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From just about the moment that construction on Buffalo’s City Hall was completed on Niagara Square, the mostly Italian immigrant, mostly poor neighborhood became the target of those wishing to “give the city a cleaner look.” One front page Courier-Express headline read, “6,000 dwell in slums in the shadow of City Hall. 85 acres of misery near civic center.” The …

Town of Tonawanda

The 2017-18 school year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Kenmore Union School, the first school of what eventually became the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, the area's second largest suburban school district with over 7,000 students. School board member Thomas Reigstad sparked the idea, which has been posted on the school website, www.ktufs…

Local News

A ferry to carry pedestrians and bicyclists between Grand Island and the City of Tonawanda will launch in early August, the first such service in 80 years to offer passengers a leisurely way to cross the upper Niagara River there. "We will be like the Uber on the water," said Niagara River Cruises owner and boat captain Robin Hoch. The $15 round-trip ferry service wi…

The second annual Warrior Walk Wednesday, which features a walking tour that highlights the history and heritage of neighborhoods in the City of Tonawanda, will be offered on April 26. The walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in front of the historic Benjamin Long Homestead, 24 East Niagara St. The walk also will include a tour of the Long Homestead. Common Council President…

Local News

The schedule of meetings of public bodies in Niagara Falls government this week: The Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St. A special Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in City Hall to reconsider Niagara Falls Redevelopment’s application for a “use variance”…