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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Comedian and TV regular Hiram Kasten at GO ART! Salon

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GO ART! Salon presents "Without a Net: A Show Biz Odyssey" with comedian Hiram Kasten at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at Seymour Place, 201 East Main St., Batavia. Reservations are required.

Kasten is a familiar face on many of television's most popular programs. He has guest starred on "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "My Wife and Kids," "Sabrina The Teenage Witch," "Mad About You," "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and many, many more.

He was a regular on the fifth season of "Seinfeld" as Elaine's office chum Michael, and was regularly befuddled as the friendly pharmacist Mr. Piel on "Seventh Heaven." Kasten has also guest starred on several hour-long dramas such as "Without A Trace" on CBS along with "Dirty, Sexy Money" on ABC. He has been on Ray Romano's new series, "Men of a Certain Age."

As a comedian, he has performed all over the country and starred in the hit show, "The Rat Pack is Back" in Las Vegas. As a regular opener for old friend Jerry Seinfeld, amongst others, Kasten is known for his storytelling skills that make each evening's show special and new.

Now, alone on stage with nothing but his mouth, Hiram Kasten takes us on the unique odyssey of a poor kid from the Bronx, who only wanted to be on television and, while never at a loss for detractors, he traveled the road less taken to see his dream come true.

With his sharp wit unleashed, he shares the story of a passionate life lived each day without a net, all the while befriending some of the biggest names in show business.

From the nightclubs in New York City, to the casinos of Las Vegas, to standing on the immortalized sound stages of Hollywood, the personal and behind-the-scenes moments that Hiram Kasten shares are at turns hilarious and touching, instructive and inspirational, and as true and beautiful as the human comedy itself.

A themed light supper and beverages are served with this Salon.

A contribution of $22 for GO ART! members, $25 for non-members is requested...or enjoy the series of three at $60 for members, $70 for non-members.

To make reservations, please contact GO ART! at 343-9313 or [email protected]. For more information on the series, visit www.GOart.org.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Alabama man's body found in car following fire

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After extinguishing a car fire at 1364 Church St., Alabama, last night, volunteer firefighters made a sad discovery -- the body of the 60-year-old man who lived at that address was found in the car.

Sheriff's officials believe the car of Harry C. Kramer IV, became stuck in the snow as he was trying to pull out of his driveway. Kramer apparently suffered some sort of medical event that left him with his foot stuck on the accelerator. The engine then apparently overheated, starting the fire.

The car fire was called in at 9:55 p.m. and Alabama Fire was dispatched.

Kramer's body was found by firefighters in the driver's seat of the vehicle after the fire was put out.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating Kramer's exact cause of death. Coroner Jack Taylor pronounced Kramer dead at the scene.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Robert Morris School getting closer to Pepsi grant; needs your votes

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Here's a news release from the Friends of Robert Morris Elementary School.

Robert Morris Elementary School is in the top 20 going for a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant for the month of December.

We need to be in the top 10 by Dec. 31 and could use your help. Please vote for us by texting to: 73774 and in the message box type 104607, and hit send. It's that easy.

You can also vote through Facebook and through the link: www.refresheverything/robertmorrisplayground.com

The grant money will be used for a new playground. It is truly going to benefit the entire community of Batavia, making it handicap accessible and friendlier for our younger children.

What a great and easy way to earn 50K without a cost to our taxpayers. Please help us support our children of this community. Vote today and everday (each person can vote 3x per day Facebook, text and refresh link).

Thank you for your continued support!

Your Friends of Robert Morris School

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Children's Gala this Saturday at Holland Land Office Museum

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The Holland Land Office Museum is hosting a Children's Gala from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 18.

Cost is $3 per child; $10 per family.

Call 343-4727 to reserve a place.

The museum is located at 131 W. Main St. in the City of Batavia.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 11:45 am

Two car accident with minor facial injuries reported in Alexander

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A two-car accident with minor facial injuries reported at the intersection of Buffalo Street Road and Bowen Road, Alexander.

