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A City of Tonawanda parks vehicle crashed through the ice last week while clearing snow from the Ives Park skating pond off of Delaware Street. The driver, Fred Sparks, was uninjured, according to police, but the 2016 Jeep appears to be a total loss, according to Mayor Rick Davis. It was not the first time this has happened. "It seems like every so often we have a…

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The City of Tonawanda sits as a nexus between two great bodies of water - the Niagara River and the Erie Canal. Now two recreation projects in the Tonawandas that would improve both trails and docks on the combined waterfronts are being considered for Niagara River Greenway funding. "This would really make a huge difference in the city,"  City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick…

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Tonawanda Main Street and the City of Tonawanda will celebrate the city's small town allure with "It's a Wonderful Night," a celebration of the holidays from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The Main Street event will include the annual Clinton Park tree lighting at 7 p.m. and an opportunity to meet Santa and other holiday characters, as well a ride the Clinton Park Holiday Express …

City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis' proposal to reassign seven part-time seasonal parks attendants to new positions is drawing some criticism, including from city Recreation Director Mandy Loffts. Loffts told the Common Council at its meeting Tuesday night that no one asked her about any proposed changes to her department. Loffts said she learned  from social media t…

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The Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara Coalition at Roswell Park will honor City of Tonawanda leaders and students from New Life Christian School for their initiative to establish a smoke-free parks policy at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Veterans Park. The Common Council approved the smoke-free policy at an August meeting and have begun posting signs, provided at no cost to the city b…

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Rockin' at the Hub is not about rock music. It is literally about rocks – painting them. The event will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the new bicycle hub, at 36 Young St., Tonawanda. Hosted by the City of Tonawanda Waterfront Planning Committee and City of Tonawanda Recreation Department, it picks up on a national trend of painting rocks with inspirational messages an…

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council has unanimously approved a ban on smoking in all city parks, although there's no penalty set for violators. A similar ban on smoking in parks was approved by the Buffalo Common Council in July that carried potential fines of $50 to $500 for violators. In the City of Tonawanda, officials are hoping for voluntary compliance. The …