Tonawanda News

September 21, 2013

TUCKER: Seeking a solution for styrofoam

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Kathy Reitz of Tonawanda emailed a response to the query from Robert Starr last week about how to get rid of styrofoam so it does not end up in a landfill for hundreds of years to come.

Kathy wrote: “I have a front porch full of bags of washed, used styrofoam. I have been trying to find homes for it through Buffalo Freecycle, a site I just love. You can get rid of most anything and I do mean anything. Except I have trouble with the styrofoam.

“So I did some research, and found that the DPW in Tonawanda will take it, but it just goes by the way all garbage goes. The woman at the DPW says they are trying to purchase a recycling machine but they do not have one as yet.

“So ..... back to the Internet. Dart Inc., in Baltimore does this kind of recycling, but the cost to ship would be crazy. They steered me to Trippi Foods in Buffalo. I guess they have a unit to take care of the styrofoam. But when I called there, the receptionist who answered was not so nice and told me if I wasn’t a retailer they could not help me and I asked who some of the retailers were so I could go to them and she said she was too busy. I just thanked her and here we are. 

“If you find out anything further, I would be thrilled, and my husband would be very grateful to have the space cleared on our front porch.”

The question is: does ANYONE have an answer to Kathy and Bob Starr’s dilemma?

Road Grief

For months now, the Town of Tonawanda has been repaving roads and replacing old water and sewer lines — the case on Delaware Road. For the longest time, workers closed off Delaware Road on the south side of Sheridan Drive. But alas, about a week ago, they started on the north side. Construction meant closing every side street, Traverse, Thorncliff, Zimmerman (my street) and all the others to where Delaware Road and Avenue meet. Trying to get home this past week was a nightmare and finally, the best solution seemed to be Delaware Avenue to Sheridan to Colvin Boulevard to Zimmerman and home. My daughter, who was bringing her son to the house to cut the grass, called Thursday and said: “Mom, how do I get to your house? There’s no street open.”

She finally made her way from Brighton to Colvin and then Zimmerman. The mess will be over soon and the workers are on the scene at 7 a.m. and work until 3 p.m. or so, working hard. Of course, after the water line and fire hydrant project is complete, there will be repaving. However, it’s all for a good cause and happy ending, whenever that is.


Last weekend at a woodswalk for the New York Forest Owners Association at Bob Glidden’s home and woodlot in Barker, Pat Marren, senior forester for the DEC whose area is Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties, gave a wonderful talk on various programs that he oversees. He noted that he is supposed to spend time on urban forestry, a task that’s difficult as cities either are not aware of his expertise and free services or they have their own “experts.” When asked if he was consulted by North Tonawanda when the project on Webster Street (tearing out trees and flower boxes) was considered, he said he was not. He wondered what kind of trees will be planted. Michael Regan, our NT reporter had asked the same question and found out a decision had not yet been made on the kind of tree. Seems to me, if it’s not too late, Pat Marren would be the one to get in on the discussion.

Vietnam veterans

Joe Pasek, one of the organizers, along with other members of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 77 in Tonawanda, of last Saturday’s Town Meeting on Agent Orange, called to say the meeting was a great success.

“We had about 130 veterans who came to find out how they can get benefits, what progress is being made to make politicians aware of this tragedy.”

Joe said the national leaders were on hand and that they travel from Florida to North Dakota to spread the word.

The only downside to the event, Joe commented, was the lack of interest by local politicians, all of whom were invited. Three sent representatives, some never responded and one offered to meet with the group at another time.

“The only one who came was (state Sen.) George Maziarz,” Joe said.

Joe mentioned that the senator came to help understand the problem and perhaps try to do something about it.

“I can tell you this,” Joe commented, “we’ll remember him on election day.”

Young Street

The person who called in Sound Off, angered by the city’s shutting off Young Street so the restaurant on the corner could have more parking, was absolutely right. Cars are backed up, especially in the afternoon, coming on Young Street and wanting to turn right to go over the bridge. Drivers are lucky if they make the turn by the third light change. Has to be a better way. Nice try, but no praise for this one.


People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention.

Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or email