After years of budget cuts, empty classrooms and missed opportunities

Maryvale School District

New York’s foundation aid started with the best intentions, and for all intents and purposes, the formula slogs on with those intentions still at the forefront. But a slog it has certainly been, since the foundation aid formula’s development in 2007, after the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, an educational advocacy organization, sued the state regarding school funding inequity and won. […]

Lancaster police hope incentive pays off for cold case

Many members of the community still remember James Adamski. The 18-year-old Depew student was a well-rounded young man with plenty of friends and a loving family — the kind of kid who participated in many events in and out of school, which made it so hard to understand why someone would want to harm him. Two months after his disappearance […]

Man critical after stabbing incident

Town of Tonawanda police made an arrest early Saturday shortly after a stabbing incident that left a man in critical condition. At approximately 3:45 a.m., police responded to an address on Delmar Avenue for a report of a man who had been stabbed. Patrols arrived to find the man with several stab wounds, including deep puncture wounds to the kidney […]

Four veteran Cleveland Hill educators lauded by district as they retire

A seemingly endless parade of farewells and grateful comments greeted a pair of Cleveland Hill teachers at a Board of Education meeting last week, two of four educators who will retire at the end of the academic year. Board members accepted the retirements of elementary school teachers Barbara King and Nancy Truty, high school physical education teacher Anthony Percival, and […]

News Brief

The Cheektowaga Town Board will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the Town Hall, 3301 Broadway. A work session will be held preceding the regular meeting at 5 p.m.


State Assemblywoman Monica Wallace, right, with the help of workers at Spectrum, Sunnking and Maryvale High School students, took in nine truckloads of electronics at a recycling event on Saturday. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the seniors at Maryvale for the cost of their prom.

Bank holding Yvette Drive property draws Town Board’s ire

One thing became eminently clear mere minutes into a Tuesday night public hearing regarding the proposed demolition of 17 Yvette Drive: Town councilors were not in a negotiating mood. Two weeks ago, the Cheektowaga Town Board scheduled the hearing on the dilapidated residence just off French and Union roads, and, just as at a similar hearing in 2015, an attorney […]

New grant to strengthen Maryvale’s after-school programing

Maryvale is in line for a five-year, multi-million dollar grant that will boost after-school programs at the primary and intermediate schools, as well as bolster the district’s position as a community hub. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program will provide academic and leisure activities from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, […]

Poison Prevention Week a reminder to be cautious

Bee Editorial

Though most of us don’t even give it a passing thought, there are potential hazards that exist in almost every household, which can pose a threat to our health, particularly to those young enough to not know the ramifications of ingesting everything and anything lying around. Following the conclusion of National Poison Prevention Week, which ended March 25, we’re reminded […]

Spindle items

• WNY ALZHEIMER’S GROUP — The Western New York Alzheimer’s Caregiver Partnership, an organization designed to assist and support caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, is seeking adult volunteers for a variety of roles within the partnership. My grandma suffered from dementia late in life, and I’m sure nearly everyone now has a family member or friend who […]