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Rose Liquor/BLC/Winebow Wines Announce January Wine Dinner Menu - 2007

   January 2007. . . A Wine Dinner, sponsored by Rose Liquor Store, the Buffalo Launch Club and Winebow, is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2007 at the Buffalo Launch Club. Click for the "Jan. 19th Wine Dinner Menu."
   Reservations must be made by Wednesday January 17, 2007 by calling 773-7629.

Aceti's Wine & Spirits Invites You To Grand Opening - 2006

   Aceti's Wine & Spirits has opened in the Grand Island Blvd. plaza where a grand opening is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2006. A wine tasting from "Around the World" will be featured from 7-9 p.m. Grand Island's newest business is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 10 a.m. to midnight; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to midnight; and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Rose Liquor Advises Holiday Hours - 2006

   The Rose Liquor Store advises the following:
"This year Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are on Sundays.
On Sundays we cannot open until Noon and must close by 9 p.m.
Please shop early to avoid the rush and have the best selections.
Happy Holidays"

McCarthy School of Irish Dance Presents "A Celtic Christmas" - 2006

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   The McCarthy School of Irish Dance presents its third annual "A Celtic Christmas" 6:45 p.m. Friday, December 15 in the Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Center, 4455 Porter Road. For tickets, contact Maura, 773-1335 or Click for more information.
   This year's Celtic Christmas show will feature special guest Seamus Kennedy. Main doors open at 6 p.m. for basket raffle viewing and seating begins at 6:45 p.m. Winners of the basket raffle will be announced at reception following the show.
   The holiday show is an annual fundraiser for the dancers. Donation is $5.

Rose Liquor Open Thanksgiving Day - 2006

   The Rose Liquor Store announces Special Thanksgiving Day Hours as 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Thursday, November 23, 2006).

Open House Set For New Island Learning Center - 2006

   An Open House and Chiavetta's Chicken Barbeque will take place at the new Island Learning Center, 1879 Whitehaven Road from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 29, 2006. Proceeds to benefit programming scholarships. The Island Learning Center offers after school instruction for K-6th graders. Click Island Learning Center for complete information.

Fuccillo Receives Top Dealer Award For 5th Year - 2006

   General Motors' senior executives presented this year's 'GM Dealer Of The Year' winners, including Fuccillo Chevrolet on Alvin Road, with the 2006 Jack Smith Leadership Award. Only 110 GM dealers nationwide earned this distinguished recognition for their dedication to customer satisfaction and sales excellence.
   "GM 'Dealer of the Year' winners are those great dealers that consistently deliver strong sales performance, exceptional customer service, and play an active role in the communities they serve," said Rick Wagoner, GM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The value they deliver to GM and our customers is immeasurable, and truly deserves to be celebrated."
   Each recipient received the 2006 Jack Smith Leadership Award, named after Jack Smith, retired GM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and founder of the honorary program.
   The prestigious award is a Steuben crystal obelisk, which symbolizes the ultimate dealer achievement at General Motors. GM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner, along with senior company officers Bob Lutz, John Devine and Gary Cowger presented the awards at ceremony held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.
   "The GM 'Dealer Of The Year' honor recognizes our dealers who lead by example in superior customer service, vehicle sales and community leadership," said Mark LaNeve, Group Vice President of Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing, General Motors North America. "These individuals exemplify the commitment, leadership and performance that 'Only GM' can provide."
   The Fuccillo dealership plans to start construction on the newest facility any day. This is along with their Annual October Hugeathon. It is hoped they will sell at least 1000 new and programmed (used) vehicles. The sale at both the Chevy and Toyota dealerships runs thru the end of the month.

Island Deli/Meat Market Offers Homemade Soup, Chili Daily - 2006

   The Island Deli and Meat Market is now offering homemade soup and chili daily, and are also taking Thanksgiving orders for meats and turkeys. This year they are featuring fresh turkeys. The Island Deli and Meat Market is located at 2488 Grand Island Blvd. near Martin's Fantasy Island.

"Power Your Memory" - 2006

   The Alzheimer's Association Western New York Chapter will present a program titled, "Power Your Memory" from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 18 at the Medically Oriented Gym at Freedom Place, 1801 Grand Island Blvd. The program will teach you the latest information on memory wellness, how to reduce your risk factors for memory loss and specific things you can do to keep your memory sharp. It will also provide you with the tools to "Power Your Brain" through diet, mental exercise and other preventative measures. Space is limited. Register by calling 773-1600. The program will be repeated from 12:30-1:30 p.m. October 24th.

Kershner Studios Offers Custom Products For Any Size Business or Organization - 2006

Kim Kershner shows just a few of the many products now being offered by Kershner Studios.