Alexander Fire and Ambulance dispatched.


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 11:18 am

Today's Deals: Stafford Trading Post, Clor's, Kraving's, Center Street and more

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Stafford Trading Post, 6173 Main Road, Stafford, NY: Lunch or dinner, Stafford Trading Post offers a variety of fresh, homemade meals, as well as snacks and drinks. Now in a new, expanded location. We have a $25 gift card for $12.50.

Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: For the best, most flavorful, juiciest chicken or hamburger in town, hands down, stop by Clor's. Oh, and the steaks are great, too. And the sausage. Clor's also serves lunch and dinners from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Kravings, Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Kraving's offers soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh and flavorful; Monday through Saturday. We have $10 gift certificates for $5.

Center Street Smoke House, 20 Center St., Batavia, NY: Authentic Southern BBQ, from ribs to brisket with all the fixin's. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Matty's Pizzeria, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Matty's, a great place for pizza, wings, subs -- eat in, take out or delivery. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY.: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; new all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.

T.F. Brown's, at 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." We have a $20 gift card for $10.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 1:30 am

Robert Morris ranked 20th for Pepsi Refresh Project and still seeking votes; top 10 ideas win $50k grant

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Robert Morris Elementary School is among 1,000 competitors in the Pepsi Refresh Project this month with hopes of winning a $50,000 grant to build a new playground.

Sound like a long shot? Not anymore, as Robert Morris is currently ranked 20th and they are still seeking your votes to help get them into the top 10 by the December 31st deadline.

"It's an important component and an important resource for our community as a whole" says Robert Morris principal Diane Bonarigo. "We have many families that come out and want their children to be on the playground during the day, throughout the early evening and on weekends".bonarigo.jpg

Every month, Pepsi gives out $1.2 million in grant funds for worthy projects in the United States, therfore providing 12 submission periods. If a project doesn't win one month, it can be resubmitted, according to the website rules. And if it made the top 100, it will automatically be rolled into the next month's competition.

This month, there were 1,096 ideas submitted. But only the first 1,000 are considered

"We need a new playground because our swings are broken" says one student. "We need new monkey bars" adds another, and a parent states "it's not handicap accessible right now".

HOW TO VOTE:

1. You can go to refresheverything.com/robertmorrisplagyround, where you can find more information -- including a video made by students, staff and parents -- and vote by clicking the "Vote for this idea" tab (upper right).

2. You can also vote via text messaging. Simply text to 73774 and enter 104607 in the message.

3. If you have a Facebook account, you can enter your Facebook username and password to cast your vote (and also share with friends).

(People can go online and vote up to 10 times a day per person, per IP address/account.)

Photo: Robert Morris Principal Diane Bonarigo- excerpt from contest submission video)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:14 am

Photo: St. Mary's on a cold, snowy night

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, St. Mary's Catholic Church, weather

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Batavia was hit with a good bit of snow from about 6 to 8 p.m. Above, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church on Ellicott Street, Batavia, during the storm.

The lake effect storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m., but the radar map shows the heaviest bands hovering to the west of Genesee County.

The hourly forecast for Thursday has partial clearing around noon, but then more snow in the mid-afternoon.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:06 am

Photos: Santa visits Fargo Road

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Just as he's been doing annually for the past several years, Santa (and Mrs. Claus) made a pre-Christmas stop at Jim DiSalvo's home on Fargo Road, Stafford.

More and more of Genesee County's kids are finding out, the place with all the lights is a good spot to find Santa about this time of year.

As usual, numerous Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts made the trip to Fargo Road, but DiSalvo's home on the night of Santa's visit is open to all the children who stop by.

Above, posing with Santa and Mrs. Claus are Grace Kibler, 10, Reagan Bifarella, 8, Jacquie Kibler, 8, and Libby Kibler, 5.

