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New Year’s Eve At The Holiday Inn - 2005

   The Holiday Inn Grand Island has plans for gala New Year’s Eve celebrations for the entire family. Offered are an Adult Package in the ballroom, Family Packages in the Riverview Room, and dinner only reservations in Currents Restaurant.
   “Reservations are going fast and anyone wishing to attend, should make their reservations soon to insure there is room for all,” Teresa Costello, Director of Sales said this week.
    Call 773-1111 to make reservations and check on the availability of overnight accommodations. On the calendar after the New Year is a Murder Mystery Theater production and in February, another “Singles Mingle” night is scheduled. Watch for details in the coming weeks.

Flu Vaccines Available At Island Pediatrics - 2005

   Island Pediatrics announces Flu Vaccine clinics on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4-8 p.m. at the Tonawanda office. The Flue Vaccine is available at both locations at any time. Appointments are encouraged.

Rose Liquor Store Announces Holiday Hours - 2005

   December 2005. . . For Rose Liquor Store's holiday hours, click Christmas/New Year's Holiday Hours

Inside & Out Snowplowing Offers Gift Certificates - 2005

   Inside & Out Home Construction and Snowplowing is offering gift certificates this year for snowplowing services. Remember your family at Christmas time by easing their mind if the snow flies. Everything can be done online by going to the Inside and Out website.

Second Act Added To December 2 BluesRoot Show At Holiday Inn - 2005

   An additional act has been added to the upcoming BluesRoot show at the Holiday Inn Grand Island Resort and Conference Center.
   Jim Jowsey, founder and lead singer of the Jimmy Buffett inspired “Pirate Dreams," will open the evening’s entertainment, followed by the blues, old time rock and roll and rockabilly duo, BluesRoot.
   BluesRoot consists of long time music veterans and Grand Island, NY residents John Moore and Art Borgeson. The duo focuses on the songs, performers and history that came together in the 1950s to form rock and roll.
   BluesRoot will perform Friday, December 2, 2005 in the Settlement Room at the Holiday Inn Grand Island Resort and Conference Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the show scheduled from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Food and beverage service will be available in the Settlement Room. A limited number of advance tickets remain. Advance ticket reservations may be made by calling JDM Promotions at 631-2023. Advance tickets are subject to availability and must be made by Tuesday, November 28.
   BluesRoot delivers guitar and harmonica based versions of the early blues, early rock and roll and rockabilly classics of the mid to late 1950s and early 1960s. Their material pays tribute to mainstream artists like Elvis, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Roy Orbison; and the blues influences that made them, and others, great.
   The duo also will play their own blues laced roots music from their newly released CD, “Live. Real. In the Moment.”
   John and Art grew up in the 1950s and ‘60s and played the music then. After a lifetime in the business world, the duo got together last year to revisit and recapture the roots music of the boomer generation.
   Performing music professionally isn’t a new thing to either John or Art. During the 1960s John was the lead singer for various mid south based rock bands including “The Slightly Fabulous Rivieras.” That band was reunited three years ago, and has been performing regularly since. He also has been a concert promoter working in conjunction with cities and professional sports teams throughout the northeast and mid south. Art, who grew up in Niagara Falls, NY, has been a frequent player with top name guitar legends in Nashville, Tn.
   The duo features John on electric/acoustic guitar and harmonica as well as lead vocals, and Art on lead guitar and backing vocals.

Rose Liquor Store Open On Thanksgiving Day - 2005

   November 2005. . . The Rose Liquor Store will be open Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. only. The next wine dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2006 at the Buffalo Launch Club. Details to follow.

McCarthy School of Irish Dance Presents 2nd Annual "Celtic Christmas" - 2005
         Featuring Seamus Kennedy

Seamus Kennedy

   The McCarthy School of Irish Dance presents its 2nd Annual Celtic Christmas to be held on Sunday, December 18, 2005 in the Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.
• Tickets available at:
      Shannon Pub, Niagara Falls Blvd., North of Youngmann
      International Night at Grand Island High School, December 2, 2005
• Coffee & Donut Day - December 11th - St. Stephen's Church
By email: Tickets
Click Celtic Christmas Show for complete information.

Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Buffet - 2005
Reservations Please!

   "Currents," in the Holiday Inn Grand Island will offer a Thanksgiving buffet from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, November 24, 2005. The menu follows:
Carved turkey & ham
Homemade stuffing
Candied sweet potatoes
Real mashed potatoes
Glazed baby carrots
Greenbean casserole
Giblet gravy
Seasonal salads
Seasonal dessert display & much more

Reservations are required. Call 773-1111 Ext. 2204. Dinner prices are $19.95/adults, $17.95/seniors, $12.95/kids 5-12, and kids 4 and under eat free.

AIG Advisor Group Opens - 2005

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   AIG Advisor Group/Advantage Capitol Corporation celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday, November 3, 2005. The following assisted with the ribbon cutting: (left) Chamber Director Anthony Brindisi, Town Councilman Dick Crawford, Chamber Director Dawn Bonora, Division Manager AIG John Bonora, Chamber 1st Vice President Joanne Kud, Chamber President Beverly Kinney, Town Clerk and Pattie Frentzel.

Grand Opening Of AIG Advisor Group - 2005

   John Bonora, division manager/financial advisor for AIG Advisor Group, will hold a grand opening of his new office at 2259 Grand Island Blvd. from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 2005. A ribbon cutting will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Inside & Out Snowplowing & Salting Service - 2005

   Winter is coming...are you prepared? Eric and Julie Cook of Inside & Out Home Improvements are again offering their Snowplowing & Salting Service. Inside & Out handles commercial and residential plowing and salting with 24-hour-a-day service. Pricing may be per plow or seasonal contract with senior citizens given a monthly billing option. Call 773-HOME.

Towne Cafe Celebrates Its Third Year - 2005

Owner Louise Alessi (left) with her daughter, Town Cafe Manager Lynn Quarantella.
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   Island residents Lenny and Louise Alessi spent many years in the restaurant business in Niagara Falls. Three years ago they decided to try their hand on Grand Island and opened up the former Holiday Showcase located at 2352 Grand Island Blvd.
    On Saturday, October 15, 2005, the Alessis and daughter Lynn Quarantello will hold a party at their Town Cafe restaurant to celebrate. A "Quick Draw Party" will be held from 7-9 p.m. where $700.00 in prizes will be given away.
   The restaurant will also feature a new menu item, the 18" pizza pie, which is available for dine in or take out. Other menu items include seafood, Italian entrees and pasta dishes, as well as a light menu. Town Cafe Website

Wine Dinner At BLC Is Last Of Season - 2005

   The final wine dinner for 2005, hosted by Rose Liquor Store is being held at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at the Buffalo Launch Club. The dinner will feature the wines of Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington State, including the current vintage of Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve which just received a rating of 93 points from the Wine Spectator. Wine Dinner Menu.

Jalapeno Loco To Open On Island In Mid October - 2005

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   Jalapeno Loco will open on or about November 1, 2005 offering south-of-the-border dining, a first for Grand Island, New York. Folks at the new Jalapeno Loco, located at 2800 Grand Island Blvd., will present the same exciting cuisine of Mexico as its counterparts across the nation. Watch the Grand Island E-News at for a grand opening date for Grand Island's newest restaurant.

Miss Cathy's Dance Academy Class Registration - September 2005

   (Click) Miss Cathy's Dance Academy, 1917 Staley Road, will hold registration from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 8 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 10, 2005.

McCarthy School of Irish Dance Announces Open House - 2005

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   Beth McCarthy, T.C.R.G., owner/instructor of McCarthy School of Irish Dance, announces an open house at her studio at 2055-2057 Baseline Road from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 and from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, September 11. Classes will resume September 2005.
    McCarthy School of Irish Dance will perform in the Niagara Celtic Festival in Olcott, NY September 17-18, 2005 and in the International Festival at Darien Lake on September 24. The dancers will also perform in their 2nd annual "Celtic Christmas" show in December 2005. For further information, click McCarthy School of Irish Dance or call 773-5479.

Crazy Mouse Is Newest Ride At Martin's Fantasy Island - 2005

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   Crazy Mouse, a brand new spinning coaster at Martin's Fantasy Island, 2400 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, New York, is a most exciting ride. With molded seats for four passengers, each car spins as it travels up and down and around the tracked pathway. This $2,000,000 expansion project provides thrill seekers a ride of their life time. Imported from Italy, eight trailers were needed to transport the ride from the Atlantic coast to Grand Island.
   In operating since July 25, 2005, the Zamperla/Twister Coaster has a capacity of 900 riders per hour, is 1377' 11" in length, and runs at a speed of 29.1 mph. The new roller-coaster ride should recall for old-timers, the fabled Wild Mouse from the old Crystal Beach Amusement Park in Ontario.
   Martin's Fantasy Island opens daily at 11:30 a.m.
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Wine Dinner At Buffalo Launch Club - August 4, 2005

   The Rose Liquor Store will host a wine dinner Thursday, August 4 at the Buffalo Launch Club. Click "August 4th Wine Dinner" for complete details.

Grinders Skate Park Offers Wednesday Evening Special - July 2005

Grinders Skate Park on Grand Island Blvd. is now open daily for the summer season. A Wednesday evening special is being offered when cost of skating will be only $5.00 from 6-10 p.m. Equipment is available for rent and there will be upcoming contests, demos and skate jams in the future.

Win Tickets to Sterling Renaissance Festival - July 2005

   Would you like to be the winner of a pair of tickets to the
Sterling Renaissance Festival in Sterling, NY? Just send us an email and be entered in this drawing! Visitors can experience the look and feel of an English Renaissance Village. There are demonstrations, stage and street performances by over 200 actors, and savory delicacies. The Festival is located 45 minutes north of Syracuse and is held from July 2-August 14th. will give away two pairs of tickets in the month of July and you can win by sending an email, telling us if you will, your likes and dislikes of our publication. We are always looking for ways to improve. Email:
Scott Smith of Grand Island is the lucky winner of the first set of tickets.

Ferry Village Hot Dog Stand Opens Today - May 2004

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   The Village Hot Dog Stand in Ferry Village opened today (Thursday, June 23) at 11:30 a.m. and will be open until 6:30 p.m. For the second year in a row, sisters Sharon Nichols and Barb Zafuto are operating the stand. Shown are Jillian Wohlfehrt (left) and Zaida Smith who came down to the favorite summertime eating place an hour early. The girls had no problem waiting as they brought along and played with a Monopoly game until it was time to order their hot dogs.
   Available at the old fashioned stand will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, cheeseburgers, salads, clam broth, chips, ice cream sandwiches, and root beer floats and pop.
   The hot dog stand, built next to the Bedell House Annex, circa 1877, has stood at the edge of Ferry Village on the Niagara River for decades. The Bedell House burned in 1988.
   The Village Hot Dog Stand will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 11:30a.m. to 6:30 p.m. all summer long.

Miss Cathy's Dance Academy Dance Recital - 2005

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   Sixty dance numbers were presented Friday and Saturday evening, June 17-18 on the Grand Island High School stage. The event was the 35th annual dance recital for Miss Cathy's Dance Academy
   Quinton Becker and Mitchell Johnson stole the show during the tiny tot "Lollipop" number. The boys were totally into their dance and motions and the entire class enjoyed themselves to the point of not wanting to leave the stage.
   The class of Natalie Argy, June Ann Chadima, Annie Corrao, Hannah Corrao, Madeleine Goc, Julie Kilmer and Elena Watt did a fine job of their dance, "Move It Like This."
   High on the list of crowd-pleasers was the "Fame" number with Jordan Bahleda, Lindsey Boyle, Katie Crowley, Ashley Hansen, Jessica Mysliwiec, Jamie Raepple, Ashley Rupp and Mary Kate Sidoti, and "I Will Survive," a dance/gymnastics feature with Katie Crowley, Jessica Mysliwiec, Jamie Raepple and Grand Island High School's star diver, Ian O'Rourke.
   Miss Cathy's students will appear in the Island's Independence Day parade. Summer Dance Workshops are available by calling Miss Cathy at 773-4753 or 864-2499. Registration for fall classes will be held July 11 and July 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the dance studio on Staley Road at Baseline.

Father's Day Cruises On The Grand Lady - Lunch Or Dinner - 2005
Grand Lady Cruises Presents "Specials & Packages"

   Captain Rick Deegan will host Father's Day Cruises on Sunday, June 19, 2005. Scheduled is lunch from noon to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4-6 p.m. Cost is $32 for adults, $16 for children, Under 3 - Free. Dad's cruise for half-price with a paid adult and receive a gift. Entree choices are sliced beef rolades - or - chicken francese. A kid's meal is available.Contact Captain Rick Deegan at 716-774-8594 or Toll Free: 1-888-824-LADY. For more information, click Father's Day Cruises 2005
   The website describes the following cruises:
• Friday Night RockN'Roll Cruises
   August 5 from 8-11 p.m.
   September 2 - 7-10 p.m.
• Around the Island Dinner Cruises    June 17, July 23, August 12, September 9
• Fourth of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise

John Connors Is First Certified Scion Service Manager - 2005

   John Connors of the Fuccillo Toyota Scion dealership has become the first certified Scion service manager in the WNY area. After many weeks of training and proficiency testing, John was awarded his certification, covering technical and mechanical aspects of a service department. The Fuccillo Toyota Scion dealership opened in November 2004.

