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NYS Senate Republicans fight to save 'Farm to School' incentive program
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:35 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and members of the Senate Republican Conference sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking for clarity and a reverse course on any potential changes to the successful "Farm to School" incentive program.
Wheatfield 2021 tentative budget: Slight tax increase to cover garbage costs
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 07:00 am
On Tuesday, the Wheatfield Town Board formally received its 2021 tentative budget, which includes a small tax increase attributed to rising garbage collection costs. Budget Director Ed Mongold was on hand for a brief presentation where he explained some of the developments.
870 Lee Home Haunt to benefit Niagara County SPCA
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 07:00 am
For the second year in a row, local construction company WNY Property Kings will be hosting a house haunt at 870 Lee Ave., North Tonawanda, to benefit Niagara County SPCA.
Niagara County announces upcoming civil service exams
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 12:15 pm
Niagara County Legislator Tony Nemi announced the application deadlines for two upcoming civil service exams - for social service worker and correction officer - are fast approaching, and encouraged those who are interested to sign up now for the exam. The application deadline for both exams is Oct. 23, and the respective tests will be given Dec. 5.
Wheatfield discusses Halloween plans
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:50 pm
At Monday's Town Board meeting, the Town of Wheatfield announced that this year's Halloween trick-or-treat hours will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The town recommends all participants follow state and CDC guidelines and take caution in all Halloween-associated activities.
North Tonawanda to submit late budget; council members worry about transparency
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:50 pm
In a letter from the mayor's office this week, the City of North Tonawanda announced this year's tentative budget will be submitted late.
Bills alumni help animals in need at Niagara County SPCA
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:40 pm
On Thursday, Buffalo Bills alumni Booker Edgerson, Ken Jones and Lou Piccone visited the Niagara County SPCA to sponsor the cage of a shelter dog on behalf of Cure the Blue, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of prostate cancer.
Rotary to hold 'Celebrate Lockport!' raffle
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 11:40 am
Rotary Club of Lockport invites area residents to help meet needs in the community during these challenging times by supporting the virtual "Celebrate Lockport!" raffle at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.
Packing life into her years: Esther Loucks turns 100
Mon, Sep 28th 2020 11:40 am
Esther Loucks, a North Tonawanda native, recently celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family at Wheatfield Commons, a DePaul Senior Living Community in North Tonawanda. Loucks has deep roots in the area and has enjoyed 100 years of giving back to her church, traveling the world and staying active!
Carrousel Museum to host Chiavetta's fundraiser
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 01:45 pm
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is holding a curbside Chiavetta's chicken dinner pick-up from 3-6 p.m. Friday Oct. 9. Dinners are $12 each in advance, and include Famous Chiavetta's Chicken, potato salad, coleslaw and a dinner. A portion of each dinner sold will help the museum to recover some of the lost event revenue the museum faces due to COVID-19.
Niagara-Wheatfield Community Ed October classes
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 01:40 pm
This October, the Niagara-Wheatfield Community Education program will offer a host of interesting and engaging courses for adults, teens and children to enjoy. Course categories will include:
Land conservancy files suit against seller; current buyer speaks out
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 12:00 pm
The story surrounding the sale of a former farmland site in the Town of Niagara took a number of interesting turns this week. The Town of Niagara Farmland Conservancy says it will file a lawsuit against the George Mannoe family, the former owners of a 26-acre parcel located on the east side of Miller Road after they decided to sell to another buyer, Alexis Johnson.
Town of Niagara cancels more events due to COVID-19
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 12:00 pm
The Town of Niagara announced a number of event cancellations this week, including some related to wintertime festivities. The cancellations were announced via the following message, which was posted to the town's website earlier this week:
Town of Niagara board: Public hearing scheduled for aerospace project
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 12:00 pm
Among the news from this week's Town of Niagara board meeting was that the town is scheduling a public hearing regarding the rezoning of property at the former U.S. Army Reserve Center from light industrial to heavy industrial.
Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas postpones awards
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 12:00 pm
The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas announced it is postponing the yearly business awards, including Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for Sept. 25, 2020
Fri, Sep 25th 2020 10:40 am
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for Sept. 25, 2020
Lockport's Ed Tase elected as FASNY first vice president
Wed, Sep 23rd 2020 01:35 pm
Edward Tase Jr. of Lockport was elected first vice president of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York at its 148th annual convention, which was held virtually (due to COVID-19) Aug. 22. Tase has served in a number of leadership roles within FASNY, most recently as a member of its board of directors, and now assumes new statewide responsibilities on behalf of New York's volunteer fire service.
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for Sept. 18, 2020
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 02:20 pm
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for Sept. 18, 2020
Wheatfield Town Board: Tom Kontak honored for work on veteran's memorial; outrage at Ward Road delays
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:30 pm
It was an eventful session at Monday's Town Board meeting in the Town of Wheatfield. Tom Kontak, a member of a local veterans group, was recognized for his efforts in the restoration of a helicopter located at the Town Hall, which now stands as a monument for veterans.
Audit: Wheatfield in 'decent position' to weather COVID-19-related financial problems
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:30 pm
Despite the effects of the pandemic, the Town Wheatfield received a generally favorable review of its finances this week by independent auditing firm Drescher and Malecki. However, the town was cautioned to monitor its finances closely as harsh reductions in sales tax revenue and state aid funding are looming.
Host Communities Standing Committee provides grants for parks in NT, Pendleton
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:30 pm
On Tuesday, the Host Communities Standing Committee (HCSC) approved a pair of grants for $200,000 in Greenway funding for parks located in North Tonawanda and Pendleton.
Project H.O.P.E. gives a fresh paint job to local homeowners in need
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:25 pm
Last weekend, Jesse Gooch, owner of Painters Plus, several of the company's employees, and a handful of volunteers washed, primed and painted the house of Steven and Cindy Kureczka of Zimmerman Street in North Tonawanda, the chosen winners for the 10th annual Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Paint Exteriors). The project is an annual citywide contest that offers a free exterior home paint job to homeowners in need.
Muzzleloader course to be given in Wheatfield
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:20 pm
Hunting season is almost here and the Firearms Permit Review Board of Wheatfield will be giving its annual muzzleloader coarse at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Community Center located behind the Wheatfield Town Hall. A certificate will be issued to those taking this course as a requirement for a muzzleloader discharge permit.
Intandem: Girl Scout donates habilitation supplies to people with disabilities
Mon, Sep 14th 2020 11:40 am
Local Girl Scout Julia Wasley just completed a Gold Award service project she titled "Craft Cupboard for Intandem," and donated her entire project to individuals with disabilities who attend the day-habilitation programs at Intandem in Niagara County.
Carnegie Art Center launches a 2021 calendar featuring artwork by 12 local artists
Mon, Sep 14th 2020 07:00 am
The Carnegie Art Center is selling printed 2021 calendars as a fundraiser. The calendars feature a different work of art for each month of the year created by 12 artists living and working in Western New York. Calendars can be pre-ordered on the center's website anytime and will be available for delivery and pick-up in mid-September. Sales from the calendars will support the Carnegie Art Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Town of Niagara looking to land aerospace company, nearly 600 jobs
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 12:30 pm
The Town of Niagara is considering making zoning changes to a disused hangar at the former U.S. Army Reserve Center (USARC) site to help lure an airplane manufacturing facility to the area along with roughly 600 new jobs.
North Tonawanda appoints Frank DiBernardo 2nd Ward Alderman
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 12:30 pm
On Tuesday, the North Tonawanda Common Council voted 4-1 (Austin Tylec) to name Frank DiBernardo, an Independent, as the long-term appointment for 2nd Ward Alderman.
