Town of Tonawanda - The Buffalo News

Work to improve the Elmwood Avenue streetscape in the Village of Kenmore is expected to begin in late spring and continue through the summer, officials said Tuesday. Bids from contractors are due by March 2 for the work, which includes new 6-foot sidewalks, new driveway aprons and ADA-compliant curb ramps along the entire east side of Elmwood in the village, from Kenmo…

When two masked men with BB guns robbed the Evans Bank in the Town of Tonawanda last year, they forced their way into the vault and got away with nearly $80,000 in cash. Now, the FBI, eager to find the fugitives, is offering up to $30,000 for information leading to their arrest.   The reward, announced Tuesday at an FBI news conference in Buffalo, follows…

Registrations are currently being accepted by the Town of Tonawanda Recreation Department  for all youth softball, baseball and indoor soccer players. Registration includes spots for children 6 and older in tee-ball and youth soccer. Individual registration may be done in person at the town Recreation Department, 299 Decatur Road. Returning players may register in p…

The Town of Tonawanda Youth Bureau and Town of Tonawanda Police Club will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for grades 7 to 12 on March 4 at Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Parkway. The free tournament is open to those or live in or attend schools in the Town of Tonawanda or Kenmore. Check-in and registration will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. the morning of the t…

The musical adaption of the movie, "Legally Blonde," will be presented  at Kenmore West High School, March 9 to 11. The award-winning musical is described by critics as both heartwarming and fun as it follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dream. The production features the talents of more than 80 …

A big crowd of veterans erupted in applause after the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board approved Tuesday night a school tax exemption for veterans in an estimated 4,300 households in the district. The exemption is expected to save combat veterans $187 per year in taxes on a $100,000 assessed home, according to district officials. But it will mean higher taxes f…

Additional street lighting is being planned for a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard north of I-290 where five pedestrians have been killed by cars since June 2013 and a woman was injured while crossing Wednesday morning, officials said. "Everybody recognizes there's a need for additional lighting in that stretch," said James Hartz, director of the Town of Tonawanda's O…

Town of Tonawanda officials have been asking residents for ideas for transforming the closed Huntley Power Station property and the River Road industrial corridor for months. Now they're ready to talk about what they've learned. "Tonawanda Tomorrow," a partnership between town leaders, residents and businesses to develop a plan that grows the economy in the River R…

A 22-year-old Buffalo woman was struck Wednesday morning on Niagara Falls Boulevard near Thistle Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, the same intersection where another pedestrian was killed in August. The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to Erie County Medical Center and is listed in stable condition, said Tonawanda Police Capt. Joseph Carosi. The woman wa…

A Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools committee recommended that the district's middle and high school students start classes five minutes earlier next year – and that elementary school pupils be dismissed 15 minutes earlier. The recommendation by the committee of district workers, parents and Board of Education members was discussed by the school board at a meeting Tue…

A Kenmore-Tonawanda schools committee has recommended that the district's middle and high school students start classes five minutes earlier next year and that elementary school pupils be dismissed 15 minutes earlier. The recommendation by the committee of district workers, parents and Board of Education members is expected to be discussed by the school board at its mee…

The City of Tonawanda doubled the money it had raised to help the ill grandson of a city police detective after The Buffalo News published a story Friday about the effort. As word spread about city police officers growing beards to raise money for 3-year-old Ethan Ashcroft, area residents also stepped up Friday, increasing the donations the officers had raised from $3,4…

Supervisor Joseph Emminger mentioned a couple of major challenges facing the Town of Tonawanda  during his State of the Town address Friday. There was the expected: the closing of the Huntley Power Plant, which shut down last year after a century of operation. Then came the surprise: William E. Swanson is retiring as highway superintendent. While offering though…

City of Tonawanda Police Detective Joseph Scarpena has been a cop for 30 years. You might think he has seen it all. But he said he hasn't seen anything like this.  For the past five weeks, the entire 28-member police force has been given permission to break a department requirement that officers be clean-shaven. The cops are going hairy for a cause. They're r…

The City of Tonawanda has agreed to sell a 14-acre vacant, wooded lot along Little League Drive for $160,000 to David Home Builders so the developer can build 95 townhouse-style condominiums. The proposed project, which is subject to planning and zoning board approvals, would include 95 single-story, attached homes, with two-car garages, two-plus bedrooms, two-full bath…