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Town of Tonawanda

A pair of work sessions will be held this week by the Town Board, as it fine-tunes the 2014 tentative budget presented by Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana.

The roughly $98.8 million spending plan, which is a compilation of requests submitted by department heads, reflects an approximately $3.7 million increase in appropriations from the current year. Most of the increase is attributed to employee health care costs, as well as an increase in debt payments related to the ongoing Parker-Fries sewer replacement project.

For the average homeowner, whose property is assessed at $50,000, the annual tax bill would decrease by $3.26, or 0.3 percent.

The budget work sessions are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in council chambers at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave.

Also this week:

• Kenmore United Methodist Church hosts its free Fall Family Festival today from 1 to 5 p.m. at 32 Landers Road. The event features a pumpkin patch, face painting, live music, the Buffalo Zoo Zoomobile, jugglers, a chili sale, a pie sale and crafters. Food donations to benefit the Food Bank of WNY will be accepted.

• Former Buffalo Bills safety and current radio color commentator Mark Kelso will be the guest speaker Monday at 12:15 p.m. as part of the Kenmore Rotary’s luncheon series at Jovi’s Restaurant, 2795 Delaware Avenue. The general public is welcome at a cost of $13. E-mail info@rotarykenmore.org or call Kenmore Rotary President Mark Tramont at 462-0693 to reserve a spot.

• Kenmore Mercy’s new Knee & Hip Center opens following a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at 3 p.m. The 15,300-square-foot orthopedic wing will include 24 private rooms, a visitors’ lounge, a staff lounge and two nursing stations, and will offer physical therapy rehabilitation services.

• A regular meeting of the Ken-Ton School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the community room of Hoover Elementary School, 199 Thorncliff Road. The board will consider a resolution calling on state and federal officials to reduce standardized testing and testing mandates.

• Civil War re-creators Georgia Shivers and John Baronovitch explain the “Underground Railroad Quilt Code,” their symbol-laden quilt, and some War Between the States history on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at 100 Knoche Road. For more information, call 873-5774.

• Staff from State Sen. Mark Grisanti’s office will hold satellite office hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building.

• The Town Environmental Quality Review board will conduct a meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday at 525 Belmont Ave. to discuss a site plan for a self-storage facility at 625-627 Ensminger Road; site plan and special use permit for a bottle redemption center at 447 Kenmore Ave; and a site plan review for a Paddock vehicle storage lot at 1246 Military Road.

• The Ken-Ton School District is accepting reservations for a free Legislative Advocacy Workshop to be held Oct. 15 in Kenmore West’s Goulding Theater. Space is limited and reservations are restricted to district residents. Send your reservation request by e-mail to Board President Bob Dana at bdana@kenton.k12.ny.us and include your name, address and phone number.

• The Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce and the Kenmore Merchants Association announced it will hold a “Meet the Candidates Night” on Oct. 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Village Square Catering, 2878 Delaware Avenue. Candidates in November’s general election from the Village of Kenmore, Town of Tonawanda and the 3rd and 4th Legislative Districts will each give a brief presentation followed by an open forum Q&A session. Complimentary light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Attendees are asked to RSVP to the Chamber Office by Oct. 18. Call 874-1202 or e-mail info@ken-ton.org.