   “Make YOUR Best Impression” is the slogan being used to launch Kershner Studios’ newest endeavor... a line of quality products that can be customized with a client’s logo, artwork, or photography.
   “You’ve always been able to purchase advertising specialty items. What’s held many back are the minimum quantities required. Our computer-based system lets us offer low minimum orders on all of our items. In fact, we have several items with a minimum order of one,” explains Kim Kershner, owner of Kershner Studios. “Now, with our system, any company, club, or organization has the ability to utilize customized merchandise — in their marketing mix, for fundraising, for special events, or even to stocking a shop where larger quantities just aren’t feasible.” A variety of products for home and business are available in glass, wood, metal, ceramic tile, plastic, and fabric. For more information about this new line of products, or any of the other services offered by Kershner Studios, contact them at: 716-773-3610 or visit their website at:

Mini Marquee of the Riviera Theatre - 2006

   The following is a Mini Marquee of The Riviera Theatre located at 67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda:
• Fri., Sept. 22, 23, 29 - Oct. 6, 7, 8 p.m. - NRTG Presents "Damn Yankees" - Adults $17 - Stu./Snr. $15 - Under 17/$10
• Sat., Oct. 7 - YWCA Movie - "Cars" - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $2
• Sun., Oct. 8 - Sentimental Journey Orchestra - 2 p.m. - Presale $8 - at door $10
• Thurs., October 12 - 8 p.m. - Musical Box - "Foxtrot" - $35
• Sat., Oct. 14 - 8 p.m. - Musical Box - "Selling England By the Pound" - $35
• Sat., Oct. 14 YWCA Movie - "Cars" - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $2
• Wednesday, Oct. 18 -7:30 p.m. - Monthly Organ Concert, Michael Xavier Lundy - $8
• Fri., Sat., Oct. 20-21 - 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. - Premiere of "The Maise...Forever Yours -$8 - Students/Seniors $6
• Sat., Oct. 21 - YWCA Movie - "Ice Age 11: The Meltdown" - 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - PG - 91 min. $2
• Sun., Oct. 22 - 3 p.m. - WXRL 36th Anniversary Show with Ramblin' Lou - $35 - $28
• Fri., Oct. 27 - 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. - Nosferatu Silent Film - $5 - Under 12/$2
• Sat., Oct. 28 - 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - YWCA Movie - "Monster House" - PG - 91 min. - $2
   For tickets or information call our Box Office - 692-2413 or

Lotions & Potions Grand Opening - 2006

Susan Morreale
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   A grand opening took place at Lotions & Potions located at 1713 Grand Island Blvd., on Thursday, September 14, after opening this past July. If you have not been to visit, you are missing a sensory delight. This shop is unlike any others on Grand Island, from the wonderful scents as you walk in the door to the beautiful displays of vintage jewelry, handbags, romantic clothing and gifts. For the past six years, owner and Grand Island resident Susan Morreale has operated a successful store in Williamsville before opening her second store here. Ms. Morreale has a large selection of fragrance oils that she custom blends into lotions, shower gels, bubble baths, massage oils and perfumed oil. Many other aromatherapy items are also available for purchase.
   Ms. Morreale has a nursing background and went into creating lotions and scents 16 years ago, opening her first store on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls. The new shop is open Tuesday through Saturday with evening hours on Tuesday and Thursday. You can also host a shopping party at your home or in at the store. Daughter Ciara Morreale, along with Nikki Zito will be happy to assist you when you stop in to visit.

Martin's Fantasy Island Season Pass Holders Invited To Fall Weekends - 2006

    Season Pass Holders- Martin's Fantasy Island invites you to join us for our fall weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, September 9 and 10 and September 16 and 17, 2006. As a thank you, each season pass holder may bring a friend into the park, free on these days. "We are glad you decided to spend your summer with us and look forward to seeing you again next year," a Martin's Fantasy Island spokesman said this week.

Miss Cathy's Dance Academy To Hold Registration - 2006

   Registration for dance classes at Miss Cathy's Dance Academy will be held Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the dance studio, 1917 Staley Road at Baseline Road. Click link above for all details. Classes begin the week of Monday, September 11th. Click for Miss Cathy's Dance Academy Feature Story

"Knowledge Center" Coming To Grand Island - 2006

    Island resident Jeannine King is in the process of creating a "knowledge center" that will offer scholastic assistance to K-6th graders. After school instruction, fun Friday events, and Saturday morning story, stretch & relaxation classes are just a few highlights.
   Programs will consist of Everyday Mathematics instruction, Multi-subject after school assistance, Reading/writing workshops with publishing opportunities, project approach learning, and opportunities to "give back" to the community. If enough interest is shown within the next few weeks, she will be doing business as Country LIFE Programs.
    Reasonable rates will prevail. For additional information, call 716-380-2582 or email to """."

Rose Liquor Open Labor Day - 2006

   The Rose Liquor Store announces Special Labor Day Hours as 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Monday, September 4, 2006).

