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This Week...Around Town - 2023         By Jodi Robinson

Jeff Cooke Photo

Previous Around Town Pages



February 2, 2023

   Happy birthday today to Leigh Ann Bukhari, Laura Matthews, Lee Richard, Bob Hillock, Don Kaiser, Cheryl Wasson, Natalie Kopf, Dominic Pullano, Eileen Crane & Carol Maul . Happy birthday on Friday, February 3rd to Joan Savoy Dlugokinski, Ilene Dee & Ryan Timmerman. Happy birthday on Saturday to Geraldine Kowalski, Emma Hall, Christopher Drew, Juliette Caprio, Mark VonWryeza, Mary Lou Jerge, Dan Ryan, Sophie Cane, Pete Marston & Maureen Lewis and on Sunday to Geraldine ( Jeri) Benzing & Kip Staub. Happy birthday on Monday to Linda Tufillaro, Olivia Wenner, Noelle Linenfelser & Cody Okelberry and on Tuesday, happy birthday to Glenn Skelly. On Wednesday, say happy birthday to Jayne Carrig, Mary Sitarski, Diane Garey, Diane Gurbacki, Sarah Klock, David Santa Lucia, Jadon Garman, Carleigh Rodriguez, Sheila Strott & Jackson Tower

    Happy wedding anniversary today to Oliver & Anne Stuardi!

   Golden Age Center upcoming special classes; Monday, February 6th Mindful Movement and Monday, February 13th Vision Board Class. Sign up now!

   High School Musical on stage at GIHS! Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, Friday, February 3, and a 6 p.m. show on Saturday, February 4 in the Grand Viking Theater. Tickets are $12 presale and $15 at the door. We are also offering a discount for Seniors and Students for $10 tickets presale and $13 at the door. Come early on Saturday night at 5:00 pm for the interactive family-friendly stations. To purchase tickets online click here.

   American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, February 10th at 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Community Center at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road. See FLYER.

   Save the dates: GIHS Class of 1973. Icebreaker Friday, June 30th at Niagara Sailing Club. Reunion Sunday, July 2nd at Buffalo Launch Club.

   2023 Father's Day Lawnmower Races and Walk/Run for Grand Island Relay For Life is planned for Sunday, June 18th. The walk/run will be at 11:00 a.m. and races to begin at 1:00 p.m. Also mentioned was a car show, corn hole tournament and model cars. SAVE THE DATE!!!

   Exciting times at the new Bridgeview Tavern...now open on Saturdays! Stop in Wednesday - Saturday, 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. or later! Now serving Fish Fry's on Friday evening, and delectible wings and pub food, all the time. A trivia night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th, starting at 6:00 p.m. (with prizes!) Reserve a table by calling 716-775-9650 or checking out Bridgeview Tavern Facebook. Don't forget sister restaurant Village Inn Facebook, posting specials daily!

   The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education and Administration teams up with the Town of Grand Island Supervisor and Town Board members for their annual Joint Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday January 30, 2023. VIDEO

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregivers Support Meeting is at Bible Fellowship Center, 1135 Baseline Road on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - noon. For information call Jim Pinckney (321-439-6028) or Mary Pinckney (352-217-2311).

    Check out the Town of Grand Island Recreational Bikeways, Hiking Trails and Blueway Trails.

   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.


January 26, 2023

   Happy birthday today to Sharon Tokash, John Dudley, Tommy Geblein, Wayne Baumler & Mary Caldwell . Happy birthday on Friday, January 27th to abrina Butcher, Brent Minet, Mary Stewart & Pat Shickluna. Happy birthday on Saturday to Kelly Cunningham, Jason Vallina, Tom Burkman, Barbara Grabiec & Elaine Gibney and on Sunday to Arlene Larry, Kevin Kelley, Eric Sharpe & Nicholas Penque. Happy birthday on Monday to David Clayton III and on Tuesday, happy birthday to Ronald Duguay, Hailee Clayton, Conner Bolles, Anthony Mondi & Regina Truitt. On Wednesday, say happy birthday to Judith Pack, Mandy Malaney, Ryan Pecoraro, Clyde Hickok & Sydney Mazur

   Rotary Club of Grand Island Undie Sunday collection is being held until Sunday, January 29th. There is a particular need of warm socks, T-shirts, men’s underwear, sizes Large, Extra Large and XX Large and all women’s undergarments. The donated items will be distributed to the Community Mission of Niagara Falls and Journey’s End Refugee Services. See story for details.

