City of Tonawanda looks at ways to combat opioid epidemic

Last month, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that seven Erie County residents had died in 24 hours because of a deadly batch of heroin. Judge Mark E. Saltarelli said two of these deaths happened in the City of Tonawanda. The Tonawanda City Court judge has been involved with the drug court on a full-time basis since January 2016. In […]

BEAT program to teach skilled trades to teens

Christine Hausrath is building bridges for teenagers who might not choose the college path after their high school graduation. “I think we’re losing a lot of teens out of school; they’re quitting,” she said, adding that there’s another direction those who are struggling can take. Through an after-school program, Building, Education and Trades Inc. — also called BEAT — students […]

School board candidates file petitions for election

Two candidates had filed petitions for two seats on the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Board of Education by Monday’s deadline. The candidates are incumbent Jill O’Malley of Kenmore and Michelle Tarbox, also of Kenmore. Board member Christopher Pashler is not running for re-election. His term and O’Malley’s current term will expire on June 30. In the Sweet Home High School District, […]

Pipe dreams come true for theater organist


For 22-year-old Curtis Cook of East Amherst, wanting to play the theater organ wasn’t only for its powerful resonance and ability to imitate a full pit orchestra. “I tell people it’s an instrument for people who like pushing buttons,” Cook said. It’s highly likely most of Buffalo has already heard Cook “pushing buttons” on an organ, since he is an […]

News Brief

St. Andrew’s Catholic Youth Organization will be sponsoring a middle school dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at St. Andrew’s Country Day School, 1545 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore. Attendees should enter Donovan Center Door No. 4 off Lowell Road. Admission is $5 and includes a free beverage. Appropriate dress is required.

Workers’ Compensation reform to produce savings for New Yorkers

The passage of a Senate-led Workers’ Compensation Reform package is expected to produce hundreds of millions of dollars in employer savings across New York while also improving protections for injured workers, according to state Sen. Chris Jacobs. “The tremendous burden that New York’s Workers’ Compensation system has placed on businesses, local governments and not-for-profits has been a roadblock to growing […]


Big Kenmore Cleanup slated for April 29

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society is preparing for its seventh annual Big Kenmore Cleanup, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 29, marking a long history of a collaborative effort to beautify Kenmore. Volunteers are needed for the event, which draws as many as 100 residents and friends of Kenmore to get the village spruced up for the warmer months. Participants […]

Plaques along Rails to Trails path available

The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for individuals wishing to purchase memorial plaques along the Town of Tonawanda Rails to Trails path. Bronze plaques with room for up to four lines can be ordered at a fee of $300. “Plaques can be purchased for a limited number of existing benches located along the […]

Ride-sharing offers many opportunities for WNY

It’s an exciting time in Buffalo as the legalization of ride-sharing in upstate was passed as part of the 2017-18 budget. This will not only be a positive step for tourism, but also offers plenty of opportunities for people who live here, as well. It seems like a perfect time as events start building up and Western New Yorkers begin […]