Miss Cathy - Grand Island's #1 Tap & Jazz Teacher
Cathy Parisi Thomas Begins 38th Year Teaching Dance - 2006

By Teddy Linenfelser

(left) An early photo of Cathy in her dancing costume; a group of dancers who took part in her 1980 dance recital; Miss Cathy, a Buffalo Jill, and daughter, Nicole; Miss Cathy's granddaughter, Sabrina Marie Butcher, who will join her grandmother's dance classes just as soon as she can. The group photo taken in 1977 shows Cathy, daughter, Nicole and Linda Shobert (front), Katie Buell (center), Kelly Tabron, Gina Mayo, Debbie Fike, Tina Krzes and Terry Samland (back)
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   When Norm and Mary Parisi started their family with the birth of a daughter, Cathy, it didn’t take them long to realize the child had a keen sense of rhythm that showed up early in her life. Cathy loved music, loved to sing at an early age, and especially loved to dance.
   Norm and Mary moved to Grand Island, NY with Cathy and her brother, Steve and sister, Natalie, in 1962. Eventually the Parisis were parents of four girls and a son and the girls all took dance classes.
   Cathy took her first tap dancing lessons at the age of two. She was a student of Miss Evelyn in Buffalo. By age 4 she was chosen to perform a solo in Miss Evelyn's recital in Kleinhan's Music Hall. In the years that followed, her dance teachers included Cora Tapson on Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, Miss Bev, KipTom and Betty Rogers Beck.
   As a freshman at Grand Island High School, Cathy was given an assignment to interview and write a newspaper article on someone in the field of work that Cathy wanted to eventually pursue. She chose Miss Norma Ferrara Gelose, an Island ballet teacher who emphasized to Cathy, a tap and jazz student, the importance of adding ballet to her studies if she was to become a successful dancing teacher. The meeting resulted in Cathy attending Miss Norma's ballet school and also assisting with her classes. Miss Norma eventually turned over her tap and jazz department to Cathy, then 16.
   Cathy choreographed various high school musicals on and off the Island as well as dance routines and finales for area high school variety shows and cheerleading groups. She also formed and taught a Grand Island High School Dance Team, along with choreographing for area theater groups including the Grand Island Theater Group. She taught many classes in Dance I and Dance II for Terrie Lacata at ECC City Campus.
   Miss Norma moved her ballet school off the Island and at the same time Cathy began a class of between 12 and 16 Island students that she taught in different homes on Saturday mornings. The parents preferred this arrangement rather than sending their children to a dancing studio. Cathy's next career step took place in the early 1970s when she began to teach dance classes in St. Stephen's Church cafetorium where she held her very first recital, and later in the basement of the Old St. Stephen's Church.
   Bob Rizzo, nephew of Miss Norma, was a tap and jazz student of Cathy's and successfully went on to New York City. He is now on the faculty of the undergraduate program at New York University at STEPS on Broadway and has directed and choreographed for the New York stage, national tours, commercials and television.
   In reflecting on her 50 years as a dancer, the person who stands out in Cathy Thomas' life and taught her the most about dancing and teaching dance is Norma Ferrara Gelose. "Miss Norma has been an inspiration to me and is by far the best ballet teacher around. I've never met anyone like her," Miss Cathy said.
   Cathy was not a cheerleader in high school due to the fact that she was studying and teaching dance six days a week. She did try out and was chosen to be on the Buffalo Jills cheerleading squad for two years in a row. "It was a close knit group of girls. We did shows in the stadium as an opening act for such stars as Bill Cosby, Helen Reddy and others," Miss Cathy said. As a Jill she worked on major fundraisers, judged high school cheerleading competitions, and participated in numerous parades with the Bills including OJ Simpson and Joe Ferguson. "And we loved meeting Joe Nameth," Cathy added.
   According to Miss Cathy, at one time students were more interested in training and entering dance competitions. Now students on Grand Island are involved in many other activities along with the dance classes. Therefore, most of the students take the classes for personal enjoyment, to gain confidence, to enhance the chances of being given a part in the high school musical productions, and, of course, dancing in the yearly recitals.
   Miss Cathy's dream to own her own studio became a reality over the last two years. She has taken over her parents' building at 1917 Staley Road at Baseline Road and turned it into a very attractive and roomy dancing studio. This fall she will begin her 38th season of teaching dance. "I do not have a lot of students in a class. I feel you cannot give them the attention they need and deserve, even with several helpers in the class," she said. "I believe the teacher should teach the class. Many studios put as many as 20 to 30 students in a class. I keep classes to a maximum of 12-14." Miss Cathy did say the Hip Hop and Acro classes tend to be a little larger.
   Classes offered at Miss Cathy's Dance Academy including the following:
• Tap
• Jazz
• Ballet
• Hip Hop
• Acro
• Ballet
• Ballroom
• Combination classes for tiny tots
• Adult tap
• Adult hip hop
• Mommy & Me
• Tiny Tot Classes
Registration will take place at the studio at 1917 Staley Road at Baseline Road as follows:
• Thursday, August 24 from 6-8 p.m.
• Friday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to noon
• Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to noon
   Classes begin the week of Monday, September 11th. Miss Cathy's daughter, Nicole Butcher, bookkeeper and general manager of the studio, will also be teaching classes along with a full faculty of dance teachers in various fields of expertise.
   "I treat every child as my own, and feel very lucky that I can do something that I love. I thank God every day for letting me teach something I love to do and for my parents, Norm and Mary Parisi, for all their love and support in my dancing and in raising my children," Miss Cathy said. "I am enjoying being a grandmother to Sabrina and looking forward to a second grandchild in the fall," she said. Seven-month-old Sabrina is the daughter of Cathy's daughter, Nicole, and her husband, Greg Butcher and Miss Cathy's son, Scott and his wife, Kim, are expecting a baby in October. Cathy and her husband, Tom, who plays a big part in the business of dance, live on East River Road.
   Cathy holds her Grade One & Two Cecchetti Teachers Certificate which is the only method of dance recognized by the Board of Education. Check out the Miss Cathy's Dance Academy website for more information and photos.

