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February 4, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

K-9 Unit vehicle damaged in chase

A high speed chase on Niagara Falls Boulevard Monday resulted in two vehicle accidents and the suspect facing 20 charges. Amherst police responded to the Boulevard Mall at 8:20 p.m. for a shoplifting complaint. More...

Amherst schools face budget cuts

The Amherst Central School Board is facing a budget crisis like never before. School Business Administrator Gregory Kern presented a preliminary budget for the 2009-10 school year at the Jan. More...

Winterfest 2009 to be held Feb. 8

The Village of Williamsville Youth and Recreation Committee will host Winterfest 2009 from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Glen Park, Glen Avenue. More...

Proposed local law would fill vacancies with same political party member

Public to vote Nov. 3

A proposed change to a local law would "save" an elected position vacancy for someone of the same political party as the person leaving office. More...

Law passed allowing pharmacists to administer flu shots

New York is 49th state to pass legislation

By allowing pharmacists to administer flu shots, the hope is that the community will be better protected against illness. (See editorial on page four) Dennis C. More...

Local News

Tax help available at UB

IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management will provide free tax preparation services to individuals and families with annual incomes below $42,000. More...

Community News

Jud Q in the Black Hole won the Battle of the Bands held Jan. 31 at Melissa's Coffee House. Second place was awarded to Equilibrium and third place to One & One. More...

Fire alarm office handled more calls in 2008

A total of 14,682 emergency alarms were dispatched in 2008 by the Amherst Central Fire Alarm Office, an increase of 198 from the previous year, according to Raymond F. Braun, senior fire dispatcher. More...

Police Blotter

Cold temperatures end runaway attempt

Friday, Jan. 23 • An alarm sounded from a Crosspoint Parkway business, but it was caused by one employee setting the system while another employee was still inside. More...

Residents warned of garbage rummaging

Amherst police reported that someone was seen rummaging through recycling bins on Old Orchard Drive on Jan. 23. Another caller complained of an unknown person or persons doing the same in the North Forest and Maple roads section of town. More...

State correction officer exam deadline approaching

The next state correction officer examination will be held Saturday, April 4, for candidates interested in the position of correction officer trainee with the state Department of Correctional Services. More...

Education

Sweet Home Middle School to present Annie Jr.

Sweet Home Middle School will present Annie Jr. this weekend. Shows will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the middle school auditorium, 4150 Maple Road. More...

School News

Dr. Hratch and Karen Karalus Karamanoukian of Vein Treatment Center is funding a $1,000 General Pulaski Association, Inc. college scholarship. The applicant must be a child or grandchild of a veteran of the U.S. More...

Sister Griffin teaches final lesson

Sister Patricia Griffin ended her teaching career on Friday after 43 years. A fifth-grade teacher at SS. Peter and Paul, Griffin also taught at other schools in the area: St. More...

Sports

Sweet Home hoops downs South, sits atop ECIC II

For at least one week, there is no disputing who is the top boys basketball team in ECIC Division II. More...

South booster club to hold spaghetti dinner

The Williamsville South Booster Club is having a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Amherst Youth Center, 5005 Sheridan Drive. The dinner includes spaghetti, two meat balls, salad, dessert, and drink. More...

North hockey falls into first-place tie in division

For three days, Williamsville North was in sole possession in Division I of the Section VI Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation but that all changed on Sunday at Buffalo State College. More...

Business

Wallace estate chosen as Show House to preserve local architecture

Every two years, historical houses throughout Buffalo have been refurbished and preserved, honoring the city's architecture and heritage. More...

Verizon store opens at Main and Union

Residents in the Williamsville area have a new, convenient option for their Verizon needs. Jacob Smith opened his second Verizon location at 5326 Main St., at Union Road, in the McDonald's plaza in October. More...

Two area credit unions merge

UAW Local 55 Federal Credit Union has merged with Erie County's largest credit union, Western Division Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Williamsville, as of Jan. 1. More...

