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Accused Cheektowaga murderer arraigned


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - We got our first look in court Wednesday at the man accused of strangling his girlfriend to death and setting her body on fire.

Thomas Murphy, 58, was in Erie County Court to be arraigned on charges of murder and arson in the death of 63-year-old Jean Hartwig.

Her body was found during a fire last month at the Williamstowne Senior Apartments in Cheektowaga where the two of them lived.

He's due back in court June 19.


Survey has shocking results on distracted driving


CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Texting while driving is a problem, but a new survey shows the distracted driving may be worse than previously thought. A survey from AT&T shows 70 percent of drivers say they use their smartphones while behind the wheel.

"It's very alarming and should be concerning for all of us," said Kevin Hanna with AT&T.

The survey shows more than 6 in 10 admit to texting, a third say they email while drive and nearly 30% admit to browsing the Internet.

"All of these things lead to a deadly combination," Hanna said.

Perhaps even worse, more than a third admit to using social media while driving: 27 percent check or post to Facebook, 14 percent use Twitter, 14 percent use Instagram and 11 percent admit to using Snapchat.

Major Food Service Company to Distribute Weber’s Products to Restaurants

Major Food Service Company to Distribute Weber’s Products to Restaurants

 

Heintz & Weber Co., Inc. of Buffalo announced this week that the Sysco Foods New York Division in Syracuse has added Weber’s Brand Horseradish Mustard to its lineup and will now supply the legendary mustard to restaurant accounts in New York and Pennsylvania. This marks the first time that a major food service company has taken on Weber's products for widespread distribution. 

Initially, Sysco Foods New York Division has taken on Weber's Horseradish Mustard in the 12-ounce squeeze size. Additional Weber’s products will also be made be available to restaurants upon request. 

Cheektowaga Fights Its "Zombie Homes"


CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - A few years ago, the owner of 18 Stratford Place mysteriously disappeared.

Within months, the wooden frame began to crumble. The roof of this one-story house began to fall apart, and the grass in the lawn grew uncontrollable. Gary Myszka, whose uncle has lived across the street from this home for four decades, kept a close eye on the blight.

Especially the grass.

"They cut it probably only three times -- at most -- last year," Myszka said. "My uncle's been living here for 40 years, and that's his view. It's just not right."

Luckily, the Town of Cheektowaga has decided to give 18 Stratford a makeover.

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week, 50th Anniversary of Foster Grandparent Program

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week, 50th Anniversary of Foster Grandparent Program

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Foster Grandparent Program in conjunction with Senior Corps Week May 18-23, Catholic Charities will thank its 96 Foster Grandparent Program volunteers during its “50 and Feeling Fabulous” event May 22 at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY, 1081 Broadway, Buffalo.  

Senior Corps Week, developed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, spotlights the impact of Senior Corps volunteers on their communities. Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program is a program of Service Corps, which is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

New Sonic approved for WNY


CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - The Cheektowaga Town Board approved the site plan for a new Sonic at its meeting Monday night.
This means construction can now begin.

The Sonic is set to open on Union Road in Cheektowaga inside an old Perkins Restaurant. Work should be completed by the end of the summer.

"The building that's going in has been vacant for 15 years. It is now going to create a new image to an empty building. It's going to put a beautiful facade on," said Councilmember Jim Rogowski.

This will be the first Sonic in the Buffalo area. The nearest location right now is in the Rochester area.

WNY Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo History Museum

WNY Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo History Museum

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is pleased to announce that its 2015 Annual Meeting and Reception to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Buffalo History Museum in Delaware Park, Buffalo. The Buffalo History Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1901 for the Pan-American Exposition and is the only surviving permanent structure from the exposition.