Weekly Feature

January 15, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Residents complain of flooded streets, basements

Hampton Parkway has a slight dip in it, which can be a problem when it rains, according to Dennis Riddagh, who lives on that part of the road.  On Monday night, Riddagh told the Tonawanda Town Board that residents are experiencing flooded street More...

Winterfest Weekend to start Thursday

The Town of Tonawanda’s annual Winterfest Weekend will kick off Thursday, Jan. 16, and continue through Monday, Jan. 20, with activities for every member of the family. More...

Editorial

Register for STAR: Don’t miss out on a tax break

Bee Editorial

For weeks, municipalities have been pleading with residents to take advantage of the various tax exemptions available to them — before it’s too late.  More...

Spindle items

• WHERE WAS THAT AGAIN? — I’ve always liked maps. I sometimes study maps even when I’m not planning a trip. These would be paper maps, of course. I have no desire to scrutinize a GPS.  More...

Out of the Past

The place to buy a Nash

A recently demolished building at Delaware and West Hazeltine avenues housed, since 1922, a changing lineup of car dealerships. In the early 1950s, it sold Nash automobiles, a company that ended production in 1957.   More...

Education

Ken-Ton schools planning sleepout, collection of cash, other items for needy

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, in conjunction with a group of its students, faculty and staff known as Educators Totally Committed, will sponsor its 27th annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools’ sleepout on Friday evening, Feb. More...

Sweet Home schedules work sessions on 2014-15 budget

The Board of Education of the Sweet Home Central School District has scheduled two study sessions for the creation of the 2014-15 budget.  The board will discuss the budget during the following dates and times:  • 8 a.m. More...

Catholic Diocese planning to revitalize school system

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has a plan to revitalize its schools, focusing on programming rather than sustaining multiple educational facilities.  The formal announcement of which schools will be closed will be made this afternoon at Notre D More...

Lifestyles

Karaoke sheds light on culture through shared experience

The song you’ve pre-selected starts to play as the opening lyric illuminates on a nearby screen.  More...

Model railroaders set open house

The Model Railroad Club of Buffalo will hold an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19 and 25-26, at the Boys & Girls Club of Tonawanda, 54 Riverdale Ave. More...

Mount St. Mary Academy sets Feb. 8 jazz night

Mount St. Mary Academy will host its third annual “A Night of Jazz” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Banchetti by Rizzo’s, 550 N. More...

Business

Neighborhood deli focuses on fresh, local foods

Jimmy B’s opens in Tonawanda

“Fresh” is appealing when it comes to local foods, and one new deli is working hard to deliver the best.  Jimmy B’s Deli, at 349 Somerville Ave. More...

Tops advises on wellness tips

Tops Friendly Markets recently released a few wellness, smart eating and food shopping tips to ease the transition to a healthier 2014.  More...

Polaris Industries plans giveaway

Polaris Industries Inc. More...

Breaking News - 1/15/2014 4:59 PM

St. Francis of Assisi slated to close

St. Francis of Assisi School in Tonawanda will be one of 10 Catholic schools closing in Western New York this June. More...

Breaking News - 1/15/2014 2:05 PM

Lynn Marinelli to leave legislator position

Erie County Legislator Lynn Marinelli, who formerly represented Tonawanda as part of District 3, will be leaving her position to take over as the director of intergovernmental relations at Empire State Development in the Western New York office, acco More...

Police officer appointment boosts strength of force

A new police officer appointed Friday by the Kenmore Village Board, along with two others who recently joined the police academy, brings the force up to 25 again for the first time in years, according to Chief Peter Breitnauer.  More...

Local News

Stage combat is career focus of theater student

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

After discovering stage combat as a junior theater major at Buffalo State College last year, Erika Frase has been motivated to make it part of her career.  More...

Political Brief

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, who represents the Tonawandas and Grand Island, has been named chairman of the Legislature’s Government Affairs and Community Enrichment committees and is a member of the Finance and Management Committee, More...

Program spotlights area churches

There are at least 60 houses of worship in the Kenmore and Tonawanda area, but their history starts in Kenmore, according to the village’s historian.  “Tonawanda is an older community, but it was mostly rural,” Ed Adamczyk told More...

Obituaries

Death Notices

BATKOWSKI, Phyllis M. (nee Iacono), of Kenmore, died Saturday, Jan 4, 2014. Mrs. Batkowski is survived by two daughters, Cynthia M. Ferril and Charlene Villa; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. More...

Sports

Bulldogs power play takes down Blue Devils

RIVALRY WEEK

It was an evenly matched game as both teams were trading goals for two periods. More...

Blue Devils dominate Bulldogs right from the start

It was standing room only on the Kenmore West side of the bleachers as the home team cruised to 63-40 victory against cross town rival Kenmore East.  Senior Alex Price hit a three point shot on the opening possession of the game, and the Blue De More...

Blue Devils swimming douse Bulldogs

Kenmore West won the first four events, and went on to win a total of nine of the 11 events, to capture the victory by a score of 66-28.  The meet started out with the 200 medley relay and the Blue Devils foursome of Shawn Finn, Reese Michaels, More...