Miss Cathy's Dance Academy Dance Recital - June 17-18, 2005

   The 35th annual dance recital for Miss Cathy's Dance Academy will be held Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2005 in the Grand Island High School auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the recital beginning at 7 p.m. both nights.

Wine Dinner At Buffalo Launch Club - June 23, 2005

   The Rose Liquor Store, and the Buffalo Launch Club will present a wine dinner at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2005 in the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island. Cost is $50 per person (by reservation) and does not include tax and gratuity. For complete menu and details, click "June 23rd Wine Dinner"

Asian Buffet Opens on Boulevard - 2005

(left) Asian Buffet family members Xiu Yan Zhang, Xiu Quin Zhang, Tian Yin Zhang, Jian Hui Chen, John Zhang, Tenny Zhang and Tiffany Chen.
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   The Asian Buffet at 1752 Grand Island Blvd. opened to the public Wednesday, June 1, 2005 and from all reports Grand Island is lucky to have this new, all you can eat restaurant featuring over 150 items daily. Lunch at $5.50 is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner buffet, 3:30-10 p.m. at $7.95; Friday/Saturday, 3:30-10 p.m. at $8.95.
   Town officials and friends of the management were treated to a special opening on Tuesday evening, May 31st when a ribbon cutting ceremony took place.    Hours beginning June 1, 2005:
• Monday - Thursday - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Friday & Saturday - 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
• Sunday & Holidays - noon to 10 p.m.
   Asian Buffet manager is Jing Chen and Jian Hui Chen is the owner. For more information, call 773-8786.

Martin's Fantasy Island Open Memorial Day Weekend - 2005

   Martin's Fantasy Island, 2400 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, is open weekends including Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day - 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The theme park features rides, shows and attractions including the Silver Comet. A "Dance Spectacular" will feature performances by local dance studios. Call 773-7591 for more information.
   Click Here for Martin's Fantasy Island Website.

Martin's Fantasy Island Still Accepting Job Applications - 2005

   Martin's Fantasy Island continues to accept job applications for both full and part time summer employment.
   Positions available may include Catering/Food Service, Maintenance, Wardrobe/Laundry, Grounds Maintenance, Gardening, EMTs (certified), Front Gate Cashiers/Ticket Takers, Lifeguards, Petting Zoo attendants, ride attendants, games/arcade attendants, office/data entry, and gift shop attendants.
   Click For Application. Applications for employment at the Park are accepted by mail or in person at Martin's Fantasy Island office, 2400 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

M.O.G. Open House - Stress Management Seminar - 2005

The M.O.G., a medically oriented gym and health club, 1801 Grand Island Blvd., will hold a free open house from:
• 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2005
• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.
   The M.O.G. is involved in a national campaign to promote fitness and an active lifestyle in our community. The IHRSA and the M.O.G. are joining forces to help fight obesity and are opening the doors of our fitness center to the public, so stop in and enjoy a day in the life as our M.O.G. members. Please call 773-1600 if you need any additional information.
    A stress management seminar is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, May 22.

Budwey's Supermarket Trainload Sale - 2005

   The Budwey's Supermarket Trainload Sale continues through Saturday, May 21, 2005. Meats and case lots of goods are available at reduced prices along with Budwey's regular low prices. For weekly specials click Budwey's Supermarket - located at 535 Division Street, North Tonawanda.

Rose Liquor Store Announces Memorial Day Hours - 2005

   The Rose Liquor Store will open Monday, May 30, 2005 - Memorial Day - from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. only.

Mother's Day Cruises On The Grand Lady - Lunch Or Dinner - 2005

   Captain Rick Deegan will host Mother's Day Cruises on board his Grand Lady, home ported at the Holiday Inn Resort & Conference Center, 100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. Cruise #1 is a lunch from noon to 2 p.m. and cruise #2 is a dinner cruise from 4-6 p.m. Cost is $32 for adults, $16 for children and under 3/free. On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8, 2005, Moms cruise for half-price and receive a gift.Choice of entree- Sliced Beef Rolades or Chicken Francese. A Kid's Meal is available. Contact Captain Rick Deegan at 716-774-8594 or Toll Free: 1-888-824-LADY. For more information, click Mother's Day Cruises 2005

Wine Dinner At Buffalo Launch Club - June 23, 2005

   The Rose Liquor Store, and the Buffalo Launch Club will present a wine dinner at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2005 in the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island. Details and reservation information to follow.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - 2005


Gifts galore! has many advertisers that would fit the bill for the perfect Mother's Day present. All moms love gift certificates. How about one for lunch? The Beach House, John's Pizza & Subs, Justin Tyme Cafe, McMahon's, River Oaks, Town Cafe, or The Village Inn would be a well deserved treat for mom. Throw in a carwash from Dr. Huggs and mom will be stylin'.
Maybe your mom likes to accessorize. Teya Marie Gift Shop in Sanborn has one of a kind gifts from local artists and crafters including jewelry, barrettes and ribbon shirts. Famous Tuscarora Raised Beadwork artist Rosemarie Hill owns the shop and has many wonderful gifts. DeSignet International is right in the center of town at 1869 Whitehaven Road. Stop in and browse for all your jewelry desires or get Mom a gift certificate.
   What about a whole new look? Wavelengths Hair Salon at 2289 Grand Island Blvd. offers Precision Cuts, Hair Cut Fades, Perms-Colors-Foil Highlights and Nails and Pedicures by Linda. Hair products and gift certificates are also available. Full salon services are also offered at Austin's Hair Studio located at 3043 Delaware Avenue in Kenmore. If you're looking for true glamour, Austin's will apply your make-up to go along with their salon services.

   For something out of the ordinary try Grand Lady Cruises berthed at the Holiday Inn Resort and Conference Center at the foot of Whitehaven. They are offering two Mother's Day Cruises, one for lunch and the other for dinner. You can make your reservations online at their website. The Grand Lady also has a "Romance on the River Package," that includes:
One night's stay at the Holiday Inn Grand Island
A Dinner Cruise for 2 aboard the Grand Lady
Breakfast for 2 in the Holiday Inn
May, June, Sept. and Oct. - $209.00
July and August - $229.00
Call 888-824-LADY for Reservations and Information
I heard somewhere....."say it with flowers." You can at Flower A Day Florist on Whitehaven Road. Stop and pick up an arrangement or gift, or send something pretty to your mom. Sue Berger from Flower A Day is offering free delivery from May 2-5, so order early! For the moms with a green thumb, hanging baskets, plants and anything you need to spruce up your yard this spring is available at the Grand Island Garden Center. Check out all the websites above and find something for your mom - she deserves it!

Dr. Jeffery A. Baumler DDS, Sedation Dentistry - 2005

   Dr. Jeffery A. Baumler DDS is now NYS certified in Sedation Dentistry. Click Information about Sedation Dentistry can be found here:

X-Press One Hour Dry Cleaners Announces New On-Site, Shirt Service - 2005

   Chuck and Carol Dunworth of X-Press One Hour Dry Cleaners have announced they are now doing laundered shirt service on the premises. This enables them to provide you with a top quality shirt and faster service.
   They invite you to try their new shirt service at X-Press One Hour Dry Cleaners. For a limited time, you may print the on line coupon for a FREE SHIRT with any incoming order. This coupon expires on May 15, 2005. Click "Coupon Page" at
    X-Press One Hour Dry Cleaners is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Money Matters - A New Monthly Column - April 2005
Money: Spring Ahead, Fall Back

By Steven L. Morgan CFP®

   Right about this time, people begin muttering, “spring forward, fall back” to help remember which way to change the clock for Daylight Savings Time. I hear a lot of muttering about tax time as well, but nothing I could actually print here of course. What I can print are suggestions, relative to time and taxes.
Look Back
   Whether you've completed your tax return or not, pull out the last three years' tax returns (2003, 2002, 2001). Look them over carefully and see if there are any expenses, deductions or losses you left out. The IRS gives you three years to amend your tax returns. So, if you filed your 2001 return by April 15, 2002, you’ll still be able to make corrections until April 15, 2005.
   Look at your investment portfolio from 2001. So many publicly traded or closely held companies went bad, you might have some stocks that became worthless in one of those years that you've never written off. If you deduct the loss in 2001, you’ll get interest with your refund. If you deduct it in the current year, of course, you won't.
Look Forward
   Did you get a tax refund this year? Getting a large refund just means you’ve allowed the government to use your money, interest free, for the year. If you’re paying interest on credit cards, you should consider paying those down first – versus giving the government an interest free loan.
   Consider ways to get part of your refund money throughout the year instead of waiting. If you received a large refund, you may have claimed too many exemptions. Talk with your payroll office at work about this. If you have children and qualify for the Earned Income Credit, you can request to receive part of it throughout the year. How? Ask your payroll office for Form W-5— Earned Income Credit Advance Payment Certificate. How Much? Using IRS guidelines that estimate what your Earned Income Credit amount for the year might be, your payroll office distributes about half of that amount in your paychecks throughout the year. For example: a worker earning between $500 and $1200 per month might receive $60 extra in each bi-weekly paycheck. Workers who receive part of their Earned Income Credit in advance benefit in two ways. First, they can still expect a good refund check in the spring, and second, they’ll have more money throughout the year — for paying the bills, paying off debts, or contributing to a retirement account.
   Establish a goal based savings account. If you anticipate your tax refund check for a specific purpose – pay yourself first and have the money in hand for the goal. As a last resort, if the only way that you can save money is by having the government do it for you, then “have at it.” When you get your refund, go to the steps for TODAY and do something worthwhile with it. Saving like this may not be the most efficient way, but it may be the most effective way for you. Look at Today:
   Your first priority should be to pay off regular monthly bills if you have gotten behind. Most other debts should be prioritized with highest-interest rates paid off first. Suppose you have a credit card balance of $2,000 at an interest rate of 18%, and you’re making payments of $50/month. At that rate it will be 62 months before the bill is paid off, and it will cost you $1,077 interest. If you use your tax refund to pay off $1,000 of that bill, and then continue to pay $50/month, the bill will be paid off in 24 months, at an interest cost of only $198. You save $800 interest by paying $1000 toward the debt now.
   Second, start an emergency fund. This fund can get you through small emergencies like car repair or medical bills without breaking a sweat. In the ultimate emergency (loss of income) an emergency fund can keep you afloat until you find another income source.
   Third, fund or establish a retirement account. You can make significant progress and even small amounts add up. Adding just $500 a year into a retirement account such as an IRA can make a difference over a period of decades. Earning an average annual return of 9%, a contribution of $500/year would yield $68,100 after 30 years. If you’ve already got a retirement account set up, take it up one notch with monthly contributions. In the same scenario, if you contribute $500/year and $25/month, earning a 9% return, in 30 years you will have $113,800!
   Finally, have a little fun. A tax refund is always a welcome bonus. Whether it’s $200 or $2,000, the way you use that money can have a real impact on your personal and financial wellbeing. New computer? New recliner? Nice vacation? Those are all nice ideas, but…first things first.
"Money Matters - March 2005"
"Money Matters - February 2005"
"Money Matters - January 2005"
Steven L. Morgan, CFP® is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner from Grand Island, NY.

Limited Hours at Holiday Inn - 2005

   The Holiday Inn Grand Island will be operating under limited hours due to a large convention that has taken over most of the hotel services. Director of Sales Teresa Costello reports that Currents restaurant and lounge will be closed until May 3, 2005 including room service. The "Blues on the River" will be brought back again May 6th with Rod Nickson playing that evening. Island Fitness has limited hours through Monday, May 2nd. Members are asked to call Island Fitness, 773-1111, over the next two weeks to check times.

Marston Power Equipment - Are You Ready For Spring/Summer? - 2005

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   Marston Power Equipment has a full line of yard maintenance equipment ready for you. From lawn mowers, both riding and self propelled, to edgers, trimmers and chain saws. Stop in and see Pete Marston at 1970 Grand Island Blvd. for all your power equipment supplies and maintenance needs. Today is the time to get your equipment tuned up for the spring and summer ahead. See Pete for oil, belts and the sharpening of those dull blades.

Technology Camp Of America Inc. - Spring Special For Summer Camp Registration - 2005

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   Technology Camp of America Inc., 2090 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY offers a spring special for summer camp registration. Check this unique camp for children during open house being held on Tuesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. and also on Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. Special pricing for the month of April registration will remain the same as 2004 registration. Contact Angelo Grande at "" or check the web site at All forms are available on line.
   Angelo Grande will welcome you into his location to answer your questions. For something different and unique for a birthday party or to hear about adult classes being formed, contact Angelo.

Martin's Fantasy Island Job Fair - Full/Part Time - 2005

   Martin's Fantasy Island will host a Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2005 in Martin's Fantasy Island Basgetti's Restaurant. Applications for employment at the Park are accepted by mail or in person at Martin's Fantasy Island office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 2400 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island NY. Make it a great summer - join the team - summer positions available for both full and part time.
   For more information click Fantasy Island Job Fair. For the Martin's Fantasy Island website, click

Martin's Fantasy Island Spring Prices - 2005

   Take advantage of Martin's Fantasy Island's special spring prices (now through May 2, 2005) for an entire summer of fun at Martin's Fantasy Island. Check the "Fantasy Island" website to see what's new for the 2005 season.

