Our Area Needs Inventive Ways to Train the Masses to be Able to Fill the Gap of Unfilled Jobs

Mar. 19, 2019

The Amherst IDA has done a poor job of helping to bring jobs to our area which pay a living wage.  What they do very easily is use our taxpayer money to bring companies into our area who offer few or no jobs after their project is completed. The few jobs available are for very low paying jobs with no future.

Every member serving on our AIDA Board have high paying jobs.

Our area has a serious problem which has and will continue to have a major impact on our growth. Companies want to hire people but they struggle to find qualified individuals to fill the openings available. This is an area where baby boomers are retiring and the overall population of our area is stagnant.

Since some companies can’t find people to replace those who are retiring they have basically two choices: spend money and train new hires who have the aptitude for the jobs which need to be filled or; leave our area and move to places where there are more people who can fill the jobs the companies need.

The Industrial Development Agency in our area has done a very poor job finding businesses to come to our area which will add local workers to the payroll after the developers finish their project.

Money has come into our area along with major corruption and payoffs. An example would be The Hotel project next to our Amherst ice rinks and followed recently by the $1.4 million dollar tax break given to the developer of the Mother House project on Mill Street. The Hotel was a case of a payoff to a Town Board member when Dr. Weinstein was Supervisor.

None of the members of our present Town Board under Supervisor Brian Kulpa’s leadership had any involvement in these projects.

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The KOOL AID Contains Poison

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NHL Player Reaching Out to Teen Targeted With Racial Slurs

Mar. 19, 2019

Justin Bailey of Philadelphia Flyers has message to share with Roshaun Brown-Hall.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The story of a teenager subjected to racial slurs during a January hockey game between teams from Amherst and Cheektowaga has certainly drawn attention.

It’s a story we’ve been investigating for a while now. The video caused the league playoffs to be canceled, a top youth hockey official to resign, and is now catching the attention of an NHL player from Buffalo. He is reaching out to the young man who was targeted.

Justin Bailey is a former Amherst Knight hockey player and former Sabre who now plays for the Philadelphia Flyers. So what happened to Roshaun Brown-Hall, when players from Cheektowaga players were caught on camera shouting racist taunts at him, really caught Bailey’s attention.
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Youth Hockey Player’s Parents Dream of Opening Minds Amid Ugliness

Mar. 19, 2019


The Brown-Hall family: Left to right, parents Chris and Darren, Roshaun (top) and Connor.

Darren Brown-Hall has built a career in education. In Buffalo, he grew up deeply influenced by a schoolteacher mother, Linda Brown, and his own youthful passion for math and physics eventually led him to the classroom.

He is now an administrator, the chief of staff for the Buffalo Public Schools. As a parent and an educator, Brown-Hall, 45, tries to see opportunities for both learning and teaching in the unpredictable and sometimes harsh push-and-shove that goes with everyday life.

The past few weeks were as painful a challenge to that philosophy as he ever faced, after his own son was the target of blatant racist taunts, clearly recorded on video (Warning: explicit language), during a youth hockey game.
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Ex-state Hockey Official: ‘My Resignation Doesn’t Make What Happened Go Away’

Mar. 19, 2019
David M. Braunstein, shown in 2005, has resigned as west section president of the New York State Amateur Hockey Association. (James P. McCoy/News file photo)
David M. Braunstein, shown in 2005, has resigned as west section president of the New York State Amateur Hockey Association.

The longtime regional president of the New York State Amateur Hockey Association, whose investigation into an on-ice incident involving racist taunting against a black player has been questioned by the player’s family, has resigned, according to the president of the organization.

David M. Braunstein has resigned as west section president of the state Amateur Hockey Association, association President Joe Baudo said in an email to The Buffalo News on Monday morning.

Braunstein, who held the post for 19 years, did not provide a reason for his resignation, Baudo said in a follow-up message.

Braunstein, who also resigned from his position as a district director for USA Hockey, said in a brief phone interview with The News he did not want to comment publicly until he had spoken with Darren Brown-Hall, the father of the player targeted with the racial taunts.
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Go Ahead, UB Fans: Dream Big, Because the Bulls Have a Shot to Make Noise

Mar. 18, 2019

Buffalo Bulls head coach Nate Oats cuts down the net after the Bulls beat Bowling Green 87-73 to win the MAC Championship at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)
Buffalo Bulls head coach Nate Oats cuts down the net after the Bulls beat Bowling Green 87-73 to win the MAC Championship at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. 

University at Buffalo fans can spend the next five days staring at the NCAA Tournament bracket and dreaming.

Go ahead, dream big. Dream of a deep run. The Bulls have nothing to complain about as a result of the pairings revealed Sunday from the NCAA Tournament committee.

Could the Bulls have been a No. 5 seed instead of a No. 6? Sure. UB was No. 15 in the NET ratings and No. 18 in the “Strength of Record” metric, two of the analytics the committee considers while making the brackets.

