Weekly Feature



July 28, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Empire State Games 2010

Donald Gonzalez, a boxer from New York City, and Clare Crowley, a member of the Western open women’s basketball team and girls varsity basketball coach at Williamsville North High School, hold t More...

Gaughan to unveil dissolution plan

Since the concept of dissolving the government of the Village of Williamsville began circulating last fall, many residents have wanted to know, “Where’s the plan from those that support this idea?”   Next week, village reside More...

Village Board mulls mill options

At Monday’s meeting, the Village Board continued to examine the plans drawn up for the Williamsville Water Mill parcel by architects Flynn Battaglia.   More...

Walk Off Hunger, Summer Fest to be held Sunday

The third annual Walk Off Hunger will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.   For every $25 raised by the event, the Food Bank can provide more than 130 meals. More...

ALL COOKED UP

ALL COOKED UP — Chefs Erin Horton, left, and Alice Williams, work on preparing desserts during a competition Saturday at Wegmans, 5275 Sheridan Drive. More...

Local News

COMMENCEMENT

COMMENCEMENT — The Amherst Youth Police Academy held its graduation ceremony on Thursday. The graduates, as well as two officers who direct the academy, are in the above photograph. More...

Project to address safety on Niagara Falls Boulevard

Traveling along Niagara Falls Boulevard near Interstate 290 is about to get a little easier.   More...

Park Country Club event to benefit health care for women

It’s not every day that a woman can sip wine, shop designer boutiques and benefit a good cause all under the same roof. More...

Police Blotter

Combative birds spur call to police

(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, July 19   More...

Letters to the Editor

Dissolution views inconsistent

The way I see it is Mr. (Kevin) Gaughan has numerous inconsistencies to his movement to eliminate local governments.   First was the idea that people were taking the dissolution personally. Mr. More...

Gesher School thanks volunteers

The Gesher School, which meets on Sundays and Tuesdays at Temple Sinai and Temple Beth Tzedek, serves these congregations and many unaffiliated families by providing exceptional Jewish education. More...

When pet accidents occur, tell the owner

As a cat owner, I know that indoors is the best place for your pet.   When a pet accident occurs, though, please do the right thing and stop to try and find the pet’s family. More...

Sports

Fields, Allen pace Western domination

Amherst’s Ashley Fields and East Amherst’s Kala Allen showed why they are two of the best track athletes in the state at the 2010 Empire State Games.   At the University at Buffalo - Amherst Stadium,   More...

Talented Western roster wins first gold in eight years

ESG – Softball

With a loaded roster of talent, the pressure was definitely on the Western open softball team to win gold at the 2010 Empire State Games in Buffalo. More...

Open team comes together for gold; Adirondack upsets Western in scholastic final

ESG — Women’s soccer

The Western open women’s soccer team played better as the 2010 Empire State Games went on, and the end result was a gold medal.   More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 29 . Thursday Family Walk — Get a good cardio workout during this brisk evening 5 mile hike, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at Chestnut Ridge Park Casino, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park; Free. More...

Special Events

sat. 31 . Blood Drive — The American Red Cross traveling blood donor center will be at the Best Buy store located at the Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 31. More...

Art

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Rules supported by Flight 3407 families passed with FAA extender bill

After 18 months of praying, fighting and waiting, the families of those lost in the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center have realized the passage of their dream — safer skies. More...

Energy

Conservation website developed by Town

The Town of Amherst has launched a website to assist residents and businesses in lowering energy use and utility bills. More...

Town examines sidewalk plowing

In an effort to assist residents in removing snow from sidewalks, the Town Board recently charged the Government Study Committee with examining the creation of special districts in which the work would be contracted to snow plow companies. More...

Events on government dissolution scheduled

The following is a list of village government dissolution meetings scheduled to be held:   • At 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, Kevin Gaughan will speak to the Williamsville Rotary at Le Metro Cafe, 5110 Main St. in the Walker Center. More...

Town awarded grant to fund community development

The Town of Amherst has been awarded New York State Affordable Home Ownership Development Program grant funds for the town’s Community Development Program. More...

Teens charged in connection with vehicle larcenies

Amherst police last week arrested two teenagers in connection with recent incidents in which property was stolen from vehicles.   At approximately 5 a.m. More...

Grant to assist volunteer firefighters with recruitment

During its July 22 session, the Erie County Legislature unanimously accepted a $498,800 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency to enhance operations of the county’s volunteer firefighters. More...

Editorial

RenewAmherst is another step in a green direction

Bee Editorial

On Monday, the Town of Amherst stepped into a new period in its history — the green era. In partnering with Blue Springs Energy, the town furthered its efforts to become more energy efficient with the online launch of www.RenewAmherst.org. More...

Spindle items

• BACK TO SCHOOL — I remember when I was about 10 years old, I dreaded the words “back to school.”   It seemed as soon as it became the end of July, the advertisements began on the radio and television as well as in More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   July 30, 1885   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

Frederick J. Muraco, WWII veteran, engineer

Frederick Joseph Muraco, 88, of Amherst, died Sunday, July 11, 2010.   Mr. Muraco was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Niagara Falls. He grew up in Buffalo and attended Buffalo Technical High School. More...

Death Notice

DIMARTINA, Nicholas J., of Amherst, died Friday, July 23, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; sons, Nicholas and Patrick; one grandchild; and sister, Charlotte. A Mass will be held at a later date. More...

Lifestyles

Tai Chi

Amherst YMCA offers class for physically challenged

A friendly atmosphere pervaded the tai chi class. The participants greeted   one another, wondered aloud about those who were absent and settled in with their water bottles. More...

Buffalo Athletic Club plans UNYTS blood drive

Upstate New York Transplant Services will hold a blood drive from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 30 at the Buffalo Athletic Club, 1185 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst. For information, visit www.unyts.org. More...

Whom Would You Trust?

Have you ever wondered whom your child would turn to if they had important questions? Whom would you want them to turn to, keeping in mind that the “man who tells the story defines the culture”? More...

Business

Training Edge helps people get fit, focused and positive

Imagine you’re working late at night. You’re the last person to leave your office, and as you step out into the darkness, the parking spot that seemed convenient that morning seems frighteningly far away.   More...

Payment Assistance available through National Fuel

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation reminds its customers that help with this year’s heating bills is still available through the Neighbor for Neighbor Heat Fund and other assistance programs. More...

Walmart to hold annual backpack drive

With the first day of school right around the corner, Walmart locations across Western New York are gearing up to help children in need through the annual backpack drive taking place on Aug. 20. More...