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Ribbon Cutting At Contour Financial Planning - 2004

Barbi Lare Photo
   Steve Morgan, continuing a life long commitment of community service and service-oriented employment, has established a new firm on Grand Island. Contour Financial Planning, L.L.C. Shown at the Ribbon Cutting at 1879 Whitehaven Road are: Chamber Of Commerce Youth Ambassador Kelly Knab, Chamber 2nd Vice President Joanne Kud, Erie Co. Legislator Chuck Swanick, 1st Vice President Bev Kinney, Town Supervisor Peter McMahon, Town CouncilmanMary Cooke, Steve and Amy Morgan and Chamber Of Commerce Youth Ambassador Carly Hudson.

Isle Financial Advisor Gears Services To Average Americans - 2004
A New Kind Of Asset For The Not-So-Rich And Famous

   Continuing a lifelong commitment of community service and service-oriented employment, Steve Morgan is broadening his horizons and offering average Americans services of a new kind. His newly established firm, Contour Financial Planning, L.L.C., is a Registered Investment Advisory firm that provides fee-only planning and advice for everyday life. It’s unique hourly fee structure, with no minimum account size requirement, puts quality, unbiased financial planning within reach of people from all walks of life. Clients range from those needing a full plan to those with one or two financial issues of immediate concern.
   “Most people don’t have a half a million dollars that they are looking to invest,” states Mr. Morgan. “What they have are everyday financial issues. They need to choose a 401k plan, allocate money to buy a home or prepare for college funding for their children. Some need to develop a retirement strategy or review their current investments. Many handle their own financial decisions and want a second opinion or simply some validation of the choices they’ve made.”
   Contour Financial Planning aims to educate people in regards to financial planning. “Most people assume they need a good deal of money before they need a financial plan” continues Morgan, “and that’s just not so. Until they have a budget or sound plan in place, that they helped create and have confidence in, their money will never grow.”
   As a Member of The Garrett Planning Network (, Mr. Morgan has aligned himself with a nationwide network of independent planners who focus on serving Middle America. “Hourly, As-Needed Financial Planning and Advice for Everyday Life … The New Choice for Smart ConsumersÔ” is the network’s trademarked tagline. The network has garnered much media attention in its two-year history, including mentions in/on the Today Show, MSN MoneyCentral, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Smart Money, Washington Post, Newsweek and Time magazine.
   “In the beginning, some people will find it difficult to pay for advice they thought they were getting for free,” said Mr. Morgan. “But these days everyone knows there is no free lunch, and more and more people are becoming aware of the fact of hidden profits for large companies wrapped inside their financial products. “Free advice’ is generally biased toward the recommendation of investment products and money management through a particular company. The consumer often does not have full information or the complete range of choices available.”
   “Contour Financial Planning is, by design, more like a dental practice than that of a financial advisor,” according to Mr. Morgan. “Clients call us when they recognize the need for advice or assistance. Checkups are encouraged, but are generally initiated by the client. My dentist operates the same way. This service model works well for people who want to take personal responsibility for their financial well-being. Interested individuals may wish to visit our website,, for helpful information in all areas of personal finance,” he concludes.

Valentine's Day Is Just Around The Corner - 2004

By Jodi Robinson
With Valentine's Day just around the corner,
take a look at what our advertisers have to offer to make your sweetie happy.

Flowers and gifts by Flower A Day Florist is always a good choice. Sue Berger and her staff will make sure that perfect something wows your valentine. Gift baskets, floral arrangements, stuffed animals and a special of one dozen boxed red roses for $35.99 + tax may be picked up at the store located on Whitehaven Road. Remember, Flower A Day is the only flower shop on the island now.

Wavelengths Hair Salon provides everything to make your honey a living doll. Cuts, color, high-lights, hair products galore, manicures and pedicures are all available at 2300 Grand Island Blvd. Get a gift certificate to cover it all! Call 773-2746 for information.

Nana's Homemade Creations are made from scratch, soaps, lotions and toiletries filled with the healing properties of nature. Made on Grand Island, check out to pamper your winter weary skin.

Designet International located at 1869 Whitehaven has many beautiful gifts for your gal or guy on Valentines Day. Colored stone earrings, bracelets and pendants along with gold and silver chains and celtic gift items are displayed in the showcases. Stop in for the perfect gift.

Personalized Plus at www.personalizedplus.n et features a variety of personalized items. T-shirts, tote bags, mousepads to cardigans are made to order. Cakes baked in jars and cookie kit jar recipes are also available.

The Holiday Inn is offering an overnite of romance. Offered this winter is a package that includes one night accomodations for two, dinner for two in Phin's Restaurant and buffet breakfast for two. This romantic getaway is $149.00. Check out the Holiday Inn website to make a reservation or call 773-1111.

The Rose Liquor Store has a great selection of champagne for all budgets. Available is Dom Perignon, Perrier Jouet, Veuve Cliquot, Moet Chandon and the tasty but lower priced, Andre, Great Western and Korbel among others. David Dmitrewicz, story manager recommends chocolate and sparkling red wine. A good selection of sparkling reds are located with the other champagnes. For a romantic evening, pick up a bottle, light the candles and put some Frank Sinatra on.

All our restaurant sponsors offer gift certificates and great food! Choose from The Beach House, River Oaks Clubhouse, The Village Inn, The Peppermill, Brick Oven, John's Pizza and McMahon's Family Restaurant. Your special someone will know you care when you treat them to a night out.

Remember, Valentines Day is not an option if you don't like being in the doghouse!

Cozy Landscaping Announces New Website - 2004

   Allan Glessner of Cozy Landscaping has announced the posting of a larger, more extensive website. Photos at the site show numerous landscape configurations in the Western New York area and all exclusive designs of Cozy Landscaping. Cozy is available 24/7 for commercial snow removal. Give Allan a call at 773-6463.

Rose Liquor Store, Stuffed Chocolate, Ltd. To Hold Wine & Chocolate Tasting - 2004

   Rose Liquor Store and Stuffed Chocolate, Ltd. will sponsor a Wine & Chocolate Tasting from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2004 at the Buffalo Launch Club. Pre-event admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Admission at the door will be $20 per person. For reservations, call The Rose Liquor Store, 773-4525. Special pricing on the products being sampled will be available to attendees.

Rose Liquor Store, BLC Offer February 2004 Wine Dinner Postponed

   Rose Liquor Store, Buffalo Launch Club and Mullen & Gunn will present a Wine Dinner on Saturday, February 28, 2004 at the Buffalo Launch Club. The date has been changed from Feb. 21st to Feb. 28th.

Frozen Water Pipes? - 2004

   Call a professional to thaw those frozen pipes. Avoid costly water leaks and the possibility of a fire. Gross Plumbing and Heating is insured and licensed and provides fast, safe and professional services for all your plumbing needs. Call today, 284-7882.

Parking Lot Salting - 24 Hours - 2004

   Allan Glessner of Cozy Landscaping Service does parking lot salting and may be reach 24 hours a day at 818-2757.

Invitrogen To Purchase BioReliance Corp. For $430 Million - Dec. 2003

   December 2003. . . Invitrogen Corporation, 3175 Staley Road, agreed Wednesday, December 24, 2003 to purchase the BioReliance Corporation for a price of $430,000,000 with the plan of expanding its production capabilities for its biotech customers. Invitrogen, employer of 550 at the biotechnology facility, is a United States maker of chemical kits used for analyzing and cloning genes.

