AMHERST, NY- On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 the Amherst Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly networking event, Business After Hours, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Salon Da’Voe located at 5759 Main Street in Williamsville. Guests are invited to network with other Chamber members and learn more about the newly opened salon and how they can help you look your best in the professional scene.
Salon Da’Voe held its grand opening and ribbon cutting in January of this year, growing exponentially in clientele since then. The esthetically beautiful salon is the home of nine expert stylists, which all have a minimum of seven years of experience. Salon Da’Voe also offers relaxing massages and facials, with more services on the horizon.
Members of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors will be on hand to meet with members at Business After Hours as well, giving members a chance to provide their feedback to the Chamber’s leadership.
This event is free to members of the Amherst Chamber. First-time non-member guests are invited to Business After Hours to experience the culture of the Chamber and find out more about the benefits and services available to our members. For more information or to make a reservation for May’s Business After Hours, please visit www.amherst.org or call 716.632.6905. For more information on joining the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, please contact Kim Whelan.
Online Contest Educates Participants on Stormwater Management, Features Great Prizes
ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, in partnership with the Western New York Stormwater Coalition, has announced the “Stormwater Challenge Contest”. The contest raises awareness about stormwater runoff, which occurs when rain and snowmelt can’t soak in to the ground and runs off of rooftops, driveways, streets and lawns. A substantial volume of runoff flows through systems of pipes and ditches that eventually discharge directly into nearby streams, rivers, and lakes. When this runoff comes in contact with certain pollutants, such as lawn chemicals, motor vehicle fluids, and pet wastes, it may become contaminated.
“Our western New York water resources are the keystone for attracting economic development and creating a blue economy,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “Erie County is committed to protecting our water-based assets, and I recommend that all residents take the challenge, learn how their day-to-day activities impact water quality, and learn how small changes in their lives and yards can add up to huge returns for all of us.”
The WNY Stormwater Coalition, comprised of 43 municipal agencies in Erie and Niagara counties, is presenting the “Stormwater Challenge Contest” as a thought-provoking strategy to educate the public on stormwater pollution and increase public awareness on ways to prevent it. Participants will learn how to keep stormwater clean, what a storm sewer is intended for, ways to keep pollution out of natural waters, and how to protect valuable water resources.
Randomly selected participants who complete and submit the online quiz by May 31, 2013, will be eligible for a chance to win prizes including: a family four pack of tickets to the Maid of the Mist, Naval & Military Park, Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Tour, or Quaker City Ferry Company; a kayak package; a rain barrel; or a slip-n-slide, beach toy set, snorkel set, or double tube float. 48 winners will be chosen from among all participants, and will be notified. Funding is provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
To take the online quiz, and to learn more about stormwater pollution prevention, visit
To learn more about the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, visit
Grand Opening Celebration Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19
BJ’s Wholesale Club announced the opening of its newest New York location 3056 Sheridan Drive in Amherst. The 109,000 square-foot club offers significant savings on groceries and general merchandise including premium consumer electronics and brand-name appliances. Additionally the Club will feature a fresh bakery, BJ’s Café, deli, optical services, rotisserie chicken and Verizon Wireless.
In recognition of the new Club opening, BJ’s will host Grand Opening Celebrations on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. Current Members and the public are invited to sample a variety of foods and beverages and visit with balloon artists and face painters. BJ’s also will provide information about the club’s growing selection of organic and all-natural foods.
BJ’s Wholesale Club takes great pride in being a good corporate citizen and is dedicated to giving back to the Amherst community. The new Amherst Club has partnered with the Heritage Heights Elementary School as part of BJ’s Adopt-a-School program. The school will receive a donation to enhance educational programs and curriculum objectives and a shopping cart filled with supplies to be used in the school. BJ’s also will donate $1,500 to the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, and a $2,500 gift card to the Haven House Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter (an affiliate of Family Justice Center).
With a focus on individual consumers and families, BJ’s Wholesale Club places greater emphasis on satisfying consumer demands for value, selection, brands and convenience:
- Value and Savings – BJ’s Members can save more than 30% off supermarket prices on a market basket of items, including grocery store and stock-up sizes.* In addition, BJ’s is the only warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons.
- Variety and Selection – With more than 7,000 products, BJ’s features the largest assortment of food and merchandise in the warehouse club industry.
- Quality and Brands – BJ’s provides high-quality products and top selling national brands in every category as well as locally-grown produce, USDA “Choice” meats and expanding number of all-natural and certified organic foods.
- The Most Payment Options –For added convenience, BJ’s also offers the most payment options of any wholesale club. In addition to cash, checks and debit cards, members can use their Visa, BJ’s Visa®, MasterCard, American Express or Discover/NOVUS credit cards and EBT to make purchases.
- Convenience – BJ’s is a one-stop shopping destination where Members can pick up everything they need – all under one roof. Club design elements such as aisle markers and wider aisles allow Members to more easily navigate the Club while self -checkout and express lanes save Members time.