More pictures after the jump:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Photos: Handmade Christmas tree ornaments

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Instructor Jen Reardon shows of an example of a type of Christmas tree ornament members of a crafts class at Richmond Memorial Library were making Tuesday evening. It's part of an ongoing series at the library and was open to about a dozen people who signed up (first come, first served). The cost was $6 for materials.

Below, Bonnie Raduns and Erin Martin work on their ornaments.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Chris Lee honored by American Farm Bureau

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Congressman Chris Lee with New York Farm Bureau President and Genesee County resident Dean Norton, right, accepting an award from the American Farm Bureau for being a "Friend of the Farm Bureau." Lee announced the award this evening on Twitter.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Police Beat: Investigation of car break-ins in city leads to arrest

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Valene M. Blackwell, 27, of 27 Tracy Ave., Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of property, 5th. Blackwell was accused following an investigation by Det. Pat Corona into reports of items stolen from parked cars in the city.

Natalie N. Pitt, 25, of 50 Water St., Attica, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal contempt. Pitt was arrested following an investigation by Det. Rich Schauf in connection with an alleged incident on Dec. 3. No further details released.

Patrick R. McFadden, 26, of 12 Montclair Ave., Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. McFadden is accused of pushing another person several times. He was also arrested on a bench warrant related to an aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, charge. He was jailed on $500 bail.

Brennan S. Larnder, 19, of 5 Montclair Ave., Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Larnder is accused of pushing another family member under age 17 during a domestic incident.

Richard C. Greene, 28, of Wyoming, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, and possession of a hypodermic instrument. Greene was arrested by State Police at 2:30 p.m., Monday, at 13 S. Main St., Batavia. Greene was held without bail. No further details released.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 10:31 am

Weather: Lake effect snow warning now in place until 6 a.m.

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Some bands of lake effect snow could drop as much as 18 inches of snow on some parts of Western New York between now and 6 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The primary areas for the warning are Orleans and Genesee counties.

Winds are expected to hit 15 to 25 mph. Gusts will be up to 35 mph.

Visibility will be reduced to less than a quarter of a mile at times in some places.

NWS warns of difficult travel conditions during the storm.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 10:14 am

County to test reverse 9-1-1 system tomorrow

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The Office of Emergency Services will test the reverse 9-1-1 system at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

If you receive a call, no response is necessary.

The test will be coordinated with the Sheriff's Office and the Emergency Dispatch Center.

The test will also include test alerts through the NY-Alert system. Anybody can sign up for alerts through nyalert.gov.

NY-Alert provides individuals with messages either via phone, text, RSS, fax, pager or e-mail of incident-specific emergency messages or impending road closures and weather issues.

The service is free.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 10:00 am

Chris Lee holding Twitter Town Hall at noon

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If you have a question for Congressman Chris Lee, he will be available online to answer it for you at noon today, but to ask it, you'll need to have an account on the popular social networking service Twitter.

Lee announced that he is holding a "Twitter Town Hall" today, and through his Twitter account @chrislee_ny26 he has said questions have already started flowing in.

Lee has 2,086 followers on Twitter.

People with or without Twitter accounts can follow the conversation through the hash tag #askchris.

People who ask questions of Lee should direct them to @chrislee_ny26 and tag them with #askchris.

Twitter has gained wide popularity around the world for its ability to allow friends and associates to quickly share information even though messages are limited to 140 characters.

In a press release, Lee's staff says the congressman has held some 30 town hall meetings during his first term either in person or by telephone. This is his first Twitter Town Hall meeting.

Lee's office also maintains accounts on YouTube, Facebook and Picasa.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

Today's Deals: Blue Pearl, Matty's, Daily Grind, Scratch Bakery and more

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Matty's Pizzeria, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Matty's, a great place for pizza, wings, subs -- eat in, take out or delivery. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

The Daily Grind, 85 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: For Batavia's finest coffee, smoothies, as well as fast and convenient breakfasts and lunches, stop into The Daily Grind. We have a $10 gift card for $5.

