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Chuck Sankey, Damon Piatek and Paul Christian have been endorsed by the Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee to run for Town Board seats. The Republican committee recently announced its slate of candidates, saying it will "take on the Democratic monopoly" on the Town Board. Three Democratic incumbents on the board, John A. Bargnesi Jr., who also serves as deputy s…

It was late, nearly 10:15 p.m., when 18-year-old Cassandra Butzer spotted flames on her neighbor's front porch on Elmwood Park North in the City of Tonawanda as she headed home from a dance class. Butzer stopped her car, ran onto the porch and pounded on the front door, alerting the 68-year-old homeowner, Dennis Alviti to the danger. Alviti escaped from his home without…

Tonawanda Main Street, a community group in the City of Tonawanda, is seeking new members to join its board. Tonawanda Main Street was established in 2015 by the city to establish a Main Street Program for the city’s designated downtown commercial area. Business owners and residents who are interested in revitalizing the city's Main Street area within the context o…

The Tonawanda City School Board appointed Timothy A. Oldenburg as the district's new superintendent at a special meeting Tuesday. Oldenburg, currently the deputy school superintendent in West Seneca, will return to his family's roots when he takes over the top post in July. A graduate of North Tonawanda High School, Oldenburg said his parents and late grandparents li…

A Canadian truck driver crashed a tractor-trailer into the Young Street CSX bridge Tuesday morning, causing substantial damage to the rig, City of Tonawanda police said. Kirisanthan Senathi, 24, of Scarborough, Ont., told investigators it was "his first day on the job." No injuries were reported, and trailer was empty when the crash occurred at 10:15 a.m. Senathi …

Work to make Elmwood Avenue in the Village of Kenmore safer for pedestrians and bicyclists is expected to begin Tuesday, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced Monday. The project includes new 6-foot sidewalks, new driveway aprons and curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act that will run along the entire east side of Elmwood in the village, …

In Kenmore, two men with the same name and title also have the same goal: to protect the village from harm. It's only fitting that they are father and son. Kenmore's police chief is Peter J. Breitnauer, a lifelong resident who has been on the police force since 1984 and was a Kenmore fire chief before then. His son, Peter D. Breitnauer, was appointed last month as…

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As many Western New Yorkers gear up for holiday weekend planting, a Catholic Health physical therapist offered some tips about how to avoid the toll that can come from repetitive bending, kneeling, reaching, and twisting. “Spring time is a great time to get outside and do yard work. But, I can’t stress enough to make prevention a priority,” said physical therapist…

The Tonawanda Housing Authority doesn't have a website, but its employees used office computers for online shopping and to browse porn sites. That was one of the findings – along with unfair treatment of tenants, high vacancy rates and missed opportunities to receive revenue – of a critical audit of the City of Tonawanda authority that was released Thursday by state…

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns will host a kickball fundraiser between teens and community leaders at 6:30 p.m. June 2 in the Kohler Recreation Center, 291 Kohler St., Tonawanda. The deadline to register is Friday, May 26. The fee for city officials and community leaders is $25 to play against City of Tonawanda teens. You can also sponsor a teen for $25. …

John Pawlowski won't return to his favorite tree on his favorite Town of Tonawanda street for his weekly lunch break on Thursday – or for probably the next six weeks. But it's not because suspicious neighbors scared off America's most famous sub eater. (Yes, we're serious, and more later on how the story of the Town of Tonawanda submarine sandwich standoff has gone…