Dyngus Day

Cody Brummel and his grandmother, Barbara Awarski, both of West Seneca, share a dance at the Dyngus Day event held at the Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6251 on Monday.

Family Promise welcomes new executive director

Peter Scott recently joined Family Promise of Western New York as executive director in order to continue helping those in need. Family Promise, located at 149 French Road, Cheektowaga, is committed to helping homeless families find housing and employment opportunities. The organization works with a network of host churches that help house and take care of families until they have […]

Annual Zumbathon event to benefit Make-A-Wish

People are encouraged to put on neon clothes and show off their dance moves in an effort to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cindy Stani and her daughter, Marisa, will be hosting their third annual Zumbathon event on Sunday, April 10, at the Tonawanda Castle, 69 Delaware St., Tonawanda. The doors open at 11 a.m., and dancing runs from […]

State of Schools report signals substantial losses

Ranging from $14.9 million in small, rural districts like North Collins, to more than $100 million in larger districts such as Kenmore and West Seneca, more than $1 billion in state aid funding has been lost by Erie County schools since 2007-08. The alarming figure highlights a bleak “State of the Schools” report issued by the Erie County Association of […]


Camille Russell, left, shows Carol Even how to make a butter lamb at the Cheektowaga Senior Center on March 23. Russell has been instructing seniors on butter lamb-making for nine years.

Supervisor participates in ‘Champions for Meals’

Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski took part in Meals on Wheels of Western New York’s annual “Champions for Meals” event on March 24. The annual event allows government officials to share the meal delivery experience by volunteering their time and giving back to members of the community. Benczkowski joined Kerry Peek, director of Cheektowaga’s Senior Services, Jim Clohessy, Senior Center site […]

Buffalo woman pleads guilty to manslaughter

A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty Jr. said Debra Haynes-Thomas, 48, pleaded guilty on March 24 before State Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia. On Nov. 14, 2015, Haynes-Thomas had an argument with her boyfriend, 56-year-old Peter Wiepert, in his Princess Drive home in Cheektowaga. As Wiepert was falling asleep, Haynes-Thomas […]

Williamsville teen pleads guilty to death of infant son

Michael Fiorentino pleaded guilty on March 23 to second-degree manslaughter for the death of his 2-month-old son. According to Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr., Fiorentino, 17, of Williamsville, admitted that in October, at a Meadow Place address in Cheektowaga, he recklessly caused the death of his son, Bradley Fagan. Flaherty said Fiorentino faces five to 15 […]


Firefighters from U-Crest, Cleveland Hill, South Line, Hy-View, Pine Hill, Bellevue, Rescue, Bowmansville, Depew, and Williamsville fire departments participate in a recent drill held at Maryvale High School. The drill covered victim removal, hose line advancement, search and rescue, and command/operations communications.

Schumer opposes cuts to Clean Water State Revolving Fund

A proposed $414 million cut to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund could derail progress on the Scajaquada Creek cleanup project. An additional $90 million is needed in the Scajaquada Creek Sewer District to complete needed sewer improvements and prevent further pollution. Sen. Chuck Schumer launched a push to protect the CWSRF, which is currently being used by the City […]