Rose Liquor Store, BLC Offer January 2004 Wine Dinner

   December 2003. . . Rose Liquor Store, Buffalo Launch Club and Mullen & Gunn will present a Wine Dinner at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2004 at the Buffalo Launch Club. The evening will consist of five wines and four food courses. It will also provide the opportunity for those attending to pre-order any of the wines tasted during the evening for up to 20% off the regular prices.
   Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 773-7629 by Thursday, January 15, 2004. For information only, call 773-4525.
   The menu follows:
Aperitif: Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
First Course: Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Chardonnay (California) paired with Ginger-Squash soup with Harissa oil.
Second Course: Leasingham Magnus Shiraz/Cabernet (Australia) paired with a Portabello mushroom and chorizo satay, charred tomato, cheddar corn cake with barbecue butter.
Third Course: Villa Mt. Eden Tall Trees Cabernet Sauvignon (California) paired with red molè roasted lamb chop, sweet potato & chile puree, tomatillo and corn relish, green chile bordelaise
Dessert: Cockburn's Fine Ruby Port (Portugal) paired with poached Bartlett pears, Gorgonzola, candied walnuts and a ginger-port reduction
   The cost of the event is $45.00 per person (Does not include tax or gratuity).

Rose Liquor Store Announces Special Holiday Hours 2003

   December 2003. . .Rose Liquor Store has announced the following special hours for the Christmas Holidays:
• Open Sunday, December 21st from 12 Noon until 6 p.m.
• Open Sunday, December 28th from 12 Noon until 6 p.m.
• Closed Christmas day and New Year's Day

Rose Liquor Store Open On Thanksgiving Day
Offers Wine Dinner January 17, 2003

   November 2003. . . The Rose Liquor Store will be open Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
   Rose Liquor Store owner Mike Hachee has planned another Wine Tasting Dinner for January 17, 2004 at the Buffalo Launch Club. Details to follow as they become available. For reservations, call 773-7629. For information only, call 773-4525.

Tim Horton's/Wendy's
Open For Business - 2003
Project Complete in 110 Days

Tim Horton's opened at 5 a.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2003.

Ribbon cutting Photos - #1 (left) Chamber of Commerce President James R. Sharpe, Supervisor Peter A. McMahon, Wendy's Marketing Director Amy Reynolds, and Wendy's Area Director Craig Buckley; #2 Wendy's employees; #3 (left) Councilmembers Dick Crawford, Kevin Rustowicz, Mary Cooke, Dan Robillard, Wendy's Marketing Director Amy Reynolds, Supervisor Peter A. McMahon, Wendy and Brian Clark, owners of Tim Horton Franchise.
   Jodi Hayes Robinson Photos - Click for a larger view.

   A ribbon cutting for the opening of Wendy's and Tim Horton's was held at 5 p.m., Monday, November 17, 2003 with town board and Chamber of Commerce members joining the restaurant officials who are very happy to be locating on Grand Island, NY. Tim Horton's opened bright and early at 5 a.m. Tuesday, November 18 and Wendy's followed suit at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
   Following the ribbon cutting the restaurants hosted a family dinner for the officials and their families.
   The combination restaurants both offer drive-thru service and are located at the corner of Grand Island Blvd. and Staley Road.

July 31, 2003 photo of the start of construction.
   Jodi Hayes Robinson Photo

Sheltons' Terriers Are First Place Winners - 2003

Ashleah Shelton with (left) McKenzie, Axel and Switch.

Ashleah Shelton with McKenzie poses for the
Jack Russell Terrier Club of Canada Reserve
National Champion Go-To-Ground, Small Division

   McKenzie, owned by Leigh and Ashleah Shelton, was entered in the following classes at the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Canada National Trial held September 20-21, 2003:
• Novice Agility - 3rd place • Champion Certificate Go-To-Ground Class, Small Division (10" to 12.5") 2nd place out of 18 in the class
   Axel was entered in the following classes at the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Canada National Trial
• Novice Agility - 1st Place
   Switch, also competing in the September show, was entered in:
• Novice Obedience - 3rd place
   The Sheltons entered the dogs in the July 12 2003 Romney Terrier Trial. Their dog, Mackenzie placed 1st in Class 79 Novice adult Go-To-Ground. T.J. Farms Switch of Medlesome and Rebel Yelp Axel, also owned and shown by the Sheltons, placed second and third respectively. There were 15 entries in the Novice Adult competition. Mackenzie also placed first out of 14 entries in the Class 80 Open Adult Go-To-Ground competition.
   The Sheltons are owners of
Medlesome Russell's. Click for their website.

Bank Seminar For First Time Home Buyers - 2003

   Metro Town Center Realty is planning a "free to the public" bank seminar for first time buyers 6:30 p.m. November 5, 2003 in the Metro Town Center conference room, 1980 Whitehaven Road, 2nd floor. This is to introduce buyers to the mortgage products available and to answer financial questions, etc. It is being sponsored by Countrywide Mortgage Corp.Those interested are asked to rsvp to Betty Harris, 773-1177.

Wine Dinner Scheduled for October 9, 2003

   October 2003. . .The Rose Liquor Store, the Buffalo Launch Club, Colony Liquor & Wine and Banfi Wines will present a wine dinner at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, October 9, 2003 in the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road. The evening will feature five wines with four food courses. Attendees will have the opportunity to preorder any of the wines tasted at up to 20% off the regular prices.
   The menu follows:
Aperitif: Banfi Principessa Gavi Perlante (Italy)
First Course: Concha Y Toro Casillero Diablo (Chile) paired with a salad of tomatoes, fresh basil, red onions and goat cheese
Second Course: Banfi L'Ardi Dolcetto D'Acqui (Italy) paired with grilled chicken over penne pasta with arugala and a sun-dried tomato vinagerette
Third Course: Concha Y Toro Marques di Casa Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile) paired with adobo rubbed beef tenderloin with a roasted red pepper pesto
Dessert: Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto (Italy) paired with a flourless chocolate torte and a raspberry sauce
   Cost is $45 per person and does not include tax or gratuity. Seating is limited and reservations are required by Wednesday, October 8, by calling 773-7629.

McMahon's Family Restaurant Family Day Benefit Is Huge Success

Good weather, good crowd added up to success for McMahon's Restaurant event.
Barbi Lare Photo - Click for larger view.

   McMahons Family Restaurant has been providing good food for the community for over a year and celebrated Saturday, August 30, 2003 with a festival and school supplies collection to benefit "Hearts For The Homeless." Highlight of the event which drew a huge crowd were the famous McMahon pancakes provided for the pancake eating contests. Steve Beck, 10, was the winner for the youngest pancake contest. Eric Christy, 12, was also a winner and the adults fielded four contestants with Bob Brennan, the winner with four cakes eaten.

Family Day At McMahon's Family Restaurant

   August 28, 2003 . . . Joe and Fran McMahon and the crew at McMahon's Family Restaurant, 1849 Grand Island Blvd., are holding a "Family Day" at the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 30, 2003 to show their 'customer appreciation.'
   In support of the "Hearts For The Homeless" project, those attending are asked to make a donation of school supplies and will then receive a "free" hot dog. Supply list includes back packs, pens, pencils, crayons, construction paper and notebooks.
   The Family Day event will feature music, hot dogs, cotton candy, ice cream, face painting, popcorn, clowns, and prizes/giveaways. A Coca Cola trailer and a Sahlen Hot Dog trailer will be on the site. A pancake eating contest starts at 3 p.m. and those entering must register before 1 p.m.

deSignet Offers Nautical Jewelry And Much More - 2003

July 31, 2003. . .Wouldn't the boater in your life love this gold plated, sterling silver propeller tie tack? For details on this and a wide array of in stock and custom jewelry, click
deSignet Jewelry, located right here on Grand Island (1869 Whitehaven Road). For more nautical jewelry, click deSignet - "Nautical."

