Zonta chapters team up to help expectant mothers

More than three dozen Zonta Club volunteers spent the Saturday before Mother’s Day working on a project that could save the lives of women whom none of the members will probably ever meet. According to World Health Organization statistics, in 2015, around 830 women died every day from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and nearly all of those deaths occurred […]

School voters approve district budgets

Incumbent board members remain in power

There was not much drama at the polls on Tuesday, as 2018-19 budgets in Cheektowaga’s four school districts, plus Depew, cruised to passage. None of the budgets that the respective boards of education sent to voters attempted to exceed the state property tax cap, which would have required 60 percent of the vote. At Cleveland Hill, the approximately $32.9 million […]

Splash pad coming to Sloan in 2019

During a meeting last week, Sloan Village Mayor Thomas Ferrucci announced plans to replace the 54-year-old wading pool on Griffith Street with a splash pad, set to open during the 2019 season. He said the project, which is estimated to cost $246,000, will be funded in part by a “phenomenal” financial commitment of roughly $100,000 from Assemblywoman Monica Wallace’s office. […]

Resident helping public say yes to healthy foods


Areille Januszkiewicz has a simple request: Just say yes. The Cheektowaga resident is the Food Bank of Western New York’s new field nutritionist for the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables initiative, a state-funded nutrition education and obesity prevention program for low-income individuals. In the role, which Januszkiewicz has held for the past few months, she leads dozens of […]

Depew Code Enforcement may see additional staff

Anthony Fischione, Depew’s code enforcement officer, spoke to the Village Board during Monday night’s work session about hiring an additional person for the department to help with a seasonal uptick in permit requests and other day-to-day tasks. The department’s current part-time employee, Gary Cummings, has been out since January on disability. “I’ve been busy like crazy. We got a lot […]

Law center brings legal clinic to town

On Monday, the Western New York Law Center announced the expansion of its Civil Legal Assistance and Resource Office project into Cheektowaga. The CLARO project provides advice related to consumer legal issues and assists consumer debtors with preparing legal papers to represent themselves in court to avoid unfair default judgments. The project will be holding free monthly walk-in sessions from […]

Screening proceeds to benefit Buffalo actress

Buffalo native and actress Diane Gaidry, who starred in the 2006 romantic drama “Loving Annabelle,” was recently diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. To help offset Gaidry’s medical bills, the North Park Theatre, located at 1428 Hertel Ave., will screen “Loving Annabelle” at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 20, with all ticket sales donated to Gaidry. “The support that I’ve […]

Underwood becomes New York’s first female AG following Schneiderman resignation

In the wake of sexual assault allegations that have led to the abrupt resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Barbara Underwood was sworn in as acting attorney general last week. She is the first woman to serve as attorney general in New York State. Underwood, 73, has been the state solicitor general since 2007, representing the state in […]

Investing in employees benefits community

Bee Editorial

For many looking to enter the world of government jobs, the first step is to take a civil service exam. Depending on the position sought, training and exams could take months of preparation or a couple of days. Municipalities that are willing to pay for their employees to further knowledge of their field, such as attending training or seminars in […]

Spindle items

• DAEMEN CAMP — The Daemen College Athletic Department will host two weeks of Olympic Camp this summer for area children on the Amherst campus. The Daemen College Olympic Camp will expose participants to a number of different Olympic sports and activities. The camp places a strong emphasis on team fundamentals, leadership skills and sportsmanship. Daemen’s Olympic Camps are open […]