   High School Musical on stage at GIHS! Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, Friday, February 3, and a 6 p.m. show on Saturday, February 4 in the Grand Viking Theater. Tickets are $12 presale and $15 at the door. We are also offering a discount for Seniors and Students for $10 tickets presale and $13 at the door. Come early on Saturday night at 5:00 pm for the interactive family-friendly stations. To purchase tickets online click here.

   New Date Added: A historic presentation and dinner will take place at the Buffalo Launch Club on Saturday, February 4th & February 25th. The title is Boats, Booze and the BLC in the 1920s. Presenters are from the Grand Island Historical Society and from the Buffalo Launch Club Heritage committee. Flyer.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregivers Suppost Meeting is at Bible Fellowship Center, 1135 Baseline Road on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - noon. For information call Jim Pinckney (321-439-6028) or Mary Pinckney (352-217-2311).

    Check out the Town of Grand Island Recreational Bikeways, Hiking Trails and Blueway Trails.

   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.

January 19, 2023

   Happy birthday today to Mackenzie Hassan, Kristyn Brown & Susan Razmus . Happy birthday on Friday, January 20th to Fran Burrows, Kaylee Connell, Andrew Masiello, Josh Lange, Dustin Gushue, Brenda Hollfelder & Diane Haney. Happy birthday on Saturday to Pat Caffery Roncone, Mary Cooke, John Gast, Dennis Lach & Ron Pavis and on Sunday to Kurt Lorence, Jean Bousquet & Joanne Browne. Happy birthday on Monday to Jonathan Minton, Allison Boron, Mark Leffler & Mary Jane Clark and on Tuesday, happy birthday to Louie Freitas Joyce Warning, Hunter Schmidt, Sarah Ramsperger, Benjamin DeFranks, Tyler Meyer & Warren Becher. On Wednesday, say happy birthday to Patricia Webb Scott, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland, Colton Wilkinson. Sam Giglia, Judy Polizzi & Carolyn Spacone

   Happy 41st wedding anniversary to Karen & Rom Figler on January 23rd.

    The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will meet on Thursday, January 19th at 6:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, N Y. The January “soup” meeting of the Cinderella Isle Garden Club will include soup recipes from the 2022 Williamsville Soup Stroll. Following dinner will be fun activities and an opportunity to sign up for the upcoming year’s committees.

   Charles N. DeGlopper VVW Post #9249 Auxiliary presents a Soup-a-palooza! on Saturday, January 21st from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cost is $10.00 and includes unlimited soup, Salad and one dessert. See FLYER.

   Rotary Club of Grand Island will host its annual Undie Sunday 2023 collection between Jan 22 – 29. There is a particular need of warm socks, T-shirts, men’s underwear, sizes Large, Extra Large and XX Large and all women’s undergarments. The donated items will be distributed to the Community Mission of Niagara Falls and Journey’s End Refugee Services. See story for details.

   Bridgeview Tavern, corner of East River and North Colony roads is open this evening from 4pm - 10ish. Great place to relax with some serious pub food and games of bubble hockey, pinball and pool table. Look for a story next week with photos and new hours.

   American Red Cross Blood Drive at Grand Island Fire Hall on Tuesday, January 24th. Chance to win trip to Super Bowl. See FLYER.

   Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on the GIHS stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, Friday, February 3, and a 6 p.m. show on Saturday, February 4 in the Grand Viking Theater. Tickets are $12 presale and $15 at the door. We are also offering a discount for Seniors and Students for $10 tickets presale and $13 at the door. Come early on Saturday night at 5:00 pm for the interactive family-friendly stations. To purchase tickets online click here.

   New Date Added: A historic presentation and dinner will take place at the Buffalo Launch Club on Saturday, February 4th & February 25th. The title is Boats, Booze and the BLC in the 1920s. Presenters are from the Grand Island Historical Society and from the Buffalo Launch Club Heritage committee. Flyer.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregivers Suppost Meeting is at Bible Fellowship Center, 1135 Baseline Road on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - noon. For information call Jim Pinckney (321-439-6028) or Mary Pinckney (352-217-2311).

    Check out the Town of Grand Island Recreational Bikeways, Hiking Trails and Blueway Trails.

   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.


