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Thruway closures for Cleveland Drive Overpass Project

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - As part of the $11.3 million Cleveland Drive overpass replacement project, there will be closures on the Thruway (I-90) eastbound and westbound for steel placement beginning Friday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m. through Thursday, August 6 at 5:00 a.m., the Thruway Authority announced on Friday.

The lane closure schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 31, 11:59 p.m. to Saturday, August 1, 7:00 a.m.

All westbound lanes CLOSED

Eastbound single left lane closure

Saturday, August 1, 11:59 p.m. to Sunday, August 2, 7:30 a.m.

All westbound lanes CLOSED

Eastbound two left lane closures

Sunday, August 2, 11:00 p.m. to Monday, August 3, 5:00 a.m.

Mary Queen of Angels School Accepting Applications for All Grades Levels

Mary Queen of Angels School Accepting Applications for All Grades Levels


Mary Queen of Angel’s Regional Catholic School, located at 170 Rosewood Terrace in Cheektowaga, is still accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. The school offers Pre-K, Universal Pre-K, kindergarten and grades one through eight.

Additionally, Mary Queen of Angels continues to offer school tours throughout the summer for families interested in learning more about the facility.

General Pulaski Parade in Cheektowaga

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Hundreds of people turned out for the General Pulaski Parade on Sunday.

The parade was part of the 37th Annual Polish-American Arts Festival which celebrates Polish heritage in the area.

It also honors the contributions of Revolutionary War hero General Casimir Pulaski.

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Vincent Scarsella

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Vincent Scarsella


Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, will host author Vincent Scarsella for a book-signing event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Scarsella has published three novels since May 2013, including crime novels "The Anonymous Man" and "Lawyers Gone Bad," by Aignos Publishing, and the young adult fantasy, "Escape From The Psi Academy," Book 1 of the Psi Wars! Series by IFWG Publishing.

Former Clerk Sues Cheektowaga Judge, Town Over Harassment

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - Stephanie Lewandowski worked as the chief clerk for the Cheektowaga court system for 15 years.

Back in 2010, a court employee went to Lewandowski to complain that the town prosecutor at that time, Paul Piotrowski, was sexually harassing her.

Lewandowski then took that complaint to the town's Human Resources director.

In a federal court lawsuit filed last month and obtained by 2 On Your Side, Lewandowski says that once Piotrowski found out that Lewandowski had reported him for the alleged sexual harassment, Piotrowski began to continually harass her, which included screaming at her and writing her scathing notes.

According to the lawsuit., to make matters worse, in November of 2011 Piotrowski was elected as a town judge and became one of Lewandowski's bosses.

Changes Urged At Cheektowaga Intersection

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - Mourning family members and a state lawmaker have demanded wholesale changes to the intersection of Harlem and Walden, the site of another tragedy last week involving a pedestrian.

19-year-old Chelsea Chandler, a Cheektowaga Central graduate who wished to study culinary arts in college, died late Thursday night while crossing the intersection on her way home from work. A vehicle, traveling southbound, struck her on Harlem. She leaves behind a two-year-old daughter.

Pedestrian who was hit by a car in Cheektowaga dies

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - A 19-year-old woman was hit and killed late Thursday night while crossing Harlem Road.

Cheektowaga Police say Chelsea A. Chandler was in the crosswalk at the intersection of Harlem Road and Walden Avenue when she was hit by a southbound vehicle.

Chandler was first taken to the St. Joseph campus of Sister's of Charity Hospital. She was then transferred to Erie County Medical Center where she died from her injuries. Her family has started a Go Fund Me Account in her memory.

The driver, Alaina Gooch, 26, of West Seneca, has not been charged.

Cheektowaga Police are still investigating. Anyone who may have seen the accident is asked to call (716) 686-3580.