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A man with a gun robbed The Corner Store at Delaware and Euclid avenues in Kenmore earlier this month and police are asking for the public's help identifying the thief. The robbery happened at 4:33 p.m. Nov. 14, said Kenmore police, who released surveillance images on Facebook on Friday. Anyone who may have information that could help to identify the suspect is asked…

Town of Tonawanda

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District has been addressing suicide prevention as they heard from the family of a student who committed suicide earlier this year, district officials said. Joseph Smajdor spoke out at a recent Town of Tonawanda board meeting and said he’d like to work with the district to launch a foundation in his grandson’s name to address soc…

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The City of Tonawanda sits as a nexus between two great bodies of water - the Niagara River and the Erie Canal. Now two recreation projects in the Tonawandas that would improve both trails and docks on the combined waterfronts are being considered for Niagara River Greenway funding. "This would really make a huge difference in the city,"  City of Tonawanda Mayor Ric…

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Town of Tonawanda libraries are offering "Books and Barks," a one-on-one reading program for kids ages 5 to 12 with Gus the therapy dog. The program is good for children who are shy about reading to other people, said Dorinda Darden, director of the Town of Tonawanda Libraries. The program started in 2015 with the help of Therapy Dogs International, which provides th…

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The Kenmore Village Improvement Society recognized 8-year-old  village resident Luca Sanfilippo on Monday with its monthly Good Neighbor Award for his efforts to light up his neighborhood with a smile and a free glass of lemonade. Luca's mother, Nicole Lamantia, said her son told her in September he wanted to open up a stand and hand out free lemonade just to make peop…

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After the hoopla of Black Friday, local businesses want shoppers to stop in and the City of Tonawanda will be making it easy to shop local on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Where else can you shop for a snake, browse for antique books, stop for a drink, meet a favorite pro wrestler and then watch some boxing? ExoticCreations, a reptile and amphibian shop, opened i…

Erie County

Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang said the Village has had great success with the rehab work done by the Buffalo, Erie, Niagara, Land Improvement Corporation, also known as the Land Bank. The  village board has decided to allow the Land Bank to consider the purchase of an abandoned property at 206 Warren Ave. in the next Erie County foreclosure auction. The Land Bank purch…

Erie County

City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis' $22.3 million budget proposal went into effect Tuesday -- after the Common Council failed to adopt an alternative budget. Davis' 2018 budget calls for an increase in property taxes of 4.99 percent, which would raise taxes nearly $90 per year for an average home. The Council held a public hearing on the budget Nov. 8, but had publis…

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Republican challenger Michael R. Young declared himself the winner Tuesday of the City of Tonawanda Third Ward Common Council seat after absentee ballots were counted and his slim lead over Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch grew slightly. Young was ahead by 11 votes after absentee ballots were counted at the Erie County Board of Elections two weeks after the Nov. 7 elect…

Erie County

The Town of Tonawanda's commitment to being a green, energy-conscious community could add up to some green in town coffers, as well. The town completed a series of actions -- including a discount solar installation plan, solar code training and the purchase of an electric vehicle and electric charging station for town use -- in order to be designated a Clean Energy Comm…

Buffalo

Children whose families may not have been able to afford a hat will be getting a NFL logo knit hat, courtesy of New Era, which donated more than 1,000 of the caps to be distributed in the Colvin Cleaners Coats for Kids drive. Colvin Cleaners officials said they are confident there will be enough winter wear for its second distribution from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov…

Erie County

The last time the mayor and trustees in Kenmore got a raise was 30 years ago, Mayor Patrick Mang pointed out in his State of the Village address Thursday. Kenmore is the largest village in Western New York (population 15,143), offers its own police and fire department and department of public works, which is more than some small cities. Mang oversees a budget of $18.…

Crime

The former treasurer of a volunteer fire department in the Town of Tonawanda has been charged with stealing $19,000 from the organization, police said. Timothy D. Kler, 35, stole the money from the River Road Volunteer Fire Company since January of this year, Town of Tonawanda police said in a news release. Kler, who was charged with third-degree grand larceny, becam…

Erie County

Tonawanda Main Street and the City of Tonawanda will celebrate the city's small town allure with "It's a Wonderful Night," a celebration of the holidays from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The Main Street event will include the annual Clinton Park tree lighting at 7 p.m. and an opportunity to meet Santa and other holiday characters, as well a ride the Clinton Park Holiday Express …

Education

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District saw a precipitous drop in its fund balance, from $50 million in 2009 to about $25 million in the following five years, but Assistant Finance Director John J. Brucato told the School Board on Tuesday that their nest egg is getting bigger. Brucato presented his forecast on finances for the 2018-19 budget to the School Board on…