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February 11, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Town Board approves $60,000 to improve handicapped accessibility

There are small projects, and there are large ones, and each one will bring the Town of Amherst closer to being fully accessible for all residents and visitors. During its Feb. More...

County Republicans propose cutting salaries by $16,000

In an attempt to reform Erie County government, the three members of the Minority Caucus are proposing a large salary decrease for the Legislature's 15 members. More...

Student provides entertainment for seniors

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

After school, 16-year-old Alissa Nizinski organizes, e-mails, schedules and prepares for upcoming concerts for Performing from the Heart. More...

Village asks court to order Kuzon to return $36,368

Stating that the accounting for her sick and vacation time was "erroneous," attorneys for the Village of Williamsville filed a response Friday in State Supreme Court asking it to order former Village Administrator Sally A. More...

Residents can make their own 'assessments' on town Web site

Residents who may be considering a challenge on their new housing assessment have a useful tool at their disposal — the town Web site. Located on the home page www.amherst.ny.us is a link for CPI — Comprehensive Property Information. More...

DUCK ... DUCK ... WIN

DUCK ... DUCK ... WIN — Darrien Carter selects a duck from the pond" as his twin brother Darrius watches to see what he will win. The game was part of February Frolics, a winter carnival, held at Willow Ridge Elementary on Friday. More...

Local News

Mariah Saves Gorillas

Young advocate recycles cell phones

Saving gorilla habitats in Africa and trying to stop big cell phone companies from mining. The work of a large advocacy group? No. It's the mission of an 8- year- old. More...

North High School holds shoe drive

Amherst residents are invited to recycle their gently worn shoes to Soles4Souls INC., the shoe charity. Williamsville North High School will hold a shoe drive for the charity through Feb. 27. To date more than 260 pairs have been collected. More...

Amherst's Got Talent contest names 10 finalists

The first round of Amherst's Got Talent drew 21 acts to the Boulevard Mall on Saturday, and 10 left as finalists. Of the entries, the judges selected the top 10 to move on to the final round, planned from noon to 2 p.m. More...

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Letters to the Editor

Students will fix Mohan's mistakes

Once again, Supervisor Satish Mohan has used incorrect data to influence the public. Last week, he stated that in the Williamsville Central School District, it costs $17,000 a year per student to educate them versus the state average of $9,168. More...

Dogs should not roam freely in park

This winter I have used Amherst State Park many times as a cross-country ski venue, reveling in the peaceful beauty I find there. The park is also visited by dog owners and their pets. More...

Keep wine sales in liquor stores

As a small business owner and loyal to my local community, I am concerned about a budget proposal by Gov. David Paterson. His proposal is for wine to be sold in grocery stores, convenience stores and drugstores in New York State. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Volunteers needed at ElderWood Health Care ElderWood Health Care at Oakwood, 200 Bassett Road, is in need of volunteers to clerk in the gift shop, as well as volunteer once a week to water plants in resident rooms and throughout the facility. More...

Sports

Panthers' coach waiting for team to meet potential

Boys basketball

The Sweet Home boys basketball team is 8-0 in ECIC Division II and 15-1 overall but according to Panthers' coach Paul Schintzius, they're still a work in progress. More...

Sacred Heart downs Nichols, improves to 18-0

Nobody was going to get the smile off the face of Sacred Heart girls basketball coach Sister Maria Pares after her team's performance last Friday at Nichols. More...

South loses crushing league game at Lake Shore

At the beginning of last week, the Williamsville South boys basketball team was a game behind the lead for the top spot in ECIC Division II but after going 1-2, the Billies are in third place at 5-3, 10-6 overall. More...

Business

Business News

HoganWillig Attorneys at Law, located in Amherst, has named Diane Tiveron a partner at the firm. She joined HoganWillig in 1989 and has focused her practice in the areas of business and commercial law, civil litigation and bankruptcy issues. More...

Fisher's Friends — serving 'man's best friends'

In less than one month, a business that began with the owner seeking a way to take her dog to work, will celebrate its third anniversary. The business's clientele, however, are not humans — the staff instead serves "man's best friend. More...

