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When Friday’s powerful rainstorm hit Western New York, Matt and Stephanie Thomas noticed a peculiar odor emanating from their basement on Dupont Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda.“Our sump pump was running a lot more than we thought it should be,” said Stephanie Thomas, 26, who has owned the home south of Sheridan Drive with her husband since March 2011.Roy’s Plumbin…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board has said all along it wants community input before deciding what action it will take, if any, in an ongoing school consolidation study.This week, board members are getting big doses of it.Tuesday, they heard feedback from a focus group of community stakeholders – many of them hostile to the prospect of closing schools. And Thurs…

A lunchtime dance party is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Kenmore’s Village Green in front of the Municipal Building.“Lunch Beat Buffalo” is sponsored by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society and is part of the civic group’s Get Fit Kenmore initiative, which encourages fitness and wellness activities.A deejay will provide dance tunes Saturday, and…

LEWISTON – Investigators on Monday identified the driver of a car in a fatal accident on Lower River Road as David Kumpf, 37, of the Town of Tonawanda.They said he was pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, of injuries he suffered when his car struck a utility pole at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the 4400 block of Lower River Road.

While the Town of Tonawanda has managed since 2007 to get its financial house in order, that good news should be met with a word of caution, according to an accountant who audited the town’s books at the close of last year.“You’re in good financial shape,” Thomas P. Malecki of accounting firm Drescher & Malecki told town officials Monday afternoon at a work session…

Town of TonawandaTwo important meetings take place this week in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District’s consolidation review plan.The Ken-Ton School Board will discuss a focus group’s final report at a special meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Avenue. The public is welcome, however, no comments will…

One week before Western New York’s biggest and best-known gardening showcase, Garden Walk Buffalo, green-thumbed homeowners from Amherst to Lancaster proved Saturday that it doesn’t take an Olmsted-designed parkway in your front yard to have a landscape worth showing off. The tail end of a storm early in the day did not deter gardening enthusiasts from flocking to subu…

Robert J. D’Alimonte quit his corporate career designing websites to become a woodcarver, just as, years earlier, his Tuscarora grandfather left his construction company to carve art from bones.Hilary Weaver has a doctorate in social work and a 20-year career at the University at Buffalo. A Lakota, she also sews the traditional clothing her children wear at powwows.Zacke…

Two area school districts graduated their first students enrolled in a two-year advanced study program that gives them an edge in college admissions, and administrators say the results are encouraging.At Kenmore West High School, 46 of 53 seniors who participated in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme completed it, and 39 accumulated enough points from May ex…

This weekend is a busy one for local self-guided garden tours. Six of them are scheduled. The real biggie – Garden Walk Buffalo with more than 380 gardens – takes place July 27 and 28; see www.gardenwalkbuffalo.com. But there are plenty of gardens in local communities to enjoy this Saturday and Sunday. And the Ninth Annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens and Sta…

A former Transportation Security Administration officer accused of being a drug dealer on the side pleaded guilty, as charged, Thursday morning to multiple counts of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.Last month’s arrest of Todd Stoddard, 29, of Cheektowaga, was spurred by a tip that he was selling cocaine near a Town of Tonawanda bar, according to Er…

After eight months serving as Kenmore’s police chief, Peter J. Breitnauer can drop the word “acting” from his title.The Village Board on Tuesday night appointed Breitnauer to the post permanently in a 4-0 vote. Trustee Katherine J. Bestine was absent.Breitnauer had been serving as acting chief since the November retirement of Carl J. LaCorte, who died unexpectedly in…

Town of TonawandaA pair of summer concert series get in full swing Tuesday.Polka band The Knewz kicks off the free Children’s Concert Series sponsored by Kenmore Village Improvement Society and Franco’s Pizza at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on the lawn of Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilbe…

From Newstead to Springville, Erie County sheriff’s deputies arrested eight people overnight on drunken driving charges, bringing the department’s total to 188 this year, authorities said.The most serious arrests involved:Mark T. Jones, of Buffalo, who was taken into custody about 7:30 p.m. Friday, after deputies responded to a call reporting a vehicle traveling reckle…