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February 17, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Seventh grader wins spelling, geography bees

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

If you want to know where a country is on a map, or how to spell it, you should ask Billy Erdman, 12, of Williamsville.   More...

Two charged with assault in connection with Jan. 23 fight at Residence Inn

The Amherst Police Department has charged two Buffalo residents for their alleged role in an attack on another woman after a large fight broke out during a party at the Residence Inn. The incident occurred during the early morning hours of Jan. 23. More...

Lee unveils legislation to simplify tax-filing process for seniors

Rep. Chris Lee, R-26th District, discussed legislation he introduced to simplify the tax-filing process for seniors while speaking at the Amherst Senior Center on Thursday.   The Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act (H.R. More...

Community News

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of WNY, located in Amherst, will hold its eighth annual Dance for Diabetes Charity Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road, Clarence. More...

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SWEET SOUNDS — Strolling violinist Peter Van Scozza plays for Rose Causley on Friday during the Amherst Senior Center's Valentine luncheon. More...

Local News

Scholarship deadline is Friday

The Amherst Youth Foundation, in partnership with Test Preps, a test preparation service, will be awarding two SAT preparation course scholarships to area high school juniors.   More...

Blood drives planned

Upstate New York Transplant Services Community Blood Service will hold blood drives on the following dates:   Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, near Main Street.   Monday, Feb. More...

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WITH LOVE — Rose Kordinak, dressed as The Cat in the Hat, reads a story to Lizzy Decker, 4, Mila Chunco, 3, and Noah Callesto, 4, during the EduKids Early Childhood Centers’ annual Ice Cre More...

Police Blotter

Deer block interstate entrance

Tuesday, Feb. 9   • Police were called to Williamsville South High School about a man with “yellow teeth” who was walking around asking students questions. He was removed from the area. More...

Letters to the Editor

Bravo to Sweet Home musicians

Over the past three weeks our family has attended musical productions sponsored by the Sweet Home Central School District.  More...

Rep. Lee proves worth in Congress

In the short time that Rep. Chris Lee, R-Amherst, has been in Congress, he has done a fine job representing Western New Yorkers and fighting to change the business-as-usual approach to government in Washington, D.C.   More...

Education

Children are proof event’s mission is working

Ski4E

Piper Walnicki, 3, is alive.   It’s something that some may consider a miracle, considering she was born with biliary atresia, a disease that affects her liver. More...

State officials address issues effecting schools

The Williamsville, Amherst, Sweet Home, and Clarence school boards held a legislative forum on Jan. 28 to discuss important issues effecting local schools.   More...

Students named National Merit Scholarship finalists

Amherst and Williamsville central school districts each had students named finalists in 2010 National Merit Scholarship Competition   Williamsville students named were: from East High School, Ryan N. Dohn, Swati L. More...

Sports

Wrestling honors continue for Beichner family

Jake Beichner repeats father’s performance three decades earlier

Thirty years after his father won a Section VI wrestling title, Jake Beichner can call himself a sectional champion. More...

Successful taper helps Spartan swimmers in postseason

Williamsville North boys swimming coach Dan McLaughlin had a theory and put it to good use for the ECIC and Section VI Championships.   More...

South’s Kent grabs last spot on Section VI bowling team

Teammate Broardt is alternate, Lady Billies set school total record

Although Williamsville South is not going as a team to the state girls bowling meet, one Lady Billie still moved on. More...

Business

Restaurant owner brings people together with authentic cuisine

Seeing groups of people together, eating, talking, laughing and having a great time, is what Sergey Rushanov enjoys most about being in the restaurant business. More...

People in the News

Leonard G. London of Williamsville has joined Hogan- Willig, a law firm based in Amherst. More...

Chamber to offer five workshops for business owners

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce Business Resource Council will offer a series of member educational workshops targeted at assisting business owners in reaching their goals.   More...

