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Friday, August 14, 2009 at 10:30 am

Helicopter over Batavia yesterday: NYSP looking for marijuana growing

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, marijuana, State Police

A few people had a question for us yesterday: Why was a State Police helicopter circling over the City of Batavia?

Answer: Marijuana eradication.

Rebecca Gibbons, spokeswoman for the State Police, just provided the answer.

"This is the time of year that it is very visible," Gibbons said.

The helicopter is in the air again today, but Gibbon's doesn't have information what areas it would be covering during its marijuana eradication mission.

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 8:36 am

The Batavia Area Jaycees 23rd Annual Labor Day Run & Walk

The Batavia Area Jaycees 23rd Annual Labor Day Run & Walk


Batavia, NY: The Batavia Area Jaycees are proud to announce their 23rd Annual Labor Day 5K Run & Walk, to be held on September 7, 2009 at MacArthur Park in Batavia. 


The route is USA Track & Field certified course #NY-06038-JG. This year’s event proceeds will benefit Regional Action Phone, Inc. (RAP).


Participants should check in from 8:00 am to 9:30 am. Race time is 10:00 am. The registration fee for runners is $12 if preregistered by August 28th and $15 afterward, including the day of the event.  Walkers can register for $10. The first 50 registered participants will receive a free t-shirt and awards will be presented to the top finishers.


Registration forms are available online at www.geneseeny.com/bataviajaycees or by calling the Jaycee hotline at 585-343-5775.


The race committee is actively seeking sponsors for this event.  If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship, please leave a message at 585-343-5775 or e-mail to [email protected]

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 8:06 am

Police checkpoints in Genesee County lead to 14 arrests

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Darien, pembroke

Checkpoints were set up in Genesee County yesterday by the Batavia Police Department and the New York State Police, leading to the arrests of 14 people.

The checkpoints were at Clinton Street, as well as in the Town of Darien and on Colby Road in Pembroke.

Sally C. Dixon, 39, of 5801 Byron-Holley Road, Byron, is charged with DWI. Dixon was stopped on Clinton Street by Batavia police.

The following arrests were made by State Police:

Robert Davis, 24, of N. Tonawanda, NY,  charged with DWI, allegedly driving with a BAC of .10 percent.

John Blackmore, 36, of Ewing, N.J., charged with three counts of criminal possession controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Michael Hirsch, 26, of Tonawanda, charged with DWI for allegedly driving with a BAC of .14 percent.

Richard Gentilozzi, 25, of Fairfield, Conn., charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Ryan Rich, 23, of Norwalk, Conn., charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Lawrence Taylor, 36, of Depew, charged with DWI for allegedly driving with a BAC of .08 percent.

Bret Cimerman, 27, of Buffalo, charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Hunter Ciliberti, 20, of Redwood, charged with DWI for allegedly driving with a BAC .13 percent.

Adam Drexler, 30, of Rochester, charged with DWI for allegedly driving with a BAC of .10 percent.

Thomas Lalomia, 26, of Getzville, charged with DWI for allegedly driving with a BAC of .16 percent.

Gregory Martin, 31, of Niagara Falls, charged with DWI for allegedly driving with a BAC of .09 percent.

Michael Sargent, 29, of Rochester, charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 12:40 am

Madden 10 legally goes on sale at midnight

post by Brian Hillabush in batavia, football, john madden, sports, xbox

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Batavia resident Ben Long - a Pittsburgh Steelers fan - is shown here holding the first legally sold copy of Madden 10 sold in the city.

He showed up at FYE at around 11:30 p.m. and waited for the midnight opening for the sale of the game. I have heard other residents obtained the game yesterday and during the day today as some local stores were illegally selling the game before EA Sports allowed the release.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Local Farmers Partner with Care-A-Van for Street Cookout

post by Robin Walters in batavia, Care-A-Van Ministries

Ok, I grew up in the hills of Pennsylvania and I got to tell you I never saw cabbage like this before! Care-A-Van was blessed this evening by local farmers ( I apologize I do not know which farmer)s donated corn for our cookout this evening  at East Main Street Parksite Apartments along with fresh cabbage ,  zuchini  and beets for  the folks to take home as well.  Thank you to these  farmers and all who help make a difference here in the city!  We will be back there Sunday afternoon at 2:30 for street church. 

