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The Town of Tonawanda updated its cell tower ordinance and wind turbine zoning laws after more than a year of work by the Planning Board. Planning Board Chairman Kenneth Swanekamp said the challenge is that the technology is changing rapidly. "Everyone wants that service, but they don't want a cell tower in their backyard," said Swanekamp. He said the law protects re…

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Did the Kenmore Housing Authority misuse public funds to throw parties for employees? That depends on your definition of "parties." An audit report released this week by the State Comptroller's office accused the authority of using funds for "lavish holiday parties" and travel, rather than for the Authority's purpose. Kenmore Municipal Housing Director Stephen Sto…

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For City of Tonawanda park users, it's about to get easier to log on outdoors. The city has penned a tentative 15-year franchise agreement with Spectrum Cable which will give the city an increase in annual franchise fees as well as new perks, including plans to put Wi-Fi in parks and other public spaces. Mayor Rick Davis said the agreement with Time Warner expired ei…

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The Town of Tonawanda will hold a free 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament on March 3 at Kenmore West High School. Registration is required. The tournament is for boys and girls in grades 7 to 12 who live or attend school in the Town of Tonawanda or Village of Kenmore and is sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda Youth Board with support from the Town of Tonawanda Police Dep…

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Officer Thomas Kitson will receive his gold detective shield from City of Tonawanda Police Chief William Strassburg and Detective Capt. Michael Rogers at a ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday in the courtroom of Tonawanda City Hall. Kitson is a 15-year veteran of the department and has been a midnight shift officer for the past nine years.    

Ladies of Charity of Catholic Charities is collecting new and gently used linens in the Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda area to give a fresh start to people starting anew after being homeless, displaced by a fire or leaving a domestic violence situation. "Fresh start" packages contain basic household items. Collection sites are at the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department,…

Saluting Our War Heroes

Since Justin Roehner was a boy, he had wanted to serve in the military. As a teenager watching the war on terror unfold on the family's television in their Town of Tonawanda home, Roehner's resolve increased. "The events of Sept. 11, 2001, were obviously a major driving force. I would see the war correspondents in Iraq and the night-vision footage of tracers and the …

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From the revival of a shopping center in Amherst to the reopening of a former retreat for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in Evans, from a new community gathering space in West Seneca to manufacturing expansions in the Town of Tonawanda, 2018 will see significant development in Buffalo’s suburbs and in Niagara County. Here are some of the major development proposals and p…

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Civil leaders on Friday will honor the late Army Pfc. Howard M. Ehrhardt, a Western New York native who was one of the first soldiers to arrive at Dachau, the Nazi's first concentration camp, and help liberate it. On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ehrhardt's World War II military service medals, including the Bronze Star, will be presented to his so…

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Charges appear unlikely in the case of a driver who struck a teenage pedestrian Wednesday in the Town of Tonawanda, according to police. A 15-year-old boy was in stable condition and being treated for a head injury at Oishei Children's Hospital, Town of Tonawanda police said. The teen was hit at 5:54 p.m. at the intersection of Sheridan Drive and Military Road. The d…

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A child suffered a possible head injury Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Sheridan Drive and Military Road in the Town of Tonawanda, according to Town of Tonawanda Police. Town of Tonawanda Police reported the accident at 5:54 p.m. The child was taken by ambulance to Oishei Children's Hospital, where the child's condition was not immedi…

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Town of Tonawanda employees can celebrate their own birthdays with a day off, but not Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, which has been a national holiday for more than 30 years. Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger called that an embarrassment, but he said it is due to contracts with unions. Town resident Patti McFarland told the Town Board on Monday that it is "disrespect…

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Nearly 100 tax bills mailed out by the Town of Tonawanda have been returned as undeliverable despite having the correct address, according to Town Clerk Marguerite Greco. She said the town mailed 17,000 tax bills on Jan. 11. Normally, a few are returned as undeliverable when a property owner has died or moved. But this year far more were returned by the U.S. Postal Serv…

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The closing of the Huntley Power Plant is threatening to put a plug on 19 million gallons of "raw" water that several local industries get every day. For nearly a century, the coal-fueled Huntley Power Plant generated electrical power and provided the untreated water from the river to neighboring manufacturers like PeroxyChem, tire maker Sumitomo and 3M O-Cell-Sponge fo…

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Niagara Falls Boulevard is a heavily traveled thoroughfare with extensive commercial and residential development that serves as the boundary line between the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda. Officials on both sides of the road are wrestling with issues ranging from the future of the Boulevard Mall to pedestrian safety to drainage. That's why Amherst and Tonawanda are …