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Her tools are a sturdy plastic mold, a pencil stub, some water and fine-grained mortar mix scooped out of 60-pound sacks.With these humble parts, applied with skill and diligence, retired art teacher Mary VandenBergh of the Town of Tonawanda has created and sold thousands of cement stones in the shape of a large paw print. She has donated every cent of the $66,500 she has …

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Arthur J. Leeming was skinny, but he was no lightweight when it came to patriotism. He wanted in on the fight to preserve democracy during World War II.At 124 pounds, Leeming was rejected by recruiters who said he needed to put on at least 5 pounds. The 5-foot-9 West Side resident said he promptly declared war on his slender build and began gobbling bananas and guzzling mi…

The vandals drove several construction vehicles around the landfill, leaving one piece of heavy machinery stuck in a ditch, but also drove off with one piece, a 45 ton excavator which was driven though a chain link fence at the Town of Tonawanda landfill and headed north onto Hackett Drive in the City of Tonawanda, which adjoins the landfill, according to police.Police wer…

Town of TonawandaThe Ken-Ton School District is holding a free Legislative Advocacy Workshop Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Kenmore West’s Goulding Theater. The workshop is geared towards educating supporters and community stakeholders on how to advocate effectively. It is geared towards first-time advocates and those who want to sharpen their advocacy skills. Board Vice President S…

With the front door barricaded, Joe Hollywood’s girlfriend pleaded with a police dispatcher to send help to her Fries Road home. Then she noticed the fire.“Oh my God, he’s got the house on fire,” the woman screamed in a 911 call recording.“Where, ma’am?” asked the dispatcher.“He’s burning the house up,” she yelled. “I don’t know. He’s burning the house up.”Town of Tonawand…

A 43-year-old Town of Tonawanda man has been arrested in connection with a robbery just before 4 p.m. Thursday at the M&T Bank branch at 1205 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.Todd Evchich was arrested by Town of Tonawanda Police Officer Dave Coffey on Treadwell Avenue shortly after the incident.Evchich is being held on first-degree robbery and third-degree grand larceny charge…

A Town of Tonawanda man was arrested Thursday and charged with demanding money from an acquaintance and threatening him with violence.Brian Morath, whose age and address were not released, is accused of taking $70,000 from the victim over the past two months.Investigators say Morath threatened the victim with violence and later threatened to have a woman relative claim the…

A 58-year-old motorist was charged with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop early Wednesday in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported.Joseph Sardo, who lives in the Town of Tonawanda, was pulled over at Delaware and Knoche roads for failure to drive on the right side of the road, deputies said. Sardo was intoxicated, deputies said, a…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of voices opposed to high-stakes testing for schoolchildren.On the heels of last Wednesday’s Summit for Smarter Schools, which drew more than 2,500 parents, teachers and school administrators to Kleinhans Music Hall, the board voted unanimously to approve a resolution calling on the state to “sto…

An armed 43-year-old Dale Drive man surrendered peacefully to Town of Tonawanda police about 9 p.m. Tuesday after police set up for possible negotiations. The man was taken to Erie County Medical Center for mental evaluation. Police were called to Dale Drive off Ellicott Creek Road about 8:45 p.m. amid reports of a man with a gun in the 100 block of the street. Though a …

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Joe Hollywood positioned himself in a corner of his basement Monday after setting his Town of Tonawanda house ablaze – ready to shoot at police if they tried to rescue or confront him, authorities said.Hollywood, 60, had equipped himself to survive the fire at least for a while, before he succumbed to smoke inhalation. He took whiffs of oxygen from a tank beside him and po…

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Joe Hollywood always loved the spotlight, usually from the inside of his Santa Claus suit.Monday, the last day of his life, he attracted intense scrutiny for more than seven hours, as Town of Tonawanda police tried to determine whether he had killed himself in his burning home, died in the fire he set or somehow managed to escape.The mystery of Joe Hollywood’s fate through…

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Joseph M. Falzone’s love of music introduced him to the military while still in high school.“I had joined the band at Seneca Vocational but was very poor and needed a trumpet. I was told if I joined the Army National Guard, they would give me a trumpet for playing in the Guard’s band at the Masten Armory. That way, I would have a trumpet for the school band,” Falzone expla…

Town of TonawandaA pair of work sessions will be held this week by the Town Board, as it fine-tunes the 2014 tentative budget presented by Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana.The roughly $98.8 million spending plan, which is a compilation of requests submitted by department heads, reflects an approximately $3.7 million increase in appropriations from the current year. Most of th…

Oct. 9, 1925 – Sept. 21, 2013Viola M. Rosner, who managed her husband’s medical office for many years, died Sept. 21 in the Town of Tonawanda home she and her husband had built in 1962. She was 87.Mrs. Rosner was born in Willoughby, Ohio, and moved to Buffalo as a child. She graduated from Hutchinson-Central High School.She was the receptionist, secretary and bookkeeper fo…