking for 6:30 a.m.servers, 11 a.m. servers and 3 p.m. servers. ***Must be available on weekends no later than 8 a.m. start and work through closing at 2 p.m.

       Save the Michaels will be hosting a presentation to educate the Grand Island community about their organization and services on Tuesday, January 7th at 6:30pm in the Viking Theatre. There will also be an opportunity to hear stories from people in recovery.

        The Family Justice Center of Erie County (FJC) will host a Community Meeting to discuss plans for a new, permanent location on Grand Island. This meeting will include an introduction to the FJC, information about the new Grand Island Location, and opportunities to get involved. It will take place on Thursday, January 9th, doors open at 6:30 p.m, with a presentation at 7:00 pm, at Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. All are welcome!

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.
  • Come and meet other families that are affected by Autism and other special needs. Meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Howard Hannah real estate office basement, 2139 Grand Island Blvd. from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Contact person: Vienna Haak, 430-5118.

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