What’s Going on in Amherst


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Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger is reminding Amherst residents that the town’s dog census is continuing this summer.

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“Dog census takers have proper identification and if an unregistered dog is present at a home, they will leave information for that resident on how to register their dog with the town,” Jaeger said.

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“We currently have about 9,000 dogs registered in the Town of Amherst,” she said. “Every year the dog census is taken we see an uptick in licensing. Our ultimate goal is to register dogs and inform our residents.”

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The cost for licensing an unaltered dog is $13 annually. Cost is $5 annually if the dog has been neutered or spayed. There is a one- time $3 fee for a dog license tag. Proof of rabies vaccination is required. Register dogs in the clerk’s office at the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

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This week’s meetings include:

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The Amherst Town Board meets at 3 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building.  The Board usually meets at 7 p.m. but it’s changed this summer day!

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The Amherst Committee on Disabilities meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Northtown Center at Amherst, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive.

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The Glen Park Joint Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Amherst Municipal Building.

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The Amherst Conservation Advisory Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the municipal building.

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The Traffic Safety Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the municipal building.

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Cracking the $100,000 Pay Ceiling

More than 700 municipal workers earned more than $100,000 last year – many of them police officers and firefighters – thanks in large part to overtime pay, and sick-time or vacation buy-backs.

Let’s call this “The Unofficial Guide to Making a Six-Figure Salary in Local Government.”

Hint: You don’t have to run for election to get there.

Another hint: Taking a job as a city or suburban police officer or city firefighter might be a good path to reaching the goal, but getting hired as a truck driver, sewer maintenance worker or a caulker also could do the trick.

In fact, 14 Buffalo city employees with a base pay of $50,000 or less – none of them police officers or firefighters – made more than $100,000 last year. And a handful of unionized blue-collar suburban workers cracked the six-figure ceiling, too.

It’s not easy. But it can be done.
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Buffalo Philharmonic Concert Tickets on Sale August 8


Lang Lang, FinnFest USA, Celtic Woman, Jason Alexander among early season highlights

Saturday, August 8 marks the first opportunity for non-subscribers to obtain tickets to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2015-16 season, with performances by Lang Lang and Celtic Woman, a spectacular Holiday Pops show with the debut of Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell, and tributes to Journey and to the music of the “Mad Men” era. Tickets range from $29-$83 and are available by visiting bpo.org, calling (716) 885-5000, or visiting the BPO Box Office at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo.

The 75th anniversary season of Kleinhans Music Hall begins on Sept. 16 as the BPO welcomes piano sensation Lang Lang. Born in a small town in China, Lang Lang has become one of the most famous people in his home country and has electrified audiences worldwide, with performances at the 2014 World Cup, the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2014 and 2015 Grammy Awards. He will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 under JoAnn Falletta’s baton, in a concert that includes music by Tchaikovsky and Glinka.

Subscriptions are still available and remain the best value, saving patrons significant money on handling fees and allowing them to lock in the best seats. Call (716) 885-5000 to learn more. Individual tickets to the full season of Buffalo Philharmonic concerts are available at 9 a.m.Saturday, Aug. 8 by calling (716) 885-5000, visiting bpo.org, or going to the box office located at 3 Symphony Circle off Porter Avenue in Buffalo.
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Hillview KY Man Arrested for Shooting Down Drone

William Merideth explains what happened the day he shot down a drone flying over his property.
William Merideth explains what happened the day he shot down a drone flying over his property.

Drones are becoming more and more of a problem day by day and they aren’t going away any time soon.

A Hillview KY. man has been arrested after he shot down a drone flying over his property — but he’s not making any apologies for it.

It happened Sunday night.  Hillview Police say they were called to the home of 47-year-old William H. Merideth after someone complained about a firearm.

Merideth told them he had shot down a drone that was flying over his house. The drone was hit in mid-air and crashed in a field near Merideth’s home.

