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January 14, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Come fly with me

Kevin Fan of Williamsville East's boys swim team took fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in a personal-best time of 1:00.26 in the Flames' 103-80 loss last Friday at Clarence. Photo by Amy Krakowiak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

Ward removed as petitioner in Muir Woods case

When it was announced that Council Member Dan Ward had been removed as a plaintiff in the Muir Woods case many taxpayers asked, "Well, how much did that cost us?" The answer: $0 (directly). More...

Sweet Home junior recovering from serious car accident

Sweet Home High School junior DeShanaro Morris, who helped the Sweet Home football team to their first Class A New York State Championship, is at Erie County Medical Center following a serious car accident on Dec. 31. More...

January is National Blood Donor Month

Blood Donor Month Since 1970, January has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month. More...

Local News

Park School plans open house for Jan. 25

The Park School of Buffalo, Western New York's only pre-K to grade 12 co-educational, independent school, will host an open house for prospective parents and their children. The open house begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. More...

MEMBER OF CONGRESS

MEMBER OF CONGRESS — Rep. Chris Lee, R-District 26, was sworn in as a member of Congress on Jan. 6. He was installed by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. They are pictured with Lee's wife, Michele, who is holding their son Johnathan. More...

Lee joins effort to block congressional pay raise

Rep. Chris Lee, R-District 26, took the first step in his fight to bring fiscal responsibility to Washington by co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to prevent members of Congress from receiving an automatic pay raise. More...

Police Blotter

Bag mistaken for body

Thursday, Jan. 1 • Police were called about a man who entered a restaurant on Maple Road, used the bathroom for 30 minutes, didn't purchase anything and then sat out front for 45 minutes. He was transported to an address in Tonawanda. More...

Two burglaries reported on Tonawanda Creek Road

Amherst Police are investigating two burglaries reported Monday, Jan. 12. Police report the houses were in proximity of each other. Only the second homeowner reported anything taken. Missing from the house were electronics. More...

Shots fired in hair salon robbery

Two suspects are still being sought in a Jan. 9 robbery. According to Amherst police, two suspects entered Bangz Hair Salon on Eggert Road at around 2:45 p.m. and ordered everyone to the ground. More...

Education

Middle school students vie for national recognition

Students at St. Christopher School are learning what it takes to create an energy-efficient city as part of a project they are completing for entry in a national competition. More...

UB dining centers to go 'trayless'

In an effort to support environmental stewardship programs, the University at Buffalo, Campus Dining and Shops is going trayless in four of its dinning centers. More...

Nurses honored by association

The Western New York Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners held its annual awards ceremony recently. More...

Sports

South ends losing streak to East with shutout

Federation hockey

It's been such a long time since Williamsville South has beaten Williamsville East in a Section VI Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation game that Billies' coach Sean Green can't remember the last time his team has beaten the Flames. More...

Monaco hits coaching milestone, Billies win two straight

Williamsville South's 72-59 road win at Canisius on Jan. 6 not only was impressive; it also gave Billies boys basketball coach Al Monaco his 300th career coaching victory. "It's something I've always wanted to do," said Monaco. More...

North Federation hockey stays unbeaten

Another week brought two more victories for the Williamsville North Federation hockey team. More...

Business

Business News

Campus Catering, a division of the University at Buffalo's Campus Dining & Shops, has been named the exclusive caterer for the Jacobs Executive Development Center. More...

Ferro Cosmetics keeps it natural

Ferro Cosmetics offers a line of mineral makeup for women of all ages and skin types, said president and founder Krissy Ferro. "We handcraft and make 100 percent of our mineral makeup here in Buffalo," she said. More...

Handling investment losses and bankruptcy

Finances are in the forefront of everyone's mind these days, especially since many investors have suffered steep losses in their investment accounts. More...

Property values expected to increase

How will the Town of Amherst's 100 percent reassessment program affect taxpayers? The answers will soon be known. More...

State of the Town address to be presented Jan. 23

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2009 annual luncheon at the Classics V Banquet Center on Friday, Jan. 23. The afternoon's events will include the swearing in of the 2009 Amherst Chamber Board of Directors by Rep. More...

Weinstein: rezoning votes show balance

In 2008, the Amherst Town Board voted on nine rezonings, and the results, Council Member Barry Weinstein said, show a mix of decisions. "I think this shows the board is very cautious," he said. More...

ONCE UPON A TIME

ONCE UPON A TIME — Rachel Choe, 5, left, Jackson Porter, 4, and Derek Universal, 5, listen to Miss Mary Lou for story time at the Williamsville Library. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

YMCA to show 'It's Your Choice' DVD

The Amherst Task Force for Healthy Community*Healthy Youth with the assistance of community groups such as the Northeast Family YMCA will continue to tackle the problem of underage drinking and other drug use among teens in an effort to maintain a More...

Editorial

Assessments are increasing; don't make matters worse

Bee Editorial

As if residents needed any more financial concerns — here comes the results of the town's 100 percent reassessment program. There is worry among residents as to how this will affect their wallets. More...

Spindle items

• AN HONOR — On Monday night, I had the honor of being a guest at the Amherst Lions Club monthly meeting. Although small in numbers, the club has a big heart and great enthusiasm for its causes. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Jan. 17, 1884 A telephone (call) received at the Bee office from the Erie County Almshouse announces the death of Mr. Jacob Snearly, which took place at the hospital at three o'clock this morning. 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

Failure to shovel endangers students

I would like to applaud Anderson's for always doing a fine job of keeping our students, as well as Metro Bus riders, out of harm's way. Thank you, Anderson's and all the other law abiding business owners that shovel seven days a week. More...

Obituaries

Charles G. Klaffka, retired police captain, Army veteran

Charles Gerald Klaffka, 79, formerly of Amherst, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. Born Feb. 27, 1929, in Buffalo, he graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1952. More...

Kevin Kennedy Ryan Sr., Air Force veteran

Kevin Kennedy Ryan Sr., of Williamsville, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008. Although of small stature, Mr. Ryan played football for Williamsville South High School and graduated in 1979. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. More...

Death Notice

HAEFNER, Miriam W. (nee Wilcox), of Amherst, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur E.; son Michael A., and many brothers and sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Lori H. Runk, Suzanne M. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Citizen Police Academy registration open The Amherst Police Department will be offering a spring session of the its Citizen Police Academy beginning Feb. 10. Classes will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings for 13 consecutive weeks. More...

Lifestyles

Lincoln's 200th anniversary marks theme of 2009 inauguration

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the United States' 44th president will be sworn into office. It will mark the 56th presidential swearing-in ceremony and a moment in history, as the first black president becomes the country's commander in- chief. More...

Wedding reception held at Samuel's Grande Manor

Kelly Landel Fiddler married Daniel L. Larivey in an afternoon ceremony on Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsville. The Rev. More...

Brodnicki-Morgan

Karen M. and Paul J. Brodnicki of Snyder announce the engagement of their daughter, Gretchen Anne Brodnicki, to Paul Michael Morgan, son of Joan and Robert Morgan of New Market, Ontario. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 15 . After School Escape — Enjoy a fun outdoor experience to encourage children to play and interact with the natural world. For kids in kindergarten through fifth grade and their caregivers, 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. More...

Film/Video

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Speakers

thurs. 15 . From Paris Yesterday to New York Today (in 18 Hours) — W ith Albright-Knox Curator of Education Mariann Smith and Associate Curator of Education Nancy Spector, 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. More...