Tonawanda News


April 12, 2014

TUCKER: Taking down trees 'disheartening'

Tonawanda News — Several readers have questioned the City of Tonawanda’s tree removal program. An email to Jenna Koch, who represents the Third Ward and checks into any query on the city, explained the program.

“It’s very disheartening,” Jenna wrote about the tree removal. “It’s my understanding that there were five certified arborists who did an inventory of 5,700 trees in the city and the trees that are coming down are priority 1 level trees. There are 500 trees in the city that are slated to be taken down over the next two years. Very depressing to say the least. (The city) has found funds to plant 100 trees right away. We are also waiting on a grant for $35,000.”


On to happier signs of spring. Two Blue Jays were in my yard Friday, eating their hearts out on seeds and insects and picking up bits of dried grass and weeds to make a nest. And how about the stacks of peat moss for sale at a variety of locations — sure sign of warmer days.


As a person who was on the Riviera Theatre board when Frank Cannata was hired and taking part in discussions about the theater going bankrupt, I’m disappointed in his resignation as executive director. Frank never once looked at the down side, but from day one had positive ideas on how to grow the theater into a regional attraction and brought the whole of Webster Street with him — something he accomplished.

His drive, vitality, commitment, knowledge of theater and more enthusiasm and charisma than I’d ever seen, carried the theater to where it is today. I’ve not been on the board for several years, so I don’t know any of the “ins and outs” of this, only that he is one of a kind who has not been recognized for all he accomplished.

Text Only
  • 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