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Where We Live: Grand Island

Grand Island

Are you worried about the impact that polluting emissions from the Tonawanda Coke plant might have on your family?

Researcher and assistant professor William Scheider of the UB School of Public Health and Jessica Castner, a researcher and assistant professor at UB’s School of Nursing, will speak about the possible environmental effects on the community caused by the company. Tonawanda Coke was convicted on 14 felony counts in March after it was found to have dumped coal-tar sludge, failed to install anti-pollution equipment and discharged coke-oven gas containing illegal amounts of cancer-causing benzene.

The discussion will be moderated by Pastor Dean Hunneshagen at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Road. The public forum and information session will take place Monday at 7 p.m. For more information, call 773-4400.

Residents who feel they have been negatively affected by the pollutants are asked to submit an impact statement. A form and directions can be found on the town’s Web site, Statements must be submitted by July 1.

Also this week:

The School Board will hold a retiree/tenure reception at 6 p.m. Monday in the courtyard of the Middle School courtyard, 1100 Ransom Road, followed by a 7 p.m. executive session by the board in the District Office Conference Room. The public session will begin in the Middle School Little Theater at 8 p.m.

The Town Planning Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.

Work hours on the southbound Grand Island bridge will be expanded from tonight through Thursday. Traffic will be diverted to the northbound bridge beginning at 8 p.m. The southbound bridge will also be closed for work this Friday, as well as June 21 and 28 from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

• Eric Berger Insurance will hold fundraiser for Relay for Life Friday from 11 to 2 at the office, 2119 Grand Island Boulevard. A hot dog and pop is $3.

• The Grand Island Little League will hold a food drive Saturday to benefit the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation. Representatives will be collecting non-perishables all day at each baseball diamond and at the concession stand at Veteran’s Park, 1715 Bedell Road.