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May 14, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

PASSING THE TORCH

PASSING THE TORCH - Lowell Lamont, a member of the Eggertsville Hose Company for 65 years, and Mike Richardson, who joined the organization one month ago, participated in a wreath placement ceremony Friday in recognition of its 100th anniversary. More...

Amherst Drug Court commemorates 12 years of success

The Amherst Drug Court & Therapeutic Foundation will host a reception in recognition of the Amherst Drug Treatment Court's 12th anniversary at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main St., near Interstate 290, Snyder. More...

Water Mill remains a critical topic

The village will need some outside help to move forward with any plans for the Williamsville Water Mill parcel, according to Trustee Jeff Kingsley, the Village Board's liaison to the Mill Restoration Committee. More...

Local News

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago May 17, 1883 On last Sunday afternoon, a laughable incident occurred on Cayuga Street. A gentleman was driving rapidly along, when the overhanging branches of a tree caught his whip and nearly jerked it from its socket. More...

MEET THE CANDIDATES

Debbie Adams Board Member Sweet Home District As a longtime resident of Sweet Home, I believe in our administrators, our teachers, our students and our families. More...

District elections to be held May 20

On Tuesday, May 20, residents in Amherst's three school districts will vote on their district budgets, board of education candidates and other propositions. More...

Police Blotter

Man reports attempted larceny of marijuana plants

(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

Suspending gas tax not thought out

This election year is becoming the year in which "leadership incompetence" is demonstrated by politicians who insult voters' intelligence with meritless, even harmful, proposals to garner votes in the upcoming elections. More...

Board member defends comments

Throughout my tenure on the Amherst Town Board, I have tried to remember the story of Solomon, who realized that in governing a nation, the most valuable of gifts is "an understanding heart." (1 Kings 3:9 (New American Translation). More...

Board members need to have heart

(Editor's note: This letter was originally sent to Council Member Deborah Bruch Bucki.) I just want to tell you how upset I was when I read the editorial that was run in The Amherst Bee this past week. More...

Education

School News

Jessica Hall of Williamsville was named to the honor roll at Immaculata Academy for the third quarter of the 2007-08 school year. Ryan Wolf was recently awarded a $750 scholarship from Sweet Home Federal Credit Union. More...

Transit Middle School names honor students

The following Transit Middle School students have been named to the honor roll for the third quarter of the 2007-08 school year: Grade 5 Christian Aguilar, Christian Aichinger, Lauren Anderson, Sara Armstrong, Alyssa Arno, Erikka Arno, Adam Barg More...

Casey Middle names honor roll

The following Casey Middle School students have been named to the honor roll for the third quarter of the 2007-08 school year: Grade 5 Christina Alonge, Hannah Atkinson, George Attea, Eric Bailey, Alexander Bender, Kenneth Bores, Lloyd Brown, Ma More...

Lifestyles

'It's Academic' makes a comeback

W hat is an angle greater then 90 degrees but less then 180 degrees? What is the largest mountain range in Arkansas and Missouri? What sensory nerve connects the retina to the brain? More...

Library News

The following events will be held at the Williamsville Library, 5571 Main St. Registration is required for all programs. For more information, call 632-6176. Toddler Time, ages 2-3, 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays, through June 2. More...

Bee Travel

Name changes confuse travelers

It's the song I can't get out of my head that started it all. The song played in the background on television the day Matt Lauer landed in Istanbul, Turkey. (Thanks, Matt; much as I love Istanbul, the song is making me NUTS. More...

Entertainment

Theater

wed. 21 . DIVA by DIVA: A Celebration of Women - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 presented by O'Connell & Company at The Cabaret in the Square Theatre, Snyder Square, 4476 Main St., Snyder; $. 839-3949, www.oconnellandcompany. More...

Somewhere over the rainbow

Judy Garland's legendary 1961 Carnegie Hall concert is the subject of MusicalFare Theatre's production of "Beyond the Rainbow: The New Judy Garland Musical" which continues through May 25. More...

