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The City of Tonawanda Common Council voted in favor of keeping Young Street closed for another three months, between Delaware and Main Street, but will continue to study whether to keep the closure permanent. The street has been closed since December. At Tuesday's Council meeting, Brenda Doll, of the City of Tonawanda, presented 200 signatures from people against per…

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The Spaulding Commerce Center was celebrated in 2012 for its transformation from a contaminated industrial site in the City of Tonawanda into a modern business park. But despite the more than $20.6 million investment by multiple agencies into the 47-acre site – the Spaulding Fibre Plant for more than 100 years – it remained a vacant lot since opening. On Tuesday, the…

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The Hourly Employees Association of the Town of Tonawanda, the town's largest union with nearly 200 members, has voted 112 to 69 to ratify a contract after six years without a contract. The contract, approved last week by hourly workers in the town's highway, parks water and sewer departments, will include raises each year through 2024. Retirees will have free health ca…

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This promises to be a very memorable year for friends and family members of the late James E. "Chick" Hewson, a champion rower and former Olympic race walker. After years of lobbying, nominating and circulating his name, Hewson's supporters recently learned that the native of Buffalo's Black Rock neighborhood has been selected to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.…

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The River Road on-ramp to the northbound Interstate-190 in the Town of Tonawanda will close early Tuesday morning as removal of the toll barriers continues near the South Grand Island Bridges. A two-mile detour will be posted that directs traffic south along Grand Island Boulevard, the state Thruway Authority said. Motorists will be able to get on the I-190 northbound a…

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Vivian Washington grew up in the Sheridan-Parkside neighborhood. She graduated from Kenmore West in 2009 and went on to graduate from the University at Buffalo and Boston University School of Law. She moved back home and is now an attorney practicing in Buffalo. Earlier this week, she was one of the people who crowded into a Tonawanda Town Board meeting to ask officials…

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The redesign of Parker Boulevard will be the subject of a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in DFK Pavilion in Lincoln Park on Parker Boulevard. Putting in a roundabout is part of the discussion, but not a done deal, said Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger. "There's no decision on the final design," he said. A temporary mini-roundabout, set up in August, was calle…

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A girl on a bicycle struck by an SUV on Tuesday afternoon suffered broken bones and remains hospitalized, Town of Tonawanda police said Wednesday. The juvenile, whose age was not released, was hit at about 3:50 p.m. near the intersection of Delaware Road and Highland Parkway. She suffered a broken right ankle, a broken right clavicle and other injuries and was being tre…

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A youth riding a bicycle was taken to Oishei Children's Hospital Tuesday afternoon after being struck by a car, according to Town of Tonawanda Police. The accident occurred at about 3:50 p.m. at Delaware Road and Highland Avenue in the town. The bicyclist suffered possible leg and chest injuries. Police said the driver of the vehicle showed no sign of intoxication or…

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After six years of name calling, billboards and picketing outside of Town Board meetings, the Town of Tonawanda and the Hourly Employees Association of the Town of Tonawanda, the town's largest union, appear to be close to a settlement. Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr. said prior to the board meeting on Monday that both sides settled on a proposed agreement after a marat…

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A Town of Tonawanda couple told Northeast District police that their car was riddled with gunfire as it was stopped at an East Side intersection about 2 p.m. Saturday. The man and woman said they were not hurt, although seven or eight rounds were fired into their Nissan Altima at Bennett Village Terrace and Hill Street. They told police they had stopped at the inters…

A new principal will start working at Frontier Central High School starting in June. Daniel A. Charland, the assistant principal at Kenmore West High School, will join the Frontier district and provide some stability to the principal's office after the year saw the appointment of three acting or interim principals. Jeffrey Sortisio, who had been principal for nine ye…

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Beautiful tree-lined streets are no accident in the Town of Tonawanda, which has been certified as a Tree City USA for more than 20 years. The Kenmore Garden Club, the Ken-Ton Garden Club, Praxair and the Town of Tonawanda Commission for Conservation of the Environment will celebrate its recertification with a tree dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday at Kenney Field. T…

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A public hearing Tuesday on a comprehensive plan for the community's future did not elicit any comments, but city officials are still looking for feedback. The comprehensive is available online and in the City of Tonawanda Public Library. "These are ideas from residents that were put together in a document that people that long after us are going to be following," Mayor…