ECC North Should Be Turned into a Useful Trade School

June 11, 2019

by James Tricoli, editor of the amhersttimes.com

ECC isn’t needed in the Northtowns. It is a waste of money for our taxpayers. Many of the older generations remember when high schools in the area taught realistic trades.

ECC can become a trade school for men and women who want to become plumbers, electricians, carpenters, mechanics and up to date computer skills. These practical trades would earn them a decent salary. Anyone in the area who needs to have something fixed in their home knows the high cost of hiring a trade person. ECC is a perfect place for people who want to learn a trade that is in demand.

ECC is a way station for most students who want to go on to a 4-year college. The stats on these students going on to a 4-year college is less than 9%. These students get college loans which they spend on clothes, food, and to pay their monthly bills. They never plan to repay this money since they can’t find a decent job.

The Board of this school is a total joke. They are milking the system for their own private pockets and to stay on the board.

If our Governor keeps this joke of a place called ECC North open it’s a free lunch for most of the students and the Board. The people who want to learn a trade should support this idea and email or call Governor Cuomo’s office for the need for such a place. He might like the idea.

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Earthquake Rattles Cleveland Area

June 10, 2019

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake centered 20 miles northeast of Cleveland on Monday rattled some buildings in the area and overwhelmed one small city’s emergency communications system.

It was not immediately clear what if any damage was caused by the quake. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 10:50 a.m. and was centered a couple miles north-northwest of Eastlake, Ohio, a city of about 20,000 on Lake Erie.

“Please do not call dispatch unless it’s an emergency,” Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley said in a Facebook post. “They are overwhelmed with calls. It was a 4.0 magnitude earthquake and safety forces are working to help where needed.”

The Perry Nuclear Plant, about 20 miles northeast of the Eastlake, said the plant appeared to be unaffected by the temblor.

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Helicopter Crashes Onto New York City Building Roof, 1 Dead

June 10, 2019

PHOTO: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, and first responder personnel walk near the scene where a helicopter was reported to have crash landed on top of a building in midtown, June 10, 2019, in New York. (Mark Lennihan/AP)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, and first responder personnel walk near the scene where a helicopter was reported to have crash landed on top of a building in midtown, June 10, 2019, in New York.

A pilot died when a helicopter crashed onto the roof of a Midtown Manhattan building in a hard landing on Monday, filling the air with smoke and clogging the city streets with fire trucks, according to police and fire officials.

No one else was injured, according to city officials.

The crash sparked a fire which has since been extinguished, though officials said fuel is leaking from the helicopter.
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Nadler Delays Contempt Moves Against Barr After DOJ Agrees to Turn Over Mueller Evidence

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Amherst Meeting Calendar For The Week Of June 10TH-12TH

This week

Amherst Veterans Committee 
Mon, Jun 10, 2019 @ 05:30 PM

Recreation Commission 
Tue, Jun 11, 2019 @ 05:00 PM

Historic Preservation Commission 
Tue, Jun 11, 2019 @ 07:15 PM

Senior Services Advisory Board 
Wed, Jun 12, 2019 @ 08:30 AM

Youth Board 
Wed, Jun 12, 2019 @ 07:00 PM

Traffic Safety Board 
Wed, Jun 12, 2019 @ 07:00 PM

Amherst Community Diversity Commission 
Wed, Jun 12, 2019 @ 06:30 PM

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Trump Says He Has Made Deal to Add Hawaii as Fiftieth State

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald Trump has reached a groundbreaking deal with the Hawaiian Islands to make them the nation’s fiftieth state, Trump confirmed on Monday.

Calling it “my most incredible deal yet,” Trump said that he had forced Hawaii to bend to his will and “cough up billions” to become a state.

“This is a big win for our country,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “Hawaii is going to be a beautiful and amazing state.”

Just minutes after his announcement, however, there was significant pushback from Hawaii, which claimed that it had already reached a deal to become a state in 1959.

That claim swiftly drew the ire of Trump, who denounced Hawaii’s alleged sixty years of statehood as “fake news” and “disgraceful.”

“The Hawaiians better be very, very careful what they say,” Trump warned. “I made them a state and I can take that away.”

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Eye Surgeon Buys Two Former Zebb’s Restaurants in Amherst, Orchard Park

The former Zebb's restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, where a local eye surgeon plans to move part of his practice. (Google Images)

An ophthalmologist has paid $2.2 million to buy two former Zebb’s Deluxe Bar & Grill restaurants in Amherst and Orchard Park.

Dr. Andrew Siedlecki, of Lewiston, said his practice group has four locations that he plans to consolidate into the two restaurant buildings once he’s received the necessary approvals and renovations are complete.

