Weekly Feature



April 1, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

We 've got the beat

The Authentic Drum Workshop, presented by Bernard Woma at the Harlem Road Community Center, featured some new talent: from left, Terrion Land, 9, of Buffalo; Genevieve Morrissey, 10, of Snyder; and her sister, Josephine, 7. More...

St. Mary's Church construction to begin today

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of Buffalo has given the parish community of St. Mary's Church in Swormville final approval to begin construction of a new 1,000-seat church. More...

Anderson: elective posts should stay as such

Annual audit under way

Groups and departments across New York have had a lot of say when it comes to the 2010 state budget, and Amherst Highway Superintendent Robert Anderson is no different. More...

Stimulus package includes $1 million for Amherst energy projects

A bit of sun shone on the Town of Amherst last week when it was announced that the community would receive a little more than $1 million from the federal stimulus package. More...

Local News

Walter receives Republican endorsement

Erie County Legislator Ray Walter, R-Amherst, re - ceived the Erie County Republican Committee endorsement at the American Legion Post on March 24. Walter said he is grateful for receiving the committee's endorsement. More...

Open houses will showcase affordable home opportunities

Aspiring homebuyers interested in taking advantage of the latest affordable home ownership opportunities in the Town of Amherst are invited to two open houses scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5. More...

Town Board to meet Monday on anniversary of its origin

The Amherst Town Board will meet Monday evening — exactly 190 years after the first time the body was convened. According to the late Amherst Town Historian Sue Miller Young, the first Town Board meeting was held April 6, 1819. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

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Letters to the Editor

School taxes are out of control

When Gov. David Paterson announced his Draconian cuts to state funding for local school districts, the reaction from the few school superintendents who bothered to reply was so predictable it was almost laughable. More...

Community gave support, love

At 9:50 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, my husband, David Bissonette, and I were en route home from a long day at work. At 10:20 p.m., our lives changed forever when Flight 3407 crashed into a home one and a half miles from our home. More...

Youth basketball scores a great year

Another March Madness ends to cheers — not only in the NCAAs but in Amherst Youth Basketball. More...

Education

School board candidates sought

Anyone interested in serving on a school board still has time to get in the running. More...

'Bright' idea wins students first place in state competition

For the average person, a 20-degree difference means wearing a spring coat instead of a winter one, or cooking inside instead of on the grill. But for two St. More...

Board continues budget discussions

Amherst Schools

Budget discussions for the 2009-10 school year continued at the March 24 Amherst School Board meeting. Assistant Superintendent Mark Whyle said the proposed 2009-10 budget is $43.6 million, a 2.34 percent increase from the current spending plan. More...

Lifestyles

More than the music; ASO hosts powerful spring concert

D eep messages will underscore the powerful sounds and rhythms of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra during its upcoming spring concert, set for 7 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at Amherst Middle School. More...

Gliding Stars to present annual ice show

More than 110 skaters challenged by disabilities will perform in Gliding Stars' "Big Star Circus on Ice" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Amherst Pepsi Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive. More...

Couple exchange vows at UB's Newman Chapel

Crista Marie Stoklosa married Jonathan James Duval during an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at the Newman Chapel of the University at Buffalo. The Rev. Peter Drilling of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora officiated. More...

Business

New owners clean up 40-year-old laundry facility

The new owners at 24-hour Laundry Express may not be able to guarantee that your whites will be whiter or your colors brighter, but they do ensure that their customers will have an updated, clean and comfortable atmosphere to do their laundry. More...

Catholic Charities Appeal opens with 59 percent of goal received

Catholic Charities Appeal 2009 has raised $6,502,619, or 59.1 percent, of its $11 million goal. Totals to date were announced at a news conference Monday at Catholic Charities' headquarters in Buffalo. More...

H&R Block offers free Second Look on taxes

Taxpayers who overlook credits and deductions on their tax returns could be costing themselves. H&R Block tax professionals offer the Second Look review service to find missed deductions and credits to optimize taxpayers' returns. More...

State official: increased assessment does not necessarily mean increased taxes

Ninety percent of Amherst residents have accepted their preliminary property assessment, but what will that mean come tax time? More...

