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Carl L. Bucki performed as a child in the annual Christmas Pageant at Polish Saturday School – but the 11-year-old wanted to be home in front of the TV watching the Buffalo Bills play the Boston Patriots. “Everybody was talking about the game. It was the years of Jack Kemp and Cookie Gilchrist,” recalled Bucki, 65, who now is the chief judge for U.S. Bankruptcy Court We…

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By Barbara O'Brien and T.J. Pignataro Tonawanda Coke is planning to shut its plant Tuesday morning, according to an environmental engineer from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company employs 75 to 100 workers. The company planned to charge the last oven at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and tell employees that the facility was shutting down, according to H…

The intersection of Main and Fletcher streets in the City of Tonawanda will be closed starting Monday for the replacement of a waterline. The intersection is expected to be closed through Wednesday, and it will not reopen at night until the work is completed. Through traffic from Main to Seymour Street will be maintained, but Main Street will be closed from Fletcher …

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A federal judge is giving Tonawanda Coke more time to make a $2 million payment for community projects. U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, in a ruling this week, gave the company until Nov. 13 to make its final payment. The payment is part of the fines that Skretny levied against Tonawanda Coke after its 2013 conviction for violating the federal Clean Air Act. T…

Amherst

It's been a summer of slow going, but the end is in sight. Construction on four of the area's major highways – the Skyway, the Youngmann Highway, the Thruway and Main Street in Williamsville – will be winding down in November. That means we can leave the traffic jams, the "Lane Closed" and the "New Traffic Pattern" signs for next year. "It's been a good summer for co…

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The Tops Market on Young Street in the City of Tonawanda will not be haunted by its neighbor, Frightworld. "Buffalo's #1 Haunted Attraction," as Frightworld bills itself, tends to draw patrons who then spill into the Tops Market around the witching hour. Because of "attendees of that event," Tops spokeswoman Kathleen A. Sautter says, the market isn't open 24 hours on we…

City of Tonawanda

A Buffalo truck driver slammed the top of a tractor-trailer into the underside of a railroad bridge on Friday in the City of Tonawanda. The roof of the Coca-Cola bottling truck was damaged in the collision, which happened shortly after 4 p.m. on Young Street, Tonawanda city police said. The driver, Alex S. Gordon, 22, was not hurt and there was no damage to the CSX o…

The streets of the City of Tonawanda will be brighter as the result of a resolution adopted Tuesday by the Common Council. The measure directed Mayor Rick Davis to sign an agreement with the New York Power Authority that will lead to the installation of energy-saving LED street lights under the state’s new Smart Street Lighting Program. Council President Jenna Koch s…

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City of Tonawanda residents are invited to ask questions and share their opinions with members of the Common Council at a "Coffee with your Council" event on Oct. 13. The kaffeeklatsch will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Tonawanda Senior Center, 35 Main St. Council President Jenna Koch said members, who are starting to review the mayor's 2019 proposed city bu…

City of Tonawanda

Flurries aren't in Monday's forecast, but the City of Tonawanda is ready just in case. The city's overnight parking ban takes effect on Oct. 1 each year – perhaps the earliest starting date for any community in Erie County. Most cities, villages and towns in Buffalo Niagara wait until Nov. 1, or later, to ban parking at night on their roads. But city officials say…

Environment

Citizens from Tonawanda and Grand Island are invited to a pair of meetings to solidify mobilization efforts in advance of a Oct. 10 hearing between the Tonawanda Coke Corp. and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Citizen Science Community Resources announced Thursday. The meetings will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the River Road Fire Hall, 39 Rive…

City of Tonawanda

Overnight parking restrictions begin Oct. 1 in the City of Tonawanda. There is no overnight parking on city streets or city lots between the hours of 2 to 6 a.m. Overnight parking restrictions will remain in effect until March 31, 2019.

Buffalo

The promise of a trail network from downtown Buffalo to Youngstown will be fulfilled in the next two years, thanks to a grant announced Tuesday by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. A $6.5 million foundation grant, along with $23 million in state funding, will fill the gaps in the Niagara River Greenway, envisioned more than a decade ago as an unbroken trail along the …

City of Tonawanda

A Buffalo man was pulled over in the City of Tonawanda for driving with a cracked windshield. His bad driving record led to his arrest. The traffic stop of Gregory L. Black, 55, led to several charges as well as his arrest Sunday afternoon due to his having 20 suspensions on his driver's license over the last 20 years, police said. After being stopped on Delton St…