2013-01-31

Town Board to downsize?

Youngest board member proposes eliminating two seats


The Cheektowaga Town Board has avoided the great downsizing debate during the past few years, while many neighboring communities have shrunk their number of elected officials. (See editorial on page four) That changed Tuesday night when Councilwoman Angela Wozniak proposed shrinking the seven-member board to five during a work session in Town Hall. “The board can easily reduce down to […]

Schools working together on study grant




Cheektowaga Central, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Maryvale and even Cleveland Hill have all stepped back to the table in an effort to determine what the most beneficial future for the school districts will be. Central, Sloan and Maryvale all contacted Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak and Sen. Timothy Kennedy late last year in search of state funding for a merger study. Cleveland Hill elected not […]

Resident receives World War II medals




Cheektowaga resident Helen Jacob, 94, now has in her possession the medals she earned during World War II. Rep. Brian Higgins presented the medals to the veteran during a ceremony on Jan. 24 at Garden Gate Health Care Facility, where she lives. “A U.S. military trailblazer, relentless advocate for veterans and tireless community volunteer,” Higgins said of Jacob. Jacob joined […]

Roosevelt students meet Sabres legend Danny Gare




Students at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School were clad in blue and gold on Jan. 23 in honor of a special guest. Buffalo Sabres veteran Danny Gare stopped in for a visit with all of the students and especially his granddaughter, Isabella Dauscher, who is in first grade there. Dauscher is the oldest of Gare’s three grandchildren, and he enjoys spending […]

GOING FOR THE WIN



Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com

Holtz touts progress in State of the Town address




In the five years since Mary Holtz took over as Cheektowaga supervisor, the town campus on Broadway has seen a tremendous transformation. And that is one of the biggest successes she pointed out in her State of the Town address last week. Holtz delivered the address, her sixth, during the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce’s member luncheon Thursday at the Millennium […]

State bill targets growing concern of meth labs in homes




A record 148 methamphetamine labs discovered by authorities throughout New York State in 2012 has provoked lawmakers to address what happens to those houses and apartments afterward. Officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency report that meth “cooks” leave hazardous chemical residues after production ceases. That leaves the next people to inhabit those houses and apartments at risk of serious illness, […]

More discussion needed on downsizing debate



The debate on whether or not to downsize the Cheektowaga Town Board remains in a murky middle ground, despite advocates on both sides feeling strongly that their way is best. Angela Wozniak is right that the town can save money by eliminating two board member positions. A total of up to $88,000 per year is to be had by reducing […]

Spindle items




BEING PREPARED — Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December, school districts across the country have addressed the need for safety. All of the districts in Cheektowaga have talked about it at Board of Education meetings. And now the Cheektowaga Police Department is planning a public presentation about its preparedness for active shooter situations. But do you know […]

Out of the Past



53 Years Ago Feb. 4, 1960 SOUTH AMERICA BOUND — In cooperation with the International Fellowship Inc. of Buffalo, the Cheektowaga Central School District would sponsor four high school exchange students to South America in the summer. They were: Marcella Rast, Judith Becker, Dorothy Urschel and Margaret Ryan. 42 Years Ago Feb. 4, 1971 DUMPING THE DUMP — The Cheektowaga […]