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Spotty electrical service in some areas of Cheektowaga is affecting traffic signals in different parts of town that could affect the evening commute for residents. Flickering traffic signals were reported at Union Road and William Street, as well as on Galleria Drive, a dispatcher for the Cheektowaga Police Department confirmed Monday afternoon. Outages have also bee…

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Two fire districts in Erie County did not always follow their policies and obtain quotes in advance before making purchases, audits by the state comptroller's office have found. Auditors examined the books from January 2016 to July 2017 for Walden Fire District No. 2 in Cheektowaga and the Aurora-Colden Fire District. Aurora-Colden Fire District did not seek competit…

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Town of Cheektowaga officials approved a shared services agreement with the City of Lackawanna Tuesday night that allowed the cash-strapped city to borrow snow removal equipment after many of its plows broke down. The resolution sparked a flurry of objections from Council Member Gerald Kaminski – who asked why Cheektowaga taxpayers were paying to plow Lackawanna's stree…

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Price Rite Marketplace plans to open a grocery store in Amherst early this year. The store at 4220 Maple Road, in the plaza at Sweet Home Road that includes the AMC Maple Ridge 8, will be the fourth Price Rite in the area. The company already has stores on Elmwood Avenue and Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo and in Cheektowaga. Price Rite plans to hire 85 workers for full- a…

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A Cheektowaga man on Thursday was sent to jail for a year for a series of drug-related convictions, said Cheektowaga police. Michael R. Richardson, 28, was first arrested March 22 after police found drugs and drug paraphernalia during a raid on his East Grand Boulevard residence. The house had been the scene of several overdoses, police said. Richardson was arrested …

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A 63-year-old man was struck and killed by a vehicle early Saturday while he was crossing Clinton Street, Cheektowaga Police reported. The accident occurred around 1 a.m. just east of South Rossler Avenue, police said. The man is a resident of West Seneca, police said, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police described the driver as a 20-year-old woman from…

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A 23-year-old Cheektowaga man faces robbery charges after police said he took $250 at gunpoint from a pedestrian at Ridgewood Road and South Park Wednesday night, South District police reported. The robbery occurred around 8:30 p.m. when the pedestrian was called over to the car and robbed of $250 by the driver who brandished a small black handgun, police said. The thie…

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For town clerks and county employees, there's a holiday week scramble to set up a first-of-its-kind mechanism for property owners to prepay their 2018 taxes. For accountants and financial planners, there's a host of questions from their clients about whether this makes sense for them. And for the rest of us, there's the sorting of the pros and cons of complicated tax…

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A local education advocate who once served as an adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported she was groped and harassed on a recent flight from Newark to Buffalo. In a tweet, Katie Campos, executive director of the local Teach for America chapter, said she shared her story on Twitter because she didn't think United handled the incident appropriately. Campos said an int…

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They started pulling in the driveway of Camillo's Sloan Super Market by 8:30 a.m., a half hour before the store opened, and began lining up outside the door 15 minutes later. Inside, butchers had been working since 6 a.m., and the staff was getting ready for the crush of customers coming for the fresh meat the market is known for. It's the same story at other indepen…

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Diane Benczkowski looked at her Christmas tree, brushing aside tinsel to retrieve an ornament wrapped with green yarn. The small wreath her daughter, Kelly, made in 1992 displayed the photo of a chubby-cheeked smiling girl. "This one is a favorite," said Benczkowski, as she scrutinized her daughter's photo. "Kelly was a happy child, always having fun with her sisters." …

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Six-year-old Emetrious Harless meant everything to his mother, Angel Harless, and she wanted to ensure his Christmas was brimming with happiness and toys. So she reached out to the Blue Mittens Project, which raises funds to help needy families during the holiday season. On Monday, Emetrious and his mother were scheduled to go on toy shopping spree at Target with Cheekt…

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Noco Express has unveiled the interior remodel of its store at 1199 French Road in Depew. It remained open during the three-week project, and is the latest in a series of makeovers at area Noco stores. The renovations updated the store's look and putting a greater focus on the store's fresh, grab-and-go foods. There's a new floor plan, along with a cooler island filled …

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Emma Voit, a petite 12th-grader at Maryvale High School, sat attentively in the auditorium Friday afternoon as actor William Fichtner fielded questions from the cast and crew of the school's annual musical production. Voit, cast in a lead role in the school's production of "The Little Mermaid," listened to Fichtner as he described film after film of his successful caree…