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Stephen A. Bovino, a retired Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools administrator who had served as the school district's interim superintendent for the past three months, was unanimously appointed to take on the role permanently by the Ken-Ton School Board on Wednesday. He will be paid $165,000 a year to head the third largest district in the Buffalo area, with two high sch…

Two drug overdose deaths in two months in the City of Tonawanda and an additional seven calls to administer the antidote Narcan have caused concern for city officials. Police Chief William L. Strassburg said opioids are “a growing problem” in the city as heroin, laced with dangerous fentanyl derivatives, compounds the problem of prescription painkiller abuse. On…

Richard "Rick" Oates greets everyone with a smile and a hug and wears his emotions on the sleeve of his uniform as a volunteer firefighter. Oates, who also serves as the City of Tonawanda Fire Department chaplain, was recently honored by the fire department with its distinguished service award for exceptional duty. It's the second time he has been recognized by the depa…

The Tonawanda City Schools Board of Education unanimously adopted Tuesday a proposed $33.7 million budget for 2017-18 which includes a tax increase but stays under the state mandated tax cap. The budget proposes an increase of 3.19 percent in the tax levy, from $11.4 million to $11.8 million, which would result in a tax hike of $51.40 per year for an average $92,000 hom…

Old computers, cellphones, televisions and other recyclable electronics will be collected from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant, 2995 River Road. The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has partnered with the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant to offer the no-cost collection event for the past eight years. Local manufacturer Grief joined …

Planning a major infrastructure project like the Metro Rail extension to Amherst isn't like painting a house, but it does provide a useful analogy. Just as a painter starts with the broad strokes of a sprayer, followed by a roller and, finally, a small brush, details on the proposed $1.2 billion extension to the University at Buffalo North Campus will become finer in ea…

Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger said Tuesday he wakes up every day thinking about the closed Huntley Power Generation Station. NRG Energy was the town's biggest taxpayer until it closed the plant in 2016. So Emminger wants to make sure the Huntley site gets redeveloped. "We do not want Huntley to become another Bethlehem Steel," he said. "I don't k…

Voters will be asked to approve a tax increase in the Tonawanda City School District election on May 16, although an increase in state aid will help keep the district's budget under the state tax cap. The Tonawanda School Board plans Tuesday night to adopt a final proposed budget that, if approved by the public, will raise the tax levy by 3.19 percent, an increase of $5…

Kenmore  property taxes will rise by about $1 per $1,000 of assessed valuation under a village budget that trustees expect to adopt Tuesday. That would result in a tax bill of about $50 more for the average home in the village assessed at $50,000. The tentative spending in the budget would total $18.5 million, a 2 percent increase from the current budget of $17.8 mi…

Christine A. Hausrath says she and her husband, Kevin, could have become kids who fell through the cracks. "We were both (high school) dropouts," said Hausrath without a bit of shame or bravado. "My father was an alcoholic and my mother worked two jobs." Hausrath, who grew up in the Town of Tonawanda and resides in Amherst, now employs 190 people at companies she own…

City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis said it was a printing error that unintentionally directed his supporters to mail campaign contributions for a fundraiser to City Hall, rather than his personal address or campaign headquarters. "That was an error in printing the return envelopes," said Davis. He said letters were sent out a few days ago informing everyone who was s…

Don Battista couldn't afford to buy a team jacket when he was a captain on Kenmore East High School's 2012 state championship hockey team. One day before practice, the team's volunteer assistant coach, Thomas J. Diehl Sr., presented him with a box with his name on it. Inside was a team jacket. "He would really do anything for anybody," Battista said. Those who kne…

LOCKPORT - Daniel J. Harmon received the maximum sentence Wednesday for taking a motorcycle on a test drive - all the way to Texas. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ordered Harmon, 57, of Nassau Avenue, Kenmore, to serve 3 1/2 to seven years in state prison for stealing the motorcycle from American Harley-Davidson on Erie Avenue in North Tonawanda. A…

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society is seeking student applicants for  five scholarships, including its Christopher and Frederick Sachs scholarships and its Northtown Subaru Dog Days of Kenmore scholarship. Applications are available at www.villageofkenmore.com/scholarships. All applications must be completed and mailed to KVISS, 16 Warren Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 b…

The Town of Tonawanda Rails to Trails opened up with fanfare last year, a nearly four-mile trail atop a former railroad bed, which stretches from Kenmore Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda to State Street in the City of Tonawanda. There was a lot of prep work and cleanup to get the trail ready last season. This year's Rails to Trails Cleanup will be held on April 22, in ho…