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Aug. 25, 1928 – Jan. 11, 2020 Mary Jane Lucca, of the Town of Tonawanda, a member of a pioneering Kenmore family, died Jan. 11 in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Clarence, after a year-long bout with stenosis. She was 91. The former Mary Jane Fehan was descended from the Mang and Knab families, who provided food and shelter to St. John Neumann, founder of St. John the …

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The Town of Tonawanda plans to buy 6,050 streetlights throughout the town from National Grid and convert them to energy-efficient LED lights. This project also would see the town add new LED fixtures on utility poles along a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard where six pedestrians have died in traffic accidents over the past half-dozen years. Tonawanda officials say …

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Thirty-six years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed a law designating the third Monday of every January as a federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, state and local governments across the country again will mark the day as an official holiday for their employees. But a small number of cities, towns and villages – including a handful in Buffalo …

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Charity hockey games among volunteer firefighters and police are a highlight of this weekend's annual Winterfest event in the Town of Tonawanda. The festival started Thursday and runs through Monday. Activities include a wine tasting, an outdoor softball tournament, hay rides, biergarten, synchronized swimming demonstration, arts and crafts and other family fun, open ic…

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The federal government has finished removing decades-old radioactive waste from the Town of Tonawanda's former landfill. The cleanup led by the Army Corps of Engineers started in June and was completed in December, according to the office of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Crews removed contaminated soil and other materials to a depth of 5 feet at the 55-acre site, just…

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The owner of the former Huntley Generating Station has reached an agreement to sell the Town of Tonawanda industrial site. NRG Energy is poised to sell the River Road property to a limited liability company tied to WarrenBrook Redevelopment, according to a statement to The Buffalo News from the energy company. The statement did not provide details on who is behind Wa…

Business

Royal Car Wash's new location in the Town of Tonawanda will offer an unbeatable price for its first seven days of operations: free. The car wash is set to open with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday. It's at 2355 Sheridan Drive, just east of the town’s Rails to Trails between Caputi’s Sheridan Pub and a Family Dollar store. Anthony J. Daniele, co-owner of the busi…

Amherst

A decade-old Pittsburgh-based freight management company completed its acquisition of National Traffic Service's Amherst building last week – three months after purchasing the much older Western New York company. Target Freight Management, through Rebel Realty II, paid $792,500 for the property and facility at 151 John James Audubon Parkway, where NTS will maintain its …

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The sign propped up outside Vizzi's restaurant in Kenmore still promises customers can get "Western New York's Best Burger." But a fire in an upstairs apartment forced Vizzi's to close in December 2018. One year later – and counting – it's still not clear what sparked the blaze or whether the owner ever intends to reopen. Village police have yet to finish their inves…

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The father of a 17-year-old who was badly injured last fall while trying to walk across Niagara Falls Boulevard has notified Amherst and Tonawanda of his intention to sue. John Young's son – identified only as T.Y. – was crossing the boulevard near Roger Chaffee Drive at around 7:15 p.m. Oct. 13, when a northbound vehicle struck him, according to Young's notice of claim…

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Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District residents next month are set to vote on a planned $75 million capital project that addresses student safety. District officials have proposed construction and renovation work at Ken-Ton's five elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools, including the addition of 16 elementary classrooms. Highlights include ne…

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Hofert Jewelers spent the past 90 years trying to keep its customers happy. For the past month, workers at the Village of Kenmore institution have delivered unwelcome news: They're closing. The store survived the Great Depression, changes in fashion and taste, competition from national retailers and the internet, and the unexpected death nearly five years ago of t…

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Grab your clubs out of the basement: The Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome is reopening this week. The Town of Tonawanda announced Tuesday the dome will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday following a roughly $2.5 million overhaul of the landmark visible from the I-290 that began in June. Town officials had expected to welcome golfers last month into the renovated dome, which received…

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The Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore have lifted their overnight parking bans through the holiday season because of the favorable weather forecast for the coming week. The ban will take effect again at 2 a.m. Jan. 2, town and village officials said on Twitter on Monday afternoon. Parking is banned on town and village streets from 2 to 6 a.m. through most of t…