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Joseph Popiolkowski

Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca.


With the Southtowns Meals-on-Wheels program projecting a budget shortfall of between $15,000 and $20,000 this year, its board decided last week to reduce the number of meals clients receive each day.As of Aug. 5, only a hot meal at noon will be delivered. The cold meal traditionally sent along for later in the day will be eliminated.“We’re a victim of our own success,…

The City of Tonawanda Police Department, like the shark-hunting crew of the film “Jaws,” decided it was “going to need a bigger boat.”The department took delivery of a new 27-foot-long vessel in June and showed it off Wednesday during a blessing behind City Hall. It replaces the department’s 21-foot-long boat.“That boat was nice, but we do have a very large div…

A school consolidation study under way in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District is now in the hands of its board, with the release Monday of a consultant’s final report.The report by SES Study Team of Canastota, the consulting firm hired by the School Board in August to explore the possibility of a districtwide consolidation, includes input by a focus group of 88…

On any given weekday, an army of volunteers delivers about 350 meals all over the Town of Tonawanda to residents who have difficulty grocery shopping or cooking for themselves – many of them senior citizens. New at the helm of this operation is Dan Wiles, who took over in May as executive director of Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels after retiring in January as director of the to…

One by one, their names were read Friday in alphabetical order.Daniel R. Diecedo. Joseph Dispenza. William Dolce.The 168 World War II veterans stood to be recognized, or waved from their seats, or had a family member stand for them.A local or state elected official brought each one a “Certificate of Recognition” with the inscription, “In appreciation for your dedicat…

With Election Day traffic backups still fresh in mind, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Board of Education has banned campaigning on school grounds.“There will be no campaigning on district grounds with the exception of ‘Meet the Candidates Night,’ ” board President Bob Dana said.In the May election, many voters complained they were stuck in a backup caused by candi…

Volatile scrap metal prices caused a contractor to back out of its low bid of $62,204 to dismantle the Green Acres water storage tank in the Town of Tonawanda.Apollo Dismantling Services of Niagara Falls was awarded the job at the Town Board’s June 17 meeting but told town officials in a letter dated June 19 that its scrap metal buyer could not honor the price provided i…

Motorists on two busy stretches of Delaware Avenue – one in downtown Buffalo, the other in the Village of Kenmore – have in recent weeks encountered changes designed to “calm” traffic.In both cases, the double-yellow center line was eliminated and the roadway was reconfigured into two travel lanes, one in each direction; a center, two-way turn lane; and two parking…

Sid Cranston of Wilson and his 2-year-old mixed breed, Benson, won the owner look-alike contest for their matching grey beards.Becket Panfil, 13, of Angola and his Yorkiepoo, Horton, won best trick when the dog rolled to his side and played dead.And Christine Feliciano of Buffalo took home the best costume award for dressing up her beagle, Lola, in a pink dress and baby’…

Ask Angela Stockman to tell you about her WNY Young Writers’ Studio and she’ll identify some of the key components to any good story – a beginning, main character and problem.In her work as an literacy consultant for area school districts, she heard from parents and teachers who wished for a place where creative writing could be nurtured year-round in elementary, mid…

The Village of Kenmore was faulted for its wastewater treatment practices in an audit released Thursday by the State Comptroller’s Office.“Village officials have not made a substantive effort to use available resources to gain a better understanding of wastewater treatment processes and costs and do not adequately review invoices, analyze lab reports, repair identified…

Turnout for the Clarence school re-vote is steady but not as high as when the first budget was defeated a month ago.More than 3,900 voters had cast their ballots as of 6 p.m., the second-highest vote total in the history of the district.But that was still 1,500 fewer voters at that same juncture on May 21, when the original budget and its 9.8 percent tax hike was defeated …

Final approval for architectural site plans will be given by the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board under a new law passed Monday night by the Town Board. Approval had previously been given by the town’s building department.The town is thought to be the last municipality in the county to transfer this power to its planning board, according to Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr…

Thursday started like any other weekday for Shirley Hernandez. As she has for the last 47 years, the Kenmore Middle School lunch monitor arrived at 11:15 a.m. and kept a watchful eye as the school’s 650 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders ate in the cafeteria.But this school day ended on a special note for the 85-year-old woman when an award in her name was established t…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board on Tuesday tried to satisfy critics of a consolidation study by directing the superintendent to investigate the prices that two district-owned properties could fetch if they were put up for sale.The call to analyze the value and use of the administration building at 1500 Colvin Blvd. and the former Philip Sheridan Elementary Schoo…