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The Viking Diner Coming Soon! - December 2019

    Posted by Christopher Polizzi on Facebook on December 14, 2019:
    Many people are asking, what’s going on at the former McMahons Family Restaurant? Well, it is getting a complete makeover and will be opening early next year as a 50’s style diner! It’s new name will be The Viking Diner, with respect to our alma mater. I have asked the students of GI High School to come up with a logo and will be having the culinary students making the desserts for us.
    We look forward to seeing old friends and hope to make plenty of new ones as well. As the opening day gets closer, I will be posting more information. Though I have already put together a menu, there is still time to make some adjustments. That being said, I would like the island residents to have an input and let me know what they’d like to see on the menu and to feel free to post items on Facebook for consideration or as to be selected as daily specials. Please keep in mind the “diner” theme of this restaurant when posting your requests. I can’t wait to read your input and may be contacting you in regards to your suggestions.
    They will be open for dinner through the week for now, closed Mondays. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday 7-3.

Gift Donation Drop Off at Howard Hanna - December 2019

    Howard Hanna office on Grand Island, 2139 Grand Island Blvd., is collecting new unwrapped gifts for battered women and children's Haven House until Dec 13th, 12 noon. See flyer for suggestions.

Family Halloween Cosmic Bowling Party -October 2019

    Mallwitz's Island Lanes is hosting a Family Halloween Cosmic Bowling Party on Saturday, October 26th from 3pm-5pm. It includes unlimited bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda. See flyer. Make your reservation now at 773-0062.

The Haunted Falconwood Halloween Party 2019 - September 2019

   The Special Event Center at Beaver Island State Park is back and better than ever! The newly appointed Beaver Island State Park concessionaire, Cyndy Montana, of Montana International, LLC announces the most wicked Halloween party of the season: “The Haunted Falconwood Halloween Party 2019.” It will be on Saturday, October 19th from 6:00 p.m. - midnight. The festive event will mark the official grand opening of The Falconwood at Beaver Island. Cyndy says about the event, “We are going all out for this event! Guests will talk about this party all year long! I can’t wait to show off The Falconwood, our creativity and our customer service!”
   Guests should prepare for a rich and gothic Halloween event featuring live performances from The Popshow Band and WNY’s greatest DJs. The night will be lit with delish bites, festive libations, a costume contest, dancing, fortune telling, breathtaking decor, spectacular lights, phenomenal artists, haunting scenes, and a frightful hayride--all served up in a spirited atmosphere! Tickets are $40 for general admission, and $90 for VIP admission. $500 in prize money to be awarded to: Best Overall Halloween Costume and Best Couple or Group Costume. Tickets available via Eventbrite.

Zobud Bistro Opening Soon - September 2019

UPDATE: Open for full service, Tuesday, October 24th.
   Island resident Sam Reda will be opening a fine dining restaurant soon, in the spot formerly Momma De's Bakery, 1879 Whitehaven Road. The Zobud Bistro will seat 32 people and serve brunch from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., followed by dinner service. It will also have full bar service. See Buffalo News story by Andrew Galarneau.

Grand Island Optical - September 2019

Dr. Rima Khan and Dr. William Waldron.

   Grand Island Optical has moved from Baseline Road to a new storefront at 2099 Grand Island Blvd, next to Monroe. It is a beautiful and spacious location with a color scheme of green, gray and white. They have a great selection of frames on display, and feature three exam rooms and two diagnostic rooms. They are open Tuesday - Saturday.
   Dr. William Waldron took over Grand Island Optical in 2012. He received an A.A.S. Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing from Erie Community College. He went on to receive Bachelor of Health Science Degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and a Doctor of Optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He is also an active member in the New York State Optometric Association, American Optometric Association and American Optometric Society. Dr. Waldron currently resides in Pendleton with his wife Kimberly and daughter Emily.
   Dr. Rima Khan is a new addition to the practice and also received her degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She moved from New Jersey eleven years ago and is a resident of Clarence.
    The practice provides comprehensive clinical care for the entire family. They specialize in the the treatment of Diabetes, Glaucoma, and Dry Eyes. Also in fitting specialty contact lenses such as orthokeratology, keratoconus, as well as soft and gas perm bifocal contact lenses. You can reach them by phone at 716-773-7653 or online at www.grandislandoptical.net.

Piano Lessons, Entertainment & Worship Leading - August 2019


Recital Photo.

   Talented musician Mrs. Debbie Bastian offers piano lessons, singing/piano entertainment and worship leading. Fall openings are available now. Call 716-773-9175.

