Fire Causes Damage to Furnas Hall at UB North

Dec. 5, 2019

Firefighters in Amherst responded to a small fire Wednesday on the seventh floor of Furnas Hall on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus, according to a spokesman for the university.

John DellaContrada, UB spokesman, said the fire was extinguished by firefighters and no injuries were reported.

The fire caused damage to the seventh floor and water damage to the sixth floor of the building, he said.

The cause of the fire had yet to be determined.
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Reed Refuses to Buy GOP Conspiracy Theory on Ukraine

Dec. 5, 2019

Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)
Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Reed still strongly opposes President Trump’s impeachment, but the Republican from Corning isn’t buying one of the key defenses his GOP colleagues are using to defend the president.

An increasing number of Republicans have been saying, without evidence, that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election in favor of the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. In doing so, they have indicated that that alleged interference made it right for Trump to ask Ukraine’s president to investigate the matter.

“I don’t see that, in my personal opinion,” Reed said Wednesday.
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Lindsey Graham Breaks Ranks With Trump, Declares Ukraine Conspiracy Theory False

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Traffic and Safety Date Change

Dec. 4, 2019

As posted on http://walkablewilliamsville.com/village-panels-reviewing-blocher-homes-site/

The Traffic and Safety Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5 has been canceled. The committee moved its review of Blocher’s traffic study and recommendations to its next meeting in January.

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Meet Bishop Scharfenberger, Buffalo Diocese’s New Temporary Administrator

Dec. 4, 2019


Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger

Albany Diocese Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger will take over as apostolic administrator of the Buffalo Diocese following Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation Wednesday morning.

His Twitter handle is Bishop Ed.

In the past few months, Scharfenberger’s predecessor as Albany bishop, Howard Hubbard, was accused in a Child Victims Act lawsuit of helping to cover up a child’s complaint six decades ago that a priest sexually abused him.
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Bishop Malone Has Resigned. So What Happens to the Diocese Now?

Dec. 4, 2019

Following months of criticism for his handling of the priest sex abuse cases in the Buffalo Diocese, Bishop Richard Malone has stepped down from the position he’s held since 2012.

But what happens now?

The decision is ultimately made by the pope, but only following a lengthy process that begins at the diocesan level, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ outline titled “How Bishops are Appointed.”

The process is in place for the selection of all bishops, since they are required by canonical law to send in their letter of resignation to the Vatican on their 75th birthday.

Malone’s resignation, of course, was not prompted by age.
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The Villager is Here!

Dec. 3, 2019

It’s your special holiday edition of the Village of Williamsville’s official newsletter!

In this issue:

  • The Villager’s news briefs
  • Details of the annual tree lighting and a special holiday market
  • The village’s sidewalk snow plowing policy

Click the red words below to read your edition of The Villager!

The Villager: Special Holiday Edition 2019

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Impeachment Investigators Got Rudy Giuliani’s Phone Records—And They’re Quite Revealing

Trump’s lawyer was in talks with, among others, Devin Nunes and officials at OMB as the president pursued a political agenda in Ukraine.

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Keep a Close Eye on Your Cats

Dec. 3, 2019

Monday, December 2nd the Amherst Town Board passed a law concerning community or feral cats. There are 6 pages in the Town Board agenda concerning the rules governing these cats.  If a cat is owned by a resident, does NOT wear a collar and wanders off its property, the town law considers this cat to be feral. If the cat DOES wear a collar the volunteers will make every possible effort to find the rightful owner.

The Town has a list of people who live in Amherst who will scoop up these cats and perform the necessary surgical procedures on them that this new law allows. These town citizens have the right to cut off a piece of the cat’s left ear while the cat is under anesthesia. This group can sterilize both male and female feral cats to stop them from reproducing. These procedures can be done by this group of Amherst citizens who are not veterinarians. This group of volunteers has carte blanch to do what is dictated by the Town Law. The Town is unwilling to pay veterinarians to do the procedures so the volunteers will do them.

There are also penalties for breaking this cat law.  You can be fined $250 for each offense or be imprisoned for not more than 15 days, or both.

So, if you own a cat that’s great, but if your cat doesn’t have a collar and strays off your land you may never see it again after the volunteers do what the Amherst law dictates.

This law took effect immediately.

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