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It’s not the first time that Tonawanda Coke owner J.D. Crane has made political contributions, and it’s not the first time they have proved controversial.Now, Kevin P. Gaughan, the Democratic candidate for Erie County comptroller, is making an issue of Crane’s $2,000 contribution to incumbent Stefan I. Mychajliw.Gaughan on Tuesday accused his Republican opponent of a…

An $11 million study of toxic emissions from Tonawanda Coke and their impact on people’s health is one of the initiatives federal prosecutors want funded with fines from the company.The study by the University at Buffalo would monitor residents in the Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island for a period of time in an effort to document the public health impact of the company…

Candymaker Wythe Will Tzetzo is getting more than $5.1 million in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for its $18.7 million project to build a sprawling factory and warehouse in the Town of Tonawanda.The IDA approved the tax breaks Monday for a project that will allow the company to consolidate its three local facilities in Tonawanda, Cheektowa…

A Buffalo teenager was arrested after Town of Tonawanda police say he injured a police officer in a scuffle at Fright World haunted house on Eggert Road.The incident started at 10 p.m. Friday, when police officers Ryan Taber and Mark Muscoreil tried to get an identification from a girl who had been yelling profanities at them, according to a police statement. Fright World …

Town of TonawandaOne of the region’s largest school districts continues to shrink.The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District’s latest numbers show a districtwide enrollment of 7,016 students down from 7,280 last year. The decline was expected, according to School Board President Bob Dana.At its peak in the late 1960s, more than 22,000 students were enrolled in 29 sc…

Now that Mayor Byron W. Brown has won the Democratic primary in Buffalo, attention turns outside the city, where suburban politicians are battling to run 25 towns in a world of development, tax caps and state mandates.In Amherst, the well-financed incumbent running on low taxes faces a challenge from a board member riding a populist wave over a hotel development.In Hamburg…

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Kern of Tonawanda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of marriage vows in St. Christopher Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda, followed by a gathering with family and friends. Mr. Kern and Mary Ann Ulanowski were married Sept. 7, 1963, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda. He is a semiretired account salesman fo…

Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Zimmerman of Town of Tonawanda celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a Mass at St. Amelia Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda. Mr. Zimmerman and Carol F. Schroeter were married Sept. 5, 1953, in St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church in Buffalo. He is a retired plant manager for Trico Products Corp.; she is a retired resident coordinator f…

Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. White of Tonawanda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family cruise to the Caribbean, a gift from their son and daughter-in-law. A later gathering for family and friends was held in Classics V Banquet & Conference Center, Amherst. Mr. White and Dorothy Preston were married Sept. 7, 1963, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a re…

Huge traffic backups were reported today because of a repair job that shut down the southbound span of the south Grand Island Bridge.Motorists trying to get onto Grand Island from the south were backed up more than a mile into the Town of Tonawanda, and motorists trying to leave the island on the south end were backed up more than two miles to Whitehaven Road, State Police…

A 63-year-old Kenmore man was arrested for aggravated drunken driving when stopped at the intersection of East and Hamilton streets early Thursday. Harold Sloppy, of West Girard Boulevard, was charged about 12:15 a.m. after he registered a 0.21 percent blood alcohol level. A check showed he had a 2007 drunken driving conviction in Florida.

LOCKPORT – A Kenmore man was sentenced Friday to five years in prison and five years of post-release supervision for robbing a convenience store cashier while brandishing a shotgun on Dec. 23.James L. Ward, 39, had pleaded guilty April 25 to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery in connection with the incident at the now-defunct Niagara on the Go store at 1…

Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Weinberg Campus in the Meadows, 2650 N. Forest Road, Getzville. Martha Johnson, owner of Ancestral Acres, will speak on preparing an herbal or dried flower wreath....Federated Holland Garden Club will hold its regular meeting and luncheon at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. …

Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham was told by Tonawanda Town Justice Daniel T. Cavarello that as long as he leads a law-abiding life for the next six months the marijuana violation and excessively tinted windows charge that were placed against him early on Aug. 19 will automatically be dismissed with no further court action.The justice granted Bradham a six-month Adjo…

A 1967 Corvette has sold for $3.4 million, by far the highest price ever fetched by a Corvette at auction.Naturally, there is a local connection: the “big block” engine which generated the car’s mammoth horsepower was built at General Motors’ Town of Tonawanda plant.The maroon L88 was one of nearly 1,000 muscle and classic cars that were sold last weekend at the Me…