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Veterans Park Improvements - February 2024

   NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Environmental Protection Fund is providig $500,000 to upgrade the accessibility of Veterans Park with a broad array of athletic and social facilities, as well as a comprehensive new drainage system around its primary athletic facilities. From Town Engineer Lynn Dingey: "The Veterans Park Improvement grant is for drainage and walking paths between the little league fields. It’s a $1.49 Million project, the Town has a NYSPRHP grant for $500,000. The Town Board has not authorized the $649,000 match. The Town also has a grant ($1.1 Million) for Miracle Leage Improvements that include a new scoreboard, a safety net system, vandalism repairs to the field & playground, resurfacing the field and a small splash pad (basically whatever approx $500,000 can get us for a splash pad)."




Patrol and School Resource Officer Applicants Wanted - February 2024

   The Town of Grand Island is seeking qualified applicants for both Patrol and School Resource Officer positions. Applicants for Patrol Officer and School Resource Officer must currently be a NYS/DCJS certified police officer with a minimum three years’ experience working as a police officer with a federal, state, county, or municipal police department.
    Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by Monday, February 26, 2024, to: Thomas Franz, Officer In Charge Town of Grand Island 2255 Baseline Road Grand Island, NY 14072 tfranz@grand-island.ny.us.




Read and Feed Book Club - February 2024

   Written by Jan Yardley.
    The Read and Feed Book Club meets Fridays at 10:00 a.m. at the Golden Age Center.
   By its name you might think it’s a group of people just sitting around reading cookbooks and trying out recipes on each other. No, that is not what we do. Well, once in a while we will go on a picnic, or have a tea party, or even a crock-pot party.
   The Read and Feed Book Club is a group of friends that meet weekly and share their friendship and love of reading. At the beginning of the month we get a book which you can choose to read all of it, some of it, or none at all of it. Successive Fridays are spent learning about the author, the time period, or the topic. Sometimes we have guest speakers or carpool for a field trip to a site that is related to our reading. Sometimes we just have a field trip because we are a social group. We have lots of discussions and share titles that later we vote on to make our group reading list. We work with the librarian, Bridgette Heinz, who searches and gathers copies of our selections throughout the year. Here are some of our favorite reads:
    The Orphan Collector... Ellen Marie Wiseman; The Dressmakers of Khair Khana... Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
   The Henna Artist... Alka Joshi; Horse... Geraldine Brooks
   Remarkably Bright Creatures.... Shelby Van Pelt; Joy Luck Club... Amy Tan
   Wonder Boy of the Whistle Stop... Fannie Flagg; Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane... Lisa See
   The Spy and the Traitor... Ben Macintyre; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks...Rebecca Skloot
   Ordinary Grace... William Kent Krueger; Notorious RBG the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg
   The First Ladies... Marie Benedict and Victoria Murray; Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen... Liliuokalani; The Uncommon Reader... Alan Bennet




County Road Closure - January 2024

    Erie County Department of Public Works Notice of Road Closure: The portion of East River Road (CR 11) at the intersection of Winkler Drive and East Park Road will have a single-lane road restriction. This closure will be on January 31 or until complete. (This is expected to be a one day job, depending on weather conditions). The restriction will be daily from 9am to 3pm. This closure is for the purpose of installing an access over East River Road. Piasecki Steel Corp. will be performing the work.




Seniors Stuff Tax Bills - January 2024

From left, back row: Pattie Frentzel-Town Clerk, Kathy Lechner, Lorraine Magin, Jean Schlegal, Evelyn Lewis.
Front row: Liz Wilbert, Linda Clark, Suzanne Muller, Ann Dlugokinski

   This is the start of the 21st year a group of seniors from the Golden Age Center have stuffed tax bills for Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel. It used to be called the "Hank and Nonny Crew" after the husband and wife team of the late Hank & Nonny Carroll, who started the tradition. The seniors spend the day stuffing envelopes and get treated for lunch. They also come back in the fall to take care of the school tax bills.




