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May 24, 2006 RSS feed / Front Page

Local News

Renewal Agency vs. Amherst IDA

Town officials ask state to create new redevelopment agency

In a 5-2 vote, the Amherst Town Board sent a message last week to the State Legislature, as well as the Amherst Industrial Development Agency: officials want something different in terms of neighborhood redevelopment. More...

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS

- Boy Scout Troop 85 will celebrate 60 years of serving young men of Williamsville during an event at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 June at Calvary Episcopal Church. More...

Developers express worry over Town Board proposal

A proposal requiring developers to have 95 percent occupancy in their office buildings before the Amherst Industrial Development Agency gives them any more tax breaks on new builds brought several local developers face to face with Amherst Town Board More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard (Editor's note: Call The Bee at 632-0390 and record a one-minute comment on our Bee Heard line. It gives readers an opportunity to comment quickly and candidly on items of local or regional interest. More...

Obituaries

Anne Ortolani, wife of former zoo director

Anne Ortolani, 74, of Williamsville, a homemaker, volunteer and wife of former Buffalo Zoo Executive Director Minot H. Ortolani, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. More...

Dea ths

MESSECAR, Donald R. of Amherst, died Thursday, May 18, 2006; husband of Margaret Messecar; father of Suzanne Geib, Keith R. and Janice Powers; brother of Marylou Allen also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. More...

Education

People in the News

Kaleida Health has named Jonathan T. Swiatkowski, More...

Amherst Middle School posts honor roll

The following students have been named to the honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2005-06 school year. More...

School News

Three students were recently awarded Western Division Federal Credit Union's 2006 Annual Scholarships Jynelle Andrejko from Amherst Central High School, Arile Schrantz from Williamsville South High School, and Eric Shaw Sweet Home High School all rec More...

Sports

Hard work pays off for East seniors

School-record quartet to play football in college

It's no surprise why Williamsville East's Mike Faracca, Jeff Same, Chris Szymanski and Phil McKenna are part of a school-record senior class who will be playing college football this fall. More...

Amherst's Binder endures for three-peat

Looking at the field of competitors in the ECIC singles tournament, Amherst Central's Ari Binder thought if he played well, he could become champ for the third straight year. More...

Hey Chuck, the Sabres lost, 20-3

We all have one those friends - a guy who won't be able to watch his favorite team play, so he More...

Bee There

IMPROVISATION: "Local African-American Quilts," through Aug. 25, Castellani Art Museum at the Falls, 101 Old Falls St., in the Niagara Falls Conference Center, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 286-8200 More...

Last chance to go

This week is your last opportunity to see MusicalFare's Artie Award-winning "Urinetown," through Sunday, May 28, at Daemen College. More...

Entertainment

Festivals

May 24-27 We're Funny that Way Comedy Festival Presented by We're Funny That Way Foundation - internationally renowned comedy festival. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto. 416-907-9099 or www.werefunnythatway.com More...

'MI3': The Hollywood machine drones on

When watching any film starring Hollywood mega-star Tom Cruise, any theatergoer should take the toothy-scientology advocate's movies with a certain grain of salt. More...

Seinfeld, sociology come together in 'Seinology'

First and foremost, a word of warning to "Seinfeld" fans: "Seinology," by Tim Delaney (Prometheus Books, 2006), is primarily a book about sociology. More...

Memorial Day to be observed Monday

Amherst Township Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 416 will conduct its 68th Memorial Day program beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, May 29 near the Monument in the Williamsville Cemetery at Main and Reist. More...

Comptroller audits Amherst IDA

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency failed to meet its projected job creation goal between 2000 and 2001, according to an audit by State Comptroller Alan Hevesi's office. More...

Editorial

Bee Editorial

Remember to buckle up this holiday weekend

Click it or Ticket. It's a phrase that many residents will become accustomed to More...

Spindle items

+ A FOND FAREWELL - It's Monday afternoon, and I've been staring at my computer screen for several minutes at a loss as to how to say goodbye. After 14 months of running The Amherst Bee, reporting about the Amherst Town More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago May 26, 1881 About six o'clock last evening the most appalling accident that ever occurred in Canada took place on the river about a mile below London, Ont. More...

Police Blotter

Screech owl scares resident

(Editor's note: The Bee's police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.) More...

Letters to the Editor

Paperboy is good Samaritan

My grandson, Rich, a newspaper carrier for several years, went to put (a recent) Friday paper at a home where a 90-year-old lady lives alone. More...

Couple thanks Cub Scout Pack 280

We would like to sincerely thank the leaders, families, and cub scouts in Troop 280 for their wonderful caring and sharing. More...

Personal services equal higher taxes

It is time for all players to come to the table and evaluate what regional services we need and how to deliver them cost effectively. Big-ticket items include schools, police and fire, emergency communications, jail costs and court costs. More...

What's Going On

McGuire Group to host support group

The McGuire Group will hold a support group for women caring for a partner with a memory impairment from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the third Monday of each month at its Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 2699 Wehrle Drive. More...

Past chief to hold book signing

Past chief, Robert F. Drexelius, Jr. of the Snyder Fire Department will have a book signing for his book "A Fire Chief's Story" from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday June 24 at the Barnes & Noble, 7370 Transit Rd. Williamsville, and from 1 to 3 p.m. More...

Nursery school to hold Chiavetta's dinner

Corner House Nursery School in Williamsville will host a Chiavetta's chicken dinner fund-raiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. The cost will be $7.50. Call 633-7866 ext. 324. More...

Lifestyles

Williamsville

Village ZBA tables decision on duplex

The Village of Williamsville Zoning Board of Appeals tabled its resolution to grant or deny construction of two duplexes at 122 North Cayuga Road. More...

Citizen Police Academy

Thirteen weeks of insight into the Amherst Police Department

The Amherst Citizen Police Academy has ended after 13 weeks of excitement More...

Bride wore crystal tiara, gift from godmother

Shari Jakubowski and Ken Peters were wed in an afternoon ceremony at Sacred Heart Church, Bowmansville, on Saturday, May 20, 2006. The Rev. Daniel Palys officiated. The bride was escorted by her father. More...

Business

Federal funds OK'd for biomedical research collaboration project

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a federal investment of $1.9 million for Daemen College's efforts in the area of advanced military wound healing research and treatment. More...

ECWA releases annual report

The Erie County Water Authority recently issued its annual Water Quality Report for 2005. More...

M e et i n g s

League of Women Voters luncheon Mayor Byron Brown will open the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara by sharing his view of the role of the City of Buffalo in regional economic development. More...