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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 …

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At the City of Tonawanda's foreclosure auction on Dec. 2, five of the 12 properties for sale will go directly to the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp., also known as the Land Bank. City of Tonawanda Treasurer Joseph M. Hogenkamp said the Land Bank can be used as a tool to stabilize a neighborhood. "It's not so much that you are looking to make money off (th…

The 13th annual 5K run to benefit childhood cancer research, Lindsay's Legacy, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 in Clinton Park in Tonawanda. The run is named for Lindsay MacIver, a Tonawanda High School graduate who lost her 2 1/2 year battle with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer, in 2004 at age 21. The event has raised more than $175,00…

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Mayor Rick Davis won re-election to a second term, by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin, defeating Republican Timothy Toth in a campaign that became increasingly heated in its final days. Toth distributed flyers with disparaging claims about Davis and his ex-wife, which caused Davis to go on social media to write that Toth had "grossly distorted the facts"and he called …

Education

The welding program has been expanded at Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career and Technical Center. The site at 151 Two Mile Creek Road added seven new welding booths to the existing 15, updated another booth, renovated class space and upgraded ventilation and electrical systems. A $25,000 grant from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council supplied 20 percen…

Politics

Social media has helped heat up a City of Tonawanda mayor's race, one that both candidates admit has turned nasty. Rick Davis, mayor for the past four years and Fourth Ward Common Councilman from 2006-2009, is running on the Democrat, Independent, Working Families, Green and Women's Equality lines. Fourth Ward Common Councilman Timothy Toth will be on the Republican, Re…

Environment

The federal government will remove less Manhattan Project radioactive wastes from a closed Town of Tonawanda landfill than state and local officials wanted. But local officials said this week they're relieved the Army Corps of Engineers plans to do at least something. The Corps says that its  remediation – which includes removing a 5-foot layer of soil — is a co…

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The "Helping Our Neighbors" food drive in the City of Tonawanda will collect food for needy families through Nov. 18. City Council President Jenna Koch said in an announcement that more than 130 families in the community will rely on local food pantries through the holidays. For a third year, Tops Markets has donated 110 turkeys. The public can drop off non-perish…

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Facing a demand for space in its North Youngmann Commerce Center, the Tonawanda Town Board has agreed to allow National Grid to build a new substation on Two Mile Creek to provide additional power to the business park. The new substation, which borders the City of Tonawanda, will also provide power to the "Hill" area of the city and its vacant 46-acre Spaulding Commerce…

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A plan to build a $50 million multi-use arena at Spaulding Park Commerce Center has  emerged as a contentious issue in the City of Tonawanda mayoral race, with both candidates arguing about the validity of the plan. Mayor Rick Davis says the arena project is dead. His Republican opponent,  Third Ward Councilman Tim Toth, says it's still a viable idea. Toth said Ri…

City of Tonawanda Police on Thursday were seeking a man in connection with an attempted robbery in the city. The incident took place at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at the Tops Market at 150 Niagara St. in the City of Tonawanda, according to police. According to police, the man demanded that a supermarket employee open a cash register, but fled when the employee refused. …

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Annie Draves was on her way to work when she spotted smoke, so she took a detour to see if anyone needed help. She arrived at 210 Fletcher St. at 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday before any fire trucks had arrived, and she saw 102-year-old Grace Sairo standing in a smoke-filled doorway screaming for help. Draves and another unidentified passer-by got out of their cars and helpe…

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council is eyeing a $1 million plan to improve the city's public waterfront docking facilities. Four municipal dock locations would be upgraded if the city obtains the necessary funding. They are located on the Erie Canal, along Young Street, where local vendors provide kayaks and paddleboard rentals, and along the Niagara River in Niawanda …

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Chris Kaszynski seems to be blessed with lucky numbers. The Kenmore West junior was born on the auspicious date of 01-01-01 and he will soon become Boy Scout Troop 104's 100th Eagle Scout. Chris' Eagle Scout project was to renovate and spruce up  The Teacher's Desk in Buffalo, which provides free school supplies to teachers in low income school districts. He organi…