April 1, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Local News

Award for the Arts event set for May 22

The Town of Amherst Arts & Culture in Public Places Board recently chose the winners of the second annual Amherst Awards for the Arts. More...

Bee Classified Ad section wins first place in press contest

The Classified Advertising section of Bee Group Newspapers has won first place in the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the New York Press Association. More...

Amherst schools’ transportation costs increase 63 percent

Business Administrator Melanie Conley could not believe her eyes when she discovered the spike in transportation costs for the Amherst schools’ 2015-16 budget. More...

Police Blotter

Chicken order leaves store holding the bag

Monday, March 23 • A juvenile female was arrested for allegedly shoplifting from a Niagara Falls Boulevard business. She was apprehended by store security and transported to police headquarters. More...

Letters to the Editor

‘Reform’ agenda requires discussion

As the representatives of one of the largest and higher-performing districts in Western New York, the Williamsville CSD Board of Education calls upon our elected officials to insist on thoughtful dialogue about all matters associated with education More...

Education

Amherst High School names honor students

The following students at Amherst High School were named to the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2014-15 academic year: Grade 12 More...

Sweet Home seeks candidates for School Board election

Members of the community interested in running for the Sweet Home Board of Education must file their petitions by 5 p.m. Monday, April 20. More...

MERCHANDISING

— Enrichment students at Smallwood Drive Elementary School raised more than $800 for Roswell Park Cancer Institute through a crazy hat day they coordinated with other students in the school. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Amherst Book Club schedules next meeting The Amherst Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 2, at the Ramada Inn, 2402 N. Forest Road, Getzville. Lunch will begin at noon. More...

Lifestyles

Yia Yia’s...

offering a personal touch for Easter chocolate

Dyed eggs have their origin in ancient pagan festivals, while the Easter basket evolved from German folklore. Candy, however, is a relative newcomer. More...

Holistic presentation planned at library

A lecture, “Spring into the Garden of New Life,” will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. More...

Amherst Task Force discusses spring break plans

The Search Institute’s Healthy Community/ Healthy Youth initiative set forth 40 developmental assets that are key to helping young people grow into productive, happy adults. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 2 Spring Into Nature Program: What’s Beneath Your Feet — For children and adults, 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, 4050 North St., Blasdell; $ - pre-registration required. More...

Special Events

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Theatre

tues. 7-sat. 18 More...

Amherst School District changes ‘sit and stare’ stance

Students in the Amherst Central School District who opt out of state assessments will have the opportunity to read silently at an alternate location. (See editorial on page four) More...

Art Festival to feature poster contest

The Glen Park Art Festival committee is offering a contest for individuals to submit an original painting or design to be used as the poster for the sixth annual festival in July. The winner of the contest will receive a $100 cash prize. More...

Dodge Road residents charged in weekend burglary

Two teenagers on Saturday encountered an alleged burglary upon returning to their home on Ransom Oaks Drive in East Amherst. According to Amherst Police Lt. Patrick Lucey, a robbery and burglary were reported shortly after 1 p.m. More...

Editorial

Review of state exam policies displays cooperation

Bee Editorial

In 2006, the state Department of Education began mandating the administration of English language arts and math exams for students in grades three through eight. More...

Spindle items

• KEEP RECYCLING — Here is a short reminder regarding a recent update on the town’s recycling program through Modern Disposal. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years AgoApril 3, 1890 School in District No. 16 commenced Monday, April 7, with Miss Lillie M. Zimmerman as teacher. (Editor’s note: this school stood on North Ellicott Creek Road.) More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.About the picture of the women who held office in Amherst, they failed to include Susan Grelick, who was town clerk and also supervisor for nine years. They also did not mention Peggy Santillo, council member. More...

Obituaries

Robert W. Laskie, past Hilbert College vice president

Robert W. Laskie, of Amherst, a career educator and longtime Hilbert College vice president, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015. He was 74. Born in Rochester, Mr. More...

Patrick J. Ucci, chairman of Transitowne Automotive Group

Patrick J. Ucci, 70, chairman of Transitowne Automotive Group, died Friday, March 27, 2015. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Ucci graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Canisius College. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1966 to 1972. More...

Amy M. Veneski-Oliver, former Bills cheerleader

Amy M. Veneski Oliver, 46, of Tonawanda, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Born in Buffalo in 1969, Mrs. Veneski Oliver grew up in East Amherst and attended St. Mary’s Swormville before graduating from Williamsville North High School. More...

Sports

Amherst girls lacrosse motivated for big season

A loss can be used as motivation and that is how the returning players from the Amherst girls lacrosse team are using last year’s defeat to Lake Shore in the Section VI Class C final. More...

South girls basketball falls in Class A Federation final

¦ Lady Billies finish 25-2

Williamsville South’s attempt to cap off its season with a second girls basketball championship fell short in the New York State Federation Tournament Sunday at SEFCU Arena at the University at Albany. More...

East girls lacrosse returns experienced roster

Williamsville East’s girls lacrosse team has plenty of players to compete for a Section VI title. Thirteen players return from last year’s 14-4 squad, which lost to Williamsville North in overtime in the Class B semifinals. More...

Business

Custom discount a hit at Addy’s and Lexi’s

Louis Mulone didn’t intend on staying in Western New York for more than a few years when his job transplanted his family to the area from New England more than a decade ago. More...

ECC offers open house on April 28

Erie Community College will host an open house at all three of its Western New York campuses from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28. More...

Tops Friendly Markets receives honor

Tops Friendly Markets has been awarded the Independent Retailer of the Year distinction. The company received the accolade from Grocery Headquarters, located in New York City. More...