Thursday started like any other weekday for Shirley Hernandez. As she has for the last 47 years, the Kenmore Middle School lunch monitor arrived at 11:15 a.m. and kept a watchful eye as the school’s 650 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders ate in the cafeteria.But this school day ended on a special note for the 85-year-old woman when an award in her name was established t…

The local YMCA is again offering free fitness classes in parks throughout the area this summer, through a program co-sponsored by Independent Health. This year, the program expanded into Niagara County, as sessions are being held at Artpark in Lewiston.The “Fitness in the Parks” program offers classes such as pilates, yoga and cardio dance at eight parks: Artpark, Bass…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board on Tuesday tried to satisfy critics of a consolidation study by directing the superintendent to investigate the prices that two district-owned properties could fetch if they were put up for sale.The call to analyze the value and use of the administration building at 1500 Colvin Blvd. and the former Philip Sheridan Elementary Schoo…

Holmes Elementary School and Kenmore Middle School would close under an option most favored by a focus group of residents who met over the weekend to review a consolidation study for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.But school officials emphasized that the group’s input is just one part of the process.“There is nothing that’s etched in stone,” School B…

A federal security officer working at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is accused of dealing drugs.Todd Stoddard, 29, of Kingswood Drive in Cheektowaga, was arrested on felony cocaine charges Thursday night, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.Stoddard has been working as an officer for the Transportation Security Administration at the airport since No…

A 19-year-old man who was reported missing 14 months ago in Buffalo has been arrested in the May 19 slaying of the popular owner of Malone’s Bar & Grill on Delaware Avenue, Kenmore police announced Friday.Antonio Martin-Brown has been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Vincent J. Cottone, the 62-year-old bar owner.The two men were acquaintances, but poli…