State funds to add parking at airport

State funding will pave the way for nearly 1,000 more parking spaces at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. Announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Dec. 8, New York State has allocated $6.88 million for the airport’s construction project. It will add approximately 988 spaces to long-term parking lot B. “Certainly, this came as welcome news,” said Douglas Hartmayer, director of […]

Olmstead Avenue could lose a letter

Jesse Nikonowicz remembers arguments about how to spell Olmstead Avenue — with an “a” or not — as a boy growing up in Depew. Now, as a Village of Depew trustee, he’d like to settle the issue. If he has his druthers, Olmstead Avenue will drop the letter “a.” The omission is long overdue, said Nikonowicz, who brought up the […]

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Piekarski Center issues settled with fence

Using the kitchen entrance at the Piekarski Community Center in Sloan should be much easier once a new fence is installed along the property line. At Monday’s meeting, the Sloan Village Board approved the construction of an 80-foot chain-link fence that will run along the south property line of the center, 140 Halstead Ave. The fence is meant to eliminate […]

Maryvale students getting free concert

Maryvale Primary School will get a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll next week. The duo “Kate and Corey” will perform a free concert at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22. Describing themselves as an alternative country group, Kate Shaffer and Corey Coleman play a range of songs from Johnny Cash and June Carter to Hall and […]


Man sentenced in pill case

A Lancaster man convicted of conspiring to distribute OxyContin pills — many of them in Cheektowaga — has been sentenced to three years in prison by Chief District Judge William M. Skretny, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. Mark Riordan, 23, was arrested in July 2010, following a long-term investigation into the widespread illegal sale of prescription drugs […]

Woman killed in car accident

Cheektowaga police are investigating the cause of a two-car accident that claimed the life of a 41-year-old Cheektowaga woman Wednesday, Dec. 7. According to a Police Department press release, Jill Foltarz of West Cherbourg Drive was westbound on Losson Road just east of Hillpine Road about 2 p.m. when her 2001 Saturn veered to the left, crossed into oncoming traffic […]

Woman charged in Thruway accident

A Cheektowaga woman has been charged in last week’s crash on the New York State Thruway that stifled traffic. Lisa Mineo, 35, reportedly crashed her car into the back of a Thruway vehicle just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, near the Walden Avenue exits in Cheektowaga. According to State Police, Mineo passed one Thruway vehicle that was bearing a […]

Maryvale puts retirement incentive for teachers back on table

Maryvale Board of Education President Margaret Bourdette may have spoken too soon when she said last year’s retirement enhancement to teachers would be a one-time offer. Because it’s back. During Monday’s meeting, the board unanimously approved another retirement enhancement for teachers. Just like last year, the offer will provide retiring teachers with $20,000 to be used for health and dental […]