ECDOH - Cervical Health Awareness Month - January 2024

    ERIE COUNTY, NY - The idea of a vaccine that can prevent cancer sounds like science fiction, but a cancer vaccine is an established scientific fact when talking about cervical cancer. During National Cervical Health Awareness Month in January, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is sharing information about vaccination and screening as tools to reduce the risks of cervical cancer.
    There is good news from the American Cancer Society (ACS) about cervical cancer. In the past thirty years, the largest decrease in cancer rates occurred for cervical cancer. The human papilloma virus (HPV) causes nearly all cervical cancer and several other cancers. The decrease in cervical cancer cases is largely attributed to the availability of the HPV vaccine. The vaccine became available in 2006 and cervical cancer rates have decreased rapidly since. ACS, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention routinely recommend HPV vaccination for both females and males between the ages of 9 and 12. It is also recommended for everyone through age 26, if they are not yet vaccinated. Individuals over the age of 26 should talk to their doctor about HPV vaccination.
    Cervical cancer screening with a Pap test or a combination of a Pap test and high-risk human papilloma virus (hrHPV) test are routine procedures done in a standard ob/gyn or primary care office visit. Routine screening can detect pre-cancerous changes or early cancer in the cervix that are easier to treat. Pap tests are recommended for most women through age 65 as a routine part of health care. When diagnosed in its early stages, cervical cancer is highly treatable, and screening is the first step to a diagnosis.
    ECDOH is reminding uninsured and uninsured residents about the Erie County Cancer Services Program, which pays for cervical cancer screenings (Pap smears) and hrHPV tests for eligible women age 40 and over. "For more than 25 years our Cancer Services Program has focused on connecting people with cancer screenings," said Program Manager Michelle Wysocki. "Early detection of breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer - before there are visible or painful symptoms - gives patients better chances of recovery and survival." Erie County residents with little or no health insurance can call (716) 858-7376 for more information, or visit www.erie.gov/cancerservices.
    Erie County residents under age 40 may access cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccine directly through the Erie County Family Planning Center at 608 William Street in Buffalo. Appointments are encouraged and walk-ins welcomed. The Family Planning Center accepts most insurances, and people who are uninsured or underinsured will be screened for a NYS program eligibility to help pay for services. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, call (716) 858-2779.




2024 Town/County Tax Bills Mailed - January 2024

    Town Clerk Patricia Frentzel announced that the 2024 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 or 600. The office will be open extras hours: Saturday, February 10 – 9:00am – 12:00pm; Wednesday, February 14 – 8:30am – 6:00pm; Thursday, February 15 – 8:30am – 6:00pm.
    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 June 30, 2024. After this date, payments must be sent to the County. ONLINE TAX RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS - SERVICE FEES APPLY www.grandislandny.us. DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED AT COUNTER, SERVICE FEES APPLY




