Republicans Will Endorse Local Candidates This Thursday 5/25/17

This Thursday night, 5/25/17 the Amherst Republican Party will finally endorse their political candidates for the November election.

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Temple Beth Tzedek Details Plans for New Amherst Synagogue


The merged congregation of Temple Beth Tzedek and B’nai Shalom plans to build a new, 10,210-square-foot synagogue on North Forest Road that will connect to the existing synagogue on the site.

The construction will allow Temple Beth Tzedek to move from its longtime Getzville Road home, which the congregation is selling to Northtown Automotive. The combined congregation has held services at both locations until the sale of the property at 621 Getzville Road goes through.
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Northtown Automotive Seeks Approval for Getzville Road Parking Expansion

The 468 parking spaces would sit between the synagogue, to the west, and Northtown Kia, Mazda, and Subaru, to the east, at 3890 Sheridan. 
Northtown Automotive is moving ahead with its plans to build 468 parking spaces on land at Getzville Road and Sheridan Drive that it is buying from Temple Beth Tzedek, as it negotiates a lease with Dent Neurologic Institute for 300 of the spaces.

The dealership has filed a site plan with the town, and the Amherst Planning Board must review the project.

Northtown is buying a nearly 10-acre site at 621 Getzville Road from Temple Beth Tzedek, which is building an expanded synagogue with B’nai Shalom on North Forest Road.
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Dobmeier Named Principal of Casey Middle School

Casey Middle School in the Williamsville Central School District has a new principal.

Peter Dobmeier, assistant principal at Casey for the last 6½ years, takes over in July from Francis McGreevy, who is retiring after 18 years in the the district.

The School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Dobmeier to the $112,000-a-year post overseeing one of the district’s four middle schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s degree from Canisius College and previously taught English in the Sweet Home School District.
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Today is ‘Grievance Day,’ Deadline to Challenge Assessments

Non-hearing appeals to Amherst’s Board of Assessment Review must be received at the Assessor’s Office in Town Hall, or to the Board of Assessment Review, by 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The deadline to challenge property assessments, also known as “Grievance Day,” is May 23 in most communities, according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

Tentative assessment rolls, which list the assessed value of each property, are generally made public in the beginning of May. You can access the rolls at your town’s or city’s website, or by visiting your local assessor’s office.
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Williamsville Castle Estate Sale Rankled Neighbors


People attending the first day of an estate sale travel in and out of the walkway and gate to the castle on Oakgrove Drive in Williamsville.

An estate sale drew thousands of antique-hunters and curiosity-seekers over three days in late April to a privately owned castle on an island in Ellicott Creek in Williamsville.

It also caused headaches for the neighbors on Oakgrove Drive, near the castle.

Grass along the public right-of-way was torn up by vehicles, visitors parked in front of fire hydrants, and residents who objected were subjected to verbal abuse, several told the Village Board on Monday night.
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Dunn Tire Files Plans for New Sheridan Drive Store

Dunn Tire has filed plans with the Town of Amherst for its proposed 10,500-square-foot store on Sheridan Drive.

The new store at 3424 Sheridan Drive is 50 percent larger than the company’s existing store at 3045 Sheridan Drive in the Northtown Plaza. The new building, which currently houses Color-Tech Photo Lab, is just east of Sweet Home Road. The Town Board already has rezoned the property, and the town Zoning Board of Appeals has granted the required variances.

Dunn Tire proposes renovating the existing, single-story building and building an addition on the store’s east side, at a cost of $1.5 million. The company would add 10 bays for vehicles, and the new property of slightly less than 1 acre allows for better parking and improved customer access.
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After ‘Possible Threat,’ Increased Police Presence At Williamsville South

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Amherst police have a greater presence at Williamsville South High School this week after a student “made a possible threat to the school,” Williamsville School District officials said.

School officials learned last week about something “supposedly to occur sometime this week,” Williamsville South principal Keith Boardman said in an email message to parents sent on Monday. District officials declined to provide detail about the nature of the threat.

“Through this investigation, the police determined that, while a statement was made, the nature of it was taken out of context,” Boardman wrote. “Nonetheless, we have asked for, and there will be an increased police presence at the school this week.”
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Breaking News: Some sort of explosions at Stadium in Manchester, England

Ariana Grande was giving a concert at the time of the explosion.  Police said there were several fatalities.

20 people are dead,  59 injured

The police believe this was a terrorist attack.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: The Final Performance

UNIONDALE, NY – MAY 21: Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson performs on the final day of the Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus on May 21, 2017, in Uniondale, New York. Known as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the circus performed its final act after a 146-year run.

The lights went up on the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus on Sunday evening to reveal 14 lions and tigers sitting in a circle, surrounding a man in a sparkling suit. It was a sight too implausible to seem real yet such an iconic piece of Americana that it was impossible to believe the show would not go on.

After 146 years, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey is closing for good, responding to a prolonged slump in ticket sales that has rendered the business unsustainable, according to its operator, Feld Entertainment. On Sunday, the circus glittered, thundered and awed beneath the booms and klieg lights of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. That there was no tent over the final show, no striped eaves from which the daring young man on the flying trapeze could hang, felt fitting. The big top was packed up, this time forever.

Autumn Luciano stood outside, ticket in hand. “It feels a little like a funeral today, but I’m trying not to mourn it in a sad way,” said Ms. Luciano, 33, a pinup photographer who had flown in from Lansing, Mich., to see the last show. “Circus is all about being happy.”
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