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Town of Tonawanda

A forum on addiction and opioid use in the Village of Kenmore and Tonawandas will be held Wednesday.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for “You Are Not Alone: Addiction In Our ZIP Code” in the auditorium at Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Parkway.

The presentation, which begins at 7 p.m., is scheduled to include Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz; Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein; Dr. Paul Updyke, a pain management specialist and internist; Chris Kreiger of veterans group WNY Heroes; Julie Israel, mother of Michael, who became addicted to opioid painkillers and took his own life in 2011; Town of Tonawanda Police Chief Jerome C. Uschold; Kids Escaping Drugs; and Buffalo Veterans Court.

A focus of the event is eliminating shame felt by addicts and their families, said organizer and Town Councilman William C. Conrad III.

“This is a topic not a lot of people want to address head-on,” he said.

There have been 63 non-fatal and nine fatal overdoses from opioids so far this year in the town and village, according to preliminary data from town police. The numbers could change based on toxicology results.

The forum is sponsored by the Village of Kenmore, Town and City of Tonawanda, Save the Michaels of the World and Horizon Health Services.

This week:

• Uniformed Kenmore firefighters will begin going door-to-door Monday to collect for their annual fund drive. Return envelopes were mailed out earlier this year and firefighters will stop only at places that have not responded.

• The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4:30 in the second-floor conference room.

• A work session of the Kenmore Village Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the mayor’s office at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A regular meeting follows at 8 in Council Chambers.

• The town’s Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 21 at the Municipal Building.

• Five candidates are running in the May 17 election for three seats on the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board. A Meet the Candidates Night sponsored by the League of Women Voters is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the community room at the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave.

• The Town Clerk’s office will remain open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 28 to better accommodate couples who wish to apply for a marriage license or anyone wishing to apply for a passport. For details on required documents, visit tonawanda.ny.us, or call 877-8800. The office is located in Room 14 at the Municipal Building.