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Remember when sneakers, T-shirts and shorts were all you needed in gym class? Students are bringing iPads to gym class at Hoover Elementary School in the Town of Tonawanda as part of the school's iFitness program, which encourages third- and fourth-graders to create physical fitness videos, integrating technology with physical fitness. Physical education teacher Heat…

Education

Assistant Superintendent of Finance John Brucato thinks the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board should propose a new $66 million capital project before the end of the year. Brucato said he thinks the district's finances are healthy enough to vote on a new project in December. Voters approved a $59 million project in 2009 and $51.6 million plan in 2014. "We try …

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The 31st annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools' SleepOut will be held at Hoover Middle School from 8 p.m. Feb. 2 to 6 a.m. the next day in the the parking lot along Sheridan Drive. Students, family members and other participants sleep outside in refrigerator boxes to raises awareness of those in need. In the 30 years since the first SleepOut was organized by the late Sa…

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All 30 officers in the City of Tonawanda Police Department have had body cameras for the past three years, but Chief William Strassburg says he would like to consider dashboard cameras for patrol cars. "At first I didn't think we needed them, because we had body cameras, but now I'm seriously considering putting them in patrol cars," Strassburg recently told the Council…

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The Town of Tonawanda will spend at least $2.7 million on general highway repairs this year. Highway Superintendent Thomas C. Jones said the final highway road repair budget will be determined once his department receives state funding. Three major road repair projects are under consideration — Willowgrove Court at Ellicott Creek Road, a $24,760 project; Abbington Av…

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The Town of Tonawanda intends to plant  510 trees over the next two years. The tree planting project was made possible through a $75,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Town crews will do the planting. Highway Superintendent Thomas Jones said in the past the town planted 100 to 200 trees a year, but those numbers have been down due to b…

Politics

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand says she has not read the new “Fire and Fury” tell-all book about Donald Trump’s White House. But she said Monday in the Town of Tonawanda that even though she has no plans to read the book now dominating the nation’s political discourse, she needs no insider account to pronounce the president unfit to lead the nation. “It seems like a lot …

The Erie County Sheriff's Office issued a Silver Alert for a missing Town of Tonawanda man who may be suffering from dementia, the Sheriff's Office said. Karl Muchow, 89, was last seen in the neighborhood of Englewood and Starin avenues, wearing a black jacket and black pants, the Sheriff's Office said Friday. He is 5 foot, 6 inches tall, weighs about 200 pounds, and…

Crime

City of Tonawanda Officer Thomas Kitson thought he saw a shadow as he patrolled the Fillmore Avenue business district at 3:55 a.m. Thursday. Then he spotted two men taking tools out of a warehouse on Peuquet Parkway, which was being used for storage by a Snap-On tool dealer. The suspects ran from the scene, police said. Matthew T. Banks-Jubert, 23, of Olcott Ave.,…

Business

Unifrax, which makes a polycrystalline fiber product, is finishing up a 83,000 square-foot expansion in the North Youngmann Commerce Center, but the company presented a preliminary plan for an additional 33,000 square foot expansion to the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board on Wednesday. James Hartz, director of planning and development for the town, said the second expan…

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A City of Tonawanda parks vehicle crashed through the ice last week while clearing snow from the Ives Park skating pond off of Delaware Street. The driver, Fred Sparks, was uninjured, according to police, but the 2016 Jeep appears to be a total loss, according to Mayor Rick Davis. It was not the first time this has happened. "It seems like every so often we have a…

Town of Tonawanda

Ronald C. Trabucco is retiring as attorney for the City of Tonawanda after 22 years with the city. Michael Rua, who was sworn in to his 10th year as deputy attorney, said he would like to move into the top role. No plans for Trabucco's replacement were announced and Council President Jenna Koch said the council was "still processing" Trabucco's departure. The Coun…

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Feeling cooped up by the cold weather? The Town of Tonawanda's Winterfest 2018 could be the answer Jan. 11-15. Included in the Winterfest are a senior center dance on Jan. 11 and a wine tasting on Jan. 12, both from 7 to 10 p.m. at the town senior center, 291 Ensminger Road. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the center or by calling 874-3266. On Jan. 13, events…

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The twin cities - the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda - are in separate counties, but they are joined by bridges, a Canal Fest and a harbor on the Erie Canal. In January, the two cities will apply jointly for a state Canal Corporation grant to improve harbor tourism. The statewide competitive grants range from $250,000 to $1.5 million. City of Tonawanda Mayor R…