Toyota Holding Month-Long Grand Opening - 2005

   A month-long Grand Opening celebration at Fuccillo Toyota has been announced by General Manager Chris Granholm. The new Toyota dealership, located at 1974 Alvin Road, has a huge selection of new and used vehicles. Chris offers the lowest prices and highest discounts available for new car buyers. While the Grand Opening celebration is in progress Fuccillo Toyota is also offering present Toyota owners a free oil change on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the month of April. This again is for Toyota owners only.
   Fuccillo Toyota hours:
• Monday through Thursday - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Friday and Saturday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Sundays - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   For on line information click on FUCCILLO TOYOTA WEBSITE.

Wine Dinner At Buffalo Launch Club - April 21, 2005

   The Rose Liquor Store, The Buffalo Launch Club and Eber Bros. Wine & Liquor will present a wine dinner at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2005 in the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island. The evening will consist of 5 wines and 4 food courses. Click Wine Dinner 4/21/05 for complete menu and reservation information.

National Credit Union Youth Week - 2005

   National Credit Union Youth Week, April 17-23, is a great time to open an account at Niagara's Choice FCU for your children or grandchildren. Niagara's Choice FCU will put a $5 deposit into their new account and they'll also get a gift bag. "It's up to us to help teach our youth about setting goals and saving for them so that they will avoid financial mistakes as they get older," a spokesman for NCFCU said this week. All youth members who make a deposit during National Credit Union Youth Week can enter to win $100 or a U.S. Savings Bond. Remember, anyone who lives works, worships, or volunteers in Niagara County can join Niagara's Choice FCU.

Spring Is Here
.....Adrian's Opens Tomorrow

   Adrian's Custard & Beef will open Friday, April 1, 2005 at the Grand Island Plaza. The spring hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The popular good weather spot offers beef on weck, burgers, dogs, fries and plenty of ice cream!

Holiday Inn "Blues On The River" Inside Edition at "Currents" - 2005

   The Holiday Inn Grand Island offers Blues On The River - Inside Edition concerts from 6:30-10:30 p.m. as follows:
•March 25 - Circuit Breakers
•April 1 - Cruzin Duces

Holiday Inn Serving Easter Brunch

Holiday Inn Grand Island will feature an Easter Brunch on Sunday, March 27, 2005 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Omelet Station
Carved Roast Beef & Baked Ham
Waffle Station
Scrambled & Poached Eggs
Breakfast Potatoes
Bacon & Sausage
French Toast
Fresh Fruit
Breakfast Breads
Seafood Newburg
Chicken ala Arnold
Pasta Marinara
Garden Vegetables
Assorted Salads
Elegant Dessert Display
Cereal & Juice
Coffee, Decaf & Tea
$17.905 Adults - $8.95 Children 4-12
   The Holiday Inn Grand Island is located at 100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, New York. Call 773-0719 for reservations (required). Happy Easter!

Rose Liquor Closed Easter Sunday
Wine Dinner At Buffalo Launch Club - April 21, 2005

   The Rose Liquor Store will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005. The next wine dinner is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2005 in the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island. Details to follow.

Happy Easter From Grand Island Garden Center - 2005
Jodi Robinson Photos - Click for larger view

   Spring is here and Gene Ryshkus at Grand Island Garden Center on Alvin Road has beautiful potted Easter flowers to brighten up your home. The flowers include daffodils, tulips, Easter lilies, mums, hydrangeas and more. The pots are priced from $2.99 and all giftware in the store is 50% off. Check out the display water feature (pictured above) as you walk in the store. The Grand Island Garden Center is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gift certificates are available.

Care-A-Lot Childcare Centre - 2005

   Care-A-Lot Childcare Centre is Grand Island's newest business. Located in the former Childtime Learning Center at 2880 Grand Island Blvd., this is the fourth location of a Care-A-Lot Centre. Others are located in Derby, Lakeview and West Seneca. Care-A-Lot Childcare Centres have been Early Childhood Educators since 1985. Click
"Care-A-Lot Childcare Centre" for the website or call 773-4433 for information.

John's Pizza & Subs
Weekly Specials Faxed Or Emailed

John's Pizza & Subs, 2131 Grand Island Blvd., will
provide weekly special offers via fax or email. Simply email to

Money Matters - A New Monthly Column - March 2005
Could You Survive A Financial Windfall?

By Steven L. Morgan CFP®

   It sounds simple enough - “a dollar and a dream.” But true financial windfalls are rarely that easy, and they certainly aren’t limited to lottery winnings. Windfalls include legal settlements, inheritances, lump-sum pensions, work-related bonuses and other sources of prize winnings. Think it can’t happen to you? Think again. Think - Ken Jennings.
   Would you know what to do if you found yourself at the end of the rainbow, staring at your pot of gold? Your first thought may be that your new found wealth could stand you in good stead for the long-term and solve a host of problems, and that may be true. However, it can also cause tax and legal predicaments These problems can be a result of laws, egos, procrastination or lack of knowledge.
   Case in point, winner of the first-ever “Survivor” series. Prosecutors charged that Richard Hatch failed to report his $1.01 million winnings from the CBS show, as well as another $321,000 he was paid by a Boston radio station. In January, the government formally charged Hatch after he signed a plea agreement. He has since backed out of the plea deal and the government will now present the case to a grand jury. The penalty could be up to ten years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine.
   So what to do with your windfall? First and foremost – have a seat and do nothing. But, don’t sit alone. Find a tax expert through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner through industry groups such as the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards or the Garrett Planning Network to keep you company. Searching for help through these organizations will help you avoid crafty thieves who design elaborate plans to get their hands on your money. Then it’s up to you to research the experts you’ve picked.
   You’ll want your CPA to explore your tax options and figure out how much money you’ll have left after taxes. He should know which payment options would help maximize your tax savings and discuss them with you before you pick one. Your CFP® practitioner should be an objective source that will work with you to craft an overall investment and financial plan. A trusted and working relationship is essential so there is a full understanding on your advisor’s part how this money fits into your life.
   During your “sit-in,” park your money in safe, accessible, interest earning investments. This will give you time to research what to do. During this time, consider your goals. Examine your needs and objectives. Know whether you want enough money to travel frequently or the comfort level you desire in retirement. Decide how much, if any, you’ll use to splurge for goodies.
   Paying off consumer debt is a virtual no-brainer. This includes car loans, credit cards and other personal debt, BUT work into your new financial plan how not to acquire these debts again. You’ll want to incorporate the amount you were applying to your debts into achieving the goals you just considered.
   Choosing to pay off tax-deductible debt such as home mortgages and some student loans should be worked out according to your overall financial situation and should be handled with the help of your financial advisor.
   Maybe for you, this windfall’s not all about taxes, retirement, planning and reducing debt. Maybe, it’s all about fun. It’s all about new plasma TV’s for everyone in the family, or that trip to Alaska you’ve always wanted to take the family on. You fall asleep and dream of the most beautiful kitchen you’ve ever seen. Maybe you just want to quit your job and “live large” for a few months until the money runs out…
   STOP! You don’t have to be completely serious with the money, but don’t go crazy and let it flow like water. At the very least – go back to step one, and sit on it for long enough to be sure you won’t regret the choices you make. Talk to your experts about the gifting strategies you’re considering. There may be tax implications for both you and the people you are gifting to and your advisors will be able to help you with these issues.
   There’s nothing wrong if the memory of the trip, the smiles on everyone’s face at the sight of their TV or the near quiet hum from the state of the art dishwasher in your new kitchen are what brings you joy. Having and spending money is a pleasure. Ultimately, having a plan for your windfall will enable you to take care of yourself financially, while still allowing you to cut loose once in awhile and splurge.
   Thomas Edison said, “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” You can survive a financial windfall in good form. You just have to remember to hold fast, and go slow.
   Steven L. Morgan, CFP® is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner from Grand Island, NY. For Steven's first Money Matters column, click "Money Matters - February 2005"

Chubb Realty Now Coldwell Banker Franchise - 2005
   Grand Island's Chubb Real Estate and all of the area Chubb Real Estate are now part of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, the largest real estate company in the nation. According to the March 4, 2005 edition of the Buffalo News, "Chubb Real Estate has signed a franchise agreement with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp., giving Coldwell Banker a residential real estate presence in the Buffalo area." The firm is now known as Coldwell Banker Chubb Real Estate. It has been and is owned and operated by Barry Chubb and Daniel Kieffer, a business partner. The Chubb Real Estate company will operate from Grand Island, NY.

Technology Camp Of America Inc. - March Recess Special Program - 2005
Perfect Timing - No School - March 2005 Recess

   Technology Camp of America Inc., 2090 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY offers a "Flex-Tech Club" March Recess Special Program from noon to 5 p.m. March 28-April 1, 2005. The program will include Robotic Design & Programming Technology, Friendly Racing Competitions (Mag-Lev & Wheel Cars), Engineering and Digital Photography and much more. Click
"Flex-Tech Club" March Recess for complete information.

Holiday Inn "Blues On The River" Inside Edition at "Currents" - 2005
   The Holiday Inn Grand Island continues with its Blues On The River - Inside Edition concerts from 6:30-10:30 p.m. as follows:
•February 25 - Mark Winsick
•March 4 - Cruzin Duces
•March 11 - Border City Blues
•March 18 - Blues Justice Band
   Live entertainment will be featured from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, February 25, 2005 (Lume-Knapp Duo) and Saturday, February 26 (Gregg Sansone) in Currents, "A Bistro on the Niagara."
   Currents in the Holiday Inn offers Chef Arnolds' special seasoned prime rib on Friday and Saturdays, Colossal Shrimp Cocktail and a full salad bar. Take advantage of the Island Sunset Dinner Discounts from 5-7 p.m. and then check out the Blues On the River."

Money Matters - A New Monthly Column - February 2005
Love and Money Go Hand in Hand

By Steven L. Morgan CFP®

   Ah, February. The month of romance. Flowers, chocolates, jewelry, budgets, bills, retirement dreams . . .sorry, there’s no way around it – they are connected. How money is viewed, how it’s handled and how it’s used really do matter in our relationships. Money issues can be areas of painful conflict or comfortable compromise. How you manage financial conflicts when they arise – and they will – factors heavily into the growth of your relationship. Luckily, the same traits that make a good relationship – honesty, communication, trust, and flexibility – make for great money harmony, too.
   Observation, education and discussion are key. Just dating, you say? Take notice of whether your date uses only cash or credit cards? A mixture of both? Does your date have a job? Does your date seem frugal or generous? Maybe this Valentine’s Day brought an engagement ring. By this point you should have discussed and resolved any unhealthy financial behaviors. You should plan a budget for your wedding and honeymoon – and both stick to it. Then it’s down the aisle and into the sunset. Well, sort of. What type of financial knot did you just tie?
   Many couples, newlywed or otherwise, haven’t addressed their financial habits. It’s not too late! Start talking right now and keep in mind all marriages have highs and lows. It’s easier to ride out the lows if you have a financial plan agreed upon and implemented.
   Don’t assume money matters will just fall into place. It takes work, and trial and error is often the best approach in coming to a compromise on these basic issues:
Banking and bill paying: Couples’ styles are as different as their relationships. They range from each spouse having separate accounts with bills being divvied up to one joint account where every checkbook, credit card and financial venture in the house is in both names. Separate accounts can provide each partner with a sense of freedom and autonomy, but some feel private accounts can undermine the sense of unity they sought in marriage.
How will spending decisions be made? Budgeting rent, utilities, mortgage payments, groceries, clothing, household items and other sundries will take most of the difficulty out of spending decisions. Most partners don’t want to account for every $5.00 they spend, so an agreed upon allowance, or slush fund for each person is generally helpful. Large ticket items that can significantly impact the household finances such as furniture, cars, or season tickets are generally joint decisions.
Who’s responsible for paying the bills? Usually one person becomes the “chief financial officer.” This may be efficient, but both partners need to know exactly where they stand financially and how things are done. You don’t want to be the one who’s “left in the dark” should something happen to the CFO, so regular meetings help.
Credit and debt: In a perfect world, tell all BEFORE tying the knot. Like it or not, your finances are going to end up intertwined after marriage. If one or both of you has bad credit, your partner’s credit sins can become your own. Know each other’s debt situation, make plans to deal with it and execute your plan. Paying down debt should be a top priority.
Credit histories and making them better: Apply for a credit report. You can get a copy from any of the three major credit bureaus: Experian (, Trans Union ( or Equifax ( Check your credit score – a three-digit number that lenders increasingly use to evaluate your credit-worthiness. TALK about what you see on the reports, verify that they’re accurate and have any mistakes corrected. If you find yourself in a credit mess, accept that hindsight is 20/20. Go forward and work together to not repeat mistakes. Paying bills on time, reducing debt and applying for credit sparingly are all ways to improve your ability to get credit when you need it.
What do we own and owe? Totaling your assets and liabilities in what’s known as a “net-worth statement” is the first step in financial planning. It gives a snapshot of where you are now and a direction to follow. Use this statement as a springboard for discussions about your goals. Decide on and prioritize what’s important to you individually and as a couple.
What’s the plan to pay off debt? Creating a debt repayment plan is a joint project. You’ll need to research how much you spend and determine a realistic budget for future spending. Are you responsible for your spouse's debt from before you said ‘I do?” Probably not. Discuss how these debts will be handled, either each being responsible for their own debt or reason that you’re a team now and whatever benefits the team financially is the right thing to do. Debts incurred during a marriage are of course a whole different matter. You’re often responsible for your spouse’s spending whether you knew about it or not, and that’s why honesty and communication are so important! (If you really want to keep things separate, there is a way to legally do this, however it takes a good deal of work and detailed legal agreements.)
   Every couple has unique financial variables. Do both partners work? How many children are involved? What are the retirement goals? Financial compatibility grows in a relationship when couples learn to take the time to talk to one another about money and the role it plays in their life. You can develop a balance of romance and money in your relationship. So go ahead and buy the flowers, chocolates and jewelry. Have those romantic dinners. But gift each other with an open dialogue and a working relationship about money as well. The rewards in terms of money – and love – will amaze you.
   Steven L. Morgan, CFP® is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner from Grand Island, NY. For Steven's first Money Matters column, click "Money Matters - January 2005"

Technology Camp Of America Inc. - After-School Technology Club - 2005
Limited Space Available For Winter School Break

   Due to the overwhelming response to the Technology Summer Camp Of America's Summer Camp, TCA, Inc. is announcing the formation of an After-School Technology Club for children ages 10 to 15.
   The Program offers the following:
Extended hours. Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Internet access for homework and project research (no gaming).
Some assistance with homework questions.
NYS Certified Teachers and/or experienced Educational Assistants.
Periodic professional guest speakers, presentations and demonstrations.
Longer term hands-on project activities because of weekly carry-over.
   Limited space is still available for the Winter School break. Contact Angelo Grande at
"" or check the web site at
   Regular Open Houses are being held Tuesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. for 10-15-year-olds to come in, check out the different programs and have any questions answered. All rules, regulations, forms, rate schedules are available on line.
   Technology Summer Camp Of America opened at 2090 Grand Island Blvd. in May 2004. Registration forms may be printed from the website.

