What caused a Town of Tonawanda police car to erupt in flames the afternoon of Jan. 12 is unknown and will remain unknown, according to Police Chief Jerome C. Uschold. Uschold was questioned by the Tonawanda Town Board Monday after he requested permission to dispose of the totaled car, a 2015 Ford Explorer. "Totaled is being kind," said Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger.…

Many larger businesses in the Town of Tonawanda are taking advantage of Erie County Industrial Development Agency tax breaks, but the town is restarting a program to assist smaller businesses with five or fewer employees, according to Town Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger. "We just restarted the program this year," said Emminger, who noted that the Town Board awarded a…

One month after the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District superintendent retired from her post, the City of Tonawanda superintendent has also announced his plans to retire. Unlike Ken-Ton's leader, who left abruptly, leaving the district with five days to put a new interim superintendent in the role,  Tonawanda City School District Superintendent James Newton annou…

Kenmore is warning residents that its police department's non-emergency phone number has been "spoofed" and is falsely showing up on caller ID. "Be aware, the Kenmore Police Department will not call you about unpaid debts or fines," the village said in a Facebook post. Any communication from the village comes via mail and on official village letterhead, officials sai…

Could your neighbor put in a wind turbine to generate power? Not likely is the answer, as the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board discussed how to revise and toughen up its alternative energy codes. The board brought in Andrew C. Reilly, a consultant from Wendel Engineering, who praised the board for its current code, which restricts wind turbines to industrial zones. …

Amy Nienhaus got a phone call Sunday from a stranger threatening to shoot her son in the head if she didn't pay him $10,000. At the same time, a stranger was on the phone with her 15-year-old son, claiming his mother and brothers had been injured in an automobile accident – a call that also turned into a similar ransom demand. "It was very disturbing. I'm just glad…

Sumitomo Rubber Industries plans to invest $87 million over the next three years, increasing its tire making capacity at its Town of Tonawanda plant. The final site plan review will be presented to the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board on Wednesday night. Sumitomo Rubber USA, the former Goodyear Dunlop Plant at 10 Sheridan Drive/3333 River Road, employs 1,300 in the t…

Unifrax Corp. is reviving a plan to build an $18 million manufacturing facility and create 25 jobs in the Town of Tonawanda. The company proposed in 2014 building a 76,000-square-foot facility in the town's North Youngmann Commerce Center, next to its existing corporate headquarters. The town Planning Board approved the expansion that year and the Erie County Industr…

Families are invited to enjoy a meal, music and dancing at the annual Town of Tonawanda Family Valentine's Dance, 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Tonawanda Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased by Wednesday, Feb. 1. Semi-formal dress is encouraged. The event will include a meal catered by Chiavetta's, coloring, pictures, and appearances …

After conducting an 18-month waterfront revitalization study, the City of Tonawanda will unveil Tuesday a plan to improve its waterfront with more docks, more green space and greater access for residents. Consultants from Clark Patterson Lee will provide the plan to the public and the City Council from 6 to 8 p.m. in City Hall, 200 Niagara St. Some proposals that wil…

Cyber security, app design, computer animation, data analysis and operating a 3-D printers are just some of the skills student in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools are learning in their high school computer science and engineering courses. Ken-Ton, with two high schools and more than 7,100 students, since 2008 has put over a million dollars into implementing its "Pr…

What kind of tree is growing in front of your house? Maybe it's a crabapple, but is it a prairifire crabapple or snowdrift crabapple? An English oak or a bur oak? A flowering cherry or a crimson pointe plum? The Town of Tonawanda counted a total of 28,001 trees, including 30 varieties, growing on town property in a recently completed tree inventory there. A digit…

The shuttering of Huntley Station in March hit the area hard with the loss of 79 jobs and $6 million in lost revenues – $2 million to the Town of Tonawanda, $3 million to the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District and $1 million to Erie County. Town officials are also unclear what's next for the property on River Road, which had been home to the coal-fired power pl…

It's cold in February in the Buffalo area. For those who are homeless, finding a place to get out of the cold and stay warm is a struggle. To learn about that experience, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda students, parents and teachers will grab their sleeping bags and spend a night outside in the the parking lot of Hoover Middle School, protected only by a refrigerator box.…