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Pet Supply Chain Opening Second Local Store in Amherst

Oct. 19, 2019

A growing regional chain of pet supply stores is opening its second Buffalo-area shop in Amherst.

Healthy Pet Superstore, founded in 1994, has four stores in the Rochester suburbs and opened its first store in this market in May in Orchard Park.

Company representatives and local officials on Friday will cut the ribbon on their store in Williamsville Place at 5397 Sheridan Drive, the former home of Steve’s Wonderful World of Pets. The Rev. Steve Lane put his store up for sale in January.

Superstore CEO Russ Herman said he grew up in the Buffalo area and he looks forward to opening more stores here, according to a statement from the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.
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Hover Networks Moving From West Seneca to Amherst

Oct. 19, 2019

Hover Networks employees and town officials break ground on the information technology company's new Amherst headquarters on Wednesday. (Amherst Chamber of Commerce)
Hover Networks employees and town officials break ground on the information technology company’s new Amherst headquarters on Wednesday.

Hover Networks, a cloud phone service provider, has broken ground on its Amherst headquarters.

The provider of hosted voice-over-internet phone services was founded in 2009 and has been located for years in the Gardenville Commerce Center in West Seneca. It services 24,000 phones nationwide.

The company plans to move in the spring into its new building at 475 Lawrence Bell Drive, Amherst. The 12,000-square-foot, single-story building will have office and warehouse space for the company and its 22 workers. Hover Networks expects to hire five to 10 additional workers over the next two years, CEO Darren Ascone said.
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Skyway Closed to Traffic for Much of Saturday for Commercial Filming

Oct. 19, 2019

The Buffalo Skyway will be closed in both directions for much of Saturday to allow filming of a commercial on the roadway.

Route 5 from Ohio to Church streets will be closed to traffic from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., the City of Buffalo, Erie County Department of Public Works and state Department of Transportation announced.

The agencies said filming for a WAZE carpool advertising campaign required blocking off the route. They said the I-190 southbound ramp to Route 5 westbound also will be closed to traffic during this time.
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Is the Erie Canal Trip ‘from Albany to Buffalo’ Headed for History?

Oct. 18, 2019

The Erie Canal in Middleport. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
The Erie Canal in Middleport.

For 194 years, the Erie Canal has allowed boats to make an uninterrupted journey from Buffalo to Albany, and then on to New York City.

A new proposal to stop invasive species could put an end to that route – but not if a host of local and state officials have anything to say about it.

In a confidential report obtained by The Buffalo News, a consultant to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reimagining the Canal task force this week recommended permanently closing and draining portions of the canal in Rochester and Rome, as well as shutting down the locks on the Oswego Canal in Oswego.

The report said that’s the only way to be sure to stop the progress of undesirable species of fish, mollusks and plants from the Great Lakes into New York’s inland lakes and streams, as well as down the Hudson River toward New York City.
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Lawsuits Accuse Retired Niagara Falls Teacher of Molesting Two Students in ’70s

Oct. 18, 2019

A retired Niagara Falls junior high school teacher who was prosecuted four decades ago for having sex with a student is being sued by two former students who say he molested them as children.

Social studies teacher Frank Carter repeatedly sexually assaulted the two girls, aged 13 and 15, during the 1976-1977 school year, according to lawsuits filed Friday against Carter and the Niagara Falls School District.

Carter assaulted the girls on “school premises, including in the classroom” at the old Niagara Falls North Junior High School, allege the Child Victims Act lawsuits filed by attorney Daniel J. Chiacchia.
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Religious Order Targeted in Suits Says Child Victims Act is Unconstitutional

Oct. 18, 2019
Religious order targeted in suits says Child Victims Act is unconstitutional
Religious order targeted in suits says Child Victims Act is unconstitutional

The Child Victims Act is unconstitutional, and a decades-old childhood sexual abuse case filed under the new law should be dismissed, a Catholic religious order is asserting.

The Province of St. Anthony of Padua of the Conventual Franciscans and related entities have asked a State Supreme Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the Rev. Mark Andrzejczuk of sexually abusing a female student in the 1970s at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Tonawanda.

Attorney Dennis Vacco, who represents the Franciscan order, also said in court papers that the lawsuit should be tossed because the plaintiff waited too long to sue.

He raised the legal theory of laches, which says that defendants should not be held liable if the passage of time makes it difficult for them to defend themselves.
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British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read

Oct. 18, 2019
by MICHAEL STEVENSON
Someone on Quora asked, “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response:
A few things spring to mind.
Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.
For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.
So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.
Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever.
I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.
But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.
Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.
And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.
There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.
Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.
Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.
And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.
Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.
He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.
He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

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Trump Offers Freed ISIS Fighters a Group Rate at Trump Doral Resort

Oct. 18, 2019

Satire from The Borowitz Report

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it a “once-in-a-lifetime incredible deal,” Donald Trump on Friday offered recently-escaped isis fighters a group rate at the Trump National Doral Miami.

“I am giving isis a group rate that entitles them to the full run of the golf course, the spa, you name it,” he said. “This is going to make the isis people very, very happy.”

The fighters can qualify for the group rate by presenting proof of isis membership and their recently freed status, Trump said.

Trump declined to say whether he would extend the same group rate to Kurdish fighters in Syria. “I’m not a fan of the Kurds,” he said. “Where were the Kurds in 1776 when George Washington took control of the British airports?”

Shortly after Trump made the offer to isis, however, the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, issued a lukewarm response.

“We’ve read some not-so-great things about the Doral on TripAdvisor,” Baghdadi said. “If we wanted to go to a golf resort, we’d pick one that doesn’t have bedbugs.”

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Amherst Man Calls Police Over Neighbor’s Scary Halloween Decoration

Oct. 18, 2019

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Michael Myers mask

We love the police blotter in the Bee newspapers like we love Bills winning streaks and 65-degree October days.

A recent issue of the Amherst Bee had a wonderfully cinematic, two-sentence item that just about slayed us:

“A resident of Bissell Drive reported that his neighbor hung up Halloween decorations and the Michael Myers mask is facing his house. The complainant said that it upsets him and he would like the decorations rearranged.”

That’s a reference, of course, to the series of “Halloween” slasher films that began 40 years ago.

But we still have so many questions, starting with why someone would call the police about a neighbor’s Halloween decorations. Amherst’s assistant police chief, Charles Cohen, had some answers.
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The Gospel of Spaghetti Parm is Spreading and its Disciples Say ‘Amen’

Oct. 18, 2019


From left, Buffalo native Nick Bello, his Army buddy Trevor Bowman and Joe Salamone of Amherst were three of the four spaghetti parm enthusiasts who spent an entire night in line.

Scott Mariglia, 27, the first in line, was there by 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. He is a middle school teacher at Christian Central Academy, and he said he had never before taken a day off from work, but then again, he had never fallen in love with any dish the way he loves spaghetti parm.

“I didn’t know it existed until three years ago,” he said. He was introduced to it through Mike Firth, father of Mariglia’s wife, Shannon, who bought him dinner in the days when Chef’s sent a food truck to Larkin Square. “He loves it like nobody’s business,” said Patricia Firth, Mariglia’s mother-in-law, who made him a special uniform for the all-night wait.

She bought a chef’s jacket, emblazoned it with the formal Chef’s logo, then put the name and number of Buffalo Bills legend Bruce Smith on the back – because Smith, too, is a devotee of spaghetti parm.
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