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A developer has received approval to build 24 apartment and town house units on a vacant City of Tonawanda lot formerly occupied by a bowling alley. Regal Property Holdings of Grand Island intends to build two buildings, each containing eight apartments and four town houses, at 377 Delaware St., near Ives Park, according to plans filed with the city. The property pre…

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After a six-year wait, a HAWK is nesting in Williamsville. The village is home to the newest high-intensity activated crosswalk, or HAWK, beacon in the region. The traffic-control devices are meant to help walkers and bicyclists safely cross busy streets, and Williamsville officials have long sought one for the heart of Main Street. Sometime Monday, the state Departm…

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The Town of Amherst and City of Tonawanda have agreed on a plan to share assessing services. Town and city officials on Thursday said the collaborative arrangement saves money for both municipalities, creates efficiencies and encourages the sharing of best practices. The city would pay Amherst $43,000 per year for the part-time services of Town Assessor David C. Marr…

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The most populous communities in the Northtowns are wrapping up their 2019 budgets, and the bottom-line results for residents are mixed. Two of the five municipalities – Amherst and the City of Tonawanda – will exceed the state property tax cap. Clarence, Grand Island and the Town of Tonawanda will raise their tax levy, the amount the towns collect in taxes, but stay wi…

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City of Tonawanda police who responded to a domestic dispute early Monday morning used a Taser on a 33-year-old man who later injured a police lieutenant, according to authorities. Police responded to an apartment on Fletcher Street where a man locked himself in a bedroom and refused to come out. Officers went into the room and the man, identified by police as Jon R. Fr…

New data from the state, which for the first time is requiring districts across New York to report school-by-school budgets, looks to give the public a clearer picture of how school districts are allocating hundreds of millions of dollars in resources. Here's what it showed for Tonawanda. https://buffalonews.com/2018/11/10/how-much-does-your-school-spend-state-manda…

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Nov. 18, 1942 – Oct. 30, 2018 Paul F. Rosa must have driven more than 850,000 miles from his Rochester home during the quarter-century he owned Rosa’s Home Stores in Western New York. “He loved the Buffalo community and he loved being a part of it,” said Dean Rallo, Mr. Rosa’s stepson. “If someone lost a house in a fire, he would quietly reach out and help them rebui…

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A City of Tonawanda man has been charged with using credit cards stolen from a vehicle in the city, police said Friday. Matthew V. Serviss, 31, of Bouck Street, was arrested Thursday afternoon during an appearance in Tonawanda City Court on an unrelated charge, city police said. The credit cards were taken last month from a vehicle on Delaware Street and were used at…

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A man hired through Craigslist to install kitchen cabinets at a Buffalo home stole the cabinets and building supplies after the customer complained about his work, according to a police report. A City of Tonawanda man told Buffalo police on Sunday that a man took the items from a home on Bush Street last Wednesday after the customer expressed dissatisfaction with the wo…

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Incumbent William J. Reece faces challenger Thomas A. Newman in the race for the First Ward seat on the Tonawanda Common Council next week. Reece was appointed to the seat in February to replace Charles Gilbert, who resigned that month to take a full-time job as Mayor Rick Davis' administrative assistant. Reece holds the Democratic, Working Families and Green party l…

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Town of Tonawanda officials have an idea about what could replace Tonawanda Coke: the Buffalo Bills. (Insert joke about exchanging one thing that stinks for another here.) Supervisor Joseph Emminger and Town Engineer James Jones want the Bills to consider building a new stadium on the site of the River Road coking plant, which is shutting down. The site is in the hea…

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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 …