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The dedication of a Crimson King maple tree, donated by the Kenmore Garden Club, will celebrate the Town of Tonawanda's commitment to the environment and its re-designation as a Tree City USA, at 9 a.m. Friday on Paramount Island, at Colvin Boulevard and Paramount Parkway. This is the 20th consecutive year that the Town of Tonawanda has been named a Tree City USA, which…

The City of Tonawanda is preparing to do $800,000 to $900,000 in street repairs. Mayor Rick Davis said the River Edge area, where streets from the late 1980s are still in place, is one area that will be addressed. Davis called those streets pretty terrible. Other streets where work is planned include: parts of Adams Street, Grove Street and Grove Place, Clinton S…

John Pawlowski, perhaps the Town of Tonawanda's most famous sub eater, got something extra with his usual order Thursday. Readers of last week's Off Main Street column learned Pawlowski eats the same sandwich, from the same deli, under the same tree on the same side street once a week, because he's a creature of habit and he likes taking a break before heading back to h…

Kenmore East High School and Kenmore East Alumni Association will induct eight alumni into its Hall of Distinction at 7 p.m. May 12 in the school auditorium, 350 Fries Road, Tonawanda. The Hall of Distinction honors former students who throughout their lives have exhibited values, qualities and characteristics encouraged by Kenmore East High School. This year's induc…

The Tonawanda Common Council recently met with representatives of Go Bike Buffalo and Aspire of Western New York, which provides support to individuals with developmental disabilities, to discuss ways to make the city more friendly for bikers, walkers and individuals in wheelchairs. The need is especially great for those in wheelchairs who can't just step over cracked c…

City of Tonawanda residents are invited to an "educational happy hour" at 5:30 p.m. May 10 in the Legion Bar and Lounge, 43 Main St., to learn more about a semester-long study of the city completed by Buffalo State students from the Department of Urban Geography and Planning. The students will present their findings, share their perspective and answer questions about th…

Unlike other high schools, there are no bells between classes in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Big Picture High School. Students huddle in small groups with teachers, who also act as advisers and life coaches. Other students wear headphones and work independently on laptops. In a small library, a designated quiet space, a student sits by himself and is allowed to sta…

Developers are invited to tour development sites in the Town of Tonawanda at a forum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Niawanda Park Pavilion, 600 Niagara St. In addition to the tour, there will also be information about development ready sites in the Brownfield Opportunity Area, advantages of locating in the Town of Tonawanda, case studies of successful development …

The late Buffalo music legend, drummer Ted D. Reinhardt, and his brother, Tom, a bass guitarist, were among a class of eight who were inducted recently into the Kenmore East High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Ted Reinhardt died at the age of 62, in a single-engine plane crash in Norfolk, Va., on March 4, 2015, which killed him, the pilot and another man. The Rein…

Volunteers can help clear the way for the spring flowers on Saturday at the seventh annual Kenmore Village Improvement Society's "Big Kenmore Clean Up," which starts at 9 a.m. at the Village Green at Delaware Road and Delaware Avenue. Participants are asked to bring brooms, rakes, garden tools and gloves. Trash bags and disposable gloves will be provided. Student volunt…

City of Tonawanda Common Council members will be coming to your neighborhood at the next "Council on Your Corner" event from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Senior Citizens Center, 35 Main St. Council President Jenna Koch announced the event as a way to help keep the community informed on what's happening and share details on the future direction of the city. …

Joshua Mueller says he understands there's a problem with rats near Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. But that doesn't mean it's OK for someone to set the jaw-style, leg iron trap that his cat came home with on his foot, Mueller told the Town of Tonawanda Town Board on Monday night. His cat suffered a "dislocated digit" and he spent $600 on veterinar…

The next phase in construction on the 37-unit apartment complex in the former St. Paul's School in Kenmore will soon begin, Larry Bicz says. Abatement work will start by the end of the week and construction is expected to take five months. Parish Apartments should open in October or November, Bicz said. Historic tax credits were key to moving the $5 million projec…

Triad Recycling and Energy in the Town of Tonawanda on Monday will co-host Open Turbine Day, an open house and Earth Day event, to show visitors the benefits of wind power. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the plant, 3755 River Road, is co-sponsored by Northern Power Systems and Buffalo Renewables. It will show off the plant's first wind turbine and the planned inst…