New Cleveland Hill girls basketball coach should be a familiar face in Cheektowaga

Cleveland Hill girls basketball coach Bob Platek knows a thing or two about the game of basketball — and about the sport’s presence in the town of Cheektowaga. While it’s been a while since Platek has stepped into a Cheektowaga area gym as a coach, Platek was a familiar sight for Maryvale fans from 1988 through 2000 as the girls’ […]

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VA WNY Healthcare System seeking volunteers VA Western New York Healthcare System is seeking volunteers for its Batavia and Buffalo sites. Positions in need are volunteer drivers and administrative support at the Batavia VA, 222 Richmond Ave., and at the Buffalo VA, 3495 Bailey Ave. Volunteer drivers must pass a physical exam and possess a clean driving record. Computer skills […]

Chamber of Commerce holding job fair

The Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce will host its annual job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Walden Galleria. “Even in these challenging economic times, employers are still hiring,” said Debra S. Liegl, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “While the number of employees being hired may be smaller, the pool of potential […]

Better Business Bureau advises budget for holidays

The holiday season is here, but unless you’re among a select group of people, sitting down and creating a budget is not on your list. Nevertheless, in tough economic times, the Better Business Bureau recommends that mapping out spending now will help ease financial trouble in January. According to a survey by Consumer Reports, shoppers plan on spending a certain […]



In brief

Moses Insurance Group, 5475 Main St., Williamsville, is holding its annual winter food drive. The business will be collecting nonperishable food items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 9. The business is closed on weekends. For more information, call 634-1212.

Black Friday brings out worst in people

Once again, Western New York was the black eye of the nation with the story that a man was trampled at the early morning opening of a Target store in Buffalo last week. Every year, the national story on Black Friday is how people showed more concern for snatching the last “prized item” off the shelves of the local shopping […]

Spindle items

• DOING UP CHRISTMAS — Evidently, the Cheektowaga Police Department may be a little too high on decorating for Christmas. While I was sitting in one of the offices Monday afternoon, sifting through the blotter, a circuit blew twice, cutting power to the copier, the microwave and a few strands of Christmas lights. The power supply couldn’t handle it all. […]