Town of Tonawanda

A variety of initiatives in the Ken-Ton community will benefit from funding acquired by state Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore, in the 2012-13 state budget, town officials announced last week.

The town’s police department will receive $19,250 toward the purchase of new equipment for police vehicles, while the recreation department is getting $30,000 toward planned work on the tennis courts at Mang Park, which will include restoration of the playing surfaces.

In addition, the Kenmore Fire Department will receive $15,500 to buy safety equipment, according to a news release from the assemblyman’s office.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns is receiving $28,250 for its SMART [Skills Mastery and Resistance Training] Moves program, which helps teens hone their decision-making and critical-thinking skills, and Project Learn, which creates opportunities for high-yield learning activities, a spokeswoman for Schimminger reported.

Also this week:

• An open house is being held this week for anyone interested in becoming a school bus driver in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have a clean driver’s license; training will be provided for those who don’t already have a commercial driver’s license. Call the Transportation Department at 874-8611 for more information.

• A draft of the Ken-Ton School District’s budget for 2013-14 is expected to be presented at the School Board’s budget work session on Tuesday, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Ave.

• The Kenmore Village Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 6:30 in the mayor’s office on the first floor.