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Clean Air will sponsor a two-hour interactive workshop – "Toward Energy Democracy" from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the American Legion Brounshidle Post, 3354 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, that will explore renewable energy in the wake of the Huntley Coal Plant closure. Rebecca Newberry, executive director of Clean Air said after the 100-year old Huntley plant closed in 2016 a bro…

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Even though the Huntley Coal Power Plant closed in 2016, its future role in the Town of Tonawanda is still an issue, said Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger in his State of Town address Friday during a luncheon at the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce. "The big story will be the same in 2018, as it was in 2017 and 2016 and will be until we find a user for the large industrial site…

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A former bagel store in the Town of Tonawanda that is now a Citizens Bank branch has been acquired by a New Jersey real estate investor. Sudhir Pakalpati of Skillman, N.J., acting through Citizen Delaware Avenue LLC, paid $1.6 million late last month to buy the 4,500-square-foot building at 3494 Delaware Ave., along with a 0.145-acre parking lot next door at 21 Hampton …

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The Town of Tonawanda plans to use a $150,000 grant to update its zoning laws. The town received the grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Association after completing a successful Solarize Tonawanda campaign to encourage solar energy installations and other green initiatives in the town. On Monday, the Town Board announced plans to use the fu…

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The Town of Tonawanda updated its cell tower ordinance and wind turbine zoning laws after more than a year of work by the Planning Board. Planning Board Chairman Kenneth Swanekamp said the challenge is that the technology is changing rapidly. "Everyone wants that service, but they don't want a cell tower in their backyard," said Swanekamp. He said the law protects re…

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The Town of Tonawanda will hold a free 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament on March 3 at Kenmore West High School. Registration is required. The tournament is for boys and girls in grades 7 to 12 who live or attend school in the Town of Tonawanda or Village of Kenmore and is sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda Youth Board with support from the Town of Tonawanda Police Dep…

Ladies of Charity of Catholic Charities is collecting new and gently used linens in the Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda area to give a fresh start to people starting anew after being homeless, displaced by a fire or leaving a domestic violence situation. "Fresh start" packages contain basic household items. Collection sites are at the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department,…

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Civil leaders on Friday will honor the late Army Pfc. Howard M. Ehrhardt, a Western New York native who was one of the first soldiers to arrive at Dachau, the Nazi's first concentration camp, and help liberate it. On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ehrhardt's World War II military service medals, including the Bronze Star, will be presented to his so…

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Nearly 100 tax bills mailed out by the Town of Tonawanda have been returned as undeliverable despite having the correct address, according to Town Clerk Marguerite Greco. She said the town mailed 17,000 tax bills on Jan. 11. Normally, a few are returned as undeliverable when a property owner has died or moved. But this year far more were returned by the U.S. Postal Serv…

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The closing of the Huntley Power Plant is threatening to put a plug on 19 million gallons of "raw" water that several local industries get every day. For nearly a century, the coal-fueled Huntley Power Plant generated electrical power and provided the untreated water from the river to neighboring manufacturers like PeroxyChem, tire maker Sumitomo and 3M O-Cell-Sponge fo…

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Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger will deliver a State of the Town speech at a luncheon sponsored by the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 9 at Classics V Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Boulevard. Advance reservations are due by Feb. 6. The cost is $25 before that date and $30 afterward. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 874-1202 …

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Late last year, Ram Ramanujam and his wife were preparing to visit Niagara Falls to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Just before they left for the trip, he learned his employer, General Motors, was transferring him here from Michigan. It wasn't just any assignment. Ramanujam was named the plant manager of GM's Town of Tonawanda engine plant, a vital piece of…

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The Town of Tonawanda adopted a Complete Streets policy on Monday, which attempts to make streets accessible to walkers, bikers, and those who are handicapped. The Complete Streets Committee has been working on the policy for the past two years, and their work including testing roundabouts on Parker Boulevard. James Hartz, director of planning and development said th…

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Dr. Huggs Car Wash announced on social media Monday that it had "closed its doors for good" at 2520 Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda. But with four remaining  locations, including another in Tonawanda on Sheridan Drive, customers will still have options to use their tokens and fill their propane tanks. Car inspections will still be available at their Gra…

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When Town of Tonawanda police respond to a car accident, fire or crime that's left a child traumatized, they'll have a new method to comfort the youngsters. Officers will soon begin handing out cuddly teddy bears to children in need. On Tuesday, Buffalo Biodiesel donated 100 Gund bears valued at $20 each to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department for the new program.…