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While the Town of Tonawanda has managed since 2007 to get its financial house in order, that good news should be met with a word of caution, according to an accountant who audited the town’s books at the close of last year.“You’re in good financial shape,” Thomas P. Malecki of accounting firm Drescher & Malecki told town officials Monday afternoon at a work session during …

Town of TonawandaTwo important meetings take place this week in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District’s consolidation review plan.The Ken-Ton School Board will discuss a focus group’s final report at a special meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Avenue. The public is welcome, however, no comments will be …

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One week before Western New York’s biggest and best-known gardening showcase, Garden Walk Buffalo, green-thumbed homeowners from Amherst to Lancaster proved Saturday that it doesn’t take an Olmsted-designed parkway in your front yard to have a landscape worth showing off. The tail end of a storm early in the day did not deter gardening enthusiasts from flocking to suburban…

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Robert J. D’Alimonte quit his corporate career designing websites to become a woodcarver, just as, years earlier, his Tuscarora grandfather left his construction company to carve art from bones.Hilary Weaver has a doctorate in social work and a 20-year career at the University at Buffalo. A Lakota, she also sews the traditional clothing her children wear at powwows.Zackery…

Two area school districts graduated their first students enrolled in a two-year advanced study program that gives them an edge in college admissions, and administrators say the results are encouraging.At Kenmore West High School, 46 of 53 seniors who participated in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme completed it, and 39 accumulated enough points from May ex…

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This weekend is a busy one for local self-guided garden tours. Six of them are scheduled. The real biggie – Garden Walk Buffalo with more than 380 gardens – takes place July 27 and 28; see www.gardenwalkbuffalo.com. But there are plenty of gardens in local communities to enjoy this Saturday and Sunday. And the Ninth Annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens and Starry …

A former Transportation Security Administration officer accused of being a drug dealer on the side pleaded guilty, as charged, Thursday morning to multiple counts of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.Last month’s arrest of Todd Stoddard, 29, of Cheektowaga, was spurred by a tip that he was selling cocaine near a Town of Tonawanda bar, according to Erie…

After eight months serving as Kenmore’s police chief, Peter J. Breitnauer can drop the word “acting” from his title.The Village Board on Tuesday night appointed Breitnauer to the post permanently in a 4-0 vote. Trustee Katherine J. Bestine was absent.Breitnauer had been serving as acting chief since the November retirement of Carl J. LaCorte, who died unexpectedly in Febru…

Town of TonawandaA pair of summer concert series get in full swing Tuesday.Polka band The Knewz kicks off the free Children’s Concert Series sponsored by Kenmore Village Improvement Society and Franco’s Pizza at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on the lawn of Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilber Av…

From Newstead to Springville, Erie County sheriff’s deputies arrested eight people overnight on drunken driving charges, bringing the department’s total to 188 this year, authorities said.The most serious arrests involved:Mark T. Jones, of Buffalo, who was taken into custody about 7:30 p.m. Friday, after deputies responded to a call reporting a vehicle traveling recklessly…

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Not within recent memory have the east and westbound lanes of Kenmore Avenue been simultaneously in pristine shape. But now Erie County and the City of Buffalo are pursuing a smooth path to fixing the bumpy route, which is shared by the two municipalities.It is called taking a collaborative approach to repairing a shared asset. Officials from the city and county Wednesday …

A school consolidation study under way in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District is now in the hands of its board, with the release Monday of a consultant’s final report.The report by SES Study Team of Canastota, the consulting firm hired by the School Board in August to explore the possibility of a districtwide consolidation, includes input by a focus group of 88 m…

Ducks can be adopted for race at Canal FestDucks are available for adoption for the Community Missions’ 2013 Duck Race, which will be held at 3 p.m. July 20 during the annual Canal Fest of the Tonawandas.Ducks can be “adopted” for a chance to win prizes while supporting Community Missions.Ducks can be purchased in advance by calling Community Missions at 285-3403, Ext. 222…

Town of TonawandaMary Lou Frost’s diving hobby has taken her to such exotic places as the Red Sea in Egypt, Cayman Islands, Galapagos Islands and Fiji’s barrier reef.But it was on her most recent trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands in June that the 80-year-old Town of Tonawanda resident completed her 1,000th dive.A retired Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school music teacher, F…

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On any given weekday, an army of volunteers delivers about 350 meals all over the Town of Tonawanda to residents who have difficulty grocery shopping or cooking for themselves – many of them senior citizens. New at the helm of this operation is Dan Wiles, who took over in May as executive director of Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels after retiring in January as director of the town…