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In response to two recent shootings in Buffalo, one of which claimed the life of an 18-year-old, a community forum has been planned to address the issue of violence in the city. Erie County Legislator and Buffalo mayoral candidate Betty Jean Grant and We Are Women Warriors, a family and community empowerment group, will host the forum from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in…

Kenmore East High School and Kenmore East Alumni Association will induct eight alumni into its Hall of Distinction at 7 p.m. May 12 in the school auditorium, 350 Fries Road, Tonawanda. The Hall of Distinction honors former students who throughout their lives have exhibited values, qualities and characteristics encouraged by Kenmore East High School. This year's induc…

The City of Tonawanda Fire Department has been licensed by the state to administer fentanyl to patients, which will be used by paramedics to alleviate pain in severe cases, and midozolam to suppress seizures. Capt. Joshua Lapham announced the new licensing and said new training is necessary to meet the evolving and challenging changes of medical care. Lapham said the…

The Clarence Central School District will present its $80 million budget to the public at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Clarence High School lecture hall, 9625 Main St. The budget proposes a 1.7 percent increase in the tax levy. Voters will be asked to approve the budget, elect three school board members and approve a proposition to purchase nine school…

Developers are invited to tour development sites in the Town of Tonawanda at a forum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Niawanda Park Pavilion, 600 Niagara St. In addition to the tour, there will also be information about development ready sites in the Brownfield Opportunity Area, advantages of locating in the Town of Tonawanda, case studies of successful development …

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Volunteers can help clear the way for the spring flowers on Saturday at the seventh annual Kenmore Village Improvement Society's "Big Kenmore Clean Up," which starts at 9 a.m. at the Village Green at Delaware Road and Delaware Avenue. Participants are asked to bring brooms, rakes, garden tools and gloves. Trash bags and disposable gloves will be provided. Student volunt…

The Grand Island Foundation, which has recognized distinguished alumni of Grand Island High School since 2007, is seeking nominations for the spring 2018 induction ceremony. Nominees must have graduated from Grand Island Senior High School, demonstrated excellence in his or her chosen field or profession and provided outstanding service to the community, profession or c…

City of Tonawanda Common Council members will be coming to your neighborhood at the next "Council on Your Corner" event from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Senior Citizens Center, 35 Main St. Council President Jenna Koch announced the event as a way to help keep the community informed on what's happening and share details on the future direction of the city. …

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society is looking for volunteers who would like to put their green thumbs to good use. Each year, the organization maintains and beautifies small gardens along Delaware Avenue. Those who rally to the cause as volunteers are known as "KVIS Green Thumb Helpers." Two of the gardens are at Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road and at the libr…

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Forget dumpster diving. Students from two schools will instead participate in a dumpster mural design contest to celebrate Earth Day at the Fashion Outlets Mall in Niagara Falls. Students from Charter Middle School for Applied Technologies in Buffalo and Tonawanda High School will create designs to demonstrate their vision of Earth Day and the design will be displayed o…

The Tonawanda City Schools Board of Education unanimously adopted Tuesday a proposed $33.7 million budget for 2017-18 which includes a tax increase but stays under the state mandated tax cap. The budget proposes an increase of 3.19 percent in the tax levy, from $11.4 million to $11.8 million, which would result in a tax hike of $51.40 per year for an average $92,000 hom…

Old computers, cellphones, televisions and other recyclable electronics will be collected from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant, 2995 River Road. The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has partnered with the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant to offer the no-cost collection event for the past eight years. Local manufacturer Grief joined …

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A check for $8,000 was presented to the family of Ethan Ashcroft in City of Tonawanda Police Headquarters on Wednesday by Lou Piccone and the Buffalo Bills Alumni Association. The funds were the proceeds from a celebrity bartender fundraiser. Three-year-old Ethan suffers from mitochondrial disease, a chronic and rare illness that strikes at the cellular level and may af…

The second annual Warrior Walk Wednesday, which features a walking tour that highlights the history and heritage of neighborhoods in the City of Tonawanda, will be offered on April 26. The walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in front of the historic Benjamin Long Homestead, 24 East Niagara St. The walk also will include a tour of the Long Homestead. Common Council President…

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The Town of Tonawanda Rails to Trails opened up with fanfare last year, a nearly four-mile trail atop a former railroad bed, which stretches from Kenmore Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda to State Street in the City of Tonawanda. There was a lot of prep work and cleanup to get the trail ready last season. This year's Rails to Trails Cleanup will be held on April 22, in ho…