New beginnings

Dee Piña, left, walks with her daughter Shayla DiNatale and her grandchildren Arianna and Vinny to Ben Franklin Elementary School on their first day of school Tuesday. Arianna is going into second grade and Vinny is going into fourth grade.

Primary elections set for Sept. 9

Residents will vote in the primary election Tuesday, Sept. 9, to choose which candidates will be on the ballot for the November race. There are several candidates running for the state senate primary for the 60th district seat, which is a two-year term. The large district encompasses Grand Island, the Village of Kenmore, Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and the City […]

Camping campaign

Sweet Home fundraiser to benefit student scholarships

As a way to raise money for student scholarships, several members of Sweet Home Central Schools have chosen an unusual way to appeal to the community. They will be camping on the high school football field throughout the week as part of a scholarship fundraising campaign. The school’s program, Sweet Home Dollars for Scholars, has been awarded a $5,000 matching […]

Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers

Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteer drivers and servers to allow the creation of an additional daily route due to increase clients. The program, which is the only one delivering meals to homes of residents in need in the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore, has seen the number of clients increase from 246 to 273 in the […]

Music educator sets foundation for students


In entering his 47th year of music education, the passion for teaching students and seeing them grow as musicians hasn’t changed for John Hathaway. Hathaway, who’ll be teaching marching band, concert band, jazz ensemble, string ensemble, saxophone ensemble, color guard and a dance team for the upcoming year at Mount St. Mary Academy, where he’s been for the last 12 […]

Hospice unit opens at Schofield Residence

Serenity — a new Hospice unit at the Schofield Residence, located at 3333 Elmwood Ave. — recently opened. The 10-bed unit is available to any hospice-eligible resident who is in need of 24-hour nursing care. “Schofield is pleased that our partnership with Hospice Buffalo will provide a dedicated area for the comfort and care we will mutually provide,” said Edward […]

Republican Committee presents ‘Chairman’s Leadership Award’ to Erie County clerk

The Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee recently awarded its Chairman’s Leadership Award to Erie County Clerk Christopher L. Jacobs. The award was given to Jacobs during an event held at The Grill at the Dome in Tonawanda. The award is given out to the person the Committee feels best represents the values of the town’s Republican Party: lower taxes, higher […]

Thank-A-Vet program sees more than 125 veterans for discount card

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs recently held a “Thank-A-Vet” Outreach Program at the American Legion Brounshidle Post to issue discount cards to honorably discharged veterans who filed their original discharge papers with the Erie County Clerk’s Office. More than 125 veterans from the Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda area came to sign up for the Clerk’s “Thank-A-Vet” discount card. The […]

St. Amelia teacher receives national recognition

Kenmore resident Denise Grandits, a middle school literature teacher at St. Amelia School in Tonawanda, was recently awarded the Media Literacy Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. Grandits is also a doctoral student in the University at Buffalo School of Education. Grandits received this national recognition for her work integrating new media and literacies into her seventh […]

‘Shred-It’ slated to take place at Kenmore West High School

Kenmore Rotary Charities, a nonprofit, is holding a “Shred It” fundraising event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Delaware Road parking lot at Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Parkway. The event offers the opportunity to safely dispose of old, outdated personal paperwork. The suggested donation is $10 per file box. The Kenmore Rotary Club meets […]