Weekly Feature



October 7, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Majesty

Williamsville South’s homecoming king, James Osinski, and queen, Austyn Galmarini, are introduced during the halftime show on Friday. See game coverage on page 17 and photos on page 22. More...

Author’s devotional featured in ‘Chicken Soup’ book

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

A Lutheran school teacher for 13 years, a parish ministry consultant for Bethesda Lutheran Communities and now a featured writer in “Chicken Soup for the Soul”?   More...

AIDA allowed to grant tax exemptions to nonprofits

Projects such as the proposed expansion of University at Buffalo dorms and a new Amherst YMCA can now receive tax exemptions and won’t have to pay prevailing wages. More...

Extended hours set at clerk’s office to accept school tax payments

The Town of Amherst Clerk’s Office will be open for extended hours to accept school tax payments.   The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 14; and Thursday, Oct. 15.   More...

Local News

Political News

Amherst Town Board candidate Steven Sanders will hold a cocktail reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at Bing’s Restaurant, 1952 Kensington Ave. The cost is $35 per individual, $50 per couple and $250 per sponsor. More...

WINGED

WINGED — On Sept. 25, Marine 1st Lt. Jonathan D. Hoy received his wings at a ceremony at Whiting Field in Pensacola, Fla. More...

Program to rehabilitate first-time youth offenders receives grant

First Time/Last Time, an alternative to incarceration program, was recently awarded a $50,000 grant through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. More...

Police Blotter

Dizzy squirrel: outcome unknown

Saturday, Sept. 26   • A woman on Patrice Terrace reported receiving three months of prank calls of a sexual nature. More...

Bear sighted in East Amherst

A man walking his dog on Shadow Wood Drive in East Amherst believes he saw a bear.   The man reported seeing the bear on Northington Drive, which runs between Youngs and Paradise roads, at 11:50 p.m. Thursday. More...

FIRE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT: SEPTEMBER 2009

FIRE COMPANY NAME FIRES TOTAL ALARMS East Amherst 3 62 Eggertsville 10 87 El More...

Obituaries

Charles L. Lumsden, co-founder of accounting firm

Charles L. Lumsden, 89, of Amherst, co-founder of a prominent Buffalo accounting firm, died Oct. 3, 2009.   A graduate of Lafayette High School, he attended Northwestern University and graduated from the University of Buffalo.   Mr. More...

Death Notices

FLYNN , John J. Jr. II, of Amherst, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by his late wife’s son, Paul Schmitt; and brothers Gregory J., Patrick M., Marc F. and Michael C. More...

Bee policy on obituaries

The Bee publishes death notices and obituaries free of charge. Please request that your funeral director send written information to The Bee. Submissions may be made by the funeral director or by family members. More...

What's Going On

What’s Going On

Certifiable crisis prevention course set A free Crisis Prevention Course will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Amherst Public Library, 350 John J. Audubon Parkway. More...

Sports

Proformance Sports Training utilizes cutting edge technology, hockey players see results

Williamsville resident John Opfer and his staff at Proformance Sports Training, located on the second floor of the Amherst Pepsi Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, trained 48 Division I athletes in 12 different sports this past summer. More...

Amherst fall sports teams to ‘Pink the School’

In hopes of expanding the success of the Amherst varsity girls swim team’s breast cancer awareness fundraising event “Pink the Pool” last year, the entire fall sports program at Amherst will sponsor “Pink the School.” & More...

Sweet Home football passes road test at Iroquois

The Sweet Home football team’s first trip to Iroquois in 42 years was a good one.   The Panthers rushed for 343 yards en route to a 44-23 road win last Friday night at Iroquois’ Latimer Field. More...

Entertainment

HALLOWEEN

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Special Events

thurs. 8 . The Office TV Show Screening — Episode of “The Office” was shot on location in Niagara Falls, seating at 7 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. More...

Family Activities

thurs. 8 . Fun Outdoor Activity — A one-hour program for children in grades K-5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. No registration required. 683-5959. More...

Proposed layoffs would affect seven town departments

Eighteen town employees from seven departments would be laid off if Supervisor Satish Mohan’s proposed 2010 budget is adopted.   The preliminary budget represents a 0 percent tax increase. More...

