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SLOAN SUPERINTENDENT GETS EXTENSION

The Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board on Tuesday night approved a five-year contract extension for Superintendent James P. Mazgajew-
ski, who is now in his 20th year with the district.

"The contract only allows for five years at a time," said Mazgajewski. "I'll stay as long as they want me."

As with the previous three-year pact, Mazgajewski's new agreement, which expires in June 2006, holds his annual salary at $110,919, plus $15,715 in health and other district benefits.

The board also heard concerns from two parents about erratic bus routes and frequent changes in bus drivers. The board agreed to review the matter with Laidlaw, the district's transportation provider.

Galleria assists Cheektowaga libraries

Cheektowaga Public Library has received a $1,000 donation from Walden Galleria to be used for technology in the town's branch libraries, said Rebecca Mahoney, a member of the library's board of trustees.

The donation will be used to leverage an additional $1,000 from the county's Educational Technology Initiative, a million-dollar Erie County Legislature program designed to improve the quality of electronic resources and computer services in the library system.

James L. Soos, general manager of Walden Galleria, said the mall sees helping libraries as an "important facet" of participating in the community.

Campaign benefits N.Y. City firefighters

The fire companies in Cheektowaga will hold a "fill the boot" campaign from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday to benefit families of New York City Fire Department members in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Firefighters will be collecting money at several major intersections. All the money collected will be turned in at the Erie County Firefighter Olympics on Saturday.

Brooks' new painting causes stir

West Seneca artist Fran Brooks, whose Christmas paintings, especially "Weeping Santa," have developed a following, said her latest work, "The Way Home," caused a stir when she exhibited it for the first time last weekend in Orchard Park.

The painting features a concrete statue of the Holy Family in the middle of a big city, and several viewers asked her if it was Manhattan.

"It was really ironic in light of the terrorist attack, because I've never done a city before," she said. "People asked me if it was deliberate, but I started the painting last January."

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