Tonawanda News


August 10, 2013

TUCKER: Bits and pieces from around town

Tonawanda News — Laura Marohn, president of the Friends of the City of Tonawanda Library emailed to fill in the blanks about how the beautiful new landscaping at the library came about.

“It was a cooperative effort between our director, Glenn Luba, and the Friends of the Library,” Laura said. “Glenn has done all the planning and with the help of our maintenance person, Karen Wiles, and a senior page, John Wacker, did all the planting and upkeep. The Friends of the Library paid for all the plants and trees plus the topsoil, mulch, and rocks for the rock garden.”

If you haven’t noticed how lovely the library looks, be sure to drive past — or better yet, stop in and say hi.

Bad Mistake

In a Soundoff item a week ago, the person who called in to tell about the generous help she received during the recent wind and rain storm, wanted to be sure Jenna Koch of Tonawanda received some recognition. It seems Jenna helped neighbors, borrowed a generator, paid for gas, took care of neighbors, checked on oxygen during and after the storm. The caller, no doubt one of the people she helped, just gave Jenna’s last name, but did not spell it. The reporter who puts Soundoff into the system, assumed that Jenna’s last name is spelled Cook. However, anyone who knows Jenna probably figured out she is George and Betsy Koch’s daughter as they, too are caring folks and as the say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Great work Jenna, sorry for the misspelling.

Teacher’s Plight

Because there are many teachers in our family, this may be a bit biased. The question asked on the front page of Thursday’s News was “Are kids getting dumber?” An emphatic NO from this corner. Are the teachers at fault for low state test scores? NO. Is the state at fault for not knowing what’s really going on in schools? YES. Teachers are retiring in unusually high numbers this year. Not that they don’t love their vocation or that they don’t like the students — we all know the answer: The state education department. Of course there have to be standards. But to ask teachers to teach by testing is backwards. And then, as a slap at teachers, the state will judge teachers on how well their students do on tests. This is so wrong it boggles the mind. In Buffalo as in any “poor” school district, the problem with students not attending school is often the parents, some of whom don’t see the importance of school, others who might wish their son or daughter could find a technical school to learn real-life skills. The latter idea holds true in every school district. There are kids who just don’t belong in the “testing” environment. A pat on the back to BOCES classes and colleges like NCCC and ECC. 

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  • OUR VIEW: Arson suspect never deserved bail Two of the 11 fires reported on Fifth Avenue could have been prevented with some jurisprudence in evaluating whether the suspect, Michelle Johnston, deserved to be offered bail. Given the obvious nature of a repeat offender who was charged with nine felony arson counts, bail never should have been offered in this case.

    July 25, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: 'Jefferson lives' a testament to enduring freedom One hundred and eighty-eight years ago today, our nation's second president, John Adams, uttered his last bitter, ironic words: "Jefferson lives." Thomas Jefferson didn't have much of a response. He'd died earlier that day.

    July 4, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Parking law change a step in right direction We were pleased to see lawmakers in the City of Tonawanda throw it in reverse this week and vote to abolish an overnight parking during the summer in the city after initially voting to keep it last month.

    July 3, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Council should change parking law City of Tonawanda leaders missed an opportunity to make life a little easier for residents this week when they shot down by a 3-2 Common Council vote a proposal to allow residents to park on the street overnight during the summer.

    June 5, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: City right to cut ties with Natale Voters spoke clearly last year in council races and in the mayoral race they did not approve of the deal negotiated by the city's former mayor, Ron Pilozzi.

    April 3, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Turning the corner on winter -- we hope The lead on Thursday's story about the latest -- and dear God we hope the last -- winter storm of the season pretty much said it all. Enough already.

    March 29, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Wilson's legacy includes Bills in Buffalo We all owe Mr. Wilson a debt of gratitude for demonstrating such fierce loyalty to Buffalo and to the fans of his team.

    March 26, 2014

  • OUR VIEW: Tonawanda Coke sentence offers deserved answers U.S. Chief District Judge William Skretny got Wednesday's sentencing of Tonawanda Coke right in acknowledging the pain and suffering the plant has caused its neighbors -- while also noting it deserves a chance to improve its standing in the community now that the trial is over.

    March 20, 2014

  • EDITORIAL: Time to get a handle on robocalls Calling himself "Robo Cop," U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer last week called for harsher fines and even jail time for repeat offenders who violate the federal "Do Not Call" rules with pre-recorded telemarketing calls.

    February 16, 2014

  • St. Francis closure demands explanation

    January 20, 2014

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