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Three Cheektowaga residents fill major roles on and off the stage in production of ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

Cheektowaga residents John Szablewski, Madison Szablewski and Les Bailey join the Aurora Players’ newest holiday production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The all-local show comes to the historic Roycroft Pavilion in East Aurora this December. “Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” by Barbara Robinson, is a classic holiday comedy about a couple suddenly faced with putting on their church’s annual Christmas […]

State police increase monitoring of hate crime activity, potential targets

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Sunday that the New York State Police will be increasing surveillance and protection for communities at risk of hate crimes, following a thwarted attack on Jewish communities in New York City and a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado. These efforts build on Hochul’s recent increase in funding to protect targets of hate […]

Keep hydrants and ventilation pipes clear

Winter has arrived in Western New York, and the regular snow runs the risk of burying potentially life-saving equipment – fire hydrants and home ventilation systems. The Firefighters Association of the State of New York urges New Yorkers to take a few minutes to check that the fire hydrant closest to them is accessible and visible to fire departments and […]

News Brief

With the weather calling for measurable amounts of snow over the course of the weekend, the Cheektowaga Police Department would like to remind residents of the overnight parking ban. Officers will be placing reminders on vehicles parked overnight and will be issuing parking tickets once the snow starts. To help the Highway Department, move all vehicles off the streets at […]

Fairground Festival of Lights sets new opening day

Following the weekend’s unprecedented lake-effect storm, the opening of the beloved Western New York holiday tradition has been delayed one week. The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights, the region’s largest annual holiday festival, will now open on Friday, Dec. 2. It will run the rest of weekend on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. The hours for visitation on all […]

Have a craft beer with your pizza at Pod City Beer Labs



Pod City Beer Labs is a new brewery attached to Pizza Plant’s Canalside location, which opened over six years ago, in the Courtyard by Marriott building, 125 Main St., Buffalo. Since 1980, when co-owner Dan Syracuse founded the Pizza Plant with his two brothers, the restaurant has been offering items not offered anywhere else. “Food has always been first at […]

News Briefs

A special Santa Mailbox has been placed near the flagpole at the BNAC building, 2001 Union Road. BNAC volunteers will be helping Santa answer the letters and will try to see that all letters are answered before Christmas. Letters to Santa can be left in the Santa Mailbox any time. Letters may also be mailed to Santa c/o BNAC, 2001 […]

Incoming land conservancy director has ambitious agenda



The Western New York Land Conservancy Center welcomes its new executive director, Jonathan Kaledin. He begins his tenure on Jan. 9, succeeding Nancy Smith, who was the land conservancy’s executive director for 10 years before announcing her retirement in July. Originally from Boston, Kaledin has an extensive background in environmental law, serving in several executive positions since the beginning of […]

Polish Dancers seek new members

The Polish Heritage Dancers Polish Folk Dance group is entering its 25th year and is seeking new dancers to join the group. All individuals ages 4 through adults are welcome to join the group where they will learn dances, songs and other Polish traditions. The age group for children 4 to 12 years old meets on Friday evenings and the […]

News Briefs

The Buffalo Museum of Science will explore the many worlds of virtual reality in 2023 with Reinventing Reality: Explore the Science of Virtual Reality, presented by M&T Bank. This highly interactive and enlightening exhibition demystifies the technologies behind VR and reveals how virtual worlds use STEM to come to life. The traveling exhibit opens at the BMS for a limited […]


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