written by Dylan Stableford
Daemen student clung to balcony
A 24-year-old Daemen College graduate student was attending a class party at the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery and had been at the restaurant for about four hours when tragedy occurred.
Thomas J. Krickovich climbed over a 42-inch railing on the fourth-floor outdoor balcony of the restaurant and was hanging by his hands from the railing when he lost his grip and plunged to his death two weeks ago, Buffalo police said.
Although his reasons for climbing over the railing are not known, police said Krickovich might have intended to climb down to the third-floor balcony.
As Krickovich fell on the Seneca Street side of the brick building, it is believed that he struck a vertical sign, “Brawler’s Back Alley Deli,” affixed to the second-floor balcony, causing him to arch away from the exterior metal structures, police said. He fell about 35 feet.
Foul play is not suspected and there are no signs of suicide, police said.
INDIANAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—In choosing the former Hewlett-Packard C.E.O. Carly Fiorina as his running mate, Senator Ted Cruz hopes to tap into the immense popularity of one of the most beloved public figures in America.
Minutes after the news of Cruz’s selection leaked, political insiders called the choice of the wildly adored Fiorina a game-changer for the Cruz campaign.
“It’s no secret that Ted Cruz has some trouble with likeability,” the Republican strategist Harland Dorrinson said. “What better way to fix that than by choosing Carly Fiorina, a person everyone is absolutely crazy about?”
Fiorina’s reputation for winning the hearts of everyone she comes in contact with dates back to her days as the incredibly well-liked C.E.O. of Hewlett-Packard and, before that, Lucent Technologies.
“At Lucent, she could light up any room with her smile,” former Lucent employee Tracy Klugian said. “If you had to say what people loved about working at Lucent Technologies, it all came down to two words: Carly Fiorina.”
“Carly was more than our boss: she was our hero,” Kent Bantwell, a former Hewlett-Packard employee, said. “There wasn’t a person in the company who wasn’t touched in some way by her kindness and humanity.”
Dorrinson, the Republican strategist, said Cruz’s campaign will see a huge boost from what is widely known in political circles as “the Fiorina magic.”
“Picking Fiorina was a masterstroke,” he said. “Now all Ted has to do is sit back and watch Carly do what she does best: make people fall in love her.”
Land Conservancy Speaker Series presents:
Doug Tallamy in “Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home”
As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.
Doug Tallamy’s research and his book Bringing Nature Home have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size.
Sally Cunningham, Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional, author, and horticulturist credits Tallamy for clarifying why native plants are so important. They meet the needs of native insects, which, in turn, serve a complicated food web. Without the insects all ecology dissolves. Native insects require the plants with which they co-evolved.”
The plight of the monarch butterfly is making headlines all over the nation. To a large degree, their decline is tied to the loss of native plants. Monarch caterpillars are dependent upon a single source of nutrition—native milkweeds—and their populations have suffered dramatic losses as milkweed fields disappear. But we can fix this in our own backyards by planting many types of native milkweeds, which do, in fact, have gorgeous red, pink, orange, and white flowers.
“We have eliminated so much nature so fast, that most people don’t realize how little is left.” Said Doug Tallamy, “Particularly in the east, we have devastated our natural areas to the point where if we are going to have functioning ecosystems, if we’re going to have biodiversity, we need to start sharing the property that we’ve taken.”
Historically, we have landscaped to add beauty to our yards, without much thought to the role that plants provide in maintaining healthy ecosystems. The way we think about our yards needs to shift.
Native landscapes support food webs, sustain pollinators, sequester carbon, filter our water, and produce oxygen. Many native plants, like milkweed, are beautiful too.
Executive Director Nancy Smith said “The Land Conservancy protects 6,000 acres of remarkable places across Western New York. But we can’t protect everything. If every gardener and landowner, and every business, school, and town park included even a small number of native plants it would make an enormous difference to our pollinators and wildlife.”
The Land Conservancy’s last speaker event sold out, so don’t delay; purchase your tickets today.
Doug Tallamy will present “Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home” on Tuesday, May 10 at the UB Center for the Arts. The 7pm event begins with a 6pm reception and is open to the public.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the UB Box Office or online at Tickets.com.
CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.
