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Applebee's Restaurant Teams Up with Law Enforcement

BUFFALO, NY-- On Thursday, September 16, law enforcement officers and local officials will be serving the public in a new way, as servers as local Applebee's restaurants. They will be accepting donations to benefit the Special Olympics New York and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Torch Run is part of a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies, benefiting their local Special Olympic Program. NYS Police, Buffalo Police, Hamburg Police, and NYS Department of Corrections will be participating.

The various law enforcement agencies will be on hand at 11 Applebee's locations, greeting customers and helping out the wait staff.

Applebee's has locations in Williamsville, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Buffalo, Depew, Blasdell, Lakewood, Cheektowaga, Dunkirk, Olean, and West Seneca.

In 2009, more than $1 million was raised for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.

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Cheektowaga Man Charged with Trafficking 0f Untaxed Cigars

ALBANY, NY (09/14/2010)(readMedia)-- New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Jamie Woodward today announced that a Cheektowaga man faces felony tax crimes charges for his role in trafficking 280,502 untaxed cigars and six pounds of loose tobacco.

Charged in the case was Jasem Hasan, 52, 1174 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Hasan was arrested on September 3 by state Tax Department investigators following an investigation. During the arrest agents found the untaxed cigars, which represent an estimated $45,000 in unpaid taxes to the state of New York.

Hasan was charged with Attempt to Evade Tax, a class E felony, punishable by up to four years in state prison; Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, a class D felony, punishable by up to seven years in state prison; Possession of Untaxed Cigars and a charge of being Unregistered as a Tobacco Distributor, both misdemeanors, punishable by up to a year in prison.

March of Dimes Celebrates Annual Signature Chefs Auction

The March of Dimes, Western New York Division presents the 2010 Signature Chefs Auction, “Feathers & Flair, A March of Dimes Monte Carlo Affair” on Friday, October 8 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Western New York’s finest chefs will offer their signature dishes coupled with wine tastings from regional wineries and accompanied by an array of unique live and silent auction items and entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend the evening, which raises money and awareness to save babies from prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality.

This year’s event promises to be an elegant night with some of the best restaurants in town. Featured dishes will be prepared by Alex’s Place, Blue Buffalo, Chef’s Restaurant, Fiamma Steak House, Harry’s Harbour Place Grille, Koi, La Scala, My Tomato Pie, Protocol Restaurant and Rich Renaissance Catering. Wine selections will be offered by Merritt Estate Winery.

Oil Found Near Pipeline in Cheektowaga

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY- Traffic is traveling again on Dingens Street after the road was closed Tuesday morning while crews searched for a possible oil leak in an underground pipeline.

The 91-mile pipeline, that runs from Ontario, Canada, is shut down and is expected to re-open this afternoon.

Crews working on a sewer installation project found about a gallon of petroleum-based product Monday morning.

Larry Springer, A spokesman for Enbridge, Inc. says so far there is no evidence of a leak, but the company is continuing to test both the pipeline and the substance that was found on a protective casing around it.  

The company says all of the product has been cleaned up.

It's the third pipeline Enbridge has shut down since July.

Enbridge also owns a pipeline that leaked near Chicago last week and one from Indiana to Ontario that spilled oil into a southern Michigan waterway in July.


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Runway Work to Alter Flight Patterns

BUFFALO, NY-The NFTA says routine maintenance on the main runway at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will affect flight patterns for three days this week, starting Tuesday.

The runway will be closed to airline traffic on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 AM until 7 PM.

Crews will be performing runway striping and routine lighting repair.

Regular flight patterns will resume after 7 PM on each of those days.


Laborers Local 210 Gets New Headquarters

By Tom Campbell

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Necessitated by a Union Membership that’s grown by as much as 15% over the past three years, Laborers Local 210 will be moving in November from a leased Harlem Road location that has served as its home since 1999 to a much larger building the Buffalo Building & Construction Trades Council-member Union has purchased on Tyrol Drive - which is also located in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga.

“Our lease was coming up (at 2750 Harlem Road) and we’d been looking (for another location) for some time.  Our Union has grown and we’re now in a position to own our own place.  So we decided to buy a brick building on Tyrol Drive, which fits our needs for our benefits funds office and our Union offices,” Laborers Local 210 Business Manager Sam Capitano told WNYLaborToday.com this morning.

Memorial Run in Memory of Late Cheektowaga Trooper

BUFFALO, NY-The Buffalo Covenant Church will host the 1st Annual Trooper Jill Mattice Memorial Run/Pump and Run on Saturday, September, 25th.

Jill was a Cheektowaga native and graduate of SUNY Brockport. She was tragically killed in the line of duty in January when her car collided with a tractor trailer in Otsego County.

The race begins at 11 AM and ends with a post race party including live music by local bands Supercharger and Inner Chyld and a basket raffle.

Proceeds from the event will support the Jill Mattice Scholarship Fund at Cleveland Hill High School, as well as Buffalo Covenant Church.