Keep Westwood Green

Watch for these signs and ones with other messages popping up around Amherst!
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Bush Sorry Patriot Act Repealed Before He Got Chance to Read It

CRAWFORD, TEXAS (The Borowitz Report)—Just hours after the United States Senate voted to reverse key provisions of the Patriot Act, former President George W. Bush said that he regretted that the law had been partially repealed before he ever got a chance to read it.

“At the time when it was being passed and whatnot, people around the White House were saying it was a really good law,” Bush said at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. “I remember saying to myself, ‘I really need to read that.’ ”

Bush said that right after he signed the Patriot Act into law, “I wrote on a little Post-It note, ‘READ PATRIOT ACT.’ So it was definitely something I was meaning to do. But I guess it was one of those things I never did get around to.”

Now that the law has been partially reversed, Bush said, “I suppose it’s a little late in the game to start reading it,” but he indicated that he still “might check it out just to see what all the fuss was about.”

“I think they have it down at my Presidential library, so maybe one of these days I’ll set aside some time and read it,” he said, before adding, “Ha ha, who am I kidding? That’s not gonna happen.”

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Gretzky Estates Winery Sets 2017 for Niagara-on-the-Lake Opening

Rendering of 15,000-square-foot Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Craft Distillery on Niagara Stone Road.
Rendering of 15,000-square-foot Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Craft Distillery on Niagara Stone Road. 

Niagara-on-the-Lake has scored a new Wayne Gretzky winery.

Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Craft Distillery will build a 15,000-square-foot facility on Niagara Stone Road in the heart of Ontario’s wine tourism region. It is slated to open in spring 2017.

The winery and craft distillery will have retail, hospitality and tasting space along with fermentation facilities, barrel cellars, offices and storage areas. The modern, barn-style structure will have abundant windows to provide views of the vineyard and escarpment. Four acres of grapes will be planted for use in the Gretzky wines, and the rest will be purchased from local farmers. Construction is expected to begin in the fall.
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Village of Williamsville

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Stop means Stop!
Drivers have not been stopping their cars at the crosswalk near Garrison Park. One resident was a good 10 feet into the street when a car whizzed by, only to be stopped by the red light at Main. Then a car going south sped by not 5 feet from the resident.
Please be careful, especially with the number of children that will be crossing there in a few weeks.

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People Have Eyes And Common Sense

letter to the editor
They Aren’t Buying What Being Jammed Down Their Throat

Concerned Citizen:

What a crock! Every time a developer wants to build something that they calculate can make the most profit, lo and behold that is exactly what a town needs. Apartments, medical buildings, office buildings, student housing, senior housing, ad nauseum and glutted. Take a look around. Have you ever seen so many “leasing” signs in one area?

Sorry.  People have eyes and common sense.  They do not buy what is being peddled.  What must it cost developers to buy group think?

Let them build their hotels in Buffalo.  Amherst should not be in the business of competing with Buffalo.

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Hubble Photo Showing The Astonishing Density Of Stars

The White House, Washington

Hi, everyone —

I’m the President’s Chief Science Advisor. And from time to time, I like to send quick, ad-hoc notes to White House staff on a variety of topics — upcoming lunar eclipses, groundbreaking climate news, incredible photos from space. Things I’ve come across and found fascinating.

Apparently, people really like them. So when a colleague recently suggested I start sending these notes a little more widely, I figured I’d give it a try.

Here’s what I passed along internally Monday morning:

Today’s morning report from NASA contains a Hubble photo I thought worth sharing. The astonishing density of stars — most of which, we now know, have planets — really does make one wonder whether there’s anybody else out there. And this is just one piece of our own galaxy. There are an estimated 100 billion other galaxies in the observable universe. Enjoy!

Is there a particular scientific topic you’re interested in, or a question you have? Let me know here.

Even if I don’t know the answer, we’ve got a lot of smart people over here who might.

My best,

John

Dr. John P. Holdren
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House
@whitehouseostp


Check out this cool Hubble photo!

Hubble Peers into the Most Crowded Place in the Milky Way

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image presents the Arches Cluster, the densest known star cluster in the Milky Way. It is located about 25,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), close to the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is, like its neighbor the Quintuplet Cluster, a fairly young astronomical object at between two and four million years old. The Arches cluster is so dense that in a region with a radius equal to the distance between the sun and its nearest star there would be over 100,000 stars! At least 150 stars within the cluster are among the brightest ever discovered in the Milky Way.

