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January 9, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Towns with totes see complaint decrease

In the fight against rats, totes work. Erie County Senior Public Health Sanitarian, Peter J. Tripi, said the towns and villages that use garbage totes have recorded a decrease in rodent complaints. More...

Town Board wants second Maple Road traffic study

The stack of e-mails, letters and messages from residents wanting a traffic study for Maple Road was enough to get Supervisor Satish Mohan's OK. More...

Planning Board appointment becomes political party debate

In the first meeting with the three new Amherst Town Board members a line was clearly drawn between the Democrats and Republicans during the appointment of a Planning Board member. More...

Local News

Community News

The Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, located in Williamsville, has named new board members: Thomas Behan of Williamsville, Randi C. Dressel of Lancaster, Christopher Phillips of Cheektowaga and Danelle B. More...

Frog Hair to host Amherst Chamber after hours

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will hold its Holiday Business After Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Frog Hair Golf Experience, 7800 Transit Road, north of the Sheridan Drive overpass. More...

Amherst Town Engineer appointment held

Supervisor Satish Mohan did not appoint a Town Engineer at Monday's reorganizational meeting. Jeff Burroughs currently holds the position, he was appointed to a two-year term in 2006. More...

Police Blotter

Tenants move out, leave behind a dog

(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

Firefighters are unsung heroes

Our entire family would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the volunteer firefighters of the Williamsville Fire Department for the fantastic job that they did in fighting a fire at our home on Jan. 2. More...

Basketball tourney proves a success

Thank you to all those involved in the fourth annual Williamsville Rotary Holiday Basketball Tournament held Dec. 27-28 at Williamsville South. The tournament was a tremendous success. More...

Join the fight against Walgreens

I am writing this letter in response to and support of a letter written by Karen Coia in December, titled "No Walgreens at Hopkins and Klein." The corner of Hopkins and Klein is part of a neighborhood. More...

Education

Get educated about college planning

Learn methods to help prepare for college and how to fund it by attending a free college-planning workshop seminar. Moldenhauer & Associates has recently partnered with 123 College.com Inc. More...

School News

Kadimah School of Buffalo will host "Zumba Ladies Night" led by Mary Anne Cappelino, Zumba instructor and Buffalo Athletic Center wellness director at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at the school, 1085 Eggert road, Eggertsville. More...

Amherst Middle School posts honor roll

The following Amherst Middle School students have been named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2007-08 school year: Brianna Alaimo, John Alford, Elizabeth Anderson, Emily Anderson, Alvaro Antolin, Parveen Attai, Juwan Baker, Taylor Ba More...

Lifestyles

Book sale to be held at Audubon Library

The Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 14 and 15. More...

A new level of Performance

WNY teens perform at Broadway fundraiser

Western New York youths from the Academy of Theatre Arts Teen to Teen program were once again asked to perform alongside professional Broadway actors and actresses for the 19th annual "Gypsy" production fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AI More...

Couple travel to Aruba

Cindy Ferron married Kevin Magner in an afternoon ceremony on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 at St. Louis Church in Buffalo. Monsignor Robert Mack officiated. The bride is the daughter of Peggy and James Ferron of West Seneca. More...

Business

Business News

The Northeast Family YMCA Branch will offer a 12 session nutrition lecture series at the Northeast Family YMCA, located at 4433 Main St., Amherst beginning Monday, Jan. 14. Lora Williams will present the series on Mondays at 7 p.m. More...

Pollack Furs returns

Third generation owner comes out of retirement

David Pollack has come out of retirement to once again head the family business and community staple of more than 100 years - Pollack Furs. More...

Birdair Inc. earns Outstanding Achievement Award

Birdair Inc. More...

Man accused of breaking arm, legs of infant girl

Amherst police have arrested a Denrose Drive man for allegedly breaking a 6-day-old girl's legs and later her arm. Assistant Chief Timothy Green said William Smielecki, 23, was arrested on Jan. More...

Shoot out

Connor Lotempio aims for the back of the net, shooting against goalie Anthony Fiorella during youth floor hockey, held Mondays at the Clearfield Community Center. More...

Lights Out

TURNING OFF THE LIGHTS - It stayed "white" around Amherst just long enough for Christmas as Jim Lauffeenburger takes down holiday decorations from his North French Road home in the rain on Saturday. More...

Emergency response time three minutes faster than average

Twin City Ambulance

By renewing its joint contract with Twin City Ambulance, the towns of Amherst and Clarence are actually providing a better service than had individual contracts been signed. More...

Editorial

Totes were worth the investment

Bee Editorial

After years of seeing the rodent population increase in the suburbs, it's a relief to see some decrease. Peter Tripi, Erie County senior public health sanitarian, attributes much of the decline to the purchase of totes. More...

Spindle items

• SAVE THE APPLAUSE FOR SHEA'S - A parent told me on Monday that his son had chosen to attend the Amherst Town Board meeting for a class because "That's where the entertainment is. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Jan. 11, 1883 A description of the Edison electric light is reprinted from the Buffalo Telegraph. A reporter from The Bee witnessed its excellent working last Saturday. The Edison dynamo is located in the engine room of Mr. 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

Earl C. 'Bud' Winzig, retired co-owner of Young & Swartz Company

Earl C. Winzig, 85, of Amherst, died on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Winzig graduated from Seneca Vocational High School in 1940. He served with the U.S. More...

Barbara C. Crawford, special education aide, youth director, coach

Barbara Crawford, of Clarence, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2007. Born in Born in Mankato, Minn., and raised in Western Springs, Ill., Mrs. Crawford attended Michigan State University. She was a special education aide at Clarence Middle School. More...

Rachel R. Savarino, wife, mother, grandmother

Rachel R. Savarino, 93, of Williamsville, died on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. Born in Buffalo, Mrs. Savarino was a member of the Perseverance Auxiliary and the Paolini Cousins Club. 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. The guide lists more than 100 special events across the state along with other information. More...

Sports

North gains respect at NCCC Tournament

Wrestling

Williamsville North's wrestling team has been good for the last couple of years but a 12th place showing out of 39 schools at the 27th annual Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Tournament this past weekend made other schools take notice. More...

OP hands North hockey first Federation loss

Williamsville North had gone unbeaten this season in the Section VI Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation but that all changed last Thursday on the Amherst Pepsi Center Feature Rink. More...

New Year's resolutions for the high school sports world

Commentar y

The beginning of a new year is a time to reflect on imperfections that can be improved over the next 12 months. In the high school sports world, there are a couple imperfections that need to be addressed, or at least talked about. More...

Entertainment

T-H-E S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G B-E-E

Contestants of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will be competing at Shea's Performing Arts Center from Tuesday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan. 20 in this first national tour of the Broadway Tony Award-winning musical comedy. More...

Theater

thurs. 10 . Waiting for Lefty - Clifford Odets' modern classic of the U.S. labor movement stars Richard Lambert under the direction of Kurt Schneiderman. Opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 and continues at 8 p.m. More...

The axeman cometh

From 1917 to 1919, a series of bizarre axe murders shocked New Orleans. Then in March of 1919, a letter was sent to "The Times Picayune," informing the citizens and police that if the city played jazz all night, they would be spared from the axe. More...