Four-legged friend brings comfort, joy

For many, pets play a crucial role in the household, offering unconditional love, comfort and loyalty. Pets are often viewed as a part of the family. The residents at Elderwood Maplewood Commons in Cheektowaga feel this way about a 9-year-old basset hound named Eeyore. Shelly Gordon, president of the ABC Basset Hound Rescue, began bringing Eeyore into the Elderwood facility […]

School board candidates file petitions

Residents will be able to cast their vote to elect members of the Cheektowaga and Depew school boards on Tuesday, May 21. Residents will have their choice of two candidates for one seat on the Cheektowaga Central School Board. The seat will be vacated by current member Diane Panasiewicz, who has decided not to run for re-election. Dennis Kusak Jr. […]

Reinstein’s education center gets ‘green’ certification

On Monday, the observance of Earth Day, the family and friends of Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve had one more thing to celebrate. The Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification. The award was presented to the organization by the U.S. Green Building Council and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. LEED-certified buildings […]

Decorated officer retires after decades of service

Detective Russell Paul retired from the Cheektowaga Police Department on April 19 after serving on the force for 33 years. Paul began his career at the department in 1980. He served as a dispatcher, front desk officer and road patrol officer during his first 11 years with the force. He spent time as a field-training officer, member of the SWAT […]


Armed Forces Week events include luncheon, military ball

The Western New York Armed Forces Committee has announced the schedule for the 53rd annual Armed Forces Week. The opening ceremony will be held at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Erie Canal Harbor near the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas and antique military vehicles will be featured at […]

Teacher kick-starts project to use video games in class

English class could become a lot more tech-savvy next school year. (See editorial on page four) Jeff Clark, a sixth-grade English teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School, is attempting to secure funding to bring video game technology into his classroom. Clark said it was about a year ago when he started researching what is termed “gamification.” “A lot of […]

Fire departments plan recruiting event to increase membership

As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, a number of fire departments across the state will hold a special recruiting event to educate the community about volunteer firefighters. Several Cheektowaga fire departments will be participating in RecruitNY, an event created by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York in 2011. The purpose of the event is to […]

On the Campus

Andrew Bock of Cheektowaga graduated from the University of Albany with a master’s degree in economics.

News Brief

The Cheektowaga Town Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway, near Union Road.