NEW DIAGNOSTIC CENTER

NEW DIAGNOSTIC CENTER — Jim Millard, president and chief executive officer of Kenmore Mercy Hospital, accepts a proclamation from Amherst Town Supervisor Satish Mohan on Feb. More...

Community reels in aftermath of deadly crash

Witnesses to the destruction caused by the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 describe explosions, balls of fire and clouds of smoke. More...

EXCLUSIVE TO THE WEB...Airplane crash in Clarence Center

An estimated 49 people were killed Thursday night in a commercial airplane crash on Long Street in Clarence Center. The Continental aircraft crashed into a house, destroying it and setting off an intense fire. More...

Town Clerk's hours extended to serve taxpayers

The Amherst Town Clerk's Office will be open for extended hours, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., to better serve those paying their property taxes. The following days will have the extended hours: Wednesday, Feb. 11; Thursday, Feb. 12; Friday, Feb. More...

Snow study

Mill Middle School students Noah Zells, Nick Schuler and Jonathan Utech take a temperature reading of a snowbank with Buffalo National Weather Service Meteorologist-in-Charge Tom Niziol. More...

HEAP income allowance higher for emergencies

The income allowance for HEAP assistance has increased for residents who receive a shutoff notice and need help with heating bills. More...

Holiday affects services

In honor of Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 16, Amherst Town Hall will be closed and the Town Board's 3 p.m. work session has been canceled. Also closed are courts, the Williamsville and Eggertsville-Snyder libraries and the senior center. More...

KINGS OF THE CASTLE

KINGS OF THE CASTLE — The Village of Williamsville was able to hold its annual Winterfest celebration before the warm temperatures melted much of the snow this week. More...

Editorial

Legislators should approve salary cut

Bee Editorial

Let's discuss some real numbers here. The state minimum wage is $7.15 an hour. At 40 hours per week for 52 weeks that person's take-home pay, before taxes, is $14,872. The reported median family income in the state is $64,602. More...

Spindle items

• NEW LOOK FOR FRONT PAGE — A quick look at this week's Bee should have signaled a change in our traditional front page design, but it was a change in the works for several months. More...

Spindle items

• PUT THE PHONE DOWN — Last week, I received an anonymous call from a woman asking me to write an article about the danger of driving while using a cell phone to talk or text. More...

Police Blotter

Man answers door, greeted by flying paper

Friday, Jan. 30 • Police were called to Tennyson Terrace about a suspicious car that had circled the block 20 times in 45 minutes. More...

Mohan's motion to appeal police case denied

The judges who denied Supervisor Satish Mohan's initial appeal regarding the Amherst Police Club have denied his recent motion. More...

Obituaries

Donald 'Dimp' Wagner, 2005 donation supported Amherst High School athletics

Donald R. "Dimp" Wagner, who donated $100,000 in 2005 for renovations to the Amherst Central High School football field, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, in Annapolis, Md. Mr. Wagner, 78, was a member of the school's class of 1948. More...

Lorene Kreinheder, flight attendant, business owner

Lorene "Lorry" Kreinheder (nee DiBello), 83, formerly of Amherst, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at her home in Carefree, Ariz. Born Nov. 5, 1925, in Buffalo, Mrs. More...

William N. Denler II, retired business owner, World War II veteran

William N. Denler II, 87, of Amherst, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009. Born July 18, 1921, in Buffalo, Mr. Denler graduated from Amherst Central High School and was an altar boy at Christ the King Church in Snyder. More...

Lifestyles

Ditch the treadmill; there's a new groove in town

Once a person finally discovers the inner drive to get to the gym regularly or jog outside every morning, one major challenge can potentially interfere with the quest to get in shape — routine. More...

On the Campus

Alicia Mauer of Amherst has been named to the Champlain College dean's list. She is majoring in professional writing. Kate Quinlivan of East Amherst has been named to the dean's list at the College of Wooster. She is an English major. More...

Library News

The following events will be held at the Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway. Registration is required for all programs. Call 689-4922. Celebrate Abe Lincoln's Birthdayat 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 12 . 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. Thursdays, Feb. More...

Theater

thurs. 12 . The Diary of Anne Frank — Starry Night Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning play directed by L. More...

Art

fri. 13 . Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976 — More than 50 works by 31 artists, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Lee Krasner and Mark Rothko, More...