Experience the Festival of Lights in Hamburg This Weekend!

Experience the Festival of Lights in Hamburg This Weekend!Christmas is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to take in all the sights and sounds of the holiday season in snowy Western New York. This weekend, you can take part in the largest holiday festival in the region at the fairgrounds in nearby Hamburg.

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights features a wide array of LED light displays designed by North Pole Productions. Other popular attractions include the Holiday Magic Show and the Winterland Workshop that lets kids create their own holiday-themed crafts.

This is the 13th year Hamburg has hosted the Festival of Lights, and it seems like it gets bigger and better each time. This year, the event will offer a number of brand new events and activities to check out, such as the Canstruction® Competition & Display. In this event, local companies will compete to build structures out of nothing but canned goods. At the end of the competition, all the canned goods will be donated to the Food Bank of Western New York.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Santa! He and Mrs. Claus will be greeting guests throughout the festival. You can even participate in the North Pole Experience and get whisked away to Santa’s workshop and elf village.

The Festival of Lights is a fun event for the whole family. This year, gates are open 5:00pm – 9:00pm every day from December 15 to 23. Admission costs $25 per carload and gets you access to all the activities the festival has to offer. For more information, check out the event’s website here!

Grand Island Bridge Tolls are Getting a High-Tech Upgrade

Grand Island Bridge Tolls are Getting a High-Tech Upgrade

If you’ve traveled over the Grand Island Bridges recently, you may have noticed construction crews doing work on the aging toll barriers that serve as gateways to the rest of the NYS Thruway. This constitutes the first step in an upgrade process that promises to make the trip across Grand Island much faster and easier.

Soon, the bridges will feature a new cashless tolling system that’s expected to save drivers an average of 200 minutes per year in travel time. It will also reduce traffic congestion, improve traffic safety and promote growth in the region by eliminating the unnecessary obstacles created by the current tolling system. According to estimates from New York State, roughly 65,000 vehicles pass through the Grand Island Toll Barriers each day.

“The transition to cashless tolling on Grand Island will eliminate a major commuter bottleneck, grow the local tourism industry, and reduce vehicle emissions in accordance with our environmental goals,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in a statement.

In conjunction with the toll system upgrades, Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray also wants to conduct a review of the money being generated from the toll to ensure it’s being spent wisely on local infrastructure improvements and bridge maintenance. The new cashless tolling system is expected to be fully operational by March 2018.

Stay tuned for more updates about all the latest happenings on and around Grand Island from Town Hall Terrace. Interested in learning more about our community? Give us a call today to speak with a representative!

Grand Island Will Soon Be Home to a 140-Acre Nature Preserve

Grand Island Will Soon Be Home to a 140-Acre Nature PreserveLooking for a serene place to get away from it all and reconnect with the natural world? Here on Grand Island, a huge plot of undeveloped land owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is about to become a great destination for nature lovers throughout Western New York.

Even though the 140-acre plot was never officially on the market, the Western New York Land Conservancy recently stepped in and revealed that they are working hard to establish the land as a protected nature preserve. According to Buffalo Business First, the organization is using a $568,000 grant from the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee as well as a $200,000 donation from the Gallogly Family Foundation of Houston, Texas to secure the land. Once the deal is finalized, the land will be called the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary.

The new nature preserve will be a beautiful addition to the local community of Grand Island. It will provide a public space for people to enjoy outdoor activities like birdwatching, hiking, cross-country skiing and more. It will also safeguard the plant and animal species that call the land home. Perhaps most importantly, it will offer additional protection for the Great Lakes Basin, which contains more than 80 percent of the surface freshwater in North America.

Interested in learning more about all the things there are to see and do on Grand Island? Stay tuned for more updates from our blog, or give us a call today at (716) 773-2788 to speak with a representative!

Grand Island-Tonawanda Ferry Reopens After 80 Years

Grand Island-Tonawanda Ferry Reopens After 80 YearsWe have some exciting news for long-time residents of Grand Island: The Queen of Peace ferryboat has reopened, and is once again shuttling passengers between Tonawanda and Grand Island after an 8-decade hiatus.

According to The Buffalo News, the ferry’s legacy is being carried on by Matthew Scanlon Hamp and his brother, Fred Hamp, whose great-grandfather, Matthew Scanlon, captained a tugboat ferry service along the very same route. The elder Scanlon shepherded people, produce and whatever else needed carrying from Tonawanda to Grand Island and back again as early as the 1880s and 1890s.

Service on this particular line concluded in 1935, when the Grand Island bridges were built. Now, instead of being the primary mode of transport across the Niagara River, the ferry’s operators hope to attract hikers and cyclists who are looking for new routes to explore.

The ferry will run on Sundays through September 10th, and cost $15 per round-trip. It can handle about 45 passengers (and some of their bikes) at a time, and tickets will need to be purchased in advance.

Rick Davis, mayor of Tonawanda, is optimistic that the ferry will bring additional tourist traffic to the city. On either end of the ferry service, tourists and locals will find shops, restaurants and historical sites celebrating the area’s past.

