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Oct. 27, 1927 – Nov. 2, 2017 Thomas E. Wojtaszek, who founded a political dynasty in both his professional and personal life, died on Thursday under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 90. Mr. Wojtaszek and his wife of 64 years, the former Lillian Pope, are parents to 12 children, including those who followed their father's footsteps…

A missing North Tonawanda woman and her 7-year-old daughter have been located, North Tonawanda police said Tuesday afternoon. Police agencies in Erie and Niagara counties were searching for Cynthia Kawaya and her daughter after receiving reports from the woman's family that they were concerned for her welfare. North Tonawanda police said they were found at about 2:4…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Seven of the high school football season, the last week of the regular season for Section VI Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/15/news-football-polls-week-seven/ http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/16/s…

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Four communities in Western New York will receive up to $2.5 million in state funding apiece to enhance their assets and help dress up their streetscapes to attract new businesses, residents and tourists. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the funding during a news conference Wednesday in North Tonawanda. North Tonawanda was one of the recipients of four grants from the …

High Schools

Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Five of the high school football season. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/01/news-football-polls-week-five/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 35, Cardinal O’Hara 14 Class AA Bennett 14, Cla…

Niagara County

The Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda will offer art workshops for kids, taught by award-winning illustrator Carlos Torres. A comic book art workshop will teach kids the basics for creating their own comic book pages, from character development to page layout, from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 7.  It is open to children ages 8 and up. A kids' watercolor workshop wit…

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Platter's Chocolate will celebrate National Sponge Candy Day with a three-day festival on Thursday through Saturday at the Wurlitzer Building, 908 Niagara Falls Boulevard, North Tonawanda. The Sponge Candy Fest will begin Thursday with all day sampling and candy-making demonstrations at the factory, and a magic show from 7 to 8 p.m. On Friday there will be a beer and c…

Obituaries

Oct. 1, 1943 – Aug. 14, 2017 Joseph G. “Jerry” Critelli, a retired North Tonawanda teacher, died Monday in the Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Niagara Falls, after a brief illness. He was 73. Born Joseph Gerald Critelli in Niagara Falls, and a graduate of Niagara Falls High School, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Buffa…

Obituaries

Dec. 21, 1920 – Aug. 9, 2017 Nicholas Dicky Jr., of North Tonawanda, a retired carpenter and World War II veteran, died Wednesday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a short illness. He was 96. Born on the family farm in North Tonawanda, the third of 10 children, he attended North Tonawanda High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps in World War …

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Who has the best pizza? You decide at Gateway Harbor's Pizza Fest, from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Gateway Harbor on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda. Admission is free. Participating restaurants will offer two types of pizza and a side dish or appetizer. Dessert will be provided by the Flavor Factory of North Tonawanda. Those attending will choose the "Peop…

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Those who created more than 30 artworks for a new exhibit in North Tonawanda have been challenged by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. Some have endured deeply traumatic experiences. Others have been homeless. All find therapy, and greater understanding, when drawing or painting. "If I did not have art, I don't know what I would do. It keeps…

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Onlookers for the Canal Fest of the Tonawandas parade sometimes start staking out their spots along the parade route as early as 3 or 4 a.m., said parade co-chairman Rob Grehlinger. "When I arrive at 8 a.m. there's already people all over the place. There are already chairs set along the parade route. Some people have rugs and tape to tape off an area," said Grehlinger.…

Erie County

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas will offer a wide variety of food fixes beginning Sunday, but missing will be two organizations that sold ethnic favorites – pierogi and Italian sausage sandwiches – at the festival for decades. The Renaissance Club won't be at Canal Fest with its sausage sandwiches with onions and peppers. Nor will Our Lady of Czestochowa church, which …

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DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda will cease to function as a full-service hospital as of Oct. 1, when it will stop performing surgeries and close its intensive care unit. Kaleida Health will transfer the services to another hospital within its system, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, in Amherst, and will recast DeGraff primarily as an outpatient medical c…