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New Red Cross blood donation center open

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A new American Red Cross blood donation center opened on Wednesday in Cheektowaga.

The new Blood Donation Center, located at 3601 Union Road, will offer all donation procedures, including whole blood, double red cell, platelet and plasma.

The center is open seven days a week and is open the following hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m

Mary Queen of Angels School Achieves STREAM Academy Status

Mary Queen of Angels School Achieves STREAM Academy Status


Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga is proud to announce that it has been designated as a STREAM Academy School by the Diocese of Buffalo. STREAM is an extension of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) academic program, and includes emphasis on Religion and Arts.

“STREAM is not a new curriculum, but rather a creative framework for teaching a given concept across a variety of subjects integrating traditional textbooks with technology — iPads, SmartBoards and laptops — to access the internet to explore, process and learn,” said Mary Queen of Angels Principal MaryAlice Bagwell. “Students will have increased exposure to relevant, hands-on activities relating to a specific topic.” 

Actress Mary Kate O’Connell to Emcee Style Show Fundraiser Sept. 26 for Ladies of Charity

Actress Mary Kate O’Connell to Emcee Style Show Fundraiser Sept. 26 for Ladies of Charity

Mary Kate O’Connell, award-winning Buffalo actress and founder of O’Connell & Company theater company, will provide commentary for the annual style show fundraiser for The Diocese of Buffalo Ladies of Charity, an affiliate organization of Catholic Charities on Sept. 26.

The Dress for Less Style Show and Theme Basket Auction will be held at The Columns Banquets, 2221 Transit Road, Elma starting at 11 a.m. with opportunities to browse the clothing and accessories for sale during the event. A luncheon featuring Almond Chicken Dijon is included.

Tickets are $35 if purchased by Sept. 11 or $38 by Sept. 18. For more information or to make a reservation please call (716) 895-4001.

The event is one of two primary fundraisers conducted yearly by the Ladies of Charity to benefit their programs.

WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition

WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition


The Western New York Land Conservancy has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“The Land Conservancy’s accreditation demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” says Nancy Smith, executive director. “Many people have helped shape the organization over the past decades. Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through this rigorous accreditation program.”

Cheektowaga house fire sends two to hospital

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Two people were taken to the hospital after a house fire early Sunday morning in Cheektowaga.

Fire departments responded to a fire on Treehaven Road around 2:30 a.m. Two residents were inside at the time of the fire.

They both were taken to the hospital; one due to smoke inhalation and one with a shoulder laceration.

Fire Chief, Joe Lewis, from the Cleveland Hill Fire Department said that they believe that the stove was the start of the fire.

Investigators are still determining the amount and cost of the damage done to the home.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: National Crackdown on Impaired Driving is Underway

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: National Crackdown on Impaired Driving is Underway


As summer winds down, law enforcement organizations across the country are ramping up enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. This high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives. 

From Aug. 21 through Sept. 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners nationwide will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving. 

Woman Backs Claims Against Cheektowaga Judge

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - A third woman has now come forward with troubling allegations about the behavior of a Cheektowaga town judge.

Mary Ann Szczepanowski worked as a part-time clerk for the Cheektowaga court system for 14 years. She was let go in January after moving out of the town.

While working in the town court, Szczepanowski says she saw first hand how Paul Piotrowski treated and dealt with some of the women who worked in the office with her- first during Piotrowski's time as town prosecutor, and then for the last four years during his tenure as a town judge.

She spoke publicly for the first time with 2 On Your Side's Scott Brown on Tuesday.

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