Family Activities

fri. 16 & sat. 17 . Nights of the Vernal Bloom - A live show that discusses the constellations and deep-sky objects in the spring night sky, 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, and 3:30 p.m. More...

New cell phone policy makes employees accountable

The Town of Amherst has approximately 100 cell phones that have been distributed to its employees, usage that racks up 28,000 minutes a month. The IRS has recently investigated other municipalities' cell phone use and found noncompliance. More...

District loses S.T.A.R. money due to assessment change

Superintendent Howard S. Smith presented the 2008-09 Williamsville Central School District's proposed budget to a small crowd at the May 8 public hearing. More...

Candidates, budget hearing draw little attention

Sweet Home

Two of the three candidates for one open seat on the Sweet Home Board of Education addressed a small audience of taxpayers at Meet the Candidates night May 6. Irene Bailey and incumbent Scott Johnson were present for the program. More...

Benderson plans meeting for tonight on proposed Maple Road Town Centre

Residents have asked for it, and now they've got it - an informational meeting on the proposed Town Centre at 218 and 230 Maple Road. The open house-style meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. More...

OPEN MIC

OPEN MIC - Fourth grader Alyssa Marciano reads her poem, "Hurricaine" during the third annual Windermere Boulevard Elementary School's poetry slam held on May 7. The event featured approximately 40 fourth- and fifth-graders' pieces. More...

Editorial

School budgets should be passed

Bee Editorial

Those wanting to speak out against the 2008-09 school budgets had their chance, and to vote down a budget now would be backwards thinking. More...

Spindle items

• THE BEST MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS - My mom gave herself her own Mother's Day present last week. Her final grades from Trocaire College were tallied, and she has graduated, earning the title of registered nurse. More...

Philosophy, stubbornness reasons why Williams would not be missed

He's been stirring the pot since he first came to town, so it's really no surprise that the latest furor caused by the revelation that James Williams is a finalist for a school superintendent position in Tennessee has opened up a public dialogue on 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

Alex G. Schmidt, founder of Schmidt's Auto Body and Glass

Alex G. Schmidt, 73, of Amherst died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Schmidt attended Burgard High School and the University of Buffalo School of Business. He served in the U.S. More...

Judith Goldberg Alcabes, retired school teacher

Judith Goldberg Alcabes of Williamsville, wife of Isaac Alcabes and the late Lawrence E. Goldberg died on May 10, 2008, after a three-year battle with cancer. More...

Ruth Mary Hoffman, Amherst resident

Ruth Mary Hoffman of Amherst died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008. She was the daughter of the late Christian and Anna Mary Hoffman. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Spring art show features local artists The Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society will hold its Spring Show from May 12 through June 6, at Vern Stein Art and Frame, 5747 Main St., near Evans Street, Williamsville. More...

Sports

Lipsitz helps Penn State win NCAA volleyball title

Williamsville North graduate named to all-tournament team

Max Lipsitz didn't like volleyball five years ago. Now he's a national champion. The 2006 Williamsville North graduate helped the Penn State men's volleyball team rally to a 27-30, 33-31, 30-25, More...

Amherst baseball controls their own destiny for division crown

Amherst Central hasn't won a division title in baseball since 1993 but it's looking more and more like the Tigers will accomplish one of their preseason goals. More...

South boys tennis team's record stands at 8-3

Williamsville South's boys tennis team started the week with a 3-2 victory over Maryvale on Monday, May 5 at South. Singles winners for South were first singles R.J. Grampp and third singles Brian Zaprowski. More...

Business

Mediation provides matrimonial relief

Citing high costs and emotional stress associated with spousal separation, divorce, child custody, visitation and distribution of marital assets, University at Buffalo doctoral candidate Nadia Shahram created Matrimonial Mediation Service of Buffal More...

Snyder company warns of Webkinz code theft

As the number of Webkinz pets continues to grow, the risk of an unsuspecting customer buying a damaged one increases as well. More...

FUNDING EDUCATION

FUNDING EDUCATION - Five Star Bank presents a $500 donation to the Williamsville Education Foundation Inc. on May 7 at the bank's Amherst branch on Sheridan Drive. More...