Keep These Winter Weather Safety Tips in Mind This Season

Keep These Snow Removal Safety Tips in Mind This SeasonWinter is right around the corner, unfortunately. Here in Western New York, we see our fair share of cold weather and winter snowfall. For anyone living with us here at Town Hall Terrace, it’s best to be prepared for the winter weather. Shoveling snow is a pretty routine activity in our area, but it’s important to remember that strenuous shoveling can result in injuries if you’re not careful.

By taking a few simple precautions, you can keep walkways clear without putting your health at risk.

Dress Appropriately

Wear light, layered clothing with a waterproof outer layer, and try to avoid cotton garments. Protect your extremities with mittens, thick wool socks and a warm hat. If you feel yourself overheating, shed a layer or two and take a break until you feel comfortable again.

Don’t wait for the storm to end

Instead of waiting to shovel a foot of snow all at once, it’s much safer and easier to shovel a few inches of snow at a time. When the snow starts to fall, go outside and do a little shoveling once every couple of hours so that you never have to clear too much snow at one time.

Push, rather than lift.

Using a shovel to push snow out of the way is less strenuous than using it to lift heavy loads of snow. If you must lift snow to get it out of your way, be sure to lift with your knees instead of your back. Back injuries are some of the most common injuries associated with manual snow removal.

Stay hydrated.

It can be easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re working in cold temperatures, but it’s important to stay hydrated when you shovel snow. Keep a bottle of water on hand, and take regular hydration breaks if you’re outside shoveling for more than a few minutes.

We understand winters can turn people away from moving to Western New York, but living with us here at Town Hall Terrace, you won’t have to deal with traffic, city driving, and road blocks during the winter season. Contact Town Hall Terrace at 716-773-2788 today or visit us online for more information!

Getting Deals on Your Move: Making Moving More Affordable

It can be a huge expense to move. Not only do you need to balance your finances while changing locations, ending and starting leases, and canceling and beginning utility services, but you have to pay the moving guys to pack up all your possessions and move them to your new place. We know that moving isn’t always stress-free, but there are a number of ways that you can save a ton of money on your moving costs.

Lifehacker says the first thing you need to go is get a quote for movers, but don’t just go by the advertised price on the website. If you’re seeing vastly different prices from one moving company to the next, pick up the phone and ask them to give you an actual quote. You’ll find that the price advertised online is often a too-good-to-be-true deal and probably doesn’t apply to your situation. On the other side of things, though, you may be able to negotiate a better price by speaking with someone directly.

For example, if you can be flexible about the days you move, you may want to ask the moving company if it would be cheaper if you moved a day or two earlier or later. Sometimes weekend prices are increased because the demand for moving vans and movers is higher. But if you have the flexibility to plan your move on a Wednesday, you might be able to save hundreds.

The season also plays a role in pricing. If you can, you should avoid moving in the summer – the busiest traffic season for moving during the year. That’s because many college students and families will move during this time between semesters and school years, plus the warmer weather makes it more comfortable to move. If you can move during the holiday season, you might be able to save even more.

US News and World Report also suggests that you take moving as an opportunity to take stock of your belongings and sell any items you’re willing to part with online or through a garage sale. While you might not think selling some extra dishes, books or other items would make you a ton of money, it will definitely add up and help. Plus, but having less to move, you’ll also save on your moving costs, especially if you get rid of a large item like an unused bookshelf, couch or bed frame.

Another way you can save is by getting packing boxes from area businesses. Bankrate says that you should check with your local liquor store to see if you can have some boxes. These are often very sturdy and reliable boxes that are perfect for packing, which means you won’t have to spend a fortune at the office supply store stocking up for your move.

Finally, if you’re hiring movers by the hour, pack up your home and even consider loading as much into your truck as you can before they arrive. That way you’re not paying for their time to do something you could have done. The more initiative that you take to be prepared will pay off in savings once moving day arrives.

If you’re thinking about moving, but not sure where you’ll be moving to, check out Town Hall Terrace. We have apartments, townhouses, and patio homes available now on Grand Island, a convenient location in Western New York that offers a short drive to Buffalo, Niagara Falls and the towns and cities throughout the region. Find out more about our currently available units by giving us a call today at 716-773-2788.

