The City of Tonawanda continues to "Go Red for Jed" with a blood drive that will honor a special young man who died from cancer complications in 2015. Jedediah Woomer, a 19-year-old Eagle Scout and 2014 graduate of Tonawanda High School, died on April 8, 2015 following complications from synovial sarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer. Tonawanda city firefighters…

A Tonawanda mother wasn't feeling well earlier this week, but one of her daughters had to get to dance class. So the mom put her 15-year-old daughter behind the wheel to transport her 10-year-old sibling there, according to the State Police. A trooper pulled over a speeding car on Interstate-290 in Amherst early Monday night and found the teenager in the driver's s…

Eita Nanda, a Kenmore West 11th grade student, has won first place in the grade 9 to 12 division of the  Healthy Choices Art and Poetry Contest. The contest was sponsored by Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She was recently honored, along with other award winners, parents and educators, at an event at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Students were…

When power was knocked out in the City of Tonawanda last spring, a decades-old emergency generator failed to fully restore power to City Hall and the police department dispatch center there. City Council President Jenna Koch noted that the generator dates back to the day when City Hall opened in 1959. She said this is part of the reason why the cost to install a new gen…

A woman discovered dead on the side of the road was identified Monday as EvaJean Toth, 62, of the City of Tonawanda, by the Town of Tonawanda Police. According to the Erie County Medical Examiner's office, Toth died of natural causes. There were no signs of foul play and no trauma. Tonawanda Police Capt. Joseph F. Carosi said Toth was discovered dead on the side of t…

The Tonawanda Rails to Trails had a successful grand opening this summer, but town officials are already moving forward on the next step – a $330,000 enhancement project that will provide better access to the 3.9 mile trail from 12 intersections along it. The town plans to seek major funding for the project from the Niagara River Greenway Commission. The proposed T…

An elderly woman was found dead on the side of the road in the Town of Tonawanda on Friday morning, police said. The woman's body was discovered on a grassy area next to Colvin Boulevard Extension near Lorelee Drive, said Tonawanda Police Capt. Joseph Carosi. A motorist driving by at about 6:40 a.m. noticed a person on the ground and called police. Authorities found …

A Town of Tonawanda police car erupted in flames Thursday afternoon and the officer inside escaped before it became engulfed in fire, authorities said. Officer Adam Cavarello was on patrol about 1:30 p.m. when he noticed smoke coming from the dashboard area inside the cruiser, Capt. Joseph Carosi said. "He was able to pull over, remove some equipment, and get a safe…

An Erie County grand jury has indicted a Buffalo man on charges he assaulted a 22-month-old boy in October, Town of Tonawanda police said. Officers responded to a home on the 2600 block of Sheridan Drive on Oct. 5 for the report of an unresponsive baby, according to police. The injured child was taken to Women & Children's Hospital and diagnosed with a subdur…

A familiar face is returning to lead the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District as interim superintendent. Stephen A. Bovino, former assistant superintendent for human resources, who retired Sept. 30 after 9½ years in the role, is taking over from Dawn F. Mirand, who surprised many in the district on Thursday by announcing she would retire in five days. The Schoo…

Dawn F. Mirand is retiring after nearly 2½ years as superintendent of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, and the public was given five days notice. Mirand, 56, made the surprise announcement by email Thursday morning to district faculty and staff. "After over 31 years in education, it's time for a new adventure!" she wrote in the email obtained and ver…

The new year begins with a new coffee shop in the heart of the Village of Kenmore. SPoT Coffee opens at 6 a.m. Friday at 1 Delaware Road, the former George Washington School. The location fills a need for a relaxed coffeehouse atmosphere in the village's main business district. "It's a neighborhood that needs a coffee shop like this and we're very happy to provide t…

Members of the Tonawanda Town Board this year will earn the same salaries they did 11 years ago, while non-bargaining employees will receive "small" raises, Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger said Tuesday. A new salary and pay schedule for town officials, as well as for town employees not covered by collective-bargaining agreements, was part of a lengthy agenda for the Town …

Erie County's deputy budget director, Timothy Callan, will leave his influential government position and take a considerable pay cut to become a community development coordinator with the Town of Tonawanda. His impending departure, after 13 years of rising through the ranks in county government, comes as a surprise to many given his role as a hands-on troubleshooter and…