All-out effort

John F. Kennedy’s Alan Suarez, left, puts everything he has into staying ahead of Maryvale’s James Luce during their heat of the 100-meter dash in Saturday’s annual Little Four Track and Field Championships, held this year at Cheektowaga. Suarez won the heat with his time of 11.56 seconds but ultimately placed sixth overall, with teammate Thomas Isbrandt claiming the event […]

School budgets pass in Cheektowaga districts

Budgets in all four Cheektowaga school districts passed voters’ muster Tuesday, including at Maryvale, where voters were asked to override New York’s property tax cap. In Maryvale, voters approved the $43.2 million budget at a 762-201 clip, smashing through the 60 percent threshold required to override the cap. Additionally, Jason Baier was re-elected to a five-year term on the Board […]

Bomb threat causes evacuation at Target

A bomb threat phoned into the Walden Avenue Target on Saturday evening prompted an evacuation while the Erie County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad investigated. The threat was called into the store around 5:45 p.m., according to Cheektowaga Assistant Chief of Police Jim Speyer. He said Target officials called police, and law enforcement investigated what turned out to be an “inert device” […]

Methadone clinic to be added to addiction services facility on OP border

Citizens in the Southtowns dealing with addiction to opioids will soon be aided by the addition of a methadone clinic in Hamburg that is attempting to make it easier for those battling addiction to find help in the region. (See editorial on page four) The clinic, which is expected to open in the fall, will be inside Lake Shore Behavioral […]

Cleve-Hill freshman tapped to study abroad


Beginning in the fall of 2018, Cleveland Hill High School freshman Joey Lesser will head to Germany as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarship, a yearlong study abroad opportunity that just 250 students nationwide get to take part in each year. One of only two students in Western New York to have been chosen for this year’s approximately $45,000 […]

News Brief

The next Cleveland Hill Union Free School District Board of Education regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, in the Community Room at Cleveland Hill High School, 105 Mapleview Road.

Fifth Jazz@JFK clinic aims to inspire students through storytelling, skill building

After four years of bringing famous musicians to Cheektowaga students through Jazz@JFK, John F. Kennedy High School Principal Kevin Kazmierczak says he’s not done working to get students excited about jazz. The former director of music and bands for Buffalo Public Schools and a lover and player of jazz music himself, said despite growing interest among students and families in […]

Town man pleads guilty on ‘conspiracy to sell meth’ charge

A town resident is facing prison time after pleading guilty to drug charges last week, according to Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. Jason Yelder, 35, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years and a $5 million fine, after pleading guilty on May 10 before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo […]


Travel writer and Cheektowaga native Dan Szczesny presents “Living the Travel Life: Learning to be a Global Citizen” at the Audubon Branch Library in Amherst on May 9. Szczesny made five stops in Western New York — and one in Erie, Pennsylvania — last week

News Briefs

• The Cheektowaga Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 in the town hall council chambers, 3301 Broadway. An agenda for the meeting can be found on the town’s website, www.tocny.org. • The Cheektowaga Town Board will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Town Hall, 3301 Broadway. A work […]