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In June, brothers Kevin and JJ Richert of Torches Bar & Restaurant fame opened the Garage Deli, a sandwich joint next door, to show off their motorcycles and serve house-smoked meats.Kevin’s chopper sits in the front window of the former hospital supply building.Walls are adorned with murals of “Smokey & The Bandit” and “Easy Rider.” A gear clock keeps time. Look closely a…

Former Erie County Democratic chairman Joseph F. Crangle was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday in Sister’s Hospital after he suffered serious neck and back injuries in a car accident Monday on Colvin Boulevard in Kenmore.John J. Crangle, the Tonawanda Democratic chairman who is the elder Crangle’s nephew, said his uncle was en route to the noon Mass at St. John the Baptist…

Dr. Alan Lockwood, emeritus professor of neurology at the University at Buffalo and an expert on the health impacts of coal burning, will speak in a forum sponsored by the Clean Air Coalition at 6 p.m. today in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. It is free and open to the public.His talk follows the release last week of the state Department of He…

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Robert A. Harris Sr. says he has been stopped for “driving while black” in the past, but he was stopped Saturday for the first time for “running while black.”Harris, who heads a youth prison-prevention project in Buffalo, says he caught a bus shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday near his Town of Tonawanda home, got off a short time later at Delaware Avenue and Sheridan Drive, th…

Town of Tonawanda/KenmoreA Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Village Green in front of the Kenmore Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave.The Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, the American Legion and the Harry E. Crosby VFW Post 2472, in conjunction with the Town of Tonawanda are sponsoring the event.The master of ceremonies will be Tonawan…

A Conventual Franciscan friar who was vice principal at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs and later principal at Cardinal O’Hara in the Town of Tonawanda is accused of molesting a student while he was a teacher at a high school in Baltimore in the 1970s, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has revealed.The Rev. Michael Kolodziej, 69, has been suspended from the priesthood …

Western New York Hosta Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Town of Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Award-winning leading hosta breeder Olga Petryszyn of Valparaiso, Ind., will present “My Hosta Journey.”...East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Monday in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora, for a Christmas arrangement demon…

The state Department of Health is seeking to monitor contamination levels of 100 residents in the Town of Tonawanda industrial corridor. The proposed study would require a one-time urine test of residents to determine the levels of specific contaminants in their bodies, said department research scientist James Bowers, who said test results would remain confidential.“At you…

Crime

There’s no shortage of people who feel they are victims of Tonawanda Coke.The question now being asked is whether they are victims under the law.If federal prosecutors have their way, some of those people will get a chance to tell their stories of illness, disease and emotional distress to the judge who will sentence the company.They also could ask for restitution from Ton…

A former federal security officer who used to work at Buffalo Niagara International Airport was placed on five years’ probation Thursday for selling cocaine on the side for about six months after his work day at the airport.But authorities found no evidence that his drug dealing involved his job with the Transportation Security Administration at the airport, where he had w…

Lancaster

Oct. 18, 1952 – Nov. 3, 2013Dennis F. Talani, of Lancaster, a retired tool-and-die maker who regularly played Santa Claus, died Sunday in Sisters Hospital after a long battle with heart disease. He was 61.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and earned an associate’s degree in engineering from Erie Community College in 1987. He worked as a too…

To prevent further harm to Town of Tonawanda residents, the state is entitled to a court order that would permanently block any reopening of an embattled crematory that neighbors say damages their quality of life with its noise, soot and odors, an assistant state attorney general told a judge Wednesday.An attorney for Amigone Funeral Home, which operated the crematory bef…

The three Tonawanda Town Board members known collectively by some as “Lisa, John and Joe” late Tuesday appeared poised to return to their seats for a third four-year term on the all-Democratic board.First elected to the board in 2005, incumbent Democrats Lisa M. Chimera, John A. Bargnesi Jr. and Joe Emminger presented a unified front during the six-way race and had to over…

The latest West Coast culinary sensation to reach Western New York is Korean tacos, the Mexican-Korean hybrid of Asian marinated meats served up on tortillas.Started by Kogi BBQ, a fleet of Los Angeles food trucks, the sweet and bold flavors of Korean beef, chicken or pork, topped with Asian-spiced slaws or kimchi, have grown into their own culinary genre.Last month, K Caf…

VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP: The Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State and the Veteran One-stop Center of Western New York will sponsor Operation Entrepreneur, a veterans’ Small Business Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at VOC-WNY, 1280 Main St., second Floor, Buffalo. Lunch will be provided. To register, email Dee Jones Davis at jonesdd@buffalostate…