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Dec. 7, 1928 – Dec. 9, 2018 Gloria D. McDonald, the first woman to serve on the Town of Tonawanda Town Board, died Sunday in Schofield Residence Nursing Facility, Town of Tonawanda, two days after her 90th birthday. "She was a pioneer in our Town leading the way for other women to follow in her footsteps and serve on the Town Board," the Town of Tonawanda posted on i…

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In Romania, George Piha was a prominent businessman and politician — and then after a car accident he became an OxyContin addict. Piha, who holds dual citizenship, returned to the United States and, according to prosecutors, began a statewide crime spree to feed his addiction. Piha stole from YMCAs in the towns of Tonawanda and West Seneca, the Aquatic and Fitness Cente…

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The public has until Dec. 31 to comment on the Town of Tonawanda's efforts to take over at least a portion of the former Huntley Generating Station. The Town Board is considering using eminent domain to take control of the full plant or just its water intakes and water lines. Huntley closed in 2016 and is for sale but still provides untreated water to local industria…

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In a roundabout way, the Town of Tonawanda wants to make it easier for drivers, bus passengers and bicyclists to travel one of the main east-west thoroughfares in the Northtowns. Town officials are discussing a host of changes to Sheridan Drive as it runs from Niagara Falls Boulevard to the Niagara River. The wish list includes shrinking the number of driving lanes, …

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A 20-year-old Town of Tonawanda man was in serious condition Monday morning at Erie County Medical Center, three days after a one-car crash in Cambria. Mitchell R. Rude crashed a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro into a guardrail and then went several hundred feet off the road into a wooded area near the intersection of Ridge Road and Lewiston-Cambria Townline Road at about 8:45 a.…

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District won't partner with the town to build a new recreational facility after state Education Department officials said the project isn't eligible for aid. Youth hockey proponents have sought improved facilities for years. But critics point to the estimated $8 million pricetag and say road and sewer repairs are a higher priority. …

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As he walked into the offices of Kenmore-Tonawanda Meals on Wheels Thursday morning, Dan Wiles quickly realized this was going to be no ordinary Thanksgiving. “We have a huge problem,” Stephanie Hurley, the organization’s kitchen manager told him. When he heard about the problem, “I said a very bad word,” Wiles recalled. Fifty-two turkeys, which had been roasted t…

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Transit planners have made major changes to the route of Metro Rail’s proposed extension to Amherst, hoping to significantly reduce the length of its underground section, expand economic development opportunities and save $200 million. Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority plans now call for northbound trains to exit University Station directly to Niagara Falls Boul…

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The chief executive of convicted polluter Tonawanda Coke has collected around $40,000 a year from his family’s foundation — for working two hours a week, according to the nonprofit’s annual reports to New York 's Charities Bureau. Paul A. Saffrin of Tonawanda Coke collected $37,500 as a trustee in 2015 and $42,500 the following year, according to the documents. That wor…

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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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Only one Grand Island Bridge is open to I-190 traffic traveling between the Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island this weekend. The southbound south Grand Island Bridge was closed to traffic as of 5 a.m. Saturday and will remain closed through 5 a.m. Monday, the Thruway Authority announced. Both northbound and southbound I-190 traffic are reduced to a single lane over t…

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What's the only thing better than town officials telling residents the winter parking ban is delayed two weeks? When they do it again. Town of Tonawanda residents can continue parking on the street overnight until Dec. 1. The winter parking ban was set to start Nov. 1, but the town delayed it two weeks to Thursday. Now, the town is delaying it to the end of the month…

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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…