Weekly Feature



June 30, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Caps and gowns

Alex Becker and Kelly Krieger are all smiles after the 42nd annual commencement of Williamsville North High School Sunday at the UB Center for the Arts. For more photos, see pages 16-17. More...

Vintage caboose pulls into Williamsville Depot

After 15 years in storage, the 1937 Lehigh Valley caboose has finally pulled into the Williamsville Depot in South Long Park. More...

Local News

Horizon celebrates opening of new center

Horizon Health Services officially opened its Family Recovery Center during a celebration on Friday, June 18. The center began seeing patients earlier this year at this intentionally secluded treatment center at 6496 Transit Road in East Amherst. More...

Photo

IN BLOOM — Linda Gervasi and Vicki Zimmer admire the garden in front of Ed and Betty Zabel’s Pasadena Place home. More...

Website explains changes to health proxy rules

The Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association now contains a resource center designed to help New Yorkers understand new rules allowing family members to make health care and end-of-life decisions for patients who are unable to make t More...

Police Blotter

Resident reports Dumpster-diving raccoon

(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, June 21   More...

Letters to the Editor

Political tactics cloud big decision

We don’t understand. Like most residents in the Village of Williamsville, we received a piece of political literature in our door during the weekend. More...

Village should not buckle under

A friend who now lives in Missouri was recently visiting in Williamsville and sent me an article from The Amherst Bee about Kevin Gaughan petitioning for the dissolution of the Village of Williamsville. I was shocked. More...

Memorial Day events a success

On behalf of the 72nd Annual Memorial Day Committee I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked hard to make the Ceremonies and Parade a great success. This year's parade was bigger and better than ever with over 60 units. More...

Education

Amherst Middle principal retires after 23 years

Amherst Middle School Principal Diane Klein is retiring today, but that hasn’t stopped her passion for the school. More...

Williamsville North 2010 Senior Prom

  Lydia Witherspoon adjusts Sjuhr Dennis’ boutonniere at the prom.   Posing for a photo at the North prom are, from left, John Sullivan, Claire Cerra, Alexa Roemmich and Rivu Dey.  More...

The Class of 2010

Jen Brokob and Bruce Mitchell hug at the UB Center for the Arts where Amherst Central High School held its 78th commencement Saturday. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

Lifestyles

From ‘Summer Lovin’ to societal shutdown, Academy of Theater Arts trains tomorrow’s actors

The end of life as we know it has been a subject that has long fascinated humans. The Academy of Theater Arts in Williamsville is the latest to ponder the question: What would we do without all this? More...

Library News

The following events will be held at the Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway. Registration required. Call 689-4922.   Book Club at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1. More...

Couple honeymooning in Europe following Launch Club reception

Ashley Alyssa Ciach married Michael Anthony Lovullo during an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at St. Mary’s Church, Swormville. The Rev. Robert Yetter officiated. More...

Entertainment

Fourth of July

sat. 3 . Clarence Day in the Park — Chinese auction, concession stands, activties and more starting at 2 p.m. Evening will conclude with a fireworks display 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 3 at Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St., Clarence; Free. More...

Special Events

Now-July 3 . More...

Festivals

thurs. 1-mon. 5 . Friendship Festival — Annual celebration between Fort Erie and Buffalo celebrating Canada Day and Independence Day and featuring a midway under the Mather Arch, Battle of the Bands and Arts on the Parkway in Fort Erie. More...

Board hears how to handle angry complaints

During a special work session on Monday, town employees and the Town Board heard a presentation on dealing with “distressed constituents.”   The topic is timely in light of recent flooding complaints. More...

Independence Day has concert, fireworks

The annual Independence Day celebration in Amherst will take place on the University at Buffalo North Campus.   Lee Ron Zydeco will perform from 7 to 8:15 p.m., Sunday, July 4 followed by the Erie County Wind Ensemble from 8:45 to 10 p.m. More...

Honeywell Space Academy to boost classroom excitement

Exploration of a galaxy far far away was the inspiration for teacher Jeffrey Welton to leave the classroom and find new ways to get his students excited about learning. More...

Village names public works crew chief, considers code change

The Williamsville Village Board named a new crew chief for the Department of Public Works at its meeting on Monday night.   Kenneth Kostowniak of Hamburg will begin his position as crew chief in mid-July. He was hired at a salary of $55,000. More...

Specific plan for Williamsville to be presented by Gaughan

Activist Kevin Gaughan will offer a specific plan for dissolving Williamsville village government at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Williamsville South High School, 5950 Main St.   More...

Editorial

Residents may want to pass on door-to-door sales

Bee Editorial

The onset of warm weather brings with it a slew of solicitors and scam artists trolling the streets of Williamsville and Amherst neighborhoods. Residents need to be on high alert for these summertime swindlers.   More...

Spindle items

• WELCOMED BACK — It’s always difficult to come back to work after a one-week vacation. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   July 2, 1885   The closing exercises of our public school were held in Academy Hall last Friday afternoon. 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

Rev. Leffage Cavers Jr., began ministry

The Rev. Leffage Cavers Jr., of Amherst, died suddenly on Friday, June 18, 2010, while in Detroit attending the funeral of a close friend.   Rev. Cavers was born in Autauga County, Ala., and lived there until his family moved to Buffalo. More...

Victor L. Peterson, CEO of MJ Peterson Real Estate

Victor L. Peterson, 94, of Williamsville, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at his home after a short illness.   Mr. Peterson graduated from Bowling Green State University and served four years of active service in the Navy.   More...

Lawrence P. Gannon, superintendent of phone company

Lawrence P. Gannon, 91, of Williamsville, died Thursday, June 10, 2010, in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga.   Mr. Gannon was born Dec. 20, 1918, in Buffalo and served in France and Germany during World War II. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Fibromyalgia support group meeting planned   More...

Sports

Track star Landri recalls record-breaking gymnastics debut

Empire State Games

Alyissa Landri is most known for her outstanding accomplishments in track and field but it was in gymnastics where she first left her mark.   More...

ESG memories remain with Murphy

Julie Murphy participated in the Empire State Games from 1999 to 2002 as a member of the Western Region open field hockey team.   As a member of the 2001 team, Murphy, then Julie Gentner, led Western to a 5-0 record and a gold medal. More...

Lamm Post baseball wins pair

Lamm Post took over the league’s top spot with hard fought victories over Depew, 3-2, and Brounshidle, 6-4.   More...

Business

Scoops satisfies Snyder’s sweet tooth

Nestled in a 1920s commercial building on Lincoln Road is a new addition to Snyder: an ice cream parlor. Scoops has been open for just over a month and has already attracted a lot of attention in the neighborhood. More...

New report demonstrates need for policies promoting economic stability

In order for a single mother in Erie County with one preschooler and one school-age child to meet her most basic expenses, she needs an income of at least $22.43 per hour — or $47,362 annually — according to a study released on Tuesday. More...

Busy Bee consignment shop expands inventory

Busy Bee Children’s Consignment Clothing, at Transitown Plaza, 4251 Transit Road, Clarence, next to Aldi’s, is offering a new line, including, but not limited to, women’s clothing. More...