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Town of Tonawanda

Jim Simmons is stepping down today from the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board as his term expires.

Simmons, 45, an optometrist who works at Olmsted Center for Sight, recounted a list of accomplishments at his final board meeting earlier this month, including an increase in the number of Advanced Placement exams taken, improved graduation rates and keeping the budget within the state-imposed 2 percent property tax cap.

“Jim’s a deep thinker,” said board president Bob Dana said. “He’s extremely good at analyzing things. He’s honest to a fault – just an outstanding individual all the way around.”

“He’s extremely intelligent. Everyone always listened when Jim had something to say.”

The board holds its organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the community room of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave. Newcomer Todd Potter, a 2009 graduate of Kenmore East High, 2012 graduate of D’Youville College and current student at the University at Buffalo Law School, was elected to the board in May along with Dana and will be sworn in then.

Also this week:

• The 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.

• Monday is the last day to pay overdue Erie County and town taxes with the town clerk. After that, they must be paid with the county. Village of Kenmore taxes paid after Monday will incur penalties but payments will be taken until Oct. 31. The clerk’s office in the municipal building is staying open an hour later Monday until 5:30 p.m. The clerk’s extended summer hours begin July 8 when the office will open 30 minutes earlier at 8 a.m. until Aug. 31.

• The town Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the second-floor conference room at the municipal building.

• An evening of fireworks, live music and a ceremony honoring the town’s World War II veterans is planned for Friday at Kenney Field. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a ceremony at the veterans’ memorial for all residents of Kenmore or Tonawanda who served in World War II. A two-hour concert of patriotic tunes by the 80-piece American Legion Band of the Tonawandas will follow at 7:15 p.m. A fireworks display sponsored by Tim Hortons, Carruba Collision and Paddock Chevrolet will wrap up the night.