en BID annual meeting and awards luncheon is Friday, RSVP and pre-pay Tuesday <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>The Batavia Business Improvement District will hold its annual meeting and awards luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on <u>Friday, April 25</u> (registration at 11:45 a.m.) at the City Church Generation Center, 15 Center St. in Downtown Batavia.</p> <p>The agenda will include a review of the B.I.D.&rsquo;s accomplishments and the announcement of the newly elected members to the Board of Directors.</p> <p>The &ldquo;Downtown Spirit&rdquo; Business Awards are presented to: <strong>Greg Gluck, Alberty Drug Co.</strong> and <strong>Kristine Crocker, The YNGodess Shop</strong>.</p> <p>The &ldquo;Downtown Spirit&rdquo; Volunteer Awards presented to: <strong>Dan Fischer (WBTA Radio)</strong> who served as a board member and chairperson for Summer In The City, <strong>Beth Kemp (T-Shirts Etc.)</strong> for serving on the BID Promotion / Wine Walk committees and <strong>Steve Coraci (community volunteer)</strong> for serving on the Downtown Public, Summer In The City and Wine Walk committees.</p> <p>Guest Speaker: Mark Masse, vice-president Genesee Economic Development Center. His topic: &ldquo;When The STAMP Project Comes, Will Downtown Be Ready?&rdquo;</p> <p>All B.I.D. members and area businesses are invited. A special buffet will be served from Sweet Ecstasy Bakery &amp; Bistro.</p> <p>Price is $20 per person. <strong><u>RSVP and payment by Tuesday, April 22</u>.</strong> Reservations contact BID - Don Burkel or Laurie Oltramari, at 585-344-0900 or e-mail at <a href=""></a></p> batavia Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:34:21 +0000 Billie Owens 42340 at Fight in UMMC parking lot, caller says <p>City police are responding to the parking lot of UMMC where there&#39;s a complaint about a fight.</p> batavia crime Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:30:44 +0000 Billie Owens 42338 at Bar and music added to the mix at Yume Asian Bistro <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/yumeentertainmentapril192014.jpg" /></p> <p>Tonight, Yume Asian Bistro, on Veterans Memorial Drive, celebrated the opening of its bar with music played (as a DJ) and performed (vocals and guitar) by Brent Persia. The owners say if music on Friday and Saturday nights after the dinner hour goes over well, they will continue to offer it.</p> <p>Previously: <a href="" target="_blank">Pair of young chefs see opportunity in Batavia for Asian cuisine, especially sushi</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/yumeentertainmentapril192014b.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/yumeentertainmentapril192014-3.jpg" /></p> arts batavia business entertainment music YUME Asian Bistro Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:43:11 +0000 Howard Owens 42337 at Dumpster fire outside of Clor's, now out <p>A dumpster fire was reported outside of Clor&#39;s Meat Market on West Main Street at the corner of Lewiston Road. A responder says there is no exposure to the building and the dumpster was smoldering, but no flames were showing. Town of Batavia Fire Department responded and the fire is knocked down.</p> batavia fire Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:35:32 +0000 Billie Owens 42334 at Sponsored Post: Mr. Wine & Liquor offers 15% off all wines! Easter case discounts available! <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/7438/2014-2/2.png" /></p> batavia advertisement Mr. Wine and Liquor ny Sponsored Post Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Lisa Ace 42302 at Photos: Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt at Centennial Park <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/kiwanisegghunt2014-8.jpg" style="width: 460px; height: 305px;" /></p> <p>The Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt this morning at Centennial Park might be called an Easter Egg Scramble. It starts at 9 a.m. and pretty much all of the plastic eggs containing either candy or prize numbers are off the ground by 9:01.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/kiwanisegghunt2014-7.jpg" style="width: 460px; height: 305px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/kiwanisegghunt2014-3.jpg" style="width: 460px; height: 305px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/kiwanisegghunt2014-4.jpg" style="width: 460px; height: 695px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/kiwanisegghunt2014-10.jpg" style="width: 460px; height: 617px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/kiwanisegghunt2014-11.jpg" style="width: 460px; height: 305px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/kiwanisegghunt2014-14.jpg" style="width: 460px; height: 305px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <iframe width="480" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="background-color:#555555;"></iframe> batavia Batavia Kiwanis Club Centennial Park Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Howard Owens 42329 at Have you seen 'Max'? <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-2/max.png" /></p> <p>Have you seen &quot;Max&quot;? He was last seen in Batavia on Friday, April 11. But not hide nor hair since.