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By Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Joseph Popiolkowski » Friday, September 23, 2016

Tonawanda officials say a new bathroom for bicyclists and repaved parking lot will be worth the $1.14 million cost because the improvements will help redevelop a key area of downtown. Work is expected to begin as soon as early October on the creation of an acre of parkland and an “intermodal hub” – a small... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Joseph Popiolkowski » Thursday, August 11, 2016

The region’s newest recreation spot will officially open Thursday to all bicyclists, joggers and anyone else looking for a motor-free workout or commute. But the 3.9-mile Tonawanda Rails to Trails is much more than a simple 12-foot-wide paved asphalt path atop a former railroad bed in the Town and City of Tonawanda.... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Joseph Popiolkowski » Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department holds a National Night Out event from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd. There will be a helicopter landing at 6:15 p.m. and a K9 demonstration at 7 p.m. In addition, town police, paramedics and firefighters will be on hand to meet residents and display their... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Joseph Popiolkowski » Thursday, July 21, 2016

A free concert on Kenmore's Village Green begins at 4 p.m. Friday with music from saxophonist Bobby Militello. Militello will play a two-hour set, then Vinnie DeRosa’s Band featuring Jax Jordan, an 11-year old guitar player from Kenmore, takes the stage at 6:30 for an hourlong set. Party Squad wraps up the night... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Joseph Popiolkowski » Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Town of Tonawanda Planning Board is holding a special meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave., to consider approving several site plans and special use permits. The Board will consider a plan for the Kenmore Teachers Credit Union in 2265 Sheridan Drive, the former Demetri's Family... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Joseph Popiolkowski » Thursday, June 18, 2015

The City of Tonawanda Common Council has called for a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday to consider a resolution reinstating various stop signs throughout the city. The Council’s decision last month to remove 12 stop signs — including four stop signs along Fletcher Street — provoked an outcry by residents who say... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Joseph Popiolkowski » Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Two Village of Kenmore first responders were commended at Tuesday's Village Board meeting for rushing into a burning home June 10 and rescuing the occupants Volunteer firefighter Brendan Finn and police officer Joanne Davis were presented with the proclamations by Mayor Pat Mang for "exceptional bravery and... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Joseph Popiolkowski » Thursday, June 4, 2015

The City of Tonawanda may now have it's own version of C-SPAN. Tuesday's Common Council meeting had the largest attendance of any meeting in recent memory. Most residents were there to protest the council's decision last month to remove four stop signs along Fletcher Street. Anticipating the large turnout was Brian... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Joseph Popiolkowski » Wednesday, May 6, 2015

This is what the parcels at 2382, 2396, 2410 and 2424 Niagara Falls Blvd. in the Town of Tonawanda currently look like. There are three vacant homes and an old single-story motel, vacant for at least 25 years, surrounded by a chain-link fence. Neighbors say this wooded land between Forbes and Thistle avenues is a... Read More

By Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Joseph Popiolkowski » Monday, January 26, 2015

Town historian isn't a position that gets a lot of attention. The unglamorous post comes with — maybe — a small stipend for expenses and a lot of digging through archives. But when officials have a question about something that happened in the town's distant past, the historian is their first call. John Percy... Read More

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