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April 30, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Raid arrests 30 suspects allegedly connected to Latin King gang

A Safe Streets Take Force raid through parts of Western New York Tuesday led to 30 arrests of individuals allegedly involved with the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation Gang. More...

Ranzenhofer demands toll increases be rescinded

The New York State Thruway Authority approved toll increases of 5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2009 and an additional 5 percent increase on Jan. 1, 2010. The vote was taken Friday in Albany. More...

Talented actress, East grad remembered

Breakfast planned to support scholarship

Julie Burdick was a star. She was a star to those who had seen her perform around Western New York as a student at East High School, in various local theater groups and at Niagara University. More...

Local News

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago May 3, 1883 On last week Wednesday evening, Mr. Peter G. Straub, who is now operating J.F. Young's quarries east of the village, was pleasantly surprised at his home on Clinton Street, Buffalo. The occasion was Mr. More...

Brush collection starts May 19; Compost Facility open

The Town of Amherst's annual spring brush pickup will begin on May 19. Please have brush, logs and stumps out for pickup by this date. The town will collect large piles of logs, brush and tree stumps only. More...

Board adopts $42.7 million budget, tax levy rises 4.57 percent

Amherst Schools

The Amherst Central School District has been ahead of the curve among school districts in finding ways to save money, in the last couple of years going to a single health insurance provider and a self-insurance program. More...

Police Blotter

Fox takes up tennis, golf

(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. More...

Letters to the Editor

Be a volunteer; change the world

April 27 through May 3 is National Volunteer Week - a time to recognize volunteers and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism. We all know a volunteer. Many of us are ourselves volunteers. More...

Don't throw out cell phones

Did you know that approximately 130 million cell phones will be retired this year, and fewer than 20 percent of those phones will be recycled? That's according the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More...

Education

Honor Roll

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School News

Karen Hopkins of Amherst was honored by the Trocaire College Health Information Technology Department with the Linda J. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

SOS Friends and Family April meetings set Save Our Selves Friends and Family will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Center For Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. More...

Lifestyles

Friends of Harmony

Barber shop group displays talent in annual showcase this weekend

Singing was once a popular way for men to pass the time. Guys would meet in saloons and barbershops to entertain themselves and the customers. Some would even compete amongst themselves for bragging rights. More...

Family celebrates 50th anniversar y

Mary Ann and Edward C. Pope of Williamsville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a party given by their children at Swormville Fire Hall in East Amherst. Edward C. Pope married the former Mary Ann Sugg on May 3, 1958, at SS. More...

Pair mark 60 years with family dinner

Elizabeth (Betty) and Harold Beeny of Orchard Park celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering at their daughter's home and a family dinner later in the week. Harold Beeny married the former Elizabeth J. More...

Entertainment

Theater

thurs. 1 . The Lottie & Bernice Show - World premiere of L. Don Swartz's comedy concerning grumpy old ladies who take over a Buffalo morning talk show - television will never be the same. Opens at 8 p.m. More...

Take this job and shove it

Are you tired of being nickel and dimed to death? So is Subversive Theatre, as they present "Nickel and Dimed," a play on (not) getting by in America, through May 10. More...

Art

thurs. 1 . Cheektowaga School District Student Art Work - Grades kindergarten through 12th grade will be featured, opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. More...

Schratz pushes for state law change to condominium status

The Town of Amherst could be losing out on millions in taxes. Deputy Supervisor Shelly Schratz said the town can no longer ignore the effect that the condominium status has on the town's tax base. More...

Assessor: Return to 100 percent assessment provides equity

Amherst's townwide reassessment program is under way, the first since 2000. More...

ON STAGE

ON STAGE - Griff Kazmierczak performs Thursday during a concert featuring jazz singer Kevin Mahogany and student jazz combos and the jazz ensemble at Williamsville East High School. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

CAMPUS CLEANUP

CAMPUS CLEANUP - Park School of Buffalo sophomores Tori Collins and Marta Plonka weren't afraid to get a little dirt on their hands during the Ecology Club's Campus Clean Up Day held on Friday. More...

Editorial

Bee Editorial

Thruway Authority: taxation without representation

When the concept was new for a streamlined highway system across New York State, residents and business owners had an exciting sense of freedom. More...

Spindle items

• VILLAGE VIEWER - In a nice change of pace, I got home from work by 8:45 p.m. after covering the Williamsville Board meeting on Monday. More...

A common man's guide to Six Sigma

Much has been said about Six Sigma, a set of practices endorsed by Erie County Executive Chris Collins. 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

Rose A. Grotke, homemaker

Rose A. Grotke died Sunday, April 6, 2008. She attended Bennett High School but left before graduation to work as a telephone operator to help her family. She was on the board when the stock market crashed and "all the lines lit up. More...

Kathryn E. Morinello, former Amherst resident

Kathryn E. Morinello of Derby, formerly of Amherst, died Thursday, April 17, 2008. She is survived by husband, Paul; daughter, Rebecca; parents, Paul and Marlene Bitner; and sisters, Beth Bitner and Amanda VanPelt. Mrs. More...

Deaths

BOWER, K. Therese, 80, died Friday, April 25, 2008, after a lengthy illness. She was predeceased by husband, Robert; granddaughter, Jessica; brother, Jack and Bud Battersby; and sisters, Mary Smith and Ann Boyle. More...

Sports

North girls track ends drought against Clarence, claims Kenmore Invitational title for first time

The last time Williamsville North beat Clarence in girls track nobody on the current Lady Spartan roster was born and coach Julian Blake was a junior at North. More...

Lady Spartans win North Tonawanda tournament

The Williamsville North softball team defeated Frontier, 5-2, on Saturday in the championship game of the 25th annual North Tonawanda Varsity Invitational Softball Tournament. More...

Buffalo draftees fill major needs

NFL

Buffalo Bills Chief Operating Officer Russ Brandon admitted that the team had some anxious moments as one of its biggest rivals, the New England Patriots, selected on spot ahead of them in the first round of Saturday's draft. More...

Business

Harden Furniture focuses on quality, design

Main Street in Clarence was the first choice for Harden Furniture's Northtowns relocation, said owner David Gardner. The store opened at 8316 Main St., east of Transit Road, on March 1. More...

Eagle House's history places it on state map

The Eagle House Restaurant, 5578 Main St. in the Village of Williamsville, has been selected by the National Society of Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, New York Chapter to be recognized as a historic site for helping preserve American history. More...

Meetings

World Trade Celebration slated for May 8 World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara and Speed Global Services will present the 13th annual "World Trade Celebration 2008" from 4:30 to 10 p.m. More...