Several Easter egg hunts scheduled

The Village of Williamsville Youth and Recreation Committee will present its sixth annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 5, at Island Park, behind the Williamsville Library and Village Hall. More...

Sweet Home student makes the world a better place

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Amherst resident Katie Niblock, of Sweet Home High School, received the first Ann M. Irwin Youth Leadership Award in February, for her work with youth development. More...

Community News

The Harlem Road North of Main Neighborhood Association elected its officers at the March 26 meeting: Kristin Machelor, chairman; Gary Bartikofski, treasurer; Jane Cox, secretary; and MaryJo Dudek, gardening chairman. More...

WELCOME HOME

WELCOME HOME — Spc. Richard Scalfani, 25, of Amherst takes his newly "tricked out" 1993 Pontiac Trans Am for a ride on Tuesday. A U.S. Army Reserve soldier, Scalfani recently returned from Iraq and was surprised with the updates to his car. More...

GREAT SHOT

GREAT SHOT — Brian Rooney, 16, of Williamsville was awarded two prizes at the 2008 Buffalo Zoo Photo Contest. A reception was held this past weekend honoring the winners. More...

Editorial

Recent actions should give officials new perspective

Bee Editorial

The Town of Amherst has been presented with a great opportunity to practice what its leaders have been preaching. We are just a few tense days away from the adoption of the New York State budget, and with every proposal comes another outcry. More...

Spindle items

• ALL DRESSED UP — Clover, cherry and lilac — these are three colors I have recently worn as a bridesmaid in my in friends' weddings. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago April 3, 1884 During the past week, the following named persons have appeared before Justice Miller, on account of game constable Horey, and have been fined the following amounts for net fishing: Charles Smith, $22.50; John Beaver More...

Police Blotter

Police called to Meyer Road for 'dead person smell'

Friday, March 20 • A Hendricks Boulevard resident complained of a bat in the house. The animal flew out a window, freeing itself, according to police. More...

Amherst Volunteer Firefighters United elects officers

The Amherst Volunteer Firefighters United has elected its slate of officers for 2009. More...

Obituaries

Sister Margaret C. Krantz, congregational leader, educator

Sister Margaret "Mary" Constance Krantz, a Franciscan Missionary Sister of the Divine Child in Williamsville, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at St. Mary of the Angels Health Care Center. Sister Krantz was born May 10, 1932, in Batavia. More...

Carmen J. Pino, Curbell director, attorney

Carmen J. Pino, 61, of Amherst, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, in Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. Mr. Pino was born Jan. 12, 1948, in Buffalo. More...

John T. McCarthy, veteran, teacher, author

John T. McCarthy, 88, of Williamsville, died Sunday, March 15, 2009. Mr. McCarthy was born on Nov. 2, 1920, in Buffalo. He graduated from Burgard Vocational High School in 1939 and worked as a coal passer aboard The John S. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Parachute Group plans meeting The Parachute Group, a networking group for individuals in career transition, meets at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Community Room 1. Call 276-1117. More...

Sports

Youthful North softball team loaded with talent

Williamsville North is the youngest it's been in years, but on paper, they could be one of the most talented softball teams in the area. More...

Spring sports previews to continue next week

With the spring sports season poised to begin shortly, The Bee will once again profile the varsity teams with preview articles, continuing next week with the boys and girls lacrosse squads. More...

Amherst baseball hopes to continue winning ways

The Amherst baseball team has a lot of expectations to live up to this spring. The Tigers are coming off their first ECIC Division III title since 1992 and a 16-8 record, an 11-game improvement from the previous year. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 2 . Seussical Jr. — Seventy actors, grades 2-5 from Holmes Elementary, will bring all of your favorite Dr. More...

Art

fri. 3-sun. 5 . 97ROCK Art Show — WGRF 96.9 FM Buffalo will rock the world of art with a free exhibit featuring the artwork created by rock stars, famous rock photographers, Beatles animations, song lyrics, More...

Theater

thurs. 2-sun. 5 . The Mystery of Edwin Drood — Presented by the University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4; and 2 p.m. More...