Open House At McCarthy School of Irish Dance - 2006

    McCarthy School of Irish Dance will hold an open house from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at the dancing studio, 2055 Baseline Road. A second open house is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, September 10th.

Century 21 Raises $900 For Habitat For Humanity - 2006

(from left) Ginny Fasser, Jerry Thompson, Eric Winklhofer, Joan Dlugokinski, Liz Wilbert, Nancy Kenlon and Diane Strawbridge
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   Century 21 Winklhofer raised $900 during its July 20th Chicken BBQ - in spite of getting rained out at the end. For years, Century 21 of Western New York has annually given a check to the Buffalo Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Also, in addition to money, Century 21 Winklhofer representatives have traditionally participated in work days on local Habitat rehabs. From a national perspective, the Buffalo Chapter is very active with 16 or more homes projected to be rehabbed for this calendar year alone.

Blues On The River At The Holiday Inn - 2006

   Blues On The River at the Holiday Inn Grand Island announces seven evenings of music from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at no charge. For further information call 774-0704.
July 28 - Sudden Urge
Aug. 4 - Rod Nickson Project
Aug. 11 - Border City Blues
Aug. 18 - Free Henry
Aug. 25 - Cruzin' Deuces
Sept. 1 - BluesRoot
Sept. 8 - Mark Winsick Band
   Saturday Night Fever Saturday, August 5th in the tent, no cover, concessions available. Featuring Studio 54 (no coolers please)

Century 21 - Winklhofer BBQ Benefits Habitat For Humanity - July 2006

   Sales Representative Gerrie Andolina of Century 21 - Winklhofer, 1770 Grand Island Blvd., has announced a Chicken BBQ at the Century 21 office this afternoon (July 20, 2006) beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 Take out is available. The BBQ benefits Habitat for Humanity.

Sterling Renaissance Festival - Second Winner Announced - 2006

Festival Saturday & Sunday Only, July 1 - August 13.

   The winner of the second set of tickets is Tammy Sexton of the Grand Island, N.Y.

Sterling Renaissance Festival - First Winner Announced - 2006

Festival Saturday & Sunday Only, July 1 - August 13.

   The Sterling Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary and you are invited! will be giving away 2 pairs of tickets in the coming weeks for the festival located in Sterling, NY. Email: "" to register to win.
   The winner of the first set of tickets is Marie Basile of the Town of Niagara.

Invitrogen Raises $5,800 For Make-A-Wish® Foundation - 2006

(from left) Mark Aquino, Nicolas Barthelemy, Alicia (Wish child who's wish came true because of Invitrogen), Ron Tritto (Executive Director, Make-A-Wish Foundation of WNY), Gretchen Meyers (Community Relations Manager, Make-A-Wish Foundation of WNY), Bob Burrier, and Linda Tufillaro (Grand Island town recreation director).
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   Invitrogen Corporation on Staley Road, Grand Island, held its first Invitrogen Grand Island Benefit 5K in May 2006, raising $5,800 for Make-A-Wish® Foundation of WNY. A check to Make-A-Wish® was made during a June 22nd presentation at Invitrogen Corporation.

Coldwell Banker Chubb Celebrates 100 Years -
Announces Contest Winners - 2006

Shown from left are Barry Chubb, Kelsey Chubb, Shannon Kieffer, Dan Kieffer, Spencer Kieffer, Brittney Kieffer, Riley Kieffer, Kim Banko, Robin Swedish, Kelly Petrie, Bill Bryans, Chris Bryans. - Robin Swedish (right photo)
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   Agents from Grand Island’s Coldwell Banker Chubb Real Estate office decorated Grand Island Boulevard with American flags and balloons for the Island’s Independence Day parade and in honor of Coldwell Banker’s 100th birthday celebration. Other Grand Island neighborhoods can expect to be surprised to wake up to a balloon blitz throughout the year as Coldwell Banker continues to celebrate America and 100 years in the real estate business.
   Winners of the Coldwell Banker Chubb coloring contest follow. Kimmie Moss, 11; Lizzie Mitchell, 5 and Jacob Johnson all won passes to Martin’s Fantasy Island, thanks to sponsors Steve Bengart from the law firm Bengart & DeMarco and Dave Donato from M&T Bank. The artwork is on display at Coldwell Banker Chubb, 2119 Grand Island Blvd.

