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The Town of Tonawanda temporarily put the brakes on the erection of all new cell phone towers, including monopoles or micro cell towers, by declaring a moratorium Monday night. The moratorium was put in place until the Town Board meets with a consultant and updates the town code. These smaller towers, which can be as small as a lamp post or a flag pole, can be locate…

Kenmore East High School will present its spring musical, "Once On This Island," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 30-April 1, at the school, 350 Fries Road. The acclaimed Broadway musical was the winner of the 1995 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical and is based on the book "My Love, My Love," also known as "The Peasant Girl," by Rosa Guy. Inspi…

For hundreds of young women in Western New York, the Gowns for Prom program is all about the dress. Each year, Colvin Cleaners collects thousands of donated dresses and displays and distributes them free to high school girls April 4-6 on the stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center. The dresses chosen by the girls are professionally altered, dry cleaned and delivered …

The Town of Tonawanda and Rotary Club of Kenmore will hold their 34th annual Easter egg hunt for children beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, inside the Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Boulevard. The free indoor event regularly draws about 500 children. Participants must be  Kenmore or Town of Tonawanda residents, aged 2 to 10. "This is a community favorite," said…

Developers who want to put a "faith-built" apartment community in a former Kenmore church school are seeking $215,000 in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to support the  conversion. Developers Lawrence Bicz and Ken Vasile intend to transform the former St. Paul's School at 45 Victoria Blvd. into 37 market-rate apartments. The project, du…

As Sumitomo Rubber USA prepares for the first phase of a major expansion of its Tonawanda tire plant, company officials are asking for sales and property tax breaks to assist the costly project. A subsidiary of the Japanese company has applied to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for an incentive package that includes $245,000 in sales tax breaks on materi…

The City of Tonawanda's $1.25 million Niawanda Park Pavilion along the picturesque Niagara River is a popular spot for private event rentals on weekends, but the city is discussing ways to make the site more profitable, including hiring a private management team. The enclosed waterfront pavilion is booked through 2018 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But it remains un…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday approved contracts with four volunteer fire companies that help protect the city. The fire companies contracted are Delaware Hose No. 2 and Niagara Hose Company No. 3, both located in 74 Wheeler St., and Union Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 and National Hose Company No. 1, both located at 44 William St. The Council agree…

Reassessment teams are set to head out into the City of Tonawanda in April, according to City Assessor Judy Tafelski. The full assessment of approximately 6,000 properties is expected to be completed by May 2018, she said. The city last year was at 98 percent of full market value, but that rate has dropped in the past year to 90 percent. Tafelski said a reassessment …

City of Tonawanda Common Council members expect to hear about the city's planned reassessment of properties, a proposed tax break for an apartment complex and plans to close part of Young Street to vehicle traffic during a meeting tonight. City Assessor Judy Trafelski will update the Council on plans for a citywide reassessment. Mayor Rick Davis said the city has been r…

A businessman says he's put on hold a proposed waterfront development because City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis delayed the project for two years and cursed at him twice while tossing him out of his City Hall office. Davis admitted Monday he did swear at Michael Hacikyan, but not until after the developer released a profanity-laced tirade at him. And Davis said he has …

A Town of Tonawanda man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after City of Tonawanda police said he ran a red light and drove onto the sidewalk while being stopped. Glen A. Shoupp, 52, of Lardner Court allegedly passed a red light at the intersection of Broad and Seymour streets and was observed by Officer Erik Johanson around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the c…

Town of Tonawanda police are asking for the public's help in locating who they describe as a "despondent" person. James. L. Daniel, 55, was last seen on Saturday, police said. He is described as a white male, 6-foot-9 and about 300 pounds. He has short, grey receding hair, green eyes and a goatee. He was last known to be in the area of Allegany and was previously…