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Islanders In The News Web Page
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Michael and Rosemarie Tucker - February 2018

   (February 13, 2018)...The East River home of Michael and Rosemarie Tucker is featured in the Buffalo News 'Home of the Week', written by Susan Martin. See story and slide show.


Patricia Zoltoski - February 2018

Patricia Zoltoski.

T-shirt available to purchase.

    February 13, 2018 - New York - What began as an exchange between two college friends reminiscing on the anniversary of their late mothers' passing became an epiphany which set forth an intention that will forever change the way we think about March 4th.
    Patricia Zoltoski of Grand Island, NY is one of two women being honored in this inaugural event to take place March 4, 2018. She was ahead of her time and never gave in to adversity. She became a single mother during a time uncommon to this type of family dynamic, and she experienced the loss of a child. When challenged with tragic moments in her life, she carried on for her family and for her own well-being. Volunteering her time, and always keeping her faith, Grandma Pat was the heroine in her own story. Passing away on March 4th, 2008, she left us with inspirational memories. For those who remember her, especially her family, we recognize how she always "Marched Forth."
   The Unwritten Women's Society brings together women who want positive change in their lives by encouraging personal growth and providing opportunities to meet other inspirational women. It is with that spirit (and a Facebook exchange between old friends) that the inspiration for #MarchForth was born.
   In memory of Patricia (and Genevieve Monacelli Riviere from Albion, NY), the Unwritten Women's Society of the Philadelphia suburbs will celebrate the Inaugural March Forth event on March 4th, 2018. Embracing the difficult moments in life and celebrating our ability to rise above adversity, we will #MarchForth. UWS will also be encouraging people across the country to participate in their own way to honor these women and the special women in their own lives.
   To support the March Forth movement, the Unwritten Women's Society will be holding a t-shirt fundraiser throughout February and March 2018. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the prevention of domestic violence. Domestic violence is an "equal opportunity offender". It can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. To read more about the Unwritten Women's Project, and Patricia and Genevieve's story and learn how you can support March Forth, visit http://www.unwrittenwomenssociety.org/marchforth/.


Lisa McLeod, DONA Trained Doula - February 2018

Lisa McLeod participating in "The Better Birth Conference."

    For those of you who don't know a Doula is a birth coach. She is there to assist the mom with carrying out her birth plan. My name is Lisa McLeod. I live on Grand Island and I am a DONA trained Doula. I've recently joined the WNY Doulas. Every year the WNY Doulas hold an annual event called "The Better Birth Conference". It is a way for you to get a chance to meet the WNY Doulas and also the top WNY birth and postpartum experts. The conference will be held Sunday, April 15, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Banchetti By Rizzo's, 550 N French Road, Amherst, NY. You can go to wnydoulas.com to register for this event. Hurry as seating is limited and tickets sell fast!!


Angelo LaDuca Art Show - February 2018

Grand Island Memorial Library Director Bridgette Heintz and artist Angelo F. LaDuca.

    It has been one year since the Grand Island Memorial Library has offered Island residents an opportunity to display their work. Angelo LaDuca was the first Island artist to participate in this program. His new show is entitled "IT'S NEVER TO LATE TO BECOME AN ARTIST". The show features 14 of his oil paintings. The show includes a story board explaining what he thinks about when doing a painting and a challenge for viewers to realize that it is never too late to fulfill their desires to do things that they always wanted to do.
    Angelo began painting when he was 67 years old, proving his point that age does not keep a person from taking on a new challenge. Angelo is a student of the North Tonawanda Partners In Art School. He has been a featured artist in five local art shows and has been an Island resident for over 35 years. The Grand Island Memorial Library invites local artists to contact Bridgette Heintz, the new Grand Island Memorial Library director if you would like to show your work for others to enjoy.


Christine Goupil Elected - January 2018

Christine Goupil

    Christine Goupil has been elected First Selectman of Clinton, Connecticut. First Selectman is much like a mayor. In Clinton, she has fought for years for sustainable growth as a two term elected official, representing the Democratic Party on the Planning and Zoning Commission. During her career, she has held supervisory positions in project management, design, and marketing. Christine has worked for the NY Botanical Garden, KPMG, ADSHEL/Clear Channel Communications and The Prince's Foundation for Building Community. At The Prince's Foundation, led by H.R.H Prince Charles of Great Britain, Christine worked with others on community revitalization and urban planning.
   Christine grew up on Grand Island and attended Island public schools. She has a Bachelor's degree from SUNY and has continued her education in land use leadership training. Christine lives in Clinton with her husband, Alan Felgate, and their 2 children.


Dave Smith & Family - January 2018

From left Buddy Smith, Dave Smith & Debbie Smith Laramie.

    Island residents Dave Smith and his dad Buddy Smith recently traveled to Florida to visit their sister/daughter, Debbie Smith Laramie. While on a fishing trip out of Madeira Beach, Dave caught a 52 pound Amberjack!


Genna Baldassarre - January 2018


    Genna Baldassarre of Grand Island, NY has been named to the Fall 2017 dean's list at Buffalo State College with a 3.8 GPA, majoring in Health and Wellness with a minor in Coaching. Genna is one of the top runners this past season on their women's Cross Country Team and currently is running for the Bengals Indoor Track Team. To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours.