Weekly Feature



December 18, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Santa Claus schedules neighborhood visits

In anticipation of Christmas, Santa Claus is planning to visit several Amherst neighborhoods, courtesy of local fire departments.  Residents can look for Santa aboard a fire truck at the following times and locations:  • The Ellicott More...

Local News

Area karate student reaches new black belt

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

After more than 27 years of studying martial arts, Sharon Hofler received a fifth-degree black belt during a ceremony held Thursday.  “It’s so very satisfying,” Hofler said. More...

Amherst High School students win awards at Latin festival

Amherst students placed high in the New York State Junior Classical League Fall Festival held on Dec. 7 in East Aurora.  The festival is a series of academic and athletic competitions and tests for students in all levels of Latin. More...

Privacy, security lead district to not use inBloom

¦ Database would store personal information

The Williamsville School Board has decided not to participate in an online database in which a private company would record the academic and personal information of students and parents.  Members rejected the state request during their Dec. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.Another year, another bunch of Christmas lights don’t work in the village. Some are on, some are off. It’s like this every year. It can’t be that difficult to get it right.  More...

Obituaries

Raymond R. Johnson, social worker

Raymond R. Johnson, 76, of East Amherst, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.  Mr. Johnson was a graduate of Amherst High School and served in the U.S. More...

Jan Low, Amherst Bee reporter, Amherst Museum staffer

Janet M. Low, a former reporter for The Amherst Bee, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.  The former Janet McClelland would have celebrated her 86th birthday on Dec. More...

Death Notices

SWEENEY, Nina (nee Dorey), of Amherst, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at age 102. Mrs. Sweeney is survived by two daughters, Holly Sweeney and Candee Sweeney; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. More...

Sports

Defending section champ Sweet Home girls bowling has potential for repeat success

Last year was historic for the Sweet Home girls bowling team.  The Lady Panthers went 10-0 in the regular season to win the ECIC North Large Schools title and earned the Section VI Class A crown for the first time in school history.  Coach More...

Senior leadership leads Amherst boys swim team to 2-0 start

Led by senior leadership, the Amherst boys swim team has gotten off to a 2-0 start.  The Tigers — 11-2 last year, second in Class B at ECICs and third at the Section VI Class B Tournament — opened the season with road wins against Wi More...

Holiday alters submission deadline

With Christmas falling on a Wednesday this year, the deadline to submit sports stories and/or photos for the Dec. 25 edition is moved up to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. Items received after that time will be held for the Jan. More...

Entertainment

Comedy

thurs. 19 - sat. 21   Orny Adams will appear at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, and at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 and 21, at the Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St., Buffalo; $. 853-1211, www.heliumcomedyclub.com  More...

Live Local in WNY

thurs. 19   Kathy Carr Quintet — 5 p.m., Club 101, Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel’s Seneca Event Center, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls; Free. 299-1100, www.senecaniagaracasino.com  More...

Film/Video

mon. 23   More...

Town denies Linwood rezoning, renames park

In a decision regarding a controversial proposed apartment development, the Town Board has denied a request to rezone two parcels of land on Linwood Avenue and South Forest Road.  The denial followed a second vote on the matter during Monday&rsq More...

Picture Main Street receives $800,000 in funds

Picture Main Street soon will jump off the page and become more than a black and white sketch.  On Thursday, U.S. Sen. More...

Editorial

Park’s name shouldn’t be obscured by politics

Bee Editorial

During Monday’s Town Board meeting, the council approved a measure that would change the name of Margaret Louise Park to Hopkins Road Park.  More...

Spindle items

• CLEANING HYDRANTS — After a week that has included several inches of snow accumulation, I know the subject of shoveling may not be something we want to discuss.  More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Dec. 20, 1888   Probably at no place in Buffalo is there a finer display of beautiful articles suitable for the holiday trade than at Stoddart Brothers, 84 Seneca St.  More...

Police Blotter

Youths ousted from closed park while sledding

Monday, Dec. 9  • An employee of a Niagara Falls Boulevard business reported that an unknown man was taking photographs of her with his cellphone. Police were notified by the employee’s mother. More...

Letters to the Editor

Administrators, teachers need voice

State Education Commissioner John King was in the area to provide updates to the Regents Reform agenda last week. The supposedly unbiased forum was highly calculated — right down to who was invited and what questions were asked.  More...

Education

Transit Middle School posts honor roll recipients

The following students at Transit Middle School were named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2013-14 academic year:  Grade eight   More...

Amherst High School names first-quarter honor students

The following students at Amherst High School were named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2013-14 academic year:  Grade 12   More...

Amherst Middle School posts first-quarter honor roll recipients

The following students at Amherst Middle School were named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2013-14 academic year:  Grade eight   More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Alliance on Mental Illness sets monthly meeting   More...

Lifestyles

‘Stony Brook Shines’ in the spirit of giving

Neighborhood transforms into “winter wonderland” in honor of high school student

This time of year, Lancaster’s Stony Brook Drive community is a shining example of hope.  More...

Sweet Home staff to hold charity basketball game

The staff at Sweet Home Central will be playing a charity basketball game against Rob Ray and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the high school gym, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Admission is $5. More...

Swim program teaches children with disabilities

Learning how to swim is a fairly typical right of passage for most children. More...

Business

Golia Vodka — smooth, pure and ‘better on ice’

Made in Mongolia with pure well water, Golia Vodka allows a person to taste the liquor the way it’s meant to be enjoyed. According to owner and chairman David Solomon, Golia is a smooth, honest vodka that is made with the best ingredients. More...

University at Buffalo offers program to help quit smoking

The University at Buffalo’s QUIT Program offers smokers a proven way to kick the habit and stay off cigarettes permanently, according to a UB press release.  More...

Erie County energy assistance program warms up for season

The Erie County Department of Social Services’ Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, continues to accept applications for regular benefits for the 2013-14 heating season.  More...