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Grand Island

The public will get a chance to meet the new director of the Grand Island Memorial Library, Patricia Covley, at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at the library, 1715 Bedell Road. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the library or call 773-7124.

Covley, who has worked with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system since 1987, has been director of the East Delavan Branch Library in Buffalo and most recently was division manager for information services. She succeeds Lynn Konovitz, who retired in December after serving as director of the Grand Island library since 1984.

This week:

• The Grand Island Alumni Association hosts its ninth annual comedy night Friday evening in Ellden’s at River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show, featuring actor and comedian Jeff Pirrami and two local comedians, begins at 8. Dinner reservations are required from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20. Proceeds benefit GI Alumni scholarships. Tickets are available at Aceti’s Wine and Spirits in Tops Plaza, Grand Island Boulevard and Whitehaven Road, and at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road.

• Wednesday at noon is the deadline for volunteers to submit letters of interest for several openings on town advisory boards. They include one seat on the Conservation Board, four seats on the Economic Development Board and two seats on the Traffic Safety Board.

Letters should include relevant experience, education or training. They can be mailed to Supervisor Nathan McMurray, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072, or emailed to

• The School Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Professional Development Room at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.