Planning Department ordered to look at eliminating drive-throughs from new builds

Council Member Dan Ward believes drive-throughs are loud, congested and bad for the environment and that they shouldn't be allowed in the town. More...

Town Board to remain at seven members

Attempts to wheel and deal during Monday's meeting failed, and the result was that the Amherst Town Board will remain at seven members. More...

HARD-TO-REACH SPOTS

HARD-TO-REACH SPOTS — Hygienist Marcia Skrzeczkowski from Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry holds Allie the Alligator as Grace Delisanti, 5, demonstrates proper brushing technique at Pixie Village Preschool on Monday as part of National Childr More...

READY

READY — Casey Middle School eighth grader, Christian Kim, dressed in a life preserver, answers a question from Spanish Teacher Lynn Kreyer about the Titanic on Jan. 30. More...

GUITAR HEROES

GUITAR HEROES — Scott Denk, 14, of Amherst, left, and Andy Skywark, 14, of Cheektowaga play Guitar Hero at the Clearfield Library on Saturday. The program, Clearfield Gamers, includes Wii and Xbox games. More...

Editorial

Protecting against influenza now even easier

Bee Editorial

New York State is known for its laws forbidding residents from doing this or that, but legislators recently passed a law that allows something: pharmacists now have the right to administer flu shots. More...

Spindle items

• MARK YOUR CALENDARS — If you are anything like me, you are dreaming about nicer weather. I can't wait for the last day that I have to brush snow off my car. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Feb. 7, 1884 Mr. John Stahl of Getzville was very agreeably surprised on Tuesday of this week by the return of his brother, Mr. Henry Stahl, from California, after an absence of twenty-one years. 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

Small businesses need consideration

I would like to commend Rep. Chris Lee for standing up for New York's small business owners and taxpayers by casting his vote against H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More...

Obituaries

William E. Holt, retired assistant hospital administrator

William Edward Holt, of Williamsville, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, in Templeton, Calif. Born June 16, 1936, in Buffalo, he graduated from Williamsville South High School in the first class that attended four years in the new school. More...

Mark R. Lynett, insurance agent, sports enthusiast

Mark R. Lynett, of Amherst, formerly of Clarence, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. Born July 30, 1956, Mr. Lynett graduated from Bishop Neumann High School and Michigan State University, playing hockey for both schools. More...

Frances A. Bannon, registered nurse, volunteer

Frances Adelina (nee Cacioppo) Bannon, 94, of Williamsville, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. A native of Hanover, N.H., Mrs. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Nutrition education class and store tour offered Healthy Living Support Network will host a four-week nutrition education class and healthy grocery store tour with a registered dietician from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 23-March 16. More...

Lifestyles

Evening with ASO celebrates Shakespeare, children and joy of music

When Collin Stillman performs at this Sunday's Amherst Symphony children's concert at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8, he will be playing for more than the audience seated in front of him. More...

Golf simulator tutorial for seniors offered

Frog Hair Grille and Golf, 7800 Transit Road, Williamsville, will host a free tutorial on simulator golf with a continental breakfast for seniors. Breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. More...

Vows exchanged at Lancaster Presbyterian Church

Laura Kay Gerber married Aaron Joseph Rupper in an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at the Lancaster Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Kelly Negus officiated. The bride is the daughter of Patricia and Francis Gerber of Lancaster. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 5 . After School Escape — Enjoy a fun outdoor experience to encourage children to play and interact with the natural world, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, Reinstein Woods, 77 Honorine Drive, Depew. More...

Art

fri. 6 . Gusto at the Gallery — "James Joyce Birthday Celebration." In collaboration with the Humanities Institute of the University at Buffalo and riverrun, Inc. More...

Film/Video

thurs. 5 . Grand Illusion — In continuation of the film series at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Jean Renoir's "Grand Illusion," starring Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay and Erich von Stroheim, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. More...