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November 19, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Funds transferred out of departments' accounts into contingency

Board to keep Bucki's seat vacant

Before Monday's Amherst Town Board meeting began, attendees whispered to each other, "This is going to get political." The board was to vote on two resolutions that would affect power in the town. More...

Negotiations lower health insurance quotes by $1.3 million

When the expensive 2009 proposal from Independent Health was received at Amherst Town Hall, the double digit increase forced a committee to rapidly seek other options. More...

'Leave' them on curb

Road obstruction

Complaints about leaves in town streets have been piling up. The Amherst Bee has heard from readers about piles of leaves in the roadways causing unsafe driving conditions. So what are the rules when it comes to the piles? More...

Holidays affect Bee deadlines

The observances of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day will affect deadlines for Bee Group Newspapers. Bee offices will be closed on each of these holidays. Nov. 26 edition Editorial material is due by 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21. More...

Local News

North grad finds 'dream job' close to home

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

After earning her master's degree in school psychology from the University at Buffalo, Jill Ginsburg had no clear idea of what she wanted to do for a living or, for that matter, if she was interested in relocating. More...

Police Foundation holds awards ceremony

The Amherst Police Foundation held its annual Service Awards and Scholarships Program at the Country Club of Buffalo on Nov. 12. The program was led by Chief John C. Askey and foundation President Trent Voelkl. More...

Cathie Rice Scott Waiting Room dedicated at hospital

Family and friends of the late Cathie Rice Scott gathered on the fourth floor of Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital to dedicate a waiting room in her honor on Nov. 5. Scott passed away on Oct. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

(Editor's note: Call The Bee at 632-0390 and record a one-minute comment on our Bee Heard line. It gives readers an opportunity to comment quickly and candidly on items of local or regional interest. More...

Letters to the Editor

Grant ideas should be considered

Amherst has received $550,000 as our portion of a $47 million federal grant called "Safe Routes to Schools." Much of the grant money will go to the school administrators to take over a function traditionally and successfully accomplished by parents More...

Farmers Market deemed a success

The Farmers Market at the Williamsville Mill would like to express a heartfelt "thank you" to our community for supporting our successful 2008 market season. More...

Smart energy ideas should go further

The suggestion of the Williamsville School Administration to create a large co-cop of school districts to purchase energy is great. Here are two other ideas along that line: 1. Use some savings to purchase green energy from the electric suppliers. More...

Education

School News

Jon A. Williams of Snyder, owner and president of Ontario Specialty Contracting, Inc., has been named to the board of trustees for Nichols School. More...

School News

St. Gregory the Great School has received more than $13,000 since 1997 through the Target's Take Charge of Education Payout. Families, teachers and members of the community helped raise the money by designating St. More...

Canisius High School posts honor roll

The following Canisius High School students, living in Amherst, have been named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2008-2009 school year: Grade 9 Nicholas Antoniadis, Ryan Bartels, James Basil, John Bassanello, Eric Bauer, Dylan Bere More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Erie County Toy Drive to benefit foster children The Kids Depot Consignment Shop and Erie County are hosting a toy drive to benefit all the Erie County foster children. More...

Lifestyles

Don't drink and drive, unless you're with DDOB

Getting you and your car home safe

It's 3 a.m. Everyone's had a great time and a few too many drinks, including the "designated driver." You can't call a cab, bec you need your car in the morning, and the subway system is only city-bound. So, who's going to drive you home? More...

Calla lilies bouquet continues family tradition

Laura Friedman married Michael Over in an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Clarence. The bride is the daughter of Catherine and Thomas Friedman Jr. of East Amherst. More...

Bride carries handkerchief of great-grandmother

Kelly Warner married Michael Leighton in an afternoon ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Manchester, N.H. The bride is the daughter of Colleen and John Warner of Williamsville. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 20 & fri. 21 . Willy Wonka Jr. — Presented by the students in grades 6-8, teachers, staff and parents of Hoover Middle School, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. More...

Holiday

thurs. 20 . Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes — Performances: 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21; 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Nov. 22; noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Nov. 23; 7:30 p.m. Nov. More...

