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One of rap's hottest videos is steeped in Buffalo-area scenery. No. 5 on YouTube's Trending videos, "Pretty Little Fears," a joint effort by hip-hop moguls 6lack and J. Cole, features scenes from Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg, Fantasy Island in Grand Island, the old Niagara Falls High School (now the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center) and downtown by Shea's Performing Arts C…

Health and Fitness

Roughly 100,000 boxes of paper records once stood up to 20 feet high in a sprawling warehouse on Grand Island. Then Ken Knight found pickleball. He started playing the racket sport with friends in July 2017, after managers of the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island put pickleball courts atop the club's outdoor tennis courts. "We didn't have a clue about what pickl…

High Schools

Devils win battle of champs Taha Ahmed scored in the sixth minute and Ross Showalter in the 46th as the defending Class AA boys soccer champion Clarence defeated Monsignor Martin champion St. Joe’s, 2-1, in the final of the Clarence Tournament. The Marauders’ main rival, Canisius, kicked off its season and Monsignor Martin slate with a 3-0 home victory against Bishop…

Local News

A motorcyclist was killed in a collision on Grand Island Thursday night, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and the medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death and help identify the victim. The crash occurred at the intersection of Love and Schwegler Roads, where deputies found the…

Business

For University at Buffalo's Nate Oats, 2018 has been a very good year. The head coach of the school's basketball team led his squad to win their conference title after amassing the best conference start in team history. Then he took them to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years, even reaching the second round after upsetting the Arizona Wildcats. He was…

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The full name of the establishment located at 1771 Love Road in Grand Island is Say Cheese Pizza Co./The Comic Book Cafe, but it’s the latter moniker that’s remembered. Ask local superhero aficionados about Say Cheese Pizza Co., and you’ll get a shoulder shrug. Ask about the Comic Book Cafe, and you’ll get a high-five. That is not because of the food, although the food …

Business

The new Holiday Inn Express on Grand Island is now open for reservations, Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray announced Tuesday. Rudra Management and Rosewood Hotels has completed its five-year project to renovate and transform the long-vacant former Hooker/Dunlop office building into a new 105-room hotel, located at 2761 Long Road. Set in a 72,000-square-fo…

Local News

A man robbed a Northwest Savings Bank on Grand Island, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. Police said the robbery occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road. The suspect approached a bank teller, displayed a handgun and then made off with an undetermined amount of cash, police s…

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For a restaurant name, 773 North doesn't offer passersby a clue about what they'll find inside the plain brick building on Grand Island Boulevard. The site of Jason and Christy Zippier's first restaurant is decorated with Grand Island's telephone exchange, and little else. I stepped inside on a Saturday night to find the place packed, filled to the brim with customers, …

Erie County

The DeGlopper Memorial Park in Grand Island has received a state grant of $100,000 which will be used towards construction of a sculpture of Charles N. DeGlopper, a World War II hero and native of Grand Island. DeGlopper received the Congressional Medal of Honor for stepping into the line of fire to provide an escape for his platoon in Normandy. Deputy Supervisor Jam…

Local News

A state dormitory grant of $210,000 may not be enough to repair the Grand Island Recreation/Community Center building, a 7,000 square-foot building on the former Nike Base. The Grand Island Town board got the report Monday from Bill Schaab, vice-president of American Demolition Nuclear Decommissioning, who discussed the status of the building at the town's work session.…

Local News

After a year of study and discussion on Grand Island, a final master plan will be presented to the public at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Grand Island High School auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road. "A lot of work has gone into it and lots of people have participated," said Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray. He stressed that the plan is not binding, but a guide for future d…

Erie County

After training six to seven days a week, 11 months a year since they were in preschool, three local teens came home from Lillehammer, Norway, with gold medals. The girls represented the United States at the championships for the World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations, which was held March 28 to April 1. The world event takes place every three years. …

Education

The Grand Island School District will hold an active shooter lockdown drill on May 22 on the campus of the Grand Island High School and Middle School, 1100 Ransom Road. The drill will take place during the morning hours and involve a scenario where an intruder has entered the campus with the intent to do harm. Student actors and simulated gunfire in the high school will…

Local News

Solar by CIR will be available to meet with Grand Island residents interested in pursuing solar power through the Solarize Grand Island program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Town Hall Courtroom, 2255 Baseline Road. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Clean Energy program offers incentives to pursue renewable energy. Residents and business…