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Cheektowaga

Got your garbage tote yet?

If not, it’s coming. But, if you’re one of the estimated 10,000-plus residents who already did, keep it on the sidelines until the week of Dec. 17.

Town Board members reported last week that several residents already have begun using the new totes to put out their garbage. However, until all of the 31,000 new totes are distributed and the town’s refuse trucks are retrofitted, residents should continue putting out their regular garbage receptacles.

Town officials announced that Rehrig Pacific began delivering the new 65 and 95-gallon totes on Nov. 7. Each day, including Saturday, about 800-1,000 are delivered throughout the town.

The town has allotted one 95-gallon tote per single family home and two per multi-unit. A handful of residents turned out to last Monday’s board meeting to complain about the latter telling the board that one tote should be allocated for each unit in a multi-dwelling property.

The 65-gallon totes were being delivered to patio homes, condominiums and townhouses as well as mobile homes.

Starting Dec. 3, residents will be able to buy additional totes for $45 (95-gallon) and $40 (65-gallon), according to the town. Those totes can be purchased through the town clerk’s office.

Town officials said residents wishing to exchange their tote for another of a different size may do so on or after March 1, 2013.

Also this week:

• The Town Board will hold a 6 p.m. Tuesday work session in the council office conference room at Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• A financial aid informational seminar for parents of Cleveland Hill High School juniors and seniors will be held in the high school’s auditorium, 105 Mapleview Road, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. A financial aid representative from the University of Buffalo will be present at the seminar for discussion on the financial aid application process including: how to apply, Tap & Pell Grants, student and parent loans as well as changes to state and federal regulations. For more information, contact the Student Support Center at 836-7200, ext. 8440.

• Parents of juniors and seniors at Depew High School are invited to attend a financial aid information presentation from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library media center, 5201 S. Transit Road. Sponsored by the Depew High School Counseling Department, the guest speaker at the event will be Daniel M. Tramuta, associate vice president for Enrollment Services at SUNY Fredonia and president of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association. Myriad topics are expected to be discussed including defining financial aid and financial need as well as addressing the categories, types and sources of aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Registration for the presentation can be done by calling 686-5073.

• A new member coffee hour will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the conference room of the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Cheektowaga residents 60 and over who are interested in learning more about the center are invited to attend.

• A series of workshops to help Cleveland Hill middle school girls and their mothers explore a variety of issues including healthy relationships, self-esteem, understanding anger and assertiveness will be part of the “Chat About That” workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday from the Family Resource Center, 3660 Harlem Road. To register, call Gloria Valley at 836-7200, ext. 8363.

• John F. Kennedy High School’s drama club presents a production of “The Night I Died at the Palace Theatre” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the 305 Cayuga Creek Road school. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults are $10. Tickets are $5 for students with those 3 and under free. For more information, call 891-6407.

• “An Old-Fashioned Family Christmas” is an opportunity for residents to take a break with family by making crafts, taking sleigh rides, reading stories, eating snacks, singing Christmas carols and visiting Santa Claus. It will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave. There is an $8 fee per person. Also on Friday will be a public skate from 7-9 p.m. at the Recreation Center in Town Park. There, donations of new gloves, hats and scarves can also be made to the “Gift of Warmth Collection.”

• Getting into the holiday spirit will continue next weekend with a pair of events. “Breakfast with Santa” will be held by the Cheektowaga YES program from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Alexander Community Center. There is a $9 fee per person. Then, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Dartwood Community Center, 222 Autumnwood Drive, kids aged 5-12 area invited to “Santa’s Workshop.” Children can get help making four separate holiday projects for gift giving or decorating. There is an $8 fee.