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School Districts, Students, Parents Deal With Cuts

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - With schools back in session many districts around Western New York are dealing with the reality of the budget cuts that were made last spring. In the Cleveland Hill School District that means a dozen teachers gone this year and half of the clubs.

The cuts to the clubs and extracurricular prompted Jenny Golinski to contact 2 On Your Side via our Facebook page. She is disappointed that the district opted to cut things like Jazz Club, Art Club and the school musical when sports remained almost unscathed, even intramurals.

Golinski is worried that without the extracurriculars, many students (including her son, who's a senior) will find themselves at a disadvantage when it comes time to fill out college applications.

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Van Crashes into Senior Citizen Apartments in Cheektowaga

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Cheektowaga Fire and Police were called to a minor accident at the Williamstowne Village Apartments in Cheektowaga Wednesday evening.

An older male drove a black van into the senior citizen apartment complex.

Alcohol was not a factor and no one was injured.

Sisters of Charity Hospital; St Joseph Campus Celebrating 50 Years

BUFFALO, NY-- Sister's Hospital Foundation and Sister's Charity Hospital and St Joseph Campus are commemorating 50 years of service to the Cheektowaga community.

They are celebrating with a blessing and rededication of the newly lanscaped Garden of Peace and Memories on Wednesday, September 8 at 1:00 p.m.

Hospital leadership and staff will gather for the blessing, as well as a symbolic re-cutting of the ribbon to celebrate the garden's new look.

The Garden of Peace and Memories, which is located in front of the hospital, is a place for pause and reflection.

St Joseph's Campus reopened in 1960 as St Joseph's Intercommunity Hospital. As part of Catholic Health, St Joseph's Hospital merged with Sisters of Charity Hospital in 2009 to avoid closure.


'Watch Your Car' Anti-Theft Program Launches this Month

CHEEKTOWAGA, -- A new program set to launch later this month, will offer participants two ways to work with law enforcement to protect their vehicles from theft.

The 'Watch Your Car' program consists of two distinct parts. First, a window sticket and VIN etching program.

The window sticker program allows Police to stop your vehicle if it is on the road between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.

The VIN etching program consists of etching the vehicle's VIN into the window.

To participate in the program, you need a valid drivers license, a valid vehicle registration, and a valid insurance card.

An informational meeting will be held on September 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Hill Fire Company in Cheektowaga.

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Cleveland Hill Football Field Dedication

On September 11, 2010, Cleveland Hill High School will be dedicating the field & complex to longtime Athletic Director - Carl Kuras.
Actual ceremony will take place behind Cleve-Hill (off Mapleview) before kickoff of Varsity game (starts @ 2pm).
Please come out & show your support for Coach Kuras during the game or stop by the Elks Lodge later on, $20 includes beer & finger foods.
...(proceeds to benefit CH Football Alumni Association Booster Club)
Feel free to pass this along to anyone you feel may be interested.

German-American Heritage Festival

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - The Western New York German - American Heritage Festival is drawing people with cultural roots reaching back to the countries of Australia, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.  

This weekend festival in Cheektowaga Town Park offers  authentic German beer and cuisine, four different authentic bands, contests,  and an overall party with nearly 4,000 people.

The Federation of German American Societies of Greater Buffalo-Niagara is an organization of twelve cultural groups. The federation collectively promotes and creates relationships throughout the Greater Buffalo-Niagara area.

The WNY German-American Festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm-10 pm at the Cheektowaga Town Park in Cheektowaga, NY.

WNY German American Heritage Festival This Weekend

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Culture is the spice of life! We invite you this Labor Day Weekend, September 4 & 5 to immerse yourself in German Heritage and celebrate Gemütlichkeit!  People from across the Greater Buffalo-Niagara region with cultural roots reaching back to the countries of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland will be in attendance with many more festival goers who simply have an interest in musik, food, and culture.

“Gemütlichkeit simply means, “being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, with the right people.” Where else would you rather be than at Cheektowaga Town Park eating and drinking authentic German beer and cuisine, listening to four different authentic bands, participating in contests and games, and partying for a weekend with nearly 5,000 of your friends and family?!

Admission is only $3 per person each day, children 14 and under are free; $3.00 Kinder Park Day Passes are available. 1 -10 p.m. each day.