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September 2, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Suspect sought in OP murder

Orchard Park police are still looking for a motive and a suspect in the town's second homicide case this year following the shooting of 39-year-old Angela Moss of Amherst sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning. More...

Congressional page finds calling in nation's capital

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Emma Frieh, 17, has recorded the best summer of her life, "hands down," she said. It was also where she found her calling. Next week she will begin her senior year at Sacred Heart Academy, but she is already looking ahead to college and beyond. More...

Holiday affects deadline

Because of the observance of Labor Day on Sept. 7, deadlines will be altered for one week for Bee Group Newspapers. Editorial material must be received by 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4. Classified advertising must be placed by 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. More...

Board approves town law regulating windmills

The green energy industry is developing, and the Town of Amherst is prepared to regulate it. More...

THE COLLEGE LIFE

THE COLLEGE LIFE — University at Buffalo students return to classes this week for the start of the 2009-10 school year. Juniors Jordan Dunn, left, and David Holzhaver, sit on a bench outside their dorm on the Amherst campus. More...

Local News

Upstate New York Transplant Services plans blood drives

Upstate New York Transplant Services Community Blood Service has set its open-to-the-public blood drive schedule for September. More...

Political News

Amherst Town Board candidate Steven Sanders will hold a wine tasting at Passport Wine and Spirits, 8855 Main St, Clarence, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. This event will feature both kosher and non-kosher wines and cheeses. More...

READ TO CURE

READ TO CURE — Sophie Cramer-Benjamin, 9, organized "Read to Help Cure Diabetes" at her family's home in Amherst to raise money for juvenile diabetes. 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

Supervisor shuns input from schools

Supervisor Satish Mohan recently issued a biased survey that includes a question about merging the town's three school districts. He prefaces the question with misleading, inaccurate information which clearly would influence survey results. More...

Consolidation does not equal savings

Supervisor Satish Mohan has recently created a survey asking for residents' input on several budget issues. The survey seems to assume that all consolidations generate savings. Unfortunately, this is not true. More...

Mohan's survey completely biased

It absolutely boggles my mind that Dr. Satish Mohan can state with a straight face that his "Citizens Survey Questionnaire" is honest and unbiased. I couldn't disagree more. The survey states Dr. More...

Education

Board sets $18.33 tax rate, establishes reserve

Amherst Schools

The Amherst Central School Board approved an $18.33 tax rate for the 2009-10 school year at the Aug. 25 meeting. The tax rate is a $2.13 decrease per $1,000 of assessed property value, or 10 to 11 percent lower, than the 2008-09 school year. More...

Board asked to establish girls hockey in Sweet Home

Girls in hockey jerseys outnumbered School Board members on Aug. 25 at Sweet Home High School. More...

Middle school roof work nearly complete

Work on the roof of Sweet Home Middle School will be complete when district students return to the classroom on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Superintendent Geoff Hicks said the repairs were made necessary by damage caused by a hailstorm. More...

Sports

Expectations remain the same for state champion Sweet Home

If Sweet Home football thought they were a marked team by winning their second-straight Section VI Class A title, going undefeated and winning the school's first state championship last fall has definitely put a bull's-eye on all of the players' ba More...

Panthers dedicate season to 'Day-Day'

DeShanaro Morris was on top of the world when the 2008 high school football season ended. Morris, known by friends as "Day-Day", was coming off a banner football season, rushing for 1,503 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns. More...

Sweet Home SCHEDULE

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Business

Business News

Allstate Insurance Company has recognized exclusive agency owner Karen Butterson with the Regional Champion award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth. More...

Main Street Children's Academy offers emergency day care

Two things that make Main Street Children's Academy different — it's small but has room for all. Administrator Sofia Mado explained how the two are possible. More...

Attorneys make list of best lawyers in America

Six lawyers from Gross Shuman Brizdle & Gilfillan, P.C. have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2010. The lawyers selected are: David H. Alexander, Hugh C. Carlin, Howard B. Cohen, Robert J. More...

Exclusive to the Web!

Witnesses sought in Transit Road fatal accident

Amherst Police Capt. Patrick McKenna, of the Accident Investigation Unit, reports a fatal accident occurred at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 9200 Transit Road in front of Carubba Collision. Joseph J. More...

First case of West Nile Virus confirmed in town

It came later than normal, but the first case of West Nile Virus in Amherst was confirmed on Friday. More...

