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Where We Live: Cheektowaga


Cheektowaga citizens will again have the chance to participate in offering their opinions on the proposed 183,684-square-foot Walmart Supercenter at the 2500 Walden Ave. site of the existing Super Flea & Farmers Market in early May, following expected approval of a town board resolution at Monday’s 6:45 p.m. regular meeting in council chambers of Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

Town board members are expected to approve calling for a May 6 public hearing in consideration of Walmart’s request for site plan approval to develop the new store. The company made the request for the hearing, although it is not required by law to “further benefit public participation.”

The public hearing would be held prior to the town’s regularly scheduled 6:45 p.m. meeting on that date at town hall.

Also on Monday’s town board agenda is a resolution that would amend the salary of Cheektowaga Police Chief David J. Zack and increase it to $121,279. The move comes after the town’s personnel department performed a survey of police chief salaries in surrounding towns and determined Zack’s existing salary was “substantially lower than other base salaries in similar towns in Erie County.”

Zack earned $110,858 last year, according to public records.

Also this week:

• The Maryvale Union Free School District Board of Education is slated to hold a 6 p.m. Monday board meeting in the board room in the Samuel R. Bennett Administration Building, 1050 Maryvale Drive.

• A special Board of Cooperative Educational Services election and vote on the administrative budget in the Maryvale Union Free School District will be held starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday from The Robert A. Binner Educational Center, 1050 Maryvale Drive.

• Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard will be at the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway, at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to talk about the sheriff’s free “Yellow Dot Program,” which is “designed to help first responders provide lifesaving medical attention during the first hour after a crash or emergency.” Participants get a kit that contains a medical information card and Yellow Dot decal that first responders can look for in the glove compartment in the event of an emergency.

• The Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District Board of Education is scheduled to hold a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday board meeting at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave.

• The Depew Union Free School District Board of Education is scheduled to hold a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting at Depew High School, 5201 S. Transit Road.

• The Cheektowaga Central School District Board of Education has a regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of Cheektowaga High School, 3600 Union Road. The board has also scheduled a 7 p.m., May 7 budget hearing and regular meeting in its board room.

• The Cleveland Hill Union Free School Board of Education will hold a rescheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district’s community room, 105 Mapleview Road. The meeting was moved from April 24.

• The Cheektowaga Traffic Safety Commission is slated to hold a 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting in the council chambers of town hall.

• The Cheektowaga Zoning Board of Appeals has a 7 p.m. Wednesday meeting scheduled in the council chambers of town hall.

• The “Mr. Maryvale” event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Maryvale High School auditorium, 1050 Maryvale Drive.

• Doug Kinal will be the guest speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association. Kinal will talk about the assassination of 16th President Abraham Lincoln following the regular 7 p.m. business meeting of the association in the banquet hall at the Cheektowaga Senior Center 3349 Broadway. The meeting is open to the public.

• The John F. Kennedy middle and high schools’ spring musical production of “Annie” will be held Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at the high school, 305 Cayuga Creek Road. The evening performances will begin at 7 p.m. with the Sunday matinee will be at 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for students with those children under 4, free.

• The Mother/Daughter Escape 2013, a “celebration of mothers and daughters” sponsored by the Cheektowaga Youth and Recreational Services Department and Preventionfocus, Inc., will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave. The event is open to females aged 7-14 and their adult female mentor. Featured will be age-appropriate workshops and activities including discussion about “healthy relationships, communication, relaxation and working together.”