Weekly Feature



July 22, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

GARDEN WALK

GARDEN WALK — Jane Vohwinkel of North Long Street welcomed visitors to her yard during the sixth annual Village of Williamsville Garden Walk held Saturday. Her flowering creation was one of 31 gardens on display throughout the village. More...

What happened at Saratoga Park?

Town Board ordered storm debris cleanup

During a walk through Saratoga Park on July 13 there were some noticeable changes: broken branches, brush, and tree stumps lined the paths. More...

Safety program scheduled

A Safety Outreach Program is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 25, at the East Amherst Fire Department, 9100 Transit Road. More...

Local News

Political News

A picnic fundraiser for Dr. Barry Weinstein for supervisor will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Lamm Post, 962 Wehrle Drive. The cost is $35 per person and $60 per family. To make a reservation, call 875-0350. More...

Sweet Home making minor changes following state comptroller's audit

Following release of a critical draft report by the State Comptroller's Office, Sweet Home Central School District Superintendent Geoffrey Hicks said the district and the Board of Education stand by their financial management procedures. More...

Summit Educational Resources director of development named

Kathryn Bunce of Getzville has been named Summit Educational Resources' director of development. More...

Police Blotter

Police stop pedestrian en route to Syracuse

Friday, July 10 • Police were called to Sheridan Drive about a man lying on the ground next to a black car, in which the lights were on and a door open. He was gone when patrol arrived. More...

Amherst woman charged with labor fraud

Jule Tomm, 40, of Callodine Avenue in Amherst has been accused of filing a fraudulent unemployment claim with The New York State Department of Labor. More...

Obituaries

Raffaele Wyatt, teacher for 36 years

Raffaele T. Wyatt, 70, an elementary school teacher in the Sweet Home district from 1962 to 1998, died Sunday, July 19, 2009 after a brief illness. A Buffalo native, the former Raffaele Pegnia was a graduate of Bennett High School. More...

Thomas L. Dao, director of medicine

Dr. Thomas L. Dao, 88, of Williamsville died Thursday, July 16. He was born on April 27, 1921, in Soochow, China. He received his medical degree from St. John's University School of Medicine in 1946 and moved to the United States in 1949. More...

Edward Andrews, past president of Hutchinson Hose Co.

Edward W. Andrews, 87, a past president of the Hutchinson Hose Company, died Friday, July 17, 2009. He was president during the fire company's 125th anniversary in 1981, at the same time that one of his sons, Rick, was chief. More...

Sports

Buffalo Gladiators look to continue winning tradition

Semi-pro football

Players have come and gone but winning has remained a staple of the Buffalo Gladiators semi pro football team. More...

Game gives players final high school memories

The last time Casey Kacz wore a football jersey, he was winning Game MVP honors and leading the Sweet Home Panthers to a 13-0 record and their first Class A state championship. More...

Shooting, defense, goalie camp includes international flavor

Buffalo Lacrosse Academy

For the first time in the five years Buffalo Lacrosse Academy has held its shooting, defense and goalie school camp, it included participants from overseas. More...

Business

Business News

The University at Buffalo has been awarded $1.95 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and authorized for the National Institute of Health to promote biomedical research and research training. More...

Solar Liberty of Williamsville to install solar project

The New York Power Authority is seeking approval of a $7.5 million contract for the installation of a 1.1-megawatt solar photovoltaic system at the University at Buffalo, to be installed by Solar Liberty of Williamsville. More...

Interventional pain management specialist joins Brain and Spine Center Medical staff

Dr. Jafar Siddiqui has been named to the Brain and Spine Center medical staff. Specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as interventional pain management, he will begin July 27. More...

Primary will be held for Independence Party lines

The 2009 election petitions have been filed, and primaries will be taking place at the town and county level. Nine residents filed petitions to run for the three open seats on the Amherst Town Board. More...

Board denies gaming permit application for first time

Normally it's Council Member Dan Ward who stands alone, but Monday night it was the cheese — Chuck E. Cheese. More...

Proposed local law aims to create 'smoke-free neighborhoods'

Amherst police often receive complaints from residents that a neighbor's open fire is causing smoke to blow into their homes. More...

I'M ON IT

I'M ON IT — Vincent Jackson, 4, listens to the dispatcher radio while taking a tour of a Twin City ambulance with emergency medical technician Jessica Rafferty during Vehicle Day, held Tuesday at Bornhava Preschool in Amherst. More...

Clerk cut during attempted robbery

Amherst police are searching for two suspects who attempted to rob the Noco gas station at Millersport Highway and Dodge Road at 3 a.m. Monday. More...

Editorial

Town shouldn't dictate private business practices

Chuck E. Cheese is designed for children. The whimsical characters, the large pizzas and sodas and, of course, the rows and rows of games are all designed for their amusement. More...

Spindle items

• REALITY — In November, I ran the Buffalo Turkey Trot with Roswell Park's Team Cure, and every month I volunteer at Gilda's Club of Western New York, a support organization for people dealing with cancer. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago July 24, 1884 Mr. James Chalmers has purchased a splendid team of black horses weighing about 2,500 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

Hector's Hardware proves helpful

Thank you to the Hector's Hardware on Maple Road. As the winner of their $1,000 sweepstakes, I was amazed at the variety of items in their spring catalog. They were extremely helpful in helping me use the money to fix up things around the house. More...

Good Samaritans help at accident

I would like to thank the kind and thoughtful woman who sat with my daughter while I helped at the accident scene on Tuesday (July 14) afternoon at Main and Spindrift. We were two cars behind the light at Spindrift when the accident occurred. More...

Education

School News

Jordan Kurtzman from Williamsville South High School was awarded the Vivian Pater Founder Memorial Scholarship from Erie County Association of Educational Office Professionals Board Members. More...

South High School posts honor roll

The following Williamsville South High School students have been named to the honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2008-09 school year: Grade 9 Bryn Bailey, Andreana Basehart, Allison Bauer, Ethan Beutel, Paul Blasio, Sandra Bodami, Julie Br More...

Hosts sought for foreign exchange program

Aspect Foundation is looking for warm, caring singles or families to host foreign exchange high school students for the 2008-09 school year. "We l - come families" are also sought to provide temporary homes for students. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Williamsville Jr Football open house slated The Williamsville Jr Football will hold an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at the Bob Jones Field located at the Pepsi Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive. More...

Lifestyles

Annual Walk Off Hunger, Summer Fest to fulfill Wehle's vision

Susan Wehle's life may have ended abruptly on Flight 3407 in February, but her persistence lives on to erase the segregation among faiths, organizations and people of various backgrounds. More...

Hadassah to celebrate with card party and luncheon

The Greater Buffalo Chapter of Hadassah will celebrate summer with cards, games and lunch at noon Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive. The cost is $15 per lunch. Reservations are due by Wednesday, July 29. More...

Pair hold reception at Statler Towers ballroom

Susan Elizabeth Lenz married Jeremy Joseph Compise during an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at St. Gregory the Great Church in Williamsville. The Rev. Joseph Gatto officiated. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 23 . Nature Hour — Join a Reinstein Woods environmental educator for a hands-on fun-filled hour exploring a different nature topic each week, for ages 6 to 12, 2-3 p.m. More...

Film/Video

thurs. 23 . Paul Newman Film Festival — "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid," 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org fri. 24 . More...

Festivals

sat. 25 & sun. 26 . Wild Renn Fest — Hawk Creek's 22nd annual event will feature Brothers In Arms full-armored jousting, an Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller, a Royal Bird Show, a Walk with the Eagles, More...