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Tonawanda Coke plant closing due to financial straits

DEC to oversee shutdown and assist workers

Unable to meet the financial obligations of operating its Tonawanda plant in accordance with environmental law, the Tonawanda Coke Corporation is pursuing a shutdown, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. (See editorial on page four) In a statement released Friday evening, the DEC said it was informed by the corporation of its intent to close the plant following […]

Ken-Ton School District updates sexual harassment policy

As per state law, the Ken-Ton School District has updated its sexual harassment prevention policy, which the Board of Education approved after a first reading during a meeting last week. According to Superintendent Steve Bovino, the updated policy includes a new definition of sexual harassment; specific examples of sexual harassment; an explanation of the district’s complaint and investigation procedures; language […]

Payne Avenue Christian Church calls new pastor


The Rev. Robert Fleming, the new full-time pastor at the Payne Avenue Christian Church in North Tonawanda, is no stranger to the congregation. He was the church’s supply pastor for a few months before taking the full-time position on Sept. 1. “They are a wonderful, outgoing and mission-minded congregation, and I’m honored to be selected as the next pastor of […]

Buffalo gallery hosting release party for ‘Snakeland’ novel

Just prior to Halloween weekend, Hertel’s Revolution Gallery will be hosting a book-signing and release party for the new graphic novel “Return to Snakeland,” which focuses on dark legends from an abandoned grain elevator on the edge of Kenmore that was nicknamed “Snakeland.” Written by Jason Gusmann and illustrated by Aaron O’Brian, the novel tells the story of murders and […]

Man to serve jail time for Town of Tonawanda hit-and-run

Mark Hicks, 34, of Amherst, has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek to one year in jail, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn. At approximately 5:50 p.m. on Feb. 16, Hicks admitted that he was driving a pickup on Vulcan Street near Rosedale Street, in the Town of Tonawanda, when he struck a […]

City of Tonawanda selected as one of four winners of WNY Smart Growth funding

The City of Tonawanda has been selected as one of four communities in Western New York to receive money through the state Smart Growth Community Fund, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Upon the recommendation of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, the city will receive up to $2.5 million for projects focused on improving its waterfront and […]

North Tonawanda diabetes group donates canned goods to charity

Members of a free diabetes self-management program that meets at the North Tonawanda Public Library recently donated approximately 140 pounds of canned goods last month to the North Tonawanda Food Pantry, the same amount of weight collectively lost by the group since it began meeting in April, according to participant Christine Wolf. Facilitated by Jill Morrissey and Kris Wolf, registered […]

Town police taking part in national drug drop-off event

As part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, Catholic Health is hosting drive-up drop-off sites in Erie and Niagara counties to help get unused and unwanted medications out of people’s homes. The Town of Tonawanda Police Department, 1835 Sheridan Drive, is […]

Coke plant closure painful for some, best for all

Bee Editorial

With word from the state Department of Environmental Conservation last week that the Tonawanda Coke Corporation will be closing its River Road plant permanently due to financial difficulties, some felt validated. Activists such as Jackie James-Creedon, director of community group Citizen Science Community Resources, and Rebecca Newberry, executive director of the Clean Air Coalition, have been fighting for years to […]