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April 21, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Spring cleaning

Tom Frank and Ellen Banks work together Saturday morning to help clean up Amherst State Park. More...

Sweet Home files candidate petitions; budget finalized

Three candidates have filed petitions to run for seats on the Sweet Home Central School District Board of Education.   Two seats are on the ballot.   Filing were Debbie Adams, former board member Mike Morrow and incumbent Carol Nowak. More...

Williamsville School Board adopts budget; district outlines technology initiatives

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor

The Williamsville School Board, during its April 13 meeting, unanimously adopted the 2010-11 budget, which totals $159,291,824 and represents a spending increase of 2.94 percent. More...

Board election ballot set at Williamsville Schools

There will be at least two new faces on the Williamsville School Board next year.   Four candidates — only one an incumbent — are vying for three seats on the board in the May 18 district election. More...

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ON A ROLL — Prestley Christensen, 4, and Kira Chiapelli, 6, play together during an open gym program Monday at the Clearfield Community Center. More...

Local News

Casey Middle to offer art show reception

The Art Department at Casey Middle School, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst, is holding an opening reception for its spring art exhibit from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29. More...

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SNYDER OFFICERS — Leaders of the Snyder Fire Department for 2010 were installed Saturday evening at the organization’s annual banquet. More...

Flag fundraiser showcases village pride

Business owners and residents who are proud to live or work in the Village of Williamsville will now have a new way to show their pride, while helping a Williamsville landmark.   More...

Police Blotter

Unknown teen falls asleep in resident’s backyard

(Editors 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, April 12   More...

Letters to the Editor

Residents deserve facts from Gaughan

In all the talk and controversy regarding the dissolution of the Village of Williamsville, has any study been done on whether the Town of Amherst is willing, or even wants, to absorb the village’s costs into its budget?   More...

Village might lose fire department

Residents and all those who work in the Village of Williamsville are protected around the clock by a skilled group of individuals who make up the Hutchinson Hose Company, better known as the Williamsville Fire Department.   More...

Economic impact, statistics are needed

There is much talk and newsprint about the coming vote on whether or not to dissolve the village. But there has been no questioning of Amherst residents as to their interests and concerns. Are they willing to assimilate the dismantled village? More...

Education

Amherst history teachers awarded federal grant

As a way to teach history students in a more in-depth manner, four instructors at Amherst High School will be traveling to several national landmarks this summer — part of a federal grant to enhance learning.   More...

Williamsville South posts honor roll students

The following Williamsville South students were named to the honor roll for the third semester of the 2009-10 academic year:   Grade 12   More...

Sports

Lady Tigers hope to repeat storybook performance

Outdoor track and field

Last spring, the Amherst Central girls track and field team had a season for the record books. More...

Revamped South tennis lineup opens season 3-0

Despite a new coach and three new starters singles, the Williamsville South boys tennis team heads into spring recess 3-0. South beat Sweet Home, 4-1, Williamsville East, 3-2, and Lake Shore, 5-0 in ECIC Division II matches last week. More...

Niblock leads talented Sweet Home girls track, field team

Katie Niblock has one more chapter left in her high school track and field career to write and she wants it to be one to remember.   An early highlight will be at the Penn Relays Thursday at Franklin Field at the University of Philadelphia. More...

Entertainment

Art

fri. 23 . I Am Here Today — Media-psychological phenomenon of simulation confusion - where a simulation (movie, TV and radio) affects not only our perception, but our engagement with realty by artist Sam Van Aken, Opens 7 p.m. More...

Live Local in WNY

thurs. 22 . The Bravuras — 8 p.m., Flying Turtles Bar and Grill, 1641 Military Road, Kenmore; $. 876-2884 fri. 23 . Blind Vision — 11 p.m., Macaroon’s, 576 Dick Road, Cheektowaga; $. More...

Concerts

fri. 23 .Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former lead singer and gutarist of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn rolls into town 8 p.m. More...

Proposed village tax rate drops by 2.72 percent

The budget includes a freeze on salary increases for elected officials.

