December 17, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Town issues setback provisions for tower

The Town Board, during its meeting on Monday, established setback requirements for a planned telecommunications tower that will be constructed by Verizon in Getzville. More...

Local News

Williamsville FD elects 2015 officers

Joseph Frese was re-elected president of the Hutchinson Hose Company/Williamsville Fire Department at the organization’s December meeting. More...

Board’s controversies continue

Three months after the Transit Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association requested that a different School Board member be made a liaison to the organization, the Williamsville School Board approved assigning a new representative. More...

DONATION —

Dr. Pervez Khan, left, and his wife, Nighat Pervez, speak with Dr. More...

Police Blotter

Man threatens to ‘pound’ face of pizzeria employee

Monday, Dec. 8 • A homeless man was reportedly standing at the bottom of an Interstate 290 exit. According to a motorist, the man was holding a sign for passing vehicles. More...

Obituaries

Philip H. Magner Jr., trial lawyer

Philip H. Magner Jr., 87, formerly of Williamsville, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Mr. Magner graduated from the University of Buffalo Law School, after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1949. More...

John J. Koltai, won medals in fencing

John J. Koltai, 78, of Williamsville, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Born in Pápa, Hungary, he fled during the 1956 Hungarian uprising, a nationwide revolt against the government and its Soviet-imposed policies. More...

Aurelia M. Holloway, arts community volunteer

Aurelia M. Holloway, 95, formerly of Snyder and Williamsville, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Mrs. More...

Lifestyles

Meals on Wheels

for Western New York spreads holiday cheer

The 1,800 individuals served by Meals on Wheels for Western New York have learned that the organization is always about more than just a meal. That is even truer this time of the year. More...

Free anxiety support group to begin Dec. 23

A professionally led free anxiety support group is being offered by licensed mental health counselor Paul Cartone every other Tuesday, beginning Dec. 23. The group will meet from 7 to 8:15 p.m. More...

Gingerbread houses help raise funds for ALS at doctor’s office

At Suburban Cardiology, gingerbread houses with frosted windows and candy decorations have become a familiar holiday sight. For the past 10 years, the staff of the practice, founded by Dr. More...

Entertainment

Holiday Happenings

thurs. 18 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians — The 1964 holiday cult classic features Pia Zadora, 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Northtown Business Center, Amherst; $. 837-0376, www.screeningroom.net More...

Family Activities

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Literature

thurs. 18 Northside Writers Group — Meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month, Dec. 18, at the Crossroads Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., corner of Main Street and Burroughs Drive, Snyder. Membership is open to the public. More...

District moving ahead on athletic projects

Williamsville schools

The Williamsville School Board has approved moving forward on planning capital improvement projects that, if passed by voters, will add artificial turf fields at the district’s three high schools. More...

Village’s proactive stance subject of mayor’s speech

On Monday, Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa presented the State of the Village address to recount the year’s initiatives and what is planned for the future. More...

TOYS FOR TOTS

— Pete Martino, left, receives toy donations from Mike Rizzi on Friday. Martino, a resident of Amherst, is chairman of the Toys For Tots campaign for the Conrad F. More...

Editorial

Understand the importance of capital projects

Bee Editorial

The time is now for residents to stay informed on the Williamsville schools’ planned capital projects. One of the projects includes updating district athletics by installing turf fields at each of the high schools. More...

Spindle items

• REMEMBER TO BE SAFE — Last week, the Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation was awarded nearly $129,000 in state grants to aid planning and construction of a skate park. The foundation was created in More...

Out of the Past

125 Years AgoDec. 19, 1889 The Bee is being printed every Thursday afternoon after three o’clock. All visitors will be cordially welcome. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.I agree with the town board on not giving tax credits to a private developer who is not building any new apartments. Thank you very much, town board. More...

Education

St. Gregory the Great names honor students

The following students were named to the honor roll for the first trimester of the 2014-15 academic year: More...

Sports

Sweet Home girls bowling opens season 3-0

Sweet Home has traditionally had a strong girls bowling team and there is no reason why the Lady Panthers won’t continue the trend this winter. More...

Amherst boys swim team rebuilds, opens 2-1

Amherst’s boys swim team has been a consistent winner in recent years, but with half of last year’s roster graduating, duplicating the team’s usual success – team finished 10-1 last year - will take a little longer than usual. More...

South basketball wins emotional opener over North

Williamsville South’s boys basketball coach Gabe Michael said his team plays at its best when they are playing with emotion and that is what they did in the second half of the Billies’ season opener Friday. More...

Business

Support one another to make a difference

I received a call today from an individual in Sarasota, Florida, who wanted the Amherst Chamber to partner with his company and provide skills training to our members. More...

Daemen receives honor for community commitment

Daemen College has for the seventh consecutive year been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service learning and ci More...

Organizations receive grants to promote job training programs

Several grants were awarded to Erie County organizations as an investment in job training programs. A total of 11 grants were awarded to the organizations during the Regional Economic Development Council Awards held by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 11. More...