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January 2, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

A real hot spot - library offers coffee bar, free wireless Internet

When you think of a coffee bar, aisles of books and wireless Internet, does a big-name bookstore come to mind? What about when a fresh brewed cup of coffee is only a $1, the books are free and so is the Internet? Can't find that at a chain store. More...

Highway Department budget comes up short in 2007

(Editor's note: In the Jan. More...

Baby New Year

BABY NEW YEAR - Zuhal Demirtas and her husband, Mehmet, welcomed son Omer at 1:41 a.m. Jan. 1. He was the first baby to be born at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in 2008. The couple have another son and daughter and reside in Amherst. More...

Local News

Community News

The Swormville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary adopted four local families and several nursing home residents during the holiday season. More...

Nominations for youth awards sought

The Amherst Youth Board is seeking nominations for its 35th annual "Service to Youth" Awards dinner to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13. More...

UB staff to discuss terrorism, disaster protection

How prepared is New York for another terrorist attack or major disaster? That's the question a group of researchers and disaster response experts will discuss at a two-day conference addressing ways to protect New York City and New York State. More...

Police Blotter

Sleeping child causes commotion

(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, Dec. More...

Letters to the Editor

Public input needed on 'EH Corridor'

Articles have appeared in the local newspaper regarding using our taxpayers' dollars secured by Rep. (Thomas) Reynolds to support a road that is supposed to ease traffic congestion near Eastern Hills Mall. More...

Education

School News

The Middle School Service Club recently held its sixth annual Food for Friends Food Drive, which benefited the Western New York AIDS Alliance Food Bank. More...

Eighth-grade orientation programs scheduled at Williamsville high schools

The three Williamsville high schools will hold open houses and orientation programs for eighth-grade students and their parents. More...

Decisions Decisions

DECISIONS, DECISIONS - Robbie Flynn, 10, finds a spot at the Audubon Library on John James Audubon Parkway to catch up on his reading during winter break on Dec. 28. More...

Sports

North beats South again in Rotary Tournament final

Boys basketball

For the fourth straight year, the Williamsville North boys basketball team had Williamsville South's number in the Williamsville Rotary Tournament. But what appeared to be an early North blowout turned out to be a close win. More...

East wrestling dominates Akron Tournament

Williamsville East is ranked 10th among Western New York large schools but they certainly made the Section VI high school wrestling world take notice after winning last Friday's Akron Tournament at Akron High School. More...

Sports predictions for the New Year

Commentary

As 2007 ends, I wonder what could be in store for the sports world in 2008? As I look into my crystal ball, here are my random thoughts on what could happen at the high school, pro and college level. More...

Business

Williamsville resident named deputy county executive

Mark Davis, former executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Talking Phone Book, has been named deputy Erie County executive. It was one of five major appointments made on Dec. More...

Kaleida Health, Univera Healthcare sign new agreement for 2008

Kaleida Health announced the completion of a multi-year agreement with Univera Healthcare for the provision of health care services to Univera members in Western New York. The agreement takes effect Jan. 1, 2008. More...

Business News

Dawn Hejmanowski of Snyder was one of 21 nurses to have completed the Foundation for Quality Care's First Line Nurse Manager Program. More...

Sewer services consolidated

Residents to save $100 annually

A plan to consolidate sewer services for four municipalities is estimated to save between $5 million and $6 million. More...

New board members to oversee first meeting

The Amherst Town Board will hold its first meeting of 2008 on Monday, Jan. 7 at Town Hall, 5583 Main St., in the Village of Williamsville. The purpose of the meeting will be reorganization for the new year. More...

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Resident joins mass immigration to Israel

When University at Buffalo graduate and Amherst resident Matthew Schwartz traveled through Israel this past summer, he fell so much in love with the country, he decided to move there. More...

New Officials

NEW OFFICIALS - Edward Rath III is sworn in as Erie County legislator for the 15th District on Dec. 29 as his wife, Amy, holds the Bible, at VFW Post 416. Judge Michael Hudson of the New York State Court of Claims presides over the inauguration. More...

Letter carrier arrested for theft

The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General has confirmed that an employee from the Amherst Post Office was arrested for theft of mail. Apryl M. Silvashy, a part-time letter carrier, was arrested on Dec. 19 and accused of stealing mail. More...

Editorial

Government should do more 'carpooling'

Bee Editorial

It's never too late - that was Joel Giambra's message in his final press conference on his final day as Erie County executive. An advocate for regionalism, he saw a merger take place in his final hours. More...

Spindle items

• TICKET HUNT - Like many area hockey fans, I was shockingly shut out three months ago when tickets to the NHL Winter Classic went on sale and were gone within 20 minutes. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Jan. 4, 1883 On Wednesday evening of this week occurred the marriage of Mr. Jacob Wohlers to Miss Libbie Senf, both of this village. The ceremony took place in the Lutheran Church, at Eggertsville. L. 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

Richard J. Franklin, owner of RJ Franklin Builders

Richard J. Franklin, 80, of Williamsville, died on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Franklin enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 as a machinist's mate third class. More...

Mary Helen Burke, teacher, executive secretary, volunteer

Mary Helen Burke, 83, of Amherst, formerly of Buffalo, died on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Burke graduated from Marquette University in 1945. More...

Joseph B. Giovino, sales representative

Joseph B. Giovino, 86, of Amherst, died on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007 at Northgate Manor Health Care. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Giovino served in the U.S. Navy. He was a sales representative at Metropolitan Life for 30 years. Mr. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Free winter vacation guide available The 2007-08 New York State Winter Travel Guide is available from Assemblyman Jim Hayes, R-Amherst. More...

Lifestyles

From Age to Age

Eggertsville church marks 180 years

O Over the past 180 years, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eggertsville has seen countless parishioners, 24 pastors, major fires and one very big moving project. But after it all, the church still stands at 4007 Main St. More...

Village to recycle Christmas trees

The Village of Williamsville will once again sponsor Christmas Tree recycling. The drop off point for the trees is the Department of Public Works lot on South Long Street next to the Train Depot. More...

On the Campus

David Taubman has been named to the dean's list for the fall quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the son of Bob and Joni Taubman and a 2007 graduate of Williamsville East High School. More...

Entertainment

Missing Karma's '::Revolution::' a strong CD

CD REVIEW

In February of 2007, I reviewed Missing Karma's self-titled debut CD. More...

Biting farce

Theater

Douglas Carter Beane's Tony Award-nominated comedy, "The Little Dog Laughed," will be presented by Buffalo United Artists, Friday, Jan. 4 through Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Alleyway Theatre. More...

Family Activities

fri. 4 . Family Fridays! - Open play Family Day, 7-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, Kidzplay Hero's Facility, 9300 County Road, Building C, Clarence Center; $. . More...