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September 12, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Open space, golf course bonds will be on ballot

It's now up to the voters to decide. The Amherst Town Board approved a resolution on Sept. 4 that would put the proposal for a $12 million bond on the Nov. 6 ballot. More...

Ralabate receives Dance Teacher Award

Thomas P. Ralabate, associate professor of dance at the University at Buffalo, was named the recipient of the 2007 Dance Teacher Award in Higher Education. He was honored on Aug. 20 at the Dance Teacher Summer Conference, held in Manhattan. More...

BIG WHEEL

BIG WHEEL - Jayce Faso sits on the lap of his mother, Denene, while pretending to steer a tractor at the Amherst Highway Department's open house held Saturday. Employees volunteered their time to explain operations to residents. More...

Local News

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Sept. 14, 1882 Dr. D.W.C. Huntington will be in Williamsville on Saturday next to deliver his popular lecture titled "Rambles in Europe" at the M.E. Church. More...

AIDS Walk set for Saturday

AIDS Community Services of WNY will hold the 14th Annual Kelli McCarthy Memorial AIDS Walk 2007 on Saturday, Sept. 15. More...

Several injured during three-vehicle accident

Amherst police have charged a 43-year-old woman following an accident on Sept. 4. More...

Police Blotter

Police Blotter

(Editors 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.) Friday, Aug. 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

Dr. Tadeusz Kotas, physician

Dr. Tadeusz Kotas, 84, a well-known Buffalo area physician, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 in his East Amherst home. Born in Krakow, Poland, Dr. Kotas was raised in Krakow and in Chesin. More...

Paul Lang, maintenance worker

Services were held Monday, Sept. 10 in Amigone Funeral Home and Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Church for Paul Lang. Mr. More...

James R. McMath, retired Xerox salesman

James R. McMath, 81, of Amherst, a retired Xerox salesman, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2007 in Hospice Buffalo. Mr. McMath was a 1943 graduate of Hartsburg High School in Hartsburg, Ill. After serving in the Marines in World War II, Mr. More...

What's Going On

Fall Nordic Walking classes set

Forward Fitness will offer Nordic walking classes at Amherst Bike and Walking Path and at Delaware Park. Pre-registration is required for all classes. For meeting times and locations call 639-0566 or email jillbronsky@ aol.com. More...

Community Chorus seeks new members

The Community Group Festival Chorus is seeking new members with any level of experience and ability. No audition is necessary and rehearsals are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Randall Baptist Church, 6301 Main St. More...

Recovery International meeting set

A self help group for persons who struggle with anger, panics, anxiety, depression, obsessions, compulsions or phobias will meet at 3 p.m. Saturdays, at the University Presbyterian Church on the corner of Main Street and Niagara Falls Blvd. More...

Lifestyles

Eating dinner as a family on Sept. 24 can have a lifetime of benefits

I t has been said we all get the chance to go over fool's hill. Some get over and suffer little, some get over and suffer much and some never get over at all. I am sharing this because Family Day - Monday, Sept. More...

Senior News

The following events will take place at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 350 John James Audubon Parkway. Registration is required. For more information, call 636-3059. More...

Senior citizens foundation to host Bountiful Harvest'

The Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation invites the public to attend the second annual Bountiful Harvest Luncheon from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. More...

Entertainment

'Bach to bebop'

Amherst Male Glee Club marks 60th season

Sixty years ago, Amherst Central High School teacher Walter Reitz started male singing group with about a dozen members. Today that group is known as the Amherst Male Glee Club. "The name is kind of misleading," the Snyder resident admits. More...

Daemen film series marks college's 60 years

The 2007-2008 Daemen College film series will mark the 60th anniversary of the college by showing "Films from Six Decades." The commentator for each film will be Daemen College or Rosary Hill College alumnus. More...

'Amazing Area Artists' slated for 2007-08 concert season

Now in its 62nd season, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra is concentrating on talent found in Amherst. More...

Village Trustee Kingsley: 'Board was fiscally irresponsible'

The Williamsville Village Board was split Monday night when the issue of approving the severance package issued to former administrator Sally Kuzon last week was on the meeting agenda for approval along with other village payroll and vouchers. More...

