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Clarence Man Charged With DWI, Assault After Striking Pedestrian

Feb. 18, 2019


Michael Eddo

A Clarence man was charged with DWI Saturday after police said he struck and seriously injured a pedestrian on Harris Hill Road.

Michael Eddo, 50, was driving south on Harris Hill near Main Street, when he struck a 51-year-old male who was walking in his path, State Police reported.

The victim was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition in the Trauma Center, police said.

Eddo was arrested after failing field sobriety tests and transported to the State Police barracks in Clarence, where he provided a breath sample indicating a blood alcohol content of .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit.
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Jerry Schad Wants to Bring Down Amhersttimes.com

Feb. 17, 2019

Good Work Jerry. Try to take down the press.  It is the protector of the people.

Jerry Schad, Chairman of the Amherst Democratic Committee, has informed me he doesn’t want any his endorsed democratic candidates to have anything to do with amhersttimes.com. Since he is the Chairman most of the candidates will follow his dictate but it will not bring down my site or voice.

Hopefully, the candidates who think for themselves will do so.

                     When the President of the United States tweets “THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

 

Jim Tricoli  amhersttimes.com “I’feel his tweet is a threat to our country’s rights”. l

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Amherst Touts Boulevard Mall – and Benefits of its Site – to Potential Buyers

Feb. 17, 2019

Amherst officials are trying to spur interest in the Boulevard Mall, which is likely to go up for auction this spring. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
Amherst officials are trying to spur interest in the Boulevard Mall, which is likely to go up for auction this spring.

Amherst officials are pitching the Boulevard Mall to prospective buyers as the mortgage holder on the region’s oldest enclosed shopping center prepares to put the property on the auction block this spring.

“This is a focal area of the town for redevelopment,” said David Mingoia, executive director of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency. “We’re introducing new zoning, which potentially could allow for a town center, village type of development on a scale that’s really not available elsewhere in the community.”

The Boulevard Mall’s future looks uncertain as shifting shopping habits financially batter traditional enclosed malls.

The property should draw interest because of its size, prime spot on Niagara Falls Boulevard, opportunity for tax breaks and inclusion along a projected path of an expanded Metro Rail, town officials say.
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Man ‘didn’t think twice’ About Saving Stranger’s Dog From Icy Waters

Feb. 17, 2019

Don Chatten rescued a stranger's dog from the icy waters of the Tonawanda Creek on Thursday. He credits his two rescue dogs, Duke, left, and Milo for helping him find the dog who went missing in Ellicott Island Bark Park. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
Don Chatten rescued a stranger’s dog from the icy waters of the Tonawanda Creek on Thursday. He credits his two rescue dogs, Duke, left, and Milo for helping him find the dog who went missing in Ellicott Island Bark Park.

Don Chatten says he knew what he had to do.

A stranger’s small gray terrier fell into the icy waters of Tonawanda Creek near the entrance to Ellicott Island Bark Park in the Town of Tonawanda.

Chatten, who believed the dog wouldn’t survive long, walked into the frigid creek to rescue the pet.

“He just saw a situation happen, and he didn’t think twice,” said witness Mary Balicki.

The rescue happened around 3 p.m. Thursday.
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Great Lakes Brewing News Publisher Will Resign After Article’s Backlash

Feb. 16, 2019

Bill Metzger will step down from his role as publisher of Great Lakes Brewing News and co-owner of the Brewing News enterprise. (News file photo)
Bill Metzger will step down from his role as publisher of Great Lakes Brewing News and co-owner of the Brewing News enterprise.

Bill Metzger, the Great Lakes Brewing News publisher/owner whose “satirical” article drew the ire of craft-beer fans around the nation, will resign from his roles at the outlet, Forbes reports.

The resignation announcement comes less than three days after Buffalo-based Metzger, who also owns Gene McCarthy’s and Old First Ward Brewing, wrote a front-page piece entitled “Scottish Hopping to Real Ale” for the February/March issue of the regional industry newsletter, in which the protagonist discusses leveraging sexual contact and using alcohol to seduce women.

In a scathing retort (and later, an update) by beer columnist Robin LeBlanc, author of The Thirsty Wench, Metzger’s misogynistic comments were spotlighted and condemned; LeBlanc’s Feb. 12 post fueled reaction from breweries and beer lovers around the country.
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Vatican Defrocks Former US Cardinal McCarrick Over Sex Abuse

Feb. 16, 2019

Theodore Edgar McCarrick headshot, retired Catholic Archbishop of Washington DC, graphic element on gray
Theodore Edgar McCarrick

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday.

McCarrick, 88, is the highest-ranking churchman to be laicized, as the process is called. It means he can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments or be addressed by any religious title.

The scandal swirling around him was particularly damning to the church’s reputation in the eyes of the faithful because it apparently was an open secret that he slept with adult seminarians. Francis removed McCarrick as a cardinal in July after a U.S. church investigation determined that an allegation he fondled a teenage altar boy in the 1970s was credible.
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I Remember the Thrill it was to go to Sattlers With My Family

February 16, 2019

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Bartel Miller to Buffalo, A Toast to the town

Just look at the crowds that used to regularly be on Broadway!

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Family ties: Ted’s Co-owner Transfers Control of Sheridan Drive Location to Daughter

Feb. 15, 2019

A footlong and fries from the Ted’s Hot Dogs at 2312 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda. A company co-owner has transferred control of the restaurant to his daughter.  (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)
A footlong and fries from the Ted’s Hot Dogs at 2312 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda. A company co-owner has transferred control of the restaurant to his daughter. 

Ownership of the 70-year-old Ted’s Hot Dogs restaurant in the Town of Tonawanda is shifting from father to daughter.

Peter T. Liaros, whose own father, Theodore S. Liaros, founded Ted’s Hot Dogs in 1927, sold his half interest in the restaurant at 2312 Sheridan Drive to his daughter, Thecly L. Ortolani, according to a deed filed in the Erie County Clerk’s Office. The price was $600,000.

Peter Liaros and Ortolani are co-owners of Ted’s, along with other family members. The Sheridan Drive restaurant opened in 1948 and is the oldest of 10 operating locations of the chain known for its char-broiled Sahlen’s hot dogs, onion rings and loganberry.
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Williamsville Superintendent Martzloff Receives Raise, Contract Extension

Feb. 15, 2019

Williamsville School Superintendent Scott Martzloff has received a raise and a contract extension from the School Board. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)
Williamsville School Superintendent Scott Martzloff has received a raise and a contract extension from the School Board.

The Williamsville School Board granted Superintendent Scott G. Martzloff a two-year contract extension that raises his pay by 2.7 percent.

Board members on Wednesday extended Martzloff’s contract, which was set to expire in May 2020, to June 2022.

He will earn $233,296 per year while all benefits and other provisions remain the same.

Martzloff, 48, has served as superintendent of the region’s largest suburban district since 2011. This is the first time Martzloff has received a raise or extension since 2015.
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Man Who Used Dead Brother to Defraud Union Sentenced to Two Years Probation

Feb. 15, 2019

A Williamsville man who admitted he used his dead brother to defraud a trade union of worker benefits was sentenced Thursday in federal court to serve two years of probation — including six months of detention – and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said 61-year-old Timothy McCluskey, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, conspired with another individual between Nov. 21, 2014, and January 2015 to defraud the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, McCluskey filed a back-dated application in December 2014 to have his deceased brother reinstated into the union. In January 2015, McCluskey filed a death benefit claim in his brother’s name with the union.

As a result, the union issued life insurance proceeds to McCluskey in the amount of $2,500, prosecutors said.

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