Most recently, Siedlecki, through a limited liability company, paid just under $1.1 million for the Zebb’s at 2875 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. In early April, he used a different LLC to pay $1.1 million for the Zebb’s at 3349 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

He bought both properties from Morning Star Restaurants of Webster.

Siedlecki said he now has offices in North Buffalo, Amherst, North Tonawanda and Orchard Park. His practice leases three of the locations and he is part owner of the Amherst office, where eye surgeries are performed.

Consolidating into the two sites, a process that could take six months to a year, gives Siedlecki options for future expanded staff and services.

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David Ortiz, Boston Red Socket’s Great, Was Ambushed and Shot in Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back Sunday night in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. when the gunman approached from behind and shot him.The alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said police were waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.Police confirmed to CBS News the man in custody is Eddy Feliz Garcia and said they’re looking for a secondIn surveillance video, a motorcyclist can be seen approaching the group from behind, and shooting Ortiz in the back, CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports. Police say it was “nearly point-blank range.”

Surveillance video shows David Ortiz being shot inside a bar in the Dominican Republic.CBS NEWS

Ortiz was taken to a medical facility where he underwent surgery and his condition was stable, Bautista said.    Ortiz’s father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and that the bullet had not hit any major organ. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot his son.

Leo Ortiz, father of former Boston Red Sox star David (Big Papi) Ortiz, talks to the press outside the clinic where his son is being treated after being shot while in a club in Santo Domingo on June 9, 2019ERIKA SANTELICES / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

“He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,” Leo Ortiz said. ” ‘Big Papi’ (David Ortiz’s nickname) will be around for a long time.”

Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said.

Journalists gather outside the clinic where former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz underwent surgery after being shot in a club in Santo Domingo in his native Dominican Republic on June 9, 2019ERIKA SANTELICES / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

National police spokesperson Frank Felix Duran told CBS News Ortiz or urban singer Secreto, who was with him, may have been the target of a hit job. “We’re not ruling out any scenario. What we can rule out is that this wasn’t a robbery,” he said.

Duran said the gunman fired without saying a word.

Family and friends of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz wait in the clinic where he and Dominican television presenter Joel Lopez were being treated after being shot while in a bar in the city of Santo Domingo on June 9, 2019. ERIKA SANTELICES / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Bautista said Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was also with Ortiz, was also hit, apparently by the same bullet.

López was shot in the leg and his wounds were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.

The Red Sox said they “have offered David’s family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep (him) in our hearts.”

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How the Resistance Fighters in World War II Help the Allied Forces on D-Day, June 6th, 1944

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A Jewish resistance fighter being killed by a German soldier.

June 9, 2019

by James Tricoli, Editor of the amhersttimes.com

D-Day, June 6th, just passed and we saw many old photos and videos yet there is so much more to tell about this invasion that hasn’t been told yet.

There were many groups, who were known as the resistance, who fought to disrupt Hilter’s plans to rule the world. These groups cause much havoc for the German army.

Hitler assigned his best Generals to gather up these resistance fighters and destroy them. The resistance fighters were from the towns and villages the Germans had already conquered. These fighters did many different things to disrupt the German army. They blew up train tracks, trains, killed German leaders and some women would take German lovers to get important information to pass on to the Allied forces. They were all a very important part of D-Day by getting real information and giving the Germans wrong information.

History tells us these resistance fighters knew the high risk they faced if they were captured. Every time a German soldier was killed by the resistance 7 villagers were shot in the public square

One of Hilters best Generals, Brigadier General Emil Zeller, was ordered to crush the resistance, Zeller and his group of soldiers were ordered to kill the Jews and resistance fighters. Many of the other generals were ordered to do the same thing.

The resistance fighters gave false information to the Germans concerning when and where the Allied troops were landing to free France.

I would love to have a special day to honor all these people who gave their lives to stop the monster known as Hilter. So many of them have ancestors in America now. They were the immigrants who came here after the war. These immigrants were our grandparents, who came here for a better life. Thank GOD they were allowed to enter America or we wouldn’t be here to enjoy the gifts of America.

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Diocese Whistleblower Attends Bishop Malone’s First Listening Session on Abuse Crisis

June 9, 2019


Siobhan O’Connor, who released documents from the Diocese of Buffalo to a TV reporter, was among those in attendance at a listening session with Bishop Malone Saturday in Amherst.

The woman who leaked documents on clergy sex abuse in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese attended Bishop Richard J. Malone’s first listening session with the laity Saturday.

One of about 200 Catholics in attendance at the two-hour session at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Amherst, Siobhan O’Connor said the gathering left her with a sense of concern that Catholics are divided — including whether the bishop should remain as head of the diocese.

Several prominent local Catholics and public officials have called for Malone to step down for his handling of sex abuse by clergy, but he has said he has no intention of resigning.
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