</p> <p>His elderly owners live on Chandler Avenue, right across from the United Memorial Medical Center.</p> <p>Max is a friendly little charmer who sports a red harness and is microchipped. He&#39;s a pekingese/poodle mix -- a &quot;peekapoo.&quot; He&#39;s about 15-20 inches long and 15-20 pounds. If you know of his whereabouts, please contact Jen at 585-813-7108.</p> batavia Lost Dog Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:07:11 +0000 Billie Owens 42328 at Closing reception for local artist Jolene Beckman's 'Within the Wallpaper' at The Gallery at Blue Pearl Yoga <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/jolene_beckman.jpg" /></p> <p><span>Local artist Jolene Beckkman is closing her current exhibit, &ldquo;Within the Wallpaper,&rdquo; at The Gallery at Blue Pearl Yoga with a reception on Thursday, April 24 from 6 - 8 p.m. About a dozen pieces depict the struggle between what we expose and what we choose to keep hidden.</span></p> <p><span>Born in Batavia but moved to Colorado before settling in Albion, Beckman attended local schools. She graduated from The College at Brockport with a degree in Fine Arts and gained an MFA from the University at Buffalo. She currently lives in Batavia with her husband and children.</span></p> <p><span>Beckman has shown her extensive body of work locally in Batavia, Rochester, Buffalo, Canandaigua, Brockport, Binghamton, and Lockport as well as nationally in galleries in Chicago, Seattle, and New York City. With her current exhibit, Beckman says, she is, &ldquo;questioning what it means to put a body on display, and what it means to be looked at &mdash; from the perspective of both the viewer and the viewed.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>Each complete painting is partially covered in wallpaper -- some of it purposely ripped -- &ldquo;to convey the idea that sometimes what is concealed is often just as important as what is revealed.&rdquo; </span></p> <p><span>Much of Beckman&rsquo;s work is steeped in realism and indeed, she draws inspiration from the detailed realism of the Old Masters. She also cites German Expressionist Kathe Kollwitz -- who produced a series of works reflecting her concern with war, poverty, and the lives of ordinary women in the 1920s -- as inspiring for their eloquent yet searing account of the human condition.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Her facial expressions are beautifully rendered,&rdquo; Beckman says. &ldquo;My own interpretation of such stark emotion is to paint my figures as if they are walking out of the painting and into a dream.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>Within the Wallpaper is on display until Thursday, April 24. The closing reception is scheduled from 6 - 8 p.m.; it is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For additional information contact Blue Pearl Yoga at 585.230.5430 or the artist at <a href=""><span><b></b></span></a>.</span></p> arts batavia Blue Pearl Yoga Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:53:16 +0000 Patricia Hawley 42324 at Batavia baseball bounces back to beat Akron <p>After winning the first two games of the season, the Batavia baseball squad was handed its first loss of the season in an emphatic fashion, losing to Honeoye Falls-Lima 15-2 on Thursday afternoon.</p> <p>Twenty-four hours later, the Blue Devils got back on track, beating up on Akron, 15-8.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought it was a good comeback win for us,&rdquo; said Batavia Head Coach Rick Saunders. &ldquo;We got lit up pretty good yesterday by a good HF-L team. Today we came out and jumped out on top and got those three runs in the first.&rdquo;</p> <p>Batavia opened up the game with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning on a bases-clearing hit by Zeke Lynn.</p> <p>The Tigers would battle back, loading the bases with one out in the second inning.</p> <p>Akron would score on a fielder&rsquo;s choice by D.J. Carlson, then on a passed ball, and they then tied it up on a RBI single by Zach Pfentner.</p> <p>Quinten Weis would settle down after that, pitching two more scoreless innings and allowing just one more hit before Greg Mruczek relieved him.</p> <p>&ldquo;He was a little wild to start the game,&rdquo; Saunders said of Weis. &ldquo;I thought he settled down the rest of the game and he threw well that last two innings he was in the game.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Blue Devils regained the lead in the third after Nick Bauer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.