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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 Buffalo State C…

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 II…

Local News

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…

Niagara County

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…

Local News

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 sold…

Local News

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…

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The Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, a summer celebration along the banks of the Erie Canal, will turn 35 this year and will celebrate at its opening ceremonies at noon Sunday, July 16, on the Renaissance Bridge. The eight-day festival, a joint event by the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, includes music, a midway, food and a variety of special events. Some of t…

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A North Tonawanda woman riding on a motorcycle died Sunday and three motorcycle riders were injured when a car crossed into the oncoming lane on Route 20A in the Town of Orangeville about 11:45 a.m. and struck two bikes, State Police in Warsaw reported. Tomasa Martinez, 66, was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw, where she was pronounced dead of her in…

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ALBANY – Three felony corruption counts against state Sen. Robert Ortt were dropped by an Albany judge Tuesday just three months after the case was brought against the Republican senator from North Tonawanda by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Albany County Judge Peter Lynch tossed the case against Ortt, saying there was “no valid line of reasoning and permissible…

Local News

The twin cities of North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda share several summer events leading up the 35th anniversary of Canal Fest on July 16-23. But you don't have to wait until July. Events begin this weekend. June 3 and 4 - Weekend on the Niagara Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Niagara Street at City of Tonawanda Bandshell June 4  - Taste of the Tonawandas…

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Get ready to pay a bit more to dock your boat in the Tonawandas' Gateway Harbor this summer. The daily fee, without electricity for boats 25 feet and under, would rise from $5 to $10 under a request by the Gateway Committee. The fee for boats 26 feet to 40 feet would rise from $10 to $15. Fees to dock overnight with electric and water service would rise from $15 a day t…

If you haven't got your food truck fix in at Larkinville on Tuesday nights or at Niagara Square on Thursday afternoons, you can head over the Tonawandas on Thursday nights beginning June 8 for the Tonawanda's Gateway Market Thursdays. The joint event in the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda will have live family-friendly entertainment from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays…

A North Tonawanda man was arrested on several charges Wednesday, following what City of Tonawanda police described as a road rage incident. Douglas P. Everett, 40, of Warner Avenue, was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment after he pulled a 22-year motorist from his vehicle and began choking him, while stopped at a …

Colleges

Troy Keller became the 46th wrestler to have his name added to the extensive list of All-Americans who have grappled for Niagara County Community College. The 165-pounder ended his freshman campaign with 45 wins and six losses, the program record for technical falls in a season with 14 and a fifth-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association National…