Weekly Feature



January 20, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Residents home during burglaries

Two home invasions were reported around 6 a.m. Monday morning, and Amherst police believe the same suspect was involved.   (See editorial on page four)   More...

Volunteer cites strengths of Catholic Charities

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Stephen Ulrich of Snyder admits his role as parish chair for the Catholic Charities 2010 appeal will be a challenge. The damaged economy means more individuals are in need of the services it provides. More...

School boards to host Jan. 28 legislative forum

The Williamsville, Amherst, Sweet Home and Clarence school boards will host a legislative forum from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Williamsville District Boardroom, 105 Casey Road.   More...

Sanders named chair of new budget committee

When Steven Sanders ran for the Amherst Town Board he emphasized that he was a certified public accountant, and he now plans to use his private sector skills to help the town.   More...

FOUR

FOUR — Devin Haskell, 4, plays mini golf at Maplemere Elementary's Winter Carnival held Saturday. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

Local News

Community News

Weinberg Campus is seeking volunteers for ongoing projects. including assistance in its day programs, shuttle, activity instructors and eco-ambassadors. The campus offers both long- and short-term opportunities. Call 639-3311, ext. 2125.   More...

Youth orchestra to feature concerto competition winners

The Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Gerard Floriano, will perform a concert in the Town of Tonawanda that features its recent concerto contest winners.   More...

Amherst man killed in crash

Amherst police are asking anyone who witnessed the single-vehicle crash at Harlem Road and Sheridan Drive at 1:30 a.m. Thursday to call 689-1311.   Capt. More...

Police Blotter

Employees blamed when car fails inspection

Friday, Jan. 8   • Police were called to a house on Patton Place where a teen was upset and throwing chairs because his mom took away his video games. More...

Letters to the Editor

Person responsible for damage shamed

To the person who rammed the Greater Buffalo Gymnastic sign at North French Road and completely destroyed it, I bet you would even hit an animal or person and exit. Shame on you. Joan Thorn Hirsch Campbell Boulevard Amherst   More...

Potholes create dangerous drive

I just can’t avoid it. I’m talking about the potholes on Interstate 290 and, without a doubt, an inevitable hefty car repair bill. More...

Education

Amherst School Board adopts budget calendar

The Amherst School Board adopted its budget calendar at the Jan. 12 meeting.   School Business Administrator Melanie Conley will present an initial review of the preliminary 2010-11 budget at the Jan. 26 meeting, including various options. More...

Sweet Home High School inducts 60 students into National Honor Society

Sweet Home Senior High School held its National Honor Society induction ceremony on Jan. 13, recognizing 60 students. More...

2010 Mr. Amherst crowned

Amherst High School senior Sean Johnson won the coveted   Mr. Amherst” title for 2010.   The honor was bestowed on Jan. 12 at the school following the annual “Mr. More...

Sports

Lady Billies set total record, South wins overall

Williamsville Cup

Led by a record-breaking performance from the girls’ team, Williamsville South won the Williamsville Cup last Wednesday at Transit Lanes.   The Lady Billies recorded a pin total of 2,906, the most ever by a girls team at the tournament. More...

East wrestling places first at Williamsville North tourney

The Williamsville East wrestling team rebounded from a couple of ECIC Division II dual meet losses by placing first out of 18 teams at the Williamsville North Tournament Saturday at Williamsville North. More...

Intramural girls hockey game set

An intramural girls ice hockey game will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Amherst Ice Center Olympic Rink, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive. It will feature Williamsville East/South versus a combined team from Amherst and Sweet Home. More...

Entertainment

Live Local in WNY

thurs. 21 . The Bravuras — 8-10 p.m., Flying Turtles Bar & Grill, 1641 Military Road, Kenmore; $. 876-2884 fri. 22 . Party Squad — Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo; $ 825-9535 . More...

