Imagine Community Gardens to announce plans for 2019
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.