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DON'T DEVELOP LAND OWNED BY CEMETERY

I am writing in response to the recent News article, "Developers looking at cemetery's vacant land." I appeal to the residents of Kenmore and Tonawanda to voice their concerns to the Town Board regarding the proposed Ciminelli development and lease of property owned by Elmlawn Cemetery. Allowing the destruction of this last accessible and unique forested habitat in town -- whether for light industry or a shopping plaza -- is not in the best interest of our community.

The proposed site, known to some as the 70-acre Hamilton Huggins Nature Sanctuary, has been chronically "restructured" over the last 10 years. A pond and remnants of the old creek bed have been drained in the name of progress. Several New York State Species of Special Concern nest here or frequent the area. Residents must speak their voice at the Oct. 16 Town Board meeting and let officials know where they stand on this issue.

We should encourage industrial development where it belongs -- not on a plot of land zoned park/cemetery/school -- but in the industrial development zones that surround our town. Let's not turn this last piece of publicly accessible forested land into another industrial wasteland.

JUDY G. SMITH
Tonawanda

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