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NORTH TONAWANDA – The Common Council on Tuesday will tackle at its work session a growing parking problem in the city. The problem is terrace parking, which means parking vehicles on the green space usually reserved for city trees, grass and utilities, in an area between the street and the sidewalk. Residents who don't have access to a driveway or have a shared drivew…

NORTH TONAWANDA - A band shell will be coming to Klimek Veterans Park on the Niagara River next summer with approval of $90,000 in funding from the Niagara County Legislature. The permanent stage will replace a mobile structure that had been used in Veteran's Park for concerts and memorials. The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017. The Legislat…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Mayor Arthur G. Pappas had proposed a zero tax increase when he presented his 2017 budget last month, but the Common Council decided his cuts may be a bit too deep. The Common Council adopted a $36.4 million spending plan, which will raise taxes from $13.35 to $13.34 – nine cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The increase in the tax bill would …

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NORTH TONAWANDA – Your favorite golf lover may appreciate a gift certificate to use at the city's Deerwood Golf Course. Certificates good for the 2017 season will be on sale 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Nov. 28 through Dec. 23 at the North Tonawanda Department of Youth and Recreation, 500 Wheatfield St. Certificates will not be available at the golf …

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NORTH TONAWANDA - The second annual "Art Off the Wall" exhibition and fundraiser will give art lovers a chance to purchase a piece of original artwork and support the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St. "Art Off the Wall" opens on Dec. 1 and will feature original artwork donated by local artists, all priced to sell at $20 each to support the Carnegie Art Center. For…

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NORTH TONAWANDA – After Thanksgiving, after Black Friday, it will be Santa Saturdays on the carousel at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 28 through Dec. 17. You can tell Santa what's on your list while you enjoy an afternoon of activities, including games, crafts, snacks and carrousel rides at the museum at 180 Thompson St. There wil…

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At age 15, Kale Shiesley isn't planning on using the swings at an elementary school playground. But even when he was attending Drake Elementary School, that wasn't an option either. Kale has spinal muscular atrophy and uses a wheelchair to get around. He is popular, with a group of close friends who surround him every day in school, but when it came time to enjoy the…

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Texas native Bill Engvall was spinning records at a Dallas strip club when he went to a comedy club with a few buddies. After a “few rounds of liquid encouragement,” Engvall took the stage, made lots of people laugh and was quickly offered a house MC gig for the club. Now the popular comedian has co-headlined a national tour (“The Blue Collar Comedy Tour”), rele…

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NORTH TONAWANDA - Tax rates will not rise and more than $1 million will be spent to improve roads and sidewalks. That's the message North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas presented to the Common Council on Tuesday, when he presented his 2017 mayor's budget. He said the key points were: a reduction of spending no layoffs no loss of city services below the t…

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On June 17, Niagara River Cruises and Twin Cities Comedy are presenting a 90-minute entertainment showcase featuring some of Buffalo’s hottest comics as the audience sails up the Niagara River. Comedy night on the Queen of Peace boat is one of Niagara River Cruise’s latest ways to find unique ways for  people to spend time on the waterfront. Owned by Robin Hoch and …

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Not many musicians can say that, at one time, enrollment in their fan club exceeded numbers claimed by either Elvis Presley or the Beatles. Yes, the 1970s were dynamite for David Cassidy. But for the former prime time pin-up - who'll roll his “Partridge Family” fame and fleet of chart-topping favorites into the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda) for an…

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Lou Gramm, the Rochester native whose lead vocals powered such hits as "Hot Blooded" and "Urgent" for the band Foreigner, is making a habit of spending time in Niagara County. The Lockport Town Planning Board this week approved a special use permit for a daylong concert to be headlined by Gramm at Spring Lake Winery in Lockport. The event is scheduled for June 18. Gramm …

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Todd Rundgren apparently likes the crowd at the Riviera Theatre. And vice versa. According to the folks at historic North Tonawanda venue, “popular demand” from fans who either caught his last show there and wanted more, or missed it and demanded a do-over, is the impetus behind their booking a return trip. “An Evening with Todd Rundgren” has been confirmed for th…

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Rainbow Roller Rink in North Tonawanda may be the best deal in town. I’ve taken my kids to Rainbow Rink many times over the years. It is always fun, clean and high energy. The music is pumping, kids and adults are skating ‘round and ‘round, having a ball. It’s just a little too busy to bring little ones, though. It’s a bit dark, loud and fast for them. So, I was…