Welcome, New Business Sponsor Allan Glessner/Cozy Landscaping Service

   July 21, 2003. . . Welcome to Cozy Landscaping Service,'s newest business sponsor. Owner Allan Glessner operates the landscaping business at 3050 Grand Island Blvd. For complete information on all your landscape needs without leaving Grand Island, click
Cozy Landscaping Service. The phone number for "Cozy" is 773-6463.

McMahon's Family Restaurant Closed During Parking Lot Paving
New Hours Announced - July 2003

   McMahon's Family Restaurant will be closed at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2003 and will remain closed on Monday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 29 due to the parking lot being paved. New restaurant hours are as follows:
Monday - Friday - 6 a.m. 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sundays - 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The ice cream stand will remain open until 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays

Starline USA To Add 80,000 Square Feet to Island Plant

   Starline USA's Grand Island plant at 3036 Alt Blvd. will build an 80,000 square foot addition, which is expected to create 50 jobs. Starline, currently employing 115 at the Island plant, prints corporate logos on coffee mugs, cooler bags, golf accessories and other promotional items. According to the vice president and controller for Starline USA, Patrick Moran, "We're going to be doing more production down here for our parent company in Toronto. The property values are cheaper down here than they are in Greater Toronto, so we're doing the expansion down here."
   A $330,335 tax abatement package for the expansion was approved Wednesday, July 16, 2003 by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. Starline USA's property tax abatement is in the amount of $268,235, to be spread over a 15-year period. Starline has also been promised $62,100 of sales tax and mortgage recording tax breaks.
   According to a July 17, 2003 Buffalo News article, "The property tax discount only applies to the building addition. The project will generate $178,823 of new revenue during the 15-year period from payments-in-lieu-of-taxes to the county, town and school district."

Niagara Business Network Holds Business Mixer

   June 2003. . .Niagara Business Network will hold a business mixer from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2003 in the new meeting room at Metro Town Center Realty Inc. on Whitehaven Road across from Town Hall. The Grand Island business network, headed by Brian Atkinson, meets on Tuesdays for the business people who want to network but due to schedules, cannot attend early morning meetings. The business mixer will be followed by the town sponsored band concert, The BBC, a Beatles group from 7-9 p.m. at the Town Commons. For more information, call Brian Atkinson (716) 744-2602.

Successful Business Mixer At New Meeting Place

Jodi Robinson Photo - Click for larger view.

   July 2003. . . The July 1, 2003 Business Mixer sponsored by Metro Town Center Realty Inc. and DRH Services was well received and a fun, get-to-know you for local business owners from not only Grand Island, but Niagara Falls, the Town of Tonawanda, and Amherst. The donated door prize, a lovely cut vase of flowers donated by Sue Berger of Flower A Day, was won by Ron Sciandra of Primeamerica Financial of Amherst. The new conference room at 1980 Whitehaven Road is 400 square feet, has seating for 20 and will accomodate more.
   Click for the More Information.

Impressive Flower Cakes At Flower A Day Florist - June 2003

Jodi Hayes Dodd Photo
This beautiful creation was made by talented Flower A Day owner Sue Berger. Sue will make a similar "flower cake" for any occasion and in a personal arrangement that is sure to please. Twenty-four-hour notice is all that is necessary. Click for the
Flower A Day Florist website. Flower A Day is located at 1879 Whitehaven Road (773-4252).

Small Business Assistance Center Ribbon Cutting

Barbi Lare Photo - Click for larger view.

   A ribbon cutting ceremony took place June 13, 2003 officially opening the new Grand Island Small Business Assistance Center. The creation and establishment of the Center was a combined effort by the County, the State, the Grand Island Economic Development Committee and Islechem LLC.
   The new location will provide a contact site for all types of assistance to small businesses, working closely with other economic development and small business assistance organizations, including the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. Representatives from all sectors were on hand for the formal ribbon cutting ceremony. Shown (not necessarily in order) are Town Councilmen Richard Crawford and Dan Robillard; Chuck Radar of the Islechem; Chairman John White; Mike Heftka, Small Business Representative; Chamber of Commerce President Jim Sharpe; NYS Assemblyman Sam Hoyt; Erie County Legislator Chuck Swanick; John Bonora; Jerry Doane; Senior Citizen Representative Hank Carroll; Chairman Mary Sommer; and Mary Cooke.

Flower A Day To Offer Cheese Platters at Craft Show

Jodi Hayes Dodd Photo
   June 2003. . .Sue Berger of Flower A Day Flower Shop will be at the Grand Crafts on the Island craft show next weekend with her own creations of cheese platters suitable for hors doerves and appetizers. The trays are made from wine and liquor bottles which Sue warms them until they can be "smooshed" into shape. They are on display at the Flower A Day Shop at 1879 Whitehaven Road. Click for the
Flower A Day Florist website.

Business Mixer/Open House Introduces New Meeting Place

   June 2003. . .A Business Mixer and Open House, sponsored by Betty and Don Harris will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2003 in the new conference/meeting room at the Metro Town Center Realty building. The mixer will be an opportunity to network with businesses. Business cards are encouraged and refreshments will be served. There will be a door prize drawing and the town sponsored band concert will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the park across from Metro Town Center Realty. (bring your own chair). Those planning on attending the mixer/open house are asked to RSVP to 773-1177.
   The idea behind Betty and Don's new venture is to offer a space for minimal rent for business meetings, training classes, demonstrations, girls night programs etc. The remodeled area is 400 square feet, complete with tables, chairs, new carpeting and air conditioning. Centrally located, it is an ideal place for clubs/organizations to promote events or to use for ticket sales etc. The area may be rented by day or by the hour. Currently, Dorothy Bitner has been conducting driver safety programs for insurance point reduction and utilizing a tv/vcr and dry board for demonstrations.

Ragtime Piano Player Don Burns Filling River Oaks
River Oaks For Excellent Fish Fry

   June 2003. . .River Oaks Clubhouse continues to 'bill' the best of local talent including Don Burns, ragtime piano player and longtime Islander, who has been playing Friday evenings from 6-9 p.m. and drawing a fabulous crowd. The restaurant is open from 4-11 p.m. for dinner. Reservations are recommended (773-3337). Click for
Don Burns' Website or River Oaks Restaurant Website.

Island Businesswoman Becomes Certified

   June 2003. . .Kelly Claus took the next step to further her goal of providing excellent customer service, and expert advise to those who ask. Kelly spent this past Saturday, June 14, 2003 in a day-long training session, culminating in her becoming a Certified Beauty Advisor.
   One of only two Certified Beauty Advisors in the district, Kelly now has the ability to train her customers on the proper use and application of many make-up products that could help them to feel better about themselves as well as making them look their best. She also has the ability to give advice on the many wellness products that are available and help people choose the best ones for their particular goals.
   Kelly, who has been selling Avon for a little over one year, would like to extend an invitation to everyone who would like to call. She is ready and willing to answer questions and may be reached at 773-5962, or by e-mailing at

Wine Dinner Scheduled for June 26

   June 2003. . .The Rose Liquor Store and the Buffalo Launch Club have set the menu for their next wine dinner, scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2003 in the Buffalo Launch Club. The event will feature five wines with four food courses.
   Two wines from New Zealand, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Riesling, and two from California, a Pinot Noir and a red Zinfandel, will be matched up with food courses that include vegetable curry chowder, honey-roasted salmon, barbecued pulled-pork, baked beans, and German potato salad. Desert will be a late-harvest Sauvignon Blanc from Chile matched up with Key lime pie.
   Seating is limited and reservations are required by June 25. For more information call Dave at The Rose Liquor Store, 773-4525. To make reservations, call the Buffalo Launch Club at 773-7629.

