Weekly Feature



April 25, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

‘Racing a legend’

Woman to face off with Lance Armstrong

It all started with a tweet.  Mary Eggers tweeted Lance Armstrong, challenging him to a 50-meter kick-off in the pool.  To her astonishment, he tweeted her back just a few hours later: “How fast do you kick a 50?”  She repl More...

Editorial

Jay J’s Law will strengthen penalties for child abusers

What happened to Jay J. Bolvin during the first weeks of his life was a despicable display of cowardice, one that was at the very least unprovoked and ventured well beyond disgusting.  More...

Spindle items

TOO PUMPED — I don’t believe I have ever donated blood, so Saturday afternoon when I attended the Stick it To Cancer Blood Drive event hosted by my former co-worker and Town of Tonawanda resident Lisa Johnson, I was excited about the oppo More...

A failed winter storm warning is better than a hurricane alert

When my sister-in-law and her husband bought a home in the Carolinas a few years ago, they noticed a stack of plywood and a coffee can full of nails in one corner of the garage.  “What’s that for?” they wondered, thinking that More...

Education

Ken-Ton, St. Joe’s students create exhibit for Albright-Knox

A pair of Kenmore East High School students, along with a pupil from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, were instrumental in creating an exhibit that will be displayed at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  More...

St. Amelia students performing ‘Annie Jr.’

St. More...

Lifestyles

A‘new wave’ of preservation

Cover band focuses on sounds and style

Greg and Carole Tobin, Steve Barrick and Jon Kuwik love the music of the 1980s.  And for the last several years, their cover band, ROAR 84, has strived to preserve the classic songs of a musical era known for its recognizable “synth-pop&rd More...

Fundraiser to benefit humanitarian group

Global African Village, an all-volunteer nonprofit doing humanitarian work in rural Uganda, is holding a fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 at Buffalo Wild Wings 1620 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Tonawanda. More...

Business

Events

BNI Pinnacle schedules weekly meetings   BNI Pinnacle, a word-of-mouth business organization, will hold weekly morning meetings from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m. every Thursday at Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Williamsville. More...

Female medical team provides health care for women

For females seeking a doctor to help keep tabs on their health, there is a team of woman at a medical practice in the Town of Tonawanda who are ready and willing to take care of you.  Suburban Women’s Healthcare, owned by Drs. More...

AAA and Preservation Buffalo Niagara offering motorcoach tours showcasing areas scenic places

Embracing the history of Buffalo just got a little easier, now that AAA Western and Central New York has partnered with Preservation Buffalo Niagara.  The two organizations have teamed up to offer a new way of showcasing the “Queen City&rd More...

Chemical Safety Board finds missed opportunities to prevent DuPont fatality

The 2010 accident at the DuPont Yerkes Plant in Tonawanda killed welder Rich Folaron and shook the community.  But the Chemical Safety Board, an independent monitoring agency, stated that the accident was hardly unique. More...

Ride for life

Town resident Lisa Johnson, 36, rides a bike for the first time at the third annual Stick It to Cancer Blood Drive and Basket Raffle at the Town of Tonawanda Boys and Girls Club. More...

Local News

Students asked to help pass Jay J’s Law

The first three months of Jay J. Bolvin’s life were brutal.  (See editorial on page four)  He endured savage beatings from his father, Jeremy Bolvin, that led to 11 broken bones and severe brain damage. More...

Sweet Home adopts budget below state’s tax cap

In addition to the budget vote, two additional propositions will be on the May 15 ballot. District residents will vote to authorize the spending for four passenger buses and for an EXCEL project to improve the District’s technology and telephone infrastructures.

The Sweet Home Board of Education unanimously adopted its 2012-13 budget at its April 17 voting meeting. The $67,333,007 budget represents a tax levy increase of 2.78 percent from the current year. More...

Village cleanup set

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society is seeking participants to help clean up the neighborhood.  The community volunteer group is holding its second annual Big Kenmore Clean Up from 9 a.m. More...

Police Blotter

Dispute over memory card prompts call to police

Saturday, April 14   A Mang Avenue resident reported that his 11-year-old son was being bullied by older youths who were at the basketball court at Mang Park. More...

Obituaries

Death Notices

CARR, Margaret M., of Tonawanda, died Friday, April 13, 2012. Mrs. Carr is survived by her mother, Dorothy Lien; one brother, Joseph; and two sisters, Karen Hopkins and Kathleen James. More...

Sports

Chimera claims 300th victory at Kenmore West

Thursday was a milestone day for Matt Chimera.  Chimera, the Kenmore West softball coach, earned his 300th career victory as the Lady Blue Devils triumphed, 15-1, over North Tonawanda Thursday afternoon in North Tonawanda. More...

Ken-East seeks Hall of Fame nominations

The Kenmore East Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee is accepting nominations for the Induction Class of 2012. Individuals may be nominated in three categories: Athlete, Coach/Administrator and Honorary. More...

Tonawanda Aquettes host Novice Water Show

The Town of Tonawanda Aquettes nationally-ranked elite synchronized swim team recently presented the Novice Teams 2012 Water Show at Kenmore East High School.  More...

What's Going On

What’s Going On

Wine tasting set for May 9 at Banchetti’s   More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 26   After-School Escape — Children, grades K-5, are invited to enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring a different, fun, outdoor activity each week, 4:30 p.m. More...

Theater

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Announcements

GRANT AVAILABLE — Undergraduate students interested in journalism, as well as professional journalists seeking additional academic training, can apply for college and graduate school scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year from the Greater B More...