New WNY Immediate Care opens

It’s Friday night, you hurt your wrist in a pickup basketball game, but you don’t want to go to the hospital. If you can’t wait until Monday, or your doctor can’t see you right away, the Western New York Immediate Care-Cheektowaga wants to help you. The center opened its doors this week. Located at 5014 Transit Road between Losson Road […]


Special Santas Program to serve needy families The Hillside Family of Agencies is brining back its annual Hillside Special Santas program benefiting children and families served by Hillside Family of Agencies’ affiliates. The goal of the program is to provide every child in each family served by Hillside three gifts in addition to a modest grocery card for each family […]

Reichert Technologies launches new website

Reichert Technologies, 3362 Walden Ave., Depew, a designer and manufacturer of high-quality diagnostic instruments and equipment for ophthalmologists, optometrists and retail eye care centers, has launched a new, completely redesigned and expanded company website that vastly improves the user experience for its customers. The newly revamped site features improved navigation and e-commerce capabilities, enabling direct access to key product information […]

In brief

Several longtime associates of Tops Friendly Markets stores in Cheektowaga and Depew were recognized this month for their many years of service to the grocer. Carol Sobolewski celebrated 30 years at the Harlem Road store, while Lynn Chelminiak (35) and Elaine Maile (30) reached milestones at the Union Road store. Eastern Hills Mall will host the Here’s to Your Health […]

Marshalls updates store in Cheektowaga

Marshalls, 3735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, just got a fresh, contemporary, new look. The store will continue to offer Cheektowaga area shoppers designer fashions, shoes and home accents at prices up to 60 percent less than department and specialty stores every day, but it has added new features: the Marshalls Shoe MegaShop and The CUBE. The Shoe MegaShop is approximately 5,000 […]

Cheektowaga, Sloan highway crews deserve thanks

Nobody likes to see the town plow come down the street pushing a mountain of snow from the road to the entrance to the driveway just after it’s been cleared. And sure, people get angry at the plow driver for creating more work for them. But that anger is misplaced. Imagine what life would be like throughout town if the […]

Spindle items

• WELL, HELLO THERE — My name may appear on the front page of The Cheektowaga Bee every week now, but in 2006, it was a rare occurrence. So I was a little surprised, and pleasantly reminded, when I saw a story I wrote on the front page of the Jan. 5, 2006, edition when I was doing research on […]

There are numerous ways to practice the gift of giving

As a weekly columnist for approximately 20 newspapers with a combined circulation of more than 75,000 homes, I receive many appeals from nonprofit groups during the holiday season. Most of the organizations are seeking some type of publicity for their worthy causes, hoping that I can mention their appeals in this space or put them in touch with the appropriate […]

Don’t get caught up in other things and miss the good in life

By now, I may be known as the legislator who gets up early and walks his dogs at 6 o’clock in the morning. For me, it’s an opportunity to shake off the cobwebs of my dream world and get into the nitty-gritty of a new day. Recently, I stumbled and fell over a stump covered by dusted snow. Thankfully, I […]

Legislature’s budget changes will raise taxes in 2011

In October, I proposed a 2011 Erie County budget that achieved my primary goal of not raising your taxes. The proposed budget also took the fiscally responsible steps of paying down debt and making critical investments to protect taxpayers in the future. The weak national economy, unsustainable municipal union contracts and the continued dysfunction in Albany forced tough budget decisions, […]