Emergency Blood Shortage - January 2024

   Donate: Grand Island Fire Company, Tuesday, January 23rd
    BUFFALO, Jan. 8, 2024 — The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage as the nation faces the lowest number of people giving blood in 20 years. The Red Cross blood supply has fallen to critically low levels across the country, and blood and platelet donors are urged to make a donation appointment to help alleviate the shortage and help ensure lifesaving medical procedures are not put on hold.
   Over the last 20 years, the number of people donating blood to the Red Cross has fallen by about 40%. When fewer people donate blood, even small disruptions to blood donations – such as the nearly 7,000-unit shortfall in blood donations the Red Cross experienced between Christmas and New Year’s Day alone – can have a huge impact on the availability of blood products and dramatic consequences for those in need of emergency blood transfusion. Blood products are currently going to hospitals faster than blood donations are coming in, and in recent weeks, the Red Cross has had to limit distributions of type O blood products – among the most transfused blood types – to hospitals.
   "Small changes in blood donor turnout can have a huge impact on the availability of blood products and dramatic consequences for those in need of an emergency blood transfusion," said Dr. Eric Gehrie, executive physician director for the Red Cross. "More challenges may lie ahead as the potential for severe winter weather and seasonal illness may compound the dire blood supply situation. Donors of all types – especially those with type O blood and those giving platelets – are urged to give now."     Blood donations made within the Western New York region help supply all our local hospitals and the patients they serve. For a Horseheads, NY resident, Dr. Kristina Workman, blood donations saved her life after what should have been the joyous birth of her second daughter, Eva, turned into complications that nearly cost Kristina her life. It took 33 units of blood to save Kristina's life and ensure that she would be there to raise her daughters with her husband, Jason Harris.
   "One thing that really strikes me about blood donation is that you think about saving one person or helping one person to be healthier, but really, I would have been gone," Kristina said. "I'm very glad that I'm here. I would have been gone and everybody else would have been left with a hole and grief. I don’t know what life would have been like for my husband and my daughters."
    This National Blood Donor month especially, Kristina encourages donors to make and keep appointments in the days and weeks to come to help alleviate the shortage and ensure lifesaving medical care for patients in need. "It is just not about the life that you are saving, it is about all of the other people that care about that person, and I hope that is a strong motivation for people to donate. It is touching a lot of lives. Every single donation has that power." Don’t wait – to make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
    The Red Cross and the National Football League (NFL) are partnering this January, during National Blood Donor Month, to urge individuals to give blood or platelets and help tackle the emergency blood shortage. Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in January will automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. See FLYER.

NYS Parks to Provide Seasonal Dock Permits Along West River Shoreline - January 2024

    The Niagara Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced that they will be issuing seasonal dock permits along the West River Shoreline Trail - on a first come first serve basis for the 2024 season.
    Permit applications will be distributed on Thursday, February 1st, 2024, at 8:00am inside the Park Office. We will extend business hours until 7:00pm that day. Participants will enter the Park Office and be given a sequential permit application on a first come first served basis. A waitlist will be started after all applications are handed out. If applications are still available after 7:00pm, interested parties can call the office anytime, to leave a voicemail or speak with a staffer. All inquiries will be handled in order until gone.
    As a reminder the Park opens for patrons at dawn and there is no overnight parking. Additionally, participants may apply for a permit or serve as a proxy, not both. Please plan accordingly. Further information is available online at www.parks.ny.gov/parks/56/details.aspx, by calling the Beaver Island State Park Office at 716-773-3271 or emailing beaverisland@parks.ny.gov.




New Development Planned, Stony Point & Ransom - January 2024

    Buffalo News article by Jonathan D. Epstein titled "Former Noco co-owner Michael Newman plans new residential complex on Grand Island". See HERE.




Thruway Authority Announces Toll Increase - January 2024

    The New York State Thruway Authority is reminding motorists that a toll increase takes effect on the New York State Thruway system on January 1, 2024. The New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors approved the new toll rates in September 2023 after a 10 month public process. Beginning January 1, the base NY E-ZPass rate will increase by five percent outside of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, representing the first toll adjustment for these customers since 2010. A second five percent increase will take effect in January 2027. Standard toll rates for non-NY E-ZPass and Tolls by Mail will increase to 8.6 cents per mile for both groups by 2027. These rates will remain below the current standard rates of many other systems across the nation. NY E-ZPass customers are the most frequent users of the Thruway and receive the steepest discounts and highest level of convenience for payment. Non-NY E-ZPass and Tolls by Mail customers pay a differential and are more infrequent users of the system. The differential covers additional processing costs and incentivizes customers to get a NY E-ZPass tag for the most convenient way to pay their tolls. Beginning January 1, non-NY E-ZPass and Tolls by Mail customers will pay 75 percent more than NY E-ZPass customers. NY E-ZPass continues to be the most affordable payment option available to all of our motorists who sign up for a tag (thruway.ny.gov/getezpass).