Garage remodeling

Christine Farrow of Cheektowaga, front, and Lisa Nevins of Buffalo paint the garage at the Northeast YMCA in Amherst on Aug. 19. The ladies volunteered with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. More...

Passport processing day set for Sept. 3

The Town of Amherst, in conjunction with the Erie County Clerk's Office, will hold a passport processing day at the Town Clerk's Office on Sept. 3. The office is located on the second floor of the Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St. in Williamsville. More...

Bee policy on elections

Bee Group Newspapers will not publish letters to the editor, Bee Heard calls or political briefs on candidates or issues involved in the Sept. 15 primary election after the Sept. 2 and 3 editions. This policy does not pertain to paid advertising. More...

Solar energy will soon be used by district

Williamsville

As early as this spring, the Williamsville schools could be outfitted with solar panels and generating cost savings for the district. More...

PUNT, PASS, KICK

PUNT, PASS, KICK — Orion Bonghi, 11, participates in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition held at St. Leo the Great Church in Amherst on Aug. 20. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

Editorial

Mohan's survey should focus on what can be changed

Bee Editorial

If Supervisor Satish Mohan wanted residents to seriously and thoughtfully respond to his survey, he should have made some changes. In last week's Bee, Mohan used his column to write about budget ideas for 2010, and he wants input from you. More...

Spindle items

• ANNOYING RED LIGHTS — While compiling this week's blotter I was keeping an eye out for items that fall under my "I would never call about this" list. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Sept. 4, 1884 It is with pleasure that we announce that arrangements have been completed and work has already commenced at the millyard on the new roller skating rink. More...

Police Blotter

Police respond to fight between 6-year-olds

Friday, Aug. 21 • A man called police from a Main Street bar complaining that a female patron punched him in the face. She was described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and on a Schwinn bike. More...

Wendy's victim of armed robbery

Employees at the Wendy's fast food restaurant at 4050 Maple Road were corralled on Aug. 21 by a man with a gun demanding money. Amherst police reported that the suspect approached a group of employees behind the restaurant at 10:30 p.m. More...

Struck by car, hot dog vendor plans to return

A Williamsville firefighter sustained a broken hip Monday when he ran into the side of a moving vehicle on Main Street while responding to the fire hall. More...

Obituaries

Sister Mary Lucille Irr, elementary school teacher

Sister Mary Lucille Irr, 82, a sister of St. Francis for 64 years and a longtime Williamsville resident, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, under the care of St. Mary of the Angels Health Care Center in Williamsville. Born Marcella Irr on Nov. More...

Angelo J. Gianturco, former principal of Buffalo schools

Angelo J. Gianturco, 88, of Amherst, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, under the care of Hospice Buffalo. Born March 1, 1921, Mr. Gianturco was a longtime resident of the Buffalo area, growing up on the West Side. More...

Donald V. Oakley, Korean War veteran

Donald V. Oakley, 76, a former longtime resident of Williamsville and Elmira, N.Y., died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, in Land O' Lakes, Fla. Mr. Oakley was born Aug. 25, 1933, in Hornell, N.Y., and served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Support group to hear guest speaker Eric Weidemann, owner of Home Instead of Senior Care, will be the guest speaker at the Alzheimer's support group meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. More...

Lifestyles

Psychologist discusses back-to-school student stress, struggles, prevention

T he start of a new school year often brings a plethora of excitement for returning students. More...

NAWBO dinner meeting set for Sept. 9

A forum of experts will share ways women can kick-start their business during "Marketing 101: Cut Through Communications Clutter,"a program for NAWBO members and guests at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. More...

Newlyweds honeymoon on Caribbean cruise

Kimberly Petruso married Gerald J. Goodhart during an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, May 30, 2009, at St. John the Baptist Church in Lockport. The Rev. Joseph Dumphrey officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mary Jane and Benedict R. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

fri. 4 . Evening Riverwalk — Join the Foothills Trail Club for a 6-mile evening riverwalk, meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, across from Mississippi Mudd's on River Road, Tonawanda. 833-3851, www.foothillstrailc lub.org . More...

Special Events

fri. 4 . Rock for Food, a benefit for the Food Bank of WNY, featuring two stages with The Scott Celani Band, New Clear Fusion, Dee Adams, Mo Porter, the Rob Falgiano Band, Melissa Kate, Chris Maloney and Vinny DeRosa. More...

Festivals

sat. 5 & sun. 6 . National Buffalo Wing Festival — Various restaurants serve up many different types of chicken wings. Event includes national wing-eating contest, bobbing for wings and live music, noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. More...