The case makes the former speaker one of the highest-ranking American politicians ever sentenced to prison. The visibly angry judge repeatedly rebuked the 74-year-old before issuing the 15-month sentence, telling him that his abuse devastated the lives of victims and would probably make it harder than ever for parents to trust other adults with their children.
I have regularly attended the meetings of the Town Board, Village Board, Planning Board and nearly every governmental Board for the last 20 years. I have helped this town by finding out who is on the take and who is working directly with developers. Am I disgusted with so much of what I have seen and learned? The answer is no.
I realize the only way to really change what happens in Amherst is to run for Supervisor and to expose the candidates who are owned and corrupt.
Many have called me the “Conscious of Amherst.” My wife and I have been writing this website for over 18 years and we have never taken money from anyone. We are truthfully only responsible to the people of Amherst.
I will give the people of Amherst a choice between corrupt candidates and myself. I promise the people of Amherst that if I win things will be different. The people will have a great deal of input in the decisions made for our town.
Tuesday evening I attended the Imagine Amherst Project the Town has started to change the face of Amherst. The public must be aware of what the Planning Board and the Planning Department have done to reach this goal.
The first step was to hire a company out of Austin, TX to delve into Amherst’s Comprehensive Plan and remove or change zones and find areas which can be rezoned for mixed use. This company from Texas, called Code Studio, will change anything in our plan which would help developers to get their projects through much faster then they presently do.
Code Studio sent their plans and ideas to the town’s Imagine Amherst group of 13. Nothing is given to the public even though we are paying this Texas outfit $250,000.
My site, Amhersttimes.com, has received many complaints about this entire project. This is fine because you won’t get any responses from Imagine Amherst Project. The head of this group is Mr. Dal Guiliani, who is also on the Town Planning Board and he doesn’t want the public’s input. This would mess up his plan and that of most of the 13 other members in the Imagine Amherst Group.
Some of the plans include buildings going down into neighborhood streets with buildings as high they are allow by their changing the Comprehensive plan. To this local group this is mixed use.
If the public would like to express their opinions about this project please add your comments to this post.
by Jim Tricoli
Cheektowaga resident Judy Goldstein sat with her friends at Preservation Pub, a Main Street restaurant and bar flanked by the Buffalo Medical Campus and the Allentown neighborhood. They chatted over paper-lined, plastic baskets filled with burgers, salads and orange slices.
“I’m really in love with the place,” Goldstein said.
The only thing out of the ordinary was a small brown envelope sitting next to each person’s meal, encouraging a $3 donation. That and the fact that most of the Monday afternoon patrons were gay or lesbian senior citizens and that County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was personally encouraging them all to eat and enjoy.
Monday marked the launch of Erie County’s first federally subsidized senior lunch program geared toward non-heterosexual seniors.
Are you one of many who used to enjoy going to the Wehrle Diner? Well Nick Klentos, a member of the family who formerly owned the Wehrle Diner has opened a new restaurant on Transit in East Amherst.
The Aperitivo is an 85-seat restaurant at 9430 Transit Road, East Amherst, opened for business in a recently built plaza on April 14.
It’s not an Italian restaurant, despite the name, Klentos said. It’s a New American restaurant with some Mediterranean influence, Klentos said. That translates to Italian dishes like arancini ($9) and artichokes francaise ($11) but also some Greek touches he continued from the Wehrle, like a lamb chops appetizer with tzatziki ($13), and an open-faced chicken souvlaki ($11).
Entrees include gnocchi Bolognese ($20), salmon with feta orzo ($21) and a 12-ounce ribeye steak with fingerling potatoes and asparagus ($28), the most expensive dish on the menu.
Shaevel and his “Mensch” gang of mercenaries ostensibly bought the property as a golf club with an additional historical value. So, it’s contaminated, like many other older golf courses.
Now, these same gangsters feel entitled to build on it, strictly to maximize their naked money-grabbing scam through the taxpayer-funded brownfield program. NO REZONE, Mr. Shaevel! Do not hold Amherst and its citizens responsible for your creation. Let the land rot. Pay the taxes on it while the land decreases even more in value. Then, be happy with whatever money you can get for your “contaminated” piece of property.
And, for the love of pete, stop whining!