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The grassroots Citizen Science Community Resources is collecting soil samples in communities around Tonawanda Coke and has invited high school students to take part in a summerlong "Students Become Scientists" program. Students will collaborate with research scientists, gain community service hours and participate in data collection. The program runs through the end of …

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The Grand Island Town Board approved on Monday a developer's plan to build a $7 million community solar generation plant on the island. Community solar, which generates electricity to share with the community, is relatively new with only three operations in New York State, and Grand Island's plant would be the largest, said Mike Francis of Blue Rock Energy, which will m…

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Dads can have fun on a lawnmower on Father's Day at the annual Lawnmower Race and Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday at 3957 W. River Road, Grand Island. The event, which raises money in the fight against cancer, begins with a 5K walk/run at 10 a.m. Registration for the race begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $10. Lawnmower race registration begins at 10 a.…

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A Grand Island woman remains in critical condition after she was struck by a pickup in a hit-and-run Tuesday as she was walking on East River Road on Grand Island, according to State Police. Dana Papaj, 53, had been walking on the west shoulder of the road between Whitehaven Road and Riverwoods Drive when she was struck shortly after 8 p.m. https://twitter.com/jmccoy…

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The environmental impact that Tonawanda Coke has had on surrounding communities is being measured in soil sample studies. Community meetings to discuss the collection of soil samples begin at 6 p.m. tonight at Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda. The soil sample studies were funded as part of an $11 million health study ordered …

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The Family Justice Center of Erie County, which provides free domestic violence support to women and their children, is hoping to open a third FJC satellite location that would serve the Grand Island and neighbors to the north. FJC Executive Director Mary Travers Murphy and a Grand Island team will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo Launch Club,…

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The story of Army hero Charles N. DeGlopper reads like a Hollywood script: A small town boy joins the Army in World War II and gives his life to save his platoon, stepping out into the open to fight the Germans alone and stopping them from taking control of a strategic bridge in the Normandy campaign. But on June 9, 1944, this was the true story of local hero Pfc. D…

The Grand Island Town Board will continue its discussion on plans for a town community center at a special workshop meeting at 5 p.m. May 23 at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road. The special meeting will be a continuation of a lengthy discussion by the board on Monday, which at times turned heated. The plans for a community center, under discussion for over a year, are s…

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The Grand Island Town Board on Monday set a public hearing for a special use permit that will make the town among the first to approve a free-standing solar array park in New York State. The hearing will be held June 5. The proposal by Frank McCleneghen, president of Active Solar Development and Grand Island Solar LLC, would put thousands of arrays in an 18-acre site, d…

The Town of Grand Island is expected to put its new solar law into action tonight with a development request for a solar farm on the the agenda. The Town Board meets at 8 p.m. Developer Frank McCleneghen wants to split the 18-acre site into two separate parcels at 2411 Bedell Road to the south, and Industrial Drive to the north. There will be a gravel driveway going thr…

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Farming is part of the history of Grand Island, and there are about 50 farms operating in the town. Now the Town Board is giving approval to local farmers with a local law that will make it easier for residents to own livestock in state-certified agricultural districts. "This is saying that people in these districts don't have to come to the town for a permit – it's …

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Making Grand Island a walkable community went a big step forward with the announcement of a state transportation enhancement grant that will fund 80 percent of a $1.2 million project to develop sidewalks along a 2-mile stretch of Grand Island Boulevard, between Webb Street and Fantasy Island. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray said the improvement is something r…

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Who is using town property for private storage – storing boats, cars and jet skis behind the town highway garage on Whitehaven Road? Dan Drexilius asked the Town board Monday night to investigate and said it "needs to be stopped." Drexilius, a Conservative-endorsed candidate for Grand Island highway superintendent, further charged that the Highway Department created …

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Grand Island Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray wants the town to put a moratorium on the development of any new apartment complexes until it has a master plan in place. He said he has asked the town attorney to draft a moratorium for the Town Board to consider at a future meeting. McMurray said he would like it to be a one-year moratorium. Developments that are already in p…

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A plan for a trail system through a town-owned woods on Grand Island has gotten the thumbs up twice from the Niagara River Greenway Commission. But a plan to spend $330,000 to upgrade the 3.9 mile Tonawanda Rails to Trails, which runs along an abandoned railroad track from Kenmore Avenue to the City of Tonawanda, was rejected by the Greenway Fund Standing Committee on M…