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Lawyers for one of Tonawanda Coke's crucial lenders, Honeywell International, say the corporation never promised to lend the convicted polluter the $2 million needed for its final court-ordered community service payment. Beginning in April 2017, Honeywell provided three loans – mortgage notes – totaling some $8 million. But Honeywell was unwilling to provide a fourth lo…

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A proposal for a technology coach for parents is the winner of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District's first Innovation Contest. A panel of district representatives selected the idea from Kenmore West High School's David Rogalski from among five finalists, and officials now will work with him to introduce the idea on a pilot basis, the district announced last we…

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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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Kenmore residents won't have to move their cars off the street at night until after they've eaten the last of their Thanksgiving leftovers. Kenmore police announced that the village's winter parking ban, set to take effect Nov. 15, instead is delayed until Dec. 1. The village bans parking during the winter and early spring between 2 a.m. and 6 am. The ban is set to r…

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Winter parking restrictions in Cheektowaga and the Town of Tonawanda have been delayed. Cheektowaga's winter parking restrictions were scheduled to go into effect Thursday, but that has been pushed back to Nov. 10. Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski said the town will reevaluate the status of its overnight winter parking ban at that time, based on addition…

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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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Tonawanda residents have two more weeks to clear space in their garages before the town's winter parking ban goes into effect. The town on Monday said it will delay the overnight parking restrictions, set to take effect Thursday, until Nov. 15. The rules ban parking on town streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. through the winter and early spring. Though the ban is li…

History

Dennis Louth was in combat near Pleiku, South Vietnam, for 48 consecutive days in 1967, but one day stands out. That was the day the gunner had to fly a Huey helicopter back to its base under fire after the pilot was killed and the co-pilot was mortally wounded. Louth was an Army helicopter mechanic and a door gunner. His job was to sit in the open door of the helico…

June 25, 1927 - Oct. 25, 2018 Sally A. Hurley of the Town of Tonawanda, a longtime teacher in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, died Thursday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital following a short illness. She was 91. The third of five children born to Joseph Hurley and the former Margaret Roach, Ms. Hurley was a graduate of St. Paul's grammar school in Kenmore and…

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The Village of Kenmore has named a new police chief to replace Peter Breitnauer, who resigned 10 days after his arrest on a federal drug charge. The Village Board, at its Oct. 16 meeting, promoted Kenmore Police Capt. T.J. Phillips to the $112,000-a-year job after accepting Breitnauer's resignation at the same meeting, said Clerk/Treasurer Kathleen Johnson. Breitnaue…

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A funeral service for Seth M. Creenan, the 8-year-old who died last week in a house fire, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Creenan, a third-grader at Glendale Elementary School, died after his family's home on Sunset Terrace in the Town of Tonawanda caught fire Thursday night. Investigato…

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A 40-year-old tourist from from Pakistan died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on the I-290, Town of Tonawanda police said. Police identified the victim as Hamad Mir. Mir, who was pinned beneath the steering wheel of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The crash, which happened at about 12:30 a.m. on the I-290 westbound near Colvin Boul…

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He lives in a $400,000 house far from his company's smokestacks, which for years rained benzene over working-class neighborhoods. His CEO grandfather brought him into the coke-making business at a young age and prepped him to take over some day. The grandfather gave the young Paul A. Saffrin a great opportunity soon after he graduated from college: travel abroad to find…

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Bill Pilkington has been disgusted for years by the odors he says come from the crematory behind his Town of Tonawanda home, but he was horrified when he went to the wake of an old fishing buddy, and realized that he could have smelled his friend being cremated two days before that. "That might have been Eddie, that upset me to no end," he said. The Sheridan Park cre…