Hon. Sam Maislin Has Died

Hon. Sam Maislin, died Saturday, July 12, 2014.  He leaves his family of four children and 10 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 PM Monday at the Amherst Memorial Chapel, Inc., 281 Dodge Rd., where a Memorial Service will be held Tuesday at 11:00 AM.

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Is Amherst Using The RC Zoning As a Coverup To Rezone Westwood Project

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The future development the Westwood County club looks like a perfect fantasy world.  The owners mention they plan to include residential, recreation, neighborhood shops, hospitality and professional office space elements.

The description of what they plan to built is extremely vague.  They said there will be many buildings, which will destroy much of what nature put on the Westwood property.

There are no two ways about it, developers buy land to make a profit, a huge profit.  What the owner of this land wants is to have their property rezoned.

The Westwood Project is now zoned RC which stands for Recreation and Conservation.  The Westwood Project will first go to the Planning Board to get approved.  After the planning Board the Project must come before our Town Board for a final “yes” or “no.”

When the Westwood Project comes to the Town Board it will be approved because our Board does not have enough members with the guts to say, “No Way!  We have rules and we’re standing by them.”

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Sight of Rick Perry at Border Convinces Immigrants That Anyone Can Succeed in America

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RIO GRANDE – A recent tour of the U.S.-Mexico border by Texas Gov. Rick Perry has had the unintended consequence of convincing thousands of immigrants that anyone can succeed in America. After Gov. Perry and the Fox News host Sean Hannity toured the Rio Grande on Thursday, news quickly spread that the two men were actually among the most powerful in America, fueling the immigrants’ impression that the U.S. is a place where anyone can make it. “When we learned that these two men were the governor of a large state and a top broadcaster from a major news network, it seemed too incredible to be true,” said an immigrant from Honduras. “We all said to ourselves, if those two can succeed in America, imagine the wondrous things we might achieve.” According to a border official, immigration at the border shot up eighty percent since the appearance by the two men, and the situation could get even worse. “There’s a rumor that Rand Paul plans to visit,” he said.

Sight of Rick Perry at Border Convinces Immigrants That Anyone Can Succeed in America</p><br /><br /><p>RIO GRANDE – A recent tour of the U.S.-Mexico border by Texas Gov. Rick Perry has had the unintended consequence of convincing thousands of immigrants that anyone can succeed in America. After Gov. Perry and the Fox News host Sean Hannity toured the Rio Grande on Thursday, news quickly spread that the two men were actually among the most powerful in America, fueling the immigrants’ impression that the U.S. is a place where anyone can make it. “When we learned that these two men were the governor of a large state and a top broadcaster from a major news network, it seemed too incredible to be true,” said an immigrant from Honduras. “We all said to ourselves, if those two can succeed in America, imagine the wondrous things we might achieve.” According to a border official, immigration at the border shot up eighty percent since the appearance by the two men, and the situation could get even worse. “There’s a rumor that Rand Paul plans to visit,” he said.

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Republicans Accuse Obama of Using Position as President to Lead Country

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Responding to reports that President Obama is considering signing as many as nineteen executive orders on gun control, Republicans in Congress unleashed a blistering attack on him today, accusing Mr. Obama of “cynically and systematically using his position as President to lead the country.”

Spearheading the offensive was Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who charged the President with the “wanton exploitation of powers that are legally granted to him under the U.S. Constitution.”

Calling him the “Law Professor-in-Chief,” Rep. Stockman accused Mr. Obama of “manipulating a little-known section of the Constitution,” Article II, which outlines the power of the President.

“President Obama looks down the list of all of the powers that are legally his and he’s like a kid in a candy store,” Rep. Stockman said. “It’s nauseating.”

The Texas congressman said that if Mr. Obama persists in executing the office of the Presidency as defined by the Constitution, he could face “impeachment and/or deportation.”

Noting that the President has not yet signed the executive orders on gun control, Rep. Stockman said that he hoped his stern words would serve as a wake-up call to Mr. Obama: “Mr. President, there’s still time for you to get in line. But if you continue to fulfill the duties of President of the United States that are expressly permitted in the Constitution, you are playing with fire.”

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Crystal Beach Nostalgia Takes Center Stage This Weekend

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How long ago did you go to Crystal Beach to enjoy the rides, the food, the games?  Maybe you’re not old enough to remember that wonderful park, but for many of us the memories are clear.  Great friends, great times.

