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The races are taking shape for this November’s elections in the Town of Lancaster, where Republicans are fighting an uphill battle to wrest control of the Democratic-controlled board; the Town of Tonawanda, featuring the spirited return of a Republican who nearly won last time; Kenmore, where the battle for trustee appears to be over; and Amherst, where tens of thousands o…

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An acclaimed first novel for young adults about living in a polluted, industrial wasteland was shaped by the inaction of Town of Tonawanda and other government officials regarding environmental health problems.Corina Vacco, now of Berkeley, Calif., was inspired to write “My Chemical Mountain,” published the DelaCorte Press imprint of Random House Children’s Books, during …

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State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman made good Tuesday on threats of legal action against an embattled crematory in the Town of Tonawanda by filing a lawsuit seeking to permanently block its operation.The lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court marks the latest in a series of setbacks for the dormant Sheridan Drive crematory operated by the Amigone family, which has be…

The Bulldogs-vs.-Blue Devils rivalry would become a thing of the past under a consolidation scenario proposed Monday night by the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board.Under the scenario, one of the district’s two high schools would contain grades 10 through 12; a junior high school in the other building would contain grades 7 through 9; and there would be prekindergarten…

Five Erie County companies that have been collecting debt on short-term “payday” loans will pay more than $300,000 in restitution and penalties and will cease making further collections in New York State, under a settlement announced today by the state Attorney General’s Office.“Payday loans trap thousands of New Yorkers in a cycle of debt and prey on vulnerable consumers,…

For the past several years, I have rarely missed an opportunity to point out that the Buffalo Niagara region is in the midst of a period of stunning cultural growth.The amount of art and theater-related activity in and around Buffalo, judging only by the crude measure of Gusto listings, has nearly doubled since 2000. A new theater company or gallery seems to open every few…

Town of TonawandaThe Ken-Ton School Board is expected to approve its state-mandated District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and Comprehensive Education Plans for Kenmore West and East High Schools when it conducts a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the community room of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Avenue.The board will also discuss the three consolidat…

The races are taking shape for this November’s elections in the Town of Lancaster, where Republicans are fighting an uphill battle to wrest control of the Democratic-controlled board; the Town of Tonawanda, featuring the spirited return of a Republican who nearly won last time; Kenmore, where the battle for trustee appears to be over; and Amherst, where tens of thousands o…

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. Gerri Hens, of Hens Honeybee Farm, will discuss the importance of insects in our environment. Guests welcome....Williamsville Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in the home of Gloria Gannon, 110 Fruitwood Terrace, Amherst. He…

State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti is hosting an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew’s Country Day School, 1545 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Laptop and desktop computers, TVs, cellphones, printers, video games and other devices can be dropped off for recycling. A list can be found at www.sunnking.com.

Food and Drink

Concord grapes are one of fall’s glories in Western New York, yet they don’t appear on many restaurant menus. One of the exceptions is Torches (1141 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore).There, owner and pastry chef Cynthia Richert bakes little one-person Concord tarts, served with berries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream from Dolci ($7).One of the reasons Concord grapes aren’t more popu…

Food and Drink

Concord grapes are one of fall’s glories in Western New York, yet they don’t appear on many restaurant menus. One of the exceptions is Torches (1141 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore).There, owner and pastry chef Cynthia Richert bakes little one-person Concord tarts, served with berries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream from Dolci ($7).One of the reasons Concord grapes aren’t more popu…

Kenmore police today announced the arrest of a 19-year-old man in connection with the July 25 armed robbery of a man’s cell phone.Alexander L. Daniels of the Town of Tonawanda faces robbery, weapons and grand larceny charges for allegedly robbing a man of his cell phone at gunpoint at about 7 p.m. July 25 on Stillwell Avenue near Winchester Place. Police said at the time t…

State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti is hosting an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Saint Andrew’s Country Day School, 1545 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. Laptop and desktop computers, TVs, cellphones, printers, video games and other devices can be dropped off for recycling. A list can be found at www.sunnking.com.At an August event in Hamburg, close to 90,00…

Volunteers from at least two fire companies this morning battled a fire that fully engulfed a small building near the Paddock Golf Dome on Brompton Road in the Town of Tonawanda, police and fire officials reported.Brighton and Ellicott Creek firefighters responded to an 8:13 a.m. alarm at 147 Brompton Road, described as a small building across the street from the Brighton …