Breaking News: Amherst Doesn’t Need More Missing Money

by James Tricoli, Editor of the

After I investigated the “ImagineAmherst” project it became clear that over $100,000 is somehow unaccounted for.  After talking to our Town Comptroller and our Town Supervisor there weren’t any answers which explained what happened to this money.  Our Comptroller’s explanation was so far out in left field that there was no way it could it be believed.

Supervisor Weinstein’s explanation about this money, or “in-kind” services, was totally opposite of what I had been told by our Comptroller.

This money must be accounted for.  Amherst has the reputation of being a Town which is sloppy with its record keeping.  People who work in certain departments are loose with our town records.

Now we have $100,000 missing in the “ImagineAmherst” project.  I am asking whoever knows what happened to this money to please explain it to me or any authority figure in town hall.  The explanation must include proof of what happened.

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Catholic Health Chooses New Site for Controversial Drug Treatment Clinic in Amherst

Catholic Health is now proposing to locate a drug treatment facility at 210 John Glenn Drive in Amherst. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
Catholic Health is now proposing to locate a drug treatment facility at 210 John Glenn Drive in Amherst.

Catholic Health System, facing unrelenting opposition from neighbors and town officials, will not open a planned drug treatment clinic at 910 Millersport Highway.

The system instead proposes to open the clinic — where patients would receive methadone and other medication-assisted treatment — in an office and industrial park at 210 John Glenn Drive in northwest Amherst.

The new proposed location was on a map of 129 potential alternative sites the town provided Catholic Health last month.

It’s also compatible with a new local law the town is weighing that would limit the locations of future drug treatment clinics in Amherst. And patients who take the bus can access the site, an important consideration for Catholic Health.

System leaders said they hope their decision allows them to move on from the tense standoff over the first site and to begin serving patients who are in desperate need of care.
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Imagine Amherst – Joint Committee Meeting August 23, 2017

Imagine Amherst is a project to review and revise the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance to more effectively guide and regulate development and redevelopment.  The Town will be holding a Joint Meeting of the Project Working and Technical Advisory Committees on August 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Village Hall, located at 5565 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221. 

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Mark Schroeder Running For Mayor Of Buffalo

Dear Friends,

I am running for Mayor of Buffalo because I have new vision for our city – one where everyone has a seat at the table, and no neighborhood gets left behind.

Not only do I have a new vision for Buffalo, but I have a plan to make it a reality.  My four-point Compass Plan for Buffalo will bring my vision to every part of the city – North, South, East, and West. You can learn more about my plan at

As Mayor, I will tackle the tough challenges, but first I have to complete the task at hand – winning this election.  That is why I would like you to consider supporting my campaign financially.  This will be an expensive endeavor, and I need significant support to help level the playing field against my well-funded opponent.

Please feel free to contact me at 716-259-8642 or at if you have any questions about my candidacy, my plan, or campaign finance laws.

The City of Buffalo is in need of a Mayor with the vision, integrity, and passion to move our city forward.  With your support, I am confident we can build a better Buffalo together.


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Summer Concert in the Park

Summer may be coming to a close, but the celebrating continues. Join us for a Final Salute to Summer & Honor our Military. The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band American Legion Post 1041 will be performing at Glen Park by Noll Nature Center Saturday, August 26th from 4:30-6:30 PM. In partnership with the Buffalo VA and the Amherst Veterans Committee.  

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5 Important Services for Amherst Retirees That Could Be On the Chopping Block

by Sally Writes

With the strain on city and county funds, it is social services like those made available to retirees that tend to face cuts first. And, with the current political climate, there is a misconception that freeloaders are leeching off taxpayer money. With that in mind, here are five important local services that we need for the health of our area’s seniors.

Amherst Meals on Wheels

Our current president has already announced plans for budget cuts that would take funding away from important programs like Amherst Meals on Wheels. This program is essential for helping elderly residents in Amherst to maintain their independence in their own homes. Meals on Wheels delivers food to vulnerable individuals who are reliant on medical programs to cope with conditions such as mobility issues.

Amherst Center for Senior Services

The Amherst Center for Senior Services already charges local residents to join the program and many of the activities require an additional fee. The costs are often times too much for our area retirees. This vital organization provides adults aged 55 and older with a broad range of clubs, groups, and activities. For instance, there are clubs for woodcarving, tai chi, scrabble, quilting, mah-jongg, knitting, genealogy, and much more.

