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January 30, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Senator Rath will not seek re-election

After 15 years in office, New York State Sen. Mary Lou Rath will not seek re-election. More...

Burroughs resigns as town engineer

Town Engineer Jeff Burroughs submitted his letter of resignation on Friday. "I feel like it's time for a change, I have personal and professional reasons," Burroughs said. More...

Local News

Benderson to submit revised Maple Road plan

Changes rezoning requirements

The proposed Town Centre plan will include a 4-acre park along Maple Road, thus moving the actual buildings back, at least 100 feet from the street. More...

Show Biz

SHOW BIZ - Mill Middle School students Cate Werynski and Cortlin Harrison perform "Bop to the Top" from the popular movie, "High School Musical," during the school's Variety Show held on Friday. Students performed comedy, musical and dance acts. More...

Dr. Suess Classic

DR. SUESS CLASSIC - Erie County Executive Chris Collins reads "Green Eggs and Ham" to pupils at Maple East Elementary School on Monday as part of PARP - Parents As Reading Partners. More...

Police Blotter

Two girls caught using one fake ID - at same place, same time

(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, Jan. More...

Letters to the Editor

Town Centre plan is senseless

The proposal for commercial development of the former Buffalo Shooting Club property is a huge mistake. It is inappropriate for a residential neighborhood, and paradoxically, it defies, even mocks, Amherst's own Comprehensive Plan. More...

Scholastic control board needed

Each year in September our assessment office is besieged by taxpayers. They blame our town administration for the school taxes. More...

Mohan should vote on Maple project

A recent letter by Mr. More...

Education

Sweet Home High School inducts 80 into National Honor Society

Sweet Home Senior High School recently inducted 80 juniors and seniors into the National Honor Society. More...

Deadline nearing to take state correction officer exam

New York State Assemblyman Jim Hayes has announced that an examination will be held Saturday, April 12, for candidates interested in the position of correction officer trainee with the New York State Department of Correctional Services. More...

Williamsville students learn it's 'Fun 2B Fit'

Country Parkway and Heim Elementary School students in Williamsville recently participated in Univera Healthcare's Fun 2B Fit program, which is a school-based initiative encouraging children and their families to make healthier food choices by tryi More...

Lifestyles

'The Pajama Game'

South musical keeps with traditional musical comedy

The Williamsville South High School Drama Club is sticking with traditional and classic musical comedy with its presentation of "The Pajama Game. More...

Bride wears veils handmade by mother

Carleen Frances Kraus married Bart Thomas Sumbrum in an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007 at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Williamsville. The Rev. Paul Seil officiated. More...

Slawinowski- Saleh

Laura Fudala of Williamsville and Robert Slawinowski of East Aurora announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Slawinowski, to Mohammad Saleh, son of Nuha Yacoub of Warren, Ohio and Ahmad Saleh of Amman, Jordan. More...

Entertainment

Theater

thurs. 31 . The Angelina Project - Local playwright Frank Canino's tale of a murderous woman in turn-of-the-century America presented by Theatre Plus under the direction of Tom Dooney. Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. More...

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

fri. 1

This insightful new musical presented by O'Connell and Company celebrates illustrious and memorable blues songs and the singers who made them famous. More...

Auditions

• PLAYHOUSE OF AMERICAN CLASSICS - Nine boys and one girl are sought for children's roles. Children will be asked to read scenes from scripts. Auditions by appointment only by calling 862-9531. More...

Is it possible to freeze a town budget for two years?

Supervisor Satish Mohan said he wants to freeze the Town of Amherst's budget for the next two years. More...

Super Tuesday expected to set tone of presidential election

Voters will likely experience a colder trip to the polls this year now that New York State has moved its primary election to February. In April 2007, Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed a bill moving the primary from March 4 to Feb. 5. More...

Snowy Smile

SNOWY SMILE - Tara Hurley, left, her mother Diane and sister Carolyn join Kelsey Simon in making a snowman Saturday outside a resident's window at Bassett Manor assisted living community in Amherst. More...

Editorial

Bee Editorial

Board accepts challenge to stabilize taxes

No tax increases for two years? Is it possible? The Amherst Town Board hasn't completely dismissed the idea. In fact, members seem ready for the challenge. More...

Spindle items

• DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF - I am fairly high strung; I'll admit it. Not when it comes to fashion, or going to the salon as often as possible, or having a fancy car - those things I don't care about. More...

Presidential primaries providing pundits with points to ponder

We're just days away from "Super Duper Tuesday" when 22 states hold presidential primary elections in a year when there are still no clearcut favorites for both the Democratic and Republican nominations. 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

Shirley F. Sheffer, retired from New York State Department of Labor

Shirley Findinger Sheffer, 88, of Williamsville, died on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008 at Canterbury Woods in Amherst. More...

Merrill G. Alfes, CEO of Mercantile Adjustment Bureau

Merrill G. Alfes, 89, of Cheektowaga, died on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 at Elderwood Health Care at Heathwood. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Alfes graduated from East High School. More...

Bee policy on obituaries

The Bee publishes death notices and obituaries free of charge. Please request that your funeral director send written information to The Bee. Submissions may be made by the funeral director or by family members. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Pamuk's 'Snow' set as book club selection The Center for Inquiry's Friends of the Center Book Club has selected "Snow," the Nobel prize-winning novel by Orhan Pamuk, for discussion at the next meeting. The group will meet at 7 p.m. More...

Sports

Girls hockey players turn words into action

Williamsville East-South defeats North in showcase game to promote sport

Girls hockey may not happen next year in Williamsville but for one day it was a reality. More...

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser slated

The Williamsville South Booster Club is holding a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Amherst Youth Center, 5005 Sheridan Drive, to raise money for a basketball shooting machine for South boys and girls basketball. More...

Licata's three helps Billies avenge loss against Sweet Home

Williamsville South's Joe Licata made only one three-pointer all game against Sweet Home last Friday at South but the one he sank was huge. More...

Business

Business News

BNI Business Makers will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at Amberleigh on Maple Road, at the corner of Transit Road in Williamsville. More...

Bring the Traveling Vineyard to a social gathering

Are your cupboards full of storage containers and cooking gadgets? Your end tables decorated with enough candles? The scrapbooks complete? Then a wine tasting party is the next event you should host. More...

Meetings

NAIOP plans late winter programs The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties has scheduled two meetings for the coming months. At 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 the group will host a program on green development. More...