Quiznos Receives "Operations Platinum Award" - 2005

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   Quiznos Subs of Grand Island was recently presented "The Operations Platinum Award," in recognition of their commitment to the quality standards that has made Quiznos Subs the fastest growing Quiznos Subs Restaurant in the world and for their continued efforts to please their customers by adhering to the standards. From left are Supervisor Peter A. McMahon, Owners Mike Gatas, Jr. and Olga Gatas, Mike Gatas, Sr. and Chamber President Beverly Kinney. Supervisor McMahon presented Mike and Olga Gatas with a Town Proclamation on their success in achieving such a exemplary award for operational excellence since the opening of this store in May of 2004.

Marge Walker Receives Three Metro Real Estate Achievement Awards - 2005

Marge Walker            -            Justin K. Brock

   Metro agents were recognized with awards at the recent Metro 18th Annual Galaxy Ball held at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. Eighteen 2004 Recognition Awards, fifty-three 2004 Achievement Awards and awards for the 2004 TOP Ten sales agents of the WNY Metro Association of Realtors were presented. Marge Walker of Metro Town Center Realty inc. received all three awards for her dedication and concept known as "real time real estate." Professional in her career, Marge provides enhanced relationship with her clients with confidence and continued dedication. Top technology and knowledge of the Island and WNY affords Marge continued success and growth of her real estate business and ranks her among the leaders in the Metro family of 18 independently owned offices in five counties.
   Justin K. Brock, also an Island resident, was honored among the 18 receiving the Recognition Awards. This award is for the talented agents who have shown a continued stride in accomplishments and sales. Justin, a Navy veteran, has exceptional investment and financial skills, is well versed in all phases of home ownership, and his knowledge also enables clients to know they can expect confidence in his assistance.
   Metro Town Center Real Estate is an Island owned/operated company, continually working for strong referral bases and "real time real estate."
   Click for Metro Town Center Realty.

Sound Choice Audio Performance Event Saturday - 2005

Dan McMahon photos - Click for a larger view.

   Sound Choice Audio Performance, 1939 Grand Island Blvd., will hold its grand re-opening Saturday, February 12, 2005 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shown are a customized Corvette with Lamborghini doors; and a Saturn, owned by Keith Losier, equipped with customized sound system, custom seats, and high performance engine components. The Saturn won the 2004 General Motors SEMA Design award and was awarded the "Mother's Polish" Shine Award at the Speedorama in Toronto, Canada.

Childtime Closing - 2005

   Sharon Tse, Midwest Training Manager for Childtime Learning Center, 2880 Grand Island Boulevard, has announced that the facility will be closed as of Friday, February 18, 2005. Childtime Learning Centers is one of the nation's largest providers of child care and preschool educational services. The Island location, operated by Director Sue Kershner, has provided complete child care programs for children six weeks to 12 years old for several years. Other Childtime locations are available in Williamsville and Orchard Park.

Wine Dinner At Buffalo Launch Club - February 26, 2005

   Rose Liquor Store, the Buffalo Launch Club, and Southern Wine & Spirits will present a wine dinner at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 26, 2005 in the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island. Reservations ($45 per person) are required by Tuesday, February 22 (773-7629)
   Click February 2005 Wine Dinner for complete menu and information.

Valentines Day Specials from Inside & Out Home Improvements - 2005

    Gift certificates are now available for that special someone who needs that "honey do list" done! What a great gift!
   Honey Do List Gift Certificate -$249.00 (gift certificate holder is entitled to up to 4 hours of labor only towards handyman services). Call 773-HOME for your gift certificate today! Gift certificate can be emailed or mailed immediately. Major credit cards accepted.

M.O.G. Offers Corporate Memberships - 2005

   The new fitness club, The M.O.G. (Medically Oriented Gym). has outlined its corporate memberships. For more information or to set up a meeting with the director, Chris Pepper, call 773-1600. Many insurance companies now offer some type of benefit that covers a health club membership, including, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Independent Health, Univera, Senior Blue, Community Blue and Silver Sneakers. The M.O.G. has participating agreements with each of these insurers. For more information concerning insurance carriers call 773-1600.
• Corporate Memberships
   Option 1: Companies with a Flex Spending Account
      10% discount on monthly memberships ($31.50 per employee)
      Pre-tax dollars used for membership fees (savings of 15%-30%)
      Company sends payment each month for all employees.
      Employer may choose to subsidize monthly membership
   If employee has health insurance that has a membership benefit, that will be deducted from the employees monthly fee.
   Option 2: Companies without Flex Spending Account
      10% discount on monthly memberships ($31.50 per employee)
       Company sends payment each month for all employees.
      Employer may choose to subsidize monthly membership
   If employee has health insurance that has a membership benefit, that will be deducted from the employees monthly fee.

Sound Choice Audio Performance To Hold Grand Re-Opening - 2005

   Island resident Mark Abate at
Sound Choice Audio Performance will hold a Grand Re-Opening this Saturday, February 5th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The re-opening will feature his expanded shop and newly opened show room. Mark carries sound systems, high performance systems, and auto-neon performance lighting equipment. This Saturday is the time to visit Mark, a recognized installer of Lamborghini doors on all types and styles of cars and small trucks, Mark will have on display some of his top award winning cars and the latest innovations for customizing cars and light trucks. Staff will be available for technical and sales information.

Winners Of $100.00 Gift Certificates Announced - 2005

   The results are in for the
customer appreciation drawing of a $100 jewelry gift certificate
deSignet Jewelry. The winners are Julie S. Becker of Grand
Island and Michael Frazier of Lubbock, TX.

Dr. Huggs Car Wash Specials - 2005

Dr. Huggs Car Wash specials are numerous! For information on entering the monthly drawings, including February 2005, click Dr. Huggs and then click on the bottom "bubble" - "Monthly Drawings." This allows readers to fill out the entry form and simply click "submit" to send it in via email. Last month's lucky winner of an Electric Fondue set was Diane Giaquinto of Grand Island.
   Dr. Huggs Car Wash offers its February special, a Free Red Huggs Mug, from February 1-15, 2005 with purchase of a book of 5 Super Washes. This booklet has the 5 days guarantee pass included.
   If you are looking for a great way to raise money for your school, church or charity, consider the environmental, safety and financial benefits of working with Dr. Huggs. . .your neighborhood car wash. Those using a coupon from your organization know they are supporting your activities and getting a great car wash too! Call 716-692-5805 for complete fundraising details.

Flower A Day Offers Valentine Special - 2005

Jodi Robinson Photo

   Sue Berger at Flower A Day Florist located, 1879 Whitehaven Road, is offering a dozen red roses, boxed, for Valentines Day at $36.95 + tax and delivery. You can save $1 off if you choose cash and carry. Stop in and take a look around. Sue has adorable gift items available to sweeten your sweetheart's mood. For more information call 716-773-4252.

Money Matters - A New Monthly Column - January 2005

   I’m not talking about the ones to get healthier, travel more or find quality time with the family. I mean those financial resolutions. The ones you promised to make once the holidays were over. Follow these 7 basic tips to kick 2005 into high financial gear!
1) Plan for the future - Invest in Your Retirement Savings - Time is your best ally in retirement savings. If your company has a 401k, take advantage of it. If you are already taking part, consider raising your contribution. Another great investment vehicle is a Roth IRA. Your after-tax contribution grows tax-free and when you retire, you pay no tax on the withdrawals. Remember, with compound interest, even a small amount invested today can grow to a large sum by retirement.

2) What’s in your wallet? - Credit Cards - Pay off those balances. Period. There’s a reason you keep hearing this advice. Compound interest is a wonderful thing unless you carry balances on your credit cards; then it works against you. Change your thinking about credit cards. Every time you purchase something and know you won’t pay it off at the end of the month, stop and think: “Am I willing to take out a loan for this item?” Yes – a loan, complete with interest. That’s exactly what you’re doing every time you sign on the line!

3) It’s not a matter of if – Write a Will – Less than half of American adults have a Will. For peace of mind, a Will ensures that when the time arrives, your wishes regarding your money, property and, perhaps most importantly, any young children are carried out. If you don’t make your wishes known by a will, New York State has one ready for you – and you may not like the result.

4) For when “stuff” happens - Check your Insurance Coverage: The big three: Life, Disability and Property & Casualty (which include Auto, Home & Umbrella.) Term life insurance is relatively inexpensive if you are healthy. For many young couples, it is most affordable. Disability Insurance replaces your income if you become unable to work. Statistics show you are much more likely to use disability insurance in your working years than life insurance. Every couple of years, re-evaluate your Property & Casualty coverage. Get quotes from a couple of companies to see if what you are paying is in line. Also, make sure you are not over or under-insured or are paying for unnecessary coverage. Check that you meet New York’s co-insurance rules. There are many factors that contribute to insurance rates. An annual review with your agent may help. For instance, if you used to commute a long distance and now work at home, let your agent know.

5) Where is it? - Create a Document Locator: It’s stressful enough when something unexpected happens. Provide your spouse, child or parent with a personal document locator that includes what financial accounts you have, where they are located and how to access them. Include information on your investment and retirement accounts, as well as pertinent information on your property, insurance, and legal agreements. Be sure to include a list of contacts -- lawyers, guardians, financial professionals, etc., and the location of any safe deposit boxes. Some people expand this into a Family Financial Binder with even more detailed information.

6) There’s too much month left at the end of my paycheck! - Establish a Budget: Don’t be afraid of the “B” word. If you have one already, stick to it! If you don’t have one – set one up immediately! Take charge of your money, discover where it goes and find ways to save more.

7) It’s the little things that add up - Address Those Small Money Habits: Small changes in your daily money habits can greatly impact your finances.
   For example: Bring your lunch to work once a week instead of eating out.

   Savings: $7 x 4 weeks = $28 per month. Rent a movie instead of taking the family to the theater and you’ll not only save, you’ll gain that quality family time you resolved to as well!
   These tips will guide you to a sound start in controlling your financial future. Visit these two websites for useful calculators, articles and money-saving ideas to enhance your hard work.
Steven L. Morgan, CFP® is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner from Grand Island, NY.

Holiday Inn "Blues On The River" Inside Edition at "Currents" - 2005
    Valentine's Day Sweethearts Package at Holiday Inn Grand Island

   The Holiday Inn Grand Island continues with its Blues On The River - Inside Edition concerts from 6:30-10:30 p.m. as follows:
•Jan. 28th - Border City Blues
•Feb. 4th - Rod Nickson Project
•Feb. 11th - Circuit Breakers
•February 18 - To Be Announced
•February 25 - Mark Winsick
•March 4 - Cruzin Duces
•March 11 - Border City Blues
•March 18 - Blues Justice Band
•March 25 - Circuit Breakers
•April 1 - Cruzin Duces
   Valentine's Day Sweethearts Packages include:
•(1) night accommodations
• $50.00 Credit voucher for Dinner in Currents
• With a Special complimentary gift
• Breakfast for 2 special
For Reservations call 773-1111. The Valentine's Day Sweethearts Package is valid from Friday, February 11, 2005 through Monday, February 14, 2005.

Isle Financial Planner Receives Authorization To Use Certification Marks - Jan. 2005

   Grand Island, NY. . . Steven L. Morgan, CFP®, Principal of Contour Financial Planning, LLC in Grand Island, NY has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to use the CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP (with flame logo)® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Mr. Morgan is a fee-only financial advisor and specializes in Personal Financial Planning, Securities and Retirement Planning. He can be reached at (716) 773-5905 or by visiting
   For complete story, click "Steven L. Morgan Story".

