Weekly Feature



June 3, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Village Board votes to allow dogs in parks

The classic family — mother, father, two children and the family pet — has made a comeback in the village, according to Village of Williamsville Trustee Brian Geary. More...

Town Board Member announces run for county

Amherst Town Board Member Shelly Schratz has announced her candidacy for the Erie County Legislature in the 14th District. The district encompasses the southeast section of Amherst and portions of Cheektowaga and Tonawanda. More...

Assessment Review Board hears 200 cases a day

Hundreds of property owners met with the Board of Assessment Review the past two weeks to see if it can reduce their assessment. More...

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Local News

Community News

Marie Zak's piano studio had 18 students participate and pass the National Piano Teachers Guild Auditions held May 22. More...

Lewd acts reported on bike paths

Amherst police have released a composite sketch of a man suspected of a lewd act on the Tonawanda Creek Bike Path. Detective Lt. Joe LaCorte said the victim reported the incident on May 7 and provided police with a description of the man. More...

Keeping an eye out for one another

ECO considers Neighborhood Watch

Bank robberies and car shootings — these are just two recent examples of why the Eggertsville Community Organization is planning to launch a Neighborhood Watch. 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...

Obituaries

Robert F. McNamara Sr., retired boiler inspector

Robert Francis McNamara Sr., 83, of Amherst, died Saturday, May 9, 2009. Mr. McNamara was born Dec. 3, 1925, in Buffalo, and attended Canisius High School. During World War II, he served as chief engineer officer with the Merchant Marine. More...

Dante J. Pacella Sr., electronic technician

Dante "Sonnie" J. Pacella Sr., 63, of East Amherst, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, under the care of Hospice Buffalo Inc. Mr. Pacella was born Jan. 2, 1946, in Buffalo, and graduated from Orchard Park High School in 1964. More...

Michael F. Kozlin, pharmaceutical production supervisor

Michael Francis Kozlin, 45, of East Amherst, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Mr. Kozlin was born Feb. 17, 1964, in Buffalo, and graduated from Williamsville South High School. More...

What's Going On

Wha t's Going On

Weinberg Campus in need of volunteers Weinberg Campus is seeking volunteers for ongoing projects including assistance in its day programs, shuttle, activity instructors and eco-ambassadors. More...

Sports

Students honored for work on field; in classroom, community

Avenue of Athletes

The 2009 edition of the Amherst Avenue of Athletes will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the Classics V Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. More...

Lady Tigers repeat as ECIC large school champs

Outdoor track and field

The Amherst Central girls outdoor track and field team capped off the team-scoring portion of the season by repeating as ECIC large school champions. The Lady Tigers won the meet held last Friday and Saturday at John F. More...

Strong finish for East track

Fleet-footed freshman Kala Allen repeated as league champion at the ECIC Championships held last Friday and Saturday at John F. Kennedy High School. Allen defended her title in the 400-meter dash, running a season best time of 55.61 seconds. More...

Business

New look for historic Amherst Bee building

Built in 1836, The Amherst Bee building is getting a face-lift. Located at 5564 Main St. at the corner of Rock Street in the heart of Williamsville, the building was constructed by the Frick brothers, presumably as a house. More...

Siegel Landscape and Drainage takes pride in longevity

Before many companies were doing drainage work, and after some others closed, Siegel Landscape and Drainage was in business and offering a quality product, according to co-owner Bill Miller. More...

Business News

Buffalo MRI in Amherst has added four new employees to the company's technology and front office staff: Tabitha Blakeslee, an ultrasound technologist; Joyce Parada, a technologist; and Jillian Faber and Kelly Wheeler, service coordinators. More...

Consultant will aid with redevelopment of aging areas

The Harlem-Kensington-Cleveland and Main-Eggert areas of town will be getting some much needed attention. More...

Sex offender law strengthened, prohibits loitering

The Amherst Town Board unanimously supported a resolution Monday strengthening its sex offender law. In addition to regulating where convicted offenders can live, the law now prohibits their loitering in certain areas of the town. More...