Youth Fitness Program On Island - 2006

   A Youth Fitness Program for children will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 11 to August 10, 2006 at the Island Fitness Center located in the Holiday Inn, Grand Island.
   A Junior Fit class from 10 to 11 a.m. is geared for ages 10-13 years. classes will educate youth about healthy lifestyles, cardiovascular training and strength training. Youth participants will learn how to utilize fitness equipment under supervision along with stretches, aerobic activities, endurance and have FUN!
   KidFit from 11 a.m. to noon is for 5- through 9-year-olds. Classes will include a series of age appropriate kid friendly nutrition talks, stretches, warm ups, aerobic activities, engaging activities, circus skills, endurance and FUN!
   Youths presently in a family membership may attend free of charge. Youths not presently on a membership will pay $3 per class. For more information and to register, call 716-773-0729.

Reg Schopp Featured In Business First - 2006

   Tuesday, June 27, 2006 . . Reg Schopp, owner of deSignet International, and featured in the June 23, 2006 issue of Business First, has had his custom jewelry creations featured on the Bravo television series, "Queen Eye for the Straight Guy." The Business First magazine is available in Tops or Wilson Farms. Click "Business First"

Miss Cathy's Dance Recital - - 2006

These tap dancers performed to "Papa Loves mambo." Dance teacher Nicole Butcher is shown with her students.
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   Miss Cathy's Dance Academy's annual recital, "We're All In This Together," held Monday and Tuesday, June 19-20, 2006. Scroll down for other photos.

Sterling Renaissance Festival - 2006

Festival Saturday & Sunday Only, July 1 - August 13.

   The Sterling Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary and you are invited! The festival is located in Sterling, NY.

Miss Cathy's Dance Recital - Submit Your Photos - 2006

These jazz dancers were thoroughly enjoying their performance.
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   Miss Cathy's Dance Academy's annual recital, "We're All In This Together," held Monday and Tuesday, June 19-20, 2006 showcased dancers of all ages and sizes. Recital photos may be submitted for consideration by Wednesday, June 28 for inclusion in the June 29th issue of Email photos to ""

Coldwell Banker Chubb Real Estate Coloring Contest - 2006

   Come celebrate America with Coldwell Banker Chubb Real Estate on July 4th. Coldwell Banker Chubb is holding a coloring contest for children with free balloons and cozies to give away. Winners of the contest will receive Martin's Fantasy Island passes. Entry forms are online at "Coloring Contest" and also at the Town Hall and the Grand Island Memorial Library.
   Completed entry forms may be dropped off at the Coldwell Banker Chubb Real Estate office located at 2119 Grand Island Blvd. on or before July 4th. Judging will take place on July 4th. For further details call 773-2221.

Local Custom Jewelry Featured On "Queer Eye" - 2006

   Tuesday, June 20, 2006 . . Tonight's episode of the "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," at 10 p.m. on Bravo, will feature a Custom Monogram Buckle and a matching set of cufflinks by deSignet International. The jewelry is deSigned by deSignet owner Reg Schopp and created in his shoppe, the largest in Western New York, employing eight talented gold and silversmiths. To see more of deSignet's custom work go to

Miss Cathy's Dance Recital June 19-20th - 2006

A jazz group in rehearsal Wednesday evening, June 14, 2006 on the GIHS stage.
Kim Schopp Photos - Click for larger view
   "We're All In This Together," a dance recital by Miss Cathy's Dance Academy, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2006 and Tuesday, June 20 in the Grand Island High School auditorium. Musical numbers will feature tap, jazz, lyrical, acro, ballet, hip hop, ballroom routines. A basket raffle will be held at the same time to benefit Island resident Terry Voltz. Terry is fighting lung cancer stage 3. Her husband Jeff has also battled lung cancer two years ago.

Local Custom Jewelry Featured On "Queer Eye" - 2006

   Tuesday, June 6, 2006 . . Tonight's episode of the "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," will premier its new season at 10 p.m. on Bravo, featuring a makeover with a Custom Monogram Buckle and a matching set of cufflinks by deSignet International. The jewelry is deSigned by deSignet owner Reg Schopp and created in his shoppe, the largest in Western New York, employing eight talented gold and silversmiths. To see more of deSignet's custom work go to

150 Basset Hounds To Waddle Through Martin's Fantasy Island - 2006

   Come and join over 150 basset hounds as they waddle through Martin's Fantasy Island - Western New York’s Favorite Family Theme Park on Saturday, June 3, 2006 to raise money for the continued support of All Bassets Cherished Basset Hound Rescue Inc. A waddle is like a walk-a-thon only it’s the hounds, not the humans, that are sponsored for pledges with all the money going directly to rescuing, rehabilitating and rooming homeless, abused and unwanted hounds. The waddle will begin at 12 noon and be followed by a picnic for the hounds and their “slaves.” For further information visit or call 656-1760.

Rose Liquor/BLC Present Wine Dinner - 2006

   June 2006. . . A wine dinner sponsored by the Rose Liquor Store will be held at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2006 at the Buffalo Launch Club. Details to follow.

Martin's Fantasy Island Open Memorial Day Weekend - 2006

   Martin's Fantasy Island will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2006 through and including Monday, May 29th.

