Weekly Feature

2017-03-15 / Editorial

Out of the Past


OVER THE RIVER — The original South Grand Island Bridge on the Tonawanda side, under construction in 1935. 
From the collection of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society OVER THE RIVER — The original South Grand Island Bridge on the Tonawanda side, under construction in 1935. From the collection of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society 24 Years Ago March 18, 1992

An opening in regulations for a new federal Housing and Urban Development funding program has allowed the towns of Tonawanda, Amherst and Cheektowaga to form a unique group that could disperse nearly $1 million in home rehabilitation grants. Robert Cymerman, director of Tonawanda’s community development program, told the town board at its work session on Monday that money from HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership Act Program, created in 1990, could be seen in Tonawanda as early as the spring of 1993. Cymerman said a town can only get the HOME program funds if, through a complicated formula, it qualifies for $750,000.

Changes in Metro Bus routes through the Town of Tonawanda have prompted an angry letter from Erie County Legislator Leonard Lenihan to the executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. In a letter dated March 12, Lenihan called on Richard T. Swist, head of the NFTA, to reconsider the transit line’s proposed changes in bus routes 34 and 39, slated to take effect March 22. Route 34 basically serves the Niagara Falls Boulevard area, while route 39 cuts through the Parker Boulevard section of the town.

The St. John the Baptist Church “Supertroop” 104 will hold its 14th annual Spaghetti Dinner from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22, in Klauder Hall of the church, Belmont and Englewood avenues, Kenmore.

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