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Erie County

Only one Grand Island Bridge is open to I-190 traffic traveling between the Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island this weekend. The southbound south Grand Island Bridge was closed to traffic as of 5 a.m. Saturday and will remain closed through 5 a.m. Monday, the Thruway Authority announced. Both northbound and southbound I-190 traffic are reduced to a single lane over t…

Cheektowaga

Winter parking restrictions in Cheektowaga and the Town of Tonawanda have been delayed. Cheektowaga's winter parking restrictions were scheduled to go into effect Thursday, but that has been pushed back to Nov. 10. Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski said the town will reevaluate the status of its overnight winter parking ban at that time, based on addition…

Erie County

A 40-year-old tourist from from Pakistan died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on the I-290, Town of Tonawanda police said. Police identified the victim as Hamad Mir. Mir, who was pinned beneath the steering wheel of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The crash, which happened at about 12:30 a.m. on the I-290 westbound near Colvin Boul…

Crime

A North Tonawanda man who has been in and out of jail during a life of crime admitted Friday that he attempted to burglarize St. Timothy's Church in the Town of Tonawanda, the same church he stole from 11 years earlier. Robert Wasyl, 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary Friday before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi, Erie County District Attorney…

The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department will hold a wedding anniversary party for residents who have been married 50 years or more at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road. The event will feature a catered dinner and entertainment. Admission is free for couples celebrating a 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th, 70th or 75th wedding anniversa…

Local News

Firefighters in the Town of Tonawanda extinguished a house fire Tuesday afternoon at 163 Cresthill Ave., a dispatcher with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department confirmed. Crews from Brighton Volunteer Fire Company and the Sheridan Park and Ellwood fire departments responded about 3 p.m. after reports of smoke and flames coming from the roof of the two-story dwelling.…

Business

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it had completed its nearly two-year cleanup of hazardous materials that were improperly stored at a Tonawanda facility. Morgan Materials Inc. had acquired and was not properly storing both hazardous and non-hazardous materials when the EPA and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation jointly inspected…

Local News

Amherst Town Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa remembers a man in a motorized scooter recently driving straight across a deadly stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard, opting to not use a nearby crosswalk. The man on the scooter saw unsafe sidewalk, and decided it didn’t matter if he ignored the crosswalk and drove onto the arterial street, Kulpa said. Safety concerns haven’t be…

Gusto

With its sunny interior, white slip-covered sofas and new backyard pool, Ron and Amie Maranto's home in the Town of Tonawanda is ready for summer. There's even an outdoor tic-tac-toe game made from a tree stump and rocks for 5-year-old Dino. Here is how Amie Maranto described how they feel about their home for our latest Home of the Week online feature: “We are homeb…

Health and Fitness

Slow Rolls on the waterfront and Tonawanda, a Superhero run and walk in Delaware Park, and a 5K in Alden are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Memorial Day on the waterfront: The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park will be the place to be today. The park is op…

Local News

The Town of Tonawanda has to pony up another $160,700 for work at its Wastewater Treatment Plant. The reason? Flushable wipes that really are not flushable. "A lot of people are flushing those disposable Lysol wipes and baby wipes down the toilet and they get caught up in our system and we have to redo these essential bar screens at a very significant cost," Councilm…

Town of Tonawanda

For the past two years, the Sheridan Drive Pedestrian Bridge in the Town of Tonawanda has been labeled too unsafe for foot traffic. On Monday, the Town Board determined demolition would be the best option and will call for bids on the project next month. "It's a liability," said Town Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger of the bridge. The bridge was built more than 50 ye…

Erie County

The Hourly Employees Association of the Town of Tonawanda, the town's largest union with nearly 200 members, has voted 112 to 69 to ratify a contract after six years without a contract. The contract, approved last week by hourly workers in the town's highway, parks water and sewer departments, will include raises each year through 2024. Retirees will have free health ca…

Erie County

Beautiful tree-lined streets are no accident in the Town of Tonawanda, which has been certified as a Tree City USA for more than 20 years. The Kenmore Garden Club, the Ken-Ton Garden Club, Praxair and the Town of Tonawanda Commission for Conservation of the Environment will celebrate its recertification with a tree dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday at Kenney Field. T…

Local News

With help from New York, a well-known set of stairs are getting an upgrade. The Tonawanda Town Board on Monday announced it would receive a $180,000 grant from the state municipal facilities program to repair the stairs at the Kenmore-Tonawanda Municipal Building. It is due to receive a second grant for the same amount. "This will pay entirely for the new stairs, bot…