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Earlier this year Brighton Pool had been considered for closure to make way for an expanded Brighton Ice Arena. But after the $8 million expansion plan hit several roadblocks, the Town of Tonawanda Recreation Department announced that Brighton Pool will be open again this summer. https://buffalonews.com/2018/03/11/town-of-tonawanda-eyes-building-new-brighton-arena-hocke…

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About 70 people who had hoped the Town of Tonawanda would begin plans to build a new ice rink at Brighton Arena went home angry and dejected Monday. In a 3-2 vote, the Town Board rejected a resolution to spend $400,000 to hire an engineering firm to begin planning for a new $7 million to $8 million arena. The resolution also had considered reusing the town's second i…

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The Town of Tonawanda could take the first step toward replacing the Brighton Arena hockey rink with a brand-new, world-class rink when the board votes Monday night on a $400,000 proposal to hire an architectural firm to design the project. Councilman Daniel Crangle said the town's two rinks, Brighton Arena and Lincoln Arena, are each about 60 years old. He said the Depa…

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Teams with names like Mid Ice Crisis, Here for Beer and Old Skool hit the ice at Buffalo RiverWorks on Sunday, as the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament tried something new: adding a one-day competition as a prelude to the main tournament. More than 200 players from 24 teams competed in three divisions in a game schedule that spanned more than six hours. The lar…

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Feeling cooped up by the cold weather? The Town of Tonawanda's Winterfest 2018 could be the answer Jan. 11-15. Included in the Winterfest are a senior center dance on Jan. 11 and a wine tasting on Jan. 12, both from 7 to 10 p.m. at the town senior center, 291 Ensminger Road. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the center or by calling 874-3266. On Jan. 13, events…

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A plan to build a $50 million multi-use arena at Spaulding Park Commerce Center has  emerged as a contentious issue in the City of Tonawanda mayoral race, with both candidates arguing about the validity of the plan. Mayor Rick Davis says the arena project is dead. His Republican opponent,  Third Ward Councilman Tim Toth, says it's still a viable idea. Toth said Rick …

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The Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation is growing by one team as Starpoint will join the league effective this season. Starpoint will play in one of the small schools divisions, which include the likes of Kenmore West, Kenmore East, Williamsville East and Lewiston-Porter. Clayton Wilson will be coach and the Spartans' first game in the Fed is at 6 p.m. Nov. 2…

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Aug. 12, 1965 – July 24, 2017 Dr. Anthony J. Bianchi Jr., of Williamsville, a chiropractor for more than 20 years, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 51. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Maryvale High School, where he played varsity baseball, football and hockey. He attended the Univers…

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Nobody was making their first NHL roster off their performance at Buffalo Sabres development camp. That was a particularly obvious reality for Rasmus Asplund. At the beginning of the four-day camp, Asplund said he and new Sabres general manager Jason Botterill talked about the plan, which would be not to sign the 19-year-old forward to an NHL deal but rather have him sp…

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Michael Lesakowski Sr. made sure the real inspiration for Monday's monumental hockey feat had a presence in the stands. He wore a shirt to Buffalo's HarborCenter that carried an image of his wife, Evelyn. Michael Sr. was there to watch a group of primarily everyday guys establish a still-unofficial world record by finishing off a game of hockey played for 11 days, without …

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Forty hockey players, many in their 40s and 50s, successfully achieved a new world's record for Buffalo early today at the HarborCenter, shattering a record for the longest continuous hockey game - assuming the carefully documented feat is certified by Guinness World Records. The Buffalo effort raised more than $1.2 million for the Roswell Park Cancer Center, according …

About 100 hockey coaches, parents and players appeared at a Town of Tonawanda board meeting on Monday to ask the town to build a new arena. The town currently has two indoor arenas at Lincoln and Brighton parks -- but the aging infrastructure of the arenas, which are 58 to 60 years old, is a concern, said Councilman Daniel Crangle. He said town officials have been di…

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Don Battista couldn't afford to buy a team jacket when he was a captain on Kenmore East High School's 2012 state championship hockey team. One day before practice, the team's volunteer assistant coach, Thomas J. Diehl Sr., presented him with a box with his name on it. Inside was a team jacket. "He would really do anything for anybody," Battista said. Those who kne…