Visit the Pierce Arrow Museum in Downtown Buffalo

Antique CarDid you know that Buffalo was once home to the automaker that produced the official presidential vehicles for every president from William Howard Taft to FDR? From the early 1900s until the Great Depression, the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company created some of the finest luxury vehicles ever made right here in Western New York. Although the company eventually fell on hard times and was forced to file bankruptcy in the late 1930s, Pierce Arrow had already forged an enduring legacy as one of America’s foremost early automakers.

Today, car enthusiasts and history buffs can still celebrate Buffalo’s rich transportation heritage at the Pierce Arrow Museum on Michigan Avenue.

Founded by Buffalo native Jim Sandoro in 2001, the Pierce Arrow Museum is a veritable treasure trove of antique cars and other automotive memorabilia spanning several decades of the 20th century. In addition to a number of beautifully-restored Pierce Arrow vehicles, the museum also includes several other Buffalo-made automobiles such as an early example of an electric car manufactured in the early 1920s.

Visitors to the museum can also see a full-scale replica of a filling station designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cherry Street in downtown Buffalo. Although the original filling station never came to fruition, the museum’s replica offers a fascinating look at a design that Wright called “an ornament to the pavement. With a second-story observation deck, copper roof and two 45-foot copper “totems,” the station’s design is striking even by today’s standards.

There are so many activities to do and places to see around Western New York. You won’t run out of things to do here when you live at Town Hall Terrace. For more information about our apartments, patio homes, and townhouses for rent, contact us at 716-773-2788 today!

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.

Since the border is opening back up, it makes it much easier to explore both sides of Niagara Falls. The Canadian side has much more to offer when it comes to views and things to see and do.

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.

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.

Experience the Nature Surrounding Grand Island, NY

Living in Grand Island, NY gives you plenty of opportunity to experience the amazing landscape and natural surroundings it has to offer. Besides being a short drive away from the city of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, living in this Western New York area provides you with outdoor activities that you cannot pass up. At Town Hall Terrace, we are conveniently located in Grand Island, NY, and we offer living options including apartments, town homes, and patio homes with a quiet atmosphere.

Niagara River

Outdoor Activities in WNY

The Niagara River offers many natural and unique areas to experience the outdoors in. Activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, and hiking the gorge trails are just to name a few. Ecotourism in Grand Island is on the rise in recent years, especially after the last year we had.

The Benefits of Having Access to the Great Outdoors

Living in many parts of the country, especially right near major cities, you don’t always have access to nature or the great outdoors. This can be a problem for many who love to experience nature and outdoor activities weekly or daily. Living at Town Hall Terrace, you won’t find this to be an issue. The Western New York area allows you to live comfortably near a city but with plenty of opportunities to explore nature.

Here are some of those benefits:

  • Short Drives to Hiking Trails and Water Activities
  • Best of Both Worlds (city life, remote life)
  • Relieve Stress of Work, School, Daily Life
  • Physical Exercise Benefits
  • Improve Mental & Physical Health

Spots to Check Out While Living with Town Hall Terrace:

  • Niagara River Gorge
  • Devils Hole State Park
  • Letchworth State Park
  • Niagara Falls
  • Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary
  • Beaver Island State Park

There are plenty more spots to check out if you’re looking to get outdoors and explore nature here in Western New York. If you’re looking for a life balance living situation in Western New York, we encourage you to contact Town Hall Terrace at 716-773-2788 today or visit us online for more information!

Three WNY Events You Won’t Want to Miss This Summer

Looking for something fun to do this summer in Western New York? The area is gearing back up for outdoor fun after a year off and has more things to explore than ever before.

Garden Walk Buffalo Garden With Walkway

America’s largest garden tour, Garden Walk Buffalo is the perfect place for plant lovers to spend an afternoon. The annual event will be held in the City of Buffalo July 24-25 from 10:00am to 4:00pm and will feature over 300 residential, community and public gardens to explore. Kleinhans Music Hall will serve as the headquarters for the event with maps, merchandise for sale, and volunteers who can answer any questions you have. This is a completely FREE event, with no tickets required.

Paddles Up Niagara

Looking for a fun activity on Grand Island? The 15th annual Paddles Up Niagara will be held on Saturday, July 31 from 7:00am to Noon at Beaver Island State Park. No matter if you’re an experienced kayaker or a novice, you’ll have a great time enjoying the Niagara River with other local paddlers. There will be two morning Eco Tours, the first being held from 7:00am to 8:00am (11 spaces currently available) and a second from 8:00am to 9:00am (fully booked). The Eco Tours are designed to be smaller in size (15 paddlers), so everyone can hear the guides who will discuss the plant and animal life along the river.

