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A lifelong resident of Western New York and reporter for the Buffalo News for over 20 years covering Erie County Northtowns

Developers are invited to tour development sites in the Town of Tonawanda at a forum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Niawanda Park Pavilion, 600 Niagara St. In addition to the tour, there will also be information about development ready sites in the Brownfield Opportunity Area, advantages of locating in the Town of Tonawanda, case studies of successful development …

The late Buffalo music legend, drummer Ted D. Reinhardt, and his brother, Tom, a bass guitarist, were among a class of eight who were inducted recently into the Kenmore East High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Ted Reinhardt died at the age of 62, in a single-engine plane crash in Norfolk, Va., on March 4, 2015, which killed him, the pilot and another man. The Rein…

Volunteers can help clear the way for the spring flowers on Saturday at the seventh annual Kenmore Village Improvement Society's "Big Kenmore Clean Up," which starts at 9 a.m. at the Village Green at Delaware Road and Delaware Avenue. Participants are asked to bring brooms, rakes, garden tools and gloves. Trash bags and disposable gloves will be provided. Student volunt…

The Grand Island Foundation, which has recognized distinguished alumni of Grand Island High School since 2007, is seeking nominations for the spring 2018 induction ceremony. Nominees must have graduated from Grand Island Senior High School, demonstrated excellence in his or her chosen field or profession and provided outstanding service to the community, profession or c…

City of Tonawanda Common Council members will be coming to your neighborhood at the next "Council on Your Corner" event from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Senior Citizens Center, 35 Main St. Council President Jenna Koch announced the event as a way to help keep the community informed on what's happening and share details on the future direction of the city. …

Joshua Mueller says he understands there's a problem with rats near Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. But that doesn't mean it's OK for someone to set the jaw-style, leg iron trap that his cat came home with on his foot, Mueller told the Town of Tonawanda Town Board on Monday night. His cat suffered a "dislocated digit" and he spent $600 on veterinar…

The next phase in construction on the 37-unit apartment complex in the former St. Paul's School in Kenmore will soon begin, Larry Bicz says. Abatement work will start by the end of the week and construction is expected to take five months. Parish Apartments should open in October or November, Bicz said. Historic tax credits were key to moving the $5 million projec…

Making Grand Island a walkable community went a big step forward with the announcement of a state transportation enhancement grant that will fund 80 percent of a $1.2 million project to develop sidewalks along a 2-mile stretch of Grand Island Boulevard, between Webb Street and Fantasy Island. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray said the improvement is something r…

Triad Recycling and Energy in the Town of Tonawanda on Monday will co-host Open Turbine Day, an open house and Earth Day event, to show visitors the benefits of wind power. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the plant, 3755 River Road, is co-sponsored by Northern Power Systems and Buffalo Renewables. It will show off the plant's first wind turbine and the planned inst…

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society is looking for volunteers who would like to put their green thumbs to good use. Each year, the organization maintains and beautifies small gardens along Delaware Avenue. Those who rally to the cause as volunteers are known as "KVIS Green Thumb Helpers." Two of the gardens are at Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road and at the libr…

Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, who officially announced she is running for mayor on Sunday, bristles at the notion she could be a spoiler in what is now a three-way race in the Democratic primary. Grant, a longtime force in East Side politics, will take on incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown, with the potential for the two to split the vote in the African-American …

Forget dumpster diving. Students from two schools will instead participate in a dumpster mural design contest to celebrate Earth Day at the Fashion Outlets Mall in Niagara Falls. Students from Charter Middle School for Applied Technologies in Buffalo and Tonawanda High School will create designs to demonstrate their vision of Earth Day and the design will be displayed o…

Stephen A. Bovino, a retired Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools administrator who had served as the school district's interim superintendent for the past three months, was unanimously appointed to take on the role permanently by the Ken-Ton School Board on Wednesday. He will be paid $165,000 a year to head the third largest district in the Buffalo area, with two high sch…

Two drug overdose deaths in two months in the City of Tonawanda and an additional seven calls to administer the antidote Narcan have caused concern for city officials. Police Chief William L. Strassburg said opioids are “a growing problem” in the city as heroin, laced with dangerous fentanyl derivatives, compounds the problem of prescription painkiller abuse. On…

Richard "Rick" Oates greets everyone with a smile and a hug and wears his emotions on the sleeve of his uniform as a volunteer firefighter. Oates, who also serves as the City of Tonawanda Fire Department chaplain, was recently honored by the fire department with its distinguished service award for exceptional duty. It's the second time he has been recognized by the depa…