Weekly Feature



March 4, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Hayes secures $150,000 grant for Amherst libraries

Citing the need to fix the aging infrastructure of local libraries, Assemblyman Jim Hayes, R-Amherst, informed the community that he has secured $153,199 in library construction grant money for the Amherst Public Library. More...

School Board seeks input on budget development

The Williamsville Board of Education will hold an open forum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, to get public input on the 2009-10 district budget. More...

Gaelic League to host annual St. Patrick's Day party

The Amherst Gaelic League will host its 37th annual Irish American Appreciation Party to benefit the Belfast Summer Relief Program from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road near Walden Avenue, Depew. More...

Public libraries offer a host of online resources

Do you ever wish that right at your fingertips there was information on filling out a legal form? How many times have you wondered how to file paperwork, submit a letter, or address a person or business? More...

Local News

HEAP applications to be accepted March 12

Income guidelines for the Home Energy Assistance Program have changed, and more families may be eligible. Applications will be accepted for the federally funded HEAP from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Second Williamsville Water Mill parcel re-use workshop set

Preservation Studios, consultants to the Village of Williamsville regarding the future use of the Williamsville Water Mill parcel, will hold its second adaptive re-use workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Village Hall, 5565 Main St. More...

Community News

Brompton Heights Inc. in Amherst recently had a group of residents and staff travel to the Build-A-Bear store at the Walden Galleria Mall to create 28 bears for children at Carly's Club at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. More...

Police Blotter

Cat guards carcass

Friday, Feb. 20 • An employee of a Niagara Falls Boulevard restaurant reported that an intoxicated man had been kicked out and possibly had passed out on the lawn of a nearby business. Police did not locate the man. More...

Three charged in damaging of buildings with graffiti

Three Amherst teens have been arrested on charges of criminal mischief involving the writing of graffiti on buildings in the Snyder and Eggertsville areas of town. More...

Investigation continues into bomb threat hoax at North High School

Williamsville North High School evacuated students and staff on Feb. 18 due to a bomb threat. The evacuation was ordered at approximately 11 a.m., and everyone was transferred to Casey Middle School per the high school's evacuation plan. More...

Obituaries

Joseph H. Radder, WW II veteran, author

Joseph Henry Radder, 88, of Williamsville, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, in the Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home. More...

Clarence A. Beutel III, vice president of Salient Corp.

Clarence A. "Larry" Beutel III, 50, of Williamsville, was a victim of the Continental Flight 3407 plane crash in Clarence Center on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. Mr. Beutel was born April 18, 1958, in Elmhurst, Ill., and raised in Hinsdale, Ill. More...

Death Notices

BRITT, Sister Eileen, SSJ (also known as Sister St. Edmund, SSJ), of Amherst, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and William, and sister, Mary Rita. A Mass was celebrated Friday, Feb. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Comedy and religion workshop slated Jamie Kilstien, featured comedian on Comedy Central and the BBC's "The World Stands Up," will discuss his life lacking religion through humor and "non-screamy" debate at the Center for Inquiry at 6:30 p.m. More...

Sports

N-W stuns North in Federation large school final

The Williamsville North Federation hockey team dominated shots on goal, 53-29, and outplayed their opponent for much of the Section VI Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation Large School final. More...

Ken East tames South, 3-1, to win first Fed title

Williamsville South's turnaround season ended in the Section VI Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation Small School final on Sunday at Buffalo State Ice Arena. More...

Speedster Allen races East 4x400 relay into states

Kala Allen is a great runner but at last Saturday's Section VI Indoor Track and Field Championships at Fredonia State College, she showed everyone how unselfish she is. More...

Business

Loughran's Restaurant — still a gathering place

30 years

"Having been in this business for 30 years, I know that you need to know how to throw a party," Loughran's Restaurant owner Tom Loughran said of his upcoming anniversary party. More...

