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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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Ambulance Crash Closes Maple Road in Amherst

Dec. 3, 2019

Police were on the scene of a rollover crash involving an ambulance.

It happened just before 7 Tuesday morning on Maple Road near Youngs Road.

Investigators say a Jeep, driven by a 47-year-old male from Williamsville was headed northbound on Youngs Road when he collided with a Twin City ambulance that was traveling east on Maple Road.

There were no patients on board the ambulance at the time of the accident. At least two medical personnel were on board, but their injuries do not appear to be serious, according to police. They were taken to ECMC for treatment.

Maple Road has since reopened.

Anyone with information about the accident was asked to call Amherst police at 689-1311.

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Buffalo Officials Plan for a Future Where Cars Drive Themselves

Dec. 3, 2019

UB has been testing this driverless shuttle bus known as Olli for the past year. Forum participants got to check out the bus during their break. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)
UB has been testing this driverless shuttle bus known as Olli for the past year. Forum participants got to check out the bus during their break. 

Some day in the not-so-distant future, transit experts predict, Buffalo commuters will whiz to work in driverless cars that steer and park themselves.

Driverless Ubers already cruise Pittsburgh. A self-driving shuttle named Myla circles Columbus. And in Buffalo, city officials have announced, urban planners from across the country will gather this February to plot how the Queen City will look and feel when driverless vehicles rule the roads.

The $40,000, weeklong workshop series — a collaboration between the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency and the Congress for the New Urbanism, a national nonprofit planning group — will seek to future-proof the region as new technologies roll out, said Brendan Mehaffy, Buffalo’s chief planner. Attendees will tackle questions both futuristic and banal, from “What will become of all the parking ramps?” to “can a driverless car take a freeze-thaw pothole?”

Mehaffy said the recommendations will guide future infrastructure spending.
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More Than Just ‘The Pop!’: Meet the Buffalo Guy Who Was a ‘Price Is Right’ Hit

Dec. 3, 2019

Buffalo native Robert Zon reacts as "The Price Is Right" host Drew Carey tells him he won the Showcase Showdown. (Screenshot)
Buffalo native Robert Zon reacts as “The Price Is Right” host Drew Carey tells him he won the Showcase Showdown. 

Despite moving nine times in his life, including to his current home near Las Vegas, Robert Zon considers himself “a proud Buffalonian.”

He’s got the credentials. Zon was born in Buffalo General Hospital, grew up in Cheektowaga and lived through the Blizzard of ’77 during high school. He went to the Comeback Game (and stayed to the end). He loves Mighty Taco, Anderson’s Frozen Custard and Ted’s Hot Dogs.

So when he was up on stage, living his dream as a contestant on “The Price Is Right,” and a pricing game called for him to select a 12-pack of Dr. Pepper, you had better believe there was only one word he was going to use.
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NATO Leaders Challenge Trump to Spell NATO

Satire from The Borowitz Report

Dec. 3, 2019

LONDON (The Borowitz Report)—This year’s summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization began on a discordant note, on Tuesday, after the other twenty-eight nato leaders challenged Donald Trump to spell nato.

At a preliminary gathering of the leaders, Trump demanded that the other member nations increase their cash contributions to the alliance, prompting Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, to issue the unexpected and unwelcome spelling challenge.

“We’ll be happy to give more to nato, Mr. President, if you can spell nato,” she said, drawing raucous applause from the other leaders.

Handing Trump a pencil and a yellow legal pad, Merkel watched as he struggled to spell the word correctly, crumpling page after page in the effort.

After several failed attempts, Trump finally offered up a drawing of several stick figures standing in a row and asked for “partial credit.”

When the other nato leaders rejected his request by a 28–0 voice vote, Trump stormed out of the room, vowing never to return.

In a joint communiqué, the nato leaders said that they were looking forward to spending the rest of the summit watching the impeachment hearings.

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Fired Cook Charged With Stabbing Cole’s Owner

Dec. 3, 2019

The owner of Cole’s was stabbed Sunday afternoon in the Elmwood Avenue restaurant by a worker he just fired, according to a Buffalo police report.

John R. Luper III, 29, who was working as a line cook, faces a second-degree assault charge for the attack and was arraigned Monday, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Mike Shatzel, the restaurant owner, was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center for treatment following the attack, which happened at about 3:25 p.m., according to the district attorney’s office and the police report. Shatzel suffered a wound on his right side, above his hip, according to the report.
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Under Fire Over Sex Abuse Scandal, Buffalo Bishop Malone to Seek Early Retirement, Source Says

Dec. 2, 2019

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone plans to seek early retirement. He's been under pressure to resign for more than a year because of the diocese's child sexual abuse scandal. (Derek Gee/News file photo)
Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone plans to seek early retirement. He’s been under pressure to resign for more than a year because of the diocese’s child sexual abuse scandal.

Bishop Richard J. Malone will request an “early retirement” and exit as head of the Buffalo Diocese, a source told The Buffalo News on Monday, following an earlier report that Pope Francis was expected to accept Malone’s resignation on Wednesday.

Malone, 73, has resisted calls for his resignation for more than a year over his handling of a clergy sex abuse crisis that now includes more than 220 lawsuits against the diocese and more than 150 priests accused of abuse from decades ago.

Malone had long maintained that he would stay on as bishop until March 19, 2021, when he turns 75 and is required under Catholic Church law to submit his letter of resignation to the pope.

But his retirement announcement is expected on Wednesday, a source confirmed to The News.
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Democratic Hopeful Launches Challenge to McMurray for NY-27 Dems’ Nod

Dec. 2, 2019

Melodie Baker says if she can win over Erie County leaders she thinks she can sway at least one chairman of an outlying county, all of whom support Nate McMurray for the Democratic nomination in the 27th Congressional District. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)
Melodie Baker says if she can win over Erie County leaders she thinks she can sway at least one chairman of an outlying county, all of whom support Nate McMurray for the Democratic nomination in the 27th Congressional District.

Democratic congressional hopeful Melodie Baker officially launched her campaign for the 27th Congressional District’s Democratic nomination Monday, even as opponent Nate McMurray appears to have sewn up backing from most county leaders.

Baker, director of education for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, declared her candidacy during a late afternoon event at Clarence Town Park. Her future now hinges on convincing Erie County party officials in coming days, and changing the mind of at least one leader in the district’s seven outlying counties – all of whom support McMurray.

“If I can get an edge here I think I can change some hearts and minds,” she told The Buffalo News.
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