President meets with residents, businesses

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Amherst Associate Editor

In the first presidential visit since George W. Bush came to Western New York in 2004, President Barack Obama met with owners and employees of an area manufacturing company last week as part of his White House to Main Street tour. While the focus of his visit was to discuss federal initiatives that benefit small businesses, the president did meet […]

Grant gives Aspire of WNY huge boost

Funding has been secured to help Aspire of Western New York purchase an electronic health record system. Sen. William Stachowski, D-Cheektowaga, said he has secured a $50,000 grant to assist in the $250,000 purchase to provide more than 2,000 individuals with developmental disabilities treated at the clinic with enhanced care. “The new electronic medical records system will save Aspire thousands […]

BBB provides guidelines to avoid moving scams

When looking for a mover, following a few simple rules will go a long way toward protecting you from being victimized by scammers this summer, advises the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA). May is National Moving Month, and the start of the busiest time of the year for changing residences. More than 37 […]

Cheektowaga EDC appoints officers

The Cheektowaga Economic Development Corporation, a not-for-profit agency comprised of area business and community leaders, appointed Debra S. Liegl, as President for an additional one-year term at the Annual Meeting of the CEDC Board of Directors Meeting. Liegl is also the President and CEO of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce. Also appointed as officers were Donna Luh (vice president), Richard […]


NFTA to hold public hearings on Metro fare study The board of commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has approved the dates, times and locations for six public hearings to be held in conjunction with Metro’s Service Restructuring and Fare Analysis/Strategic Assessment Study. One of the most significant recommendations being proposed is a one-way bus fare of $1.75 beginning […]

Sloan referendum a no-brainer

Bee Editorial

Residents in Sloan should have a very easy time deciding how to vote in next week’s referendum. The simple, and really only, answer is “yes” to the proposal to amend the agreement for the Length of Service Award Program. Voting for the proposition would right a wrong in the way the program is currently configured and provide a just response […]

Spindle items

• THANK YOU, GET OUT — Members of the Cheektowaga Town Board got a good laugh during Monday’s meeting when Council Member Jeff Swiatek, filling in for vacationing Superintendent Mary Holtz, dismissed the stenographer recording the public hearings. After the board had finished both of its public hearings and begun the public comment portion of the meeting, Swiatek noticed the […]

Out of the Past

55 Years Ago May 26, 1955 RESURFACED — A new asphalt-concrete surface was installed on Broadway between the Buffalo city line and Sloan. OUT OF WATER — A water shortage that was expected to affect most of suburban Erie County was forecast that week, as the Erie County Water Authority met with Cheektowaga Supervisor Benedict T. Holtz to try to […]

Smerlas vs. Slaughter showdown close to becoming reality

So what exactly is it with retired professional football players morphing into New York State politicians? First there was the late Jack Kemp, the former Buffalo Bills quarterback who went on to have a very successful career as a congressman and later ran for vice president on the 1996 Republican ticket with Bob Dole. Then there was the chatter four […]

Town events perfect way to honor country, celebrate

As local veterans’ organizations prepare to sponsor Memorial Day events to solemnly commemorate, honor and give thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, I too extend my personal thanks and also remember those who are currently in harm’s way serving our country. The Cheektowaga Town Board, by proclamation, was proud to recognize the 50th anniversary of […]