Braselton Music - August 2019

Ray Braselton

   Plan for Fall Lessons Now!
Ray Braselton and his wife, Suzanne, moved part-time to the Island in 2017, dividing their time and business with Marion, NY, just east of Rochester. Braselton's Music specializes in instrument instruction and music entertainment. Now on the Island full-time, with quick trips back to students in Wayne County, Ray is ready to assist you in lessons and entertaining groups. He instructs all ages, from toddler to retirees and entertains groups at any event you can think of. His website shows the range of era's and styles in his playbook, a lengthy list of instruments he teaches and performances of "The Music Show", on a YouTube channel. Check out his website or his Facebook page. For more information call 716-400-9005.

50 Cent Roll Back Week - August 2019

   To celebrate Mallwitz's Island Lanes 39th anniversary, Art & Mary Mallwitz are rolling back the prices! From Monday, August 19th - Friday, August 23rd, games (2 game minimum per person), shoes, pop and their world famous wings will be 50 cents. Hot dogs will be $1. Summer hours are 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Facebook page.

Grand Island Fun Center Celebrating 25 Years! - May 2019

From left: Mom MaryBeth Kawaler, owner David Glian, father and previous partner David Glian and Uncle Brian Kawaler.

   The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, June 26th at the Grand Island Fun Center, to celebrate their 25th anniversary and many recently completed improvements. Owner David Glian, family members, Chamber members and Town officials were on hand for the event. There are many new upgrades to the facility and a new menu. See below story for details.

Grand Island Fun Center Celebrating 25 Years! - May 2019

   The Grand Island Fun Center, 2660 Grand Island Blvd., turns 25 this year, and has made many improvements over the winter, ready to entertain your families. Owner Dave Glian bought the property in 2013 with his Dad and became sole proprieter in 2016. In the surveying of his clients after last season, the top three comments were improvements to batting cages, food and arcade equipment. Starting inside, there are new ticket and token machines and your favorite classic and new arcade games. There is a new large capacity air fryer to cook wings, fries, pizza logs and more, along with pizza, beverages and ice cream.
    The batting cages are top of the line and now feature adjustable height and speed controls in all three cages. Teams and families can rent a cage for 30 or 60 minutes. The 7000 square foot laser tag area is the only outside site in Western New York, and can accomodate up to 20 friends at a time. The 18 hole mini golf features many landmarks from Grand Island and is great fun for young and old. The go cart course is the longest and most interesting track in WNY and the only gas powered carts. The Fun Center also has the only two seater carts, so children at least 36" can be driven by an adult.
    Check the website here for hours of operation and you can now purchase your passes online. A Memorial Day weekend special is offering a two-hour pass for $20 (usually $31). Check back to the website and Facebook page for specials and calendar of events.

Braselton Music - May 2019

Ray Braselton in his music room.

    Ray Braselton and his wife, Suzanne, moved part-time to the Island in 2017, dividing their time and business with Marion, NY, just east of Rochester. Braselton's Music specializes in instrument instruction and music entertainment. Now on the Island full-time, with quick trips back to students in Wayne County, Ray is ready to assist you in lessons and entertaining groups. He instructs all ages, from toddler to retirees and entertains groups at any event you can think of. His website shows the range of era's and styles in his playbook, a lengthy list of instruments he teaches and performances of "The Music Show", on a YouTube channel. Check out his website or his Facebook page. Summer is just around the corner and Mr. Braselton can keep your music students in tip-top shape over the break. For more information call 716-400-9005.

Free Insurance Claims Faxing - February 2019

    If anyone needs to fax or email scanned documents to insurance companies for claims this week, Island Ship Center is happy to help. They are offering free faxing and scanning (up to 4 pages) for all insurance claims until Thursday, Feb 28th. They are located at 1879 Whitehaven Blvd. and are open 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Welcome Sara Allen, Therapist & Counselor - February 2019

Sara Allen, LMSW.
Left: Office Counseling Room. Right: Located at 3734 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore.

   Sara Allen, LMSW has resided on Grand Island for over 20 years. She is a therapist and counselor with over 15 years of experience helping individuals and families find peace and happiness in their lives.
   Sara received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She has worked in a variety of settings including UB's Counseling Center, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, and Jewish Family Services, then going into private practice in 2008.
   Sara's gentle, sensitive and compassionate nature, combined with her professional training and life experience, enable her to help adults and children improve their quality of life.
    Sara treats issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma, among many others. As a mother of a special needs child, Sara has a special place in her heart for families with special needs children. Sara understands the grief, stress, and everyday struggles that families can experience when their child has many unique needs.
   Sara is located at 3734 Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, and can be reached at (716) 566-9086. Morning, afternoon, and evening appointments are available. Website.

Trend Setters Grand Opening - January 2019

   Trendsetters Hair Design has moved to 2094 Grand Island Blvd., just south of Top's Plaza. Owner Karen Benninger is having a Grand Opening celebration on Monday, January 27th, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. There will be refreshments and give-a-ways.