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Town of TonawandaWhen the Town Board at its Nov. 18 meeting bid farewell to Ken Maving, the retiring director of the Water Resources Department, board members thanked him for his 35 years of service and lamented that they’d no longer see the colorful charts and graphs he’d become famous for.Maving, however, couldn’t stay away for long. He was rehired effective Dec. 2 as a …

Jan. 7, 1932 – Dec. 1, 2013Matthew C. Randazzo Jr., retired teacher, Korean War veteran and dedicated community volunteer, died unexpectedly last Sunday in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 81.Mr. Randazzo was a 1950 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and studied at Canisius College before he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He rose to the rank of s…

The 16th Annual Christmas Bash for Kids will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Kenmore Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave. For the donation of a $10 unwrapped toy, guests may enjoy food, beverages, crafts for kids, a football game, raffles and prizes. All proceeds benefit Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department’s food baskets and toy drive for area families in need.

The Buffalo man who was hit by a car that also killed a woman on Kenmore Avenue Thursday was listed in stable condition Friday in Erie County Medical Center. Kevin Nowak, 55, and Sandra Garner, 52, also of Buffalo, were crossing the street when they were struck by a 2013 Toyota Corolla turning left from the section of the Budwey’s supermarket parking lot controlled by a t…

Orchard Park Garden Club will sell fresh and dried arrangements, wreaths and more during Holiday in the Park, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic train depot, behind the Orchard Park Library. The sale benefits Beautify Orchard Park and the Western New York Railway Historical Society....East Aurora Garden Club will hold its Christmas “Celebration of Friendship” luncheon an…

A 52-year-old Buffalo woman died and a city man was injured when they were struck by a car as they walked across Kenmore Avenue, the Buffalo-Town of Tonawanda line, at about 4:55 p.m. Thursday.Sandra Garner died in Erie County Medical Center of injuries suffered when she was struck by a car driven by Edward Spencer, 82, according to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department…

Town of Tonawanda police today urged the public to use caution when buying and selling items on Craigslist after three victims reported being robbed last week of their items at arranged meetings.The suspect called the victims, set up a time and place to purchase what they posted on Craigslist then robbed them of their property, which included an X-box, iPad and computer, t…

People looking to pawn their jewelry, electronics or collectibles will have to look somewhere other than the Village of Kenmore for at least the next six months.The Village Board on Tuesday night enacted a six-month moratorium on pawnshops after signs advertising those services appeared in the village’s Delaware Avenue business core.“There were signs put up in a vacant sto…

The Tonawanda Town Board on Monday night unanimously approved a $3 million bond resolution related to a water-line replacement project and the cleaning and painting of a water storage tank.The project calls for spending $1.8 million to replace the six-inch main along Orchard Drive and Cleveland Drive between Delaware Road and Talbot Road, and Lumney Avenue between Brighton…

The 32-year-old convicted Tonawanda rapist taken into custody today when Jamestown police found him hiding in a garage there this morning faces arraignment in Tonawanda Town Court Tuesday on the warrant charging him with failing to register his most current address as required of all convicted New York State sex offenders.Brandon Knorr is being held tonight in the cellbloc…

Entry forms are due Friday for the 2013 Ken-Ton Energy-Efficient Holiday Decorating Contest. Sponsored by the town’s Environment Commission and the Police Club, there are three categories in which gift certificates will be awarded.Forms can be found online at www.tonawanda.ny.us or in the Tonawanda Town Supervisor’s Office at the municipal building. Judging takes place the…

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard will be the guest speaker at noon Friday for the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday luncheon in Classics V Banquet Hall, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.The cost is $20 and an RSVP is requested by today by calling 874-1202.

Education

Hoover Middle School in the Town of Tonawanda has a new kind of “glee” club.One morning each week, the school’s more than 500 students have been greeted by a positive message posted to their lockers designed to boost morale and self-esteem.Started by seventh-grader Alyssa Germano, the “Post-it Project” combines the ubiquitous sticky notes with a friendly “put-up” – the opp…

Town of TonawandaThe Town of Tonawanda Community Emergency Response Team is serving up a book full of useful tips and quick recipes in time for the holidays.The 114-page cookbook, “CERT-ified Easy Recipes and Tips,” will raise funds for the community group, which has a mission of training residents to be prepared to help themselves, their loved ones and their neighbors dur…

Food and Drink

The funny thing about the spicy mango chicken at Orchid Asian Bistro (2756 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore) is that it’s not really that spicy. At least not compared to the Thai curries elsewhere on the menu, which can be real flamethrowers at full strength.What makes the $12 entree so popular is the delicate lick of heat in its sweet and tangy sauce. Asked what’s in it, chef-owner …