Weekly Feature



June 17, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Cell phone blitz to remind residents — hang it up

The fact is, fatal accidents around Western New York have been linked to cell phone use while driving. But drivers still choose to use their phones for talking and texting. More...

WILD BLUE YONDER

WILD BLUE YONDER — A great blue heron swoops over a pond on Essjay Road late Saturday afternoon in search of food. Identified as the largest heron in North America, the birds have a wingspan of approximately 6 feet. Photo by David F. More...

Court decision OKs building of Wal-Mart on Bailey Avenue

A citizens group's second effort to stop the building of a 185,000-square-foot department store at Bailey Avenue and Sheridan Drive has failed. More...

Community reaches out to help family of landslide home

by JESSICA L. FINCH Associate Editor Within the week, Jody and Chris Morphy's dream house could be gone. Having suffered major damage during a landslide in April, the house was deemed uninhabitable and the couple was forced to take action. More...

Local News

Police calls to Gateway-Longview youth facility steadily increase

In response to growing concern in the community, and in light of the recent death of a counselor in the City of Lockport and the riot in the Town of Randolph, the Amherst Police Department is releasing the following information regarding calls for More...

Army National Guard soldier recognized

New York Army National Guard aviation soldiers based at the Patriot Way Armory received one of the most prestigious awards in Army aviation for their combat service in Afghanistan in 2008. More...

Bee receives award for community service

The Amherst Bee received the 2009 Charles W. "Herky" Moses Distinguished Service Award last week at the annual Avenue of Athletes dinner. More...

Police Blotter

Monsters and clowns set off to pull prank

Friday, June 5 • A North Forest Road resident said he heard a loud boom 20 minutes before and now the whole neighborhood smells of rubber. More...

East senior charged with DWI

A Quail Hollow Lane house suffered extensive damage when a 2008 Cadillac Escalade crashed into it around 4:12 a.m. Saturday. Amherst Police Capt. Patrick McKenna said the driver, Kelse J. Lee, 18, of Brownstone Court, was charged with DWI. More...

Police charge male, 17, with public lewdness

A Little Robin Road teen is facing four counts of public lewdness in connection with incidents on Amherst's bike paths. Detectives Cindy Herberger and Mike Rose, of the Special Victims Unit, arrested Victor Shapiro, 17, on June 10. More...

Education

School News

Taste of Buffalo $1,000 scholarships were awarded to: Briana Fries from Williamsville South High School, who will attend Niagara University for tourism destination management; Anthony Glieco from Williamsville South High School, who will attend J More...

Superintendent's contract includes 5 percent pay raise

Williamsville schools

Superintendent Howard Smith has secured his position with the Williamsville Central School District for another five years. More...

School News

The Amherst North Rotary Club presented its 2009 scholarships awards to Anna Rozansky and Daniel Kozlowski, both of Sweet Home High School. In addition to the academic scholarships, they were presented with Service Above Self Awards on June 2. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Backyard swimming lessons available YMCA Buffalo Niagara has a new idea for teaching children how to swim this summer More...

Lifestyles

Event provides Citybration for area expatriates

I t may be a new name, but Buffalo Homecoming Citybration's message is still the same: People who carry a piece of Buffalo in their hearts, whether current or former residents, can come and party here. More...

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...

Reception features performance by bride, Irish dancers

Catherine M. Radel married Timothy Glawatz during an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Williamsville. The Rev. Robert Hora and the Rev. Mark J. Noonan officiated. More...

Entertainment

Festivals

fri. 19 & sat. 20 . Buffalo River Fest — Annual Valley Community Association featuring regatta, live music, classic car show, waterfront memorabilia and more, 5 p.m. More...

Family Activities

thurs. 18 . Niawanda Park Walk — This 3- to 5-mile walk is presented by the Foothills Trail Club, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18, meet in the parking lot nearest the bandshell. 836-4270 . More...

Dance

mon. 22 . 2009 UB Summer Dance Program — Evening program, 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 22-July 17, UB Center for the Arts Dance Studio, Room B82, North Campus, Amherst. More...

Exclusive to the Web:

Piazza and Geary elected to Williamsville Village Board

After several hours of confusion, Village of Williamsville election results have been verified by the Village Administrator Lynda Juul. More...

