Tonawanda News


December 29, 2012

Winter tales of joy and woe

Tonawanda News — The residents on Grove Street in Tonawanda are an amazing group of folks. Coming to work yesterday, it was clear they think of others. We all know to clear the fire hydrants of snow, and this was done. However, yesterday was garbage pick up day and the plows had dumped snow over the curb and onto the space between the sidewalk and curb. But the pile of snow did not daunt the residents. Nearly every household had shoveled a place to put its black tote, making it easier for the DPW workers. Very thoughtful.


Driving home from my daughter’s home in Sanborn in the snowstorm Wednesday evening could have been a bad experience. However, en route, I saw only one car until I reached Oliver Street and Ward Road, which allowed me to drive more to the center of the street. On Oliver, there was one car ahead of me until we reached Sweeney Street. An SUV was at the signal at the Delaware Street bridge, turning left to go to Tonawanda. At the bottom of the bridge, he had his left turn signal on to turn onto Young Street. When the signal turned green he headed toward Young Street, must have realized he’d made an error, and did a “wheelie” swinging completely around, heading back to North Tonawanda. Luckily, there were no other cars on the road as he obviously didn’t realize I was behind him. I swerved out of the way, missing him by about a foot. I watched in the rear view mirror as he headed back over the bridge. Isn’t winter driving fun?


Now for something a bit controversial.

Bob Starr sent in his feelings on the City of Tonawanda’s considering privatizing its trash service. This has been in Sound Off several times, however, Bob thought it could go in this column. The email was long, so it’s been trimmed a bit.

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    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

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  • 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