Weekly Feature



March 30, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Master class

Williamsville North High School sophomore Michelle Zhang performs under the constructively critical eye of Carol Wincenc on Monday afternoon in the lobby of the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 5195 Main St., A More...

Local News

Amherst schools explain tax cap

The Amherst Central School District is facing an unusual situation regarding the 2016-17 budget. More...

CELEBRATION

— A color guard steps off in front of the landmark Broadway Market during Monday’s annual Dyngus Day parade in Buffalo. More...

State of Schools report signals substantial losses

Ranging from $14.9 million in small, rural districts like North Collins, to more than $100 million in larger districts such as Kenmore and West Seneca, more than $1 billion in state aid funding has been lost by Erie County schools since 2007-08.  More...

Police Blotter

Woman appeals to police over loss of potatoes

Saturday, March 19  • A resident of Glenhaven Drive reported that about 10 teenagers were walking up and down the middle of the road and refusing to move for passing traffic. More...

Letters to the Editor

Tax plastic bags for cleaner streets

This is in response to David Sherman’s column published March 16 and 17.  I believe taxing disposable plastic bags will provide an incentive for consumers to use non-disposable bags.  Two key steps are defining a non-disposable bag an More...

Education

Transit Middle School names second-quarter honor students

The following students at Transit Middle School were named to the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2015-16 academic year:  Grade eight   More...

Amherst High School names honor roll recipients

The following students at Amherst High School were named to the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2015-16 academic year:  Grade 12   More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Ladies Auxiliary plans Spaghetti dinner   The North Amherst Ladies Auxiliary will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the North Amherst Fire Hall, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. More...

Lifestyles

11th annual EVENING TO Remember’‘

to celebrate every life

For the 11th year, the Western New York Perinatal Bereavement  Network Inc. will host its annual “Evening to Remember” at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.  More...

Women’s lymphedema support group begins

A new women’s lymphedema support group will hold its first meeting from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Sheridan Surgical meeting room, 4510 Bailey Ave., Williamsville. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. More...

PACKING WITH A PURPOSE

— Volunteers Mary Hartwick, left, and Debbi Soman package meals donated to the Town Square Food Pantry. The meals were distributed to Amherst residents as part of an Easter/Purim program. More...

Assessor outlines upcoming Equity Project

Amherst Assessor Dave Marrano recently detailed to the Town Board this year’s Assessment Equity Project, which his office will be conducting as a way to better distribute the tax levy and create awareness of the project among taxpayers.  More...

Village to heighten retail focus

The Village of Williamsville Board has taken some steps to fill retail gaps as officials look to round out the accessibility of the area.  At Monday’s meeting, Mayor Brian Kulpa gave a brief update about construction on Spring Street, whic More...

THE SEARCHERS

— Hannah McMahon, left, and Kaylee Kraft gather eggs during the annual Easter egg hunt held Saturday at Asbury United Methodist Church. More...

Editorial

Disparaging remarks put committee in poor light

Bee Editorial

When town-sanctioned committees begin functioning improperly, we believe the authority and existence of these organizations should be reviewed by town officials.  More...

Spindle items

• CODES AND UPDATES — I recently received an anonymous letter from a resident regarding the town’s amended policy on garbage tote placement. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago  April 2, 1891   There is a telegraph message at the Bee office for Mr. John Simko of Clarence Center.  Catching muskrats is a very good occupation at present, Mr. Will Fischer catching thirty during the past week. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.This week while I was sitting on North Forest Road in front of Forest Elementary, I was watching town workers remove the salt bucket, which is truly a harbinger of spring, but what was shocking to me was that when the worker opened the bucket they f More...

Obituaries

Thomas J. Davis, veteran, retired principal

Thomas J. Davis, 93, of Williamsville, a veteran and retired principal of Harlem Road Elementary School, died Sunday, March 20, 2016.  A graduate of South Park High School, Mr. More...

Death Notices

BALL, Sally L. (nee Tuskey), of Amherst, died Saturday, March 19, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Richard F; two daughters, Christine Luehrsen and Kathleen Wolff; one son, Richard; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. More...

Sports

North’s Shaw tabbed Girls Coach of the Year

Earned 500th career victory in run to state AA semifinals

When he walked into the Williamsville North High School gym three years ago to meet his players for the first time, girls varsity basketball coach Bill Shaw doesn’t deny that he was an unknown figure in their eyes despite a long and storied coa More...

Spring sports previews to begin next week

The Bee will begin previewing the spring sports teams in next week’s edition by publishing a preview of the boys and girls lacrosse teams. More...

South’s Michael repeats as Boys Coach of the Year

Williamsville South’s boys basketball team reached the state semifinals for the first time in program history this winter, so it’s only appropriate that head coach Gabe Michael becomes the first to earn consecutive All-Bee Boys Basketball More...

Business

LaPorta’s celebrates 30 years of quality

At LaPorta’s Pizzeria, the husband and wife owners strive to provide their customers with quality food made with fresh ingredients — an ideal the business has now embodied for the past 30 years.  “It’s an old-fashioned st More...

‘The best choice of my entire career’

Elaine Panzica joins OBGYN Associates of WNY

Elaine Panzica, a women’s health nurse practitioner and resident of Lancaster, joined the team at OBGYN Associates of Western New York three months ago and has felt more than confident about her choice each day since.  “It is the bes More...

UBMD Orthopaedics provides grants to organizations

The Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association, headquartered in Tonawanda, is a recipient of a UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 2015 CommunityCare grant.  More...