Family Activities

thurs. 21 . After School Escape — A one-hour program for kids in grades K-5 featuring a different, fun outdoor activity each week, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Reinstein Woods, 77 Honorine Drive, Depew; No registration required. More...

Concerts

sat. 23 .The female heart and soul of 1960’s Rock & Roll and former Ronette lead vocalist Ronnie Spector will perform all your favorites, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. More...

Fiber network will improve town services

The Town of Amherst is planning for some much needed information technology upgrades.   A fiber network will be installed, replacing the current 10-year-old wireless wide area network, which connects 10 town buildings. More...

Tax bills can be paid at HSBC branches

There are some first-time occurrences included   ‘‘in the 2010 tax bills that residents need to be aware of.   First, it is the first time a property owner’s new assessment will be used to calculate the bill.   More...

Icy fun

Jackie Marks of Amherst and her daughter Anna, 3, speed down the hill at Margaret Louise Park on Hopkins road Saturday. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

Alleged burglar nabbed; $30,000 in jewelry recovered

Amherst police reported that Officer Patrick Mayer apprehended an alleged jewelry store burglar and recovered $30,000 in merchandise. More...

Hockey Weekend Across America celebrates the sport

There is no denying it, Amherst is a hockey town.   It accommodates one of the largest youth programs in the country, with more than 900 players involved in Amherst Youth Hockey this year.   More...

SHOW TIME—

SHOW TIME— Dodge Elementary School students Kelsey Sullivan, left, and Clare Sullivan, perform “Together Wherever We Go,” at the school’s Variety Show held last week. More...

Editorial

Lock yourself in this winter, and all year round

Bee Editorial

Two Town of Amherst residents were awakened by an unusual alarm clock on Monday — an intruder. Thankfully, no one was injured, but unfortunately they lost something that morning: not only valuable possessions, but a sense of security. More...

Spindle items

• NO SOLUTION IN 72 YEARS — Throughout his tenure, former Town Council Member Dan Ward would mail and fax various memos. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   Jan. 22, 1885   Stormy weather and slippery walking.   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...

Obituaries

Alan P. Paolini, composer, contractor

Alan Peter Paolini, 52, of Snyder, died suddenly Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus.   More...

Al Anscombe, broadcasting pioneer, Amherst community leader

Alfred E. Anscombe, a pioneer in Buffalo radio, television and cable broadcasting, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010.   Mr. Anscombe, 89, of Amherst, was inducted into the Western New York Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2000. More...

Frank M. Nowak, musician and educator

Frank M. Nowak, 98, of Williamsville, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at his home.   Mr. Nowak was born Sept. 20, 1911, in Buffalo. He graduated from St. Casimir’s Grammar School and South Park High School. More...

Lifestyles

Boy Scouting Turns 100

A century of service and fun

I t was a foggy London night in 1908, and American newspaperman William Boyce was lost and alone. As Boyce wandered, he came across a boy who offered to help. After he guided Boyce to his destination, Boyce offered to tip. More...

Anniversary Gala to be held March 13

One of this year’s centennial events hosted by the Greater Niagara Frontier Council is the Boy Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Gala. The gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 13. More...

Habitat for Humanity Women Build to meet

A Habitat for Humanity Women Build meeting will be held at 7 p.m Thursday, Jan. 21, at North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Road, Williamsville. New members are invited. Contact 741-3079. More...

Business

Family business continues success after 75 years

During the Great Depression, a salesman from Cleveland took hold of a business opportunity that brought him to the Buffalo area in 1934. Since then, his efforts have flourished through three generations of sons.   More...

Board members to be sworn in at Chamber luncheon

Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein will present the State of the Town address in collaboration with the annual Chamber of Commerce luncheon.   The event will be held at noon Friday, Jan. 29, at Classics V, at 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. More...

Northeast YMCA Strong Kids Campaign chairs named

YMCA Buffalo Niagara has named its co-chairs to lead the organizations’s 2010 Strong Kids Campaign and work toward the goal of $530,000. More...