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Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Gardeners to host Harvest Gala

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County’s Master Gardeners will host the annual Fall Harvest Gala from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12.

It will be at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, 420 East Main St. in Batavia.
There will be a traditional mum sale, perennials right from the master gardeners' own gardens, houseplants, a Chance Auction, free soil pH testing and refreshments for a nominal fee. 
Don’t miss your chance to pickup some great plants for your own garden.
For more information contact Jan Beglinger, at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, at 343-3040, ext. 126 or stop by the Extension office at 420 E. Main Street in Batavia.

Event Date and Time

September 12, 2009 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 11:29 am

Batavia Downs announces winner of second-annual Italian-American award

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, Charles Zambito, elba, Italian-American

Charles Zambito will be honored by Batavia Downs on Aug. 29 as the second Genesee County resident to receive its now annual "Italian-American of the Year" award.

Joe "The Mayor of Batavia" Gerace received the first award last year.

Zambito, an attorney who was born and raised Elba and now serves as a Genesee County legislator, will receive the award inside the winner's circle at Batavia Downs.

The award honors a local Italian-American who has made a significant contribution to the community.

Zambito was elected to the Genesee County Legislature in 2001. He serves as the legislature’s liaison to the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and Genesee Community College.

A father of three, Zambito, 57, is a trustee of St. Padre Pio Roman Catholic Parish, where he also serves as a lecturer and usher. He is chairman of the Town of Elba Republican Committee and member of the county GOP committee.  Zambito is a former attorney adviser to the Genesee County Mock Trial Program, member of the Batavia Rotary Club, Genesee-Orleans Cornell Club and active with the Paolo Busti Foundation.

Zambito and his wife, Pat, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in September.

Italian-American Night is one of several ethnic celebrations at the Downs during racing season, now through Dec. 5. Anyone wishing to make reservations to attend the Aug. 29 festivities may contact Arna Tygart at (585) 343-3750 (Ext 437).  A special Italian Buffet will be served and live music will be featured with The Formula Band.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Kids can Street Jam at Centennial Park

Are the kids driving you crazy in the evening? Are they full of energy that need to be put to a good use? Why not send them on over to Street Jam at Centennial Park.

Northgate is sponsoring Street Jam for all kids every night this week at the Park. They have been there all this week. It is not to late to send the kids on over. They will still be there Thursday night and Friday night from 6:00 pm until 8:00 PM. On Friday evening there will be a carnival. Everything is free!  There is praise and worship music, dramas, crafts, games and much more.

Care-A-Van has partnered with them in this endeavor. While the kids are having fun, stop by and have a fresh cup of coffee and just relax and enjoy the evening with us.

Great Job Northgate on providing fun and outreach to the kids of the community!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Even as layoffs loom, fire union pushes forward with annual MDA fundraiser

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Fill the Boot, firefighter, MDA

At least for Friday, it's time for the community to come together and forget any disagreements over the soon-to-be-discontinued Batavia ambulance service, says Greg Ireland.

Friday is the 15th-annual "Fill the Boot" drive for MDA, a fundraiser sponsored by City of Batavia Firefighters IAFF Local 896.

Money collected during the fundraiser benefits children who are diagnosed with neuromuscular diseases. Donations cover the costs of everything from wheelchairs and braces to physical therapy, as well as summer camps.

"This year is as important as any to these kids," Ireland said in an e-mail. "There is no reason why our Union's disagreements with City Hall should get in the way of helping them. Sure there is a lot of tension around the Fire House right now with the impending layoffs, but that doesn't change the fact the the MDA needs our support."

Ireland said union members held a meeting recently and united around the need to ensure "Fill the Boot" came together again this year.

Off-duty members of Local 896, including firefighters and medics who will be out of work on Sept. 1, will be at the fundraiser at 1 Court St. on Friday.

Last year's "Fill the Boot" campaign set a record with $5,000 in donations.

"To me, the MDA is very important," Ireland wrote. "These kids have been sentenced to a life of pain and suffering for no apparent reason. If we can raise money to make their life easier in any way, it's worth it. For example, The MDA of Rochester has several day camps for the kids. I've visited there before, and to see the kids being kids, being able to do the things that normal children can do, it is really great. It gives them a day or two to just leave their illness behind and enjoy being a kid! It is quite touching to see."

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