Weekly Feature



August 20, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

School tax rate increase is less than 1 percent

Williamsville

Amherst and Clarence residents living in the Williamsville Central School District will pay a slightly higher tax rate this year, while Cheektowaga residents will see a small decrease. More...

Board questions how proposed YMCA will affect traffic

The YMCA Northeast Branch is hoping to move and expand its facility, but the Amherst Town Board had some concerns about the size and traffic. During Monday's board meeting, a public hearing was held concerning the project. More...

Local News

Fatal accident occurs on Transit Road

An East Amherst woman was killed after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Transit Road on Monday. New York State Police in Clarence are investigating the accident, which occurred at 10:55 a.m. A vehicle being operated by David E. More...

High school volunteers, board members needed

The Amherst Youth Board, located in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst, is seeking high school students and adults who are interested in volunteering on its board. More...

Political News

Michael Feeley of Snyder is a candidate for Erie County Family Court judge. His Web site is www.feeleyforfamilies.com. Currently he is running on his own, without any political party backing. More...

Police Blotter

Retaliation for urination

(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, Aug. More...

Police say man suffered heart attack before accident

Capt. Patrick McKenna of the Amherst Police Accident Investigation Unit reports that a fatal accident Thursday on Millersport Highway was caused by a medical condition. More...

Teens arrested in alleged car thefts

Residents on Gray Birch Court noticed males looking into cars about 2 a.m. Thursday, which led Amherst police to make two arrests. More...

Obituaries

Valentine Decot III, Amherst High grad

Valentine Francis Decot III, 63, died July 2, 2008 in Mesa, Ariz. A native of Kansas City, Mo., he attended Amherst Central High School and Buffalo State College. 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

Registration for twirling group set for Aug. 20 Ambassadors Twirling Corps will hold baton twirling registration night from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder. Ages 3 to college age are welcome. More...

Lifestyles

Music at the Museum

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra will once again return to the grounds of the Amherst Museum for its summer concert. The two town amenities have collaborated in the past to provide an evening of music on the history-rich venue. More...

Helping Heroes Yard Sale set for Aug. 22-24

The employees of Northtown Automotive Companies have planned the Helping Heroes Yard Sale, to benefit families of deployed Western New York military service members. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 22; 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Aug. More...

Pair take cruise to Bermuda

Jamie Erin Cahill married James Joseph Michalski in a late afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at the Beaver Island Clubhouse on Grand Island. The Rev. Russell Defazio officiated. More...

Condo owners protest homestead option at Town Hall

Residents remain wary

They heard enough — or for some, not enough — and condominium owners spoke out at Monday's Amherst Town Board meeting. More...

Arrest made in Reist Barn fire

Amherst police are not yet releasing details about their investigation, but they have made an arrest in the July 21 Reist Barn fire. Capt. Enzio Villalta said Spencer J. MacPherson, 20, of Cadman Drive, was charged with third-degree arson on Aug. More...

SUMMER BLAST

SUMMER BLAST — The Bollinger sisters — Adriana, left, and Mia — enter the bounce house at Summer Blast, sponsored by the Amherst Recreation Department at Clearfield Community Center on Sunday. More...

Editorial

How long can New Yorkers stay the savings course?

Bee Editorial

What is it going to take to get — and keep — Western New Yorkers in the black? That is left to be seen. But if Gov. David A. Paterson has his way, over the course of the next two years, the state could save roughly $2.6 billion. More...

Spindle items

• MLB AND MBL — This past Saturday, I attended my first Major League Baseball game in Pittsburgh. It was amazing — and this coming from a non-baseball fan. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Aug. 23, 1883 Last Saturday morning, there was mourning in the family of Mrs. David Metz, caused by the death of an aged horse named "Prince" who had been with them ever since his birth. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

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Letters to the Editor

Town in need of manager

We presently have seven members of the Town Board, all proficient within their respective professions, but unfortunately, no one has the experience to run a $150 million corporation. More...

Homestead option is unfair to seniors

Once again, the Amherst Town Board is waging another tax assault on its senior residents — seniors who made the prudent choice to downsize for their retirement years by purchasing condominium housing. More...

Actions of officials that of bureaucrats

"We the people" is a phrase used often in America. It is the capstone rhetoric of our early democracy, a concept that the power of governance resides within the body of the American electorate. More...

Education

Amherst High School posts honor roll

The following Amherst High School students have been named to the honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2007-08 school year: Grade 9 David Apa, Emma Balkin, Thomas Balk, Jessica Banning, Steven Bardo, Russell Braun, Caitlin Burke, Julia Busca More...

Sports

North grad Udwadia coaches NY Buzz to first title

Since joining World TeamTennis 14 years ago, the New York Buzz had made three WTT finals appearances but never won a championship. Apparently, all they were missing was Jay Udwadia as their coach. More...

LEARN TO SKATE

LEARN TO SKATE — 2007 Williamsville North graduate Mike Jaszka, left, helps Brandon Lukomski, 6, during a learn-to-skate session last Saturday at the Amherst Pepsi Center Olympic Rink. Jaszka played JV hockey for North and plays for St. More...

New season of Buffalo Soccer Academy approaching

Buffalo Soccer Academy starts its fourth season of operation at Sahlen's Sports Park, 7070 Seneca St., Elma, beginning in September. More...

Business

Business News

Business & Professional Women of Buffalo Amherst will hold its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at LeMetro, 5110 Main St., in the Walker Plaza. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 21 . Art in the Park — "Cer amics," with Casey Thomas, 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, Artpark, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston; free. 754-4375, www.artpark.net . More...

Special Events

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Festivals

fri. 22-sun. 24 . Buffalo Irish Festival — Cuisine, crafts, exhibits, music and dancing in the Irish tradition, starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, and noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. More...