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Buffalo is blessed with a marvelous lineup of cheap, weekly events, usually centered around local musicians and/or food trucks. But scattered throughout the city's summer event calendar are worthy fundraisers, sometimes one-offs, that support landscape-changing projects. This week, for example, lends an opportunity to scope out the Massachusetts Avenue Project farmhouse…

Health and Fitness

We all could use a calming place when life gets too overwhelming – even those in grade school. That’s the idea behind the new calming room opened earlier this year at Spruce Elementary School. It’s one of two such spaces in the North Tonawanda school district that give students in the early grades a refuge to soothe their emotions. “It’s proactive, because it can …

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Sitting down to an oversized plateful of spaghetti smothered in red sauce, and blanketed with bubbling cheese, satisfies like little else. Parmed anything is the epitome of comfort food — not fancy or new but familiar and filling. Red-sauce joints, serving platefuls of parmed, sauced-up entrees, are something you’ll find across America. One of the lesser-known, and more…

Family

With six months of events packed into three over the summer, music is somewhere nearly every night. But what about live outdoor music for families? Having children doesn’t make you yearn for Tragically Hip covers any less than when you were traipsing from show to show untethered to responsibility, so what are parents to do? Thankfully, there are plenty of kid-friendl…

Business

Lou Cieri of DeGennaro Division Market on Division Street in North Tonawanda looked on in disbelief Monday as crews demolished the charred remains of his family's business. The old-fashioned butcher shop had been in his family since 1949. Now, along with three other businesses housed in the one-story, cinder block structure at 165 Division St. across from the Twin Ci…

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You could spend this Saturday afternoon doing the same old thing. Or you could follow this (admittedly fairly bizarre) itinerary of carousel-riding, American raga music, bubble tea and Italian food. North Tonawanda is home to all of the above, and who says you shouldn't explore it all in one afternoon? By Saturday night, you should feel more well-rounded. You did, af…

Buffalo

Frances Horn feels the April transition as precisely as anyone. She is a Buffalo Sabres loyalist, and she settled into her favorite rocking chair three times this week in her North Tonawanda home to watch the Sabres finish their season, long beyond any shot at the playoffs. By Saturday, as the team prepared for its last game against Detroit, she was ready to focus on ba…

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The owners of Woodcock Brothers Brewing Co. actually weren't even looking to expand. As brothers Tim and Mark Woodcock, who own the business with their wives, Andrea and Debbie, respectively, settle into their new digs in the Wurlitzer Building, it's become obvious the North Tonawanda expansion essentially fell into their laps. "We're from Wheatfield and we've driven…

Crime

A North Tonawanda woman with a revoked driver's license was charged Monday with driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop in the City of Tonawanda, police said. When officers stopped Kayla L. Vigrass for speeding on the Twin Cities Memorial Highway, they discovered her license had been revoked in December. Her license, which also had been suspended four times, had …

Crime

Two people were arrested in the Town of Tonawanda on Wednesday night following a gas station robbery in North Tonawanda, according to North Tonawanda police. Authorities are not saying whether the arrests are connected to a string of a dozen recent robberies around Western New York. The latest robbery happened at 7:38 p.m. in the Gulf Mart at 139 Main St., North Tona…

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The wait is over. The brewing industry has officially returned to the Tonawandas with the debut of nano-brewery Prosper Brewing, at 72A Webster St., North Tonawanda, across the street from the Riviera Theatre. Owners Kevin Whipple and Tim Berg, natives of the Tonawandas who started home-brewing roughly six years ago, have brewed 11 beers for their taproom, the linchpin …

Bills

A North Tonawanda man was found tied up in his truck in a parking lot. He told state troopers he had been abducted and robbed of $16,000 cash from a Super Bowl squares pool he ran. The state police say he made it all up. Robert A. Brandel, 60, fabricated a story of being abducted and robbed because he had also concocted part of his $50,000 Super Bowl squares pool, ac…

Music

It’s always interesting when you’re part of an enthusiastic audience, and such was the case for the Postmodern Jukebox (a.k.a. PMJ) concert at the Riviera Theatre on Tuesday night. The excitement generated onstage amped up the attending fan base,  which, to be frank, was already geeked for the show to begin with. For their “Welcome to the Twenties” tour, PMJ could hardl…

Crime

A North Tonawanda man had his pickup stolen on Thursday from Delta Sonic on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo, according to a police report. The victim told police he went inside the store at the gas station at about 3 p.m. but left his keys inside his vehicle. The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado was recovered about an hour later roughly 5 miles away on Cambridge Avenue on t…

Columns

There were two different realities in the 1960s in the old Victorian house on Goundry Street in North Tonawanda, where the nine children of Vivian and Joseph Volk came of age. Big families were hardly unusual at the time, and the five girls and four boys were accustomed to a jam-packed station wagon and all the jostling that goes with lots of kids. Yet if they spoke of …