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The two largest towns in Erie County are both saying no to new cellphone towers. After Amherst joined the Town of Tonawanda in a cellphone tower moratorium this week, the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board discussed whether the two largest neighboring towns in Erie County may want to work together to adopt similar codes. The Town of Tonawanda imposed a moratorium in Ma…

The former Kenmore Teachers Federal Credit Union on Highland will become a day care center. The Town of Tonawanda Planning Board gave the go-ahead to plans for the 2,400-square-foot building at 258 Highland Ave. Danielle Kinsman said her daycare business, Jumped Up Jelly Bean, has outgrown her home. She said the new site will accommodate 34 to 36 kids. The Plannin…

American Legion Post 264 plans to open a new Vietnam veterans museum in Veterans Park, near the a Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter that was shot down in 1972 in Vietnam and installed there last year. The City of Tonawanda Common Council agreed to lease a vacant storage building adjacent to the "Remembering Vietnam Memorial" to the American Legion to convert into a muse…

Officials from Sumitomo Rubber's tire plant outlined plans for a two-story 71,000-square-foot expansion during a Town of Tonawanda Planning Board meeting on Wednesday. The planned expansion on 11 acres of land was just a portion of the overall investment on the 137-acre site at 3445 River Road, said project manager Joe Capotosta of Perry Group Engineering. A 25,000-squa…

If you make improvements to your home without a building or plumbing permit in the City of Tonawanda, expect an additional fee. Those caught working without a permit will face a fine of double the permit fee, or $50, whichever is greater, under new regulations enacted by the City of Tonawanda Common Council. This charge is in addition to other penalties for commencem…

The City of Tonawanda hopes to be rewarded with $50,000 for its efforts to be a green community. The city will seek a competitive grant through the New York State Energy and Research Development Agency and have the city designated as a "Clean Energy Community," Mayor Rick Davis said. He said the city already has tried to "lower the carbon footprint in the city" by i…

The Town of Tonawanda Planning Board is expected to discuss Sumitomo Rubber Industries' plan to build a 71,000-square-foot expansion at the board's meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The company took over the former Dunlop Plant at 3445 River Road in 2014 and last year announced plans for an $87 million investment in the tire plant over the next three years. Sumitomo make…

About 100 hockey coaches, parents and players appeared at a Town of Tonawanda board meeting on Monday to ask the town to build a new arena. The town currently has two indoor arenas at Lincoln and Brighton parks -- but the aging infrastructure of the arenas, which are 58 to 60 years old, is a concern, said Councilman Daniel Crangle. He said town officials have been di…

The environmental impact that Tonawanda Coke has had on surrounding communities is being measured in soil sample studies. Community meetings to discuss the collection of soil samples begin at 6 p.m. tonight at Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda. The soil sample studies were funded as part of an $11 million health study ordered …

The signs are bright yellow and the lettering couldn't be clearer. "11'-6" As in 11 feet, 6 inches from the surface of Young Street to the underside of the steel and concrete bridge that holds up the CSX railroad tracks above. The diamond-shaped signs have big, black arrows, one pointed up, the other down. Some versions have two extra orange diamonds, like Mickey…

Town of Tonawanda residents could get a discount on home solar energy panel installations if the town pursues a solar energy grant. Councilman William C. Conrad III recently told the Town Board that he and a committee have been working to get the town designated as a Clean Energy Community in order to compete for a $250,000 New York State Energy and Research Development…

From hot dogs to dog tricks, all things canine will be celebrated at the seventh annual Dog Days of Kenmore from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11 in Mang Park. Over 100 vendors that cater to pets and six food trucks will be featured at the event presented by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. There will also be live music and a basket raffle. Canine contests will…

Motorists may have to grit their teeth and search for a detour this weekend as a section of a well-traveled route in the Town of Tonawanda is prepared for a little bridge work. Maintenance work will start Saturday on the Interstate 290 bridge over Colvin Boulevard, otherwise known as Route 425. From about 6:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, there will likely be lane clo…

Town of Tonawanda police are asking for the public's help in locating a 15-year-old girl last seen Tuesday. Lizsandra Rivera, 15, is 5 foot 7 and weighs about 175 pounds. She has wavy, dark brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black and gray jumper and gray shoes. Police said she has friends in the Riverside area of Buffalo. Anyone who may have s…