These stars are so bright and massive that they will burn their fuel within a short time (on a cosmological scale that means just a few million years). Then they will die in spectacular supernova explosions. Due to the short lifetime of the stars in the cluster the gas between the stars contains an unusually high amount of heavier elements, which were produced by earlier generations of stars.

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Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo

David Kowalski
All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy

EVENTS:

  • SATURDAY, June 6, HIKE: Birdwatching Hike at the Stella Niagara Preserve, with hosts Erin Redding and Greg Coniglio. Sponsored by WNY Land Conservancy. 8:30 am to 10:30 am, Lewiston. Register at 716-687-1225 orinfo@wnylc.org
  • MONDAY, June 8, MEETING: Energy Committee of the Sierra Club Niagara Group, 6:00 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church (2nd floor, Alliance Room), 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Join us working for renewable energy solutions to climate change
  • SUNDAY, June 14, CELEBRATION: Beaver Meadow Nature Center – 40th ANNIVERSARY Bash!  2:00pm-8:30pm, Beaver Meadow Nature Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java

Web LINKS to all Events are in the sidebar at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo Click Here

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Our Entire Village Board is Running For Re-election ~ Unopposed

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The Amherst Bee presented a breakdown of the Village Board candidates who are running for another 4 year term ~ unopposed. The Village election is June 16 from 12 pm to 9 pm in the Village Auditorium at 5565 Main Street.

The officials running for re-election have done a good job improving the Village.  The present Mayor, Brian Kulpa, has become a member of the Amherst Town Committee.  He has been assigned the job by Jerry Schad, to develop the town.  Brian Kulpa, has been an excellent leader.

Mayor Kulpa has made it known he plans to run for the position of Supervisor of the Amherst in less than two years, when Supervisor Weinstein is term limited to leave office. Brain believes he has the ability to run Amherst.  He has shown his desire to move even further up the political ladder so he can make positive changes in New York State.

Brian plans to turn our little village into a little concrete jungle.  Gone will be the natural beauty of our quaint little village.  The residents of Williamsville will wake up too late.  They will see their beloved trees, grass, and the smell of the clean air and water of our wonderful village are gone, overtaken by the odors of an industrial village.

The members of the Village Board voted the unanimously for every change proposed.  This should have been a dangerous sign to the public.

I believe that as citizens of the village we must keep an eye on the beauty of the village.  We must fight back against a concrete jungle.  I did voice my thought against several of the plans the village plans to do.    We need more people to speak out against what our village may turn into simply because we didn’t voice our thoughts.

Are you part of the silent majority?

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Is There A Real Need For 9 New Hotels in Amherst?

Deals for Flights, Hotels and Rental cars in New York

Is there a real need for 9 new hotels in Amherst?  The Amherst Planning Department and developers say ~ yes

This is what dense hotels can look like.

The latest count as to how many new hotels will be built in Amherst very shortly is nine.  There will definitely 3 more in the Village of Williamsville and 6 in Amherst.

If you are asking yourself, “Do we need these hotels?”  the answer is simple, if you ask the developers.

The builders say we will be hosting major events and will also have to handle the overflow from Buffalo’s major events.  The developers’ thinking is that these events will draw more than the downtown area hotels and motels can handle.

As of now there are 26 new buildings predicted for people to stay overnight or longer stays.

Prepare for the city of Williamsville to be born into existence.

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Cuomo’s Popularity Sinks Even Lower

Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a preview for his State of the State address at a news conference at his offices in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating has dipped to 44 percent, an all-time low among Quinnipiac University polls.

Among Democrats, Cuomo’s approval rating is at 55 percent, according to the Quinnipiac poll out this morning. Just 1 out of 3 Upstate voters like the governor’s recent performance.

The results are even starker than those from a Siena College Research Institute poll late last month, which also showed Cuomo’s sinking approval rating.

The poor marks comes as two former Albany leaders — Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos — face federal corruption charges. Both have stepped down from their leadership positions in the New York State Legislature but remain in office.
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