Wine Dinner At Buffalo Launch Club - January 29, 2005

   Rose Liquor Store, the Buffalo Launch Club, and Colony Wine & Liquor will present a wine dinner at 7 p.m., Saturday, January 29, 2005 in the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island. Reservations are required by Tuesday, January 25 (773-7629)
   Click January Wine Dinner for complete menu and information.

Rose Liquor Store Holiday Hours - 2004
Wine Dinner Announced

   November 2004. . . The Rose Liquor Store at 1771 Love Road announces holiday hours as follows:
• Friday, December 24 - Christmas Eve - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, December 25 - Christmas Day - Closed
• Sunday, December 26 - noon-6 p.m.
• Friday, December 31 - New Years Eve - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, January 1 - New Years Day - Closed
• Sunday, January 2 - noon-6 p.m.
   The Rose Liquor Store will sponsor its next Wine Dinner Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 7 p.m. in the Buffalo Launch Club. Details to follow.

Grand Island Garden Center and Gift Shop
Christmas Trees • Wreaths • Poinsettias - 2004

   Grand Island Garden Center, 2120 Alvin Road, has a great selection of Christmas Trees, wreaths and poinsettias. The Garden Center also has a wide selection of holiday gifts and cards and offers daily specials. The store and tree lot are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Christmas Around Town - 2004

Snow blowers at Marston Power Equipment

Jewels at deSignet International
By Jodi Robinson

   Check out our advertisers when Christmas shopping. Grand Island business is booming these days and why not spend your Christmas cash locally. Everyone loves gift certificates and we have plenty of options.
The Village Inn, River Oaks Clubhouse, The Peppermill, Towne Cafe, John's, Brick Oven, The Beach House and McMahon's Family Restaurant are very popular eating establishments. Take a look at our advertisers through our Business Sponsor page. A gift basket from Gifts-n-More or Nana's Homemade Creations would put a smile on the face of your special someone.
   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 or Austins Hair Studio for a certificate. And what about jewels? The ladies in your life all love jewelry. Take a look at deSignet International and see what is available online or in the store. 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 M&T Bank or a new computer from Priority Computer Services. They will thank you for it later.
   For the men on your list, a new snow blower from Marston Power Equipment or a car starter from SCAP would make your man happy. Perhaps a bottle of their favorite cordial from Rose Liquor Store. If you're going to a party or dinner take a beautiful flower arrangement to your host from Flower A Day Florist, Sue Berger, who has unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. 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!

McCarthy Dancers Compete In Mid-Atlantic Competition -
To Present Christmas Show, Basket Raffle and Reception - 2004

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    Many families from the McCarthy School of Irish Dance, located on Baseline Road on Grand Island, traveled to Philadelphia over Thanksgiving weekend to compete in the Mid Atlantic Oireachtas. The dancers practiced for many months in preparation for this weekend.
   There are both individual and ceili team competitions. Shown in the pictures are three of the teams from the McCarthy School. The Under 15 girls 8 hand team (left) shows front left: Shannon Graves, Meredith Stone, Alexandra House, and Alexandra DeMita; and back: Andrea DeRosa, Jessica Adams, Shannon Quinn, Kelly O'Brien. The Under 12 girls ceili team (center) shows front left: Amanda Blanton, Amanda Cinelli, Katie Rustowicz, Katerina Givan; and back: Alexandra DeMita, Alyssa Moran, Shannon Graves and Maura Bobak. The Under 9 mixed ceili team includes (left) Alyssa Cinelli, Grace Adams, Maggie Rustowicz, and James Rustowicz.
   These dancers, along with the rest of the McCarthy School dancers, will be performing Friday night, December 10, 2004, at Grand Island High School on Ransom Road for the first "Celtic Christmas" show. As an added feature, Gerry and Claire McCrudden will be performing with the dancers. This will be a fun Christmas event for the whole family featuring a basket raffle and reception for all following the show. Tickets are $5.00 each and are available at the door. For details on the December 10th event, click McCarthy Christmas Show

Gifts-N-More 20% Off Sale - Gift Wrapping Service- 2004

   Lori Sell at Gifts-N-More, 1711 Grand Island Blvd., is having a 20% off sale on the fall merchandise. Gift wrapping is available thru December 24th. Contact Lori at the store for details.

Fuccillo Collecting For "Toys For Tots" - 2004

Service Manager John Connors and General Manager Chris Granholm with early donations for Toys for Tots in the recently opened Fuccillo Toyota Dealership in Alvin Road.

   The new Fuccillo Toyota Dealership opened its doors on November 15, 2004 at 1974 Alvin Rd. and is participating in the Toyota Dealers' annual Christmas time Toys for Tots campaign. Toys are being accepted through December 15, 2004 and will be donated to needy children in the community to help bring them a more enjoyable holiday.

M.O.G. Gym Open House Tours - 2004

   Open House tours will be held at the M.O.G. (Medically Oriented Gym) on Saturday, December 4, 2004 and Sunday, December 5th and also Saturday, December 11th and Sunday, December 12th from 1-5 p.m. Cheek Certo is introducing a new concept in health clubs. Because the M.O.G. is associated with Island Physical Therapy, it "bases all of its services on medically acceptable research and protocols. The expectation is to cultivate an environment that makes your exercise a lifelong habit."
   "The staff will design an exercise program specifically to your needs," Certo said this week.
   The gym is located at 1801 Grand Island Blvd. and will officially open its doors later in December.

Island Consignment Open For Business - 2004

   Carrie Neidig, an Island resident since 1995, has opened a consignment shop at 2261 Grand Island Blvd. (formerly Doolies Restaurant). The shop carries men's, women's and children's clothing and it also has furniture, toys and some very unique pieces. If you would like to drop off merchandise to sell, Carrie will set the price which will be split 50-50. After ninety days, if the item is not sold, you have the option to pick up the merchandise, have it go on sale or donate it to a charity. Island Consignment is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday evening until 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you have any questions you can call Carrie at 773-6022. Stop in and say hello and take a peek at some interesting items.

Toyota Dealership Opens On Alvin Road - 2004

Jodi Robinson Photo - Click photo for larger view
   Shown above is the new Fuccillo Toyota-Scion dealership on Alvin Road. The Toyota operation opened November 15, 2004 with nearly 400 Toyotas and Scions for sale. Christopher Granholm is the general manager of Billy Fuccillo's newest operation.

Santa To Greet Children At McMahon's Family Restaurant - 2004

   Santa Claus is coming to Grand Island again on Saturday, December 11, 2004 and will be visiting with the children from 1-3 p.m. at
McMahon's Family Restaurant, 1849 Grand Island Blvd.
   Priority Computer Services located at 1709 Grand Island Blvd. and McMahon's Family Restaurant are partnering to bring Santa to the restaurant where photos of the children with Santa Claus will be taken by Priority Computer Services at a small charge, and free hot dogs and beverage will be served to anyone bringing non-perishable goods for the Neighbors Foundation Christmas distribution.
   Santa Claus will also visit the Town Hall and Town Commons this Saturday, December 4th.

New Business - Records Management - 2004

   Kenneth Knight, president of American Document Destruction Services on Grand Island, has announced that American Records Management, a new company to be located on Lang Blvd., will be opened in the future. Click for full "News" Story

Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Buffet - 2004

   The Holiday Inn Grand Island offers a Thanksgiving Buffet from 1-6 p.m. - live entertainment - Click Thanksgiving Buffet

McCarthy School of Irish Dance Presents "A Celtic Christmas" - 2004

   Faculty and students of the McCarthy School of Irish Dance will present "A Celtic Christmas" Friday, December 10, 2004 featuring a special appearance by Gerry and Claire McCrudden. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.
• $5.00 tickets available presale and at the door
• The main doors will open at 6 p.m. for a Basket Raffle viewing.
• Show doors open at 7 p.m.
• "A Celtic Christmas" show starts at 7:30 p.m.
• A reception in the Viking Mall will follow the show
• Basket raffle winners will be drawn at 9:15 p.m.
• Ticket information - 773-7378

Rose Liquor Store Open On Thanksgiving Day - 2004

   November 2004. . . The Rose Liquor Store will be open Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thanksgiving Buffet At River Oaks Restaurant - 2004

   Join the River Oaks Restaurant for its annual Thanksgiving Buffet from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, November 25, 2004. Thanksgiving Buffet by reservations only - call 773-3337 ext. 17
• $18.95 - adults
• $9.95 for 12 and under
• 3 and under are free
Thanksgiving Menu
Carved Turkey and Ham
Oven roasted chicken and stir fry
Linguini and clam sauce
Stuffed shells, fresh yams
Acorn squash, corn, mashed potatoes
Roast baby red potatoes
Sausage and herb stuffing
Relish try, fruit and cheese display
Assorted cold salads
Rolls and butter, cranberry sauce
Assorted desserts

Island Sunset
Dinner Specials! - Holiday Inn - 2004

   The Holiday Inn Grand Island is offering "Island Sunset Dinner Specials" in its Phins Restaurant from 5-7 p.m. Chef Arnold's Special Seasoned Prime Rib, a Colossal Shrimp Cocktail and full salad bar is being served on Fridays and Saturdays.

Happy Hour At "Currents" In The Holiday Inn - 2004

   "Currents" - a bistro on the Niagara - located in the Holiday Inn Grand Island offers live entertainment every Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. A Happy Hour in "Currents" Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. includes complimentary hors d'oeurvres, drink specials and $4 appetizers.

Holiday Inn "Blues On The River" Inside Edition
Happy Hour Is Back At Holiday Inn - 2004

   The Holiday Inn Grand Island will hold a "grand opening" of its Friday Night Blues on the River Inside Edition concerts beginning Friday, November 12, 2004. The first concert will feature Rod Nickson Project from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
   Also new are the following:
• The Holiday Inn is offering Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. and 9 p.m. until closing Monday thru Friday
• Fridays beginning November 5th there will be live music in the Lounge - music in the Lounge will begin at 10 p.m. after the Blues concerts begin
• Thanksgiving Buffet 1-6 p.m. - live entertainment - Click Thanksgiving Buffet
• New Year's Eve - details incomplete

"Organize This" New Business On Island - 2004

   Island resident Toni Shaffer has opened a new and unique Island business, "Organize This." Toni, whose motto is "Creative solutions to add freedom to your life," will come into your home and organize everything from attics to basements, closets and drawers, kitchens and cabinets, bedrooms and baths and more. If you are stressed out, overwhelmed or frustrated by disorganization and clutter in your home or business, call Tony 716-773-6778 (home) or 716-868-4742 (mobile). A long list of other services includes elder relocation assistance, decorating, and space consulting.

Brick Oven Celebrates Halloween In Style - 2004

Brick Oven owner Mike Wylke with the 2nd place winner

(Left) Barb Gatti after winning 1st prize; and Barb Gatti, Terri Pitts, Kim Schopp, Kim Kernin and Amy Garten
Click photos for larger view.

   A Halloween Party at The Brick Oven Saturday evening, October 30, 2004 drew a good crowd of costumed guests who enjoyed free pizza all night, courtesy of the owners. Contest winners included Barb Gatti dressed as Mother Nature who walked away with a $100 Gift Certificate to The Brick Oven. The 2nd place winner was not identified but was wearing a Michael Jackson costume.

Lunchtime At The Beach House - 2004

The Beach House Restaurant has announced that lunch specials served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. are now available for take-out. A soup and sandwich combo and a hot lunch special are available daily. A crispy chicken sandwich is available on Monday and Tuesday, and a luncheon fish fry is available Wednesday through Friday. Take a look at their full menu, make your choice and call 773-7119 to place your order.

Grand Island's Fuccillo Chevrolet #1 In US - 2004

   Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004 . . . The Grand Island Fuccillo Chevrolet dealership on Alvin Road has reach the rank of #1 Chevrolet dealer in the United States for the month of October. Billy Fuccillo's Island operation sold 597 new cars and had a total sales of 900 cars in October 2004.
   Coming in as #2 in the country with sales of 587 cars is Paddock Chevrolet located at 3232 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore.

Wine Dinner At Buffalo Launch Club - November 11, 2004

   Rose Liquor Store, Buffalo Launch Club, and Letchworth Wines will present a wine dinner at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, November 11, 2004 in the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island. Click November Wine Dinner for complete menu and information.

"The House Guardian" - A New Island Business - 2004

   There's a new business on Grand Island. Tricia Harpster has opened "The House Guardian" - "because there's no place like home." Tricia is offering protection of your home. Her professional, detailed services include watering plants and providing curbside trash, performing full basement check for water leaks, checking sump pump, full plumbing checks in kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area, assuring snow plowing or lawn care maintenance and collecting Penny Saver and other miscellaneous mail flyers.
   For the entire list of extremely important attention to be paid to details while you are away, click
"The House Guardian." For a free consultation, call Tricia at 773-4406 (home) or 622-0944 (cell).

Say It With Roses From Flower A Day - 2004

   Flower A Day Florist located at 1879 Whitehaven Road is currently running an in-shop special on one dozen roses with greenery. Cello wrapped roses are $20.00 + tax, boxed roses are $25.00 + tax and a vase of roses are $29.95 + tax. Surprise your loved one with a dozen beautiful red roses.

