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CrossRiver Tabernacle Prayer Conference - January 2018

   CrossRiver Tabernacle, 2920 Grand Island Blvd. is having a January Prayer Conference, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 19-21. Special guest speaker will be David Borg. See flyer for details.

Poll Workers Needed - January 2018

    Erie County Board of Elections is looking to hire poll workers. This is a paid position. See details.

Senator on your Street - January 2018

    On Wednesday, January 17th, State Senator Chris Jacobs representative will be at Town Hall from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. hosting "Senator on your Street". Feel free to visit with any questions, comments, ideas or assistance you may require on a state issue.

2018 Town/County Tax Bills Mailed - January 2018

   Town Clerk Patricia A. Frentzel announced that the 2018 Town/County Tax Bills have been mailed. If you have changed banks, have paid off your mortgage or do not have an escrow account and did not receive a tax bill, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 773-9600 ext. 620. The regular office hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm. The office will be open Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Checks should be made payable to Town Clerk. The last day to pay without penalty is February 15. Envelopes must show a legible postmark of February 15 to be accepted on time. Taxpayers should call the office for correct amounts for payments made February 16 and later. Payments can be made until July 2, 2018. After this date, payments must be sent to the County.

773 North to Open January 31st - January 2018

   An article in the Buffalo News Gusto was published Thursday, January 11th regarding the soon to be opened 773 North, located in the old Pepper Mill at Grand Island Blvd. and Bedell Road. See Buffalo News story by Andrew Z. Galarneau.

Abdellatif Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison - January 2018

   Island resident Sammy Abdellatif, 23 was sentenced Wednesday, January 10th to eight years in prison, after pleading guilty to a charge of attempted murder. Sheriff's Deputy Jason Clark was attacked after pulling over Abdellatif's car on East River Road in August 2016. See Buffalo News story by Melinda Miller.

Korean War Vet Thanks GICSD for Handmade Cards on Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight - January 2018

    Korean War Veteran Richard Pealer returned to Buffalo after a Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight to the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. with a special message from Grand Island students. Tucked into his luggage was a handmade note that thanked him for his service to his country. Deeply touched by the personal note from the children, Pealer, a Niagara Falls resident, decided to give back to the Grand Island School District to let them know just how special the message was. "I was so impressed by the children. It was absolutely beautiful how much more their contributions added to the trip," said Pealer.
   Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight, a hub of the National Honor Flight Network, recognizes American Veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by flying them to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial at no cost. Pealer made the trip in September 2017. Before his group returned back home, handmade cards created by area school children were distributed to each Veteran.
   Kathy Brown, a GICSD special education teacher who has volunteered for the past year as secretary and chair of the Veteran mail for the Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight, led the effort within the school district to have students create cards. She reached out to her teaching peers to ask for thank you cards and letters for the veterans going on each of the flights. Grand Island elementary, middle and high school students have created letters and cards for the last five honor flights. Taking the request even farther was Mary Jane Fonte, family and consumer science teacher at Veronica E. Connor Middle School. As part of class, her students baked muffins and packaged them with red, white and blue ribbons and messages.
   "I looked over many of these letters and cards and they were so endearing," said Mrs. Brown. "Many cited family members, including their own parents who were Veterans, and they all expressed sincere appreciation for all the service they gave to ensure our freedom! Some of these letters brought tears to my eyes because of the true hearts revealed in these letters."
   Pealer felt the same way. As a token of his appreciation for the student-created messages, Pealer joined with Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight officials to present an American flag to the Grand Island School District Board of Education on January 8, 2018 at the School Board meeting. The flag, which had previously flown over the U.S. Capital Building, was purchased by Pealer. BNHF President Tom Petrie and Vice President Roberta Schlehr attended the meeting. Some of the students that created the cards and letters led the Pledge of Allegiance at the BOE meeting.
   Pealer, who sailed around the world during the nine years he was in the U.S. Navy, purchased flags for Grand Island School District, Hillview Elementary in Lancaster and a Bradford, Pa. school. He said he did a little detective work to track down each school and mailed flags to Hillview Elementary and the Pennsylvania school. My father was a World War II Veteran who died before being able to see the WWII War Memorial," said Mrs. Brown. "This is my way of honoring my father's sacrifice for his country. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and wound up with frozen feet which plagued him all the rest of his life. My goal is to help the BNHF get as many WWII Veterans to Washington, D.C. to see this memorial and let them know how much their service to our country means to America."
   The next Honor Flight mission flying out of Buffalo will be held on April 14, 2018. A few Grand Island students have been at the airport for past send off and welcome back ceremonies but the 4:30 a.m. departures and 10:15 p.m. arrivals are a little too early and late for most students.

Assemblyman Morinello Mobile Office Hours - January 2018

    The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, January 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall. Residents and elected officials are welcome and encouraged to stop by to address any ideas or concerns they may have.

FREE Wellness Expo - January 2018

   A Wellness Expo is being sponsored by the Small Business Networking Group on Saturday, January 27th, from noon - 5:00 p.m. at KeyBank, 2189 Grand Island Blvd. This is a FREE Wellness Fair and includes health info from area small business owners, raffles & appetizers! For more information on how to be a sponsor, contact Stephanie McNair at 716-404-6016 or stephanie_mcnair@keybank.com. Local wellness vendors include: Real Meals, Tastefully Simple, Adrian's Custard & Beef, Island Hair Studio, Flower-A-Day, State Farm, Soma Cura and more. See flyer.

