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January 1, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Editorial

Public sessions spin out of control in town meetings

Bee Editorial

Anyone making a first-time visit to a West Seneca Town Board meeting would think they were walking into an elementary classroom full of children fed too much sugar and left to monitor themselves. More...

Spindle items

• HAPPY NEW YEAR — Now that the world is collectively coming down from the excitement of Christmas, it’s a wonderful feeling to know a new year is coming.  It’s as if we are standing on a ledge, not entirely sure what&rsqu More...

Out of the Past

25 Years Ago Jan. 4, 1990

• The owners of the Seneca Mall have mailed a letter to area residents “reconfirming” their commitment to rebuild the mall’s retail base, according to spokesmen for the mall. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heards

.I have nothing against the West Seneca School Board giving exemptions to veterans for school taxes, as long as they also put income restrictions on the exemption, as they do for seniors and disabled residents. That would be fair for all.  More...

Sports

Milestones hit, state appearances earned in banner year

2014 in sports

Athletes from all parts of West Seneca put their best foot forward on multiple occasions throughout 2014, and many of them were rewarded with personal achievements that they will cherish for the rest of their lives:  January  More...

HarborCenter offers new avenue for area high school hockey teams

Over the past several weeks, numerous teams from the Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation flocked to the city’s newest venue, HarborCenter, to play regular season games at the new, state of the art facility.  More...

CALENDAR

Saturday, January 3Boys ice hockey: East at Williamsville East (at NorthtownCenter), 1 p.m.Wrestling: East at Alexander Tournament, 9:30 a.m.Indoor track: East at Fredonia, 1:30 p.m.; West at Fredonia, More...

Business

Tips to make holiday returns less stressful

As the holiday season winds down, many consumers will head back to the stores for returns. More...

AAA: 98.6 million Americans traveling this holiday season; volume up 4 percent from 2013

AAA projects 98.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home between Tuesday, Dec. 23, and Sunday, Jan. 4. More...

YMCA offers incentive to join in new year

All YMCA Buffalo and Niagara locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New Year’s Day. By joining the YMCA on New Year’s Day, new members can save up to $75.  Those who join between Jan. More...

Sex offenders, flooding among year’s top stories

2014 in review

Throughout 2014, many changes have occurred in the Town of West Seneca but much remains the same. Below are some highlights of the past year. Sex offenders remain in West Seneca Seven sex offenders, moved into two group homes on Dec. More...

Town approves purchase agreement for old parish property

The West Seneca Town Board approved a purchase agreement on Monday for the St. Bonaventure Parish property. More...

Local News

Health commissioner warns of dangers of e-cigarettes

The Erie County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale Burstein, recently warned residents of the dangers of e-cigarettes.  More...

Erie County parks ready for winter recreation

The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry said it is prepared to offer a full slate of family-friendly winter activities at county parks once measurable snow arrives and dipping temperatures provide the consistent cold and freezi More...

Man accused in robbery of WS liquor store

The West Seneca Police Detective Bureau executed a robbery arrest warrant last week at a homeless shelter in Tonawanda for Jeffrey Pearce, 54, who has no permanent address.  Pearce was arrested in connection with the robbery of the Best Value Li More...

Police Blotter

Traffic stop reveals active U.S. Marshals’ warrant

Monday, Dec. 22  More...

Best of the Blotter

Excerpts from police calls are a regular feature in all nine Bee Group newspapers. Some of the more unusual reports from 2014 are reprinted here. Each is an actual listing from a local town or village police blotter. Illustrations by Julie Halm More...

Education

Resource center presents Holocaust teaching instruction

The New Generation Educational Initiative of the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, along with the Erie 1 and Erie 2-Chautauqua Cattaraugus boards of cooperative educational services, will present: “Never Again - The Use of Media to Promote More...

St. Joe’s lists honor students for quarter

Two West Seneca residents achieved academic honors for the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.  Junior Eric Wilde received first honors, and sophomore Joshua Cheston took second honors.   More...

Student organizes third charity talent show

For three years, Maria Crisafulli, a senior at West Seneca East High School, has been organizing and running the “Bald for Bucks” talent show benefiting Roswell Park.  Despite the work, Crisafulli said said she enjoys putting on the More...

Lifestyles

Resolutions remain a New Year’s tradition

Flipping to the last page of a calendar often sparks a time of reflection on the trials and triumphs of the past 12 months.   More...

Band plans pancake breakfast for uniforms

The West Seneca Marching Band, composed of students from both West and East high schools, is working to get new uniforms. They will hold a fundraiser pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Zebb’s, 3349 Southwestern Blvd. More...

New year gives opportunity to review time spent

Human beings are, by nature, divisional. We often distinguish our identities based upon the differences or divisions between others around us.  Some people are wealthy, some are impoverished. More...