But that’s quibbling. The important thing is UB won its last 12 games and avoided a No. 7 seed. That would have been terrible, because the 7s play the 2s in the second round. The No. 2s this year are beasts, especially Tennessee and Kentucky.

Instead, UB gets to play the winner of Arizona State vs. St. John’s, which will have to stay on the road to travel from Wednesday’s game in Dayton, Ohio, to Tulsa, Okla., for Friday’s tipoff. Remember how St. Bonaventure ran out of gas last year after winning in Dayton on Tuesday?
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Williamsville’s Milos Restaurant to Close to Make Way for Expanded Excuria Salon

Mar. 18, 2019

Excuria Salon and Spa plans to buy the building that houses Milos restaurant in Williamsville. Excuria will expand there and Milos will close.{Sharon Cantillon/News file photo}
Excuria Salon and Spa plans to buy the building that houses Milos restaurant in Williamsville. Excuria will expand there and Milos will close.

Excuria Salon and Spa in Williamsville plans to expand by buying the building just up Main Street that is home to Milos restaurant, which will close once the sale is final.

Excuria’s owners say they will double their current space in the building at 5877 Main St., a quarter-mile from their existing salon, and have far more parking for customers and employees. The purchase is expected to close within the next two months and the expanded salon could open this time next year.

“We’ve outgrown our current location, without a doubt,” said Paul Grenauer, co-owner of the salon with his wife, Peggy.

Milos opened in 2011 in the space that previously housed Marinaccio’s Steak & Seafood and, before that, the Little White House.

Owner Raymond Kollidas, whose brothers operate the Family Tree Restaurant in Eggertsville and Swiston’s Beef & Keg in the City of Tonawanda, said he is getting out of the restaurant industry to concentrate on his digital marketing business.
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Small, Jewish Academy on Brink of Closing Finds Partner in Park School

Mar. 18, 2019

Gabe Epstein, 9, and Nadav Cohen, 10, collaborate on a class project in Chesed (or Kindness) class at Kadimah Academy in Amherst on Friday, March 15, 2019. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
Gabe Epstein, 9, and Nadav Cohen, 10, collaborate on a class project in Chesed (or Kindness) class at Kadimah Academy in Amherst on Friday, March 15, 2019. 

Like other private schools, Kadimah Academy has struggled with falling enrollment and a growing deficit. It’s a combination that nearly closed the tiny, Amherst school last year after more than a half-century of operating as the region’s only day school serving the entire spectrum of the Jewish community.

But the kindergarten through eighth-grade school on Eggert Road has found an innovative solution.

Beginning in the fall, Kadimah will partner with the Park School of Buffalo.

Park, a private, secular school with roughly 300 students in grades pre-K to 12, will offer the Hebrew language and Judaic studies courses that are so important to families seeking a strong Jewish education for their children.

In turn, the students attending Kadimah – at least 25 – will enroll at Park, providing an immediate boost in enrollment to the school on Harlem Road in Amherst.
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There is a Town Board Meeting Tonight At 7:00 P. M.

Mar. 18, 2019

There will be an Amherst Town Board meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Amherst Municipal Building at 5583 Main Street in the Village of Williamsville.
There will a discussion tonight concerning the hike in the charge for residents and non-residents for ice time and for renting ice skates.

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Youth Hockey Coach, Players Suspended as Probes Into Racial Slurs Continue

Mar. 17, 2019

A still image from a YouTube video of an 18-and-under hockey game from Jan. 20 at the Northtown Center between the Cheektowaga Warriors and Amherst Youth Hockey.
A still image from a YouTube video of an 18-and-under hockey game from Jan. 20 at the Northtown Center between the Cheektowaga Warriors and Amherst Youth Hockey.

The coach and two players on a Cheektowaga youth hockey team have been suspended over an incident in which players directed racial taunts at a 17-year-old black player from an Amherst team earlier this year.

A video of the Jan. 20 game in the Northtown Center in Amherst shows players on the Cheektowaga Warriors 18-and-under team repeatedly calling the black player “monkey” and making monkey sounds and gestures.

Cheektowaga Town Councilman Brian Pilarski issued a statement Sunday stating there is “zero tolerance” for that type of behavior and that the suspensions are in place for the remainder of the season.

“The monkey sounds and comments towards an African American player of the Amherst hockey team are disturbing, unacceptable, and are completely at odds with who we are as a town,” Pilarski said.

Pilarski, in his statement, said the Town of Cheektowaga Recreation Department and the Western New York Amateur Hockey League are continuing investigations into the incident.

“We assure our residents, the Amherst hockey team and others that timely and appropriate steps were taken … to address this situation in accordance with the policies outlined in our partnership with the Western New York Amateur Hockey League,” he said.

The ongoing investigations, Pilarski said, are intended to “hold anyone else involved accountable for their actions and prevent this from happening in the future.”
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