The Amherst Club is open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information about the new Amherst location, visit www.bjs.com/amherst
Governor Cuomo has an ad on T.V. in which he states proudly how he is trying to clean up the corruption in New York State by giving more power to the D.A. along with other minor efforts to stop the corrupt people hired by leaders in New York State.
Governor Cuomo, if you really want to be taken seriously as an honest, fighting Governor and potential Presidential candidate, you must use your power to help enact a law that would stop any convicted political thief in the past or in the future from receiving any pensions or other retirement benefits.
It’s not an impossible task. The state of New York is paying these scumbags retirement benefits amounting too over $5,000,000 a year.
Governor you talk like you are serious about your efforts to put a major dent in the crooked elements in our State. Then start doing what you know you should, instead of just giving lip service to your constituents.
The people of our state would truly like to see real justice. Governor, is it too hard to achieve? Would too many important politicians end up in prison?
Program encourages fun and fitness
ERIE COUNTY, NY— Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein announced that Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”) is again sponsoring with the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo “Be Active Erie County!” a series of guided walks for all ages in our beautiful Erie County parks.
“Regular physical activity helps people get and keep a healthy weight,” said Burstein. “Adults need at least 2 and 1/2 hours (150 minutes) a week of aerobic physical activity. Inactive adults have higher risk for early death, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers.”
The “Be Active Erie County!” walks for this year are:
May 18, 2013 Saturday, Emery Park, Field House
June 2, 2013 Sunday, Towpath Park (Foot of Hertel Avenue),
June 8, 2013 Saturday, Isleview Park, Gazebo,
June 15, 2013 Saturday, Akron Falls Park, Cummings Lodge
June 22, 2013 Saturday, Chestnut Ridge Park, Casino
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Reserve unit will lead the walks. Health screening including blood pressure, BMI and others will be available. Assorted health education materials and smoking cessation services, products, and cessation program enrollment will be available at each walk. Registration for the walks begins at 9 am.
For information on the “Be Active Erie County!” and other programs visit:
Popular Event at ECC North Campus Allows for Safe Disposal of Hazardous Items
ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Erie County Commissioner of the Department of Environment and Planning Maria Whyte was joined by joined by event sponsors, elected officials, and concerned citizens in announcing that Erie County will hold a hazardous waste drop off event on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Erie Community College (“ECC”) North campus from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The event, sponsored by the Town of Amherst, allows county residents to safely dispose of hazardous items that can’t be thrown out in the regular garbage.
“I encourage all residents to take advantage of this dropoff event to get hazardous items out of their homes and garages,” said Whyte. “With the support of our partners and the Town of Amherst, we will be ready this Saturday to help create a cleaner and greener Erie County, protecting our environment and residents at the same time through the safe disposal of harmful chemicals and other substances that could otherwise contaminate our groundwater.”
The hazardous household waste drop off event will be held this Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at ECC North Campus. Participants should enter the event from the Wehrle Drive entrance to the campus.
Items which can be brought to ECC North on Saturday for disposal include:
- Pesticides, Fertilizers, Pool and Household Chemicals/Cleaners (limit 2 gallons or 20 lbs.)
- Oil-based Paints, Spray cans (limit 10 gallons)
- Paint Thinner, Stripper and Solvents (limit 2 gallons)
- Batteries (lead acid & rechargeable)
- Oil, Gasoline, Kerosene, Antifreeze (limit 10 gallons)
- Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, metal)
- Propane tanks & cylinders (full or empty)
Items which will NOT be accepted include: latex paint, tires, computers & electronics, appliances, fluorescent bulbs, commercial & industrial wastes
Support for this event is provided by Erie Community College, the Town of Amherst, Elwood Fire Protection Inc., NOCO Energy Corp., The Battery Post, Inc., and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
For more information, visit www.erie.gov/environment or call 858-6800.
A two-vehicle crash late Sunday afternoon in Amherst left one driver charged with driving while intoxicated, while four occupants in the other vehicle were taken to two area hospitals after that vehicle rolled over, Amherst police said.
The crash occurred shortly before 4:25 p.m., when a 2003 Toyota made a left turn into a 2006 Jeep that was traveling north on Campbell Boulevard.
Police charged the Toyota driver, Andrey Tsur-Tsar, 36, of Amherst, with DWI and some traffic violations, according to the accident report. Police said he refused to submit to a breath test.
• The Village of Williamsville Board of Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 5565 Main St. The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 6 p.m.
• The village Planning Board will hold a special meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at Village Hall.
• The village’s Beautification Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Island Park behind Village Hall.
• The village will hold its 3rd Annual Village Parks Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed and should meet at Garrison, S. Long or Island parks.
A potluck picnic will be held at Island Park for all volunteers. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels and gloves “and come prepared to dig in!” Call Nancy Locke at 238-0901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.