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Cheektowaga

It’s a difficult discussion for many families: elder planning.

But, making no pre-arrangements “for the legal, financial and medical issues that arise can be far more stressful and difficult in the long run,” according to the Cheektowaga Senior Center, which will sponsor a free “Seminar for Successful Aging” Friday afternoon in the conference room of the 3349 Broadway facility.

Chuck Beinhauer and Laurie Menzies, senior partners with the Pfalzgraf, Beinhauer & Menzies law firm, will offer a 12:45 p.m. presentation that will provide details in how families can “plan for themselves or their loved ones as they age.”

Some of the topics to be covered, according to the center, include: How can I plan to stay in my home? If I can’t stay in my home, what are my options? How much will it cost for my care? How much money can I leave to my children? Does my current plan make sense? Do I have the right documents? Other topics will also be discussed.

Those interested in the seminar is asked to register in the office of the center.

In other news this week:

• Public skating at the Recreation Center Arena in Cheektowaga Town Park ends today.

• The Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District will hold a 6:30 p.m. Monday work session of the board of education in the board room at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave.

• The final two free income tax assistance events will be held in the conference room at the Cheektowaga Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday. Tax counselors will be on hand to prepare income tax returns free “for anyone within their scope of tax preparation.” No appointments are necessary, however, those interested must check in by 1 p.m.

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

• The Cheektowaga Central School District’s board of education will hold a 7 p.m. Tuesday regular meeting at the Cheektowaga High School, 3600 Union Road.

• Wednesday is opening day for Cheektowaga residents to obtain park shelter permits. Permits will be issued from the Cheektowaga Town Park Recreation Center from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Doors will open at 6 a.m. Permits will then be issued Thursday and Friday from the Parks Department office at 500 Losson Road from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a $30 fee per picnic shelter. It is $40 for park shelters with electricity. More information can be obtained by calling 656-2280.

• A state budget update with respect to school aid will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday as part of a budget forum by the Cleveland Hill Union Free School Board of Education in the district’s central administration community room, 105 Mapleview Road. The forum will be followed by a 7 p.m. regular meeting of the board of education.

• The Cheektowaga Patriotic Commission will hold a 7 p.m. Wednesday meeting in the banquet hall of the Cheektowaga Senior Center.

• The Cheektowaga Planning Board will hold a 7 p.m. Thursday meeting in the council chambers at town hall.

• The American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave.