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Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis objects to calling the city's new "Blue and Greenways Intermodal Hub" a million dollar bathroom. "It's a lot more than that," said Davis. The city will cut the ribbon on Aug. 5 on the rest stop and plaza it spent $1.14 million to build, designed to resemble a turn-of-the-century carriage house with concrete sidewalks that resemble a bicycle…

The Citizen Science Community Resources project to collect soil samples to measure emissions from the Tonawanda Coke plant is ongoing and will offer training sessions for new volunteers who want to join CSCR in the field. Tonawanda Coke was ordered by a federal judge in March 2014 to fund the $711,000 study, Those who would like to participate must attend a 90-mi…

The annual community building campaign between local police and their neighborhoods – National Night Out – will be celebrated from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1, in Lincoln Park Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd. in the Town of Tonawanda. The Night Out event is hosted by the Town of Tonawanda Youth Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. Nati…

The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas took top honors at the 2017 American Legion Department State Convention in Syracuse on Friday. The State Convention parade features military units from across the state. The Tonawandas group was awarded first place in the American Legion category with a score of 93.44. Second place went to Yankee Doodle Band from Rensselaer wit…

A Saturday paddle festival, two bike rides and a pair of kickboxing classes are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway. Ten-mile gu…

A Silver Alert remains in effect for Harold Roberts, 79, who was last seen near Parker Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said  in a release Sunday. Roberts is described as a black male, 6 feet 1 inches tall and 130 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was wearing a baseball cap, gray checkere…

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council will vote to offer five vacant zombie properties to the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation, also known as the "Land Bank," at council's regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. Zombie properties are homes that are abandoned by a homeowner during the foreclosure process and are left in limbo by banks without …

A new plow truck, recently unveiled by the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department, will do more than just handle heavy snow. It also will honor local veterans as it travels down the road. The new addition to the fleet has been decorated to honor servicemembers, veterans and their families. Municipal employees painted an American flag, a bald eagle and graphics depicting e…

Onlookers for the Canal Fest of the Tonawandas parade sometimes start staking out their spots along the parade route as early as 3 or 4 a.m., said parade co-chairman Rob Grehlinger. "When I arrive at 8 a.m. there's already people all over the place. There are already chairs set along the parade route. Some people have rugs and tape to tape off an area," said Grehlinger.…

Joseph M. DeCecco will be sworn in as a new trustee on the Kenmore Village Board at the board's meeting Tuesday evening. DeCecco will assume the trustee position that had been held by R. Timothy McCarthy. McCarthy died on Nov. 30 after a short illness. DeCecco lives in the Village of Kenmore and works as a history and U.S. government teacher at Lackawanna High School…

A ferry to carry pedestrians and bicyclists between Grand Island and the City of Tonawanda will launch in early August, the first such service in 80 years to offer passengers a leisurely way to cross the upper Niagara River there. "We will be like the Uber on the water," said Niagara River Cruises owner and boat captain Robin Hoch. The $15 round-trip ferry service wi…

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society honored retired teacher, World War II veteran, accomplished violinist and dedicated volunteer Daniel Rydzynski at its meeting last week. Rydzynski, 96, received special recognition from the society for his contributions to society and his community. His daughter, Bette Hulley, who is a society board member, said that her father…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas will offer a wide variety of food fixes beginning Sunday, but missing will be two organizations that sold ethnic favorites – pierogi and Italian sausage sandwiches – at the festival for decades. The Renaissance Club won't be at Canal Fest with its sausage sandwiches with onions and peppers. Nor will Our Lady of Czestochowa church, which …