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The 13th annual Colvin Cleaners Gowns for Prom program distributed a record 877 gowns and nearly 1,000 pieces of handmade jewelry to high school students from throughout Western New York over three days this past week at Shea's Buffalo Theatre. Young women selected from several thousand new and gently used gowns to wear to their own proms. Dresses were fitted by a profe…

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The Kenmore Village Board this week adopted a $13.86 million budget that Mayor Patrick Mang said will keep taxes down by holding down salaries of elected officials and department budgets. Mang said his salary and those of trustees have remained the same for the past 31 years. He said department budgets have had little to no increases in the past 17 years. He said the vi…

Citizen Science Community Resources, which has been sampling soil around the Tonawanda Coke plant, will offer a citizen science project on Thursday where individuals will be taught how to sample their own soil for hazardous chemicals. "We provide the tools necessary for folks to advocate for themselves," said Jackie James Creedon, a founding activist of CSCR. Creedon…

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As of now, every season is prom season in Western New York. Colvin Cleaners warehouse owner Paul Billoni announced Tuesday that Gowns for Prom has expanded and will collect both coats and gowns year-round at about 50 sites including, for the first time, at all six Erie County Department of Motor Vehicle offices. Billoni said the organization already has 2,000 new…

High Schools

Michael Maurer completed a clean sweep through high school as the Section VI individual medley champion. The Hamburg senior won his fourth consecutive title in the 200 IM, leading throughout and pulling away at the end to finish with a time of 1:57.10, on Friday at the Section VI boys swimming championships at the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena Pool. The Canisi…

Business

Three apartment complexes in Tonawanda, Kenmore and West Seneca have new owners after the completion of sales totaling nearly $3.9 million. Gregory A. Suffoletto's Standard Property Management paid $1.71 million through Parker Heights LLC to acquire the Parker Heights Apartments, located at 2652-2684 Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda, according to Erie County Cler…

High Schools

2016-17 underclassmen Section VI champions 200 individual medley – Michael Maurer (Hamburg), 100 butterfly – Michael Clough (Williamsville East), 500 freestyle – Liam O’Connell (Hamburg), 100 backstroke – Maurer (Hamburg). 2016-17 Section VI team champions Class A – Orchard Park, Class B – East Aurora, Class C – Panama. Key dates Section VI Class Championshi…

High Schools

Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…

High Schools

One nickname's roots can be traced back to a joke between teammates, while the other appears to have been born from a statistician's shorthand. Regardless of their origins, there's no denying that the acronyms FLOP and CASH have become as much a part of the Western New York Girls Hockey Federation as the players and late afternoon games. CASH has the jerseys to prove it…

Erie County

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society has provided gifts of fresh pine boughs to senior residents living at the Kenmore Housing Authority. The Greens for Seniors initiative was started by the society to provide a token gift to the more than 200 residents of the senior apartments that will serve as a reminder that they are fondly thought of during the holiday season, a…

Erie County

Each year the Kenmore Village Improvement Society hangs 46 wreaths on lampposts along Delaware Avenue made possible by donations from community members as a memorial to loved ones and special causes, but the large wreaths are also a bright spot during the holiday season. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, KVIS members and other volunteers prepared the wreaths for displ…

Town of Tonawanda

Town of Tonawanda libraries are offering "Books and Barks," a one-on-one reading program for kids ages 5 to 12 with Gus the therapy dog. The program is good for children who are shy about reading to other people, said Dorinda Darden, director of the Town of Tonawanda Libraries. The program started in 2015 with the help of Therapy Dogs International, which provides th…

Town of Tonawanda

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society recognized 8-year-old  village resident Luca Sanfilippo on Monday with its monthly Good Neighbor Award for his efforts to light up his neighborhood with a smile and a free glass of lemonade. Luca's mother, Nicole Lamantia, said her son told her in September he wanted to open up a stand and hand out free lemonade just to make peopl…

Buffalo

Children whose families may not have been able to afford a hat will be getting a NFL logo knit hat, courtesy of New Era, which donated more than 1,000 of the caps to be distributed in the Colvin Cleaners Coats for Kids drive. Colvin Cleaners officials said they are confident there will be enough winter wear for its second distribution from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov…

Town of Tonawanda

The holidays begin on Dec. 1 when Santa Claus arrives at the Village Green in front of the Kenmore/Town of Tonawanda Municipal Hall, 2919 Delaware Road. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. with hot chocolate and doughnuts, trivia and prizes and caroling. Santa arrives by fire truck at 7 p.m. to light the tree and will receive visitors inside the Municipal Building. The e…