Police say the owner of the drone claimed he was flying it to get pictures of a friend’s house — and that the cost of the drone was over $1,800.
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Trump to Breastfeeding Mom: ‘You’re Disgusting’

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In a newly released 2011 deposition from a Florida real estate case, Republican presidential contender Donald Trump revealed his distaste for another group besides Mexican immigrants and soldiers who had the misfortune of being captured during combat: breastfeeding women.

According to the New York Times, attorney Elizabeth Beck had requested a medical break during a 2-hour questioning in order to pump for her 3-month-old daughter. Beck, at the time, was representing clients who claimed to have lost thousands of dollars in a failed real estate deal involving Trump.

The transcript shows that Trump and his lawyers wanted the deposition to continue, despite Beck’s request. Beck then pulled the pump out of her bag to underscore the urgency of the situation.

“You’re disgusting,” Trump told Beck before leaving the room.
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University of Cincinnati police officer faces murder charge in traffic-stop shooting

July 29, 2015
A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot 43-year-old Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges.

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Taxpayer Watchdog Poloncarz Finds Sweetheart Assessment for Himself

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It was not long ago that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz urged the Amherst IDA to reject a law firm’s request for $550,000 in tax breaks for a proposed $4 million office expansion.

Poloncarz property at 1500 Delaware Ave. assessed $50,000 below purchase price

“Lawyer’s offices should not get tax breaks,” Poloncarz told the IDA even though 20 new jobs were being proposed as part of the expansion plan, a request the law firm later dropped.

But while Poloncarz was billing himself as a taxpayer watchdog, in 2012 he made a pretty good real estate investment for himself with a very favorable assessment, purchasing what was described by realtors as a “classic four bedroom home with gorgeous refinished woodwork on the first floor with oak paneled walls in the dining room.”
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Divers Encounter Mysterious Blob Off Turkey

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The divers didn’t know what to think of the 13-foot wide translucent sphere that was soft and gelatinous looking. Tanriover, who shot video of what he called “The Thing,” told Deep Sea News that they felt a mixture of excitement and fear as they approached the unknown sea creature.

After the video was posted, Dr. Michael Vecchione of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History was the first to come forward with a possible identification, saying it looked like a huge squid egg mass.

And he told Deep Sea News that it’s the largest he’s ever seen.

Vecchione suspects it came from a large red flying squid called Ommastrephes bartramii, though no one has ever seen it lay eggs before. The white dots in the sphere are said to be the eggs, though the larger structures in the egg mass have not been identified.

The only other known egg mass such as this one was the one Danna Staaf and her colleagues documented for the first time in 2008. It was a Humboldt squid egg mass found in the Gulf of California, and it was between 10- and 13-feet wide, making it the largest egg mass every recorded in scientific literature, according to Deep Sea News.

That egg mass featured 600,000 to 2 million eggs, or 10 times more than any other squid ever recorded.

Why these squid egg masses don’t wash ashore or aren’t encountered by divers more often is likely because they are usually found in deeper water and the eggs usually hatch in three days, limiting the time they could be seen.

All of which makes this a rare sighting, on two fronts.

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Former Colts QB Trudeau Charged With Drunken Driving

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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jack Trudeau has been arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated, public intoxication and intimidating a police officer.

Zionsville police say the arrest occurred Sunday night.

A probable cause affidavit says the 52-year-old Trudeau threatened a police officer during the arrest. It says a portable breath test showed Trudeau had a blood-alcohol content of 0.31 percent, nearly four times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

A phone call for comment to Trudeau’s Zionsville home rang unanswered.

The Colts picked Trudeau in the second round of the 1986 draft out of Illinois. He played for Indianapolis until 1993 and then with the New York Jets and Carolina before retiring in 1995.

He paid a $2,500 fine in 2007 after allowing underage drinking at his home.

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Taste of Williamsville

Taste of Williamsville

This year’s 27th Annual event is being held:

 Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at 12 noon – 8 pm

New this year:

Food Judging on the Main stage with local celebrity judges!

Judging from 3:30 to 4:30

One Huge Tent – rain or shine!

** Bring canned goods to support the Food Bank of Western NY **

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