Weekly Feature



March 31, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Williamsville schools project tax levy to increase 1.91 percent

in budget cuts earlier this month, the Williamsville Central School District is estimating a tax levy increase of 1.9 percent for the $159,291,824 preliminary 2010-11 spending plan.   At the district’s budget work   More...

Amherst schools consider 7.35 percent levy spike

Members of the Amherst School Board didn’t want to burden taxpayers with a 2010-11 levy hike of more than 6 percent, but impending staff reductions and a budget gap of $297,000 made them change their minds.   More...

GOING FOR THE GOAL

GOING FOR THE GOAL — Patrick Sarzynski, 4, and Dylan Herster, 6, practice their floor hockey skills Saturday during an event to promote healthy living at the Northeast YMCA. More...

Local News

In the Military

Pvt. Amanda Wiczek, stepdaughter of John Cowden of Willow Green Drive, Amherst, has graduated from U.S. Army basic military training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Wilczek is a 2009 graduate of Sweet Home Central High School.   More...

Community News

Michael Haendiges of Amherst, a senior energy engineer at Noresco; Dr. Neera Gulati of Williamsville; and Dr.  More...

THE PETITION DRIVE BEGINS

THE PETITION DRIVE BEGINS — Kevin Gaughan and volunteer petition carrier Erma Lewis, right, of Williamsville, obtain Susan Bevington’s signature March 24 on a petition to bring a referendu More...

Police Blotter

Youths get even, urinate in corner of store

(Editor’s note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)   Monday, March. More...

Police to offer youth academy

The Amherst Police Department’s Youth Police Academy is offering an internship program for high school students considering a law enforcement career. More...

Education

Williamsville schools to hold annual arts celebration

The Williamsville Central School District will present its 11th annual Poetry, Music, Dance and Art Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at Williamsville East High School, 151 Paradise Road, Amherst.   More...

Zonta Club offers student scholarships

The Zonta Club of Amherst will be awarding scholarships in the amount of $500 to $1,000 for women returning to school. More...

Williamsville South students travel to Louisville for career competition

In three weeks, a record 16 students from Williamsville South High School will pack their bags, board a coach bus and journey south to Louisville, Ky. Their destination? The International Career Development Championships for DECA.   More...

Lifestyles

SPRINGTIME TREAT

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site brings back Mother-Daughter Tea

I magine if you could travel back in time to the Victorian age: an era elegance, class and sophistication. Actually, the idea may not be so far-fetched. The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site will be hosting a Mother-Daughter Tea from 11:30 a.m. More...

Pack 248 plans fish fry

Cub Scout Pack 248 will host a Krolick’s fish fry and chicken finger dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 2, at the Amherst Youth Center, 5005 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Tickets are $9.50 for the fish fry and $6.50 for the chicken dinner. More...

Library News

The following events will be held at the Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway. Registration required. Call 689-4922.   Library branch closed on Good Friday, April 2, and Easter Sunday, April 4.   More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

Thurs., April 1 The Spring Flower Show Gardens will be bursting with spring flowers and plants. This years show will include Farmer B row n ’s Petting Zoo and visits from the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m. More...

Art

fri. 2 . “Espaces” by Andre Fradet — Studio Hart is proud to present the first U.S. exhibition of paintings by Canadian painter Andre Fradet, opens 6 p.m. More...

Festivals

sun. 4 . Pre-Dyngus Day Celebration — Featuring polka music by Lenny Gomulka’s Chicago Push and Jerry Darlak’s Buffalo Touch, 6 p.m. Sunday, April 4 at The Leonard Post Jr. VFW #6251, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga; $. More...

Millbrook Court shooting under investigation

Police are currently investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday at a home on Millbrook Court, which is near Millersport Highway and Maple Road. More...

Bee Newspapers honored for Flight 3407 coverage

Bee Group Newspapers Managing Editor David Sherman has won first place in the Best Spot News Photos category for photos taken at the site of the crash of Flight 3407 in February 2009. More...

Legislature allows fiscal authority to borrow money

In a move that is expected to save taxpayers millions of dollars in interest fees, the Erie County Legislature voted in its March 25 session to allow the Fiscal Stability Authority to borrow money on behalf of the county for its capital projects. More...

ADDING TO THE COLLECTION

ADDING TO THE COLLECTION — Kearra Dewy, 5, rushes to gather eggs into her basket Saturday during the Town of Amherst’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at North Forest Park. More...

Audubon Golf Course renovations to begin in April

During an informational meeting last week, the town’s Golf Course Oversight Committee outlined the renovations and improvements to Audubon Golf Course. More...

Editorial

Time to answer the Census call is now

Bee Editorial

Talk recently has focused on dissolving villages, reducing the size of governmental bodies and state budget deficits. More...

Spindle items

• PITCH A PAIR — With temperatures at the end of the week forecasted to reach 70 degrees, it reminds me of one of my favorite spring and summer pastimes — horseshoes.   More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   April 2, 1885   More...

Letters to the Editor

Protect investment in higher education

The higher education infrastructure in New York State is among the best in the world, with a mix of 269 independently governed and state-supported colleges and universities. More...

Dissolution should not be about money

I have heard a lot of reasons why we shouldn’t dissolve the Village of Williamsville, such as we’ll lose our parks and events like Movies in the Park or Christmas caroling. More...

Data is necessary to make decision

I have just spent my morning attempting to find out facts about the proposed dissolution of my village. I am having difficulty finding both sides of information. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Amherst Book Club plans meeting The Amherst Book Club will meet at noon Thursday, April 1, at The Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. More...

Sports

ECIC dominates 13th annual Silver Hoops Classics

Briggs earns ECIC team MVP honors, McLean wins sportsmanship award

The Erie County Interscholastic Conference put a show at the Paul R. Missana Memorial 13th annual Silver Hoops Classics.   More...

South grad Dombrowski to enter Virginia Sports Hall

Jim Dombrowski can add another football accolade to his Hall of Fame resume. More...

First Niagara answers call to help save ESGs with $500,000 donation

First Niagara Financial Group is leading the charge in fundraising this summer’s Empire State Games in Buffalo.   More...

Business

New owners of Crow’s Nest provide 1940s atmosphere in renovated restaurant

After more than 12 years working as a financial adviser, Scott Chamberlain made a personal business decision: to purchase a town restaurant that had become known for its fish fry.   More...

Wine director travels to France, tours vineyards

As a way to acquire more products at Georgetown Square Wine and Liquor, Ryan Seward traveled to France for two weeks in January and sampled hundreds of wines while also touring the country’s famous landmarks.   More...

Events

BNTP meeting to discuss travel service   More...