$162,000 Tax Break For Valmed Pharmaceuticals

   June 2003. . .Valmed Pharmaceuticals has been approved for around $162,000 of property, sales and mortgage recording tax breaks which will be spread over a 15-year period to expand its telemarketing operation on Grand Island. The company is a national distributor of generic pharmaceutical products to small chain pharmacies. Valmed expects to grow from 74 employees to 138 in the next two years.

American Pharmaceutical Announces Purchase Price Of Moore Site

   June 2003. . . American Pharmaceutical Partners has announced its purchase price of $2.2 million for the 20-acre+ Moore property on Lang Blvd. Click American Pharmaceutical for complete story.

Bob Piatek - State Farm Insurance Offers Long Term Care Seminar

   State Farm Insurance agent Bob Piatek will hold a Long Term Care Educational Seminar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at the State Farm Insurance office, 1837 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Click
State Farm Insurance for further information.

Soft Ice Cream Now At McMahon's Family Restaurant

Kim McMahon and Sarah (left) and Bill Derwin (right).
Dan McMahon Photo

   June 5, 2003. . .Joe and Fran McMahon have added a special treat to their operation at
McMahon's Family Restaurant - soft ice cream, hard ice cream in several of flavors, fat free yogurt and rainbow sherbet. Kimberly McMahon had the pleasure of serving the favorite summer time treat to Sarah who chose a two-flavored twist on Friday, May 30, 2003, the day the "Island Twist" opened.

Former GE President Named Invitrogen's Chief Executive Officer - 2003

   Invitrogen Corp. has named Gregory T. Lucier as its chief executive officer. Lucier was the former president and CEO of General Electric Systems information-technology business unit. According to Invitrogen officials, Lucier contributed to increased sales in GE Medical's information systems technology business to $1.8 billion from $700 million which is approximately Invitrogen's size. Invitrogen, employer of 550 at the biotechnology facility at 3175 Staley Road, Grand Island, is a United States maker of chemical kits used for analyzing and cloning genes.

Welcome, New Business Sponsor Rich Milkas/Copy Cat Print Center

   May 29, 2003. . . Welcome to Copy Cat Print Center,'s newest business sponsor. Owner Rich Milkas operates the printing business at 1859 Whitehaven Road. For complete information on all your printing needs without leaving Grand Island, click "Copy Cat Print Center."

McMahon's Family Restaurant Introduces New Coupon and Specials

   May 22, 2003. . .Joe and Fran McMahon of McMahon's Family Restaurant are offering a Friday Fish Fry coupon special, good until September 5, 2003. The restaurant also offers new daily specials that include a choice of soup or salad and dessert. Just click
McMahon's Family Restaurant for complete menu and details. Though the parking lot may appear deceiving, tables are generally available inside.

Bob Piatek - State Farm Insurance Offers Long Term Care Seminar

   State Farm Insurance agent Bob Piatek will hold a Long Term Care Educational Seminar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at the State Farm Insurance office, 1837 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Click
State Farm Insurance for further information.

Moore Site Purchased By American Pharmaceutical Partners

   May 2003. . . The 20-acre+ Moore property on Lang Blvd. and research and development center, closed two years ago, has been purchased By American Pharmaceutical Partners who intends to expand the site. Plans are to put the building into immediate use for warehousing raw materials, finished goods and an employee training area. The purchase price was not disclosed.

ElderWood Health Care at Riverwood Employee of the Month

   May 9, 2003. . . In just three months, Evester Hart Jr. has demonstrated his value as a team member in the maintenance department well enough to be named May 2003 Employee of the Month at ElderWood Health Care at Riverwood, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island.
   “I enjoy the challenge of working with all different types of people, both residents and co-workers, as well as learning about the health care industry,” he says.
   Evester, his wife, Tammy, and their 12-year-old son, Jordan, moved to Niagara Falls less than a year ago from California.
   A musician from the age of 6, Evester plays the sax, piano and drums. “Music relaxes me,” said Evester, who has also written tunes in styles from country to pop and rock. He was a backup/studio musician and member of a “house band” in California.
   ElderWood Health Care at Riverwood is associated with ElderWood Senior Care, providing long-term care, assisted living, subacute rehabilitation, ventilator care and memory care to more than 1,500 people in Western and Central New York.

Metro Chubb Real Estate Group - 2003

   Metro Chubb Real Estate Group at 2119 Grand Island Blvd. will hold a wine and cheese party to celebrate the opening of their newly remodeled office. The party will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2003.

Moore Organization Receives $18.4 Million
Grant to Subsidize E-Learning Initiative - 2003

   Grand Island, New York, USA – April 11, 2003. . . The Moore Organization, Inc. announced today that is has received a grant to fund and subsidize online learning activities within M-Learner.NET. For complete story, click Moore Organization.

The Beach House Restaurant - Favorite Foods - River View - April 17, 2003

Jodi Hayes Dodd Photos
   There are several good restaurants on the Island that serve great lunches and dinners. One in particular, The Beach House Restaurant, has good food, good service, a view of the Niagara River and a cozy atmosphere. Business is somewhat constant but a wait for a table is either unheard of or very short. The nautical decor, the fireplace towards the back and everything else about it make it a quaint little village restaurant that draws from every area of the Island. The Beach House Restaurant is located in Sandy Beach on East River Road at Wallace Drive.
   Some of the Beach House lunch favorites are the fish fry, the salads, and the grilled sandwiches. The menu, which includes a full dinner selection, is extensive and all of the food, including steaks, shrimp, homemade meatloaf, pork chops, chicken and scallops, are of high quality. And best of all, prices are reasonable. For the complete Beach House Menu, just click it!

Grinders Skate Park Opens April 11 - 2003

   Grinders Skate Park at 2088 Grand Island Blvd. is opening Friday (April 11, 2003), just in time for spring break. The Park will be open 3-10 p.m. on opening day and 12-10 p.m. from Saturday, April 12 through Sunday, April 27th. The park features 28,000 square feet of ramps, jumps, stairs and rails. A CD juke box and a tented picnic area is also on site. Call 404-8888 or check out the Grinders Website. Coupon

River Oaks Serving Easter Brunch

River Oaks Clubhouse will feature an Easter Brunch on Sunday April 20, 2003 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Brunch, which begins with a choice of soups, will feature roast beef and ham carved to order, along with omelettes, also made to order. A smorgasboard will offer a choice of breakfast and dinner items including Beef Burgundy, Seafood Newburg and Chicken Stir Fry. Five different salads, a fruit and cheese display, bread station and a dessert station round out this delightful menu. Call 773-3337 ext. 17 for reservations. Happy Easter!

Bob Piatek - State Farm Insurance Offers Long Term Care Seminar

   State Farm Insurance agent Bob Piatek will hold a Long Term Care Educational Seminar from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2003 at the State Farm Insurance office, 1837 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Click
State Farm Insurance for further information.

Riverwood Health Care Employee of the Month

   April 3, 2003. . .Unit Clerk Lisa Vilardo has been named April’s Employee of the Month at ElderWood Health Care at Riverwood, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. “I enjoy meeting the residents and spending time with them,” Lisa said this week. “I also enjoy working with fellow staff.” She holds a medical secretary degree from Bryant and Stratton.
   Born and raised in Buffalo, she has been a Grand Island resident for five years and is married to Joe Vilardo. When she is not at work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
   ElderWood Health Care at Riverwood is associated with ElderWood Senior Care, providing long-term care, assisted living, subacute rehabilitation, ventilator care and memory care to more than 1,500 people in Western and Central New York.

Wall At McMahon's Restaurant Is Tribute To Isle Troops

Dan McMahon Photos - Click for larger view.

