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July 8, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Amherst — a text-free town

Board tired of waiting for Albany

Faced with a State Senate that can't even agree to hold a session right now, the Amherst Town Board will attempt to take one law into its own hands. More...

Police blitzes warrant hundreds of tickets

The Amherst police recently blitzed the town, targeting red light running and cell phone use. Police wrote 193 red light violations during June. Between Jan. 1 and June 30, police ticketed 574 red light violators. More...

Hayes calls for establishment of national veterans cemetery

Assemblyman Jim Hayes, R-Amherst, is co-sponsoring a resolution with Assemblyman Mark Schroeder calling on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to consider placing a national veterans cemetery at the Pine Lawn Cemetery in Cheektowaga. More...

County legislators approve downsizing

Voters will have their say on whether the Erie County Legislature should reduce its membership from 15 to 13 representatives by 2012. More...

FINALLY, SOME GOOD WEATHER

FINALLY, SOME GOOD WEATHER — Maria Wheeler, 4, took advantage of the nice weather on Monday to swing at North Forest Park. The past few weeks have included several rain showers, putting a damper on summer plans. More...

Local News

Scholarship available for women

The Buffalo Branch, American Association of University Women is offering a $5,000 scholarship to a woman from Western New York who is attending a four-year college or university. More...

Ward calls on attorney general to investigate reassessments

Amherst Town Council Member Daniel Ward called upon New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo recently to conduct a "thorough and comprehensive" investigation into the town of Amherst's reassessment program. More...

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children wins $10,000 grant

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Buffalo has won a $10,000 grant from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company as part of Mass- Mutual's national Community Service Award program. More...

Police Blotter

Car split in half during crash

Amherst police responded to a serious crash Thursday morning, finding a car split in two and the driver ejected. Capt. Patrick McKenna reported that the Amherst Police Accident Investigation Unit responded to the crash at 2:01 a.m. More...

Driver issued two tickets for showing off in Mustang

Friday, June 26 • Police were called to Crosspoint Parkway about five youths wandering around the parking lot. They told police they were waiting for a ride because they were going to go to Dunkin' Donuts but realized it was too far. More...

Obituaries

John J. Gross, former Erie County purchasing director

John J. "Jack" Gross, 77, of Amherst, died Thursday, July 2, 2009, in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Mr. Gross was born Aug. 19, 1931, in Buffalo, and graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in 1949. More...

Mary A. Rutecki, active church member, volunteer

Mary A. Rutecki, 84, formerly of Snyder, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Mrs. Rutecki was born in Buffalo in 1925. She graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy and attended D'Youville College. More...

Death Notices

KIBLER, Harvey Earl, of Amherst, died Monday, June 29, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Pearl M. (nee Jacobi). He was preceded in death by his daughter, Diana R. Services were held on Thursday, July 1, at Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home Inc. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Amherst 'Color Clash' Day scheduled Town of Amherst students in grades 7-12 will have the opportunity to compete for their "Color Clash" team. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. More...

Sports

Jurek Post pushes winning streak to six games

Jurek Post 1672 (11-1-1) extended its Northern Division of Erie County American Legion Baseball (19 and under) winning streak to six games Sunday by shutting out LaSalle Post, 10-0. More...

CHAMPS

CHAMPS — The Amherst Thundercats 12U soccer team defeated the Orchard Park Tigers, 1-0, in the James Yoviene Memorial Tournament final June 22. More...

Will. South fall sports starting dates slated

The 2009 high school spring season has just ended but it's not too early to be thinking about the fall sports season. More...

Business

Business News

The Newman Center at the University at Buffalo North Campus has announced the "Blessing of the Project," by Bishop Edward Kmiec, of the new Catholic Campus Ministry Student Center, 495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst, with a Mass and blessing at 10 More...

The Guitar Guild provides luthier service

After 35 years in the world of physics research and software development, East Amherst native Don Goodwill has decided to devote his life to his first love — working with guitars and other stringed instruments. More...

Independent Health presents $19,175 to Diabetes Association

Dr. Michael Cropp, president and CEO of Independent Health presented a $19,175 check to the American Diabetes Association in support of the Tour de Cure. Independent Health was the 2009 Presenting Sponsor of the event, which took place June 6. More...

Carstar proposed at former car showroom

Plans to reuse a vacant building in the town have been met with opposition — the concern being children's health. More...

Old Home Days features bike rodeo, rides, food

The 2009 Williamsville-Amherst Old Home Days continues today with a bicycle rodeo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Municipal Building parking lot, 5583 Main St. More...

Summer serve

Will Mason, court supervisor, works with Gagandeep Singh, center, and Michael Niu at the Clearfield tennis courts. Mason teaches in the Amherst Recreation Department's summer tennis program. More...

FESTIVITIES AND FAMILY

FESTIVITIES AND FAMILY — Elias Attea Jr., left, helps Delores Attea Sapienza of Amherst set up tables for the seventh annual Attea family reunion held Sunday at North Forest Park. Other members of the family await the start of the festivities. More...

Assistant superintendent: tenure isn't a rubber stamp

At the end of the year Williamsville Central School District extended tenure to 40 teachers and administrators. More...

Editorial

Whether it's a law or not, texting is dangerous

Bee Editorial

It always seemed odd to us that talking on one's cell phone while driving became illegal well before texting. More...

Spindle items

• SOMETHING NEW — Last year it was gas prices. This year it's pretty much every financial concern that is keeping people home. As a result, the term "staycation" remains a big part of many families' summer plans. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago July 10, 1884 There was a splendid shower of rain on the glorious Fourth, which was very acceptable. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

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Letters to the Editor

Voting rights being blocked

This is in response to last week's letter regarding downsizing of the Amherst Town Board. The Democrats and their few supporters on this issue just don't get it. More...

Redevelopment is our future

How many times have we wished the Amherst Town Board would focus on redevelopment instead of allowing suburban sprawl to encroach on our ever dwindling green space? More...

Reassessment does not reflect value

This spring I received an undated letter from KLW Municipal Inc. stating that my assessment, to my astonishment, had been increased to $187,900, a leap of $45,900. More...

Education

East students named 'Buffalo's Best Engineering Team of Future'

Seventy Western New York high school students "flexed their mental muscles" as they competed in May in BEAM TREK, an all-day, brain-teasing race on the University at Buffalo's North Campus. More...

School News

Carly Weiser, activities leader at ElderWood Health Care at Heathwood, in Amherst, has received a $500 scholarship from ElderWood Senior Care. She will study theater and performance at Niagara University this fall. More...

St. Joe's posts honor roll

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Lifestyles

Hundreds of animal friends' lives spared by volunteer rescue group

Tiny, terrified and tormented, a 10-year old poodle weighing 5 pounds arrived at Dr. Shannon McCarthy's house in December after being removed from an abusive household by the Shih Tzus and Furbabies Rescue organization. More...

Weight loss class offered at Snyder Holistic

Jennifer Williamson, doctor of naturopathic medicine, will lead a weight loss class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Snyder Holistic Health Center, located at 4511 Main St., near Harlem Road. The cost is $75, including a meal. More...

Local veterinarian uses book proceeds to help area animals

All animal lovers rejoice. A local author has directed the proceeds from his new book to help the critters you cherish. Dr. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

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Festivals

fri. 10 & sat. 11 . 164th Tuscarora Nation Picnic — Opening ceremonies start at 5 p.m. Friday, July 10 at the grove at Walmore and Mount Hope roads on the Tuscarora Reservation, Lewiston. More...

Performance

thurs. 9 . American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Post 264 — 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, Wilson Harbor Concert, 57 Harbor St., Wilson. . More...