If you’re new to the area, come visit us at Town Hall Terrace! Our apartments and townhomes offer top of the line amenities, spacious floor plans, and a relaxed country club environment, with 33 acres of beautifully-maintained landscape nestled in the heart of Grand Island, New York. Give us a call at (716) 773-2788 or contact us online today to learn more.

Large-Scale Community Solar Project Approved on Grand Island

Large-Scale Community Solar Project Approved on Grand Island

The power grid on Grand Island is about to get a whole lot greener. Last month, the Town Board unanimously approved developer plans to build a $7 million community solar power plant on an 18-acre plot of industrial land along Bedell Road. When it’s complete, the project will be the largest community solar plant in the state. The solar plant will be constructed in a joint effort between BlueRock Solar and Active Solar Development.

Once it’s up and running, the power plant will include roughly 12,000 solar panels and provide electricity for about 400 homes and businesses throughout the community. Best of all, there will be no up-front costs to business owners and homeowners associated with the solar installation. Instead, the solar power will be implemented in a simple pay-as-you-go model designed to keeps energy bills low.

“We’re not running some type of line from the solar farm to your house,” said BlueRock Solar General Manager Michael Francis in an interview with WBFO. “You’re still getting electricity in the same way that you would otherwise. You’re just getting bill credits. And these bill credits are able to offset both the supply and the delivery portion of your bill.”

Construction crews will break ground on the project later this summer, and it’s expected to be operational by the end of the year. According to Francis, the impressive solar array will be clearly visible from Interstate 190, providing passersby with an eye-catching view of this innovative, forward-thinking community solar project. In the future, it could become a model for other similar solar plants in the region as well.

Want to learn more about all there is to love about living on Grand Island? Give us a call today at (716) 773-2788 to speak with a representative at Town Hall Terrace!

Don’t Miss These 4th of July Events Around Grand Island

Don’t Miss These 4th of July Events Around Grand IslandThe 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays of the year. The weather is always great, people are outside having good time and there are a ton of fun events and activities going on around Grand Island. If you haven’t made plans for the holiday yet, these 4th of July events will provide you with more than enough entertainment as you celebrate America’s independence.

4th of July Parade

From 9 a.m. until noon on the 4th of July, a parade will take place right after the Dick Bessel Memorial Run on Grand Island Boulevard. There will be so much to see during the parade, and everyone will be out to watch it. There’s no better way start your Independence Day celebration.

July 4th Celebration on the Waterfront

Do you want to show off your patriotism by wearing red, white and blue and checking out some of the best fireworks in the area? Stop by the celebration at Canalside in Buffalo, where you can watch the fireworks and kick back by the Erie Canal.

Hollowfest 4th of July Fair

Celebrating the 4th on the 4th is great, but since most people will have a long weekend this year, you can start the celebration early at this all-day event at Clarence Town Park on July 1, 2, and 3. There will be live music, a beer tent, rides and fun for the whole family.

Independence Eve at Coca-Cola Field

Why not celebrate Independence Day with America’s favorite pastime? You can catch a game between the Buffalo Bisons and the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field on the night of July 3, as well as a performance from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and the largest fireworks show of the season.

Stay tuned for more updates on all the events happening on and around Grand Island from your friends at Town Hall Terrace.

Niagara Falls: A Natural Wonder Right in Our Backyard

Niagara Falls: A Natural Wonder Right in Our BackyardIf you’ve never visited Niagara Falls in the past, you should make a point to go this year! The falls themselves are incredibly majestic and you will be blown away by just how beautiful they truly are. But in addition to seeing all of the waterfalls that make Niagara Falls such a special place, there are also plenty of other attractions around them that you will want to check out as well. Here are just a few of the local attractions that you can enjoy when you’re in town, regardless of whether you are on the New York or Canadian side of the falls.

Niagara Falls State Park

Did you know that there’s more to do than just look at the waterfalls when you visit Niagara Falls? On the American side, you can take a hike through the nation’s oldest state park and see even more sights.

Skylon Tower

The Skylon Tower, which is located on the Ontario side of the falls, is the tallest total entertainment complex in the area. It will give you access to great views of the waterfalls, but it will also provide you with a dozen specialty shops, a revolving dining room and a huge indoor amusement park that your kids will absolutely love.

Old Fort Niagara

There is so much history in and around Niagara Falls. Back in the 1700s, France and Britain controlled Niagara Falls from their base at Old Fort Niagara. You can go back in time and see what life was like back then by touring this attraction that is located just minutes from the falls on the American side.

WildPlay Niagara

The waterfalls at Niagara Falls are exhilarating in and of themselves. But do you know what would make your trip to the falls even more exhilarating? Zip-lining while you visit! On the Ontario side, you can zip-line right next to the falls by taking a trip to WildPlay Niagara.

Town Hall Terrace is a 33-acre country club community located on Grand Island, conveniently situated between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Contact us today at 716-773-2788 to learn more about what makes Town Hall Terrace such a special place to live.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Beaver Island State Park

Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Beaver Island State Park On a clear day with blue skies and no clouds, you can catch a glimpse of Niagara Falls from the 950-acre oasis that is Beaver Island State Park.