The larger Fun Paddle will be held from 10:30am to Noon (443 spaces currently available). It begins at Beaver Island Beach, taking you around Little Beaver Island and back towards the launch site. From there, you can choose to continue to the East River Marsh or call it an afternoon. Best of all, this is a completely FREE event with the first 200 registered participants receiving a commemorative t-shirt!

The Borderland Music + Arts Festival

There’s no better way to close out the summer then by checking out the 2021 Borderland Music + Arts Festival at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. This year’s festival will be held September 18-19, with a variety of popular acts performing including Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, The Revivalists and many more. There will also be several artisans and craft vendors on hand for you to explore once your favorite artists leave the stage.

No matter if you prefer a weekend exploring local gardens, a fun day on the Niagara River or exploring the local music scene, there’s something for everyone to do this summer in WNY.

If you call the area home and are looking for a new apartment, townhouse or patio home to rent, we ask that you think of us at Town Hall Terrace. We proudly offer 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, 2-bedroom patio homes and 3-bedroom townhouses right in the heart of Grand Island. Call us today at 716.773.2788.

 

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.

Fantasy Island Might be Opening Back Up on Grand Island

Fantasy Island amusement park has been in limbo for quite some time. Many residents of Grand Island hold a place in their heart for this amusement park. The people of Western New York would love to see Fantasy Island re-opened and revitalized.

Fantasy Island re-openingLatest News on Fantasy Island

There is some good news for the closed down amusement park, however. The owner of the property has entered into an agreement with the owner of Indiana Beach Amusement Park for a long-term lease with the amusement park. We’re hoping this will allow for a fast track to re-open the amusement park. We’re staying positive as much as we can with this news.

The Benefits of Fantasy Island Re-Opening:

We’re hoping this can actually happen here in Grand Island, NY. This can be a major benefit for the area. Many people have had a rough year and having Fantasy Island re-open can give families something to do on the weekends again. Fantasy Island has some history to it here, and the residents could benefit greatly from it opening.

Living at Town Hall Terrace

Living at Town Hall Terrace gives you ample opportunity to explore the surrounding areas that include a plethora of activities, restaurants, bars, and more to do. The city of Buffalo and Niagara Falls are just a short drive away, and with Fantasy Island hopefully opening back up soon, you’ll have more activities to do and places to visit within a short drive. If you’re looking for a quiet community or place to rent with a short drive to all the bustle, we encourage you to look into our patio homes, townhomes, and apartments for rent.

Contact Town Hall Terrace at 716-773-2788 today or visit us online for more information about living in one of our places.

Moving this Summer? Check Out these Tips to Beat the Heat

Moving can be a very strenuous activity, as you probably know. Add in the heat that comes in the summer months and it can make the experience downright miserable. So if you’re moving in the upcoming months, here are a few tips from Rent.com to help you beat the heat while you do.

Hydration

This may seem like a no-brainer, but while moving, many don’t remember to stop and take a drink to keep their body hydrated. A good idea would be to have a cooler stocked with water and even Gatorade so you and anyone helping you can grab a quick refreshing sip when you need it.

Summer Moving TipsDress for Success

When moving in the summer, avoid wearing dark and heavy clothing, as these colors absorb sunlight and heat up even faster. Instead, wear something light and breathable to keep yourself from getting too hot and uncomfortable. Also, even though you might only be outside for a minute or two at a time as you move boxes and furniture in and out, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to protect your skin.

Use Your Air Conditioning

If your new apartment has air conditioning, put it on as soon as you arrive. That way, while you work on warming up with all the heavy lifting and unloading, you apartment will start to cool down, allowing you to unpack in a cool environment.

Move at the Right Time

When you move, don’t do it at the end or beginning of the month, if you can, as those are the busiest times for moving. Instead, do it in the middle of the month so you can avoid other movers.

Watch What You Pack

If any of the things you are packing are sensitive to heat, be sure to unpack them first because the last thing you want after moving in heat is to find some of your possessions are ruined. To help you remember them, set a reminder on your phone or leave a note at the front of your moving van. Don’t forget to leave these items somewhere they can be easily reached, as well!

If you’re planning on moving this summer and are looking for a great place to move, look no further than Town Hall Terrace in Grand Island, New York. Our townhouses, patio homes and apartments come with a long list of amenities that will make sure you never want to live anywhere else. For more information, call us today at 716-773-2788!