Imag­ine Com­mu­nity Gar­dens to an­nounce plans for 2019

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - – Thomas J. Pro­haska – Stephen T. Wat­son – Jay Rey

Imag­ine Com­mu­nity Gar­dens will an­nounce plans for its 2019 gar­den in North Ton­awanda.

Plans will be dis­cussed at 7 p.m. to­day in the Hope Cen­ter, 383 Van­der­voort St.

Lum­ber City Church is co-spon­sor­ing the gar­den, which was in­stalled last year at 220 Som­mer St. This will be its first full sea­son.

The pro­gram of­fers gar­den­ing space in va­cant lots to neigh­bor­hood res­i­dents who are will­ing to grow their own veg­eta­bles. The gar­den­ers work to­gether and agree to give 10 per­cent of their pro­duce to neigh­bors who strug­gle to feed their fam­i­lies.

Be­sides the North Ton­awanda lo­ca­tion, Imag­ine has a gar­den at Hope House on Ge­ne­see Street in Buf­falo, two in Lock­port and one each in Get­zville and West Seneca.

The Town of Ton­awanda has fired two paramedics sus­pected of tak­ing med­i­ca­tion from the drug de­posit con­tainer at Po­lice Head­quar­ters.

The ter­mi­na­tions of Jon Cinelli and Jeremy Pec­o­raro fol­lowed a hear­ing con­ducted Thurs­day morn­ing by Po­lice Chief Jerome C. Uschold III that their at­tor­ney claims vi­o­lated the paramedics’ due process rights un­der the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment with em­ploy­ees.

At­tor­ney Paul Weiss said the men weren’t given suf­fi­cient op­por­tu­nity to re­view and an­swer the dis­ci­plinary charges brought against them, and the town is re­quired to place the men on paid sus­pen­sion be­fore a hear­ing of­fi­cer or ar­bi­tra­tor makes the fi­nal ter­mi­na­tion de­ci­sion. Weiss said he plans to file a griev­ance over the town’s ac­tions.

“They’re ab­so­lutely wrong on this and we’ll be fight­ing it,” he said.

Ton­awanda Su­per­vi­sor Joseph Em­minger said the town’s at­tor­neys as­sure him the town fol­lowed proper pro­ce­dures. “The town is not re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tions these two in­di­vid­u­als took last week,” he said.

Cinelli, 52, and Pec­o­raro, 40, had been on paid leave since Mon­day.

Pec­o­raro also is charged with crim­i­nal pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, as well as petit lar­ceny and a vi­o­la­tion un­der state pub­lic health law. Cinelli wasn’t charged but re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Cinelli was sus­pected, po­lice said pre­vi­ously, af­ter of­fi­cials ob­served him vi­o­lat­ing reg­u­la­tions that re­quire two paramedics empty the drug bin. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion then im­pli­cated Pec­o­raro, po­lice said.

‘Liv­ing lab­o­ra­tory’ grant awarded to D’You­ville, Buf­falo schools

A grant to D’You­ville Col­lege will trans­form space on the West Side cam­pus into a “liv­ing lab­o­ra­tory” to pro­mote class­room en­gage­ment and cre­ativ­ity among stu­dents at Leonardo da Vinci High School, while help­ing D’You­ville re­searchers un­der­stand how to cre­ate an ac­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Da Vinci, with roughly 400 stu­dents, is in Madonna Hall at D’You­ville and the new “Ac­tive Learn­ing Cen­ter” will be in ground floor space con­nect­ing the high school and col­lege.

The grant, val­ued at up to $67,000, is from Steel­case, a Michi­gan-based man­u­fac­turer of of­fice fur­ni­ture, and in­cludes fur­ni­ture, de­sign re­view, in­stal­la­tion and on­site train­ing, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

D’You­ville and district of­fi­cials made the an­nounce­ment Thurs­day.

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