Weekly Feature



April 15, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL — Brian Murphy examines a basalt sample at the Williamsville planetarium at North High School recently. The hands-on activity was part of the "Exploring the Moon" program. More...

Rath will seek second term with County Legislature

Legislator Edward A. Rath III, R-Amherst, has announced he will seek re-election in the 15th District of the Erie County Legislature. More...

SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE

SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE — Author Cynthia DeFelice spoke to students at Smallwood Drive Elementary School on April 8 and 9, explaining how and why she became an author. An award-winning author, she has completed 15 novels and 10 picture books. More...

All three town golf courses to open Friday

Get out your 9 iron and putter — it's golf season. The Town of Amherst will open its three courses at 9 a.m. Friday, April 17. Generally all three courses are open dawn to dusk. More...

Local News

Political News

The Committee to Re-Elect Judge Mark G. Farrell Amherst Town Justice will hold its "Spring into Action" fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main St., near Interstate 290. Tickets are $95. More...

District residents voice concerns over possible cut of nurses at private schools

A proposed personnel reduction for the Amherst Central School District's 2009-10 budget hit close to home with several district residents at last Tuesday's Board of Education meeting. More...

NYSDOT plans reconstruction on Niagara Falls Boulevard

The final design alternative has been selected for the proposed intersection improvement project on U.S. Route 62, Niagara Falls Boulevard, at Koenig and Ridge Lea roads in the towns of Tonawanda and Amherst. More...

Police Blotter

Deer hurl themselves at car

Saturday, April 4 • An East Bentham Parkway resident complained that someone partially removed a pool cover and now the water is dirty. More...

Armed robbery reported at NOCO on Maple Road

The Amherst Police Department is investigating an armed robbery, which occurred at 2:12 a.m. Sunday, April 12, at NOCO, 4265 Maple Road. More...

Teen suspected of making threats at Heim Middle School

Amherst police detectives have petitioned a 14-year-old Heim Middle School student to Family Court on harassment charges. The charges stem from a series of threats made over a period of time, targeting certain individuals at school. More...

Obituaries

Elenora V. Hildebrand, teacher, volunteer

Elenora V. Hildebrand, of Amherst, died Friday, April 3, 2009. More...

Luella S. Milliron Manning, hospital volunteer

Luella S. Milliron Manning (nee Zunner), of Amherst, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009. Mrs. Manning was a former member of the Williamsville Rotary Anns Sandy Beach Yacht Club and Niagara Sailing Club. More...

Ruth L. Duke, education advocate

Ruth L. Duke (nee LeBrecht), 89, of Amherst, died Sunday, April 5, 2009. Mrs. Duke was born in Bronxville, N.Y., in 1919. More...

Sports

East's Allen sets outdoor track goals

Williamsville East's Kala Allen became a household name for high school track enthusiasts at last year's state track and field championships, and she wasn't even in high school yet. More...

Many returns in Panthers' tennis starting lineup

There are a lot of new faces on the Sweet Home boys tennis team but not in the starting lineup. Despite 23 new faces on the 29-man roster, Panthers coach Brian Koziol returns four of seven starters from last year's 7-11 team. More...

Lady Spartans revamp lineup in the field

On paper, Williamsville North has enough talent to possibly win their first ECIC Division I girls outdoor track and field title in 22 years. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 16 . Make a Mandala — 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Explore & More... a children's museum, 300 Gleed Ave., East Aurora; $. 655-5131, www.exploreandmore.org . More...

COMEDY

thurs. 16-sat. 18 . Tracey MacDonald — 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17, and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Yuk Yu k 's in Casino Niagara, 5705 Falls Ave., Niagara Falls, Ontario; $. More...

Theater

thurs. 16 . High School Musical 2 — Goodbye classroom! Hello summer! But for Troy, Gabriella, Chad and Taylor this vacation is no day at the beach. Performances: 7:30 p.m. April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25; 2 p.m. More...

Flooding

Town implements drainage projects

When are you going to do something about the flooding and drainage issues in the Town of Amherst? More...

Mohan asked to stop appealing police case

Supervisor Satish Mohan has again appealed the decision in the Police Club case, and two board members are saying — enough. Council Members Guy Marlette and Dr. More...

Podiatrist pushes for Medicaid coverage

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Dr. Roy DeFrancis of Snyder has a lot to do — and only a year to do it. More...

Community Briefs

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8900 Sheridan Drive, Clarence, near Shimerville Road, will hold a book and bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Also, a spaghetti dinner will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19. More...

Phone system continuously fails, residents can't reach town departments

Constant busy signals at the Highway Department are causing frustration for employees and residents. The problem is with the town's phone system, which has been repaired many times. More...

Ward plans meeting on assessment program

Council Member Dan Ward has called a public meeting for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Town Hall, 5583 Main St. The purpose, he said, is to stop the unfair assessments. More...

Editorial

Flooding plan is anything but a 'drain' on residents

Bee Editorial

If at the end of his term, Supervisor Satish Mohan is remembered for drying up the town it will be a good thing. Of course we are not talking about money — but instead, water. More...

Spindle items

• ENGAGED — After 23 weddings in the last few years — I was a bridesmaid in five of them — I will finally have my wedding. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago April 17, 1884 On Saturday afternoon a house and barn situated on the Fred Daniels farm, about three-fourths of a mile west of Getzville, was totally destroyed by fire. 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

Attend meeting against assessments

I would like to encourage every citizen in the Town of Amherst to support Council Member Dan Ward in his fight to suspend the outrageous Town of Amherst assessment program. More...

Weinstein will serve Amherst well

Amherst could not have better news for its future than Dr. Barry Weinstein's announcement that he will seek the office of supervisor. No other candidate can come forward and compare with the unmatched governmental experience that Dr. More...

Budget protects environment

This year's state budget required lawmakers to make difficult decisions in a year when the state faced a historic deficit. More...

Education

School News

Amherst Central School District hosted a special guest during its recent Superintendent's Conference Day. More...

Mill Middle posts honor roll

The following Mill Middle School students have been named to the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2008-09 school year: Grade 5 Elizabeth Baldwin, Nicholas Bartelo, Theresa Batt, Michael Benz, Noah Block, Jamie Boyar, Sloan Brooks, Ailey More...

Free college entrance exams scheduled

For cash-strapped families with college-bound children, financial aid has become a necessary part of their planning. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Gowns 4 Proms now being collected The fourth annual Gowns 4 Proms event is collecting gently used or new gowns, dresses, shoes and accessories for young women in area high schools who are unable to afford one. More...

Lifestyles

Relay Challenge supports environment free of drugs, alcohol

I magine a group of teens coming together on a Friday night to walk around a track for 12 hours — rain or shine — to support a drug- and alcohol free lifestyle. Now that's dedication. More...

UB Women's Club to host Chinese banquet

The University at Buffalo Women's Club will hold its annual Chinese banquet at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Golden Duck Restaurant, 1840 Maple Road. Proceeds will benefit the Grace Capen Academic Awards. Reservations are required. Call 626-9332. 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. Teen blogging at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 15-17. More...

Business

Business News

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce April Business After Hours will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business, 14 Freeman Street in Lancaster. More...

Pepsi Center: a major player in economic development

The Amherst Pepsi Center and Amherst Youth Hockey Organization, with help from the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau, have created an economic development juggernaut for not only Amherst but also the entire Buffalo and Erie County regi More...

Expanded tax break available for first-time homebuyers

According to the Internal Revenue Service, taxpayers who qualify for the first-time homebuyer credit and purchase a home before Dec. More...