   A wall of names and photos is growing every week in McMahon's Family Restaurant as family and friends of our troops over seas post the name of their loved one. The Wall is a tribute to the Islanders on active duty and will continue to display the names and photos of our servicemen and women until the war is over. Joe and Fran McMahon are looking for more photos and names of Islanders currently activated for the Iraq freedom war. The pictures and names maya be dropped off anytime during the day and Friday evenings until 8 p.m.
   Pictured left to right waitress April Marohn, Carli-Jo McMahon and Fran and Joe McMahon, owners of McMahon's Family restaurant at 1849 Grand Island Blvd.

Barb Gatti and John Dudley - Serenade Music Services

   Serenade Music Services is the result of the collaboration of Barb Gatti and John Dudley to bring music to the community. Singing telegrams as well as hosting Karaoke and/or DJ services for parties, get togethers, weddings, etc. are their specialties.
   Barb teaches piano and John teaches guitar and voice, to all age and talent levels.
   With over 20 years experience each, they will gladly customize the music for your event and make it a “one of a kind” music experience for you. Visit their website to hear their Karaoke renditions of some popular songs and call them at 773-3571 or e-mail them at or

Bob Piatek - State Farm Insurance Offers Long Term Care Seminar

   State Farm Insurance agent Bob Piatek will hold a Long Term Care Educational Seminar from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2003 at the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road. Click
State Farm Insurance for further information.

McMahon's Family Restaurant Introduces New Coupon and Specials

   February 27, 2003. . .Joe and Fran McMahon of McMahon's Family Restaurant are offering a Friday Fish Fry coupon special, good until the end of April. The restaurant also offers new daily specials that include a choice of soup or salad and dessert. Just click
McMahon's Family Restaurant for complete menu and details. Though the parking lot may appear deceiving, tables are generally available inside.

Buffalo Zoo Trunk Visits Stay To Play Students

Barbi Lare Photo - Click for larger view.

   The Zoo Trunk from the Buffalo Zoo made a visit to the Stay to Play Nursery School on Monday, March 10, 2003 when the 4-year-old students were able to not only learn about the birds, reptiles and mammals, but see them up close. Andy Meer was able to touch the Chinchilla that Mr. Sal brought along.

Don Burns Plays Ragtime Piano At River Oaks

   February 27, 2003. . .River Oaks Clubhouse continues to 'bill' the best of local talent and has announced that Don Burns, ragtime piano player and longtime Islander, will be playing on Friday evenings from 6-9 p.m. beginning Friday, March 7, 2003. The restaurant is open from 4-11 p.m. for dinner. Reservations are recommended (773-3337). Click for
Don Burns' Website or River Oaks Restaurant Website.

Welcome, Flower A Day's New Owner Sue Berger

By Jodi Hayes Dodd

   February 6, 2003. . . Welcome to Sue Berger, the new proprieter of Flower A Day Florist. On January 2, 2003, Sue took over the Island business which was started over 25 years ago. Current manager Cindy McCaffery worked for her mom, Janet Redinger, the previous owner. Flower A Day has a wide variety of flowers, plants, gifts, balloons, fruit baskets and cards. Grab a cup of coffee as you peruse the newly remodeled showroom. To celebrate Valentines Day, a special is being offered on a dozen roses, gift boxed for $34.95. Flower A Day is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For your floral needs, call 716-773-4252 or visit the store at 1879 Whitehaven Road.

Newest Business Sponsor Receives Instant Results
Nana's Homemade Creations

The following is from newest business sponsor, Tammy Cummings, who had instant results from her web ad, featured on the January 9, 2003 front page of the Grand Island e-News at
January 11, 2003. . .Hi Jodi,
Just wanted to thank you for helping me get set up on the Isledegrande website. It looks great and I already got an order from it! I am very happy with your work and service. Have a great day,
Tammy Cummings
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"Nana's Homemade Creations"

Nana's Homemade Creations
Islandmade Soaps and Lotions

   January 9, 2003. . .Nana's Homemade Creations is's newest business sponsor. Grand Island resident Tammy Capone-Cummings has been making all natural soaps, lotions, scrubs and ointments for the past six years. It started when family members who were sensitive to soaps and detergents could not find any relief. Tammy remembered her grandmother growing comfrey root in the backyard and making ointments out of it. Through a lot of research via the internet, and a little help from Grandma's recipes, Nana's Homemade Creations was born. Tammy sells her products out of her home, online and at local craft shows. Free shipping is available for New York State residents. Check out
Tammy's Website or call (716)774-1331.

River Oaks Wine Dinner

   January 9, 2003. . .River Oaks Clubhouse is hosting a wine dinner at 7:15 p.m on Wednesday, January 15, 2003. The dinner features five wines from California's Guenoc Winery and four food courses. The first course will be pan-seared scallops and spinach fettucine paired with Chardonnay. The second course is roast pork tacos with poblano mole sauce paired with a Petite Sirah. Third course consists of braised beef short ribs with horseradish mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables paired with Cabernet Sauvignon. For dessert, a flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce will be paired with a Petite Sirah Port. Co-sponsors of the event are Rose Liquor Store, Eber Brothers and Guenoc Winery. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 773-3337 ext. 17 by Sunday, January 12, 2003.

Invitrogen Corp. Building 70,000-sq.-ft. Warehouse Here

   January 2, 2003. . . Invitrogen Corp. is building a 70,000-square-foot warehouse and office expansion at its facilites at 3175 Staley Road, Grand Island. According to Invitrogen representative Brian Petit, "That's a $9 million investment coming into Western New York. We're building here because we want to stay here." Research scientists, manufacturing technicians, quality process engineers and customer service representatives are being hired by the company, which is based in the San Diego area.
   The former Life Technologies was sold in September 2000 at which time Invitrogen reduced its 155-person Grand Island work force by 35 jobs as a means of cost cutting. The company has since reorganized its operations into two divisions, one focusing on molecular biology and the other on cell culture. Current local headcount is at 540.

Hizair Hair Salon Donates 1st Anniversary Proceeds For Jadon

Susan at Hizair, a hair salon across from the Burger King Restaurant on Grand Island Blvd., is celebrating her first anniversary of the business on Saturday, December 7, 2002 by donating the proceeds of haircuts to the Baby Jadon Russell Garman Foundation. Stop by Saturday between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a great haircut and help out the Garman family. Click for
More Information.

Great Gift Ideas - Out-of-Towners Take Note

Shown are some of the variety of ceramic animals available at Grand Island Garden Center

Earrings at deSignet International
By Jodi Hayes Dodd

   Check out our business sponsors when Christmas shopping for relatives and friends from Grand Island. Everyone loves gift certificates and we have plenty of options. The Village Inn, River Oaks Clubhouse and McMahon's Family Restaurant are very popular eating establishments. Take a look at their sites through our
Business Sponsor page and give them a call. We all look forward to spring. Why not purchase a gift certificate at the Grand Island Garden Center so that mom and dad can plant a tree and think of you! How about drum lessons for your nephew? Jackson Music has all kinds of musical instruments and lessons. Or perhaps a pass to Grinders Skate Park would make your adventurous teen happy.
   But wait, there's more. Any female on your list would welcome a new hair-do, manicure or hair care products. Just call Wavelengths Hair Salon. Anyone remember Sundays at the Bedell House? Donny Burns' book, "Piano People," is available online through his website, Sundown Canyon. The ladies in your life all love jewelry. Take a look at deSignet International and see what is available online. Order mom a mother's ring, and you will definitely be the favorite! Grandparents, those grandkids don't need more toys... buy savings bonds through HSBC and M&T banks. They will thank you for it later. No matter how you look at it, we have your holiday list covered on our Business Sponsor page. Remember! Our business sponsors help to keep FREE. Happy Holidays!