Tours

sat. 22 . The Soul of Buffalo — A musical journey through Buffalo's African-American heritage with stops at legendary taverns and clubs, Saturday, Nov. 22. For meeting place, more information, visit ForgottenBuffalo. com . More...

Schools await final decision on cuts in state aid

Schools in New York State know that cuts will be made to aid this year but until they know what they are dealing with, administrators say they aren't overreacting. Last week, Gov. David A. More...

Amherst man charged with stalking

It began on Oct. 22 when State Trooper Kenneth Muhlenbeck received a complaint from a woman in the Town of Newstead who for the last two weeks was receiving phone calls from an unknown male. More...

IN CONCERT

IN CONCERT — Williamsville North sophomore Amanda Tay plays cello in the first Williamsville District High School Orchestra Festival held Thursday at North. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www. BeeNews. com More...

CAR-DEER ACCIDENT

CAR-DEER ACCIDENT — Amherst Police responded to a car-deer accident on Interstate 990 at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. More...

Editorial

State government, school districts face hard choices

Bee Editorial

School districts may have to make difficult decisions if state aid is cut midyear. More...

Spindle items

• EYE OPENING EXPERIENCE — It's not often that I find myself on Niagara Falls Boulevard, in fact, I avoid it and the traffic there at all costs. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Nov. 22, 1883 Mrs. Anna Spayth, who died here Nov. 11, 1883, in her 92nd year, was a resident of Williamsville when Buffalo was burned. More...

Police Blotter

Woman mistakes leaf for dead body

(Editors note: The Bee's police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.) Friday, Nov. More...

Two charged with drug possession

Police arrested an Amherst man and Buffalo woman on drug charges, after they allegedly collided with a mailbox in Clarence and sped into the Town of Amherst. At about 9:35 p.m. Saturday, Nov. More...

Main-Transit Fire Department elects 2009 officers

The Main-Transit Fire Department Exempt Association has elected its officers for 2009. They are as follows: President Paul Thompson, Vice President Jerry Cyrek, Treasurer Douglas Roba and Secretary Gary Stillman. More...

Obituaries

David J. Gordon, active in politics

David J. Gordon, of Snyder, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008. Born in Syracuse in 1935, Mr. Gordon graduated from Syracuse City Schools in 1951 and earned a bachelor of science degree from LeMoyne College in 1956. More...

Janeen M. Guida, former owner of John and Mary's

Janeen Marie Guida (nee Alessandro), 51, formerly of Buffalo, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at Hospice Boynton, Fla. Born Oct. 8, 1957, Mrs. Guida graduated from Cheektowaga Central High School in 1975. More...

Joseph F. Precore, business owner, real estate agent

Joseph F. Precore, 95, of Eggertsville, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at Beechwood Continuing Care. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Precore graduated from Canisius High School in 1932. He began carrying mail for the U.S. More...

Sports

Sweet Home thumps Aquinas, gains redemption

Panthers win first regional football game in school history

All year Sweet Home football coach John Faller has asked his players how they want to be remembered. More...

North girls swimming sends two relays to states

A goal for the Williamsville North girls swimming team at last weekend's Section VI Championships was to qualify all three relays for this weekend's New York State Championships. But, like the singer Meatloaf has said, "two out of three ain't bad. More...

North field hockey falls in state final

Williamsville North's bid to become back-to-back Class A state champions in field hockey ended in a 2-0 defeat to Section XI's Ward Melville, in the state championship game last Saturday at Chittenango High School. More...

Business

Business News

Michael Olear at MJ Peterson Realty will hold a home buying seminar, discussing market value trends in Western New York, the $7,500 first-time buyer tax credit, what to look at when walking through a house for sale and other pertinent topics. More...

Business News

Core Environmental, Inc. recently hired Andrew Barnes as director of Computer Assisted Design and Drafting for the environmental consulting firm. More...

1-2-1 Executive Coaching Program takes employees to next level

There is a common saying, "Yo u get out of it what you put into it." But what happens when time doesn't allow for the first part of that wise saying? More...