Town Hall Handicap Accessible Elevator Block Grant- January 2018

   ERIE COUNTY, NY - On Tuesday, January 9th, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced the selection of thirteen municipal projects for inclusion in the Erie County Consortium 2018 Community Development Block Grant ("CDBG") application. The application, which will be submitted to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval, recommends a total Erie County expenditure of $1,424,434 for the projects, an investment which will leverage $3,331,053 in local funds and in-kind resources.
   "The Community Development Block Grant awards are meant to spur communities to invest in projects that improve the infrastructure and quality of life in our cities and towns. These funds, leveraged with other funding secured by the municipalities involved, provide the impetus for improvements all around Erie County," said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. 's I noted in my 'Initiatives for a Smart Economy 2.0' economic development plan, CDBG funds serve a critical role in revitalizing our area and I look forward to the completion of the projects in the pipeline for 2018."
   The Erie County Consortium consists of 34 municipalities, generally located outside of the City of Buffalo and the first-ring suburbs. The selected projects are targeted toward a variety of building, and public infrastructure improvements which primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents. The 2018 projects include:
   Town of Grand Island - Town Hall Handicap Accessible Elevator - $100,000
   Village of Alden - Smart Growth Improvements - Broadway -$325,000
   City of Lackawanna - Madison Avenue, Jackson Avenue and Elm Street Milling and Paving Project - $100,000
   City of Tonawanda - Wheeler Street Sanitary Sewer Lining - $100,000
   Town of North Collins - Lawtons Water Project - $100,000
   Town of Marilla - Town Hall Handicap Accessible Elevator Installation -$91,080
   Town of West Seneca - Road Milling and Resurfacing Project: Benson Avenue, Dirkson Avenue and Wichita Road - $100,00
   Town of Elma - Senior Center Roof and Building Rehabilitation - $62,670
   Town of Newstead - Kitchen Equipment for Newstead Senior Center - $25,684
   Village of Lancaster - Brady Avenue and Cambria Street Sanitary Sewer Reconstruction - $100,000
   Village of Alden - Elm Street Sidewalk Replacement - $100,000
   Various Communities - Commercial Center Improvement Program: $50,000
   Various Communities - Rural Transit Service: $270,000
    The projects were recommended for funding by a 14-member Selection Committee, including 11 Supervisors and Mayors from Consortium communities and three members of the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning. The Committee reviewed a total of 28 projects seeking $2,535,720 in federal assistance.

Local Small Business Wellness Expo - January 2018

   A Wellness Expo is being sponsored by the Small Business Networking Group on Saturday, January 27th, from noon - 5:00 p.m. at KeyBank, 2189 Grand Island Blvd. This is a FREE Wellness Fair and includes health info from area small business owners, raffles & appetizers! For more information on how to be a sponsor, contact Stephanie McNair at 716-404-6016 or stephanie_mcnair@keybank.com. Local wellness vendors include: Real Meals, Tastefully Simple, Adrian's Custard & Beef, Island Hair Studio, Flower-A-Day, Bob at State Farm, Soma Cura, Natural & Wellness Products by Seema Mojawalla, doTerra, Sheila Saph-beauty wellness and Pink Martini Gift Shop. See flyer.

McMurray Running for Congressional Seat - January 2018

    A Buffalo News article by Robert J. McCarthy dated January 10, 2018 reports that Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray will be making an official announcement at noon on Sunday, January 14th at Brickyard Brewing in Lewiston to run for Chris Collins 27th Congressional seat. McMurray will be meeting with national Democratic Party leaders in Washington on Tuesday, January 16th. See article.

2017- Year in Review - January 2018

   In 2017, the hot topic was still the closing of West River Parkway, with the addition of Cashless Tolls and a Welcome Center. See 2017 Review.

Senior Volunteers Stuff Town/County Tax Bills - January 2018

Sitting from left: Martha Muller, Nonnie Carroll and Jerrie Benzing.
Standing: Linda Clark, Dorothy Lew, Paul Leuchner, Bernie Callahan and Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel.

   This is the 14th year a group of seniors from the Golden Age Center have stuffed tax bills for Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel. The seniors spend the day stuffing envelopes for the Town/County taxes and get treated for lunch in return. They also come back in the fall to take care of the school tax bills. The Town Clerk reported that over 500 residents prepaid their 2018 County & Town Taxes to the tune of more than $1,500,000.

The Clubs & Resorts of Grand Island 1850 to 1920 - January 2018

McComb House, later the Island Club was located north of Beaver Island State Park.

   The Buffalo Launch Club Heritage Committee and the Grand Island Historical Society is hosting "The Clubs & Resorts of Grand Island 1850 to 1920", on Saturday, January 27, 2018. There will be five presenters; Curt Nestark, Grand Island Historical Society President, Mary Cooke, Grand Island Historical Society, Tom Frauenheim, BLC Historian, Traci Bedell Bissonette, descendent of the Bedell Family and Greg Ried, BLC Heritage Committee. Tickets are $39.00 and include dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required, see details. Everyone is welcome to attend.

2018 Inauguration of Elected Officials - January 2018

From Left: Town Justice Mark J. Frentzel, Town Councilman Peter J. Marston Jr., Hon. Russel P. Buscaglia, Town Councilwoman Jennifer L. Baney, Highway Superintendent Richard W. Crawford Jr.

   The Grand Island Inauguration of Elected Officials took place on Monday, January 1st at the Buffalo Launch Club. Master of Ceremonies for the event was Michael E.A. Rayhill and the Hon. Russell P. Buscaglia, NYS Supreme Court Justice was the installing officer. Other participants were the Charles N. DeGlopper VFW Post #9249 Honor Guard, Pastor Calvin VanderMey provided the invocation and benediction. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Thomas Digati and National Anthem by Natalie Baldassare. Installed officials were Town Justice Mark J. Frentzel, Town Councilman Peter J. Marston Jr., Town Councilwoman Jennifer L. Baney, and Highway Superintendent Richard W. Crawford Jr.