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Members of the largest union representing Town of Tonawanda workers, who have worked without a contract for six years, erected a billboard this week to pressure the town into negotiating a new deal. The Hourly Employees Association of the Town of Tonawanda represents 195 workers in the town's highway, water, parks, water and wastewater treatment departments. On Monda…

City of Tonawanda police charged a man with arson in connection with a June 16 garage fire on Broad Street, authorities said Tuesday. John E. Smith Jr., 46, who lives in a Broad Street apartment in front of the garage set ablaze, was charged with fourth-degree arson, criminal reckless endangerment of property and reckless endangerment, police said. The fire happened …

Boy Scout Troop 286 Scoutmaster Mark Oetinger obtained the highest rank in scouting 40 years ago as a member of the troop he now leads. He's one of 62 Scouts in the troop that have become Eagle Scouts in the 63 years since the troop was chartered in 1954 at Brighton Community Church in the Town of Tonawanda. On Wednesday night, six Town of Tonawanda high school senio…

Sitting in his favorite blue easy chair, Monsignor Thomas F. Maloney looked around the small rectory office where he counseled hundreds of people as they dealt with some of the worst troubles of their lives. "They come to you with serious problems, and you do your best to help," said the 74-year-old priest, looking back on his long tenure as pastor of St. Amelia Church …

Canalside has become the center of the summer outdoor fitness craze in Western New York, but those who don’t often frequent the downtown Buffalo waterfront won’t be left in the cold in the coming weeks. Independent Health will continue to sponsor Fitness in the Parks group fitness classes in several counties. State parks have a slate of hikes, kayaks and other event…

Shirley Carnall’s family wasn’t sure what to make of it five years ago when she joined the Buffalo Outdoor Meetup group. “My dad put it this way: ‘You’re meeting people online and going into the woods with them?’” Carnell was in her late 40s when she clicked on Meetup.com and gained access to dozens of groups for hundreds of outings. It was a welcome…

Kenmore will host its annual community-wide garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Approximately 100 garage sales will be featured in the sale, which is organized by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. A map with a list of sale locations will be posted on the KVIS website and Facebook page. Printed maps will be available Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Ke…

After nine months of planning and input from the community, Tonawanda Tomorrow will present its economic development plan for the town beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, with a news conference followed by light snacks and refreshments in the Community Room of the Phillip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave. With the input of nearly 1,000 residents, business owne…

The grassroots Citizen Science Community Resources is collecting soil samples in communities around Tonawanda Coke and has invited high school students to take part in a summerlong "Students Become Scientists" program. Students will collaborate with research scientists, gain community service hours and participate in data collection. The program runs through the end of…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council will vote on the next step for David Homes' proposed Riverwalk Villas when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A resolution calls for the city to act as lead agency for an environmental review and send the project to the Planning and Zoning Board to consider rezoning the vacant property from R-1 to R-2, as well as to review the proposed site…

A fire that started in an electrical outlet damaged a two-family home in Kenmore on Sunday night. No one was home in the upstairs unit of 80 W. Hazeltine Ave. when the fire began in a second-floor bedroom at about 8:40 p.m., according to the Kenmore Fire Department. The residents in the downstairs unit were able to escape unharmed, the fire department said. Damage…

Pine Pharmaceuticals, an affiliate of Niagara Falls-based Pine Pharmacy, kicked off construction on its $5.6 million new facility in TM Montante Development's Riverview Solar Technology Park in Tonawanda, which is expected to create 15 new jobs. The new 25,000-square-foot facility will include "cleanrooms" to provide specific sterile injectable products for doctors' pra…

St. Amelia School, a Catholic elementary school in the Town of Tonawanda, has been named state champion in the Great American Can Roundup's School Recycling Challenge, winning a prize of $1,000. The 635 St. Amelia students in pre-k through grade 8 collected and recycled 37,763 cans, a total of 1,092 pounds of cans – from November 15 to April 22 to win the recycling ch…

April 16, 1927 – May 23, 2017 Richard E. “Dick” Berg, a Town of Tonawanda municipal worker who revised the town’s traffic signals and installed the jet plane in the town’s veterans’ memorial, died May 23 in his Town of Tonawanda home under hospice care. He was 90. Born in Albany, he attended schools there and joined the Army at the end of World War II. He…

Before gangs of kids start causing trouble in the City of Tonawanda, police there often offer them coupons for free Slurpees. Capt. Frederic Foels said the 7-Eleven promotion is something officers there have been using each summer for more than 20 years to improve police relations with youth. "It's a way to interact with the kids," said Foels. He said they hand out t…