Downsizing

Town board rejects referendum again

Residents of West Seneca and Evans were successful in downsizing the number of their town board members, but Amherst Council Member Shelly Schratz failed in her attempt to get the issue decided by voters here. More...

Formal attire

John Bellanti, left, Abigail MacDonald, Andrew Barney and Amanda Krugolets pose inside their limousine upon arrival at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott Friday evening for the Williamsville East prom. For more photos, see page 20. More...

Lunetta an expert on culture of graffiti crime

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

It wasn't that long ago that teenagers marked their territory by scratching their initials into a desk top, or boldly announced their love for another by carving their initials into the side of a tree. More...

Evening hours added at compost facility

Evening hours at the Town of Amherst's compost facility will begin Wednesday, June 24. Every Wednesday, through Aug. 26, the facility, located at 560 Smith Road, will be open until 6:45 p.m. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. More...

Residents weigh in on Wegmans proposal

Residents filled the Clarence Town Hall auditorium on June 10 to share their thoughts on the proposed creation of a 140,000-square-foot Wegmans on Transit Road, north of Roll Road. More...

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS — Heim Elementary School students served beverages and treats from the Londonderry All-Kid CoolAid Team lemonade stand on Friday. Their goal was to raise money for a new school playground. More...

Editorial

Are board members really listening to residents?

Bee Editorial

Now wait a minute — accusing half the board of not listening when an overwhelming number of residents have expressed a desire to vote on the size of the Amherst Town Board is hypocritical. More...

Spindle items

• SPENDING $100,000 WISELY — To those involved in the Amherst Police Club versus Supervisor Satish Mohan case, it came as no shock when Mohan's request to appeal the ruling was denied by the Count of Appeals. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago June 19, 1884 Last week, the one-year-old colt belonging to Mr. Silas Hoover was weighed on his birthday and turned the scales at 960 pounds. 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

Memories of mill worth saving

A dark winter night in 1977, BJ, and I peered through the darkened windows of the Williamsville Mill. We weren't there to rob the place but to discover the tunnels rumored to have been part of the Underground Railroad. We were 12. More...

Maple Road mall project is outdated

At a time when the nation is going green with a focus on environmentally friendly development, we have a developer going backwards in time with a modified 1960s-style mall. More...

Obituaries

James F. Lavocat, employee of Bitterman's Automotive

James F. Lavocat, 59, of Clarence, died Monday, June 8, 2009. Mr. Lavocat was born April 24, 1950, in Buffalo and served in the U.S. Army. A longtime resident of Amherst, he moved to Clarence when he married his wife, Barbara (nee Miller). More...

Michael L. Ketter, former operations manager, director of radio stations

Michael Lewis Ketter, 48, formerly of Amherst, died Sunday, May 17, 2009, under the care of Hospice in Pittsburgh. Mr. Ketter was born Aug. More...

James F. Bentley, business owner, engineer, author

James F. Bentley, 81, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, under the care of Elderwood Health Care at Oakwood in Williamsville. Mr. Bentley was born Sept. 16, 1927, in Buffalo. He graduated from St. More...

Sports

Stanley Cup champion

East Amherst's Brooks Orpik helps Pittsburgh Penguins win third NHL crown

Once a player in the Mite division of Amherst Youth Hockey, Brooks Orpik can now call himself a Stanley Cup champion. More...

Fields leads outstanding finish for Amherst girls track

Sophomore wins 100, 200 in section-record times

Ashley Fields wanted to make it to finals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at this past weekend's New York State Track and Field Championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Not only did she make it, she left as a champion. More...

Inaugural summer sport camps slated

The inaugural summer sport camps, offered for boys and girls in grades 2 to 8, will be held in July and August at the Riverside Ice Rink, Bud Bakewell, Niagara Street, Buffalo. More...

Business

Business News

Jay R. Friedman of Amherst has been named associate vice president for alumni relations at the University at Buffalo. A UB alumnus, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication in 1986 and a master's in education in 2000. More...

Japanese restaurant offers made-to-order buffet menu

"Ichiban" translated from Japanese to English means "number one." At the Ichiban Sushi Bar and Steak House, chefs and staff have continued to live up to this translation by offering the only Japanese cuisine made-to-order buffet in the area. More...

Phoenix A Salon adds scalp treatments

Regular customers at Phoenix A Salon are familiar with the extended shampoos that massage the scalp while washing and conditioning their hair. More...