Justin Tyme On The River Has New Location - 2006

   Wed., May 24, 2006 . . .The
Justin Tyme On The River is moving east on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls beginning this week and as a result they are closing the present location on Friday, May 26th and hoping to re-open in their new location, 7611 Buffalo Avenue, on Monday May 29th.

Are You Ready For The Dick Bessel 4th Of July Run? - 2006

   Want to get ready for the Dick Bessel 4th of July Run? Want to run your first 5k this summer??? Then look no futher! Annalea Masiello is starting a walking/running class from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in the Holiday Inn Fitness Center. The class is geared to get you ready to run/walk your first race. All levels of ability welcome! All ages welcome. "Meet at 6 p.m. in the Fitness Center and then we will move outside for the workout," a spokesman for the class said this week. The Holiday Inn Fitness Center is currently offering a $99.00 - 4-month membership, and the class comes free with this membership! Wear good comfortable shoes and set your own goals!

Grand Island Optical Celebrating 35 Years In Business - 2006

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   Grand Island Optical, locally owned and operated, is celebrating 35 years in business.
   Lou Macro, a licensed optician, has been providing services to the citizens of Grand Island since he opened his doors in 1971. An Island resident, Lou has raised his family on Grand Island and provided excellent services to his patients from children to the elderly throughout the years. Lou takes special interest in his patients and is always willing to meet their needs even to dispense, fit, re-fit and repair glasses for his patients who are in the area nursing homes and unable to make the trip to the office. Lou has often been seen out and about on Grand Island making a quick adjustment to glasses. His concern for the community is also shown with his involvement with the Grand Island Lions Club where he also collects unused glasses and helps to provide services to seniors in need.
   Lou has continued to expand his business and services throughout the years, providing an on-site Doctor of Optometry to provide eye exams and a specialist in contact lens fitting to help his patients of all ages. DMV exams can be done at his location along with school eye exams and glaucoma screenings.
   A wide variety of the latest in fashion eyewear can always be found in his store along with prescription or non-prescription sunglasses. Special discount packages are available and repairs and adjustments are done at no extra charge to his patients and satisfaction is always guaranteed to all who visit his store. Outside prescriptions are always welcomed and can be filled with eyewear in all price ranges.
   Grand Island Optical is located at 2077 Baseline Road right behind Tops Markets and is easily accessible from either Tops parking lot or Baseline Road.
   Lou’s professional affiliations include the New York State Society of Opticians and Professional Association of Independent Opticians.

Cannonball Water Slide Is Newest Ride At Martin's Fantasy Island - 2006

Sections of the tube to be installed.

Partially erected bowl.
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   The Cannonball water slide is Martin's Fantasy Island's newest ride. Visitors to the Park over the Mother's Day weekend will see that construction work is progressing rapidly for the Park's newest addition. The photos are of the partially erected Bowl and parts of the tube. The large blue catch basin is the final splash down. Completion of the amusement ride is expected in a week or two.

Priority Computer Service Relocating - 2006

Priority Computer Services is relocating from Grand Island to 1989 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. The store at 1709 Grand Island Blvd. will close on May 10th. The new location is across the street from Prime Outlets. The new phone number will be 297-5833. Terri Williams said she is saddened about having to leave Grand Island after building her business here and wants everyone to know all warrantees and guarantees will be honored at the new location. The business will be closed Saturdays during the month of May. Terri apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

Flower A Day Florist Offers Free Delivery - 2006

Flower A Day Florist, located at 1879 Whitehaven Road, is offering free delivery on the following days:
Monday, May 8th
Tuesday, May 9th
Wednesday May 10th
to Grand Island addresses for Mother's Day deliveries. Contact Sue Berger at 773-4252 to take advantage of this special offer.

Michael's Fine Jewelers Opens On Island - 2006


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   April 20, 2006. . .Michaels Fine Jewelers have just opened at 1711 Grand Island Blvd. and specialize in designer jewelry and handmade pieces. Established in 1957, Michaels Fine Jewelers is a family-owned-and-operated jewelry store and deals in new and pre-owned watches and jewelry. The full-service repair shop provides jewelry and watch repairs for all brands. Michaels Fine Jewelers, operated by GIA graduates, offers custom designs, cultured pearl restringing, and precious gem stones. The 800-square foot jewelry store accepts all major credit cards, including Diner's Club.

Monthly Contests At Flower A Day Florist - 2006

Flower A Day Florist, located at 1879 Whitehaven Road, is running monthly contests for those who stop by and visit the shop. The generous prize is a $25 gift certificate to Flower a Day. Last month's winner was Karen Beecher. Owner Sue Berger announces that Easter Lillies and spring bulb gardens will be available Friday, April 7, 2006. Stop by Flower A Day Florist. This little shop has a full line of plants, arrangements and gift items for Easter, Mother's Day and more.

