Crabapple festival

Abigail Lata, top photo, enjoys a pony ride as owner Linda Baker, left, and her mother, Gretchen, help guide the pony forward during the Cheektowaga Crabapple Festival on Saturday. Thomas Gerace, Cheektowaga police officer and SWAT team member, left photo, meets Hannah Favata during the Crabapple Festival’s “Kids Day in the Park” event on Saturday.

Town amends solid waste law, approves body cameras

Amendments to several local laws involving solid waste, streets and sidewalks, and snowplowing were adopted by the Cheektowaga Town Board during its Monday meeting. Changes to the solid waste law include prohibiting garbage and recycling totes from being kept in the front yard and requiring totes to be kept a minimum of 10 feet from any neighboring house or building. […]

Officials address elder abuse problem

County officials are making an effort to bring awareness to elder abuse and how residents can help stop it. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz declared June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month during a press conference on Tuesday at the Cheektowaga Senior Center. “It’s a crime, in some situations, of a physical nature, and other times it’s a crime with regards […]

Villa Maria introduces new occupational therapy program

Villa Maria College will be the first private institution in Western New York to offer an occupational therapy assistant program in the 2015 fall semester. The curriculum is a two-year associate degree program in applied science in which students will complete 62 credits. Ryan Hartnett, assistant vice president for academic affairs, said this program aligns with Villa Maria’s arts programs […]

Student appointed to diocesan Youth Board


For several years, Ryan McCarthy has been attending the Buffalo Diocese’s annual youth convention. Now the West Seneca resident will be helping to plan next year’s event as part of the Buffalo Diocese Youth Board. Since he was a freshman, McCarthy has been involved in a youth group at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Cheektowaga. “There was an announcement […]

Police officer’s actions save woman’s life

Cheektowaga police helped save a 72-year-old woman’s life by responding quickly and performing CPR. The Cheektowaga Police Department received a 911 call on June 3. Officer Christian Wachowiak responded to a house on Lackawanna Avenue in Sloan. According to police, Wachowiak saw that the storm door was closed and locked. Wachowiak then looked in through the living room window and […]

Marriage Licenses

The Town of Cheektowaga issued marriage licenses to the following couples during the week ending June 5: Joseph J. Raczynski and Kristine J. Wilczewski, both of Cheektowaga. Evan K. Farino and Amberley K. Norris, both of Cheektowaga. The Town of Cheektowaga issued marriage licenses to the following couples during the week ending June 12: Patrick J. McDonald and Cassandra R. […]

Dog pound gets facility upgrade, moves to online licensing

After several months of construction, the Cheektowaga Dog Pound is sporting new renovations to meet the needs of the animals in the town. (See editorial on page four) The pound is located at 3223 Union Road, near the Cheektowaga Police Department. Work began the second week of January, and dogs were able to be kept in the facility by the […]

Presentation to address cannon move request

At recent meetings of the Depew Village Board, there has been discussion of moving a cannon into the Village of Depew Veterans Park, and residents will soon have the opportunity to hear what local veterans have to say on the matter. The Depew Joint Veterans Committee’s Monument Committee will make a presentation of their request to move the M-5 cannon […]


Assemblywoman Angela Wozniak joins students from Cleveland Hill Elementary School to march in a parade as part of the school’s Flag Day celebration on Friday. Wozniak marched in the parade with students in kindergarten through fifth grade and spoke to the school about the flag, its symbolism and the importance of patriotism.