Grand Opening at Century 21 Winklhofer

For left are Amy Winklhofer, Councilman Richard Crawford Jr., Supervisor Peter McMahon and Eric Winklhofer

   Representatives of Century 21 Winklhofer located at 2273 Grand Island Blvd. celebrated their grand opening Thursday, November 14, 2002. The office is owned by brokers, Bob and Judy Winklhofer who also have an office in Clarence. Their Century 21 franchise is the oldest in western New York. The agents and staff of the Grand Island office are very excited about their new team, which includes the brother-sister team of Eric and Amy Winklhofer, shown above.

Fall Open House at Hidden Oaks

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This Mordeno built home will be featured at the Hidden Oaks Fall Open House October 19 and 20, 2002 from noon to 6 p.m.

   Metro Real Estate Place will hold a fall open house at Hidden Oaks, an upscale residential community on Grand Island. Mordeno Construction, J. F. Dickinson Builders, and Christopher Thomas Homes will showcase their custom built homes October 19 and 20 from noon to 6 p.m.
   Kathy Aronica and Floyd Doring of Metro Real Estate Place are exclusive agents for the development. They can assist buyers in site and homebuilder selection and arrange the right financial package through Countrywide Home Loans. Countrywide is the nation’s leading independent home loan lender with various loan options available. Metro Real Estate Place will also raffle a one-night stay at the Garden Place Hotel with dinner-for-two at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. Admission is free. For more information call Kathy Aronica at 773-2221.
   To visit Hidden Oaks, take the I-190 to exit 18-Beaver Island Parkway. Make a right on Fix Road West and a right on Hidden Oaks Court.

Town Cafe Opens On Boulevard

Jodi Hayes Dodd Photos
   Grand Island's newest eatery opened Wednesday, October 16, 2002. The Town Cafe is in the former location of the Holiday Showcase and is being run by the Alessi family of Harvey Road. The dinner menu features steaks, seafood and Italian specialties. A lite menu will also be available for those who want a sandwich at dinner time. The Alessis are well known for their salad bar, which will be available with lunch and dinner. The lunch menu offers sandwiches, salads and a luncheon buffet served Monday-Friday. The Town Cafe also has a sit-down bar in the center of the newly remodeled building. Stop in and welcome the newest Island business!

Absolute Paradise Closed

   Absolute Paradise Day Spa, 2271 Grand Island Blvd. has closed as of October 7, 2002. A sign on the front door states that reimbursements will be made for fitness members, tanning members and gift certificates. Send photo copy of gift certificate with name and address to P.O. Box 511, Tonawanda, NY 14151-0511.

New Fuccillo Chevrolet Dealership Opens On Alvin Road

   Fuccillo Chevrolet began its month-long grand opening festivities last weekend (Oct. 4-6, 2002) at its new state-of-the art facility at 2000 Alvin Road. The huge Chevrolet dealership right here on Grand Island, according to General Manager Tom Kanaley, "is committed to serving the Western New York community with the best deals and service for all of its automotive needs."

Absolute Paradise Closed

   Absolute Paradise Day Spa, 2271 Grand Island Blvd. has closed as of October 7, 2002. A sign on the front door states that reimbursements will be made for fitness members, tanning members and gift certificates. Send photo copy of gift certificate with name and address to P.O. Box 511, Tonawanda, NY 14151-0511.

Mother's Morning Out At Childtime

Childtime Director Sue Kershner (left) prepares lesson plans
for "Mother's Morning Out" with teachers Deborah Miller and Molly McMahon (right).
   A new program, "Mother's Morning Out," is being offered at Childtime Learning Center, 2880 Grand Island Blvd. The program provides mothers some much deserved time to allow them to do the things they needs to do while their children are in a secure and nurturing environment where they have the opportunity to interact with other children their own age. The program, for 3- and 4-year-old children, is available either two or three mornings a week and at a special rate. Childtime continues to offer complete child care programs for children six weeks to 12 years old. The new "Mother's Morning Out" program is especially tailored for parents who don't want, or need, traditional child care but still want their children to have the benefit of a quality pre-school experience. To learn more about Childtime's new "Mother's Morning Out" program as well as other programs the learning center offers, contact Sue or Renee at 773-4433.

Century 21 Hopkins Square Realty Sold
Century 21 Winklhofer has tripled its size by buying the Grand Island office of Century 21 Hopkins Square Realty. Click "BUFFALO NEWS" for the story.

Grand Opening Sunday At Grinders Skatepark

Barbi Lare Photo
   Town Supervisor Peter McMahon was on hand for Grinders Skate Park's ribbon cutting celebrating the grand opening of the Park. The ribbon was cut by owner Paul Irving, while Tammy and Shaughn Irving on the left and Brian McGovern (of Skate-able) and Mike Garico look on. Chris Hoffmangle, Jay Brundege and Drew Pierce took their turn down the ramp, almost too quickly to catch on film.

Grand Opening Sunday At Grinders Skatepark

   The brand new Grinders Skatepark at 2088 Grand Island Blvd. will host a grand opening this Sunday (July 28, 2002), featuring live music and demonstrations by the following skateboard teams - Krudco, Hardpact, Triad, Sudds and Sessions East. Skaters are urged to purchase an $8 ticket and skate along with the pros (admission is $3 for non-skaters). Safety equipment is available for rental, but participants must provide their own bikes, blades or boards, as well as a signed waiver from their parents. The Park is open daily from noon to 11 p.m. Call 404-8888 or check out the Grinders Website.

Longtime Island Family Opens Boulevard Restaurant

Story and Photo By Barbi Lare
   A new restaurant opened Monday, July 8, 2002 on Grand Island Blvd. Francine and Joe McMahon (and the whole family) began operations of their McMahon's Family Restaurant in the building formerly known as the Islander, and next to Grand Island Pools.
   Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, McMahon's offers a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Parking is plentiful, the location is good, and food is great and reasonably priced.
   Daily specials are offered on Thursday (Italian), Friday (haddock fish fry), and Saturday (steak and chicken).
   The interior has been completely redone and is very customer-friendly. Decorations will be available for sale, so, if you like something you see, buy it! The exterior will be improved, including a deck for outside dining, And ice cream is coming soon.
   Francine is running the show, and Joe is at the grill in the morning. Other family members will be helping out behind the scene and assisting with serving.
   Welcome McMahon's Family Restaurant.

Casa D'italia Coupon and New Menu!

    Casa D'italia has added new entrees to their already delicious menu. Veal or Chicken Francais, Veal or Chicken Marsala and Veal or Chicken Scaloppine all are served with a side of pasta. Additional pasta dishes include Shrimp & Clam Marinara, Chicken & Brocolli Pasta or Shrimp & Brocolli Pasta. Wine and beer are also available. Coupon
Catering is available for any function (birthdays, graduations, office parties, you name it!) where you may need good food and service.

The Island Twist

Story and Photo By Barbi Lare
   In conjunction with the opening of Grinders, The Island Twist stand, located right next to the park on Grand Island Blvd., is now open the same hours as the skate park.
   Cones, shakes, sundaes, swirls, blizzards, and frozen yogurt are featured. All hit the spot on these very warm days and evenings. Stop in for your favorite. You don't have to skate to be able to purchase the cold treats.

Rock Guitar Music Enjoyed At Jackson Music

Story and Photo By Barbi Lare
   Jackson Music, on Grand Island Blvd. was the site of lots of rock guitar music on Saturday. A huge, 40' x 100' tent was set up next to the music store, complete with stage and speaker arrangements.
   Groups performed all day and evening with original rock music. provided great visual effects and two guitars were given away during the event.
   Not only guitars, but keyboards, sound equipment, and lessons are available at Jacksons. Jack and Mary West own the store and they explained that original music is not necessarily recognizable music, and as we witnessed, not the kind one goes away whistling. But all ages of folks came to hear the bands and enjoy the event.
   Jackson Music is open 11 a.m.-8p.m. every day and the folks are there to help you out with you music needs and wishes.
   And the invitation is open on July 4, 2002, after the VFW post event and until the fireworks go off across the Blvd. at Fantasy Island. Buffalo's premier party rock band, THE HEAT, will be featured as will with concert visuals, light and effects.

