Tonawanda News


April 5, 2014

TUCKER: Yarn yields clicking needles


Tonawanda News — Trees combat the greenhouse effect, trees clean the air, trees provide oxygen, cool the city by up to 10 degrees by shading homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.

Trees also conserve energy, save water, prevent soil erosion, provide food, heal as studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications.

Or how about trees mark the seasons, are teachers and playmates, provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife, block things like concrete walls or parking lots, provide wood and increase property values.

So think twice about cutting down a tree.


Cardinal O’Hara High School Song Corps will perform “The Star Spangled Banner” at the beginning of the Cleveland Indians/Minnesota Twins game at Progressive Field at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. They will also be singing “God Bless America” before the seventh inning. “We’re so excited and grateful that Christopher and his friends will be able to partake in this wonderful opportunity,” Theresa Conlon, Christopher’s mom emailed.


This month’s issue of the WNY Catholic magazine includes question and answer statements by Bishop Malone about the closing of parish schools including that an out of town company did the research on the schools.

Carolyn Gorski, who is working to keep St. Francis of Assisi School open, sent the bishop a reply. Here is some of her letter.

“So let me get this straight, Bishop Malone. You used a company not familiar with this area to do research about schools from this area. When this whole thing started back in September, the head of Catholic Education didn’t know there was a difference between the CITIES of Tonawanda, NORTH Tonawanda and the TOWN of Tonawanda. If she didn’t know the difference, did your research company?

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  • 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

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014