Island Farm Market and Garden Center Now Open - 2006

Deli Clerk Patty Romero ready to take your order.
Jodi Robinson Photo

   The Island Farm Market and Garden Center located at 2920 Grand Island Blvd. is open for business. The market opened on Sunday, April 2, 2006 and was visited by quite a few customers. Islander Phil Rotella is the owner and his daughter, Julie Rotella Gondek, is the store manager. You will find fresh produce and fresh Italian bread, deli meats and Italian specialties, sandwiches, salads, pasta etc. The garden center will offer annuals and perennials, shrubs, trees and all the product you need to have a beautiful yard and garden. Easter flowers will be available on Friday, April 7th, and planting flowers on the first part of May. The hours are Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Anchor Marine Has New Look - Basin To Be Rebuilt - 2006

   Major renovations to Anchor Marine building have been completed. Plans are in the works to rebuild the marina basin including all new docks, a wave attenuation wall, new restroom, laundry and transient dockage facilities. The addition of the SmartBoat Program allows Anchor Marine to purchase marine related products at prices competative to the larger marine outlets. Immediate plans include remodeling the entire marina.

M.O.G. Participates In Nationwide Weight Loss Contest - 2006

The M.O.G., the medically oriented gym and health club, located at 1801 Grand Island Blvd., recently participated in a nationwide contest, through IHRSA (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) - "I Lost It at the Club." M.O.G. members were asked to weigh in and commit to healthy lifestyle changes for a 2-month period (Jan. and Feb. 2006) in which their progress was tracked and M.O.G. personnel made recommendations on how to improve their workout. As a club, the M.O.G. members lost a total of 36.4% bodyfat in two months. Click for The M.O.G. Winners.

Easter Bunny At Kelly's Country Store - 2006

   The Easter Bunny's Coming to Kelly's Country Store. He will be there from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, 2006. Beginning Saturday, April 8th, the Easter Bunny will be here every day! Don't forget to bring your camera!
   Kelly's Country Store also has a location in the Broadway Market for the Easter Season.

Jalapeno Loco Offers Music Of Mariachi Band - 2006

    Jalapeno Loco at 2800 Grand Island Blvd. will host a Mariachi Band playing authentic Mexican music from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2006.

Martin's Fantasy Island To Hold Job Fair - 2006

   Martin's Fantasy Island will hold a Job Fair for summer employment at the Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2006. Applications are available on line at

McCarthy School of Irish Dance Entertains Throughout WNY - 2006

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   March 23, 2006 . . .To some people, March 17 is just one day closer to the end of winter. To others it is an excuse to pretend they are Irish for a day and drink green beer. But for those who are Irish dancers, it takes on a whole new meaning.
   The McCarthy School of Irish Dance, located on Baseline Road, is a second home and family to sixty dancers ranging from 4 to 18 years of age. During the last couple of weeks these Irish dancers have been entertaining groups throughout Western New York.
   The dancers performed in over thirty locations, including Children’s Hospital, Roswell Park, Buffalo General, Malone’s, St. Stephen’s Fish Fry, Gratwick Hose Company, the Brickyard, and the Grand Island Moose Lodge. St. Patrick’s Day ended on a high note with the entire school performing at the Niagara Falls AOH St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Niagara Falls Conference Center.
   One of the greatest rewards is bringing a smile to someone’s face. As these young dancers perform for the sick and the elderly, it is a delight to all to see the happiness it brings. Irish step dancing is more than a dance class each week. The learning goes well beyond the dance studio and the friendships formed are those which will last a lifetime!
   For more information regarding the McCarthy School of Irish Dance, call Miss Beth at 773-5479.

"New" Island Deli & Meat Market Is Open - 2006


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   March 22, 2006. . .The Island Deli & Meat Market, offering a complete line of meats, cold cuts, cheeses, seafood, sauces and breads opened today at 2488 Grand Island Blvd. near Martin's Fantasy Island. The Deli and Meat Market is family owned and operated by Danielle and Todd St Onge.
   "We offer a one stop shop which will include various grocery items and more," Danielle said this week. "If you don't see what you want, just ask. At our low, low prices you won’t have to leave Grand Island for a better deal," she said.

Mariachi Band Coming To Jalapeno Loco On The Boulevard - 2006

   A Mariachi Band playing authentic Mexican music will be featured at Jalapeno Loco, 2800 Grand Island Blvd. from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 9.
   Open under new management of Mauricio Morales, the restaurant is now featuring the following monthly specials:
• Mondays in March - features Chicken or beef; Jalapeno and Shrimp Fajias
• Tuesdays - combo special days -check the Board
• Wednesdays - Quesadillas Verde or Supreme, and Fajita Quesadilla
• Thursdays - Buy one Sopapilola, the second one is free
   In addition to the monthly specials Mauricio reports minor changes in restaurant hours. They are:
• Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
• Thursday and Friday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.
• Saturday 12 noon - 10:30 p.m.
• Sunday 12 noon - 9 p.m.
   Complete menu is available on line . Call or fax your order.