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Civil War buff writes first novel

Amherst resident Donald Mang never enjoyed history while growing up, nor did he have any intention of writing a book. More...

County panel suggests eliminating four legislators

Members of the 21st Century Commission on the Erie County Legislature on May 26 submitted their final report outlining two major recommendations: reducing the size of the Legislature from 15 to 11 seats and extending terms of office from two to fou More...

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ON GUARD — DJ Weed, left, and Caleb Ronsen, members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, perform a fencing demonstration with rapiers at the Amherst Celebrates the Arts 2009: A Family Festival, held Saturday at the Amherst Museum. More...

Community News

The Julie Burdick Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Niagara University theater studies senior Jessica Bill. She is the second recipient of the scholarship, named after alumna Burdick, class of 2003, who passed away unexpectedly in 2007. More...

Editorial

It took awhile, but redevelopment vote was right

Whether you are talking years or minutes, Monday's Town Board vote was a long time coming. The action hired a consultant to create an overlay district to redevelop areas of the town. More...

Spindle items

• STEP UP SECURITY — The school evacuation drill at Christ the King School this week should serve as a reminder to all schools in the area. The guest speaker, retired Army Command Sgt Maj. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago June 5, 1884 Those who enjoy a good chowder and good music, as the Eggertsville Band will be present, should not miss calling at the Eagle House next Saturday evening. More...

Police Blotter

Man asks to be left alone while sleeping at work

Friday, May 22 • Youths could be heard chopping down trees on Dellwood Road. • An elderly woman reportedly hit a pharmacy on Sheridan Drive, causing $5,000 in cosmetic damage to the building. The vehicle was wedged between buildings. More...

Letters to the Editor

Candidates did a great deal for parks

I know this is the political silly season for the Village of Williamsville, and little attacks are expected in the Bee Heard section of The Amherst Bee, but I must protest against the recent falsehood describing Peggy Santillo's and Lisa Fessard's More...

Trustee supports Geary, Piazza

Every two years, village residents have an opportunity to decide which candidates will earn a seat on the Village Board. On June 16, I am voting for Basil Piazza and Brian Geary. More...

Candidates spread false rumors

It is my wish that on June 16, the Village of Williamsville voters consider re-electing my husband, Brian Geary, and fellow trustee, Basil Piazza. No one knows more than I how much Brian really cares about the village and how much time he gives it. More...

Education

Amherst High School Prom 2009

Mark D ell as and Julia So lomo n cast their vot es f or th e ki ng and queen at the A mher st High School seni or pr om held Sa tu rda y at the Statler Towers. More...

First step of school safety — acknowledge there is risk

The alarm at Christ the King School sounded shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, with students quickly filing onto the sidewalks while Amherst Emergency Response Team members stood watch. More...

Google doodle placed student in top two for New York State

Any Internet user probably visits Google's Web site several times while searching online. Those users may have noticed special designs on different holidays and special days. More...

Lifestyles

Dip into jello to support blood cancer research

20th annual Gelatin Splash to be held

A t age 6, Alexis Ferraraccio of West Seneca ventured to her parents' workplaces, asking their co-workers for donations so that she could dress up in a costume and slide into a hot tub filled with 1,000 gallons of jello. More...

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FARMERS MARKET — Volunteers Julia Dawson and Bob Kelley help people park who attended the first Farmers Market held on Saturday morning, May 23. The market will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. More...

Author of Historical Snyder book to speak

Julianna Fiddler-Woite, author of "Snyder, New York: a Brief History" and great-great-granddaughter of Snyder's namesake, Postmaster Michael Snyder, will talk about her book and sign copies at 7 p.m. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 4 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...

Festivals

fri. 5, sat. 6 & sun. 7 Buffalo Greek Heritage Festival — Come experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the birthplace of democracy — Greece — at the 32nd annual event, 11 a.m. More...

Theater

thurs. 4 The Dining Room — Produced by RSDP Productions, A.R. Gurney's play is a funny exploration of family issues and relationships in a dining room full of different families working to resolve everyday problems and More...