Gabryszak accused of sexual harassment by current, former staffers

A fourth woman has filed a notice of claim against Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, accusing him of sexual harassment. Caitrin Kennedy, a current employee of Gabryszak, came forward on Tuesday with allegations similar to those made by three former staffers last week. On Dec. 19, Kimberly Snickles, Jamie Campbell and Annalise Freling filed a claim alleging that Gabryszak created a hostile […]

More shoppers, land bank could improve town’s economic development

Economic development was the focus of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon held on Dec. 19. Maria Whyte, commissioner of environment and planning for Erie County, focused on two topics that could improve the Town of Cheektowaga’s economic development: increasing the amount of Canadian tourism and land banks. “If you recall, in 2011 when Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo established the regional […]

Rescue Hose elects first woman to assistant chief

One of the oldest fire districts in Cheektowaga recently elected its first female assistant chief. Rescue Hose Fire Company, established in 1903, elected its officers for 2014. Among those was Susan Bull, who was elected as one of the assistant fire chiefs. She is the first woman to have earned the title at the department. “I’m proud of the job […]

Depew mayor among six named in sexual harassment complaint

A former employee of the Bradford Ale House, 6036 Transit Road, Depew, has filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights against the restaurant and six individuals regarding sexual harassment and unlawful discriminatory actions, including the termination of her job as a bartender there. Among those named as a respondent is Depew Mayor Steven Hoffman. According […]

Police lieutenant recognized by UB

Cheektowaga Police Lt. Brian Gould has received an award from the department of psychiatry at the University at Buffalo. The award recognized Gould for “outstanding contributions to the community and the department of psychiatry.” He was presented with it on Dec. 13. Gould and several officers from the Cheektowaga Police Department recently formed a Crisis Response Team. These officers respond […]

Pedestrian killed on Genesee Street

A Buffalo man died after being struck by a vehicle while walking on Genesee Street on Dec. 19. According to the Cheektowaga Police Department, Tommy L. Herring, 61, was walking in the roadway on Genesee Street between Rowland and Normandy avenues at approximately 10:47 p.m. He was struck by a 2004 Ford Explorer, which was traveling west in the curb […]

Maryvale cheerleaders donate gifts to families in need

The Maryvale High School junior varsity and varsity cheerleading program spread a little holiday cheer throughout Cheektowaga this Christmas season. Amy Mutton, who recently became president of the Maryvale Cheerleading program’s booster club, wanted the JV and varsity squads to get more involved in the community. Under Mutton’s direction, about 40 cheerleaders worked to gather donations and even used some […]

Tragedy not to be forgotten at Cleveland Hill

On March 31, 1954, at approximately 11:30 a.m., alarms were sounded in Cheektowaga for a fire in the elementary school, which claimed the lives of 15 children. In honor of the students lost that day and for the 60th anniversary, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, the Cleveland Hill School District will hold a ceremony to officially move the […]

Dobson’s choice shows importance of donor registry

The acknowledgment of thanks and gratitude by Unyts and CryoLife last week of State Trooper Kevin Dobson’s choice to become an organ and tissue donor serves as a reminder of how critical it is for us to take the time to seriously contemplate being one ourselves. According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, nearly 10,000 New Yorkers are currently […]

Spindle items

WHAT’S YOUR RESOLUTION? — With a new year approaching, many people are probably thinking of resolutions to make. Last year, I decided to challenge myself with something I actually enjoy doing. I’ve always been an avid reader, so last January I decided I would attempt to read 50 books in one year. I selected a variety of books, both nonfiction […]