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The Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore have lifted their overnight parking bans through the holiday season because of the favorable weather forecast for the coming week. The ban will take effect again at 2 a.m. Jan. 2, town and village officials said on Twitter on Monday afternoon. Parking is banned on town and village streets from 2 to 6 a.m. through most of t…

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A paramedic admitted Thursday to stealing prescription medications from a drug drop-off box located in the lobby of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Jon Cinelli, 52, of Grand Island, pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to one count of criminal possession of a controlled substan…

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Town of Tonawanda police officers will get annual 2.5% raises but have to contribute more toward the cost of their health insurance under a new six-year contract. The current contract with roughly 100 officers, detectives, lieutenants and captains in the Tonawanda Police Club expires Dec. 31. The new contract, approved by the Town Board last week, takes effect Jan. 1 an…

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The Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome still hasn't reopened following extensive renovations that began in June. Town of Tonawanda officials had expected to welcome golfers back into the new-look dome last month. But poor weather and technical issues continue to delay the reopening as the golf dome's busy season fast approaches. "I think we're all frustrated that it's not o…

Obituaries

Dec. 28, 1924 – Dec. 6, 2019 Hans G. Reif, an economist, teacher and decorated World War II veteran, died Dec. 6 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 94. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, the second of two boys, his parents both were physicians and lived in a modernist Bauhaus home designed by architect Walter Gropius. One of his mother's patients was renowned con…

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A 50-year-old man accused of killing his wife strangled her to death, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday morning. Jose Ruiz Jr. was arraigned on a charge of first-degree manslaughter Tuesday in Tonawanda Town Court. Ruiz was taken into custody late Monday after the body of his wife, Mavilie Ruiz, 59, was found in their Town of Tonawanda home. …

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A major proposed expansion of the Town of Tonawanda's recreation program is on ice after cost estimates ballooned for the project. The plan to build a new ice arena and splash pad at Brighton Park and to convert an aging ice rink into a field house at Lincoln Park initially carried a price tag of just under $9 million, with officials anticipating the town could break ev…

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The Ken-Ton School Board is holding a roundtable discussion Tuesday on the district's search for a new superintendent. Representatives of stakeholder groups such as teachers, parents and district administrators will offer feedback on a recently completed search survey and discuss the search process generally. The public is invited to attend and observe this discussion, …

Obituaries

April 3, 1942 – Nov. 19, 2019 Elizabeth M. “Betty” Hodge, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired clothing store saleswoman, died Nov. 19 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. She was 77. Born Elizabeth Seitz in Buffalo, she graduated from Lafayette High School in 1960 and got to know Herbert C. Hodge, a Niagara Frontier Transit bus driver, as she rode home fr…

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Leaders of a Town of Tonawanda fire district approved tens of thousands of dollars in inappropriate credit card and travel expenses over a period of several years, according to an audit performed by the State Comptroller's Office. State auditors criticized commissioners of Brighton Fire District No. 5 for approving more than $200,000 in questionable or inflated reimburs…

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The endless reconstruction of Wardman Road in Kenmore finally is coming to the end of the road. Residents along a two-block stretch of Wardman have complained for months about the disruption caused by the lengthy, $2.5 million project to install new sewer, water and gas lines underneath the village street. The work required ripping up the road itself as well as sidew…

Erie County

The Erie County Legislature Thursday – over the objections of three Republican lawmakers – approved the emergency sale of some airspace above a piece of property that the county owns. Lawmakers agreed to sell the property for $1 to Amherst-based Solar Liberty, as part of its development of a 10-acre solar panel farm on the site of a former landfill in the Town of Tonawa…

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The arsenic, mercury and other toxins found in the ground on most properties surrounding the former Tonawanda Coke plant generally are at safe levels, according to the scientist leading a court-ordered soil study. But two rounds of collecting and testing soil samples in sections of the Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and Grand Island have identified areas of elevat…

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A former Kenmore East High School athlete who tore a ligament in her knee during a field hockey practice is suing the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school district over her injury. Hannah Munley alleges that she was a member of the school's field hockey team and was running up the field during a summer tryout in August 2018 when she stepped in a rut or other hole in the fie…