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Buffalo Stars Preseason In Full Stride (video) / Gift Card Collection To Benefit Military Families

The Buffalo Stars are offering free tickets to our Opening Night Doubleheader on Saturday, September 11, 2010, as part of our “Salute to the American Troops” and 9/11 Remembrance Weekend.

As part of this weekend we are collecting Gift Cards to benefit the National Guard 107th Family Support Group.  We will offer 40 FREE Opening Night Passes to any person or team that can generate $100 worth of gift cards.

Our goal is $5000 in value of gift cards.  Please consider gift cards including grocery cards, department store gift cards and others that will directly benefit local families whose loved ones are taking time away from their families and jobs to answer their nation’s call.

Here is the schedule for Saturday, September 11th. 

(Both games at Holiday Twin Rinks, 3645 Broadway, Cheektowaga):

Continental Hockey Association Junior B League

Buffalo Stars vs. New England Huskies

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Town Salaries Higher Than State Average

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Town of Cheektowaga employees had an average pay of $45,377 for its 391 employees, according to a report released Thursday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. The average pay for town employees across the state is $35,632.

The report from the fiscally conservative group also found disparities in pay between upstate and downstate governments.

M & T Bank In Cheektowaga Robbed

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Cheektowaga Police tell Channel 2 News, the suspects robbed the M & T Bank on Union Road around 10 o'clock this morning.

They fled the scene in their getaway vehicle, a "U-Haul" van. Police spotted the van on the 33, and were led on a chase into Buffalo. The van pulled into the Kenfied Homes Public Housing Complex, where all 4 jumped out. Cheektowaga police did catch, and arrested one of the suspects almost immediately.

19-year-old Daequan K. Hardy of Cheektowaga has been charged with two Counts of Robbery, Grand Larceny, Criminal Use of a Firearm, Conspiracy and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Police are still searching for the other suspects.

Several police agencies, including "Air One" joined in the search for the 3 who got away. Police also arrested a man at the complex, after they say he attempted to take a bagful of money, that was dropped by one of the fleeing suspects.

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins. 

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Announcement Made on 'Move Over Act'

BUFFALO, NY - New York State Police, Cheektowaga Police, West Seneca police, Hamburg Police and Senator William Stachowski all joined Thursday to announce the Ambrose-Searles 'Move Over Act.'

The new law requires highway motorists to move over or slow down when approaching a parked authorized emergency vehicle whose emergency lights are flashing.

The new legislation, protecting law enforcement and emergency workers on the state's highways has been signed into law by Governor Paterson.

Ambrose-Searles 'Move Over Act', is named in honor of the New York State Trooper Robert Ambrose and Onondaga County Sheriff Deputy Glenn M. Searles, along with all other emergency  personnel who have lost their lives on NYS roadways while serving the public.

Hello Yesterday! An 80's Festival

Celebrate all the best of the 80's at Hello Yesterday! An all-ages, all-day 80's Festival featuring A Flock of Seagulls, When In Rome, Animotion, Dramarama and Gene Loves Jezebel.  The festival includes a LipSync contest, 80's Guitar Hero and much more!

Dress totally 80's for the best 80's costume contest and win a new iPad!   Tickets are available for purchase online at helloyesterday.net or at both Record Theatre outlets in Buffalo (1800 & 3500 Main Street).

General Admission on-line tickets are $35 (plus applicable fees). Tickets the day of the event are $45.  Children 13 and under are free.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit Hunter's Hope. Festival attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to the community and help Hunter's Hope by participating in the silent auction. The tent will be open all day with two auctions going on during the festival.

Erie County Introduces Garbage Totes in Parks

New totes include smoke-free message


Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung, in conjunction with the Erie Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, are pleased to announce the County has added garbage totes inscribed with a non-smoking message to park shelters in several County parks.  The totes will make it easier for parks crews to remove debris, while also delivering an important message.  The Erie Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition contributed to the purchase of 400 totes that carry the request, “Help us keep Erie County parks smoke free and litter free.  Please no smoking.”


The totes are already at shelters in Chestnut Ridge, Como Lake and Ellicott Creek parks.  All other County parks should have them by mid-September.


County Executive Chris Collins said, “Keeping our parks clean and accessible is a p