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Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised Toward $10.9 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised  Toward $10.9 Million Goal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced Tuesday, March 24, Catholic Charities’ 91st annual Appeal has raised $7,432,587.16 to date, representing 68 percent of the $10.9 million goal. The total includes monies collected and reported by parish volunteers during the opening weekend (March 21-22) of Appeal Week 2015, the period which marks the strongest push for parish donations.

The total reported is more than $500,000 short of where Catholic Charities’ officials and the Appeal leadership team hoped to be after the first Sunday.

Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight counties of Western New York, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Three rescued from Cheektowaga house fire

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Six people have been displaced by an overnight house fire on Reo Avenue in Cheektowaga.

Firefighters say three people were rescued from the second floor. One of them was a pregnant woman who was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Firefighters say the fire began in the basement, but the cause is still under investigation.

Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

The artistic talents of puppeteers from across the United States will be showcased in the second annual Geppetto Festival, named after the beloved woodcarver from the children’s classic “Pinocchio,” scheduled for April 15 as part of the Daemen College Academic Festival.

“The Geppetto Festival is intended to share enriching presentations and performances to help bring new life to puppetry,” said Cameron Garrity, festival director. “Whether young or young at heart, the festival will give audiences the chance to explore new avenues of puppetry beyond Sesame Street and other well-known shows.”

Cleveland Drive Overpass Replacement Project Starts Monday

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY – It has been a problem for years, and now the New York State Thruway Authority is finally replacing the Cleveland Drive overpass.

The crumbling bridge has created dangerous conditions for drivers.

The first phase of the project starts Monday night at 9 when the Cleveland Drive westbound on-ramp to the 90 closes. The Cleveland Drive overpass will close to all traffic April 6 at 6 a.m. Both closures will remain in effect until early November when construction wraps up.

A chunk of the overpass fell onto John Cook's van in 2010 as he was merging onto the 90.

"The object was large enough, strong enough, to actually go through the windshield of the car. The hole is roughly the size of a basketball," said Cook.

Cook was able to pull over and call police without hitting any cars.

No charges to be filed from Galleria escalator video

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY- The three individuals behind a video showing a teenage male dangling from the side of an escalator at the Walden Galleria will not face any charges.

Cheektowaga Police posted the video to their Facebook page Wednesday afternoon in the hopes of finding the individuals in it. In the video, one male dangles off the side of the escalator while he rides it up to the second floor. The teen falls once he reaches the end of the escalator.

Police say the parents of the teen who fell went to the police later that evening and were fully cooperative.

Cheektowaga Police identify people in Galleria escalator video

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY- Cheektowaga Police say they've identified the two people seen in a video in which one person is shown dangling from the side of an escalator at the Walden Galleria.

The individuals are being brought into the station, but police were unsure if they will face charges.

In the video, a person standing outside the escalator grabs the arm of another person while they're traveling up the escalator. Once they reach the second floor, the person dangling seemingly lets of the other person's arm and falls to the first floor.

Police say the incident happened March 8 after midnight, and have no information on how badly the person may have been hurt.

Police say they received numerous tips, and thank the public for their role in identifying the individuals.

Cheektowaga will have July 4th fireworks

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY- Cheektowaga will have their annual Fourth of July celebration in Town Park this summer after receiving input during a Town Park Community Association meeting.

The future of the annual fireworks were in doubt after a group of unruly kids caused problems while families were trying to watch the fireworks. Several fights broke out, and at one point a 16-year-old pulled out a knife and threatened a police officer.

State Police were called in to clear the kids from the field.