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The Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee has voted unanimously to make Sean O’Neil its new chairman.O’Neil said he will fill out the remaining term of outgoing chairman Mark Tramont until a reorganization meeting in September. Tramont, who will now serve as the committee’s treasurer, said he stepped down due to the demands of his new position as president of St. Ma…

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Hourly workers at General Motors and Ford Motor Co.’s local plants are cashing in on their employers’ profitable 2013.United Auto Workers members at the three plants will receive profit-sharing checks that combined add up to millions of dollars, generating a potential spending boost for the local economy.GM hourly workers around the country, including here, will receiv…

Willow Ridge Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Boulevard and Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda. The club’s vice president will discuss preliminary plans for guest speakers, workshops and field trips. Doris Mohr and Adele Fletcher will present television table arrangements with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. New members and vis…

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The SPCA Serving Erie County is going public to raise the rest of the money it needs to build a new, larger shelter in a more centralized location.More than $6 million of the $8 million goal was raised during the private phase of the Raise the Roof capital campaign, according to SPCA officials. Construction is expected to start this summer and take between a year and 18 mo…

The principal at Sweet Home High School is expected to miss a couple of days of school, after she was injured while trying to break up a fight Monday.Sweet Home Principal Joleen Reinholz had to be taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with a concussion, school officials said Tuesday.“She is home now resting and recuperating,” said Don Feldmann, t…

Four public assemblies will be held on a recent report that found that the Huntley Generating Station in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County’s last coal-burning power plant, could go out of operation in the next several years.The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York will lead a discussion on the report’s findings, brainstorm what residents, workers and local governm…

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department is making some upgrades to its fleet of vehicles.At Monday night’s meeting, the Town Board agreed to call for bids on a mobile unit that will aid detectives at crime scenes and accident investigators at crash sites.“We’ve become so advanced in our crime scene and accident investigation that the time has come to have a vehicle t…

People who think they may be victims of Tonawanda Coke’s environmental crimes will get a chance to learn more about their rights under the law as part of a public forum at 6:30 p.m. March 3 at the Sheridan-Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Town of Tonawanda.The forum, sponsored by Citizen Science Community Resources, will feature federal prosecutors…

Town of TonawandaIndividuals who encounter town police officers will soon be able to rate those interactions as part of a national survey.The department is one of about 100 agencies taking part in the National Police Research Platform’s Police Community Interaction Survey, which is administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago.The goal “is to collect data that …

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On an all-too-typical chilly morning last week, Kenmore crews were called to fix three breaks in just one stretch of water main pipe under the 2600 block of Elmwood Avenue.“Any change, any ground that freezes, any movement can cause a slight crack, and then you’ve got a leak,” explained Andrew Mang, superintendent of public works in the one-square-mile village where …

A driver lost control and rammed into the Sheridan Drive side of the Stanton Optical business at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Sheridan, injuring one worker, about 9:30 a.m. Friday, according to Town of Tonawanda police. The worker, who remained conscious but was shaken up, was taken for medical treatment. The business was closed for a damage assessment and the start of repa…

Former members of a Lutheran church in the Town of Tonawanda, who have been worshipping in their pastor’s living room since breaking away from their denomination in October, have found a permanent home in North Tonawanda.Church of the Apostles, Lutheran, purchased the former 17th Avenue home of Vanguard Christian Church, which is moving to a larger building. About 60 mem…

The Kenmore Fire Department answered 1,410 calls for service totaling 5,373 man hours during 2013, Chief Brendan J. Kiefer said Tuesday night in a report to the Village Board.Kiefer said the department arrived on scene to more than half of its calls within two minutes of the call being dispatched, surpassing the National Fire Protection Association’s standards of four mi…

Town of Tonawanda police were seeking witnesses Wednesday to the collision of a van and a pick-up truck about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the River road exit of the Niagara Thruway near Grand Island Boulevard.Fire department crews used the Jaws of Life to remove a victim from one of the vehicles, but they have not released her name. She was reported to be in stable condition in E…

A 15-year-old girl who apparently ran away in late January has been located and is in good health, Town of Tonawanda police reported Wednesday.Valentina Kolock had been missing since she was dropped off at Kenmore West High School for a midterm exam on Jan. 30. She was back in the town Wednesday morning, police said.Police said the teen was found downstate Tuesday afternoo…