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April 9, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Motorcycle accident claims life of East Amherst man

by JESSICA L. FINCH Associate Editor

Amherst police are continuing to investigate the cause of a fatal accident that was reported Sunday on Interstate 990. According to Capt. Patrick McKenna, a motorcycle operated by Peter F. More...

Mesi, Iannello join fight for 61st Senate seat endorsement

Town of Tonawanda native Baby Joe Mesi went 36-0 during his boxing career and is looking to continue that undefeated streak in his quest for the state's 61st Senate seat. More...

Re-Tree WNY training session planned in Amherst

A training session will be held this weekend in preparation for the massive replanting of trees lost in the October 2006 snowstorm. Training will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Amherst. More...

Local News

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago April 12, 1883 Tuesday evening, the yearly meeting of the Williamsville Cemetery Association was held for the purpose of electing trustees and officers. More...

Community News

Raymond W. Walter, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of the Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation Inc. Walter lives in East Amherst and is an associate with the law firm of Magavern Magavern Grimm. More...

Project ChildSafe offers free firearm safety kits

The Floss Agency, in conjunction with New York State Police Troop A, will provide 1,000 free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearms safety education program. More...

Police Blotter

Residents use 911 too quickly

(Editor's 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. 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

William H. Lamale, retired journalist

William Hughes Lamale, 88, of Williamsville, died Thursday, March 27, 2008, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Born in Tarkio, Mo., Mr. Lamale grew up in Ada, Ohio. More...

Robert B. Tufte, purchasing director for Williamsville schools

Robert Benson Tufte, 81, of Clarence, died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Fla. Mr. Tufte was born Dec. 9, 1926 in Lackawanna and was a winter resident of Vero Beach for 15 years. More...

Death

NACHBAR, Judith Ann, 81, of Amherst, died Friday, April 4, 2008. She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter, Pauline Harris; sons, Dr. Robert, Richard and Paul; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. A private burial will be held. More...

Sports

Amherst girls lax has potential for strong postseason

Lady Tigers return four All-Western New York selections

When you talk about the best girls lacrosse teams in Western New York, Amherst Central is always near the top of the list. It's when the Lady Tigers have gotten out of Section VI that they've struggled. More...

Amherst boys lacrosse wants to get back on winning track

Amherst coach Stefan Henn wants his boys lacrosse team to get back to winning games, and to do that, they must erase the memory of how their 2007 season ended. More...

Commentary

Sabres' management on track with summer priorities

Buffalo Sabres' managing partner Larry Quinn has set his table for the summer offseason. He's not ordering steaks off the grill, but he's trying to put together a five-star menu on the roster that will have Sabres' fans feasting on a Stanley Cup. More...

Entertainment

Theater

fri. 10 . Romeo and Winifred - Spoof on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" by Charlie Lovett presented by the Amherst Players, opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. More...

A big hair day

It's time to let your hair down and dance the night away when "Hairspray," Broadway's musical comedy phenomenon and winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards, returns to Shea's Performing Arts Center from April 11 to 13. More...

Ghostlight one-acts

Starry Night Theatre is wrapping up An Evening of One Act Plays this weekend at the Ghostlight Theatre in North Tonawanda. More...

Town's golf season set to open next weekend

Golfers will know the season has started when the flags are placed at the holes, Highway Superintendent Bob Anderson said, adding that crews have been busy prepping the courses for the 2008 season. More...

Engineering Department lacking personnel

When issues arise at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, interim engineer Thomas Ketchum just hopes it's nothing major, as there are fewer employees to maintain the facility. More...

CULTURAL EVENT

CULTURAL EVENT - Students and family members attended the annual Dodge Around the World event on Friday at Dodge Elementary School. The event introduces different cultures to attendees. More...

Veterans property tax exemption deadline May 1

The deadline to file for the new Cold War Veterans Partial Exemption to Property Taxes in New York State is May 1. More...

HAVING A BALL

HAVING A BALL - Sacred Heart Academy students participated in the 2008 SHA Day of SHAring on April 4 where they volunteered at 49 locations around Western New York, including Wedgewood Nursing Home on Bailey Avenue in Amherst. More...

Editorial

Bee Editorial

Everyone should be on alert for predators

In light of reports of attempted child abductions across Western New York, Amherst police are sending out a warning to parents: teach children about stranger danger. More...

Spindle items

• EGGS - On Easter Sunday, while my sister and brother in-law were outside hiding eggs for the annual family hunt, the rest of my family and I reminisced about the best prizes we ever got from an egg hunt. More...

Costs to taxpayers of local assessment just continues to grow

Some random thoughts on a couple of items of local interest that recently made headlines: Talk about getting whacked in the wallet. More...

Letters to the Editor

Signals should be longer to be safer

I am a retired police officer after serving 35 years with the Erie County Sheriff's Office, Patrol Division. What I saw more than 35 years is that the cycles of traffic signals got shorter and shorter. More...

O'Connell defends company's status

It is with great dismay that I read the letter to the editor that you published on April 2, 2008, by Phil Rico, berating my grants consulting firm. More...

Education

School News

Marissa Polino, a third-grader at Christ the King School in Snyder, was named a 2008 state winner for the 17th annual Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Potluck dinner set for April 9 The Center for Inquiry's Friends of the Center will meet for their regular potluck dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Center, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. More...

Lifestyles

Here comes the bride...

Eastern Hills Mall to host second Beautiful Beginnings Bridal Fair

The wedding dress, bridesmaid attire, tuxedoes, photographers, transportation, caterer, flowers, cake, shoes, garter, veil ... the list is endless when it comes to planning one of the most special days in one's life. More...

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Williamsville resident copes with rare genetic disorder

A few days before Dawn DeWein turned 32, she went to a local hospital with abdominal pain. Although tests did not reveal anything wrong, DeWein was unable to return home. "I was just in so much pain. More...

Fundraiser dance will support EDS research

The Western New York Branch of the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation will be sponsoring the Rock for Research Dance to raise support for the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation Research Fund at 7 p.m. More...

Business

Snyder medium aims to help others

People often come to Betsy Marie after they have experienced a tragedy. The Snyder resident, who goes by her first and middle names, is a professional medium. She said her motivation is to help people. More...

People in the News

Christine Lojacono, director of revenue management at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott in Amherst, won the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association's 2008 Outstanding Manager/Supervisor Award. More...

AAA reports increased cost of operating vehicle

AAA's 2008 edition of "Your Driving Costs" shows the cost of driving a passenger vehicle in t he United States has increased 1.9 cents per mile in the last ye ar and now averages 54.1 cents per mile. More...