Gifts-N-More Creates Basket For Connie Francis - 2004

   Gifts-N-More at 1711 Grand Island Blvd. has created a basket, made especially for singer Connie Francis who will be appearing at Shea's Performing Arts Center Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 8 p.m. Longtime Island resident and media/promotions specialist Danny McBride of AM1300 purchased the basket which will include a photo of Connie and Danny taken during their heydays and will present it to his longtime friend on Wednesday.
   Click Gifts-N-More and take advantage of the $5 off coupon by stopping by the shop.

Viking Plaza Holds Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening - October 2004

In the Priority Computer Services photo are (left) Councilmember Dick Crawford, Chamber President Jim Sharpe,
owners Ed and Terri Williams, Councilmembers Gary Roesch, Dan Robillard and Mary Cooke.

Shown at Gifts and More are Councilmember Dan Robillard, Rev. Dan Furnia, Councilmember Dick Crawford,
Chamber President Jim Sharpe, owner Lori Sell, Councilmembers Mary Cooke and Gary Roesch.

Shown at Met Life are Jim Sharpe, Gary Roesch, Rev. Dan Farina, Agent Janelle Hansen, Mary Cooke,
Agent Jim O'Rourke, Dick Crawford and Dan Robillard

A major ribbon cutting for all businesses was held under the tent due to the rainy and windy day. Shown from left are
Gary Roesch, Sue Matlock, Mary Cooke, Janelle Hanson, Richard Crawford, Dan Robillard, Jim O'Rourke,
Rev. Dan Farina, Amanda Martinez, Lori Sell, Faith Chambers, Jim Sharpe and Terri Williams.
Dan McMahon Photos - Click for larger view

   Proprietors of the Viking Plaza businesses - Gifts-N-More, Met Life, Priority Computer Services, Scrap It Up, and Hizair - held ribbon cuttings and a grand opening at each business on Saturday, October 15, 2004.
   Some of the basket winners follow:
Priority Computer Services:
1. Rosemary Wojeck - Grand Island
2. Doug Eagan - Grand Island
3. Gary Roesch - Grand Island
Rachel Carr - Niagara Falls
Mary Cook - Grand Island

Dr. Michael Butler Closes Podiatric Office - 2004

   Michael P. Butler, DPM, DABPS, Podiatric Medicine & Surgery, who has been seeing patients at his Whitehaven Road office for several years, has permanently closed that office. He will continue to see patients at his Transit Road office and Buffalo Office. Dr. Butler has merged with Northtown Podiatry Group and will be joining this group as a partner at the end of the year.

Grand Island Businesses Recognized for Leadership - 2004

   Grand Island, New York: Chosen from over 100 entries, A&B Heritage (ASI-Modulex) and Contour Financial Planning were honored as finalists in the Business Leadership Buffalo Niagara 2004 Awards. Both Grand Island based companies were recognized for their achievements in the past year.
   As a finalist in the category of Best in Business II, A&B Heritage, located on Alt Boulevard, specializes in architectural signage solutions that complement a building’s architecture. Their ability to adapt and constantly improve has resulted in an evolving company that can meet brand, design, and building needs.
   Contour Financial Planning, located on Whitehaven Road, was recognized in the category of Innovative Company. Contour provides clients with objective, personal and non-judgmental financial planning solutions and advice, tailored to their unique situation. The hourly fee structure appeals to clients from all walks of life and income brackets.
   Finalists gathered at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Wednesday, October 6, 2004 for dinner and the awards ceremony. Representing A&B Heritage was President Bethany Bernatovicz, Corporate Treasurer Paige Kuehmeier, and Corporate Secretary Shawna Joslyn. Steve Morgan, Principal and Amy Morgan, Administrator, were in attendance from Contour Financial Planning.

Viking Plaza Grand Opening - 2004

   Proprietors of the small plaza at 1709-1721 Grand Island Blvd., will hold a "Grand Opening" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2004 for all the stores located within the plaza. The businesses include Priority Computer Services, Gifts-N-More, Scrap It Up, Met-Life and Hizair. Each business will have a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m.
   Events will include entertainment, free stuff, a basket raffle in each business and refreshments beginning at noon. Food will be catered by McMahon's Family Restaurant.
   The plaza originally opened as one store in the early 1950s with Jessie and Bill Reese, who ran a grocery store, being the first tenants. The Island's first liquor store opened there in 1956.

Town Cafe Celebrates 2nd Anniversary - 2004

   The Town Cafe
at 2352 Grand Island Blvd. is two years old and is celebrating on Saturday, October 16, 2004. The restaurant, owned by the Alessi family of Grand Island, is having a customer appreciation night, serving a free buffet and drink specials, and will feature give-aways and prizes all day and night.

Save Dollars, Save Dents - 2004

   Traffic Safety Promotions, a local traffic safety training center, is offering evening classes for the point and insurance reduction.
   Evening classes for a Defensive Driving Course begin Monday, October 18 and are being held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on two nights for a total of six hours. Saturday classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with time for lunch.
   All licensed drivers are welcome, including teens. Special rates are available for groups, including businesses, clubs etc.
   All instructors are professional educators and the course is approved by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
   "It is hope that through our traffic safety programs, our community becomes more safety conscious and Grand Island will be a grand place to drive," a spokesman for Traffic Safety Promotions said this week.
   For information and registration, call 774-0039.

Grand Island Garden Center Holds Fall Clearance Sale - 2004


Jodi Robinson Photo - Click photo for a larger view.

   A fall clearance sale is taking place at the Grand Island Garden Center, 2120 Alvin Road, now through October 31, 2004. All trees are 30% to 50% off. All shrubs are buy one get one free. All perennials are also buy one get one free. The Garden Center is offering a fall decorating package that includes one cornstalk, one straw bale, one Indian corn bundle, two 9" mums, two pumpkins and three gourds for only $29.99. Coupons are available at the center and are good through the end of October or while supplies last!

Seminar Caters to First-Time Home Buyers - Oct. 2004

   Grand Island, New York: A unique alliance that caters to those contemplating the purchase of their first home is providing a seminar, “Our First Home,” from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at the Niagara Sailing Club, 3619 East River Road, Grand Island. “Our First Home,” will address how to assess your financial standing, the process to find your home, and the funding opportunities to make it happen. The seminar is structured to present information that allows for educated decisions in the home buying process.
   Steve Morgan, Principal of Contour Financial Planning, will address the financial and budgetary issues involved in home purchase and budgetary strategies to implement in preparation. Joan Dlugokinski, licensed sales professional with Century 21 Winklhofer, will review the merits of homeownership over renting and detail the process of finding the home that fits your individual requirements and lifestyle. A comprehensive overview of the spectrum of financing options available to first-time homebuyers will be provided by Charlene Carson, vice president of Anderson Funding Limited.
   A question and answer period with light refreshments will follow the presentations. The seminar is free to the public, however reservations are required as space is limited. For reservations, please call Contour Financial Planning at 773-5905.

GI Physical Therapy, Fitness Center To Open In Large Grand Island Blvd. Facility - 2004

Jodi Robinson Photo - Click photo for a larger view.

   Russell Certo is watching a dream come true as his new facility, The MOG (medically oriented gym), incorporating his physical therapy practice with a health club is in the last stages of construction.
   Membership information for the "New Fitness Experience" is available by calling 773-4323.
   The new building, located at 1801 Grand Island Boulevard, will also be the location of a family practitioner. Certo's Grand Island Physical Therapy office has been located on Love Road at Stony Point for about 15 years.

Grand Island Optical Here To Serve You - 2004

   Grand Island Optical
is operated by Island resident and Optician Louis A. Macro. Lou offers a complete eye care center across from St. Stephen's Church and accepts most insurance. Click Grand Island Optical for convenient office hours.

Contour Financial Planning Invites Public To “Coffee Talks” - Sept. 2004

   Contour Financial Planning, L.L.C. opens its doors at 1879 Whitehaven Road on Grand Island for three open houses the week of October 4, 2004 to promote financial literacy during Financial Planning Week. For complete information click “Financial Planning Week”

"Winter Will Be Here. Are You Prepared?" - Sept. 2004

   Inside & Out Home Improvements is now offering FREE estimates for businesses/residential snowplowing, salting & snow removal services. Senior citizens receive 10% discount when mentioning this ad. CALL 773-HOME today!

Open House At Anchor Marine - 2004

   Anchor Marine's fall Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2004. Come out and see the newest Bombardier and Polaris ATVs and snowmobiles. Get a great deal on all accessories, 2004 SeaDoo PWCs, Bayliner, Maxum and Trophy boats.

Nature Ed-Ventures Offers Women's Outdoor Weekend - 2004

   Nature Ed-Ventures, an organization comprised of individuals dedicated to life-long learning in, for, and about natural and cultural history, is offering a Women's Outdoor Weekend in November. For complete information, click Women's Outdoor Weekend

Wine Dinner September 30th At Buffalo Launch Club - September 2004

   Rose Liquor Store, Buffalo Launch Club, and Eber Brothers, and Kendall-Jackson Wines will present a wine dinner at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2004 in the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island.
   The evening will consist of 5 wines and 4 food courses. It will also provide the opportunity to those attending to preorder any of the wines tasted that evening for up to 20% off regular prices.
   Cost of the event is $45 per person (Does not include tax or gratuity) Seating is limited, therefore reservations are required by Tuesday, September 28, 2004 by calling 773-7629.
Aperitif: Pepi Pinot Grigio (Oregon) paired with domestic & imported cheeses, Flatbread crackers, fried crostini, & crisp flour tortilla.
First Course: LaCrema Chardonnay (California) paired with Scallop mousse with dried apple chips and a vanilla bean caramel glaze.
Second Course: Calina Carmenere (Chile) paired with wild mushroom risotto and a Pernod-basil emulsion.
Third Course: Yangarra Park Reserve Merlot (Australia) paired with Roasted duck breast, balsalmic pear mojo, Blue Cheese mashed potatoes and tobacco onions.
Dessert: Standing Stone Vidal Ice Wine (New York) paired with Bananas Foster prepared tableside.

Rose Liquor Announces New Hours - 2004

   The Rose Liquor Store will be open to serve you:
Sundays - 12 to 6 p.m.
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Miss Cathy's Dance Academy Fall Registration - 2004

Miss Cathy's Dance Academy, under the direction of Cathy Thomas, former Buffalo Jill, will hold fall registration Thursday, September 2, 2004 and Thursday, September 9 from 6-8 p.m. at 2488 Grand Island Blvd.
   Miss Cathy's Dance Academy, Grand Island's oldest dance studio will move to a new location where the staff will teach tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, acro, hip-hop and ball room in three beautiful dance rooms. New this year will also be cheer dance, pilates, funky fitness for kids & adults ages 2 - adult.
   For more information, call 773-4753 or 864-2499.
   Miss Cathy's Dance Academy is celebrating its 35th year.

Unique Pin Designed To Aid Hard of Hearing - 2004

   Allwood Associates of Grand Island, New York announces the release of The Helping Ear™.  Designed and developed by Fay Wood, The Helping Ear™ is a ¾ inch gold plated clutch back pin in the shape of an ear with a red lightening bolt diagonally across.  The pin can be worn on a collar or lapel.  It indicates the wearer is hard of hearing and acts as a visual cue to signal others to speak a little slower and a little louder. For complete story on Fay's new venture, click
The Helping Ear™

Ragtime Piano Player Don Burns At River Oaks
      River Oaks For Excellent Fish Fry, Fine Dining

   Don Burns, ragtime piano player and longtime Islander continues playing River Oaks Clubhouse Friday evenings from 6-9 p.m. The restaurant is open from 4-9 p.m. for dinner. Reservations are recommended (773-3337). Click for
Don Burns' Website or River Oaks Restaurant Website.

Open House At McCarthy School of Irish Dance - 2004

   McCarthy School of Irish Dance will hold an Open House from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2004 at the studio, 2055-2057 Baseline Road. Click McCarthy School of Irish Dance for more information.

Fuccillo's New Toyota Dealership - Update - 2004


Dan McMahon Photos

   Tom Kanaley, General Manager at Fuccillo Chevrolet, provided with an update on their continuing expansion project along Alvin Road. The building under construction, and in excess of 35,000 square feet, will be the home of their new Toyota Dealership. Toyota Dealership is expected to have an estimated work force of 50-60 people. The target date for opening is the first week in November.
   According to Kanaley, Chevrolet will continue to be their lead dealership and there will not be any reduction of service or sales for the Chevrolet customers.
   The next expansion project will be a new home for their Chevrolet sales and service. This HUGE 55,000 square foot building will be the flagship of the Fuccillo organization when it is completed. Both foreign and domestic dealerships are in the planning stages on Alvin Road. Along with the continuing construction underway, the Fuccillo organization is expanding in the central and the eastern portions of New York State, as well.

St. Timothy Lutheran Child Care Center Holds Open House - 2004

   St. Timothy Lutheran Child Care Center, 1453 Staley Road, corner of Stony Point, will hold an Open House from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2004. Pre-school openings for September 2004 are available. "Stop in and meet our dedicated staff, have some refreshments, and tour our facilities - including our park-like grounds and nature trail," a spokesman for STLCC said this week. Adults are invited to bring their children.

Mark's Island Tree Service - Trimming, Removal And More - 2004

Be sure to click photo for larger view.

   Mark's Island Tree Service, owned and operated by Mark Landroche, offers tree trimming and removal, stump grinding, spring and fall clean-up, emergency storm clean-up, cabling and bracing and snowplowing. Mark specializes in a modern climbing technique for the safety of yours trees and no job is too big or two small. Mark's Island Tree Service offers free estimates and generations of tree experience.
   For service or more information, call Mark at 536-0686 or 774-8031.

