Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Editorials

Spindle items

Cheektowaga Editor

SPARE CHANGE — Every few years, it seems an economist, academic or organization makes this argument on cable news and in the pages of trade magazines and journals: “It’s time to get rid of the penny.”

It doesn’t make sense anymore, these arguments often go. In fact, those anti-penny people continue, it costs more to make than it’s worth.

Yet, here we all are — pockets and car cup holders still full of copper colored Lincolns.

However, until the no-more-penny crowd gets louder, the little coins still have value, and now there’s a chance to put them, and their silvery cousins, to good use.

Area individuals, groups and companies are being invited to give the blind a chance to read by joining this summer’s “Radio Reading Makes Cents” Coin Drive, collecting spare change for the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service.

According to a press release from the organization, Western New York’s blind and print-handicapped people depend every day on the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, an award-winning non-profit “radio station” where Radio Reading volunteers broadcast readings of newspapers, magazines and books to neighbors without sight, who are provided special “reading radios.”

Collecting and donating extra coins will help keep the NFRRS on the air and give a blind or print-handicapped person daily access to the printed matter that most of us take for granted, the release said. Money raised by the drive will buy the “reading radios.”

Coins can be dropped off anytime this summer at the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service studios, located at 1199 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, between William and Clinton streets. Donations can be mailed to: Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, P.O. Box 575, Buffalo, NY 14225.

Additionally, the NFRRS will pick up large quantities of coins on request.

For more information about this year’s “Radio Reading Makes Cents” Coin Drive or the organization’s mission, contact the NFRRS at 821-5555.

CLASS REUNIONS —Did you know that Bee Group Newspapers publishes announcements of class reunions at no charge?

These popular notices are found in our Classified section, which is part of each local edition each week.

To place a reunion notice, contact Classified Advertising Manager Holly Schiferle at holly@beenews.com or 204-4926.

PIZZA PARTY — Calling all pizza lovers. It’s time to decide who makes the best pie in Cheektowaga.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Town Park pavilion, 2600 Harlem Road, the Cheektowaga Police Department will host the first-ever Cheektowaga’s Favorite Pizza Contest.

Attendees can sample three slices for $5 and vote for their favorites.

The event is part of the Police Department’s National Night Out program, and all proceeds will go toward the Town of Cheektowaga Neighborhood Watch Program.

For more information on Cheektowaga Neighborhood Watch, contact the Crime Resistance Unit at 897-7293 or visit cpdny.org/community-outreach.

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