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Where We Live: Town of Tonawanda

Town of Tonawanda

The Ken-Ton Republican Committee’s slate of candidates for Tonawanda Town Board include a couple of people who have previously sought the office.

Michael R. Vishion, Gigi E. Grizanti and Ann M. Morelli are challenging incumbents John A. Bargnesi Jr., Lisa M. Chimera and Joseph H. Emminger. Vishion unsuccessfully ran for Town Board in 2011 and Grizanti in 2009.

“We were very fortunate this year to have been presented with a tremendous number of highly qualified individuals ... so it wasn’t an easy task for the [selection] committee,” Mark Tramont, chairman of the Republican Committee, said earlier this month. “This year, voters will have a real choice and tremendous opportunity to bring back highly qualified candidates that are willing to do the right thing for the residents and business owners of Tonawanda and not what the party wants to have done.”

Vishion is a local business owner and Grizanti is a human resources professional. Both are registered Republicans.

Newcomer Morelli is a member of the Independence Party. An accountant, she is a former leader and active member of the Ken-Ton Parent Teacher Student Association.

The committee hasn’t announced an endorsement for the position of highway superintendent; William E. Swanson is the incumbent.

In the Village of Kenmore, two trustee seats and village justice will be on this fall’s ballot. Paul P. Catalano and Salvatore Muscarella are the incumbent trustees; Scott F. Riordan is the incumbent justice.

So far, the committee has endorsed Leonard Rollo, a recent graduate of Kenmore West High School, for the Village Board.

All of the offices up for election in the town and village have four-year terms.

Also this week:

• The Tonawanda Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4 in the second-floor conference room.

• The Kenmore Planning Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor conference room at the municipal building.

• Tuesday is the deadline to register for Friday’s Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, where Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will deliver a modified version of his 2013 State of the County address. Tickets cost $18 [for a hot sandwich, soup and dessert]; register by calling the Chamber at 874-1202 or visit

• Volunteers are needed for the third annual Big Kenmore Clean Up, scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Sponsored by Kenmore Village Improvement Society, work will be done on Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road, Elmwood Avenue, Military Avenue and Mang Park. Volunteers, who are asked to bring their own tools, will meet at 9 a.m. at the Village Green in front of the municipal building. Garbage bags and disposable gloves will be provided.

• Ellwood Volunteer Fire Department is holding a “drive through” chicken dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall, 1000 Englewood Ave. The dinners, from Chiavetta’s, cost $9 each; tickets will be sold from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the fire hall and on the day of the event.