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Monday night's unanimous vote by the Grand Island Town Board to amend the town zoning code to effectively ban the construction of  travel plazas or truck stops on the island was not unexpected. The issue had been a subject of debate for more than a month. From the beginning, Supervisor Nathan McMurray and the board were resolute in their opposition. "We can't predict…

Food and Drink

When I first fell in love with real barbecue – meat transformed by wood smoke, transmitting come-hither signals to my caveman DNA – I lived in Concord, N.H. The nearest source of top-quality spare ribs, pulled pork and brisket was 75 minutes away. My friends and I would pile into a car and head down I-93 to Redbone's, in Somerville, Mass. I could do that drive in my sle…

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It isn't just town officials and residents who don't like the idea of a truck stop on Grand Island. It's also at least one truck driver. "As soon as I heard about it I was going to protest immediately," said Michael Jablon, who drove a car hauler for 30 years. Jablon was one of dozens of residents who filled the Town Board meeting Monday to again protest a proposa…

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Love's Travel Plaza could bring $1.5 million a year in sales tax revenue and 40 to 65 jobs to Grand Island – but a potential for 250 trucks per day to a stop on Whitehaven Road. Residents have overwhelmingly said no. The Town Board held a public hearing on a local law Monday that prohibits truck stops and travel plazas on Grand Island. Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray…

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With the state parks' plan to close West River Parkway in April to build a new multiuse path, some groups that used the Parkway for their events are asking the Town of Grand Island to let them close West River Road for some events, said Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford. Crawford asked the Town Board to consider adopting a policy for closing town roads. He said Gr…

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A 10-year-old boy was revived after nearly drowning Sunday afternoon in the swimming pool at Grand Island High School, the Grand Island Fire Company reported. Firefighters and paramedics went to the school at 2:05 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about the boy, who had been pulled from the pool but was not breathing. Lifeguards and a bystander began CPR, the fire company…

A Sunday afternoon accident involving a tractor-trailer and a pickup truck disrupted southbound traffic on the North Grand Island Bridge. The accident occurred on the bridge just beyond the Buffalo Avenue exit, where traffic flows on to the span from Niagara Falls. The accident was reported shortly before 3 p.m. No major injuries were reported. The right lane was blo…

Business

A family-owned Tonawanda pleasure-boat retailer has acquired a 9.3-acre light-industrial property on Grand Island with two large warehouses, less than a year after a bank foreclosed on the property to collect on prior mortgage debt. Collins Marine, through 4100 River Road Storage, paid $1.6 million to Northwest Bank of Warren, Pa., this week to purchase the Grand Island…

Business

The furniture and rugs are in and the walls are painted, but the Holiday Inn Express in the long-vacant former Dunlop headquarters has one more major hurdle to jump before it can open: sewers. The Grand Island Town Board agreed Monday to approve easements that will allow sewage system work to go forward. The work will be paid for by the hotel owner, Grand Island Hotels …

High Schools

Hamburg is going back to Buffalo State. It was another challenging game in a season full of them for the Bulldogs, but they came away with a 45-43 win over Grand Island on Wednesday night in the Class A-1 semifinals at Clarence due to some key plays late. Hamburg will play Williamsville South for the championship Sunday. In the second game Wednesday, the Billies got …

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The public is invited to a presentation of the Town of Grand Island master plan at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. "It's time for the public to comment on our findings," said Grand Island Deputy Superintendent James Sharpe, who is chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee. "Tell us what you want to see in a master…

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Despite a state plan to break ground on the $2.5 million West River Parkway Trail on Grand Island in April, permanently closing the road to traffic, those who oppose it say they will continue their battle with state parks officials to stop it right up until the end. One weekend ago, members of the West River Homeowners Association were still papering windshields with op…

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The beginning of the end of stopping – or even slowing – to pay tolls on the Grand Island Bridges has begun. Workers have installed a pair of metal structures that stretch over the I-190, one over the southbound lanes near the North Grand Island Bridge, the one that connects the island with Niagara Falls, and one over the northbound lanes near the South Grand Island Bri…

Art

Gabriel Dunn made no promises. The plaster sculpture by Selma Burke had been shattered inward, like a hollow piece of candy someone crushed with a fist. The damage was so revealing that Dunn could see how Burke, a celebrated 20th century sculptor, brought the work into being, how each layer of plaster had a slightly different color, how at one point she used hidden burlap …

Food and Drink

Riverstone Grill, an upscale Grand Island restaurant, is refocusing its menu on barbecue and more blue-collar American fare. Chef-owner Chaz Bulera said it was time for a course correction at his restaurant, which he and his wife Kristina bought in 2012. Located at 971 East River Road, it won television recognition in 2010 for its massive Bone in the Stone steak, with B…