Town welcomes new board members, looks forward to upcoming year

The Cheektowaga Town Board transitioned into the new year at Monday’s meeting, as several town officials and other individuals assumed new roles, including Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. Others in new positions are Councilwoman Linda Hammer, Deputy Supervisor Timothy J. Meyers and Town Clerk Vickie Dankowski. Benczkowski outlined several changes to the board meeting format, including efforts to go “paperless” and a […]

Former assemblyman accused of violating Public Officers Law

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics has accused former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak of violating the Public Officers Law. Gabryszak, who served the 143rd district, covering Lancaster and Cheektowaga, resigned from the Assembly in 2014 after seven women filed notices of claim alleging that he had sexually harassed them. The state commission released a report on Dec. 30, […]

Legislator calls for hearing on animal abuse registry

As the legal battle between Beth Hoskins and the Erie County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals continues, Legislator Patrick Burke, D-Cheektowaga, is calling for a public hearing to establish an animal abuse registry in the county. Hoskins has been the focus of the Erie County SPCA’s largest raid in history, and was found guilty of 52 counts […]

Rev. Campbell first female minister at church


When Sara E. Campbell applied to become pastor at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Amherst, she was not expecting to get an interview. Following a 10-month search process, the Tonawanda resident was selected on Dec. 20 as the church’s first female minister. She began her tenure on Monday. “I never thought I would be called here,” she said. […]

Community Foundation accepting applications for 2016 competitive grants

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is now accepting letters of intent for the Foundation’s 2016 competitive grant process, including the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Funds. The Foundation awards annual competitive grants to nonprofit organizations that address one or more of the Foundation’s four community goals. These include improving educational achievement for students living in low income households; increasing […]


Nikolas Freeburg, left, and siblings Noah, Lukas and Audrey skate with their grandmother, Patricia, during the New Year’s Eve Bash at the Cheektowaga Recreation Center on Dec. 31.

Agencies seek consistent volunteers

Gerard Place is not just a stopover or temporary shelter for those experiencing homelessness. It is a facility where single parents and their children can seek long-term stability and safety, gain important life skills, access education and even receive items necessary for starting a home of their own, according to Kathy Hens-Zuppa of the agency. Gerard Place, located at 2515 […]

Poloncarz begins second term stressing better community for all

Mark Poloncarz was sworn in Friday for his second four-year term as Erie County executive at an event held in the Ceremonial Court House of Old Erie County Hall in Buffalo. Speaking to a crowd that included Lt. Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul, Rep. Brian Higgins and various elected officials from municipalities located throughout Erie County, Poloncarz celebrated the accomplishments his […]

In winter weather driving, caution should prevail

Bee Editorial

While the community didn’t necessarily see a white Christmas, the warmer weather was something to treasure. Now, just as fast as it took to turn the page of a calendar, Western New York has been blanketed with easily the most frustrating meteorological phenomenon. Even though many proudly wear the badge of honor for voluntarily braving Buffalo winters, it is most […]

Spindle items

• MENSA TEST — Those interested in testing their intelligence can sign up for the Mensa admission challenge. The test will be held at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the WNY Library Resources Council, Suite 170, 4950 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Mensa is an international society of people whose only qualification to join is scoring at or above the 98th […]