Weekly Feature



July 14, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

McGrath, former school superintendent, dies at 84

John Pierce McGrath, 84, who served nearly two decades as superintendent of schools for West Seneca Central, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011.  Mr. McGrath was born Jan. More...

Editorial

Redistricting mess ventures into absurd territory

Bee Editorial

Watching Erie County Democrats and Republicans balk at each others’ suggestions concerning redistricting for the past several months may be likened to following a juvenile “my dad can beat up your dad” argument on the playground.&nb More...

Spindle items

KIMBERLY McDOWELL

THAT’S WHAT I WAS THINKING — You’ve heard the common expression “Great minds think alike.”  More...

Out of the Past

Gossel Farm

In this photograph from the 1920s, Carl Boldt, left, is driving his team of horses while using a bobsled to move a chicken coop onto the Gossel farm, located at 3689 Seneca St. Standing in the center of the photo is Henry J. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

I, too, wondered why the West Seneca police moved its picnic to Orchard Park. I can’t understand; they are already running radar on the other side of Southwestern Boulevard. More...

Education

West Senior posts final honor roll for 2010-11

The following West Seneca West Senior High School students have been named to the honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2010-11 school year:  Grade 9   More...

Vacation Bible School schedule

Several churches in the West Seneca community will be offering Vacation Bible School programs this summer.  New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., will hold VBS from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22. More...

Photo

LADIES OF CHARITY AWARD — Ariel Heininger of West Seneca was recently presented with an $800 scholarship through the Diocese of Buffalo Ladies of Charity, an affiliate organization of Catholic More...

Lifestyles

Library aims to broaden children’s horizons

School is out and summer is in session, but that doesn’t mean children need to stop reading and writing.  In West Seneca, as in other communities, they can visit the public library and get away from the video games that seem to consume th More...

National Night Out planned for August

As a way to promote the partnership between police and the community, the Town of West Seneca will celebrate National Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. More...

Burchfield offers nature exhibit, events

“Nature Fantasies” is currently on display, now through Aug. More...

Business

Sights set on century of success at Zilliox Optical

In the business world, a company’s owners frequently come and go, unable to withstand the test of time.  So what’s the secret behind one West Seneca business that’s changed hands only four times in nearly a century — with More...

Events

BNSME schedules Summer Bash Networking   More...

Upstate Niagara spotlighted during ‘Dairy Month’

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Man charged in Laurelton homicide

A South Buffalo man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Laurelton Drive resident.  West Seneca police said Jonathan Lewicki, 48, of South Park Avenue, was arrested Monday night in connection with the death of 79-year-old More...

BOE appoints Nagy as president, List as VP; sets new meeting time

It was the game of “musical chairs” during last week’s reorganizational meeting when the West Seneca Board of Education made several appointments before school resumes in the fall. Trustees Robbin D. List and Daniel A. More...

Local News

Veterans Committee accepts ‘Buy a Brick’ phase two orders

The West Seneca Veterans Committee is now accepting the second round of orders for its “Buy a Brick” program.  More than 360 bricks were placed in the Walkway of Freedom this spring during phase one. More...

Photo

Calvin Schifano of West Seneca happily evades a bumper-car crash during Queen of Heaven’s 30th annual carnival over the weekend. Photo by Daniel Rosati Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

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Alex Popiela, left, and Valerie Zgoda try their chances at winning a goldfish during Queen of Heaven's 30th annual carnival in West Seneca over the weekend. More...

Letters to the Editor

Same-sex marriage has huge impact

David Sherman wrote in his recent column, “Civil rights, human rights find acceptance in Albany,” that the controversial law redefining marriage that was imposed on New York by Democrats and a small band of Republicans “will be invi More...

Police Blotter

Knife, rocks, DWIs among holiday weekend mischief

A resident of Fernwood Drive admitted to an Erie County probation officer that a Suboxone pill, which was observed on his TV stand, belonged to him. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. More...

Obituaries

Death notice

COFFTA, Joshua A., 31, of Cheektowaga, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Darcy (nee Tasca); sons, Aiden and Andrew; parents, David and Janet (nee Strempski); brothers, David Jr. and Michael; and sister, Melissa Addeo. More...

Sports

Julia Suriani tabbed Bee’s Female Athlete of Year

Lacrosse standout finished career with nearly all of team’s offensive records

Put a lacrosse stick in the hands of recent West Seneca East graduate Julia Suriani, and there’s little she can’t do in the offensive third of the field — just ask the countless opposing goalies she regularly torched for five or mor More...

West football to open year with Carrier Dome debut

West Seneca West’s 2011 varsity football team will become the first in program history to play a game at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome when it opens its regular season Friday, Sept. 2, against East Syracuse-Minoa. More...

Physicals being offered for prospective athletes

West Seneca School District students who are planning to participate in a sport for the 2011-12 school year have three options for obtaining a mandatory physical before the school year begins.  More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Carnival Kids to perform at coffeehouse session   More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 14 . Wellness Walk — Healthy outdoor walk with a botanical emphasis and wildlife too. More...

Art

ongoing: now-July 16 . 20th Annual Member Show — On display now through Saturday, July 16 at Big Orbit Gallery, 30D Essex St., Buffalo.  More...

Festivals

wed. 13-fri. 15 . More...