Primary election results will shape ballot

This coming week, Town of Amherst residents will be one step closer to knowing the candidates for the Nov. 6 general election. The primary election, to be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. More...

Maple Road rezoning may need six votes

Assessor reviewing petition

A petition filed by homeowners neighboring 218 and 330 Maple Road could require a Town Board super majority of six votes to approve the requested rezoning of the parcels. More...

Home invasions reported, delivery man held up in busy weekend for police

At 1:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7 a woman was awoken by two men in her bedroom on Mona Drive. She was ordered upstairs to her brother's bedroom by two black male suspects. Her brother was roused and both victims were then ordered to the floor. More...

Tribute

Snyder Fire Chief Thomas Merrill tolls the bell in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States during a memorial service held Tuesday morning in front of the Amherst Municipal Building. More...

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - Samantha Wilke, a first grader at Willow Ridge Elementary, appears eager to board the bus for the first day of school on Sept. 5, but her younger brother, Danny, needs some encouragement from mom, Sandy. More...

Editorial

Make this school year the year obesity isn't an issue

Bee Editorial

H eadline news continues to inform Americans that obesity is a problem. Our meal portions are too large, we don't exercise enough, and we consume too much sugar, fat and carbohydrates. More...

Spindle items

• HOME OPENER - Last week, I was determined to attend the Buffalo Bills home opener. Then - like a sign from the football gods - my cell phone rang, and on the other end was my friend Hillary asking if I wanted to attend with her. More...

Little learned from Dem debate among county executive hopefuls

R egistered Democrats in Erie County will head to the polls next week to vote in the primary election for county executive, with the three-way race for the Democratic line in November's general election having generated plenty of fodder for discus More...

Letters to the Editor

Voters will decide on green space

Amherst Residents for Green Space are very pleased with the outcome of the vote at the board meeting on Sept. 4 in favor of allowing the $12 million bond for green space to be put on the Nov. 6 ballot. More...

Fireman's widow thankful for support

To all the volunteer and paid firefighters throughout New York State who were touched by Bill's leadership, love of country, town and the fire service, many thanks. More...

Farmers market a plus for community

As a retail merchant in the Village of Williamsville, I have noticed an increase in customer traffic in my store on Saturday mornings this past summer. More...

Education

Middle school assistant principal appointed

Amherst Schools

The Amherst School Board took the necessary steps to fill one of the district's several administrative vacancies with the hire of Judith Burley as assistant principal of Amherst Middle School. Burley was appointed to the position at the Sept. More...

Thirteen distinguished alumni chosen for Williamsville School District Wall of Fame

The Williamsville Central School District will honor 13 distinguished graduates who have gone on to successful careers in academia, medicine, business, entertainment, music, broadcasting, and public service. More...

North honors outstanding seniors

Williamsville North Student Council recognizes the achievements of two members of its senior class each month. Students featured in this column are selected by faculty recommendation. More...

Sports

Lady Flames pose triple threat at singles

Williamsville East girls tennis coach Mike Vendetti thought nothing could top last year's ECIC III championship team (10-0, did not lose a game in league play) but that was before Olga Khmylev showed up to practice. More...

Miller, North field hockey shooting for state title

Heading into the 2007 high school field hockey season, there isn't too many goals Chantae Miller hasn't reached. More...

The Everett connection impacts this reporter

Commentary

Kevin Everett and I were rookies together, in a way. The quiet and reserved tight end was the first Buffalo Bill I ever interviewed. Because of that, I felt a bond with him, like we were connected in our introduction to the NFL. More...

Business

Greater Buffalo Savings Bank, First Niagara to merge

First Niagara Financial Group Inc., the holding company for First Niagara Bank, and Great Lakes Bancorp, the holding company for Greater Buffalo Savings Bank, have announced a merger under which Great Lakes will merge into First Niagara in a transa More...

Candidates forum set

The Buffalo/Amherst Business and Professional Women will hold a Candidates Forum at its monthly dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Fairdale Restaurant, 672 Wehrle Drive. More...

Georgetown Capital Group celebrates 20th anniversary

When Clarence resident Joseph Curatolo first opened the doors of Georgetown Capital Group on May 11, 1987, he never dreamed it would evolve into one of Western New York's most prominent financial planning firms. More...