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It couldn’t have been a more idyllic summertime scene: a kid on his bicycle, riding along the side of a bustling suburban road en route to his very first football practice of the season. Never has an evening in the Town of Tonawanda turned tragic more suddenly.Twelve-year-old Imani Gilbert was struck by a car just after 5 p.m. Thursday while attempting to cross Delaware Ro…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. McCuen of the Town of Tonawanda celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering. Mr. McCuen and Sally A. Ritenburg were married Aug. 22, 1953, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda. He is retired from United Parcel Service. They have six children, 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Sal Andolina of the Town of Tonawanda celebrated their 50th anniversary with a Mass and renewal of marriage of vows by Monsignor Paul A. Litwin and the Rev. Dennis F. Fronckowiak in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Amherst, followed by a reception hosted by their children at Windows on the Green Restaurant at Westwood Country Club, Amherst. Mr. Andolina and …

Town of Tonawanda

Despite heroic efforts by a group of passers-by, the 12-year-old bicyclist who was freed from beneath a car on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda Thursday afternoon has died, police reported Friday. The boy has been identified as Imani Gilbert, an incoming eighth-grader at Herbert Hoover Middle School.Imani was on his way to football practice at the nearby middle scho…

General Motors’ Town of Tonawanda engine plant celebrated its 75th anniversary on a warm, sunny Friday, amid a bright outlook for its future.The atmosphere was in stark contrast to a frigid day in December 2008, when auto plant workers, managers and supporters rallied on the front steps for the federal government to save the U.S. auto industry. The prospects for the River …

Town of Tonawanda

The 12-year-old bicyclist who was freed from beneath a car on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda Thursday evening has died, police reported this morning. The boy’s name was not released. Several passersby lifted the vehicle off the boy after he was struck and pinned beneath the vehicle at the intersection of Sheridan Drive and Delaware Road. Although police are contin…

Amherst

Nov. 1, 1945 – Aug. 21, 2013Janice D. Gill, of Getzville, an administrative assistant in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools for many years, died Wednesday after a two-year illness. She was 67.Born in the Town of Tonawanda, the former Janice Baran was a graduate of Kenmore East High School and earned a certificate in administration from Bryant & Stratton College. She beg…

LOCKPORT – Two men who admitted violating the terms of their probation sentences were ordered to spend a year in the Niagara County Jail by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas Thursday.Josh P. Czamara, 21, of Winchester Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda, had pleaded guilty last year to attempted second-degree assault for stabbing a man who was fighting with Czamara’s cousin. Czama…

Mike Greco didn’t have any girls, but that’s not stopping the Town of Tonawanda pizzeria owner from pitching in to help raise money for Mount St. Mary Academy’s band.From 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Greco’s shop, DiPaulo’s Pizzeria (571 Brighton Road, 835-6161) will be one of a dozen vying for honors at the Mountie Pizza Taste-off. The event will be held at the Catholic girls hi…

Business

Unionized workers at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. overwhelmingly approved a new four-year deal, a contract that covers about 950 employees at the Town of Tonawanda plant.Workers at the last of six Goodyear plants to cast ballots, in Alabama, finished voting Thursday. The United Steelworkers of America said members across the six plants approved the deal by a 3-to-1 margin.Me…

Mike Greco didn’t have any girls, but that’s not stopping the Town of Tonawanda pizzeria owner from pitching in to help raise money for Mount St. Mary Academy’s band.From 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Greco’s shop, DiPaulo’s Pizzeria (571 Brighton Road, 835-6161) will be one of a dozen vying for honors at the Mountie Pizza Taste-off. The event will be held at the Catholic girls hi…

Business

Paula Huber says she had nightmares she would lose her doughnut shop’s loyal following when it moved this week from Kenmore Avenue in North Buffalo to Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.Those fears, however, proved to be unfounded Wednesday at 5 a.m. when she discovered a line of customers as doors opened at the new home of Paula’s Donuts.“I’m surprised,really,” she s…

Town of Tonawanda

April 23, 1934 – Aug. 17, 2013Donald L. O’Brien, retired director of the reading clinic at SUNY Buffalo State and a longtime football referee and Muny baseball player, died Saturday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a long illness. He was 79.Mr. O’Brien joined the Buffalo State faculty in 1969 as an associate professor in the elementary education and reading department.…

Business

Customers of Paula’s Donuts – old and new – are having no trouble finding the new location on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda, which opened at 5 this morning.After losing the lease and moving out of her long-time store at 308 Kenmore Ave. last weekend, Paula Huber and her crew moved into more spacious digs at 2319 Sheridan Drive.The store was very busy – with some…

Tonawanda police charged Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop last weekend, according to police reports. Bradham’s vehicle was pulled over at about 2 a.m. Saturday for excessively tinted windows, Capt. James Stauffiger reported. During the traffic stop, Officer Howard Scholl smelled the odor of marijuana from within the v…