Miss Cathy's Dance Academy Registration For Summer And Fall Program - 2004

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   Miss Cathy's Dance Academy, under the direction of Cathy Thomas, former Buffalo Jill, will offer several summer programs. Registration will take place by phone, 773-4753 or 864-2499. Summer programs are Dance ABCs for 3- and 4-year-olds, Dance 5 & 6 for 5- and 6-year-olds, and a Summer Workshop which will include Hip Hop, Acro & Cheerleading. This class is scheduled for August 10, 12, 17 and 19 and a student may take all four or pay per class.
   Fall registration for classes in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, acro, ballroom and Broadway dance will be taken from 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 16, 2004 and Wednesday, August 18 at 2488 Grand Island Blvd.

Holiday Inn Sold - 2004

   The 263-room Holiday Inn Resort and Conference Center on East River Road, Grand Island has been sold to Howard L. Schweitzer and Maury Zeplowitz at a price of $3.35 million. The property was originally listed at $4.95 million. Schweitzer and Zeplowitz are part of the American Hospitality Group LLC, from Lodgian Inc. which is based in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the nation's largest independent owners and operators of full-service hotels.

Fuccillo Golf Tournament HUGE Success - 2004

(left) Jim Breier, Jim Kehoe, Billy Fuccillo and Paul Aronica.
Dan McMahon Photos - Click for larger view.

   Fairly nice weather prevailed for the HUGEccillo Golf Tournament on Friday, July 15, 2004 at River Oaks Golf Club. Winners of the Fuccillo Buick Scramble were:
• Low gross: Dan Misko, Dennis Misko, Kevin Misko, Jamie Hathaway 58
• Low net: Pat Pierce, Karen Utz, Barb Bonura, Jay Stellrecht 56
   Participants were presented with River Oaks windbreakers, a dozen golf balls and gift certificates. Lunch, dinner, refreshments, beverages and a live band playing until 11 p.m. were in the Billy Fuccillo style - HUGE.

Rosie Beads Is Commissioned For Seneca Glenngarry Bonnet - 2004

   July 2004 . . .The Seneca Nation of Indians has commissioned Rosie Beads to create the Glenngarry Bonnet in the Iroquois colors of purple and white. Rosie Beads added a turtle on top to represent mother earth. There are six flowers for the six nations, and nine leaves for the Iroquois Nine Clans. For complete information on Rosie Beads, click the website.

Huge Sale At Grand Island Garden Center - 2004

   July 2004. . .Gene and Christine Ryshkus at the Grand Island Garden Center on Alvin Road are in the midst of a huge inventory sale. The Garden Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale ends on Saturday, July 31st. The sale will include the following:
• All shrubs & container trees - buy 2 get 1 free
• All giftware 50% off
• All perennials - buy 1 get 1 free (hundreds to choose from)
   The Grand Island Garden Center features an Artist Gift Shop "for that quality gift." Click for their interesting Grand Island Garden Center website.

Online Restaurants Save Time - Order Ahead - 2004

   Most of our restaurant advertisers have conveniently posted their menus online. To save yourself time, either order ahead so your meal is ready when you get there or to take back home to eat by the pool. Remember
The Village Inn, McMahon's Restaurant, The Beach House, The Pepper Mill, The Brick Oven, Adrian's Custard & Beef, John's Pizza & Subs and River Oaks Clubhouse when you're hungry and just don't feel like cooking!

Win A Detoxifying Body Wrap Free! From Nana's Homemade Creations

    Nana's Homemade Creations is now offering all natural body wraps. Do you need the ability to reduce inches immediately, detoxify your body and visibly reduce cellulite? Is that dress for the special occasion just a little too snug? A body wrap is the perfect choice. Nana's Homemade Creations combined with Slender Lady Inc. of Amherst is offering these wraps at a reduced rate. (See coupon page) All wraps are performed at the Slender Lady in Amherst, NY. To enter into the contest for a free wrap, simply email and tell us why you would like to win the body wrap. Contest ends August 13, 2004.

Computer Sale At Priority Computer Services - 2004

Promoting the "computer sale" in front of Priority Computer Services is the CPU Man, David Williams, son of owner Terrie Williams.
Dan McMahon Photo

   July 15, 2004. . .
Priority Computer Services at 1709 Grand Island Blvd. (across from Burger King) is in the midst of a great computer sale. Priority Computer Services is offering a free software package with the purchase of a computer. The sale price of a computer system (2.0 GHZ CPU - 256 MB SDRAM - Windows XP Home Ed.) complete is $555.00. Monitors are sold separately. Stop by or call 773-3390.

Fuccillo Announces Better Gas Mileage Is Here
And It's Going To Be HUGE, Grand Island - 2004

   July 15, 2004 . . .Fuccillo Chevrolet Dealership has announced that since gas prices continue to rise, and local motorists are desperately looking for relief, finally there is a solution.
   With the revolutionary Fuel Genie, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 20% or even 30%! The unique device fits into the air intake hose of most any gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle. The Fuel Genie will give your car more power, reduce harmful exhaust emissions and use less fuel, resulting in HUGE savings for you.
   The Fuel Genie will make its Buffalo-area debut on Saturday, July 17, exclusively at Fuccillo Chevrolet. For a limited time, you can have The Fuel Genie installed in your vehicle by qualified technicians for only $99.95.
   For huge savings on your fuel costs, get The Fuel Genie this Saturday - only at Fuccillo Chevrolet. No appointment needed.
   Fuccillo Chevrolet, Alvin Road, is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Those coming from off the Island should take I-190 North to second Grand Island exit, Whitehaven Rd. turn left twice to dealership. For more information, call 773-7505.

Miss Cathy's Dance Academy Dance Recital - June 25-26, 2004

   The annual dance recital for Miss Cathy's Dance Academy will be held Friday and Saturday, June 25-26, 2004 in the Grand Island High School. Doors open at 6:30 pm. with the recital beginning at 7 p.m. both nights. A Chinese auction to benefit "Meaghan's Miracle" will be held with tickets sold in the school foyer each night. Winners need not be present to win.

Technology Camp Of America Inc. - Register Now - 2004

   Technology Camp Of America Inc., a Summer Camp for boys and girls, ages 10 to 15 years, has opened at 2090 Grand Island Blvd. Registration forms may be printed from the website.
    "Come and see for yourself what the buzz is all about!!!" The community is invited to stop by on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m.
   For more information, click Technology Camp Of America.

Fuccillo Announces HUGEccillo Golf Tournament, New Coupon - Expansion Work On Schedule - 2004

   June 10, 2004 . . .Fuccillo Chevrolet Dealership will hold a HUGEccillo Open at River Oaks Golf Club on Friday, July 16, 2004 with a 12 noon shot gun start scramble.
• 1 River Oaks Member and 3 guest per foursome
• Golf, dinner, prizes, surprises
• Hole-in-1 for a car on every par 3
• Limited number of T-Times available
• Win a chance to advance to the National Buick Scramble
• Information: Vince Puglia, 773-3337
   Be sure to check out the new
Fuccillo Coupon..
   The Fuccillo expansion project on Alvin Road is on schedule with completion expected in late September or early October.

Soft Ice Cream Back At McMahon's Family Restaurant

Dan McMahon Photo

   June 3, 2004. . .The Ice Cream stand at
McMahon's Family Restaurant is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The ice cream menu includes Cones, Shakes, Sundaes, Swirls with soft or hard Ice Cream.
    Be sure to check out our business Coupon Page. where you'll find one for free sprinkles on Medium and Large Cones at McMahon's Family Restaurant. Expiration is July 31st.

Holiday Inn "Blues On The River" Friday Night Concerts - 2004

   The Holiday Inn Grand Island offers a series of Friday night concerts 6:30-10:30 p.m. from now through September 17, 2004. Click for Holiday Inn "Blues On The River" for more information.

Father's Day Brunch At Holiday Inn - 2004

   Father's Day Brunch will be served at the Holiday Inn Grand Island from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 20, 2004. Reservations are required by calling 773-1111. Price is $10.95 for adults and $5.95 for children ages 4-12. Click for Holiday Inn Brunch Menu which will include a Made to Order Omelet Station, Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes, Bacon & Sausage and a lot more.

Holiday Inn Car Wash To Raise Funds For "Give Kids the World Foundation" - May 2004

   The Holiday Inn Grand Island will hold a car wash on Wednesday, June 2, 2004 to benefit the "Give Kids the World Foundation"®. Click Holiday Inn
"Car Wash for complete information.
   Click "Give Kids the World Foundation" for more information.

Technology Camp Of America Inc. Open House
   Summer Camp For Boys and Girls Ages 10 - 15 - 2004

   Grand Island's newest business, Technology Camp Of America Inc., located at 2090 Grand Island Blvd. is holding open house on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m.
   Technology Camp Of America Inc. is a summer camp for boys and girls ages 10-15. Some of the features are:
• Lego Mindstorms Robotics
• Edventures, Inc. Computer and Internet Based Projects
• 3D Computer Software
• Friendly Competitions With Recognition
• Engineering & Architectural Principles based Hands-on Activities and more.
   Information packets are available at the Grand Island Memorial Library or Niagara Frontier Publications.
   Instructor is Angelo Grande, certified technology educator. For information call 773-5282 or click
"Technology Camp Of America."

Brick Oven Presents Meaghan's Miracle Monday - May 2004

   Brick Oven Pizzeria at 2375 Grand Island Blvd. is joining the community and helping Meaghan Grotz' quest for a double lung transplant. On Monday, May 24, 2004, a coupon for a large pizza is available with proceeds to benefit the fundraiser. Click
"coupon" to get a copy and help "Meaghan's Miracle."

Rose Liquor Holiday Hours
June Wine Dinner To Feature California Wines - May 2004

   The Rose Liquor Store will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. only on Memorial Day, Monday May 31, 2004. Please plan ahead.
   Rose Liquor Store, Buffalo Launch Club, and Colony Wines & Liquor, & Pathfinder will present a wine dinner at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, June 3, 2004 in the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island. The wine dinner will feature the California Wines of Pathfinder.
   The evening will consist of 5 wines and 4 food courses. It will also provide the oppotunity to those attending to preorder any of the wines tasted that evening for up to 20% off regular prices.
Aperitif: Jewel Viognier paired with churros, cornbread, & salsa bread with a Sun dried tomato pesto and chipotle butter.
First Course: Charles Krug Chardonnay paired with a cold soup of Roasted yellow pepper, 3 cheeses, mushroom ragout, watercress oil and a tomato and aniseete emulsion.
Second Course: Jewel Pinot Noir paired with roasted duck and plum sauce in a ginger and scallion crepe.
Third Course: Jed Steele Catfish Vineyard Zinfandel paired with roasted pork in a Baja barbecue sauce, painted desert coleslaw, and red bliss potato salad..
Dessert: Jed Steele DuPratt Vineyard Late Harvest Chardonnay paired with a roasted pear tart, honey roasted hazelnuts and a caramel beurre blanc.
   Cost of the dinner is $45.00 per person and does not include tax or gratuity. Seating is limited and reservations by Tuesday, June 1, 2004 are required by calling 773-7629.

Village Inn Has Updated Website - May 2004

   Mike Carr has updated his Village Inn website. Check out the
Village Inn website and be sure to stop in for lunch, dinner and anytime in between. Dining facilities are available outside as well as inside.

Ferry Village Hot Dot Stand To Open Again - May 2004

Artwork by Lyn Mauri Laman

   Sharon Nichols, Barbara Zafuto and Lyn Laman will hold a Grand Re-Opening of the Village Hot Dog Stand, 1437 East River Road in Ferry Village. Memorial Day will kick off the season and hours will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
   The hot dog stand, long famous for its hot dogs, hamburgs, clam broth and more, is all that is left of Ossian Bedell's Bedell House Hotel and the Bedell House tavern in Bedell Park. The famous hotel opened on May 1, 1877 and was twice destroyed by fire. The Bedell House tavern, in operation for over 100 years, burned to the water in March 1988.
   Sharon and Barbara are the former Long sisters, daughters of the late Karl and Kay Long of West River Road. Sharon has lived on the Island most of her life and her sister, Barbara, a former Island school teacher now residing in Florida, is spending the summer here. Island resident Mrs. Laman is the former Lyn Mauri, an art teacher in the Island school system for many years.

Dollar Tree In Tops Plaza Has Grand Opening - 2004

Fred Claus Photo - Click for larger view.

   Longtime Isle resident Elinore Swain, shown above, was the first customer to come to the check outs during the grand opening day at the Dollar Tree on Saturday, May 8, 2004. The ribbon cutting was done by Loralin Keller, daughter of Dollar Tree manager Krista Keller. Also taking part in the opening ceremony were Town Supervisor Peter McMahon, Town Councilmembers Mary Cooke and Dan Robillard, Town Clerk Patty Frentzel, Chamber of Commerce President Jim Sharpe and Dollar Tree District Manager Mel Thompson.

Dock Space Available At Blue Water Marina - 2004

   The boating season has begun and water craft from small boats to large cruisers are being lowered into the Blue Water Marina boat basin. For dock space, call Dan Stedman at 773-7884. Dan has a launching ramp for small boats and can put the larger boats of all sizes in as well. Be sure to check out Dan's Blue Water Marina website.

