Weekly Feature



March 11, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Chess nuts

Arielle Nealy, 8, and Jonathon LoTempio, 7, both concentrate on the chess game in front of them during a meeting of the Chess Nuts, held at the Eggertsville-Snyder Library on Saturday. More...

Two Buffalo men arrested on stolen property charge

Amherst police arrested two Buffalo men and charged them with several counts of possession of stolen property after an early morning traffic stop Monday on Main Street in Williamsville. More...

Eight waterline projects planned for 2009

Infrastructure improvements

Normally, the Town of Amherst Engineering Department would handle one to two water main line projects a year, but due to a rapidly failing infrastructure, that tally has been bumped to eight. More...

How to run for Amherst Town Board

Anyone who wants to be the next Amherst town supervisor or a board member can do so — as long he or she follows the initial process, and, of course, gets elected. More...

Local News

Community News

The Muscular Dystrophy Association, headquartered in Williamsville, has recognized Gerald Maciuba as the recipient of the 2009 Robert Ross Muscular Dystrophy Association's Achievement Award for MDA's Western New York chapter. More...

Labor Department's data show unemployment growing

As the state's economy continues to reel, evidenced by the latest unemployment statistics released by the state Department of Labor, new measures will be put in place to help. On March 5, State Labor Commissioner M. More...

Food Stamp eligibility expanded

Thousands of working families with significant child care costs may now qualify for nutritional benefits for the first time, due to an expansion of eligibility for the Food Stamp program. More...

Police Blotter

Man asks if it's OK to shoot neighbor's dog

Friday, Feb. 27 • A woman reported to police that a friend was posting degrading pictures of her on the Internet and refusing to take them down. More...

Letters to the Editor

Danger lurks from potholes at major intersection

For a truly wondrous group of potholes — and the site of accidents waiting to happen — check out the west side of the "apron" where Mill Street connects with Sheridan Drive. More...

Crew chief goes above and beyond

I am just writing to you to let you know how appreciative I am of one of the Town of Amherst Highway Department supervisor's recent actions and efforts. In February, I received a phone call at approximately 11:30 p.m. More...

Supporters helped make dinner possible

Amazing Grace! Out of the tragedy of Continental Flight 3047, we all witnessed the awesome spirit of kindness and caring that is so characteristic of Buffalo — City of Good Neighbors. More...

Education

School News

Drew Cone and Nathan Thomeer, fourth grade students at Maple West Elementary School in the Williamsville Central District, were selected to perform in the Erie County Elementary Orchestra concert held March 7 at Kleinhan's Music Hall. More...

Congressional Art Competition seeks student artwork

Rep. Chris Lee, R-26th District, is inviting Western New York high school students to participate in the 28th annual Congressional Art Competition. The winning artist's submission will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year. More...

Students named to Amherst High School honor roll

The following Amherst High School students have been named to the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2008-09 school year: Grade 9 Natsumi Abellana, Kelcie Adams, Ahmed Adil, Mina Alaimo, Kevin Allwes, Brendon Bardo, Leland Barron, Daniel B More...

Sports

Amherst girls upset Grand Island for Class A crown

''We 're going to try to win states. It's our dream.'' — Amherst's Shaquita Smith

The Section VI basketball playoffs are all about what team is clicking at the right time. That's exactly how the Amherst Central girls won their first trip to a regional game since 1992-93. More...

McKinley survives South in double OT classic

Williamsville South's season is over but they have nothing to be ashamed of. More...

North plays well in Falls' loss, finishes 21-2

Anybody who thought Niagara Falls was going to roll over Williamsville North should have checked out the Section VI Class AA boys basketball final last Saturday night at Buffalo State Sports Arena. More...

Entertainment

Amherst residents to appear in St. Joe's musical

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute will present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, and at 2 p.m. More...

Lockport City Ballet presents Shakespearean tale

Shakespeare's romantic comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will become part of a new art form this weekend at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. More...

Family Activities

thurs. 12 Project Wild Training — From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Residents can control vote to downsize Town Board

Allowing Amherst residents the right to decide on the number of Town Board seats is a stale issue with the current board, but residents could change that by signing a petition calling for a referendum. More...

Victim of hit-and-run near Daemen College remains in intensive care

Amherst police are investigating tips that have been called in since a hit-and-run accident seriously injured two women early Saturday. Capt. Patrick McKenna said the Amherst Police Accident Investigation Unit was called at 1:41 a.m. More...

Unemployed find hope in each other, networking group

There were 300-400 job openings at a recent job fair — and 5,000 people applied. A civil service exam was held for four positions — and 600 people took the test. More...

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

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...

COLD BODIES, WARM HEARTS

Park School students, from left, Kyra Steinkemper, Natalie Fraize, Danielle Alessandra and Tess Alessandra, braved the cold temperatures and slept outside on Friday night at the campus. More...

Editorial

Bee Editorial

Midstream is a great time for change

In government, you can switch direction in midstream if you don't like the way things are going. But it usually takes the force of many to do it. Imagine thousands of fish just deciding to turn around. More...

Spindle items

• TRUE LIFE — There are moments of irony in everyone's life — some that make you laugh, others that cause frustration, but oftentimes they result in goose bumps. I had just such a moment last Tuesday. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago March 13, 1884 On Tuesday of this week, as Supervisor Fiegel and Mr. More...

Bee Heard

call: 632-0390

(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...

Obituaries

Edwin J. Schneider, Navy veteran, retired installer for Bell Aircraft

Edwin J. Schneider, 83, of Amherst, died Monday, March 2, 2009. Born Dec. 26, 1925, in Buffalo, he attended St. Mary of Sorrows Elementary School and Seneca Vocational High School. More...

Betty M. Peacock, active church member

Betty Marie Peacock (nee Carl), 79, of Clarence, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. Born Sept. 17, 1929, in Buffalo, Mrs. Peacock lived in Clarence Center for more than 40 years. More...

Barbara A. Meyer, Buff State employee, seamstress

Barbara A. Meyer, 57, of East Amherst, died Monday, March 2, 2009. Born March 18, 1951, in Buffalo, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Buffalo State College in 1973. More...

What's Going On

Wha t's Going On

Swormville Fire Company sets boaters safety course The Swormville Fire Company is sponsoring a boaters safety course and boat inspection to be held on Saturday, May 2, at 6971 Transit Road, East Amherst. More...

Lifestyles

Church News

Kimberly Bopp of St. Mary's of Swormville has been honored with the Manus Christi (Hands of Christ) Award. The honor is given to high school seniors who possess outstanding moral character and are currently active in youth and parish ministry. More...

In the Military

Mark Grier a 1980 graduate of Williamsville East High School, has been promoted to the rank of chief master sergeant. He has been serving in the military for more than 23 years. More...

Just a bunch of typical teens hanging out at Harlem

When the NBC reality game show "Fear Factor" hit its peak of popularity a few years ago, Amherst area high school students gathered one Friday evening to host their own "Harlem Happenings Fear Factor." The last physical challenge summoned the tee More...

Business

Alexandra gifts moves to new facility, offers more goods

Anyone used to driving to the Tony Walker Center for Alexandra gifts will have to look a bit farther along Main Street. After 15 years in the plaza, the store has moved to 5326 Main St., in Townsend Square, at Union Road. Opened Feb. More...

Curves supports food drive

Throughout March, Curves of Amherst will participate in the 11th annual Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks. More...

Events

Public speaking group to meet on March 18 The Speak for Success club, a chapter of Toastmasters International, will meet from 11:55 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...