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Amherst Proclamation Recognizes Daemen Basketball Teams

Amherst Proclamation Recognizes Daemen Basketball Teams

The Town of Amherst Board has issued a proclamation in honor of the Daemen College men’s and women’s basketball teams, recognizing both teams’ victories in their respective United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division I National Championship tournaments. The proclamation was presented at the April 6 town board meeting.

The Daemen men’s team, led by tournament Most Valuable Player Gerald Beverly, entered this year's tournament as the top seed and went on to defeat No. 8 Indiana University-South Bend, No. 4 Concordia College (Ala.) and No. 3 Rochester College (Mich.) in Uniontown, Pa., to capture the program’s first-ever USCAA national title.

‘The Road is Open’ is the Latest Release From No Frills Buffalo

‘The Road is Open’ is the Latest Release From No Frills Buffalo


“The Road is Open,” a novel by local author Michael Burns Haggerty, is the latest book to be published by No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

The book takes place in 1978 when longtime friends Jimmy and Michael leave Buffalo to embark on a cross-country hitchhiking adventure to look for George, Michael’s brother, who mysteriously deserted his family years earlier. Along their journey the pair gains a vivid truth and a wisdom that only the road can provide. They encounter extraordinary landscapes and meet a series of remarkable characters that represent a truthful, gritty and heartwarming portrait of America.

Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Accepting Applications

Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Accepting Applications


United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for fiscal year 2015 on April 1, 2015. This program is a competitive grant funding opportunity for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of U.S. history, English and civics. The government has appropriated a total of $10 million to be distributed to 40 possible grant awardees, each of whom are eligible to receive a maximum grant award of $250,000 over two years.

Second Seder held in Amherst tonight

AMHERST, NY - The Jewish holiday of Passover is underway. The holiday starts with the feast known as Seder, which is a family-oriented meal where the story of the escape from slavery is retold.

A local congregation held a public Seder at the Amherst Marriott on Saturday.

The event was one of 60 across the country sponsored by a group called the Jewish Outreach Project.

Annunciation’s Original Church Experiences Rebirth as Parish Gathering Place

Annunciation’s Original Church Experiences Rebirth as Parish Gathering Place


Dating back to 1905, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church has a long and celebrated history in the Town of Elma. The first church, built at the corner of Clinton Street and Girdle Road — continues to stand today, a testament to dedicated parishioners and early 20th century construction.

But when Annunciation’s current church was built across the street in 1971, the old church, now known as Langley Hall, began a slow decline due to lack of use and the high cost of maintenance and repairs. Eventually, the parish would face a choice that was anything but simple: Demolish the building or find a way to breathe new life into its aging body.

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for 91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for  91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal Tuesday, March 31, revealing $8,546,086.80  has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2015.
Today’s total represents 78.4 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly behind last year at this time when 82.3 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61sites throughout the eight-county region, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.9 million.

Burglars foiled by Amherst family

AMHERST, NY – An Amherst man and his two children interrupted a home burglary Saturday afternoon, confronting the would-be thieves in their home and giving police information that would lead to an arrest.

When they arrived at their Ransom Oaks Drive home just after 1 p.m., they found a car driven by a woman they don't know parked in the driveway. As the father went over to the car to speak to the driver, his son, age 17, and daughter, 13, entered the house. That's when they encountered a male intruder in their home.

Amherst Police say the son grabbed the burglar and his sister punched him, breaking his sunglasses.

The intruder escaped but police soon traced their vehicle to an address on Dodge Road. They arrested suspects Stacey Berke, 27, and Daniel Cimino, 38, and charged them with second-degree robbery and burglary, and grand larceny.