Police apply for grant to save school job

When Town of Tonawanda Police Chief Anthony Palumbo learned that the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District proposed a 2011-12 budget that includes reducing funding for the school resource officer program, he immediately tried to find a way to secure money for it for next year. He told The Bee that the program has been extremely beneficial to both students and […]


Poloncarz: ‘Collins has failed’

The first salvo of what is sure to be a lengthy and heated battle over the Erie County executive seat came from Democratic challenger Mark Poloncarz Saturday. The Erie County comptroller announced his candidacy in his hometown of Lackawanna, then went on a tour of Western New York to lambaste Collins for, as he put it, not representing the interests […]

Vet’s office collecting funds for injured animal

A 16-month-old dog needs your financial support. Rex, a male tan and white Pitbull, sustained multiple burns to the left side of his face and rear legs during a fire that occurred on April 21 at a Sawyer Avenue home in the Town of Tonawanda. He is currently under the care of Dr. Kimberly Parkhill at the Green Acres Animal […]

Anti-texting legislation in hands of Assembly

The State Senate, on May 3, passed legislation that would strengthen the state’s current law against texting while driving, making it a primary offense. The bill passed by a vote of 57-3, according to Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District. He said previous legislation has fallen short, since current law deems texting while driving a secondary offense. That means law […]

Town police keeping eye on seatbelt use

In keeping with its continued commitment to public safety, the Town of Tonawanda Police Department officials said officers will once again be participating in the statewide buckle-up New York initiative. This is a zero tolerance enforcement campaign designed to increase safety restraint use across the state. Although there will be sustained enforcement throughout the 2010-11 fiscal year, a planned mobilization […]

In brief

Michael McClure, piano student of Mary Handley of Amherst, was awarded a $500 Scholarship for outstanding performances at the Stamford Music Festival in Niagara Falls, Ont. He won Gold Medals in the Grade 8 Beethoven Sonata Class and the Grade 8 Accompaniment Class, and placed second in the Grade 8 Etudes Class. Michael is a student at Elmwood Franklin School […]

Coast Guard official offers tips for waterway users

National Safe Boating Week kicks off on Saturday

Tony Castelletti wants to make sure that everyone uses safe boating practices in the area’s waterways this summer. A vice commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Auxiliary for the Great Lakes District Nine, Eastern Region, Division III, Castelletti said from his experience patrolling the waterways, the Town of Tonawanda area has seen its fair share of boating incidents because of […]

Voting for school budgets, board members set

Two of the area’s school districts will be hosting their budget vote and board of education elections next week. The Kenmore-Tonawanda School District is seeking the public’s approval for the proposed budget of $147,237,067 for the 2011-12 school year. The school board’s adopted spending plan carries a 6.68 percent tax rate increase and reduces the district’s staff by more than […]

Take time to thank a health care professional

Bee Editorial

Nurses perform a wide range of clinical and non-clinical functions necessary to the delivery of health care. When individuals are first treated at a doctor’s office, emergency care facility, nursing home or hospital, it is typically a nurse who is there to assist them. They often work long hours handling nearly every demand of their patients. This week – May […]