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Over the last several weeks, principals, curriculum learning specialists and food service personnel were asked how each of four consolidation scenarios under consideration in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District would affect their staffs.School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro told the School Board on Tuesday that details about that process will be made public thi…

Sports

Jan. 4, 1931 – Dec. 10, 2013John Beishline, a prominent figure in Western New York’s running community, died Tuesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda. He was 82.The retired owner of Beishline Executive Search helped resurrect the Buffalo Marathon in 2000 and, as race director, saw the race grow each year. Under his leadership, the marathon attracted nearly 6,0…

Crime

The restaurateur who last month accused Town of Tonawanda police of harassment and racial profiling was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of strangulation and misdemeanor assault against one of his employees.Jimmy Ying, the owner of Ying’s Wings and Things at Sheridan Drive and Eggert Road, attacked the worker during an argument, according to Capt. Joseph F. Carosi.“We r…

Over the last several weeks, principals, curriculum learning specialists and food service personnel were asked how each of four consolidation scenarios under consideration in the Kenmore-Townawanda School District would affect their staffs.School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro told the the School Board Tuesday that details about that process will be made public this week…

Starting today, Sabres season ticket holders have a much better chance of enjoying their game.That’s because The Archer opens at 286 Main St., former site of the City Grill, offering antelope, bison and quail on a menu aimed at fans of white tablecloth fine dining and pregame bar eats alike.Joshua and Gladys Archer are the owners. She’s an ex-pat, 1995 Hutch-Tech class pre…

As a result of declining medical admissions, Kenmore Mercy Hospital will close its Patient Care Unit known as 3 West on Jan. 12 and consolidate remaining patients into other units of the facility, officials announced Tuesday.About 30 employees will be displaced by the consolidation of nursing units. It’s hoped that most and perhaps all of the nurses, nurse’s aides and unit…

Applications for the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center’s weight-loss program will be accepted until Dec. 20.Based on the popular TV show “Biggest Loser,” the program runs Jan. 11 to April 5 and costs $200 plus the cost of a 90-day membership to the facility. The fee includes use of the facility, a personal trainer session each week, weight-loss support system, f…

Buffalo

Fran Lucca knew he was a long way from home during his first mission on a destroyer escort. The vessel was protecting a World War II convoy of supply ships headed for Wales in an Atlantic Ocean infested with German submarines.It was damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead, in the spirit of the old Navy saying.Well, not exactly – at least not in Lucca’s case.He was below de…

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With just 17 shopping days to go, Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore tried a variation of “shop till you drop” this weekend, by giving harried parents the opportunity to “drop” and then shop.In an effort to help shoppers while also raising some funds for an alumni scholarship program, the all-girls Catholic school ran its first-ever “Holiday Drop and Shop” program for four …

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…