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An armed 43-year-old Dale Drive man surrendered peacefully to Town of Tonawanda police about 9 p.m. Tuesday after police set up for possible negotiations. The man was taken to Erie County Medical Center for mental evaluation. Police were called to Dale Drive off Ellicott Creek Road about 8:45 p.m. amid reports of a man with a gun in the 100 block of the street. Though a …

Joe Hollywood positioned himself in a corner of his basement Monday after setting his Town of Tonawanda house ablaze – ready to shoot at police if they tried to rescue or confront him, authorities said.Hollywood, 60, had equipped himself to survive the fire at least for a while, before he succumbed to smoke inhalation. He took whiffs of oxygen from a tank beside him and …

Joe Hollywood always loved the spotlight, usually from the inside of his Santa Claus suit.Monday, the last day of his life, he attracted intense scrutiny for more than seven hours, as Town of Tonawanda police tried to determine whether he had killed himself in his burning home, died in the fire he set or somehow managed to escape.The mystery of Joe Hollywood’s fate throu…

Joseph M. Falzone’s love of music introduced him to the military while still in high school.“I had joined the band at Seneca Vocational but was very poor and needed a trumpet. I was told if I joined the Army National Guard, they would give me a trumpet for playing in the Guard’s band at the Masten Armory. That way, I would have a trumpet for the school band,” Falzo…

Town of TonawandaA pair of work sessions will be held this week by the Town Board, as it fine-tunes the 2014 tentative budget presented by Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana.The roughly $98.8 million spending plan, which is a compilation of requests submitted by department heads, reflects an approximately $3.7 million increase in appropriations from the current year. Most of th…

Oct. 9, 1925 – Sept. 21, 2013Viola M. Rosner, who managed her husband’s medical office for many years, died Sept. 21 in the Town of Tonawanda home she and her husband had built in 1962. She was 87.Mrs. Rosner was born in Willoughby, Ohio, and moved to Buffalo as a child. She graduated from Hutchinson-Central High School.She was the receptionist, secretary and bookkeepe…

Kenmore Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. Jack Schifferli, Town of Tonawanda forester, will discuss trees that thrive in the area and the best locations to grow them. Town officials will present certificates of appreciation to the Adopt-a-Box participants. Guests welcome....Evans Garden Club will meet at …

While spending is up nearly $3.7 million in the Town of Tonawanda’s tentative 2014 budget, a property tax levy decrease marks the third year in a row the town’s budget has come in under the state property tax cap.Budget appropriations total $98.8 million in the proposal; the current budget totals $95.1 million. The roughly $43.7 million tax levy reflects a decrease of …

Syracuse-based KJ Electric has acquired the electric motor and repair divisions of Electro-Mech Systems Group in Niagara Falls and will move those operations to its facility in Tonawanda.Electro-Mech’s three employees, including former owner Greg Barker, will continue working for KJ, a spokeswoman said.

The races are taking shape for this November’s elections in the Town of Lancaster, where Republicans are fighting an uphill battle to wrest control of the Democratic-controlled board; the Town of Tonawanda, featuring the spirited return of a Republican who nearly won last time; Kenmore, where the battle for trustee appears to be over; and Amherst, where tens of thousands…

An acclaimed first novel for young adults about living in a polluted, industrial wasteland was shaped by the inaction of Town of Tonawanda and other government officials regarding environmental health problems.Corina Vacco, now of Berkeley, Calif., was inspired to write “My Chemical Mountain,” published the DelaCorte Press imprint of Random House Children’s Books, d…

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman made good Tuesday on threats of legal action against an embattled crematory in the Town of Tonawanda by filing a lawsuit seeking to permanently block its operation.The lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court marks the latest in a series of setbacks for the dormant Sheridan Drive crematory operated by the Amigone family, which has be…

The Bulldogs-vs.-Blue Devils rivalry would become a thing of the past under a consolidation scenario proposed Monday night by the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board.Under the scenario, one of the district’s two high schools would contain grades 10 through 12; a junior high school in the other building would contain grades 7 through 9; and there would be prekindergart…

Five Erie County companies that have been collecting debt on short-term “payday” loans will pay more than $300,000 in restitution and penalties and will cease making further collections in New York State, under a settlement announced today by the state Attorney General’s Office.“Payday loans trap thousands of New Yorkers in a cycle of debt and prey on vulnerable co…