Who should foot the bill for school merger study?

The Cheektowaga Town Board wants to see the four school districts wholly contained within town boarders to contract a study on possibly merging or consolidating. Members of the boards of education from Cheektowaga Central, Cheektowaga Sloan, Cleveland Hill and Maryvale say they are all for it. The problem is nobody wants to pay for it. During Monday’s meeting, the Town […]

Restoration of boat is labor of love for Depew couple

They said it couldn’t be done, but Janet Buchwald and Wayne Howard Jr. knew better. The Depew couple spent the last year restoring a 1965 48-foot Chris-Craft Constellation wooden boat. The boat had been dry-docked at The Shores Waterfront Restaurant & Marina, the former Placid Harbor Marina, in Tonawanda for nine years. It was on the verge of being stripped […]

Resident gets way through filing petitions

If you live in the area around North Creek Park, you’ve undoubtedly seen Ben Kutas standing at your front door, smiling with clipboard in hand. That’s because the 81-year-old Nantucket Drive resident knows the best way to get town officials to hear you is to present them with a petition. Kutas and his “cohort” Dan Bednarek have filed multiple petitions […]


Cheektowaga, West Seneca partner for garbage bid

In an effort to earn a better price, the towns of Cheektowaga and West Seneca are joining forces to solicit competitive bids on garbage delivery. Currently, both towns use sanitation department employees to collect solid waste and then deliver it to a landfill or waste-to-energy facility. Now they’re looking to deliver it to either a transfer station or a waste-to-energy […]

Fire company gifted CO detectors

Ken Hansen always keeps a supply of carbon monoxide detectors in his garage. So when Gabe Casucci called him and said he was looking for about a dozen of them to give to residents, Hansen happily donated them. Casucci, a lieutenant in the Bellevue Fire Company in Cheektowaga, was looking for help in finding a grant that would allow the […]

Proposed Thruway toll hike under fire

Local and state officials are taking to task the New York State Thruway Authority over proposed toll hikes on commercial trucks. In May, the Thruway Authority announced a 45 percent average toll increase for certain commercial vehicles, which is slated to take effect Sept. 30. In response, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report last week, blasting the […]

No more passing the buck on school merger study

Cheektowaga residents have been talking about merging the Cheektowaga Central, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Cleveland Hill and Maryvale school districts for decades. And, unfortunately, most of them don’t know what the realities of a merger would be. Nobody does. Because nobody has ever taken a really close look at how that could happen and what would need to be done. So once again, […]

Spindle items

WELCOME, TOMMY — The Town of Cheektowaga and the The Bee’s family grew by one this past weekend with the birth of Thomas Giuseppe Nagy. Tommy, as he has been affectionately called by those of us in the newsroom, is the son of Patrick and Maryann Nagy, both graduates of Depew High School. Pat is the sports reporter for The […]

Out of the Past

53 Years Ago Aug. 27, 1959 ORGANIZING — Opposition to a proposed $2.4 million Cheektowaga-West Seneca sewer line was organizing, with more than 20 families in the Losson Road, Borden Road, Broadway and French Road area involved. RECEIVING — Democratic Cheektowaga Town Clerk Kenneth T. Hanley received the Republican Town Committee endorsement for re-election. He already received the Town Democratic […]