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September 21, 2021

Lumber City Pedal Tour: In Pictures, NT’s 2019 “Slow Roll” Bike Ride

More than 400 participants got into gear and participated in NT’s first community bike ride on Aug. 31, 2019. The 11-mile loop of North Tonawanda started on Sweeney Street at the Dockside Grill. Dozens of Slow Roll volunteers held positions at intersections and stop lights, directing bikers to stay within their rights as cyclists and under the law as users of the roadway. Like in the numerous Slow Roll events having already taken place in almost every community across WNY, bikers got to see the nooks and crannies of the city you don’t usually notice in a car. Ed Smolinski, one of the local organizers of the event, addresses the 400+ cyclists gathered behind St. [...]
 
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September 10, 2021

“One Year After” 9/11 remembered 19 years later

New York City, 2002 — “Sometimes your feelings become your memories.”

Steven Whipple said that’s when he realized his recollection of Sept. 11 was bogus.

Because he lived just two miles from the smoldering, stinking, spewing nightmare of Ground Zero, the former Albion resident reported his Greenwich Village neighborhood seemingly deserted for weeks.

“It was a ghost town,” he said. “No cars, no horns, no people and the restaurants were all shut down.” Then he consulted his journal, which told a different story. “Actually, it says here that it lasted only three days.”

Three days. Three weeks. Or 365 [...]

 
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September 9, 2021

EDITORIAL: Proper public process proved elusive for city officials championing power plant deal on Erie Ave.

After months of trying to keep the Erie Ave. project away from public eyes, failing to hold a proper public hearing on what many argued was a new land use in the city as well as addressing air quality and other concerns from sources that didn’t have a financial stake in the project … members of the Planning Commission — including the NT Republican Party chairman Mike Carney (above left) — voted to approve Digihost’s site plan and send it on a path that will likely see the “bitcoin mining” facility operating at full blast by this time next year.

Despite the misdirect at the beginning of the meeting from Planning Commission President Tom Jaccarino (five [...]

 
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September 1, 2021

Still a way to protect air quality around power plant if deal gets pushed through

There’s considerable concern regarding a proposed plan to operate a “computer farm” on Erie Ave. — performing energy intensive “bitcoin mining” in trailers there —and run the power plant full blast to power it.

There are also many questions remaining after the presentation (which was absolutely not a public hearing and would have included experts without a bias-inducing financial interest). 

Digihost CEO Michel Amar (above center) was finally on hand Aug. 18 at a meeting of the NT common council to ostensibly to answer questions and assuage neighbors’ concerns. But as one speaker remarked, it only raised [...]

 
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August 24, 2021

Family of North Tonawanda resident hoping for miracle they’ll somehow escape Kabul

A former translator for U.S. forces in Afghanistan — who’s now living in North Tonawanda — has been trying desperately for weeks to aid his family trapped in Kabul.

Phone messages and emails left to senators and congressmen have gone answered during that time, and the University at Buffalo graduate in structural engineering is losing sleep while feeling helpless at his family’s plight. (Because of the extreme danger facing his family in Kabul, the subject’s name is being withheld.)

After working for the U.S. government from 2010-2014, he was granted a visa and eventually became a U.S. citizen.

He’s now pursuing a [...]

 
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August 10, 2021

EDITORIAL: Public hearing needed on Canadian firm looking to run “computer farm” at Erie Ave. power plant

This needs to be said in no uncertain terms: before this proposed sale takes one step further the City of North Tonawanda needs to schedule and publicize a public hearing to bring together the community, city officials, relevant experts as well as the individual who’s looking to buy this power plant and run it at nearly full capacity.

And for what?

To generate enormous amounts of power to operate a “computer farm” to “mine bitcoin.”

To most residents, that sentence alone is probably mostly incomprehensible and truly requires the owner to come before them and patiently explain it.

Secondly, what’s the [...]

 
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June 21, 2021

Games Without Frontiers: Ranking the political deceptions facing endorsed WFP candidates across Niagara County

In Niagara Falls, Lockport and North Tonawanda candidates endorsed by the Working Families Party in Tuesday’s (June 22) primary election are being challenged by phony “paper” candidates and cynical line grabbers desperate at all costs to tilt the playing field in their favor — even when it’s already tilted.

Each of the three races being targeted by the Niagara County Republicans is a disappointing testament to the game playing most residents and voters dislike, but they aren’t equally offensive. Here’s the rundown on the dirty low-down …

#3 North Tonawanda (9th District)

As is often the case when I publish an article at Niagara News [...]

 
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June 3, 2021

EDITORIAL: It’s not the end of the world as we know it

Four LGBTQ Pride Flags were raised across Niagara on Tuesday, and the county is better off for it.

Not only is it the right thing to do — granting representation to communities that have been historically denied it and are still discriminated against — it’s also the smart thing to do for a county that’s pinning much of its future hopes on expanding tourism.

For Niagara County to truly succeed Niagara Falls has to become the thriving economic engine it once was and could be again.

Tourism is a big part of what’s keeping the city afloat through its tough times now, and it’s also the hope for a thriving city in the [...]

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Family of North Tonawanda resident hoping for miracle they’ll somehow escape Kabul
 
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