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Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger will deliver a State of the Town speech at a luncheon sponsored by the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 9 at Classics V Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Boulevard. Advance reservations are due by Feb. 6. The cost is $25 before that date and $30 afterward. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 874-1202 …

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council faced a firestorm when it narrowly approved a resolution to override the 2018 budget tax cap in September, as Council members and the mayor ran for re-election. City Treasurer Joseph Hogenkamp urged the Council on Tuesday to vote to override the tax cap as early as possible this year to avoid "playing a game of chicken" in September.…

Art

The City of Tonawanda hopes to erect a 16-foot-tall abstract metal sculpture that pays tribute to the Erie Canal on top of the covered canal if supporters can raise $50,000 to $60,000. The city's Visual and Performing Arts Council has commissioned sculptor Henry J. Schmidt to create a sculpture called "The Canal Remembered" that would sit in Niawanda Park along the Niag…

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Deputy City Attorney S. Michael Rua was named city attorney on an interim basis by the Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday. He replaces Ronald C. Trabucco, the city attorney for 22 years, who announced his retirement. Rua will serve in the position until the end of December, but will need to run for election in November to remain in the position. Tuesday was Trabu…

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A rolled-over truck on Delaware Avenue near the I-290 in the Town of Tonawanda has closed the southbound lanes on Delaware as well as the I-290 exit ramp to Delaware's southbound lanes. The crash was reported at about 1:50 p.m., according to the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition. The left lane in the northbound direction on Delaware is also cl…

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Tonawanda City Clerk Gayle Syposs said she never saw her job as just issuing dog licenses and marriage certificates. Instead, she saw her role as advising the City Council. "Anybody can issue marriage certificates and dog licenses, but the city clerk needs to be the eyes and ears to the City Council," she said. "My value to the Council is my history with the city." …

Remember when sneakers, T-shirts and shorts were all you needed in gym class? Students are bringing iPads to gym class at Hoover Elementary School in the Town of Tonawanda as part of the school's iFitness program, which encourages third- and fourth-graders to create physical fitness videos, integrating technology with physical fitness. Physical education teacher Heat…

Education

Assistant Superintendent of Finance John Brucato thinks the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board should propose a new $66 million capital project before the end of the year. Brucato said he thinks the district's finances are healthy enough to vote on a new project in December. Voters approved a $59 million project in 2009 and $51.6 million plan in 2014. "We try …

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The 31st annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools' SleepOut will be held at Hoover Middle School from 8 p.m. Feb. 2 to 6 a.m. the next day in the the parking lot along Sheridan Drive. Students, family members and other participants sleep outside in refrigerator boxes to raises awareness of those in need. In the 30 years since the first SleepOut was organized by the late Sa…

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All 30 officers in the City of Tonawanda Police Department have had body cameras for the past three years, but Chief William Strassburg says he would like to consider dashboard cameras for patrol cars. "At first I didn't think we needed them, because we had body cameras, but now I'm seriously considering putting them in patrol cars," Strassburg recently told the Council…

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The Town of Tonawanda will spend at least $2.7 million on general highway repairs this year. Highway Superintendent Thomas C. Jones said the final highway road repair budget will be determined once his department receives state funding. Three major road repair projects are under consideration — Willowgrove Court at Ellicott Creek Road, a $24,760 project; Abbington Av…

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The Town of Tonawanda intends to plant  510 trees over the next two years. The tree planting project was made possible through a $75,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Town crews will do the planting. Highway Superintendent Thomas Jones said in the past the town planted 100 to 200 trees a year, but those numbers have been down due to b…

Politics

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand says she has not read the new “Fire and Fury” tell-all book about Donald Trump’s White House. But she said Monday in the Town of Tonawanda that even though she has no plans to read the book now dominating the nation’s political discourse, she needs no insider account to pronounce the president unfit to lead the nation. “It seems like a lot …

The Erie County Sheriff's Office issued a Silver Alert for a missing Town of Tonawanda man who may be suffering from dementia, the Sheriff's Office said. Karl Muchow, 89, was last seen in the neighborhood of Englewood and Starin avenues, wearing a black jacket and black pants, the Sheriff's Office said Friday. He is 5 foot, 6 inches tall, weighs about 200 pounds, and…

Crime

City of Tonawanda Officer Thomas Kitson thought he saw a shadow as he patrolled the Fillmore Avenue business district at 3:55 a.m. Thursday. Then he spotted two men taking tools out of a warehouse on Peuquet Parkway, which was being used for storage by a Snap-On tool dealer. The suspects ran from the scene, police said. Matthew T. Banks-Jubert, 23, of Olcott Ave.,…