Weekly Feature

2018-10-11 / Editorials

Out of the Past

55 Years Ago Oct. 10, 1963

BOARD APPOINTMENT — The Maryvale Board of Education appointed Robert M. Russell a school trustee, replacing Murphy Ciccarella, who resigned.

BIG GAME — The John F. Kennedy High School football team upset Depew, 14-13, as Paul Andrzejewski ran for one touchdown, threw an 8-yard scoring pass to John Semanczyk for the other touchdown and scored both points-after touchdown.

CROWNING — Diane H. Orwat of Rowley Road, Cheektowaga, was crowned Miss United Fund at Canisius College. The Sisters Hospital student nurse was representing the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.

30 Years Ago Oct. 13, 1988

STUDENT OF THE MONTH — Maryvale High School senior Caren Morella will receive the October Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce student of the month award at the Chamber’s luncheon.

Morella, who ranks 18th academically in her class of 235 with a 90.2 average, plans a career in music performance and/or music education, and has been active in many school and civic organizations.

WOODEN PLAYGROUND — A drive to have a wooden playground unit as part of the Theodore Roosevelt School playground in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District is picking up momentum.

Kathy Napieralski, of Bright Street in town, is leading a group of district residents who hope to get enough support from other parents and district residents, as well as the school district, to have wooden equipment and other facilities installed at the playground area behind the school.

Five Years Ago Oct. 10, 2013

SLOAN CALLS FOR HELP — Several steps are being taken by the Sloan Village Board to address vacant property issues.

During its meeting on Tuesday evening, the board approved a resolution to request assistance from Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation, a land bank that helps improve and sell abandoned properties.

In 2011, New York State passed the Land Bank Act, which authorizes any foreclosing governmental unit to create a land bank in order to acquire, improve, assemble and sell vacant properties.

The board unanimously passed a resolution to work with BENLIC to refurbish one or more properties in the village.

One Year Ago Oct. 12, 2017

GREEN COMPETITION — In the competition to win $250,000 in state grant funding to use toward clean energy projects, the Cheektowaga Town Board heard Tuesday from staff on a plan for a fleet of sustainable electric vehicles.

In a presentation to board members, Rick Coburn, the town’s supervising code enforcement officer, said he envisions leasing 10 such vehicles, either hybrid or fully electric, which would be served by charging stations to be installed at Town Hall and the town’s recreation facility on Alexander Avenue.

CHECK THE BOOKS — According to a recently completed audit by state Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli’s office, the Cheektowaga Sloan School District has been routinely overestimating by millions of dollars the money it needs to cover expenses.

In a recent release, which announced the results of seven school district audits, the comptroller’s office reported that from 2013-14 through 2015-16, Cheektowaga Sloan’s Board of Education and district officials overestimated yearly budget expenses by an average of $4.6 million.

Do you have a memory of the Cheektowaga area you would like to share with Bee readers? Send it to “Out of the Past,” Cheektowaga Bee, 5564 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14221.

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