Nancy A. Fischer

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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

Registrations are currently being accepted by the Town of Tonawanda Recreation Department  for all youth softball, baseball and indoor soccer players. Registration includes spots for children 6 and older in tee-ball and youth soccer. Individual registration may be done in person at the town Recreation Department, 299 Decatur Road. Returning players may register in p…

Appointments for kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school years are now being accepted at Grand Island Central School. Registration packets are available in the district office, 1100 Ransom Road or on the district website under new student registration. New student registration is by appointment only. Contact the district at (716) 773-8800, ext. 0, to schedule a…

The Town of Tonawanda Youth Bureau and Town of Tonawanda Police Club will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for grades 7 to 12 on March 4 at Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Parkway. The free tournament is open to those or live in or attend schools in the Town of Tonawanda or Kenmore. Check-in and registration will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. the morning of the t…

The musical adaption of the movie, "Legally Blonde," will be presented  at Kenmore West High School, March 9 to 11. The award-winning musical is described by critics as both heartwarming and fun as it follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dream. The production features the talents of more than 80 …

A domestic argument escalated on Butler Avenue, resulting in woman  being kicked in the stomach and a man being accused of assault and violating an order of protection, Buffalo police reported. The woman also had a cut on her arm and lip, but refused medical attention, police said. The incident happened in the woman's home in the 100 block of Butler Avenue. Brian Jo…

A man faces a felony charge after he tried to forcibly remove his impounded vehicle from a tow truck, according to Buffalo police. Joseph Farruggia, 40, no permanent address, was charged by Buffalo police just before 8 p.m. Thursday in front of 38 Dakota St. with felony third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. Farruggia tried to remove his impound…

A routine traffic stop in Youngstown Friday night led to a foot chase and search for man wanted on a robbery warrant. Officer Breanna Catipovic stopped a vehicle in the 300 block of Lockport Street and recognized the passenger, Myquan Pringle, whom she knew had an active warrant. Pringle got out of the vehicle, and fled  on foot, entering the rear of an eight-unit apar…

A big crowd of veterans erupted in applause after the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board approved Tuesday night a school tax exemption for veterans in an estimated 4,300 households in the district. The exemption is expected to save combat veterans $187 per year in taxes on a $100,000 assessed home, according to district officials. But it will mean higher taxes f…

Grand Island schools Superintendent Brian Graham issued a community safety alert to the district Wednesday after learning that a female middle school student had been approached by an older male who attempted to call her over to his vehicle Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened around 5 p.m. - not on the student's way to or from school - in the Oak Ridge Road neighbo…

Town of Tonawanda officials have been asking residents for ideas for transforming the closed Huntley Power Station property and the River Road industrial corridor for months. Now they're ready to talk about what they've learned. "Tonawanda Tomorrow," a partnership between town leaders, residents and businesses to develop a plan that grows the economy in the River R…

The heavily traveled Main Street/Route 5 in Clarence is a study of contradictions as you travel from east to west, from farming communities to hamlets with small shops and churches to its busy commercial corridor near Transit Road. A year-long study "Vision: Main Street Clarence" is designed to plan a future of "smart growth" while creating a brand that will define the …

A Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools committee recommended that the district's middle and high school students start classes five minutes earlier next year – and that elementary school pupils be dismissed 15 minutes earlier. The recommendation by the committee of district workers, parents and Board of Education members was discussed by the school board at a meeting Tue…

The public is invited to hear about plans to conduct soil contamination studies at Tonawanda Coke's manufacturing operation in the Town of Tonawanda and to become involved in an $11 million, 10-year study of the company's impact on the public health of Tonawanda and Grand Island residents. A public information meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Tonawanda …