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A 31-year-old Kenmore man was charged with misdemeanor crimes of criminal trespass and criminal impersonation Friday afternoon in a printing store in the 2100 block of Elmwood Avenue after allegedly trying to pass himself off as collecting funds for a breast cancer charity and a local college scholarship fund. Update: The charges against Michael Hinckley, of Tremaine Av…

Business

You might say Goodyear’s new blimp is taking DuPont’s Town of Tonawanda plant for a ride.The DuPont plant supplied the product that protects the newest member of the famous fleet of airships from the elements.The blimp’s balloon-like body, known as the envelope, is made of polyester, with a thin film called Tedlar coating its exterior. Tedlar is made at DuPont’s Yerkes pla…

Lifestyles

Gardeners disagree on many topics, but apparently nearly all of us agree: We have had enough winter! We are desperate for spring.Linda Blyth, of the Town of Tonawanda, is an exception to the I-hate-winter crowd. She and husband Brian are growing thousands of seedlings for their enormous tour garden. Obviously a positive spirit, she sent this piece as a cheering counterpoin…

There were no pitchforks, torches or protest signs as the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District held the second of four public forums on its school consolidation plans Thursday evening in the Hoover Middle School auditorium. As for the reverberations from Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang’s complaint this week that closing two schools in the village would take the “Ken” out o…

Closing two schools in Kenmore would take the “Ken” out of the Ken-Ton School District, Mayor Patrick Mang says.“We understand that the School Board is facing some difficult decisions and that some schools may have to close,” Mang said of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District’s plans for consolidation in a news release distributed Wednesday morning. “We all face th…

A 47-year-old man has been charged with robbing an Amherst bank branch on March 18, police announced today.Ruben Gray, of the Town of Tonawanda, was arrested Tuesday following an investigation by town and Buffalo police. He remains in custody in the Erie County Holding Center.The M&T Bank branch at 3500 Main St. was robbed the afternoon of March 18.

Free babysitting will be offered to parents who want to attend the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school district’s forums on its consolidation plans at either 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. Thursday at Hoover Middle School, 249 Thorncliff Road, the district announced.The Hoover Middle PTA will provide babysitting in the school cafeteria during both sessions. At least two adults and several …

Help is on the way for pothole-plagued streets in the Town of Tonawanda.The Town Board at its meeting Monday evening unanimously approved a low bid of $237,410 from Milton CAT for a blacktop-milling machine. Delivery is expected in three to four weeks. Officials already have designated 21 lane-miles for repair.The board also agreed to buy five other vehicles – four heavy-d…

Massive traffic jams caused by black-ice spinouts on the eastbound Youngmann Highway this morning prompted Town of Tonawanda police to caution motorists.The spinouts and crashes, involving multiple vehicles, have occurred on or near overpasses at Niagara Falls Boulevard, Colvin Boulevard and Delaware Avenue, town police said.Emergency responders were at the scene or headed…

Town of TonawandaPlans to reorganize and consolidate schools in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District will be discussed at forums this week for district employees and residents.The sessions begin at 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of Hoover Middle School, 249 Thorncliff Road.A second round of discussions will take place at 4 and 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, in …

If it seems like budget gaps in suburban school districts are worse than ever this year, that’s because they are.• Frontier Central is working to reduce a $3.2 million gap.• Ken-Ton is struggling with a $3.4 million gap.• Niagara Wheatfield needs about $2.2 million in cuts to get taxes down to the tax cap.With about five weeks to go before suburban school districts must fi…

Help for housingHUD grants to area housing authoritiesAward rank Housing authority Amount 21 Buffalo $8,362,816 211 Niagara Falls $1,106,432 295 Lackawanna $807,903 550 Lockport $448,144 571 Olean $433,309 874 Dunkirk $260,105 1041 Jamestown $207,855 1049 Batavia $206,272 1052 Kenmore $205,629Source: U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban DevelopmentNote: HUD awarded nearly $1.8…

The week brought good news and disappointing news to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The authority will receive nearly $8.4 million to use toward capital improvements in its public housing properties this year, HUD announced. But local planners must start over on the more ambitious goal of gaining $30 milli…

Kenmore Middle School would close but could gain new life as an administration building under each of four reorganization plans under consideration by the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board.One to two elementary schools would be shuttered in each plan, and the entire district would be reorganized, according to the study of four possible consolidation options released T…

Crime

Tonawanda Coke on Wednesday was ordered to pay $24 million for what a judge called “singularly inexcusable” conduct that left much of the community wondering if the company created a public health crisis.The judge ordered about half of that money to go toward a University at Buffalo study that could resolve some of those doubts and decide, once and for all, whether Tonawan…