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The Village of Kenmore, just under 1.5 square miles, has long had an outsized reputation for traffic enforcement. When it comes to the state’s ban on texting while driving, Kenmore’s standing holds up. The Kenmore Police Department issued the most texting while driving tickets from 2014 through 2017 among municipal departments in Erie and Niagara counties, according …

Buffalo

Developer Nick Sinatra has sold four Kenmore apartment buildings to two real estate investors for $3.7 million. Scott A. Hunt, through Hunt & Associates WE LLC, bought the buildings at 2726, 2520 and 2271 Elmwood Ave. from Sinatra, who owned them through his Elmwood KT Apartments limited-liability company. The purchase price for the three properties was $3.3 million…

Crime

Law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions in Western New York are investigating a recent string of 11 armed robberies that are "possibly linked to a similar suspect," according to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. Authorities say the robberies have occurred over the last three weeks at gas stations and convenience stores throughout Erie and Niagara Counties, wi…

Courts

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to stealing jeans and sneakers from a juvenile who was selling them through an app, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Jerwan Stone III, 21, was accused of meeting the victim on Oct. 30, 2017, on Tremaine Avenue in Kenmore, grabbing the victim and punching him in the face before taking the items, prosecutors said. T…

Crime

A Kenmore man pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud as part of a debt collection scheme, the U.S. Attorney Western District of New York Office announced. Carmelo Collana, 49, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Att…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man being sought by authorities after he cut off his ankle monitor was arrested Wednesday morning in Kenmore, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Tyrell S. Handley, 20, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at an unspecified location on Elmwood Avenue, the Marshals Service said in a news release. Handley, of 15th Street, …

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Police haven't pinned down what caused the December fire that damaged a popular Kenmore restaurant and tavern. Village police and fire investigators continue to probe the Dec. 5 fire that struck an apartment above Vizzi's, 967 Kenmore Ave., Police Chief T.J. Phillips said. He said no one was displaced by the fire. Vizzi's, known for massive burgers and fish fries, ha…

Food and Drink

One sign Buffalo is in festive spirits is the quick ticket sales for Hotel Henry's Jazzy Christmas - featuring the Ladies First Jazz Big Band and the Buffalo Dolls - which has sold out in advance. After a busy weekend, the pace unexpectedly slows down this week, but there's still ample opportunity to go dashing through the snow to a Buffalo event. 1. John Morris Russ…

Gusto

May Jen, the area’s longest-serving Chinese restaurant, will reopen after the completion of post-fire renovations. The restaurant, at 47 Kenmore Ave., has been closed since a January blaze. “We are in the process of redesigning and getting all the permits to get us back going again,” said owner Susan Leong. “But it’s a very slow process, so we don’t expect to reopen …

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Most Buffalo-area residents experience a little bit of end-of-summer denial this time of year. Despite our best efforts, there is no stopping autumn. The Bills and the Sabres are back and the temperatures are falling. Patio weather has wound down and we’re heading inside to sit elbow-to-elbow at our favorite pubs. The Jake, located on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, is one …

Gusto

In search of Italian-American cuisine worth celebrating, I have encountered miles of pallid pasta and oceans of weak tomato sauce. There have been bright spots, certainly, places with plenty of dishes to recommend. But of the 20-something red sauce purveyors whose Southern Italian dishes I've had the privilege to evaluate, none ran the table. Then I went to Sinatra's. …

Gusto

After years of criss-crossing Western New York with its trucks, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs opened a place to call its own on June 13. Brothers Paul and Frank Tripi have turned a former automobile repair shop at 707 Kenmore Ave. into their first restaurant. The counter-service place serves up the custom hot dogs that Frank has been known for, with several new food items -…

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The 13th annual Colvin Cleaners Gowns for Prom program distributed a record 877 gowns and nearly 1,000 pieces of handmade jewelry to high school students from throughout Western New York over three days this past week at Shea's Buffalo Theatre. Young women selected from several thousand new and gently used gowns to wear to their own proms. Dresses were fitted by a profe…

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The Kenmore Village Board this week adopted a $13.86 million budget that Mayor Patrick Mang said will keep taxes down by holding down salaries of elected officials and department budgets. Mang said his salary and those of trustees have remained the same for the past 31 years. He said department budgets have had little to no increases in the past 17 years. He said the vi…

Citizen Science Community Resources, which has been sampling soil around the Tonawanda Coke plant, will offer a citizen science project on Thursday where individuals will be taught how to sample their own soil for hazardous chemicals. "We provide the tools necessary for folks to advocate for themselves," said Jackie James Creedon, a founding activist of CSCR. Creedon…