NT push for 2020 census
Tue, Sep 8th 2020 04:30 pm
A proclamation was given, thanking the residents of North Tonawanda for being proactive with the 2020 census.
Residents fear DOT work on Ward Road intersection too little, too late
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 11:55 am
Earlier this week, the New York State Department of Transportation took preliminary steps to address an area long considered one of the most dangerous roadways in the Town of Wheatfield - a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard running between Errick and Sy roads, including the intersection at Ward Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard.
NT: Tylec takes issue with city officials' criticism of state audit
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 11:55 am
Last Tuesday, North Tonawanda Alderman-at-Large Austin Tylec issued a press release criticizing certain city officials for their response to a critical audit of the city's finances issued by the New York state comptroller's office. Since the audit's publication, some current and former officials have disputed some of the audit's findings and have elsewhere implied it had political motivations.
NW School District urges parents: 'Reach out to your legislators' as lack of aid threatens programs/pre-K
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 11:55 am
As school districts across New York state grapple with their reopening plans, another pandemic-related issue threatens to disrupt the education of thousands of students.
Niagara County Golf Course offers deal for youth golfers
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 03:10 pm
In an effort to attract more young people to the game of golf, the Niagara County Golf Course on Tuesday announced golfers who purchase a single round of golf can bring one child 17 years of age of younger to play with them for free. This promotion is offered after noon on weekends, only during nonschool hours during the week, and will last through the end of September. Tee times must be scheduled in advance and are subject to availability.
Town of Niagara: New deal on telecom easement to pay for water tower painting
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 07:00 am
A new lease agreement in the Town of Niagara for the telecommunication easement on the municipality's water tower will pay for a much-needed paint job.
Town of Wheatfield: Safety changes coming to Niagara Falls Boulevard; town looking to extend fire contracts
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 07:00 am
Last week, Wheatfield Supervisor Don MacSwan said he had a "positive meeting" with Department of Transportation officials where they provided a schedule for roadwork for the oft-maligned intersections along Niagara Falls Boulevard at Witmer and Ward roads.
North Tonawanda Common Council: Braun appointed clerk/treasurer
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 07:00 am
On Tuesday, the North Tonawanda Common Council voted 3-1 to appoint current 2nd Ward Alderman Donna Braun as city clerk/treasurer. The position was vacated when then-city clerk/treasurer Matthew Parrish resigned on Aug. 9. Assistant City Clerk Lori Swartz has filled the position in the interim.
NT artist's Ad Age cover submission a window to future success
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 07:00 am
North Tonawanda native and (now) Buffalo State College graduate Crista Sukennik was recently a finalist for Ad Age magazine's "Young Creatives Cover Competition." Sukennik was one of nine finalists selected out of over 350 submissions from professional artists and industry professionals all over the globe.
NT: Call for 'fiscal stability committee' shut down
Mon, Aug 17th 2020 03:00 pm
At last week's North Tonawanda Common Council meeting, a proposed resolution from Alderman-at-Large Austin Tylec to establish a "fiscal stability committee," which he said would be "tasked with developing and implementing the changes recommended by New York state auditors," was shut down by the council.
People Inc. celebrates 50th anniversary
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 04:25 pm
People Inc. started with a just a small group of parents and professionals who joined together to address the needs of people with intellectual disabilities and formed what would grow to become People Inc.
NT: City accountant refutes state audit findings
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 12:35 pm
In response to a blistering audit from the New York State Comptroller's office, City of North Tonawanda Accountant Jeffrey Zellner addressed the council Tuesday night and refuted some of the audit's findings. He also referred to the audit as being "politically motivated" and criticized the auditors themselves as being "unprofessional."
State audit: 'Poor financial management' leads to financial woes in NT
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 12:30 pm
A scathing audit released Aug. 7 from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that North Tonawanda is in "a vulnerable financial position" due to "the Mayor's and City Council's budgeting practices and poor financial management."
 

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