Java Shop Cafe Holds Grand Opening - 2006

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Shown during the official ribbon cutting at the Java Shop Cafe are (left) Councilmembers Gary Roesch, Mary Cooke, and Dick Crawford, Town Justice Sybil Kennedy, Supervisor Peter McMahon, Java Cafe owners Kevin and Dawn Doring, and Chamber members Joanne Kud, Fran Davis and Dawn Bonora.
   Sat., February 25, 2006. . .The official grand opening of the Java Shop Cafe, located at 2271 Grand Island Blvd., was held Saturday morning. Local dignitaries joined Chamber of Commerce members inwelcoming Kevin and Dawn Doring to the Island business community. If you haven't already stopped at the cafe, you must! The cozy atmosphere is only surpassed by the delicious food and beverages, especially the cinnamon scones. Be sure to check out the website.
   Shop hours follow:
• Monday through Friday - 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Saturday - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Sunday - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ken Carter Joins RE/MAX North Realty - 2006

   February 2006. . . Native Islander and realtor Ken Carter has joined the "RE/MAX North Realty " team and will begin marketing Grand Island. Ken's background includes over 20 years of buying, selling and managing real estate, a Bachelors Degree in Business Management/Financial Planning and an extensive construction background including residential, commercial and new build. Ken would like to thank all of his past clients and customers for their trust. For Ken's $250 RE/MAX North Realty coupon, click "Coupon Page."
   Ken's email is

Rose Liquor/BLC/Martin Scott Wines Announce March Wine Dinner Menu - 2006

   February 2006. . . The menu for the wine dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2006 at the Buffalo Launch Club has been announced. Click March 11 Wine Dinner Menu. The dinner is being sponsored by the Rose Liquor Store, the Buffalo Launch Club, and Martin Scott Wines.
   Reservations must be made by Wednesday March 8, 2006 by calling the Buffalo Launch Club, 773-7629.

Martin’s Fantasy Island Is Prepared To Bowl You Over in 2006

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   February 2006. . .Following the successful addition of the Crazy Mouse in 2005 and his commitment to continue the tradition of Martin's Fantasy Island" being Western New York’s favorite family theme park, owner Martin DiPietro unveiled his plans for 2006.
   Summer guests of Martin’s Fantasy Island and its water park will be able to feel the exhilaration of a tube ride that drops you into a bowl where you will spin around and around until suddenly-swoosh you’re dropped into a corkscrew runout ready to go again.
    The addition of the yet to be named bowl ride will give guests a completely unique experience and will complement the wave pool, lazy river and waterslides already available. The improved water park along with the traditional rides, shows and attractions including the Silver Comet and the Wild West Shootout make an annual visit to Martins Fantasy Island an important part of any summer or visit to the area.
   “Based on the increasing popularity of water attractions and hoping for another hot summer, I am looking forward to this new addition,” stated DiPietro I am sure it will be a hit and another reason to visit Martin’s Fantasy Island for a summer of Fun! Wow!”

The Java Shop Now Open - 2006

(left) Sue Berger, Lonnie Litz, and Eric Berger placing their order at The Java Shop with owner Dawn Doring; (right) Sarah Fulcher and Dawn Doring have an order ready to serve their customers.
Dan McMahon Photos - Click photos for a larger view.

   After spending several months and hours of time preparing their new Coffee Shop, Dawn and Kevin Doring are now open for business. The Java Shop is located at 2271 Grand Island Blvd., across the street from the Fire Hall and features espressos, coffees, teas and specialty hot drinks along with "Lite Fare" and desserts. Their homemade cookies along with their pecan bars are out of this world.
   We are wishing Dawn and her husband, Kevin much success in their new venture.

Rose Liquor/BLC Present March Wine Dinner - 2006

   February 2006. . . A wine dinner sponsored by the Rose Liquor Store will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2006 at the Buffalo Launch Club. Details to follow.

Flower A Day Florist Valentine's Day Special - 2006

   Flower A Day Florist, located at 1879 Whitehaven Road, is offering one dozen red roses gift boxed for $37.95+tax (local orders only) for Valentine's Day. Customers are asked to reserve early as quantities are limited. There will also be other in-store special arrangements available along with balloons, gift items, and roses in vases. Call 773-4252 for information and to reserve roses for your valentine.

First Niagara Bank Has New Officers - 2006

   Helen Tederous has been named banking officer, corporate affairs manager by the First Niagara Financial Group for the Grand Island branch at 2435 Grand Island Blvd. Deborah Mann was recently named banking officer and branch manager at First Niagara's Grand Island branch.
   Ms. Tederous has 15 years of media and public relations experience, and was most recently with WKBW-TV. A graduate of Brockport College, Ms. Mann was previously with KeyBank, and has more than 26 years of banking experience.
   First Niagara has also promoted Michael Welch, Canisius College graduate, to business sales manager. He joined the bank in 2001 as a small business lender and most recently served as banking team leader.
   Click for First Niagara web site.

Wine Dinner At BLC Saturday, January 28 - 2006

   A wine dinner will be hosted by Rose Liquor Store at 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2006 at the Buffalo Launch Club. The dinner
will feature five wines and four food courses.
   Cost is $50 per person (Does not include tax and gratuity).
Reservations must be made by Wednesday January 25, 2006
by calling 773-7629. Click for Wine Dinner Menu.

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