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A public hearing Tuesday on a comprehensive plan for the community's future did not elicit any comments, but city officials are still looking for feedback. The comprehensive is available online and in the City of Tonawanda Public Library. "These are ideas from residents that were put together in a document that people that long after us are going to be following," Mayor…

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The Tonawandas will begin offering walking tours of historic landmarks beginning with the Chamber of the Commerce of the Tonawanda's Heritage Tour. A ribbon cutting will be held at 4 p.m. May 19 at the center of the Renaissance Bridge at Webster and Main streets. An online narrative will feature 26 historical landmarks in both the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. …

The City of Tonawanda and St. Francis of Assisi Church are looking for volunteers, sponsors and vendors to plan a comprehensive services fair that will offer one-stop shopping so those in need can find out what help is available. The city and church, partners in the fair, are seeking businesses, organizations and individuals to donate money or volunteer time. The first-…

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Thanks to its proximity to the Niagara River and the Erie Canal, the City of Tonawanda Police Department's marine division is in prime position to respond quickly to water emergencies with its $250,000 rescue boat. Only one thing prevents that from happening: easy access to the boat, which is kept at a nearby dock and brought to the police department when it is needed. …

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A Sunday City Market is coming to the City of Tonawanda. The new draw is expected to be opened to the public on Young Street, between Main Street and the Hub, on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays, from May to October. The plan for an open air market, which would feature a farmers market, crafters, produce vendors, food trucks and nonprofit groups, was presented to the …

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The City of Tonawanda is about to address issues with sewer lines in a heavily traveled part of the community, which will create traffic problems while the work is going on. City Engineer Jason LoMonaco gave the Common Council the news during a meeting Tuesday, during which he showed officials photos of collapsed, cracked and crumbling sewer lines on Young Street, betwe…

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The Town and the City of Tonawanda each will offer Easter egg hunts for its residents on March 24. Prize winners must be residents. The City of Tonawanda Recreation Department will hold its hunt beginning at 10 a.m. with a special "kiddie hunt" for ages 4 and under in the caretaker's building in Veteran's Park. Hunts for ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 10 will be held in the park.…

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City of Tonawanda property owners got reassessment notices in the mail last week and have until March 16 to challenge them. Joseph H. Emminger, president of the appraisal firm Emminger Newton Pigeon and Maygar told the City Council on Tuesday that a majority of property owners had their assessments rise and also saw an estimated increase in their taxes, based on current…

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The City of Tonawanda is asking any interested First Ward resident to submit a letter of interest to fill Councilman Charles Gilbert's seat. Gilbert was appointed administrative assistant to the mayor on Tuesday and in view of this, he will resign his seat on the Council, effective Friday. According to a city ordinance, vacancies in any elected office are expecte…

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A former BJ's Wholesale Club building in the City of Tonawanda was acquired this month by wholesale distributor of auto parts. Syracuse-based United Auto Supply paid $2.95 million to buy the 105,971-square-foot warehouse building at 800 Young St., according to Erie County Clerk records and Pyramid Brokerage Co., which handled the sale. The 10.5-acre property, located…

Four Erie County Probation Officers acting on a tip Wednesday, discovered a probationer in possession of large amounts of drugs and cash inside his City of Tonawanda residence. Raymond Frustino was taken into custody following the unannounced visit by the probation officers, according to the Erie County Executive's office. During a search of Frustino's residence, probat…

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The twin cities - the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda - are in separate counties, but they are joined by bridges, a Canal Fest and a harbor on the Erie Canal. In January, the two cities will apply jointly for a state Canal Corporation grant to improve harbor tourism. The statewide competitive grants range from $250,000 to $1.5 million. City of Tonawanda Mayor R…

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The Common Council is expected to vote in favor of closing a portion of Young Street for the next six months and putting a temporary ice rink on the street when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. A plan for a permanent closure of the street will be made by May 1. A large turnout of residents in City Hall late last summer overwhelming favored the plan, which wou…

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Community choirs or individuals who would like to join the chorus are invited to participate in City of Tonawanda Community Christmas caroling from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The carolers will be collecting non-perishables for the food pantry. Transpo Bus Service will provide transportation to carolers between locations. If you would like to sing or would lik…

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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…