It's Finally Spring - Visit Grand Island Garden Center

Jodi Robinson Photo

   It's that time! Your yard needs a bit of sprucing up and Grand Island Garden Center has everything you need. New bushes, flowers, trees, pots, mulch, you name it. Visit Gene at the Garden Center, 2120 Alvin Road, and your yard will be looking great in no time. (For more information, click the Garden Center link above)

Wine Dinner To Feature Italian Wines - May 2004

   Rose Liquor Store, Buffalo Launch Club, and Letchworth Wines & Palm Bay Imports will present a wine dinner at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, May 6, 2004 in the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island. The wine dinner will feature the Italian wines of Palm Bay Imports.
   The evening will consist of 5 wines and 4 food courses. It will also provide the oppotunity to those attending to preorder any of the wines tasted that evening for up to 20% off regular prices.
Aperitif: Sella & Mosca Sauvignon Blanc"Le Anerie" paired with assorted bruschetta and foccaia with pesto.
First Course: Feudi di Sangregorio Fiano Di Avelino paired with Chicken Saltibocca and a lemom beurre blanc.
Second Course: Sella & Mosca Cannonau Riserva paired with Roasted Portabello Mushroom with argula pesto, pancetta, tomato confit and asiago shavings.
Third Course: Feudi di Sangregorio Rubrato paired with Veal Osso Bucco with tomato-veal demi-glace, roasted carrots and fennel with a porcini mushroom rissotto.
Dessert: Aneri Prosecco paired with fresh fruit in a prosecco sabayon.
   Cost of the dinner is $45.00 per person and does not include tax or gratuity. Seating is limited and reservations by Tuesday May 4, 2004 are required by calling 773-7629.

New Business - Nature Ed-Ventures - April 2004

   Nature Ed-Ventures was formed in January 2004 as a result of the downsizing at the Buffalo Museum of Science and the elimination of many of its special programs. Judy Thaler, former Director of Education, and Wayne Robins, Senior staff naturalist, formed Nature Ed-Ventures to continue the important work of teaching respect for the environment through engaging, content-rich natural history and cultural history programs held at various sites throughout WNY.
   Some of the program offerings include:
• An affordable series of themed family weekends at Camp Allegany, Allegany State Park that offers hands-on activities and explorations for people of all ages.
• Six day summer residential camp programs for 8-12 year olds in Allegany State Park each July
• A variety of adult and family workshops from beekeeping to maple syrup making to creating your own snowshoes.
• Special curriculum-focused outreach programs for students in grades 2-8 that correlate with the Learning Standards.
• Study tours to places in the US with a special focus on natural history.
• Merit badge workshops for Boy and Girl Scout troops
• Outreach programs to community centers
• A series of programs for home-schooled youth
• Special presentations to corporations and organizations
   "In addition to working with the general public, we are recipient of two grants that will allow us to work closely with underserved audiences in WNY helping them connect with their urban environment," Mrs. Thaler told the Grand Island E-News this week.
   Contact information is Nature Ed-Ventures, 340 Colonial Dr. W., Grand Island. Phone: 716-479-9190 (cell) or 716-773-9190. After May 1, the Nature Ed-Ventures website, now under construction, will be located at
   Judy Thaler and her husband, Roger, who are parents of three children, have lived on Grand Island for 33 years.

New Business - Island Angel - April 2004

Jodi Robinson Photo

   Kathy Fetzer, a Grand Island resident for over 36 years, has begun a business she calls "Island Angel." One of her first clients is to be thanked for the moniker after Kathy helped her out. Kathy is an experienced caretaker after having been in the healthcare field for over 23 years. Her new service will provide assistance to anyone who needs help with personnal care, cleaning, cooking, transportation, errands and the like. If you are out of town and have a family member who may need some care or if you live here and just need an extra set of hands, give Kathy Fetzer a call at 773-0906.

Open House - "Rummage Sale" at Anchor Marine - 2004

   Anchor Marine's Open House will take place this weekend. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2004 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. The event will feature live music and Sahlen's Hot Dogs and also "Our Largest "Rummage Sale" ever!"
   Thousands of dollars worth of door prizes and free refreshments will be offered. Over 50 used and bank repo boats with special interest rates as low as 4.9% will be on display. Specials on boats, ATVs and sea doos, too.
   Anchor Marine is located at 1501 Ferry Road, Grand Island, NY.

Mother's Day Brunch At Holiday Inn - 2004

   Mother's Day Brunch will be served at the Holiday Inn Grand Island from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9, 2004. Reservations are required by calling 773-0705. Price is $15.95 for adults and $8.95 for children. Click for Holiday Inn Brunch Menu which will include carved roast beef, baked ham and seafood newburg.

First Anniversary Of Inside & Out Home Improvements - Apr. 2004

   Great News! Inside & Out Home Improvements has officially been in business for one full year. Owner Eric Cook and family would like to give their thanks to the wonderful people of Grand Island for helping their business grow & prosper. They are looking forward in continuing to help improve Grand Island's homes & businesses Inside & Out throughout the years to come. You can check out their newly designed website that provides home owners with helpful information on home remodeling, updating & repairs.

McMahon's Open For Easter Brunch - Apr. 2004

    McMahon's Family Restaurant will be open for Easter Brunch from 7 a.m. until about noon. They will be closed on Monday, April 12, 2004.

Easter Brunch At Holiday Inn - Apr. 2004

   Easter Brunch will be served at the Holiday Inn Grand Island from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 773-0705. Price is $15.95 for adults and $8.95 for children. Click for Holiday Inn Brunch Menu.
(Reservations are also required for a Mother's Day Brunch, May 9, 2004.

Remember Your Administrative Professionals At Flower A Day - Apr. 2004

   Administrative Professionals Day (formerly Secretary's Day) will fall on Wednesday, April 21, 2004. Flower A Day Florist on Whitehaven Road has everything you need to show your appreciation. A bouquet of flowers, a nice plant for their desk, delicious fruit baskets and candy are all thoughtful ideas to thank your employees. Check out Sue Berger's website or stop by the store to look around. You'll be the "best boss" ever!

“Blues on the River” Returns To Holiday Inn - Apr. 2004

   “Blues on the River” returns to the Holiday Inn Grand Island on Friday, June 4, 2004. "As the sun goes down, the evening heats up with Western New York’s only Island bash. Featuring this area’s best blues bands. The Grill will be hot and the beverages cold. The only thing we’re missing is YOU!"

Holiday Inn Now Offers Complimentary High Speed Internet Access - Apr. 2004

   Holiday Inn Grand Island, as of April 1, 2004, is offering complimentary High Speed Internet Access in every room. Service will also be available in the Holiday Inn meeting and banquet facilities.

Scrap It Up Opens With full Line Of Scrapbooking Supplies - 2004

   April 1, 2004. . .If you are looking for custom made scrapbooks, scrapbook supplies, gifts or classes to design your own scrapbook, call Amanda or Faith at Scrap It Up located 1713 Grand Island Blvd. (across from Burger King Restaurant). Amanda Martinez (shown above) and Faith Chambers, who opened their shop in January 2004, have become partners, providing your every need for preserving your history. Amanda and Faith are teachers with a passion for scrapbooking. Currently being offered are work areas for you to work on your own scrapbook or for classes in scrapbooking. Whether you are looking for a starter set, gift set or just some ideas, call or stop in and see for yourself at Scrap It Up.
Hours are:
• Monday-Thursday, 3:00-9:00 p.m.
• Friday-Saturday, 10:00-6:00 p.m.
• Sunday 12-4 p.m.

John's Pizza Adds To Already Fabulous Menu - Apr. 2004

   John's Pizza & Subs has added 6 new and great Pizza Creations. Click Menu Additions and call and order your choice or stop in at John's Pizza & Subs on the Boulevard for a real treat!

It's Spring.....Adrian's Is Open

   April 1, 2004. . .Adrian's Custard & Beef is now open at the Grand Island Plaza. The spring hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Beef on weck, burgers, dogs, fries and plenty of ice cream await your arrival! Click for
Adrian's Website.

Wine Dinner To Feature Australian Wines - Mar. 2004

   Rose Liquor Store, Buffalo Launch Club, Martin Scott Wines and Click Imports will present a wine dinner at 7:15 p.m., Thursday April 1, 2004 in the Buffalo Launch Club.    The evening will consist of five wines and four food courses. It will also provide the opportunity to those attending to preorder any of the wines tasted that evening for up to 20% off regular prices.
Aperitif: Nepenthe Sauvignon Blanc paired with assorted fried tortillas( spinach, sun-dried tomato, and Cheddar0 with a salsa verde
First Course: Rockbare Chardonnay paired with a Tasmanian Bundle Salad, argula, dill springs, mango, asparagus, Yabby(crawfish) with a mustard seed oil
Second Course: Nepenthe Tryst paired with a Kangaroo Island Paella, white alligator meat, spring lamb and duck sausage
Third Course: Paracombe Cabernet Franc paired with pan seared Ostrich tenderloin, tomato-corn relish, gooseberry glaze, sweet potato and pumpkin croquettes
Dessert: Campbell's Rutherglen Muscat paired with Paupau(papaya) brulee, guava & lemon sorbet, and macadamia nut biscotti
   Cost is $45 per person and does not include tax or gratuity. Seating is limited. The event is by reservation only (773-7629) by Tuesday, March 30, 2004.

Ragtime Piano Player Don Burns Back At River Oaks
River Oaks For Excellent Fish Fry

   March 2004. . .Don Burns, ragtime piano player and longtime Islander will be back at River Oaks Clubhouse Friday evenings from 6-9 p.m. beginning Friday, March 19th. The restaurant is open from 4-9 p.m. for dinner. Reservations are recommended (773-3337). Click for
Don Burns' Website or River Oaks Restaurant Website.

Corned Beef/Cabbage At The Beach House - 2004

   The Beach House is offering a St. Patty's Day Special - Fresh corned beef, cabbage, carrots, Irish potatoes, salad and dinner roll.
Dinner/$8.25, Lunch/$4.75, Kids/$3.75.

   The St. Patrick's Day favorite is being served Sunday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 17. Take-out is available. Call 773-7119 for information.

Lunchtime At The Beach House Restaurant - 2004

Jodi Hayes Dodd Photos
   The Beach House on East River at Wallace Drive is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All lunch specials are available for take-out through March 31, 2004. Soups of the day are:
• Monday - Chicken Noodle
• Tuesday - Minestrone
• Wednesday - Wisconson Cheese
• Thursday - Cream of Chicken
• Friday - New England Clam Chowder
   Lunch Specials include a hot sandwich menu at $4.25, a soup & sandwich combo menu at $4.75 and the restaurant's Portabella Mushroom Sandwich with fries at $4.50.
   The favorite luncheon fish fry is now available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at $5.95.
   Go out to lunch this week - and make it "The Beach House!"

Mentholatum Leaves Grand Island - 2004

Jodi Hayes Robinson Photo    February 26, 2004 . . . Mentholatum at 345 Lang Blvd. on Grand Island, has been moved to a Cheektowaga location for several reasons including a closer proximity to the Mentholatum headquarters in Orchard Park. Metholatum, a healthcare products maker, has moved out of the leased, 56,000-square-foot facility on Grand Island to the former Fleming Foods building on Industrial Drive, Cheektowaga where it will occupy a 40,000-square-foot area. The 15-20 employees at the Grand Island facility have been assured that they will keep their jobs with the company.

Fuccillo To Add Five Dealerships - 2004

Jodi Hayes Robinson Photo    February 26, 2004 . . .A Toyota dealership will, no doubt, be added to the Fuccillo Chevrolet complex on Grand Island and plans are for adding several other dealerships which may include Hyundai, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi and Audi, Fuccillo officials report. The size of the operation on Alvin Road is expected to go from its present 22 acres to 114 acres.
   "The Fuccillo Chevrolet dealership generated gross sales of $80 million last year. That total could leap to $375 million if the expansion goes through," Supervisor Peter A. McMahon said.
   According to a Buffalo News story, Fuccillo General Manager Thomas Kanaley explained that it was not the original plan to open so many dealerships here, and that the Fuccillo company didn't anticipate how good business would be on Grand Island.

Wine Dinner To Feature Wines Of Bonny Boon - Feb. 2004

   Rose Liquor Store, Buffalo Launch Club and Mullen & Gunn have announced the menu for the Saturday, February 28, 2004 Wine Dinner being held at the Buffalo Launch Club. The evening will consist of five wines and four food courses. It will also provide the opportunity to those attending to preorder any of the wines tasted that evening for up to 20% off regular prices.
Aperitif: Ca Del Solo Big House White paired with assorted breads and cheese fondue
First Course: Bonny Doon Pacific Rim Riesling paired with Tuna Carpaccio, chilidusted wonton, and wasabi creme fraiche
Second Course: Bonny Doon California Syrah paired with a roasted root vegetable tart with sun-dried tomato pesto
Third Course: Bonny Doon Cardinal Zin Beastly Old Vines Zinfandel paired with roast pork loin with andouille sausage stuffing, green apple and jalapeno salsa, braised mustard greens, and garlic smashed potatoes
Dessert: Bonny Doon Vin Glaciere paired with passion fruit and ginger cheesecake, caramel and green tea panna cotta, and candied pistachios
   The event is by reservation only (773-7629) by Thursday, February 26, 2004.

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