Weekly Feature



January 2, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

New YMCA facility set to open Jan. 14

Following a 13-month period of construction, the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA will open Monday, Jan. 14, at 150 Tech Drive, off Main Street behind Erie Community College’s North Campus.  More...

Local News

Area firefighters call visit to wakes ‘an unfortunate honor’

Area firefighters on Saturday traveled to Webster, N.Y., to support the families and friends mourning the loss of two West Webster firefighters killed by a gunman on Dec. More...

Comptroller’s Office completes audit of Water Authority

Former Erie County Comptroller David Shenk has released an audit of the Erie County Water Authority, with the findings being mostly positive.  More...

Fire grants available through Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is now accepting applications for grants provided through the Fire Prevention and Safety Program. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.  More...

Police Blotter

Suspicious driver was delivering a newspaper

Monday, Dec. 24  • Three adult females were arrested by police after allegedly shoplifting from a Sheridan Drive department store. More...

Letters to the Editor

Bee deserves kudos for recent columns

For Dave Sherman: I always read your opinion piece in The Amherst Bee. As usual, in the Dec. More...

Education

Christian Central names honor roll recipients

The following Amherst students at Christian Central Academy were named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2012-13 academic year:   Grade 12  Amanda Curtin.  Grade 11  Colleen Doyle, Caleb Moser, Caroline Ranallo, Laure More...

Williamsville Schools schedule open houses

The three Williamsville high schools have scheduled open houses and orientation programs for eighth-grade students and their parents.  Parents and students who reside in the district will have an opportunity to tour the schools and hear present More...

Williamsville names Advanced Placement Scholars

A total of 333 students from the Williamsville Central School District have been named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board for their performance on AP exams taken in 2012.  Students take AP exams after completing challenging college More...

Lifestyles

Artsy ice carves out frozen fun

Shaved, cubed, creamed. Ice comes in an array of shapes, sizes and variants. But for Paul Strada, ice serves as a canvas. More...

Fire department delivers holiday cheer to station hit by Sandy

As the Christmas holiday approached, members of the Williamsville Fire Department were busy wrapping gifts and preparing for a long journey. More...

Meeting slated for Jan. 8 at St. Paul’s

The Eggertsville Community Organization Inc. will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville.   More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 3 . After-School Escape — Enjoy a one-hour program for kids, grades kindergarten through 5, featuring a different, fun, outdoor activity each week, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. More...

Art

ongoing now-Jan. 3, 2013 . The Limits of Stability — On display now through Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Buffalo Arts Studio, 2495 Main St., Buffalo; Free. 833-4450, www.buf  More...

Comedy

thurs. 3 - sat. 5 . Rich Vos — New York-based comedian who is an Opie and Anthony Show and Tough  More...

Alexander resigns, mayor taps Yates

The Williamsville Village Board has accepted Trustee Amy Alexander’s resignation, which went into effect on Tuesday. The board released a statement thanking Alexander for her service and dedication to the village. More...

Askey earns accreditation from FBI National Academy

For 10 weeks, from October through mid-December, Amherst Police Chief John Askey attended the FBI National Academy Program held annually at Quantico, Va.  Askey was one of 263 graduates of the program, which included law enforcement officers fro More...

Editorial

This new year, resolve to be a volunteer

Bee Editorial

It’s common to make resolutions at this time of year. To eat healthier and to become more organized are two of the most common resolutions. More...

Epitaphs for slain firefighters written by complete strangers

West Webster residents will continue to mourn the loss of two volunteer firefighters long after the formal period of mourning has come to a close. More...

Spindle items

• LETTER WRITING — In this week’s edition of The Bee, a resident wrote a letter to the editor regarding recent pieces written by Managing Editor David F. Sherman and me. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.This is in response to the person who commented regarding the neighbor’s trees that are too tall. I have a neighbor who has a tree that is probably well over 50 feet tall. More...

Obituaries

Joseph E. Todaro, founder of La Nova Pizzeria

Joseph E. Todaro, 89, of the Town of Tonawanda, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Mr. Todaro, known as “Papa Joe,” was formerly a carpenter and in 1957, founded La Nova Pizzeria. More...

Arthur G. Gates, realtor

Arthur Gregory Gates, 80, of East Amherst, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.  Mr. Gates was born in Buffalo and graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. More...

Mary C. Potter, real estate firm co-founder

Mary Cleveland Potter, 97, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Clarence and Amherst, died Tuesday, Nov. More...

Sports

Amherst downs South in Jolly Boys hoops final

¦ Tigers’ Belton named MVP

The Amherst boys basketball team’s first trip to the Williamsville Jolly Boys Tournament was a huge success.  The Tigers (7-1, 4-0) downed host school Williamsville South, 72-64, in the final Friday. More...

East Fed boys ice hockey wins own tourney

Williamsville East’s Federation boys ice hockey team repeated as champions of the Williamsville East/Orchard Park Holiday Invitational, blanking Pelham (Section I, Long Island), 4-0, Thursday and beating New Hartford (Section III, Syracuse), 5- More...

Lady Tigers repeat as Tonawanda Tournament champions

The Amherst girls basketball team sure likes to play in the Tonawanda Tournament.  For the second consecutive season, the Lady Tigers earned the championship title, defeating Tonawanda, 40-37, in Friday’s final.  More...

Business

New boutique offers variety of women’s accessories

At Simply Chic Boutique, owner Debbie Gullo offers a variety of women’s accessories and gift items.  The store, which opened Dec. 1 at 5742 Main St. More...

Emerging Business Leaders to present dinner etiquette workshop

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business Leaders’ young professionals group will kick off the New Year with a business dining etiquette workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. More...

Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon set for Jan. 18

On Friday, Jan. 18, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2013 annual luncheon at Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.  Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the lunch program will be held at noon.  More...