Grinders Skate Park Opens

Story and Photo By Barbi Lare
   The new skate park on Grand Island Boulevard, just south of Tops Market, is now open for business. After some weather delays, the huge array of ramps and jumps may now be skated on, skate boarded on and BMX biked upon.
   The first day, a hand full of youngster of all ages came to try out their skills. Parents and friends may wait under a huge tent and watch the performances. We witnessed all levels of skills, so there is something for almost everyone.
   The park is opened Monday through Thursday from 12-noon to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. through 10 p.m. Boards and blades are welcome at all hours and bikes are scheduled 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. It is recommended that all participants wear the necessary protective gear. (which is available for rent at the park) but they must bring their own vehicles.
   A Grand Opening will be scheduled in July. All the employees have been certified for their First Aid/CPR course.

Opening of Grinders Skate Park Announced

   The long awaited opening of Grinders Skate Park is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, June 21, 2002). The skate park, located at 2088 Grand Island Blvd., south of Whitehaven Road, is 28,000 square feet of ramps, jumps, stairs and rails. A tented picnic area is available to cool your heels while you enjoy an ice cream cone and listen to cd's from the juke box. Hours are noon-10 p.m., and the park is open every day. Call the ticket office at 404-8888 for more information or visit Grinders Website.

Public Welcome At River Oaks

    River Oaks Clubhouse has a new manager and a new look! Tom Siwirski came on board late last fall and has spent a lot of time and energy sprucing up the clubhouse. The grille room is now paneled and has a very cozy atmosphere. The dining room has new furnishings and accessories that give it a fresh, intimate feel. A full length awning has been added to the deck that will keep you cool while you listen to the live music that is scheduled throughout the summer. Check out the music dates on the River Oaks Clubhouse page.
   Back as head chef is Robert Forbes, well known on Grand Island for serving a delicious meal. The menu has been designed to provide all time favorites and interesting veal, seafood and pasta dishes. River Oaks' famous fish fry is available on Friday evenings along with live music. Don't forget Father's Day is Sunday, June 16th. River Oaks will be having drink and dinner specials for all your special Dad's!

Hot Dog Stand Opens

Pictured from left are Alexa Mallare, Christine Carr, Maggie Smith and Sarah Mallare

The Bedell House Hot Dog Stand opened last Friday (May 31, 2002) and is a sure sign that summer is here. Christine Carr (of Village Inn), along with her mother, Maggie Smith and sister, Sarah Mallare are serving up all the old favorites and more, down at the river. The menu consists of hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, macaroni salad, the ever popular clam broth and new this year, handmade ice cream milkshakes and hot fudge sundaes! The ladies have a nice patio set up with fresh flowers, great place to enjoy your lunch and the river view. The stand, located at the end of East Ferry Road in Ferry Village, will be open Thursday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Jackson Music Clinic

Jackson Music, located 2475 Grand Island Blvd., is the place to be on Thursday, June 13, 2002. Professional guitarist Rick Laird, will host a clinic on amps and effects processors from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Following the clinic, a live concert featuring 103.3 & 92.9 artists KLEAR will take place from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Concessions will be provided by the Grand Island football team.

Bands To Play at Jackson Music

Jackson Music Website

Jackson Music, located at 2475 Grand Island Blvd., will host a day-long "Guitar Evolution," on Friday, June 21, 2002. Mary and Jack West, owners of Jackson Music, have booked seven bands for the "no charge" event which begins at 2:30 p.m. The concert event will be held under a massive tent with large screen concert visuals. Guitar clinics, music gear giveaways, food and adult beverages for purchase round out this blow-out event. On July 4th, the Wests will host another concert, "no charge" and alcohol free. This concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will feature "The Heat." Come after the VFW picnic and stay until fireworks!


Grinders Inc., Super Skate Park To Become Reality

Grinders Skatepark Website

   Island residents Tammy and Paul Irving will be opening a new venture as soon as weather permits in Spring 2002. Grinders Inc./Skatepark Experience, will be located at the rear of 2088 Grand Island Blvd. The Irvings also own Cataract Customhouse Brokerage located in the building at the front of the property. Skateboards, in-line skates and BMX bikes will be able to use the facility which is 30,000 square feet of vertical walls, half pipes, mini ramps, grinding rails, quarter pipes etc. The Skatepark was designed by Jay Brundege of Vertical Skateparks Inc. of Youngstown, OH. Mr. Brundege also constructed the ramps and can be seen above helping unload them.
   Expected hours of operation will be 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. seven days a week, with fees of $5.00 per hour, $10.00 per day, and $350.00 for a season pass. Future plans include learning clinics and camps, special event and birthday parties, professional demos and a tented picnic area.

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    • Odds' N' Ends Closing
      The closing of all Odds' N' Ends stores, including the Grand Island Blvd. plaza store, was announced earlier this week. Odds' N' Ends is in the process of liquidating merchandise at its 21 stores including the eight stores in the Buffalo area. The Grand Island store opened in June 1991.

      "You R Worth It" Massage Therapy Opens On GI

      Lynn Marie Polizzi
      Fred Claus photo

         Miss Lynn Marie Polizzi has graduated Suma Cum Laude from the School of Massage Therapy at Trocaire College, Class of 2001. She received her license from the State of New York and has opened an office at the corner of Whitehaven and Baseline Roads. Working with the name of "You R Worth It," Lynn believes most people do not take enough time caring for themselves in today's stress-filled society. "Relaxation, the most well known benefit, is not the only benefit of Massage," Lynn says. "Some other benefits include increased circulation, lower blood pressure, improved breathing patterns, and strengthened immune systems," Miss Polizzi reports. To inquire about the benefits of Massage or to make an appointment, call Lynn Polizzi at 628-7169.

      Free Bridal Planner
      A Bridal Planner Booklet is available through the Metro Town Center Realty Office at 1980 Whitehaven Road. The book may be previewed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. week days and the free, post-paid mailing card may be picked up at that time. The Bridal Planner is a courtesy extended through the Buffalo News and Metro. For further information, call 773-1177.

      Fantasy Island's Newest Ride Gets Go-Ahead

         Martin's Fantasy Island's 116-foot tower ride has been given the go-ahead and should be the biggest attraction in the park this summer. Necessary was a variance from the Town of Grand Island's zoning law that limits the height of structures at amusement parks. The Grand Island Zoning Board of Appeals granted Fantasy Island owner Martin DiPietro permission to build the structure.

         The new ride generates intense G-forces and is expected to draw the older parkgoers, according to the owner, DiPietro. "We want to appeal a little bit to the older kids who still go with their family. The older teen market," he said this week.
         The $1 million attraction is expected to be built and ready by the opening of Martin's Fantasy Island on Memorial Day. Riders will be strapped into harnesses and sit in a circle facing out from the tower. The ride will whip the riders up the long, slender tower and quickly back down, producing G-forces ranging from 2 to 4.3 Gs, DiPietro said. "It's like being in a rocket," he said.
         The park will be open seven days a week this summer unlike previous years when Fantasy Island was closed Mondays. Admission will stay the same.

      Martin's Fantasy Island Opens For 41st Season

         Martin's Fantasy Island, opened for the first time 40 years ago, will begin its 41st year of amusements on the weekend of Saturday, May 19th. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. The park will be open every Saturday and Sunday from May 19 until June 18, after which the park will open 7 days a week. In previous years the park was closed on Mondays.