January 12, 2023

   Happy birthday today to Martha Muller, Barbara Fritchey, Lyle Dinsmore & Adam Kopf . Happy birthday on Friday, January 13th to James Winter, Greg Bell, Lynn Henschel & Paula Zucarelli. Happy birthday on Saturday to Carolina Luciani, Mike Rustowicz, Evan Carey, Dolores Hoefner & Sylvia McGinn and on Sunday to Anthony Masocco, Jennifer Farrell & Carol Boreali. Happy birthday on Monday to Amber Malaney, Don Burrows, Joyce Hornbeck, Sudha Sharma, Earl DeGlopper Jr., Carroll Becker, Sue Fleischauer, Joy Mesmer & Darlene Hewitt and on Tuesday, happy birthday to Justin Sondel, Ron Sutton, Hank Kammerer, Nick Kingston, Marvin Mack & Barbara Creighton. On Wednesday, say happy birthday to Caitlin Schwinge, Gail Becher, Peter and Paul Minton, Robert Davis & Linda Piro

   Happy 55th wedding anniversary to Linda & John Braddell on January 13th. Happy 34th wedding anniversary to Donna & Bill Williams on January 14th.

   Linda Emanuele sent me a notice that her dad, world class hydroplane driver Howie Benns (dec.), will be inducted into the Canadian Boating Federation Hall of Fame on January 21st in Cobourg, Ontario at their annual meeting. Congratulations!

   Charles N. DeGlopper VVW Post #9249 Auxiliary presents a Soup-a-palooza! on Saturday, January 21st from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cost is $10.00 and includes unlimited soup, Salad and one dessert. See FLYER.

   Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on the GIHS stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, Friday, February 3, and a 6 p.m. show on Saturday, February 4 in the Grand Viking Theater. Tickets are $12 presale and $15 at the door. We are also offering a discount for Seniors and Students for $10 tickets presale and $13 at the door. Come early on Saturday night at 5:00 pm for the interactive family-friendly stations. To purchase tickets online click here.

   Save the date: A historic presentation and dinner will take place at the Buffalo Launch Club on Saturday, February 4th & 25th. The title is Boats, Booze and the BLC in the 1920s. Presenters are from the Grand Island Historical Society and from the Buffalo Launch Club Heritage committee. Flyer.

   The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their general session meeting on Monday January 9, 2023 in the Little Theater of Veronica Connor Middle School in Grand Island, NY. See VIDEO.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregivers Suppost Meeting is at Bible Fellowship Center, 1135 Baseline Road on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - noon. For information call Jim Pinckney (321-439-6028) or Mary Pinckney (352-217-2311).

    Check out the Town of Grand Island Recreational Bikeways, Hiking Trails and Blueway Trails.

   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.

January 5, 2023

   Happy birthday today to Peggy Boettcher Fuller & Kathy Boettcher Stisser, Sue Novits, Dennis McCloskey, Bob Zielinski, Jake Dixon & Marissa Aceti . Happy birthday on Friday, January 6th to Michael Lockett, Melissa Clement Hill, Ron Webb, Dale Morgan, Kathy McNulty, Sandy Less, Florence Prawel, Jacqueline Goris Foote, John Bidell Sr.. Happy birthday on Saturday to Craig Davis & Eric Reimann and on Sunday to Heidi Rust, Sharon Koehler, Sharon Minet, Nicholas Heftka, Alexandria Anderson, Michael Klipich, Jean Siess & Sherilyn Gillard. Happy birthday on Monday to Dale Morgan, Richard Brzyski, Sam Loquasto & Martha Merrinan and on Tuesday, happy birthday to Patricia & Scott Shaw, Sheila Colan & Darlene Conners. On Wednesday, say happy birthday to Debbie Stack, Joyce Neil, Susan Head, Art Ciechoski, Mark Landroche, Jack Roesch, Bob Marcel & Stephan R. Kovacs, Jr.

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

   Save the date: A historic presentation and dinner will take place at the Buffalo Launch Club on Saturday, February 4th. The title is Boats, Booze and the BLC in the 1920s. Presenters are from the Grand Island Historical Society and from the Buffalo Launch Club Heritage committee. See ticket information here.

   Thanks to Kim & Sam Aceti for many years of fine beverage service and being so generous to the Grand Island community and its organizations. They are retiring!

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregivers Suppost Meeting is at Bible Fellowship Center, 1135 Baseline Road on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - noon. For information call Jim Pinckney (321-439-6028) or Mary Pinckney (352-217-2311).

    Check out the Town of Grand Island Recreational Bikeways, Hiking Trails and Blueway Trails.

   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.