This weekend you can head to Canada and enjoy fond memories and see bits of nostalgia.

Nostalgia from the Crystal Beach Amusement Park makes an appearance this weekend.

There will be cars from some of the rides, Halls suckers and Crystal Beach Loganberry, along with videos and memorabilia,

Also on hand will be former Crystal Beach employees, including a woman whose job was to provide smelling salts to passengers on the Cyclone, the park’s famous roller coaster before the Comet.

The 25th anniversary of the closing of the amusement park is being marked with a celebration of the venue’s 101 years of operation.
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LeBron Congratulates People Of Cleveland On Having Him Back

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CLEVELAND (The Borowitz Report) — In an emotional speech to the people of Cleveland on Friday, N.B.A. superstar LeBron James congratulated them on “realizing the incredible dream of having me back.”

Appearing as a fifty-foot hologram projected on the side of Quicken Loans Arena, James seemed on the verge of tears several times as he praised the city for achieving what he called “a goal no words can describe.”

“The city of Cleveland has taken some hard knocks over the years,” James said. “But here you are today, receiving the most magnificent prize the world has to offer.”

Choking up, James added, “I’m so happy for you.”

In contrast with his first public appearance in Miami four years ago, James did not promise Cleveland a series of N.B.A. titles. “Tonight’s not about basketball,” he said. “Tonight is about one man giving meaning and purpose to the lives of millions.”

Although James signed a massively lucrative contract to return to the Cavaliers, he told the people of Cleveland that they had gained something “far more precious” than money. “You have been given the greatest gift of all,” he said. “The gift of me.”

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Old Home Days Drawing to a Close

Tonight is the last night to come to Island Park and enjoy Old Home Days.

The one thing that has been added to the schedule below is a chicken dinner.  Tuesday’s dinner sponsored by St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ was postponed until tonight.  Proceeds from the dinner will go to support Haven House.

Great night, great weather so come and enjoy the rides, games, attractions and DINNER!

Friday Old home days 2014

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HAWK Signal Advocated for Midblock Crossing on Main Street in Williamsville

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For one Village of Williamsville official, attempting a midblock crossing of Main Street has turned into a real-life, harrowing version of the classic 1980s arcade game “Frogger.”

“As pedestrian use of Main Street has become more vibrant over the past couple years, the issue of midblock crossing is becoming more and more prevalent and extremely dangerous, especially at night,” Trustee Daniel O. DeLano said Thursday. “No one should feel like they’re in a ‘Frogger’ game while trying to cross the street.”

Known as a HAWK signal, or high-intensity activated crosswalk beacon, the device is activated by a push button. It first flashes yellow to drivers, then displays steady yellow and finally steady red over a period of several seconds.
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Millard Fillmore Suburban to Begin Construction of Neonatal Unit

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Construction of a new neonatal unit will eliminate the need for critically ill newborns to be taken to another facility, risking further complications. The new neonatal unit will be connected through a “hub-and-spoke model” to Kaleida Health’s Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, according to system administrators.

Kaleida Health will begin construction later this summer on a $13.6 million expansion of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst that features a new neonatal intensive care unit for the treatment of seriously ill or premature newborns.

The 10-bed unit will be located on a new fourth floor built above the three-story, labor-and-delivery building that sits behind the main Maple Road hospital building.
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Buffalo’s Tasting Trifecta Begins Saturday

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Get ready to gorge as three of the tastiest festivals in Western New York will feed and entertain us over the next 10 days. The Italian Festival, above, returns to Hertel Avenue next Thursday. Get your fill along Delaware Avenue during this weekend’s Taste of Buffalo. Canal Fest of the Tonawandas opens Sunday. 

Take your time, plan your schedule and don’t worry about calories.  I don’t mean you should go overboard at any festival, but you must indulge in some fantastic foods while you are visiting any/all of these gatherings.

Three titans, overlapping. Three of our biggest festivals – Taste of Buffalo, Canal Fest and the Italian Festival – are all colliding in the same 10 days. It is a terrifying trifecta. And you wonder: Will you survive?

It helps to be prepared. Wear cool, forgiving clothing. Bring a water bottle.

And focus on each festival’s highlights.

Taste of Buffalo

When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Galbani Italian Heritage Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. next Thursday July 17 to July 20

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas

When: Sunday to July 20

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