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A Town of Tonawanda police officer was slightly injured in a crash with a civilian vehicle at Colvin Avenue and Highland Parkway about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was sent home for the rest of his shift after he received some medical treatment.Both the police patrol car and the civilian vehicle were significantly damaged in the crash. No information was available on the civilia…

An elderly motorist and his two passengers were injured this morning when he drove through a red light at an Amherst intersection and hit two other vehicles, town police reported.It happened at about 9 a.m., when a car heading south on Dodge Road, driven by Leland Moody, 82, of Tonawanda, passed a red light at the intersection of French Road, police said. Moody’s car colli…

Seventy years after Carlton Small served in World War II, the Kenmore resident received the military medals he earned for his service.Small received the medals – including the Bronze Star – during a presentation by Rep. Brian Higgins, D, Buffalo; Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana and Kenmore Deputy Mayor Tim McCarthy.“Private First Class Small bravely answered…

Town of TonawandaA recent decision to close two schools within village limits is the focus of this week’s meeting of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society.Earlier this month, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board voted in favor of a district-wide consolidation plan that will, among other things, close Roosevelt Elementary School on Washington Avenue and convert Kenm…

FMC Corp. has completed the sale of a business division that includes a Town of Tonawanda chemical plant.FMC sold the division, named PeroxyChem, for $200 million to One Equity Partners, which is JPMorgan Chase’s global private investment arm. The deal was announced last year.The Tonawanda plant included in the deal, on River Road near the Goodyear Dunlop tire plant, has 1…

The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, with funding from General Motors’ Town of Tonawanda engine plant, will collect electronics and fluorescent light bulbs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the GM plant, 2995 River Road. In order to bring fluorescent tube light bulbs to the collection day, reservations are required by calling 858-4715. Residents are as…

Pedestrians trying to cross one of the region’s busiest routes should be safer with the improvements set to begin next week.New pedestrian “push buttons” will be installed at 18 intersections along a six-mile stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard in the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda, the state Department of Transportation announced Thursday.The push-button system, an $800,00…

Unifrax plans to spend about $116 million to acquire a 29 percent ownership stake in a Chinese company, Shandong Luyang Share Co. Ltd.The transaction is expected to close later this year. Once completed, Town of Tonawanda-based Unifrax will be the largest shareholder in Luyang. The deal still needs to complete several steps, including approvals from the Chinese government …

Education

A longtime educator who has had a hand in a wide range of programs from expanding broadband access in Western New York schools to creating new career and technical programs for students will retire in July. Donald A. Ogilvie, district superintendent of Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, announced Thursday he plans to retire “to focus on the growing list of t…

Ken-Sheriton Garden Club will hold its annual spring reports luncheon at noon Saturday in Windows on the Green, Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Amherst.If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin, Garden Notes, Features Department, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240. Fax: 849-3445. email: smartin@buffnews.com. All ite…

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As we walked into Exit 2 Bar & Grille, I wondered what to expect from a restaurant named after a highway on-ramp. While accurate – the Youngmann Expressway is the next turn – it would seem to betray a certain lack of creativity. ¶ Inside there was a bar full of people kicking back after work, next to a mostly empty dining room. The menu was standard tavern fare at first …

The village of Kenmore is one of two dozen finalists selected for the 2014 All-American City Award, according to an announcement by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society.The village learned Wednesday it made the cut into the finals for “the country’s most prestigious award for outstanding, community-based civic accomplishments.”The award is given annually by the National…

Tough choices about school spending continued to face many local districts Tuesday despite a slightly rosier state aid picture than expected. Several local school districts put the final touches on budget proposals they will send to voters in May. School boards have only a few weeks to finalize their spending plans for 2014-15 so residents can vote on the proposals May 20.…

Food and Drink

Balkan Dining (687 Kenmore Ave., Tonawanda) is a tiny restaurant that opened in December. A Bosnian family converted a pizzeria into a space with four tables that fill fast on weekends.Senad and Amela Soteli are offering house-made sausages, bread, salads and desserts, with paprika-powered goulash on weekends. But the most remarkable thing on their brief menu is the pita.B…

Town of TonawandaThe Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board is holding a special meeting Thursday to review applicants for the superintendent’s job.The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at the administration building, 1500 Colvin Blvd. The superintendent’s search will be discussed in an executive session. Also this week:• The Town Board will have a work session…