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Plans to use wheeled recycling totes in the town include expanding the list of materials accepted for recycling.

Specifications for the town’s recycling contract, which will be put out to bid once the current contract expires next spring, will have a couple of new items.

“We will be bidding for everything to be picked up as recycling,” Town Supervisor Mary F. Holtz said. In addition, bids will be sought on weekly and every-other-week recyclable collections.

Switching to pickup every other week would save the town $500,000 a year, Holtz noted.

Residents will be sent postcards identifying the size options for recycling totes. Holtz said she’d like residents to have garbage and recycling totes of the same size; most garbage totes are 95 gallons, although 65- and 35-gallon receptacles were made available in response to public demand.

Also this week:

• The Town Board meets at 6:45 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• A meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers in Town Hall.

• An informational meeting on proposals to convert property assessments to full market value, as well as purchase recycling totes, begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the cafetorium of Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, 2495 William St.

• The Cleveland Hill School Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at 105 Mapleview Road.

• The Cheektowaga Historical Association meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Guest speaker is Melissa Dunlap, executive director of the Niagara County Historical Society, on the topic: “Remembering the Turbulent 1960s.”

• Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt elementary schools in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District will celebrate the International Day of Peace with outdoor displays of pinwheels made by students. Wilson’s display is Thursday and Roosevelt’s is Friday. In 1981, the United Nations designated Sept. 21 for the annual observance, which is to provide an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.

• Donations of theme baskets, food and beverages are sought for “Rally for Ryan,” an Oct. 5 children’s event at The Buffalo Bills Healthy Zone Field House to benefit the family of Ryan Orlando, a Cheektowaga youth who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a December 2011 rollerblading accident. The event is scheduled for 3 to 8:30 p.m.; tickets are $20; admission is free for children age three and younger. Call Rachel Weaver at 799-5731 or Jessica Hunter at 512-5714 to buy tickets or make a donation.