East Senior says goodbye to Class of ’14

Luke Marcinkiewicz began his valedictorian speech at West Seneca East Senior High School’s commencement ceremony with a quote from Martin Luther and ended it by saluting the other 224 members of his graduating class with the peace sign. “Blood alone moves the wheels of history,” said Marcinkiewicz, after loudly thumping the top of the podium with his hands on June […]

DOT lays out plan for Harlem Road bridge

On June 25, members from the New York State Department of Transportation held a public hearing at Winchester Community Church in West Seneca to discuss proposed options for a replacement of the Harlem Road bridge over the Buffalo River. The preliminary project would affect the Town of West Seneca and the Town of Cheektowaga. Nick Gagliardo, the design engineer on […]

Town purchases emergency alert system

Partners up with Orchard Park to receive 25 percent discount

Following a brutal winter that was especially harsh for the residents of the Lexington Green neighborhood due to excessive flooding that ravaged many of their homes, the Town of West Seneca knew it needed to do something to help protect residents. (See editorial on page four) By a unanimous vote Monday night, the Town Board approved the purchase of an […]

Hoagland to ‘light the night’ for Leukemia Society


Though Rick Hoagland and his wife, Carly, are relatively new to the Western New York area, the couple did not waste any time before getting involved with their community. Hoagland, a resident of Orchard Park, will chair the executive leadership and fundraising committee for the Western and Central New York Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 16th annual Light […]

Old Fort Niagara slates encampment

Old Fort Niagara will hold its 35th annual French and Indian War Encampment Friday through Sunday, July 4-6. The event begins on the morning of Friday, July 4, when all of the troops and native warriors assemble for a grand parade and trooping of the colors. This is followed by a French and Indian attack on a frontier settlement. At […]

Release of Seneca Place renderings surprise officials

Renderings of the proposed development for the old Seneca Mall site were released last week, catching West Seneca Town officials by surprise. Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan said she is excited for the project, but in looking at the plans designed by Developer Scott Congel she is approaching the new proposal with reservations, calling the project “extremely ambitious.” “The opportunity for […]

Forensic science students practice simulated criminal case

Advanced forensic science students at West and East Senior recently ventured out to answer a simulated 911 call at Tony Rome’s Restaurant, 1537 Union Road. Forensic science instructor Lynn Barrett worked with Daniel Barrett, a detective sergeant with the Buffalo Police Department, to create a poker tournament scenario in which Dean Martin was mysteriously murdered. The task at hand was […]

News briefs

Ryan Chapman of West Senior won a $5,000 art scholarship from the Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca. Chapman will be continuing his education this fall at Buffalo State. This is the second $500 scholarship the gallery has awarded a West Seneca student continuing their college education in the visual arts. Monica Bebak of East Senior won a […]

Teamwork between municipalities led to CodeRED

Bee Editorial

On Monday night, the West Seneca Town Board passed a measure to purchase the CodeRED emergency notification system. The decision followed last week’s unanimous approval by the Orchard Park Town Board to enter a mutual agreement with the Florida based company Emergency Communications Network, which runs CodeRED. As most of the other municipalities in Western New York have similar emergency […]

Spindle items

• CLINTON RECYCLES — Teaching children the importance of recycling at a young age is essential. For the planet’s future, they must grow up to be responsible adults in this area. Students at Clinton Street Elementary in West Seneca have definitely received the message. They recently earned money and prizes for the school by collecting and recycling the drink pouches […]