Williamsville’s prelim budget includes 4 percent increase

An increased tax levy at the Williamsville Central School District is proposed for 2010-2011, mainly to pay for increased employee benefits and salaries. More...

Group to hold meeting about village dissolution law

Petitions to dissolve the Village of Williamsville are excepted to circulate the end of March and those studying the issue want residents to understand the ramifications of signing it. More...

On the mat

Sean Cunningham of Amherst found himself in a difficult situation against Kris Duge of Clarence during a 152-pound quarterfinal match at last Friday’s Section VI Division I championships at Niag More...

Residence hall to be named for the late William R. Greiner

The University at Buffalo will name its newest residence hall after William R. Greiner, who devoted 42 years of service to the institution as president, provost and longtime Law School faculty member.   More...

Board gets initial revenue, surplus projections

The Amherst School Board received a rundown of its revenue and surplus projections for the 2010-11 school year at the Feb. 9 meeting. More...

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ROCK 4 RELIEF — Brendan Lanighan of “Large Salty” performs during Williamsville East High School’s “Rock 4 Relief” held Feb. 9. More...

Editorial

Understand the budget process before going to polls

Bee Editorial

With a very public audit report from the New York State comptroller saying the Williamsville Central School District has too much money in its reserves, residents are asking — why does the proposed 2010-2011 budget include a 4 percent tax hike? More...

Spindle items

• THE END OF A STORY — “OK, wait I take what road?” I uttered that sentence in the fall of 2003, the first time in my life I had been given directions that involved Interstate 290. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   Feb. 19, 1885   Some time last night the store of E.D. Smith was entered and the change in the store and post-office money taken, accounting to four or five dollars. More...

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Obituaries

Dr. Albert C. Rekate, retired cardiologist

Dr. Albert C. Rekate, 93, of Williamsville, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at Harris Hill Nursing Facility.   Dr. Rekate was born June 12, 1916, in Buffalo. More...

Donald R. Holtz, retired Williamsville school teacher

Donald Raymond Holtz, 67, of Williamsville, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, in Buffalo General Hospital.   More...

Celesta A. Serio, longtime volunteer

Celesta Aida Serio (nee Kowalski), 91, of Amherst, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, in Hospice Buffalo after a brief illness.   Mrs. Serio was born Sept. 16, 1918. She attended the Franklin School of Buffalo. More...

What's Going On

What’s Going On

Open gym program slated at center The Amherst Recreation Department is holding an open gym from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18 at the Clearfield Community Center, 730 Hopkins Road, Amherst. Amherst Museum offers book discussion More...

Lifestyles

Scrabblefest spotlights literacy

For most Bee readers, reading the words on this page is second nature. It’s easy to forget that reading is a skill that not everyone possesses. But the statistics regarding illiteracy in Western New York are shocking. More...

Fish fry slated at fire hall

The Main-Transit Ladies Auxiliary will host a Krolick’s fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., near Transit Road, Amherst. Tickets are $9 and include a dessert and drink. More...

Karas-Zuccaro

Patricia and Jeffery Karas of Depew announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Marie Karas, to Vincent Philip Zuccaro, son of Candice and Philip Zuccaro of Williamsville.   More...

Entertainment

Live Local in WNY

thurs. 18 . Down to the Roots — 10 p.m., Allen Street Hardware Cafe, 245 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 882-8843, www.allenstreethardwarec afe.com . The Bravuras — 8 p.m., Flying Turtles Bar & Grill, 1641 Military Road, Kenmore; $. More...

Symphony

thurs. 18 .Pacifica Quartet — Part of the Slee/Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, UB’s Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst; $. 645-2921, www.slee.buffalo.edu fri. More...

Concerts

thurs. 18 .John Lindberg’s Tripolar — Featuring Don Davis (reeds), John Lindberg (contrabass) and Kevin Norton (drums, vibraphone), the trio will perform 8 p. m . Thursday, Feb. More...