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2018-03-14 / Editorial

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Associate Editor

TOTE CODE — Stemming from a Bee Heard entry we received in the past couple of weeks, I wanted to update the community on the town’s current code regarding garbage and recycling totes.

According to the code, if stored outside, garbage and recycling totes should be “behind the front elevation of the primary building on the property provided that the totes are at least partially obstructed from view from the street, such as along the side of the house.”

Prior to February 2016, town code mandated that totes stored outside should be placed at the rear of a house or building so that they would be out of the sight lines of passing traffic or pedestrians. Essentially, the current code relaxes the restrictions and makes it easier for residents to store their totes.

For more information regarding this topic, call 631-7119 or email refuse@amherst.ny.us.

PASSPORT OUTREACH — Will you be traveling outside the U.S. for an upcoming vacation or work commitment? If so, you may want to apply for a passport before the execution fee increases from $25 to $35. The execution fee is charged to first-time applicants older than 16, children younger than 16 and applicants reapplying after a previous passport is lost or stolen, and is additional to other fees.

The County Clerk’s Office will be conducting Passports on the Move outreach events from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Both sessions will be held at AAA Travel and Insurance Center, 100 International Drive, Amherst. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the County Clerk’s Office at 858-8866. The event is for first-time passport applicants only. Attendees do not have to be AAA members.

Applicants will be able to apply for a passport card, passport book or both. Payment must be in the form of check or money order. No cash or credit cards will be accepted. The outreaches are intentionally being held prior to April, when passport fees are scheduled to increase.

SUBMIT YOUR NEWS — I have recently received several inquiries from people who are wondering how to submit their news items of interest to The Bee.

Our deadline for submitting either photos or news information, such as press releases, is 5 p.m. the Friday before each Wednesday’s edition. You may also send us your thoughts in a letter to the editor, which has the same deadline as other submitted information.

Letters may be no more than 300 words in length and should include the writer’s full name, municipality and street of residence. All letters are subject to editing. Letters may be submitted one of three ways: at www.BeeNews.com; by emailing me at kdepriest@beenews.com; or through postal mail at 5564 Main St., Williamsville, NY 14221.

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