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May 16, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Assessor's office procedures examined

Questions from town resident Ron Nowak about Amherst's assessment procedure had board members questioning it themselves. Nowak wrote to the Town Board about what he called unfair assessments, lack of documentation and unexplained assessments. More...

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Erie County

O'Loughlin withdraws from executive race, endorsed for clerk

The November 2007 Erie County election ballot has already changed. Amherst Council Member William A. O'Loughlin Jr. has withdrawn from the race for county executive and will support Chris Collins as the Republican candidate. More...

IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL

Dodge Around the World, held on May 11 at Dodge Elementary, celebrated cultures of the world. Carmen Cervantes, left, teaches fourth-grader Ira Chan and second-grader Janani Kannatshi, about Mexican traditions as Melissa Brophy looks on. More...

Local News

Political News

The Amherst Independence Party will hold its nominating committee meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road. More...

Planning Board rejects Fieldstone Estates

Case in litigation

It came down to the wire, but at a special 8 a.m. meeting on Friday, the Amherst Planning Board denied CF&L Development's request to build a 24-lot subdivision on Hopkins Road. More...

Highway Department will begin brush pickup Monday

The Town of Amherst's annual spring brush pickup will begin on May 21. The Highway Department will collect large piles of logs, brush, and tree stumps only. All material must be placed out at the start of that week. More...

Police Blotter

Hockey fan upset when cable goes out, calls police

(Editors note: The Bee's police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. More...

Letters to the Editor

Sprawl is taking over Amherst

I have lived in the Amherst area for only three years, but have seen some of the most drastic changes in terms of sprawl I have ever seen in my life. More...

Citizen academy valuable to town

(Editor's note: this letter was originally sent to Lt. Stephen McGonagle of the Amherst Police Department.) It was my pleasure to join you and your colleagues for the spring 2007 Citizen Police Academy. More...

Education

Ambitious student rewarded with Perry's ice cream party

"Even if I don't succeed at all of my goals, I'm going to try my best so that next year I can fulfill the goals I don't for this year," Amherst Middle School seventh- grader Melanie Franco wrote in her entry for the Perry's Ice Cream Ride-N-Stride More...

Sacred Heart

Amherst students inducted into National Honor Society

Sacred Heart Academy recently had 43 students inducted into the National Chapter of the National Honor Society. More...

WITH SPRINKLES ON TOP

Heim Elementary School students (from left to right) Chelsea Bangert, Sean Leach, Courtney Bangert and Claire Marzec took a trip back in time, dressing in 1950s-style clothing for an ice cream social held recently at the school. More...

Lifestyles

Turning tragedy to triumph

Family and friends build a legacy for Ali

Randy and Claudia Gerlach should be planning their daughter Alison's college graduation party. Known as Ali to her family and friends, she was a bright, athletic, multitalented young woman who had plans to attend Roberts Wesleyan College. More...

Couple honeymoon in Jamaica

Melissa Wrobel married Brad Zeitz in an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2007 in St. Barnabas Church. Monsignor John W. Madsen officiated. The bride is the daughter of Margret Wrobel of Williamsville and Leslie Wrobel of Depew. More...

Kaczmarczyk - Hedges

Geri and Joseph Kaczmarczyk of West Seneca announce the engagement of their daughter, Leanne Kaczmarczyk, to Joshua Hedges, son of Mary and Tony Hedges of Baldwinsville, N.Y. Miss Kaczmarczyk graduated from West Seneca West High School in 2002. More...

Entertainment

SING YOUR HEART OUT

Fifteen finalists were chosen for the Amherst Teen Idol competition at the Boulevard Mall on May 5. More...

Williamsville resident returns to the stage

Rob Schwartz of Williamsville is a featured performer in Aurora Players' upcoming production of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs," opening May 18. More...

Board members leave work session

DOT addresses Niagara Falls Boulevard concerns

There may have been a full agenda for Monday's Town Board work session, but there wasn't a full board. (See editorial on page four) Supervisor Satish Mohan was absent, due to personal business, and Deputy Supervisor Roy Wixson took his place. More...

Town pays $80,000 for late taxes

A check for $83,758.61 has been sent to the IRS for Amherst's overdue taxes, and penalties, a mistake that still can't be explained. More...

Sign of spring

Karen Coogan of Garrison Road, Williamsville, prepares a decorative fence on her front lawn for painting. More...

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Student earns honor writing from her heart

Relocating every two years as part of a military family gave Sacred Heart Academy senior Jessica Lauer a subtle edge in a national essay contest. More...

Board to explore leasing mill buildings

The Williamsville Village Board wants to lease both the Williamsville Water Mill and the adjacent white building. More...

School News

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Editorial

Board members should have acted as such

With or without Supervisor Satish Mohan at the gavel, the Amherst Town Board can't maintain order in its work sessions or meetings. More...

Spindle items

+ AIR-CONDITIONER MYTH - I have been surprised by the number of people I see driving with their windows up during these warm days because I can only assume they are using air conditioning - or they are just cold by nature. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago May 18, 1882 Mr. H.M. Long has received, and has on exhibition, one of the celebrated Deering harvesters and twine self-binders, manufactured at Chicago, Ill. Over 7,000 were sold last year, showing the popularity of the machine. More...

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

David W. Holz, helped revive Old Home Days

David W. Holz, 60, of Williamsville, who was one of the individuals responsible for reviving the annual Old Home Days celebration in Island Park in the 1960s, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006 in Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home. More...

Edward D. Nellis, WWII veteran

Edward D. Nellis, 82, of Williamsville, who earned medals for his work in the U.S. Navy during World War II, died Saturday, May 5, 2007. Mr. Nellis grew up in Lyons, N.Y. where he attended elementary and high school. He enlisted in the U.S. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Spanish story time slated at Barnes & Noble "Spanish Especially for You Story Time" will be held for toddlers and preschoolers at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, May 17, June 7 and June 21 at Barnes & Noble, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Suite 1, Amherst. More...

Sports

Corrections

In a Greater Buffalo Gymnastics article printed on page 39 of last week's Bee, Ali Shilen's name was printed as Ali Sojar in the article and photo caption. More...

Boys lacrosse

Amherst loses tight section final rematch

In a game either team could have won, Hamburg's most improved player came through. Mark Markulis, dubbed the most improved player by his coach Jerry Severino, scored the game-winning goal with 22. More...

New tennis magazine highlights Western New York

Mark Ahrens was tired of Western New York not getting any recognition for being a hotbed for tennis. More...

Business

Business News

Craig R. Bucki of East Amherst and an attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP, has been elected secretary of the Western New York Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation. More...

North End Deli offers new lunch options

Friends since they were 5 years old, Kevin O'Leary and Mike Marcella recently became business partners. On April 27, the duo opened North End Deli and Catering at 7900 Transit Road, in the Premier Liquor Plaza. More...

Meetings

County hosts waste drop-off at ECC South Erie County will hold a household hazardous waste drop-off day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Erie Community College South Campus on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park. More...