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There’s no shortage of people who feel they are victims of Tonawanda Coke.The question now being asked is whether they are victims under the law.If federal prosecutors have their way, some of those people will get a chance to tell their stories of illness, disease and emotional distress to the judge who will sentence the company.They also could ask for restitution from Ton…

A former federal security officer who used to work at Buffalo Niagara International Airport was placed on five years’ probation Thursday for selling cocaine on the side for about six months after his work day at the airport.But authorities found no evidence that his drug dealing involved his job with the Transportation Security Administration at the airport, where he had w…

Lancaster

Oct. 18, 1952 – Nov. 3, 2013Dennis F. Talani, of Lancaster, a retired tool-and-die maker who regularly played Santa Claus, died Sunday in Sisters Hospital after a long battle with heart disease. He was 61.Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and earned an associate’s degree in engineering from Erie Community College in 1987. He worked as a too…

To prevent further harm to Town of Tonawanda residents, the state is entitled to a court order that would permanently block any reopening of an embattled crematory that neighbors say damages their quality of life with its noise, soot and odors, an assistant state attorney general told a judge Wednesday.An attorney for Amigone Funeral Home, which operated the crematory bef…

The three Tonawanda Town Board members known collectively by some as “Lisa, John and Joe” late Tuesday appeared poised to return to their seats for a third four-year term on the all-Democratic board.First elected to the board in 2005, incumbent Democrats Lisa M. Chimera, John A. Bargnesi Jr. and Joe Emminger presented a unified front during the six-way race and had to over…

The latest West Coast culinary sensation to reach Western New York is Korean tacos, the Mexican-Korean hybrid of Asian marinated meats served up on tortillas.Started by Kogi BBQ, a fleet of Los Angeles food trucks, the sweet and bold flavors of Korean beef, chicken or pork, topped with Asian-spiced slaws or kimchi, have grown into their own culinary genre.Last month, K Caf…

VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP: The Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State and the Veteran One-stop Center of Western New York will sponsor Operation Entrepreneur, a veterans’ Small Business Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at VOC-WNY, 1280 Main St., second Floor, Buffalo. Lunch will be provided. To register, email Dee Jones Davis at jonesdd@buffalostate…

A mother and her daughter made heartfelt pleas Friday in a Buffalo courtroom for the maximum prison sentence for a Town of Tonawanda man who they said stole the young girl’s innocence when he took pornographic photos of her and a friend, both under the age of 11.The mother said her daughter is sentenced to a life of pain.Shawn McIntosh ended up receiving a prison term of t…

Buffalo

During a recent routine stop at the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions and greeting cards, Kenmore resident Margaret Dolan pocketed a big lottery winner. But she didn’t know it for days.“I put it in my purse; I actually forgot I had it for a couple days,” she said of the New York State Lottery “Win for Life” scratch-off game she purchased at a Rite Aid in the Town of Tonawa…

A Town of Tonawanda man was sentenced today to two to six years in prison for taking pornographic photographs of two girls under the age of 11 over a five-month period. In her victim impact statement, one of the girls asked the judge to give Shawn McIntosh the longest prison term possible, then urged Erie County Judge Kenneth E. Case to order him executed, adding that she…

Willow Ridge Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Boulevard and Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda. The business meeting will include nominations of club officers. Patty Moran, public information officer at the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center, will speak. Erin Heaney will discuss local environmental and justice issu…

Amherst

Tim and Sandy Nelson figured they would get a lot more living out of their living room if they turned it into a party room. Other people decide that their dining room would make a better home office. Their den, the guest room they always wanted.And that spare bedroom? How about turning it into a craft room? A man cave? Or even a large walk-in closet?Great things can happen…

Tonawanda Town Board meetings are never racked by acrimonious debate, gridlock or grandstanding. Unlike towns with split boards, votes on resolutions in Tonawanda are almost always unanimous, and discourse among the five Democrats is civil.But critics of the town’s current elected officials say that harmony has come at a price – a lack of transparency and openness.“Unfortu…

Tonawanda Town Board meetings are never racked by acrimonious debate, gridlock or grandstanding. Unlike towns with split boards, votes on resolutions in Tonawanda are almost always unanimous, and discourse among the five Democrats is civil.But critics of the town’s current elected officials say that harmony has come at a price – a lack of transparency and openness.“Unfortu…

One of the tastiest fundraisers of the year, Big Fuss 3.0, will help spread the local food gospel Nov. 6.Started three years ago by chef-owner Steve Gedra of Bistro Europa and culinary event organizer Christa Glennie Seychew, Big Fuss features the edible efforts of chefs who want to support local farmers. “As any chef can tell you, you can’t turn garbage into gold, and so …