Highway workers ‘boo’ Mohan’s budget

Public comments made during the Amherst Town Board meetings often receive a reaction from the audience, but the response to one employee’s comments was more over the top than usual.   More...

Williamsville School District to ask voter approval for $29.5 million capital project

The Williamsville Central School District will receive more than $4 million in federal stimulus money and plans to use it toward new science labs. More...

Domestic violence to be discussed at community event on Oct. 17

The Interfaith Partnership Against Family Violence is holding a dinner meeting titled “Strengthening Community Awareness: A Spiritual Response to Domestic Violence.”   More...

Two charged with larceny

State Police in Clarence have charged Richard M. Buster and Derrick M. Nailor, both of Buffalo, with third-degree criminal trespass and petit larceny.   More...

Town of Amherst receives share of $9.8 million in stimulus funds

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has awarded $9.8 million for innovative water quality projects in Western New York, and the Town of Amherst will receive a portion of it.   More...

THAT ’S ONE GREAT PUMPKIN

 T H AT ’S ONE GREAT PUMPKIN — J.C. Hohensee, 9, of East Amherst proudly displays the third-place award for his 623.5-pound pumpkin at the Great Pumpkin Farm Weigh-Off in Clarence on Saturday. More...

Editorial

School district’s capital plan should be approved

Bee Editorial

Hearing all nine Williamsville School Board members praise the administration’s work in creating a smart $29.5 million capital project — which won’t increase the tax levy — was quite redundant. More...

Spindle items

• HOME AT LAST — Last week, I was too frustrated to follow through with my promise of a housing update. But I am happy to report that I am living in my new home in the 14221 ZIP code.   More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   Oct. 9, 1884   The reception given to Governor Cleveland at Buffalo last Thursday evening was largely attended. The Cleveland and Hendricks Club of Amherst turned out in a body to honor their presidential candidate. More...

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Bee Heard

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Letters to the Editor

Oakwood flooding has been an issue

Last week’s article about Oakwood Drive never flooding was quite comical, Mr Anderson said it was the first time it flooded. Well, was he wrong. Our street floods after heavy rains or when the snow melts rapidly. More...

Do not reduce highway services

As a Town of Amherst resident, father, volunteer firefighter and highway employee, I am deeply concerned with our town supervisor’s impending budget, where he plans to cut 18 or more positions from the Highway Department. More...

Voters can trust town to Popowich

Ramona Popowich is a keenly qualified candidate for the Amherst Town Council. Ramona is honest and trustworthy. Her work ethic is superior as evidenced by her years of volunteering. She has concern and interest in the well being of all. More...

Education

School News

Western Division Federal Credit Union will award 50 scholarships to eight high school seniors in 2010 for outstanding academic performance. More...

Students complete reading challenge

More than 100 students from Amherst successfully completed the 2009 Summer Reading Challenge Program sponsored by New York State Assemblyman Jim Hayes.   More...

St. Benedict School introduces new principal

Molly Halady has been hired as the new principal of St. Benedict School in Eggertsville.   She is a former assistant principal of a Buffalo charter school. More...

Lifestyles

Seeing Double

Mothers of Twins Club celebrates 50 years

I n the early ’70s, doctors told Amherst resident Sharon Witful that she would not be able to have children.   But years later, to the doctor’s and her own surprise, Witful gave birth to her first son, Eric.   More...

Food and sustainable living conference set

“World On Your Plate” a food and sustainable living conference will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in the Wicks Campus Center at Daemen College, 4380 Main St. More...

Former Broadway star to visit Opera House performance

Two very unusual elements associated with the Opera-Lytes latest production distinguish the organization from other performing groups.   First, Opera-Lytes is the only group featuring a full orchestra to complement stage performances.   More...

Business

Amherst medical biller opens at-home business

During the past several years, there has been tremendous growth in the mental health industry.   More people needing care inevitably means additional paperwork and billing. More...

People in the News

John M. Canty of Snyder has been named an account executive, managing municipal bond investments, for Roosevelt & Cross Inc. Prior to joining the firm, Canty worked as a banking officer at the M&T Bank Treasury. More...

Business News

Jim DiFiglia of CB Richard Ellis Buffalo was the exclusive representative for White’s Martial Arts Academy’s new location search. More...