2020-06-03 E-Edition

First pitch

Recognizing Suzanne Hannon, a cancer survivor and devoted Kenmore West fan, varsity baseball coach John Haynes presents her with a commemorative Ken West baseball that she uses to throw out a ceremonial first pitch to senior catcher Matt Chimera. Also in picture are her husband, Dennis, left, and her son, Dan, a 2010 graduate and physical education teacher at the […]

City of Tonawanda man charged with attempted murder for shooting two

New charges expected
after death of first victim

City of Tonawanda resident Matthew Gerwitz, 28, is facing attempted murder charges, following the shooting of a city resident and a detective from the City of Tonawanda Police Department last week. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said Gerwitz shot 32-year-old Joseph Marasco at 1:10 a.m. on May 26 at the corner of Morgan and Clinton streets in the City […]

As WNY reopens, GM’s Jim Glynn details new safety protocol

Tonawanda native says well-being, communication
with employees is key

Town of Tonawanda native Jim Glynn, the architect behind General Motors’ North American safety protocol for reopening, said creating that protocol has entirely changed how GM treats workplace safety following the pandemic. In particular, the automaker is focusing more on the health and well-being of its employees as they return to work, as well as better communicating to them what […]

Jacobs urging state attorney general to sue Chinese government

Senator argues China must pay
for loss of life, economy in NY due to COVID-19

State Sen. Chris Jacobs is urging state Attorney General Letitia James to bring legal action against the People’s Republic of China, arguing that the government has had a major role in causing the spread of the novel coronavirus that has taken a terrible toll on human life and the economy in New York. “No jurisdiction across the globe has experienced […]

St. John’s celebrates Moving Up Day with signs, faculty parades

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning, St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore marked its annual Moving Up Day at students’ homes, with deliveries of “St. John’s Class of 2020” signs and parades featuring St. John’s faculty. The school said about a dozen faculty members delivered signs to each family on what would have been students’ Moving Up […]

Jacobs introduces legislation to protect privacy rights in contact tracing

State Sen. Chris Jacobs has introduced legislation to protect the privacy rights of New York residents as the state begins to engage in contact tracing efforts as a key part of its reopening strategy. “As we emerge from this crisis and seek to get people’s lives back to normal, protecting rights like privacy needs to be a top priority of […]

Chimera gives O’Malley belated citizen of the month honors for March

Local community
activist, educator receives award for hard work before and during pandemic

Erie County Legislator Lisa Chimera recognized Jill O’Malley, Ph.D., as the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month for March 2020, honors which were postponed due to COVID-19. Originally scheduled to take place at the Legislature’s March 19 regular session, presentation of the award was put on hold due to New York On Pause actions taken by Gov. Andrew Cuomo […]

Ken-Ton Closet reopening Thursday

The Ken-Ton Closet is reopening Thursday, June 4, with some new rules to protect shoppers and staff from COVID-19. The Closet is now located in the Jefferson School Building at 250 Athens Blvd. Visitors must make an appointment to shop, and up to three family members will be allowed inside per appointment. Children under the age of 5 cannot come […]

Town Board meeting planned for June 8

The next Tonawanda Town Board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, June 8. The town board is currently meeting remotely. For more information about town meetings, visit www.tonawanda.ny.us and search under “Government.”