Scratch Bakery, 24 Main St. Le Roy, NY: A real bakery right in Genesee County. Scones, cookies, cakes, breads, rolls and more. Call ahead, 297-2441, for availability or special orders. We have $10 gift certificates for $5.

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY.: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; new all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have $20 gift certificates for $10.

Pudgie's Lawn and Garden Center, 3646 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Fall decorations are in as well as a big selection of spring bulbs. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

South Main Country Gifts, 3356 Main St. Road, Batavia, NY: Handcrafted items, gifts with a regional flair, candles, teas and spices -- South Main has a wide selection to please most any interest. Decorate your home or office for Fall or start your Christmas shopping. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Blue Pearl Yoga, 200 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: Exercise your soul as well as your body in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. We have a gift certificate for three weeks of yoga, 13 classes, a $36 value, for $18.

The Enchanted Florist, 202 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: What better way to brighten your home or office for the holidays than with flowers? We have a $20 gift certificate for $9.50.

Delavan's Restaurant and Tavern, 107 Evans St., Batavia, NY: To me, Delavan's is one of those restaurants where you want to eat frequently until you try everything on the menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Settler's Restaurant, 353 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Settler's has a 25-year history of serving great, affordable breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Batavians. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Adam Miller Toy & Bicycles, 8 Center St., Batavia, NY: Feel like a kid in a toy store again, or treat your kids to the greatest toy store they will ever see. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

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Monday, December 13, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Falleti Ice Arena: The ongoing debate

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Once again on Monday evening, Batavia City Council members debated the future of the Falleti Ice Arena -- whether to sell it, or not; whether it makes money, or not; whether it's a vital service to the community, or not.

Councilman Tim Buckley indicated he's had enough.

The city is facing some big and tough budget decisions in the near future, and the council has a lot on its plate. Enough, he said, of debating Falleti Ice Arena.

“I don’t want to make this out as not an important issue, but I want to move away from this issue," Buckley said. "I want to get this thing done. I think as a council we have to realize we’ve got our hands full."

Buckley's suggestion: Have City Manager Jason Molino sit down with Firland, the management company currently running the ice arena, and see what kind of new lease terms can be arranged and bring that proposal back to the council.

After Buckley's opening statement, Councilman Bob Bialkowski said he's been doing the math, and he believes, all things considered, the city is losing thousands of dollars a year on the ice arena.

Bialkowski said he figures the city has expenses related to the ice arena in the range of $53,000, but only gets back in the neighborhood of $40,000. 

City Manager Jason Molino said there are other variables involved, and some of the expenses wouldn't go away if the arena is sold -- such as debt service.

Councilman Bill Cox said he doesn't believe there is any way the city benefits financially from ownership of the arena.

"What’s in it for the taxpayers?" Cox said. "I don’t think anybody on this council, at least not in my hearing, thinks that we’re against the ice arena that we want it to close. ... I don’t want it to close -- I think it’s a great asset to the city. But it should be privatized.

"We’re talking about privatizing it, not closing it. When you privatize it, guess what, you lose control. Do you have any control over the guy who buys your house, what color he paints it after you leave? Of course not."

Councilman Frank Ferrando said while he was once in favor of selling the arena, he's gotten so much feedback from constituents that the city should keep it, that's who he is going to listen to.

"The vast majority of people in this community like the ice rink the way it is, with the city owning it, leasing to Firland," Ferrando said. "I don’t even know what the advantage would be to the taxpayer in the long run if we sold it."

With Cox, Bialkowski, Rosemary Christian and Sam Barone voting no, the council referred the matter to City Manager Jason Molino to see what can be worked out with Firland.

Near the end of the discussion, Cox suggested that WBTA, The Batavian and the Batavia Daily News all run surveys to find out what local residents want done with the arena. After the meeting, we showed Cox the results of an Oct. 26 poll on The Batavian (a totally unscientific poll, we noted) that showed only 22 percent of the respondents supported selling the arena no matter what. Cox's response: "Wow."

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