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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.


Scraggly or bushy, full or patchy, all the beards grown by Town of Tonawanda police over the last six months had one thing in common no matter how they turned out – support for one of their own.Eighty personnel, including dispatchers, paramedics and even female officers, joined the department-wide effort by pitching in $50 each for Officer Tim Day, who needs a heart tran…

The City of Tonawanda moved a step closer Tuesday to installing red light cameras at three intersections, which would make it the first municipality in the area to have the devices.The Common Council unanimously approved a resolution allowing City Attorney Ronald C. Trabucco and Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi to sign an agreement with Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems, which …

When the young members of the Town Boys & Girls Club gather today with their parents and the club’s staff for the annual Christmas party, they’ll enjoy a homemade dinner and a visit from Santa Claus toting gifts for all the kids.“Just to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they see Santa Claus actually walk in the door, and they each receive a gift, it’s a magi…

With millions of dollars of state-mandated improvements under way and more on the horizon, the Town of Tonawanda has hired a new director of its Water Resources Department.The Town Board on Monday appointed lifelong town resident Michael E. Kessler to the $98,000 post effective March 20.Kessler, 44, currently serves as director of infrastructure operations for the Niagara …

Red-light runners beware: Another area municipality has plans to install cameras at intersections to nab motorists in the act.City of Tonawanda officials are proposing to contract with a private company to install cameras at the intersections of Niagara and Seymour Streets, Delaware and Broad Streets and Twin City Memorial Highway and Young Street.“Those are very, very d…

Ying’s Wings & Things on Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda, the site of several recent violent episodes, is closing later this month and moving its takeout and delivery service to a new location, owner Jimmy Ying confirmed Wednesday.“I never thought the day would come that I would make a business decision to close my doors,” Ying said in a letter dated Wednesday a…

Over the last several weeks, principals, curriculum learning specialists and food service personnel were asked how each of four consolidation scenarios under consideration in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District would affect their staffs.School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro told the School Board on Tuesday that details about that process will be made public thi…

Over the last several weeks, principals, curriculum learning specialists and food service personnel were asked how each of four consolidation scenarios under consideration in the Kenmore-Townawanda School District would affect their staffs.School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro told the the School Board Tuesday that details about that process will be made public this week…

For generations of young students, celebrating their birthdays with big trays of homemade treats for the whole class was as American as apple pie.But when Highland Elementary School’s 350 students celebrate their birthdays now, they do so in healthier ways.“Lake Shore elementary students were the most overweight elementary students in Western New York,” said Christop…

People looking to pawn their jewelry, electronics or collectibles will have to look somewhere other than the Village of Kenmore for at least the next six months.The Village Board on Tuesday night enacted a six-month moratorium on pawnshops after signs advertising those services appeared in the village’s Delaware Avenue business core.“There were signs put up in a vacant…

The football fan who fell from the top deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium into the stands below Nov. 17 pleaded not guilty to assault and reckless endangerment charges Tuesday in Orchard Park Town Court.Robert A. Hopkins, 29, of Buffalo, appeared with his attorney before Town Justice Edward A. Pace. Pace released Hopkins on his own recognizance after the arraignment. Hopkins dec…

The Tonawanda Town Board on Monday night unanimously approved a $3 million bond resolution related to a water-line replacement project and the cleaning and painting of a water storage tank.The project calls for spending $1.8 million to replace the six-inch main along Orchard Drive and Cleveland Drive between Delaware Road and Talbot Road, and Lumney Avenue between Brighton…

Hoover Middle School in the Town of Tonawanda has a new kind of “glee” club.One morning each week, the school’s more than 500 students have been greeted by a positive message posted to their lockers designed to boost morale and self-esteem.Started by seventh-grader Alyssa Germano, the “Post-it Project” combines the ubiquitous sticky notes with a friendly “put-u…

Anyone who has ever waited on the Peace Bridge for an hour or more to enter the U.S. can relate to the complaints being lodged today by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.Schumer says that the backups, long wait times and lane closures are the result of a cutback in the number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents stationed here, and he’s calling on the agency to prov…

The first official spokesman of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, Lt. Nicholas A. Bado, announced Thursday he is handing off those duties to a department captain.“After approximately seven years of being the sole contact person for our department, I have decided that I need to step away from that role and focus on my main responsibilities,” Bado said in an email…