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Amherst says it has an un-welcome mat greeting visitors at its front door. The vacant former Red Apple gas station property at the corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Kenmore Avenue has long annoyed Amherst officials. Surrounded by concrete barriers and often home to an abandoned shopping cart, it is not the first impression the town wants to present to the tens of…

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A fire was reported Wednesday night on the roof of the Sumitomo Rubber plant, formerly Dunlop Tire. A dispatcher with the Kenmore Fire Department confirmed that a fire, which started at 10:15 p.m., was in progress at the plant, but did not provide any further information.

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Perhaps U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer had Monday night's NCAA men's basketball national championship on his mind Tuesday morning during a visit to the Town of Tonawanda. While introducing Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger, the Democratic senator from New York took note of their height difference. "He's taller than me," said Schumer. "Don't hold that against me," replie…

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CCS Oncology and its related practices employed 60 physicians at their peak, but will shrink to just eight physicians within a few weeks as the financially struggling CCS refocuses on treating cancer patients. The company plans to cut its overall workforce from the 181 employees it had in the months before it filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday to 74 employees in …

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U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer had a simple message Tuesday for NRG Energy: "Keep the water flowing." Schumer, the Senate minority leader, was in the Town of Tonawanda to call for an extension of the agreement between NRG and several industries to pump millions of gallons of Niagara River water daily from intakes at the Huntley Generating Station. The agreement involve…

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Town of Tonawanda police officers will wear mourning bands  Sunday to honor Officer Frank Pfanner, the only officer on its force reported killed in the line of duty. Pfanner was struck April 8, 1923, as he was patrolling Delaware Avenue on his motorcycle. Witnesses said a motorist in a southbound vehicle struck Pfanner at an estimated 60 mph and never slowed down. The m…

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CCS Oncology, the financially battered private cancer practice that is under federal investigation, has filed for voluntary bankruptcy protection, according to court records. The company said that the filing positions it to continue to serve its oncology patients with no interruption to the practice's day-to-day operations. CCS said in a statement Monday afternoon it wo…

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Mark Wisniewski, a self-employed eBay entrepreneur, runs his errands on foot, taking the back roads and side streets of Cheektowaga, where there is less traffic and fewer traffic signals. "Honestly, those signals don't work the way they're supposed to," said Wisniewski. "When they're prompting you to walk, the cars are still coming. They're confusing. I honestly don't e…

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Thanks to its proximity to the Niagara River and the Erie Canal, the City of Tonawanda Police Department's marine division is in prime position to respond quickly to water emergencies with its $250,000 rescue boat. Only one thing prevents that from happening: easy access to the boat, which is kept at a nearby dock and brought to the police department when it is needed. …

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The third annual Earth Day Clean Up of the Tonawanda Rails to Trails will be held April 21. Several hundred volunteers will be picking up debris and planting tree seedlings and wildflower seeds along the trail, Lincoln Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Volunteers are asked to meet at Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd., at 8:30 a.m. to receive assignments. Volunteers …

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The early-morning raid that saw FBI agents gather records at every CCS Oncology office was the first visible sign of the government's three-year investigation into possible billing fraud at the practice. The raid left some cancer patients anxious despite assurances from CCS Oncology that normal business operations will resume. "It seems like a mess. I'm not sure what…

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A Sunday City Market is coming to the City of Tonawanda. The new draw is expected to be opened to the public on Young Street, between Main Street and the Hub, on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays, from May to October. The plan for an open air market, which would feature a farmers market, crafters, produce vendors, food trucks and nonprofit groups, was presented to the …

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One Bethlehem Steel site on the waterfront is enough. Don't make matters worse by neglecting the former Huntley Generating Station, said environmental activists, teachers and others from the Town of Tonawanda. They converged Monday at the entrance to the former power plant on River Road to call on NRG Energy to evaluate the site and oversee a full cleanup of toxins f…

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Wanna buy a power plant? The Huntley Generating Station, the coal-fired power plant that shut down two years ago, is now officially for sale. The plant's owner, NRG Energy, has listed the 84-acre site with local real estate broker CBRE/Buffalo. The asking price? Neither CBRE nor NRG is saying. "We will be looking for proposals from qualified buyers, rather than se…

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The City of Tonawanda is about to address issues with sewer lines in a heavily traveled part of the community, which will create traffic problems while the work is going on. City Engineer Jason LoMonaco gave the Common Council the news during a meeting Tuesday, during which he showed officials photos of collapsed, cracked and crumbling sewer lines on Young Street, betwe…