Tonawanda News


March 15, 2014

TUCKER: No news except weather news


Tonawanda News — “Those of a certain age and religion will, of course, remember parochial school where there was daily homework and weekly tests, and quarterly exams, and the dreaded midterms and finals. Is it possible that the concerns over the Common Core comes from students not being tested enough, and skating through years of schooling without having basic skills verified? It would seem to me that parents would WANT their children to succeed academically rather than (possibly) succeed in what their children see as excellence, and the number of friends on Facebook?”


Gloria and Pat Schmarder, ages 93 and 91, wrote a letter saying St. Francis of Assisi School is “their school” and they are pleased that the mention of the school and the diocese decision to close it, have been positive.

“Our vision is not the problem, (for not reading the newspaper any more) the news is too often depressing so we rely on you to continue your positive and enjoyable article each week.”

Thanks, but this week, my take on the St. Francis news is not all positive.

First of all, many parents have gone on the diocesan Facebook page (!/WNYCatholicSchools) to talk about the positive accomplishments of the students and to ask why the diocese is reluctant to tell the school’s story.

Mary Wilkie, a parent, and Tracy Dankanich, another parent had their posts deleted. Then when Tracy sent in another one asking why her post and that of Mary Wilkie and Mark Saltarelli were also deleted, there was no reply. She also asked why the post which announced St. Francis as the Weather Machine winner was also deleted.

Tracy emailed: “It’s crazy. I saw the post this morning about removing Mary’s, so I posted on their site questioning them. I checked this afternoon and can’t find it so I just posted again. I have no words to describe (the diocese’s) behavior, it’s so incredibly sad and pathetic.”

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On lines blurred, crossed and nonexistent It strikes me more and more how blurry the lines have gotten in all facets of our world, large and small.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014