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Winter parking rules on bus routes in Buffalo won't go into effect at least until Nov. 22, the city announced Tuesday. The regulations were slated to go into effect at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but are being delayed based on weather forecasts, a city spokesman said. Winter parking restrictions on bus routes are in effect from 1:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. until April 1. Buffalo …

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The holidays begin on Dec. 1 when Santa Claus arrives at the Village Green in front of the Kenmore/Town of Tonawanda Municipal Hall, 2919 Delaware Road. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. with hot chocolate and doughnuts, trivia and prizes and caroling. Santa arrives by fire truck at 7 p.m. to light the tree and will receive visitors inside the Municipal Building. The e…

Business

A plan to picket on Tuesday afternoon at the Schofield Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Residence has been postponed. The nursing home is located at 3333 Elmwood Ave. in Kenmore. The 120-plus workers are represented by 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East. Union management said both sides are continuing negotiations and the picket has been postponed "until further…

Town of Tonawanda

The Town of Tonawanda on Monday joined the Village of Kenmore in pushing back the date to begin enforcing its overnight winter parking ban. "Winter is on hold," crowed the Town of Tonawanda on Twitter Monday, announcing the overnight off-street ban will be delayed until midnight Nov. 22. Last week the Village of Kenmore pushed back its starting date until Dec. 1. The…

Town of Tonawanda

The parochial vicar of St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda has been sent back to his home country of India after being caught endorsing checks meant for the church's outreach program, the church's pastor told parishioners at Masses on Sunday. The Rev. Steve Jekielek announced to the congregation that the Rev. Suresh Yamarthy had been sent back…

Erie County

The Tonawanda Town Board unanimously approved a $102 million budget for 2018 Thursday that will raise annual taxes about 8 cents per day, according to Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger. At an equalization rate of 39 percent, the average home is assessed at $50,000 and has an annual tax bill which will rise $29 -- from $1,287 to $1,316 -- at $3.61 per $1,000 in 2018. Th…

Some City of Tonawanda residents doing home repairs or large clean ups have turned to portable soft-sided "dumpsters in a bag" to replace a traditional dumpster, but Building Inspector Erik Lindhurst said homeowners should not leave the bag for their weekly residential garbage pickup. Lindhurst said the dumpster bags are sold at retailers for about $29, but are clearly …

The 13th annual 5K run to benefit childhood cancer research, Lindsay's Legacy, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 in Clinton Park in Tonawanda. The run is named for Lindsay MacIver, a Tonawanda High School graduate who lost her 2 1/2 year battle with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer, in 2004 at age 21. The event has raised more than $175,00…

Politics

Republican Michael R. Young is clinging to an 8-vote lead over Democratic Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch in the race for the Third Ward City of Tonawanda Common Council. Young has 521 votes, Rautenstrauch 513, according to the Erie County Board of Elections. And with at least 33 outstanding absentee ballots, the outcome is too close to call. The winner won't be …

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Cardinal O'Hara High School's "Dress in Blue" raised $1,000 to honor Buffalo Police Department K-9 Officer Craig Lehner. The fundraiser was the largest this private school of 280 students has ever had, said Jill Monaco, assistant principal. Lehner's K-9 partner, Shield, and ATF special agent Gerry O'Sullivan (a 1982 graduate of Cardinal O'Hara) went to the school to …

Erie County

Mayor Rick Davis won re-election to a second term, by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin, defeating Republican Timothy Toth in a campaign that became increasingly heated in its final days. Toth distributed flyers with disparaging claims about Davis and his ex-wife, which caused Davis to go on social media to write that Toth had "grossly distorted the facts"and he called …

Town of Tonawanda

The 2017-18 school year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Kenmore Union School, the first school of what eventually became the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, the area's second largest suburban school district with over 7,000 students. School board member Thomas Reigstad sparked the idea, which has been posted on the school website, www.ktuf…

Education

The welding program has been expanded at Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career and Technical Center. The site at 151 Two Mile Creek Road added seven new welding booths to the existing 15, updated another booth, renovated class space and upgraded ventilation and electrical systems. A $25,000 grant from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council supplied 20 percen…

Crime

Three Tonawanda High School students were injured Friday afternoon when a motorist trying to cut off another vehicle crashed into a light pole in the school's parking lot, police said. Cameron J. Shields, 16, the driver, was issued a ticket, charging him with reckless driving and having underage passengers in his vehicle while driving with a junior license, Tonawanda ci…

Amherst

Buffalo Dental Group has outgrown its current offices in Williamsville and plans to construct a new building in East Amherst and move its practice there. The group, which also has a location on Englewood Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, has filed plans with the Amherst Planning Department for a 7,600-square-foot, single-story building that it would construct on 1.3 acre…