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A 21-year-old Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to vehicular assault for his role in a two-vehicle T-bone crash in the Town of Tonawanda that caused a traumatic brain injury to a passenger in another vehicle, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Maxamillion Hernandez also pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired by a drug. Hernandez, while i…

Music will be in the air – actually, on the porches – in this outdoor celebration of local music at the first Tonawanda City Porchfest from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. The "Porchfest family" started a decade ago in Ithaca with 20 bands and has grown to 185 performers and spread to 90 cities, including Buffalo's Elmwood Village Porchfest, which hosts 90 performers.…

Dogs will bark and cats will meow once again in the former headquarters of the SPCA Serving Erie County. The Ensminger Road site in the Town of Tonawanda, home to the SPCA for 55 years, this fall will become the second location for Creature Comforts Pet Resort, which offers luxury boarding, day care, grooming and training. Animals there will be pampered in bedrooms…

Michael Brown, assistant high school principal for the past year, was appointed Tonawanda High School principal Tuesday. Brown succeeds Jessica Lyons, principal since 2013 and a district employee since 2010. Lyons left to become the East Aurora elementary school principal. Superintendent Timothy Oldenburg said the hiring committee did an extensive external search…

Who has the best pizza? You decide at Gateway Harbor's Pizza Fest, from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Gateway Harbor on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda. Admission is free. Participating restaurants will offer two types of pizza and a side dish or appetizer. Dessert will be provided by the Flavor Factory of North Tonawanda. Those attending will choose the "Peop…

Volunteers on Thursday will begin collecting soil samples from nearly 300 spots in Tonawanda and Grand Island to determine how air pollution has affected neighborhoods around the Tonawanda Coke Plant. The soil sampling is a collaboration between the grassroots group Citizen Science Community Resources, the University at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia. Funding for the $711…

The Town of Tonawanda Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in advance of a plan to lower the speed limit adjacent to Glendale Elementary School on Glendale Drive and Millwood Drive. If approved, the speed limit would be lowered to 20 miles per hour on school days, between 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. and speeding fines would be increased. New signs will be …

The Tonawanda City Schools will collect back-to-school supplies for needy students from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Tonawanda High School parking lot, 600 Fletcher St. The drive will collect backpacks, pens and pencils, notebooks and folders, glue sticks, dry erase markers, colored pencils, hand sanitizer wipes, tissues and headphones. Any and all school supplies wil…

The City of Tonawanda will unveil its Blue and Greenways Intermodal Hub on Saturday, but Mayor Rick Davis said the $1.4 million project is only the first phase. Phase II, which begins next year, will address additional repairs to the adjacent parking lot in Koening Alley, he said. Davis said the repair costs are unknown, but the project would be funded by federal Com…

Parker Boulevard near Lincoln Park will get a mini-roundabout and new bike lanes for three days in late August. If all goes well and town officials become convinced that the changes make the street safer, the roundabout will become permanent and more roundabouts and bikes lanes will be added to a 14-block stretch of Parker. "I don't think the town has ever tried some…

Angry residents complained to the Town of Tonawanda Board on Monday about a neighbor who owns two homes described as a "disgusting junkyard" filled with code violations. A petition was presented to the board, signed by more than 50 residents of Klauder Road and Parker Boulevard. The owner of the homes, Thomas Heiser of 771 Parker Blvd., told the board his neighbors c…

The grumbling around bingo tables in churches and clubs started in June as word spread of a new state law that prohibited people under the age of 18 from playing bingo. "It's not like you're taking them to a casino," said Sue Koepnick, who started playing bingo at age 10. "Why can't they play a little bingo?" Like many of today's bingo enthusiasts, Koepnick, 47, …

Betty Fecteau has always valued the importance of taking care of her eyes. "You only have one set," said Fecteau, 85, a retired accounting and purchasing specialist who lives in West Seneca. She and her husband, Bill, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker with diabetes, have made regular eye exams a part of their health and wellness regimen for decades. During a biannu…

The City of Tonawanda will spend $1.7 million from its capital fund as part of the sixth phase of a more than $20 million, state-mandated sanitary sewer improvement plan to lower infiltration and inflow into sanitary sewers. The city has bonded to fund the state Department of Environmental mandate, but was able to get some relief by qualifying for a $17 million interest…

A 79-year-old man who went missing Friday was found Tuesday in a wooded area near his home in the area of Parker Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda, police said. Harold Roberts, a retired Air Force pilot, told Town of Tonawanda police he used his military survival skills to stay alive. Investigators believe Roberts wandered into the wooded area and fell, unable to get u…