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City Hallways (Dec. 17) Red+Green=Blue

No, you can't recycle holiday wrapping paper, city recycling director says.

No, you can't recycle holiday wrapping paper, city recycling director says.

Holiday wrap is blue-tote item
Since we're always being encouraged to recycle to help save the environment and cut expenses,  I was surprised to hear from  the city's recycling director that we should not - repeat NOT - recycle holiday wrapping paper. Between the strong dyes and glittery metallic and even plastic stuff in the  paper, director Susan Attridge says it's not recyclable. It's  garbage.  Blue tote it all!  recyclingder (4) If you're an obsessive recycler upset by this news, it's suggested you can make your own wrapping paper out of  material that can be recycled - say paper bags or newspaper.  The tissue paper and the styrofoam wrapping accessories, by the way, aren't recyclable either, I was told.

Pridgen on  Pridgen on Franczyk:
A few times now, when the Council  dealt with preservation issues, I've heard Council President Darius Pridgen talk about  how Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk helped him understand the value of old buildings in Buffalo.  It happened again earlier this  week when the Council was  discussing St. Ann's Church on Broadway,  a 19th century  neo-Gothic structure that is shuttered, and, in the  past, threatened with demolition.

St. Ann's Church on Broadway

St. Ann's Church on Broadway

"I give him credit," Pridgen said of Francyzk, "for being able to understand the value of preservation."
"When  I got  to  the Council," Pridgen continued, "I wanted neon lights on  everything. Modernizataion.  He helped me to understand."

Mayor on Puerto Rico
When I started covering  City Hall a year or so ago, I never expected to be writing about Puerto Rico. But then came yesterday, when I was told  Mayor Byron Brown sent a letter to Congressional leaders, urging them to support President Obama's proposals to  help Puerto Rico overcome its  current fiscal and economic crisis. "Buffalo is home to a significant population with a deep connection to Puerto Rico that dates back to the early 1900s and this issue touches us very closely,"  Brown said in a press release. "I recognize that  the  economic vitality of Puerto Rico has a direct  impact  on the finances  of many who are actively investing  in Buffalo neighborhoods."
Buffalo has about 26,000 Hispanics, roughly 10 percent of the city population, according to 2014 census estimates.

I have story in today's Buffalo News and on buffalonews.com on Pridgen and Franczyk's concerns about St. Ann's Church, and the Diocese of Buffalo's response.

Sidewalk IFO St. Ann's Church on Broadway

Sidewalk IFO St. Ann's Church on Broadway

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