Kennedy visits, honors uncle’s namesake

As Kerry Kennedy entered John F. Kennedy High School on Friday, she was greeted with warm welcomes from students, faculty and residents. Not only did she recognize the school’s 50th anniversary, but she also shared the message that her father and uncle, Robert and John Kennedy, carried during their time in politics. “It was a time of just incredible joy […]

Sloan Fire Department completes airpack project

After three years of patience and hard work, the Sloan Active Hose Company has finally gotten new airpacks. During the Sloan Village Board’s meeting Tuesday evening, Chief Alan Wieberg t said that the fire department was able to secure the last five of 15 new airpacks. “We completed our project to replace our 15 airpacks with the bailout system,” Wieberg […]

Competing teams to chow down for good causes

The Burger Battle will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Smokey Bones, 2007 Walden Ave., across from the Walden Galleria.

Members of the Cheektowaga Police Department and YWCA of the Tonawandas will put their eating skills to the test in the Smokey Bones Burger Battle to be held next week. The two teams of six will compete in a relay-style eating contest featuring Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill’s signature hamburgers. The Burger Battle will take place at 7 p.m. […]


Dearmyer to run for Legislature

Cheektowaga resident Lynn Dearmyer is preparing to run for the 7th District seat in the Erie County Legislature. In 1994, Dearmyer graduated from Maryvale High School and received her degree in early childhood education from Villa Maria College. She has worked in the human resources field for more than a decade and is currently the business development manager for Globalquest […]

Residency requirement passes County Legislature

The Erie County Legislature has approved a local law requiring any county employees to reside in the county. The law was proposed by Legislator Joseph Lorigo, who thinks the law will ultimately benefit county taxpayers. “As I stated when I first submitted this proposal, taxpayers who fund employee salaries deserve a workforce that has a personal interest in the success […]

Couple killed in car accident

Two Cheektowaga residents were killed in a car accident that occurred on Genesee Street Tuesday evening. Eugene Fechter, 83, and his wife, Marian, 84, were turning onto Genesee Street from Calla Way when they were struck by Cheektowaga resident Richard Lipczynski, 33, who was driving east on Genesee Street. The couple was transported to Erie County Medical Center where Eugene […]

New group in Buffalo empowers young adults

Life can be difficult to navigate at times, especially for young women facing its demands on a daily basis. Yet, anything can happen when the course is paved with a positive perspective. This summer, Empower Girls Buffalo, a weeklong workshop series, will give girls ages 7 to 15 the chance to learn about themselves and others, while exploring social, emotional, […]

Crime reporting to the NFTA: There’s an app for that

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Transit Police Department on June 6 introduced a new high-tech way for its passengers to report criminal or suspicious activity via a smartphone application. (See editorial on page four) “We’re rolling out something which we believe is a significant new tool that contributes to the partnership between the public, the riders of our transportation system […]

Cheektowaga man found guilty of manslaughter

A Cheektowaga man was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and criminal possession on June 4. Dontre Jones, 19, was found guilty in Erie County Court for his involvement in the homicide of Ira Watkins, 19, at Cheektowaga Town Park on May 31, 2011. Watkins was shot in the chest near the basketball courts in the park. He was one of […]