The Williamsville Village Board plans to vote on the 2010-11 budget at the upcoming meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 26.   “We worked very hard on the budget, every weekend for the past couple of months. More...

Will East donates to Lafayette to defray prom costs

When a school is raising funds for an event, another school is not usually one of the groups offering to contribute. More...

Professor’s invention wins instrument competition

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Upon inventing an enhancement that allows a trombone to be mixed with computer software, creating what he calls a full and complex synthesized sound, Tomás Henriques wondered what he should do next. More...

Author to hold book signing

Gregory J. Stang, a Williamsville North High School track and field coach and retired English teacher, will be signing his book “Lifelines: Empowering You to Happiness, Success and Salvation” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Hicks to leave Sweet Home July 1

Geoffrey Hicks, superintendent of the Sweet Home Central School District, announced April 14 that he is leaving to take a position as superintendent of the Arlington Central School District, near Poughkeepsie. More...

Candidate petitions filed for Amherst School Board

Three candidates are vying for two positions on the Amherst Central School Board in the May 18 district election.   One incumbent and two challengers filed petitions by Monday’s deadline to run for three-year terms on the board.   More...

Editorial

You can make a difference in the environment

Bee Editorial

Earth Day 2010 is Thursday, and National Arbor Day is April 30. The holidays conjure up images of children completing projects in classrooms or people planting trees. More...

Spindle items

• RECORD STORE DAY — One of my favorite songs, which I happen to have a copy of on vinyl record, is Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” The chorus of the song says, “Everything dies baby, that’s a fact.&n More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   April 23, 1885   At the annual meeting of the Williamsville Cemetery Association held on the 14th day of April, it was voted that no work be done in the cemetery by anyone except those employed by Superintendent John Hu More...

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Obituaries

Joseph J. Scott, owner of John & Mary’s in Cheektowaga

Joseph J. Scott, 86, of Amherst, died Sunday, April 18, 2010, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a short illness.   Mr. Scott was born July 17, 1923, in Buffalo. More...

Irene M. Braun Loweth, enjoyed tennis and skiing

Irene M. Braun Loweth (nee Binner), 89, formerly of Snyder, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, in Louisville, Colo., after a short illness. Mrs. Braun Loweth was born Dec. 10, 1920, in Buffalo. More...

James E. Taylor, retired commercial pilot

James E. Taylor, 92, formerly of Buffalo, died suddenly Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, in Homosassa, Fla.   Mr. Taylor was born Aug. 26, 1917, in Buffalo. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Recreation Department offers open gym   The Amherst Recreation Department is offering an open gym program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, April 23, at Clearfield Community Center, 730 Hopkins Road, Amherst. More...

Lifestyles

Donate your appetite to the fight AIDS

D o your plans this Tuesday evening involve a trip to the grocery store or some quality time with your DVR? If so, it’s a good night to change things up a little as the eighth annual Dining Out D For Life event comes to Western New York. More...

Help fight AIDS by dining at...

Buffalo Boomerang’s 5 & 10* .... 883-0408 995 Niagara St., Buffalo Caz Coffee Café .... 825-7806 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo Cecelia’s Ristorante* .... 883-8066 716 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo Cole’s .... More...

Wierzbicki-Todd

Cathleen and Ted Wierzbicki of Cheektowaga announce the engagement of their daughter, Krista Wierzbicki, to Jason Todd, son of Jill Todd of Folsom, Calif.   More...

Business

Village Desserts moves its store in Williamsville, opens new location

Area residents now have another reason to enter the P&R Bakery on Brighton Road — the addition of “all things fancy schmancy.”   More...

Eighth diocesan director of Catholic Charities appointed

Most Rev. Edward U. Kmiec, Bishop of Buffalo, has appointed Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, the eighth diocesan director of Catholic Charities. More...

Amherst law firm helps man secure $4.4M settlement

A Lancaster man has been awarded a $4.4 million settlement after he suffered extensive injuries while he was on an archeological dig in 2001 as part of a Buffalo State College course. More...