Beaver Island, once the site of an ancient Indian burial mound, is located in the Upper Niagara River near the south end of Grand Island. The scenic expanse was also a favorite spot of a young Grover Cleveland, who had a group of friends that called themselves “The Jolly Reefers.” One of their favorite pastimes was going fishing by the head of the island.

Today, Beaver Island State Park is a local getaway for families and individuals seeking to enjoy a range of outdoor activities in one of the most scenic displays of nature that Western New York has to offer. The park includes hiking trails and biking trails for people of all skill levels, playgrounds, athletic fields and more. It’s also a great spot for fishing and bird watching; pelicans, swans and herons are all common sights in the area.

The expansive park even features two 18-hole golf courses—one for traditional golf and another for disc golf! The perimeter of the park is surrounded by a beautiful beach that stretches half a mile around the edge of the island. There truly is a little something for everyone at Beaver Island.

Summer will be here before we know it! Whether you’re looking to take a leisurely stroll through nature, bask in the sun, Kayak down the Niagara River or enjoy a round of golf with friends, Beaver Island State Park is the place to be.

The Benefits of Patio Home Living

If you are looking for a comfortable and enjoyable living space, then you should take some time to think about living in one of our patio homes. Similar to condominiums, a patio home is part of a set of homes that are connected with a common outdoor area that all of the homes share. They are ideal for owners of all ages who are looking for affordable housing and a way to share a space with others. Renting a patio home at Town Hall Terrace offers a number of great benefits. Let’s look at a few of the advantages of patio home life on Grand Island.

Patio HomesNever Pay for Your Own Maintenance

Living in a patio home is similar to being in an apartment in terms of convenience, especially when it comes to any needed repairs or maintenance. Clogged sink or bad electrical switch? No need to stress about hiring a handyman when you rent with us. You get all the convenience of your home but with none of the headaches. Our property managers will also take care of lawn care, shoveling and plowing for you, allowing you to focus on enjoying your home and lawn, not maintaining it.

A Sense of Community

Being close to your neighbors creates a wonderful sense of security and enables you to create close relationships with those that you live near. The patio homes at Town Hall Terrace have been managed with a focus on creating a relaxed, quiet and inviting retirement community, meaning that you’re free to enjoy mingling with fellow members of the community to find others with shared interests and passions. Enjoy all your privacy balanced with access to community comforts and peers when you rent a patio home on Grand Island.

Range of Exclusive Features

Finally, our patio homes come with a slew of fantastic features that truly make our spaces stand out. Our spacious interiors include lots of space, with floor plans that span more than 1,150 square feet or living space. Each home comes with a large master bedroom, a guest bedroom – both with walk-in closets – as well as a well-appointed kitchen with hardwood floors and modern appliances. Patio homes also have a new washer and dryer in every unit and a large 1.5-car garage. All of Town Hall Terrace’s units are also pet friendly and our on-site security patrols help keep you feeling safe and secure at all times.

Rent with Town Hall Terrace

If you’re looking for a new home, seeking to downsize to a more manageable space, or just want a change of venue, Town Hall Terrace’s patio homes are the perfect solution. Located on Grand Island, it’s easy to get to and from destinations throughout Western New York, making it a great choice no matter where you work, play or socialize. Learn more about patio home living today by calling us at 716-773-2788 or schedule an appointment to tour our available homes.

Get Ready for Dyngus Day!

Yes, you read that right: Dyngus Day is around the corner! If you’re new to the Western New York area or considering a move to the region, you might be wondering what exactly is Dyngus Day?

Dyngus Day is an annual post-Lenten bash, held in Buffalo, New York. The celebration and parade attracts tens of thousands of attendees from around the country to celebrate the beginning of spring, listen to live music, and celebrate their Polish pride. Dyngus Day is a day for merrymaking, eating good food, and flirting with your friends and neighbors by tapping them playfully with sprigs of pussy willows, as the Dyngus Day website describes for the uninitiated.

Dyngus DayCelebrations for Dyngus Day are always held on the Monday following Easter, meaning this year’s celebrations will kick off a week from today – April 17. Downtown events officially kick off at Corpus Christie Church with a Mass at 11:30 a.m., followed by guided church tours, music, food and fun as everyone gathers for the big parade.

Events run all throughout the day downtown in Historic Polonia and the surrounding region. Check out the full schedule of events in the official 2017 Dyngus Day Guide. Parties taking place at bars are for those ages 21 and older, but there are some family-friendly options, like the live music and food festival at St. Casimir’s Social Center.

Whether you’re new to the area and looking for ways to get involved or WNY lifer, attending the Dyngus Day celebration is a great way to meet members of the community in a fun and festive atmosphere. Most events are located in downtown Buffalo, just a short drive from Town Hall Terrace in Grand Island.  To learn more about all the great benefits of living at Town Hall Terrace or to learn more about our currently available units, give us a call today at 716-773-2788.