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Cheektowaga graduate Justin Williams wraps up North running back Justin Jones, a Canisius graduate, during the first half of July 27’s 41st annual Kensington Lions Club/Ad-Pro Sports All-Star High School Football Classic at Tonawanda High School. Williams finished the game with four total tackles, two of which were of the solo variety, but that didn’t stop North from securing a […]

Proposed town-sponsored Dick Road traffic study fails

A resolution to authorize a new traffic study on sections of Dick Road, including the site of a proposed Tim Hortons coffee shop, did not pass during the Town of Cheektowaga’s regular board meeting Monday night. The cost of the proposed traffic analysis, which would have been performed by Clark Patterson Lee, would have been a maximum of $5,800. Councilmember […]

Crisis Services opens addiction hotline

Within the first 24 hours of the Crisis Services addiction hotline launch, there were 79 calls. The new hotline, 831-7007, went live on Monday. For the past year, the agency has been working with the Erie County Department of Mental Health to discuss adding to its hotline services and creating one to support addiction issues. Chief Executive Officer Jessica Pirro […]

Bellevue Fire Company debuts drone

The Bellevue Fire Company has a new tool in its arsenal that gives firefighters an eye in the sky — a drone. Bellevue is the first fire department in Western New York to have a drone for firefighting, according to Assistant Chief Gabe Casucci. “Mainly, we got it for search and rescue,” he said. “We have the ability to get […]

Erie County introduces program to assist people with addiction

A press conference was held Monday afternoon by the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force to unveil three new initiatives that will be effective immediately. These include an Addictions Treatment Hotline at 831-7007, a Crisis Peer Response Team (CPRT) and the Rapid Evaluation for Appropriate Placement (REAP) program. The Erie County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale Burstein, opened the press […]

DEC seeks pool owners to join statewide invasive-species survey

Pool owners are invited to join in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s fifth annual Asian long-horned beetle swimming pool survey now through Aug. 30 to help keep watch for these exotic, invasive beetles before they cause serious damage to forests and street trees. The Citizen Pool Survey takes place this time of year when ALBs are expected […]

Mother asks for cards for daughter with cystic fibrosis

Cathy Curry, a Cheektowaga resident, is calling out to the community to help make her daughter’s birthday special. Sammi is 17 years old. She loves music and goes to concerts when she can and plays the bass, but she isn’t an everyday teenage girl. Sammi has cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease caused by a faulty gene that […]


The top seven drum corps in the world will compete on Sunday, Aug. 7, in the Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions event set for 7 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. The Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, Michigan, shown above, participated in a prelude event last week but will not appear on Sunday. For […]

Sheet metal workers recruit apprentices

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Sheet Metal Workers, Local Union No. 71, will conduct a recruitment from Sept. 1, 2016, through Aug. 31, 2017, for 20 sheet metal worker apprentices, according to a Monday announcement from the New York State Department of Labor. The 20 openings listed for apprentices represent the total number for two recruitment regions — […]

News Brief

Richard A. Umbright, 69, of David Street, was sentenced July 21 to one year in jail by Cheektowaga Town Judge Paul Piotrowski in connection with his guilty plea to criminal contempt. Umbright was arrested by Cheektowaga police officers after he sexually accosted a 32-year-old woman in May. The victim had an order of protection against Umbright in effect at the […]