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Restaurant owner Mike Shatzel noticed something reappearing on Elmwood Avenue sidewalks when the snow finally melted: trash. That observation sparked an idea: organizing a neighborhood cleanup for Earth Day. Just such a cleanup of the Elmwood Village, Hoyt Lake and Allentown will take place on the evening of April 22, with volunteers fanning out from five of Shatzel'…

Business

National Grid will provide up to $300,000 grant to help clean up a former ExxonMobil refinery property on Elk Street, along the Buffalo River. The economic development grant will go to Krog Corp.'s Elk Street Commerce Park, to support the cleanup of 89 acres of contaminated land. National Grid's funds will be used to cover costs related to old concrete and pipes, as wel…

Environment

The Tonawanda Coke plant was ordered to shut down operations Friday after a state Department of Environmental Conservation inspection of the facility Thursday found persistent and repeated violations of the plant's DEC permit. A cease-and-desist letter from DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos delivered to the plant Friday included a notice of intent to revoke Tonawanda Coke's…