Town of Tonawanda

The Town of Tonawanda Community Emergency Response Team is serving up a book full of useful tips and quick recipes in time for the holidays.

The 114-page cookbook, “CERT-ified Easy Recipes and Tips,” will raise funds for the community group, which has a mission of training residents to be prepared to help themselves, their loved ones and their neighbors during an emergency. The book project also was organized to celebrate CERT’s 10th anniversary in the town. Since 2003, CERT has trained more than 300 residents in emergency preparedness.

Separated into six categories — breakfasts; appetizers, dips and sauces; soups, sides and salads; entrees; desserts; and gluten-free – the recipe collection was gathered from CERT members’ personal family favorites. Among the recipes, readers will find safety tips outlining how to prepare for a natural or man-made disaster, including what supplies to have on hand and how to create a family plan.

“CERT-ified Easy Recipes and Tips” is available for a $15 donation per copy from CERT members, by calling Regina at 834-4153 or Marge at 833-3429 or by emailing

Copies also will be available for sale at the following Town of Tonawanda locations: Kenmore Dental Associates, 2835 Elmwood Ave; Bumblebeez Consignment and Children’s Boutique, 906 Brighton Road; and Center Ice Sports Cards, 1592 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Also this week:

• The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4 in the second-floor conference room.

• The assessor’s office in the municipal building will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday for staff to assist homeowners who have not re-registered for the basic STAR property tax exemption. The deadline to re-register is Dec. 31.

• The Kenmore Village Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the municipal building. A work session begins at 8 in the mayor’s office.

• The Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the municipal building’s second-floor conference room.

• The annual holiday sing-along for the Ken-Ton community is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Crosby Field, off Colvin Boulevard. There will be a bonfire, hot beverages and a visit from Santa Claus.

• Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard will be the guest speaker Friday at noon for the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday luncheon in Classics V Banquet Hall, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. The cost is $20 and an RSVP is requested by Dec. 2 by calling 874-1202.

• Entry forms are due Friday for the 2013 Ken-Ton Energy-Efficient Holiday Decorating Contest. Sponsored by the town’s Environment Commission and the Police Club, there are three categories in which gift certificates will be awarded. Forms can be found online at or in the town Supervisor’s Office at the municipal building. Judging takes place the night of Dec. 10; winners will be announced at the Dec. 16 Town Board meeting.

• The Ken-Ton Girl Scouts are giving away Christmas trees to families in need. Contact Jessica Lawrence by email at or by calling 253-1378 for more information.