HSBC to close HFC, Beneficial branches

HSBC Finance Corporation on Monday announced that it is getting out of the consumer lending business. More...

Events

Fundraiser slated by Panhellenic The Greater Buffalo Alumnae Panhellenic will hold its annual fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Banchetti by Rizzo's, 550 North French Road, Amherst. More...

Reassessments causing shock among residents

Mill Street resident Patrick Keaveny said he almost had a heart attack when he opened the letter from the Town of Amherst informing him his assessment had increased $87,000. "I'm outraged. More...

Soles4Souls

Williamsville North High School seniors Kayleigh Galliher, left, and Amanda Maraschiello sort through the donation of footwear to the school's Soles4Souls drive on Saturday. More...

Williamsville resident named youngest on ultrarunning board

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Nadeem Khan has never let age be a factor in anything he's done. More...

Freezing, thawing causing number of potholes to increase

Thump — another pothole. Driving through areas of Amherst can be frustrating, trying to dodge the holes that appear sporadically. More...

Editorial

Slumping economy is great for library business

Bee Editorial

It's been under our noses this whole time. An entire center for information, a wealth of knowledge, a foundation for learning. And it has always been free. More...

Spindle items

• HOW TO HANDLE A TOWN BOARD PROBLEM — If a chicken wing-eating contest is considered out of order — as a way of deciding who should choose the next Town Board member — then what, pray tell, More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago March 7, 1884 The annual elections for supervisors and town officers were held in the several towns of Erie County, with the exception of Grand Island, on Tuesday. In Amherst, J.B. 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

Victim's family thankful for support

On behalf of the family of Kevin Johnston who was killed in the crash of Continental Flight 3407, we wish to extend our appreciation and gratitude to the countless friends, neighbors and co-workers, along with the entire community, More...

Mohan shouldn't blame employees

I and my members have read Supervisor Satish Mohan's column in the Feb. 25 issue of The Amherst Bee. First, let me say that I was not one bit surprised at its contents. More...

Police are serving the town well

The editorial published in the Feb. 25 Bee edition was right on point. The Amherst police do not receive the credit they deserve. More...

Education

Transit Middle School posts honor roll

The following Transit Middle School students have been named to the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2008-09 school year: Grade 5 Ryan Acklin, Ryan Arrastia, Calista Athans, Olivia Balcom, Elizabeth Bamford, Elena Behuniak, Aaron Bengart More...

STORIES BY COLLINS

STORIES BY COLLINS — Erie County Executive Chris Collins reads to third-graders at Country Parkway Elementary School on Monday. From left are Karen Lopes, Alexis Gullo, Phu Nguyen and Cameron Williams. More...

Amherst Middle School names honor students

The following Amherst Middle School students have been named to the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2008-09 school year: Grade 6 Ethan Ahuna, Alexandra Allard, Whitney Ashead, Madison Aston, Stefanie Balesteri, Kaitlin Ball, Austin Ball More...

Lifestyles

Williamsville North presents 'Seussical the Musical' with Horton, the Whos, Miss Gertrude and Sour Kangaroo

Combining the stories, metaphors, life lessons and characters of Dr. Seuss' imagination, "Seussical the Musical" offers something for people of all ages. More...

Park School Players to present 'Working'

The Park School of Buffalo will present Studs Terkel's "Working" for the annual winter musical. Performances are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7; and 2:30 p.m. 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. Audubon Book Club at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, to discuss "Galileo's Daughter. 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, for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade and their caregivers, 4 p.m. More...

COMEDY

thurs. 5 . Comedy Sportz — 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Magruders, 4995 Broadway, Depew; $. 685-4400, www.magr uders.org thurs. 5, fri. 6 & sat. 7 . Shannon Laverty — 9 p.m. More...

Art

sat. 7 . Landscape: Inspiration and Interpretation — Work by Niagara Frontier Plein Air Painters, artists who take to the city streets and back roads to realize their artistic vision, opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m. More...