Nutrition Lunch Program

Adults aged 60 years and older who live anywhere in Erie County are welcome to enjoy economical, tasty hot lunches at the Amherst Senior Center as part of the Nutrition Lunch Program. The meals are served every weekday at noon. The suggested voluntary contribution is $3, but no one is turned away due to lack of funds. Not only does this program ensure our golden agers are getting a healthy meal every day, but it is also a social outlet for those who might be lonely.

Amherst Senior Transportation Services

Amherst Senior Transportation Services is a not-for-profit that is committed to supplying a special transportation system to promote the independence and improve the lives of residents 55 and better in Amherst. They provide transportation to attend Amherst Senior Center programs, grocery shopping, and medical appointments.

Friendly Visitor Program

The Friendly Visitor Program offers socialization to home-bound individuals in Amherst who are living alone. A volunteer checks on the participant’s well-being, visits adults 55 and over in their homes, and enriches lives through personal contact. All volunteers are screened before they are matched with a senior who will be their best fit. The volunteer serves as a connection to the Department of Social Work staff and Amherst Senior Center.

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Donald Trump’s Grandfather Doesn’t Want To Be Deported

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Friedrich Trump ~ President Trump’s grandfather

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Trump’s Horrific Spelling Reassures Nation That He Cannot Correctly Enter Nuclear Codes

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump’s demonstrable inability to spell even the simplest words has reassured many that he lacks the aptitude to correctly enter the nuclear launch codes entrusted to the President of the United States.

While millions of Americans have lost sleep over the thought of Trump being anywhere near the nuclear codes, his failure to spell such words as “heal” and “tap” suggests that mastering a more complicated sequence of letters or numbers would be well above his grade level.

“Giving one person the power to launch the most destructive nuclear arsenal in the world has always been problematic,” Harland Dorrinson, the director of the Society for Nuclear Security, said. “In their infinite wisdom, the American people have solved that problem by electing someone whose brain would be utterly flummoxed by the task.”

While Trump has demonstrated an ability to use simple tools, such as a television remote or a fork, Dorrinson does not foresee him mastering the nuclear codes anytime soon. “This is not exactly the system of checks and balances that the Constitution intended, but we should all be grateful for it,” he said.

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Sean Kirst: When 10-year-olds Saw Peace Bridge as Path to ‘Baby Hole’ Beach

The walkway on the Peace Bridge shut down this month. It’s being replaced and improved as part of an extensive $100 million rehabilitation of the bridge, and the walkway won’t reopen until 2019. One of the highlights for those on foot will be a new observation deck, high above the Niagara River.

Sam Mancuso, 57, remembers getting a look at the old walkway that was a little too close and personal. He grew up on Fargo Avenue, on Buffalo’s West Side. As a child, he used to ride his bicycle back and forth as a casual deal. He was well familiar with the old “Baby Hole,” a beach in Fort Erie a few hundred feet north of the Peace Bridge, a beach that has taken on iconic status for Buffalo natives who recall it as a routine haunt from childhood.

Mancuso’s most vivid memory is of a summer day in the early 1970s. He and some friends were riding their bikes across the bridge, just beginning the cruise down the long stretch toward Canada. Workers had left their tool chests on the walkway. Mancuso didn’t see them. He was admiring a twirling whirlpool that had formed in the river, far below.

“It was no big thing,” said Bob Higgins, 66, a retired schools custodian in Cheektowaga who lived as a boy on Plymouth Avenue.

He and his friends were going over the bridge when they were 7 or 8. They’d tell their parents they were bound for Centennial Pool, on Porter Avenue. The customs workers used to ask, distracted, where the children were headed.

“Swimming!” the boys would shout, before whirling past on their bikes.

“My parents worried about me crossing Niagara Street,” Higgins said. “If they knew I was crossing the Peace Bridge, I wouldn’t be talking to you right now.”

He and his friends would acquire firecrackers in Fort Erie, then smuggle them home by stuffing them inside the headlights on their bicycles.
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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes in Erie County

The West Nile virus has been confirmed in mosquitoes in Amherst, the Erie County Health Department said Monday.

The health department also “highly suspects” other areas in Western New York have mosquitoes carrying the virus, the health department said in a news release.

West Nile virus is an illness transmitted through a bite from an infected mosquito. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent the infection. About one in five people who are infected develops flu-like symptoms. In a small number of cases, the infection can cause a more serious, even fatal, illness.
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