All that jazz

Student Nate Glowny plays the saxophone during a Friday rehearsal for John F. Kennedy High School’s annual jazz festival. Jazz bands from JFK, Cheektowaga Central and Cleveland Hill high schools performed with trumpet player Dan Fornero at the event on Saturday.

Arrest made after woman found dead in burning bedroom

Cheektowaga police have arrested 58-year-old Thomas Murphy in connection with the death of 63-year-old Jean Hartwig, according to information from the Police Department. Hartwig was found dead Friday morning inside a bedroom that was on fire at 30 Williamstowne Apartments, the report said. Police had been asked to do a welfare check of Hartwig that morning, and upon arrival, Officers […]

Police Department participates in fair and impartial training

The Cheektowaga Police Department became the first in the state to participate in a new, science based fair and impartial policing training last week. (See editorial on page four) Lorie Fridell, associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida – Tampa, travels throughout the country and Canada to teach police officers about the science of bias and how […]

Earth Day event will prepare nature trails for summer

Although April 22 marks Earth Day, Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve will be observing it in May. The preserve will be hosting its Earth Day in May event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Meaghan Boice-Green, director of the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, said families, organizations and individuals are welcome to help […]

‘Late Night Catechism’ brings religious fun

The touring comedy, “Late Night Catechism,” will make a stop in Buffalo next week to help raise money for the Sisters of Mercy. Even though the play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, has made a stop in the area before, this is the first time Sisters of Mercy has partnered with it, according to Linda Sroka, director of […]

Drop-off days slated for hazardous household waste

“Hazardous Household Waste Drop-off Days” will be held on Saturday, May 9, at the Erie Community College North Campus and on Saturday, June 13, at the ECC South Campus. Both events are open to all county residents between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and allow for the safe disposal of hazardous items that can’t be thrown out […]

Losson included in county road repairs

A portion of Losson Road will be repaired this year. At a special session held on April 23, the Erie County Legislature approved more than $29 million for roadwork, including $500,000 for Losson. “Losson Road will undergo some much-needed sewer upgrades. After the utility improvements are complete, crews will pave Losson Road from Borden to Transit,” said Legislator Ted Morton. […]


Faith Mingle, left, is shown with Chloe Huffman and Kathryn Szablicki, all participants in the Jump Rope for Heart program at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. The three and others who participated raised more than $2,000 in donations to support the American Heart Association’s research and education initiatives. Many students raised enough money to win prizes and awards. The campaign’s culminating […]

Villa Maria professor releases third poetry collection

Her first poetry collection gave her a new embracing of her craft. Her second explored grittier themes. Now, Joyce Kessel’s third collection will explore her four decades in the classroom, celebrating the joys and struggles she and her students face in attempting to confront themselves through writing. Kessel, currently the chair of the Liberal Arts Department at Villa Maria College […]

Highway superintendent says ‘aggressive’ road repair to get underway

Cheektowaga Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner said the town “can’t wait any longer for the weather to break” in order to make road repairs. “We have an aggressive road reconstruction plan again this year and if we wait any longer for warmer weather, we won’t have enough time to complete our plan,” Wegner said in a press release. This year’s plan […]