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November 26, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

'Dramatic' changes planned on UB campuses

The University at Buffalo has unveiled a draft plan to dramatically redesign and reconfigure its three campuses, with the goal of making UB a great place to live, learn and work. More...

Sweet Home board meetings won't be shown on cable

Forget about being able to watch Sweet Home Board of Education meetings on Time Warner television any time soon. Presented as an item for new business consideration at the board's Nov. More...

PICTURE PERFECT

PICTURE PERFECT — Emily Corigliano, front, and her sisters Allyson and Amanda of Clarence take a walk in Glen Falls Park on Saturday. Snow fell on the area Friday night and stayed for a portion of the weekend. More...

University at Buffalo plans to be 100 percent smoke-free

The University at Buffalo plans to implement a 100 percent smoke-free policy that will take effect beginning with the 2009-10 academic year. More...

Local News

Community News

SupportOurTroops. org presents Christmas 2008 Troop Care Boxes. There are more than 60 troop-related groups across America that send care packages to the troops. To help, visit www.SupportOurTroops. More...

(ENVIRONMENTALLY) FRIENDLY FEATHERED FRIEND

(ENVIRONMENTALLY) FRIENDLY FEATHERED FRIEND — Nicholas Lowinger, a fourth-grader at Kadimah School, creates a Thanksgiving turkey out of recycled materials, including milk cartons, cardboard paper towel holders and paper scraps. More...

Amherst School Board accepts Brenner's resignation

Lydia Brenner has resigned as principal at Smallwood Drive Elementary and nobody in the Amherst Central School District seems to know why. The board accepted Brenner's resignation on Nov. 18. She unexpectedly resigned Nov. 14. 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...

Letters to the Editor

Wishing for a 'green' Christmas

A letter arrived at my home today announcing the "Village of Williamsville 2nd Annual Home Holiday Lighting Contest." Decor our homes and offices has become a tradition in America, and it certainly adds to the cheerfulness of the season. More...

Obituaries

Bruce Hale, retired National Fuel official

Bruce H. Hale, a retired management official of National Fuel, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008. Mr. Hale, 59, joined National Fuel in 1971 after graduating from Clarkson College of Technology. He began his career as an engineer in the utility segment. More...

Louis Bleyle, honored Maryvale chemistry teacher

Louis D. Bleyle, of Williamsville, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born in Buffalo in 1935, he attended Kenmore High School and earned an associate degree from Erie County Community College in 1955. More...

Tom Borrelli, Buffalo News sportswriter

Tom Borrelli, the Buffalo News sportswriter who died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, was the consummate professional reporter, a talented and knowledgeable "100-percenter" who lived and breathed lacrosse and other sports, his colleagues recalled. More...

Lifestyles

Third-graders talk turkey, history and plans for the holiday

The history of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in America can get a bit hazy, but one idea of the holiday has remained consistent: Thanksgiving acts as a time for food and a time to be grateful for our fortunes, family and food alike. More...

'Christmas is for Kids' looking for donations this season

Thanks to a special project spearheaded by volunteers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, several preteens and teenagers in Western New York will be able to celebrate Christmas this year. More...

Balducci-Benderson

Mary Jo and Ron Balducci of Lancaster announce the engagement of their daughter, Gina Balducci, to Shaun Benderson, son of Lori and Randy Benderson of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Buffalo. More...

Entertainment

Holiday

fri. 28 . Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes — Performances: 11 a.m., 5 and 8 p.m. Nov. 28; 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Nov. 29; and noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Nov. More...

Family Activities

fri. 28 . Building Fun — Building on kids' passion for construction, Explore & More is having a day of construction fun, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, Explore & More... a c hildren's museum, 300 Gleed Ave., East Aurora; $. More...

Special Events

thurs. 27 . Dinner for Those in Need — The Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation's Orthodox Action will host its second annual Thanksgiving Day meal for people in need on Thanksgiving Day, 10:30-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. More...

False alarms may come with a price

Their pagers go off, and firefighters jump in their cars and trucks and race to the call — only to find someone calmly working on an alarm system without notifying the fire department. More...

GPS pilot program could save fuel costs for town

Could global positioning systems installed in town vehicles save enough money to make them worth the expense? The town will study the issue for 60 days to find out. More...

TIME FOR GIVING

TIME FOR GIVING — Members of North Presbyterian Church, Temple Beth Am and Temple Beth Zion met on Saturday to put together turkey baskets filled with Thanksgiving essentials for local needy families as part of this year's turkey basket charity More...

Cameras absent from Town Board meeting

Time Warner Cable was not present at the Nov. 17 Amherst Town Board meeting, and it is unknown if, and when, the camera will return. The board had recently approved a contract with Verizon but has not yet signed one for Time Warner. More...

Community News

The Eggertsville Hose Company will be collecting nonperishable goods for its annual food drive. Beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, firefighters will be collecting throughout the Eggertsville area. More...

Editorial

Keep safety in mind as you prepare Thanksgiving feast

Bee Editorial

Thanksgiving is a time for expressing appreciation for all that we have, from a wonderful network of family and friends to a warm place to sleep to a community that cares for our well-being. More...

Spindle items

JESSICA FINCH Associate Editor

• BEST WISHES — I would like to wish all The Amherst Bee readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. Please make sure to cook and bake safely, and don't drive if you have been drinking — the day of or night before. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Nov. 29, 1883 Thanksgiving parties will be held at E.C. Bitterman's in this village and at W.E. Lapp's in Swormville on Wednesday of this week. Last Thursday as Mr. More...

Police Blotter

Car keyed because of way it was parked

(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.) Friday, Nov. More...

Man drives through stop sign in front of officer, faces charges

While ticketing vehicles in violation of the snow parking ban, Amherst Police Officer John Fiore's night became a bit more interesting. Tagging a line of illegally parked cars at 3 a.m. Nov. More...

Officer Onions named 'WNY Hero'

Amherst Police Officer Cathy Onions has earned the title "hero" by Western New York residents. The 28-year veteran was honored on Nov. 19 during an awards lunch sponsored by Time Warner Cable. More...

Education

School News

Heim Middle School, in the Williamsville District, has received a $1,000 grant from Target Department Store. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Admission waived for children at museum During the month of December, children with a paying adult will be able to visit the Amherst Museum for no cost. More...

Sports

Sweet Home dominates in the snow

Panthers rout Corning West, will compete Saturday for Class A state title

Not even frigid temperatures and snow flurries could derail the red-hot Sweet Home football team from getting to its first Class A state championship. More...

Sweet Home's Gutowski settles for consolation victory in 100 back at state swim meet

It wasn't her ultimate goal, but Sweet Home junior Paige Gutowski won the consolation bracket of the 100-yard backstroke at Saturday's New York State Championships at Erie Community College's Burt Flickinger Center. More...

Amherst Skating Club holds annual invite

Amherst Skating Club held its 22nd annual invitational and basic skills competition on Nov. 15. Here is a list of the ASC first through fifth-place winners at all levels. More...

Business

The Clothes Bar serves up fashion

It's not hard to look "fabulous" on a moderate budget, now that The Clothes Bar has opened in town, said owner Mary Olivieri. "Our clientele is more of a fashion forward, junior-driven customer that wants to look good," she said. More...

Chamber plans holiday Business After Hours

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will hold its Holiday Marketplace from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road. The Holiday Marketplace is a new addition to the Holiday Business After Hours event. More...

Meetings

New 360 group schedules panel discussion Buffalo Niagara 360, an offshoot of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, will hold a panel discussion on the binational economy, issues affecting this region, and why advocacy matters to everyone from 8:30 More...