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Children whose families may not have been able to afford a hat will be getting a NFL logo knit hat, courtesy of New Era, which donated more than 1,000 of the caps to be distributed in the Colvin Cleaners Coats for Kids drive. Colvin Cleaners officials said they are confident there will be enough winter wear for its second distribution from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov…

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The last time the mayor and trustees in Kenmore got a raise was 30 years ago, Mayor Patrick Mang pointed out in his State of the Village address Thursday. Kenmore is the largest village in Western New York (population 15,143), offers its own police and fire department and department of public works, which is more than some small cities. Mang oversees a budget of $18.…

Crime

The former treasurer of a volunteer fire department in the Town of Tonawanda has been charged with stealing $19,000 from the organization, police said. Timothy D. Kler, 35, stole the money from the River Road Volunteer Fire Company since January of this year, Town of Tonawanda police said in a news release. Kler, who was charged with third-degree grand larceny, becam…

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Tonawanda Main Street and the City of Tonawanda will celebrate the city's small town allure with "It's a Wonderful Night," a celebration of the holidays from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The Main Street event will include the annual Clinton Park tree lighting at 7 p.m. and an opportunity to meet Santa and other holiday characters, as well a ride the Clinton Park Holiday Express …

Education

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District saw a precipitous drop in its fund balance, from $50 million in 2009 to about $25 million in the following five years, but Assistant Finance Director John J. Brucato told the School Board on Tuesday that their nest egg is getting bigger. Brucato presented his forecast on finances for the 2018-19 budget to the School Board on…

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At the City of Tonawanda's foreclosure auction on Dec. 2, five of the 12 properties for sale will go directly to the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp., also known as the Land Bank. City of Tonawanda Treasurer Joseph M. Hogenkamp said the Land Bank can be used as a tool to stabilize a neighborhood. "It's not so much that you are looking to make money off (th…

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On Tuesday the City of Tonawanda Common Council is scheduled to adopt is 2018 budget, but will councilors be legally able to vote? A budget hearing notice published in The Buffalo News listed the budget hearing date as Tuesday, Nov. 7, which is Election Day, but the Council had moved its meeting and hearing to Wednesday, Nov. 8. The city's website did list the Wednesday…

Business

Social services agency People Inc. this week unveiled its newest low-income housing project with additional support for clients, after completing the adaptive-reuse and conversion of a former school in the City of Tonawanda. The $10.5 million Highland School Apartments at 105 Highland Ave. offers 38 new affordable apartments in a three-story building that dates back a c…

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Winter parking rules on bus routes in Buffalo won't go into effect at least until Nov. 22, the city announced Tuesday. The regulations were slated to go into effect at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but are being delayed based on weather forecasts, a city spokesman said. Winter parking restrictions on bus routes are in effect from 1:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. until April 1. Buffalo …

Town of Tonawanda

The holidays begin on Dec. 1 when Santa Claus arrives at the Village Green in front of the Kenmore/Town of Tonawanda Municipal Hall, 2919 Delaware Road. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. with hot chocolate and doughnuts, trivia and prizes and caroling. Santa arrives by fire truck at 7 p.m. to light the tree and will receive visitors inside the Municipal Building. The e…

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A plan to picket on Tuesday afternoon at the Schofield Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Residence has been postponed. The nursing home is located at 3333 Elmwood Ave. in Kenmore. The 120-plus workers are represented by 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East. Union management said both sides are continuing negotiations and the picket has been postponed "until further…

Town of Tonawanda

The Town of Tonawanda on Monday joined the Village of Kenmore in pushing back the date to begin enforcing its overnight winter parking ban. "Winter is on hold," crowed the Town of Tonawanda on Twitter Monday, announcing the overnight off-street ban will be delayed until midnight Nov. 22. Last week the Village of Kenmore pushed back its starting date until Dec. 1. The…

Town of Tonawanda

The parochial vicar of St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda has been sent back to his home country of India after being caught endorsing checks meant for the church's outreach program, the church's pastor told parishioners at Masses on Sunday. The Rev. Steve Jekielek announced to the congregation that the Rev. Suresh Yamarthy had been sent back…

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The Tonawanda Town Board unanimously approved a $102 million budget for 2018 Thursday that will raise annual taxes about 8 cents per day, according to Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger. At an equalization rate of 39 percent, the average home is assessed at $50,000 and has an annual tax bill which will rise $29 -- from $1,287 to $1,316 -- at $3.61 per $1,000 in 2018. Th…

Some City of Tonawanda residents doing home repairs or large clean ups have turned to portable soft-sided "dumpsters in a bag" to replace a traditional dumpster, but Building Inspector Erik Lindhurst said homeowners should not leave the bag for their weekly residential garbage pickup. Lindhurst said the dumpster bags are sold at retailers for about $29, but are clearly …