      Martin's Fantasy Island Cheer-a-Thon

         A Cheer-a-Thon at Fantasy Island is scheduled for August 26, 2001. Dottie Moore, Marketing Coordinator for the park reported that hundreds of invitations have been mailed to provide the cheerleading squads a means to raise funds for their activities. It is being called a Fun(d)-Raiser. The team members will take ledges to cover the length of time each team can keep cheering. A special $5 walk-a-round admission will allow team supporters to come in the park and enjoy the Fun(d)-Raiser.


      Family Dollar opens on GI

      Store Manager Dennis Rule displays Family Dollar's clothing selection.
      At last, Grand Island residents don’t have to leave town to buy socks.

         Family Dollar, one of America's “fastest-growing discount store chains,” opened a store in the Grand Island Plaza on Grand Island Boulevard at Baseline Road. The company boasts 3,689 stores in the United States, located from Maine to Florida to South Dakota. During the last ten years, the chain has opened over 2,000 stores.
         “The merchandising concept responsible for this growth provides customers with good values in low-cost merchandise for family and home needs,” according to the company’s website. The Grand Island store has a great variety of low-priced household needs, including an extensive clothing section, household cleaners, food and other items.
         This Thursday, June 7, marks the store's second week on Grand Island. The store has been very well received by the community, according to Store Manager Dennis Rule. A Business Administration graduate from Niagara County Community College, Rule has been working in the retail business since 1972. He currently resides in Niagara Falls, but with only one other exception, all of the store's employees are Grand Island residents.
         Unlike the store’s neighbor, Odds-n-Ends, which relies on production overruns and closeouts to provide exceptional values, Family Dollar has buyers who seek out low-cost items for family necessities. The store keeps a more constant inventory of everyday necessities, according to Rule.

      Starline USA To Hire Another 100 Employees

         Starline USA's Grand Island plant will add an additional 100 employees over the next three-year period, according the Company President Daniel A. Norris. The Canadian-owned Starline USA, in need of more space, located on the Island from Niagara Falls last year with plans to invest about $4 million in the local plant, including the addition of a new warehouse. The company decorates and distributes more than 250 items including mouse pads and coffee mugs sporting customer logos and advertising. Currently employing more than 80 people, it is Starline's intention to hire at least 25 more in the coming months.
         The Empire State Development Corporation's board of directors approved a $150,000 grant to support Starline's expansion.

      Curves For Women Joins Food Drive

         Curves For Women, 30 Minute Fitness and Weight Loss Center in the Love Road plaza is joining the Curves Food for Friends to benefit local food pantries.
         Curves is making a special officer during the month of March. Members bringing in a bag of non-perishable food items, exercising three times a week and losing five pounds and five inches will be awarded a limited edition Food for Friends t-shirt. Non-members interested in joining Curves may bring a bag of groceries in during the week of March 15 and have the normal service fee waived.
         For further information, call 773-5955.

      Local Photographers To Offer Kidcare IDs

         Two of Grand Island's oldest photography companies have teamed up with Eckerd Drugs to offer free Kidcare IDs from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at Eckerd on Grand Island Blvd. Freelance Foto Service and Images Words and Pictures will be at the Eckerd on Grand Island Blvd. when they will take Polaroid photos and give out passport style folders free of charge to all of the children who come in. The photographers will be there until 4 p.m. or until all the folders have been given out.
         The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that some 720,000 children are reported missing each year. That works out to be 2,000 kids each day. They also say that a recent photograph is the single most effective tool in assisting the police to locate these children and return them to their families.

      Kum On In Clothing Store

         Kum On In Clothing Store operates in the basement of Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays. Clip and Save Kum On In Clothing Store special events:
      February 26 – all pants, 10 cents a pair
      March 5 – all items size 4 to 12 are 10 cents each
      March 12 – all items for boys, 10 cents each
      March 19 – all items for girls, 10 cents each
      March 26 – everything in the store, 50% off
      April 2 – all items in the store are free
      April 9 – spring clothes ready for sale
      April 16 – store closed.

      Getty Gas Station Under New Ownership

      Barbi Lare photo

         You may have seen a gorilla caring around a man in a cage at the corner of Whitehaven Road and Grand Island Blvd. recently. It was a fake but it did attract attention to the fact that the Getty Gas Station is again open, now under new ownership. Ciffa's Automotive opened with a very competitive gasoline price to welcome customers. Owner Joseph Ciffa told us that his friend, Tim was filling in for the gorilla.
         In addition to the gasoline,Ciffa's offers a coffee club for the Island coffee drinkers. Buy nine cups, and the 10trh is free. Joe Ciffa will also offer flowers in the summer time.
         Auto tune ups, oil changes and auto inspection will be available along with uniformed attendants who will offer full service at the pumps. Not only will the gas be pumped for you but you can get your oil checked and windows washed.
         Joe Ciffa hopes to offer the old fashioned gas station service.
         Not a new business owner for the Island, Joe also ownes Imperial Landscaping and Rainmaker Sprinkler Systems.

      OxyChem To Close Island Operation

         Occidental Chemical Corp. has announced the closing of remaining operations at its Grand Island technology center. It was expected that 40 jobs would be eliminated and that the majority of those job holders will have been given notice by January 31.
         OxyChem spokesman Charles Dana said last week that the closing was a cost-cutting move for OxyChem, a division of Texas-based Occidental Petroleum. Research and development work, formerly done at the R&D Center on Grand Island, will shift to OxyChem's individual plants.
         About 60 employees lost jobs last May following the announcement that OxyChem would no longer be involved with the specialty chemical business. According to Island resident Charles Rader, head of the Grand Island site, 30 companies contacted OxyChem in the wake of those announced cuts to explore whether they could hire the displaced workers. Rader said he was impressed with the "Can we help" spirit the businesses demonstrated and is hoping his company "gets some more calls this time around."
         The Grand Island Technology Center, dedicated in 1958, employed 280 people at its peak. OxyChem plans to sell the 34-acre site which includes an 87,000 sq. ft. laboratory and office complex.

      Moore Business Forms Inc. Closes

         Official announcement of the closing of Moore Business Forms Inc. was made today (Jan. 11), leaving the Grand Island community somewhat shocked at the news. The company's intent is to reduced costs by $100 million. Approximately 128 employees lost their jobs.
         Moore, owned by Moore Corp. Ltd. of Toronto, opened its three-tiered $5.7 million Grand Island research center on Lang Blvd. in October 1978. A Federal and County grant for $600,000 financed the access road to the building which was also to serve other potential tenants in the 20-acre industrial park on Lang Boulevard.
         Through the cooperation of public officials, including those of Grand Island and Erie County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA), Moore was persuaded to stay and build in Western New York. However, town officials were not happy with the announcement in 1979 that Moore was given a full tax exemption granted by the ECIDA which left the research center off the tax rolls for 20 years.
         Supervisor Peter A. McMahon made the following statement this morning: ""Moore has always been a great corporate citizen. They've contributed to the town in many different ways, one being their sponsorship of our Olympic Summer Playground Program. The community will lose because of the fact that they are closing the facility here. I've already talked to county and state officials to see if there is anything that we can do for Moore and most especially for the people who will be losing their jobs."


      Peggy's Hair Design opens

      Grand Island Chamber of Commerce immediate past president Jack Hugill (left) and Grand Island Supervisor Peter A. McMahon (right) welcome Peggy Ragnar, owner of Peggy's Hair Design in the Rose Plaza on Love Road into Grand Island's business community.

      Chamber welcomes new member

      Kathleen Conn, owner of Jaco's (Grand Island Blvd. next to Martin's Fantasy Island), and newest member of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is shown second from left being congratulated by Chamber membership chairman Skip Mazenauer (left) and Supervisor Peter McMahon (right). Also pictured are Jaco's Manager Bill Scricco and Colleen Donovan.

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