</p> <p>Steve Borowczyk appeared to get himself out of the jam, ending the inning with the bases loaded and just one run allowed, but it was not to be.</p> <p>Batavia exploded for four runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to extend the lead to 8-3.</p> <p>Luke McComb was walked with the bases loaded, followed by an RBI single from Rich Francis before Bauer drove in two runs with a double to right field.</p> <p>Akron appeared to make a bit of a comeback in the top of the fifth, getting two runs off of Mruczek (helped by a few defensive miscues), but he settled down to strike out the side in the sixth.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought he threw the ball real well,&rdquo; Saunders said of Mruczek. &ldquo;I think our defense let him down a little bit. That happens, these are high school kids. If we played tight defense like we did in the first three games, we probably only would have let up a few runs.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Blue Devils&#39; batters went to work in the bottom of the frame to put the game out of reach as they sent seven runners across home plate, including a two-run single from senior reserve Pat Wrobel.</p> <p>The Tigers got three runs in the seventh, but it wasn&rsquo;t enough to get close.</p> <p>&ldquo;The biggest difference between yesterday and today was that we hit better,&rdquo; Saunders said. &ldquo;We got the bases-clearing hit by Lynn and that was clutch for us today.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lynn finished the game 2-for-5 with four RBIs, while Bauer went 1-for-4 with four RBIs. As a team, Batavia combined for 14 hits on the game.</p> <p>Weis picked up the win for the Devils, allowing three runs on three hits in four innings pitched.</p> <p>Borowczyk took the loss for Akron, allowing eight runs in six innings pitched.</p> <p>Batavia improves to 3-1 on the season, and next travel to Aquinas on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.</p> baseball batavia Batavia HS high school sports sports Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:35:14 +0000 Nick Sabato 42326 at Law and Order: Bergen resident accused of pointing shotgun at person who was looking through his window <p><strong>John Laverne Robinson</strong>, 51, of North Lake Road, Bergen, is charged with menacing, 2nd. Robinson is accused of pointing a shotgun at another person while the person was looking through Robinson&#39;s window.</p> <p><strong>Aaron M. Hatt</strong>, 22, of Alexander, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Troopers responded to a complaint of a domestic dispute in the Town of Pembroke. In route, troopers came upon a young man walking down the center of Gabby Road. He reportedly said he had just argued with a female at the address of the initial complaint. Hatt was taken back to the house and upon investigation, troopers learned Hatt had allegedly been involved with a physical confrontation with the victim. He allegedly possessed marijuana at the time of his arrest.</p> <p><strong>Connor W. Kelly</strong>, 19, of Rushville, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. A trooper stopped Kelly&#39;s vehicle on Clinton Street Road, Stafford, for allegedly lacking its plate lamp. the trooper noted evidence of alleged recent marijuana use.</p> <p><strong>Bernard Lee Evans</strong>, 43, of Cato Street, Pavilion, was arrested on bench warrants for alleged criminal contempt, 1st, and harassment, 2nd. Evans was held without bail.</p> <p><strong>Kelly Marie Faro</strong>, 37, of Church Road, of Hamlin, was arrested as a fugitive from justice. Faro was arrested on an unrelated matter by Deputy John Baiocco. During his investigation, he discovered an active warrant out of Cuyahoga County for alleged drug possession. Faro is being held without bail pending extradition.</p> batavia bergen crime Pavilion pembroke Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:17:07 +0000 Howard Owens 42322 at Young girls basketball team ready to roll into Ohio for first traveling tournment <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/thundergirlshoopsap1814.jpg" /></p> <p>A group of fifth- and sixth-grade girls are about to embark on a new adventure -- playing in a basketball tournament in another state for the first time.</p> <p>The Thunder are a new girls basketball team aimed at giving the young players off-season experience and practice.</p> <p>Coach Otis Thomas said the girls are really dedicated to the sport.</p> <p>&quot;We look pretty good,&quot; he said. &quot;They work hard. Very enthusiastic. Great bunch of girls. Very disciplined. Just to have them in the gym now when it&#39;s softball season and baseball season shows how dedicated they are.&quot;</p> <p>The nucleus of the Thunder is the Batavia Middle School team.</p> <p>They will play in the King James Shooting Stars Classic (sponsored by Lebron James) in Ohio next week.</p> <p>Pictured, from left, first row: Nya Thomas, Morgan Rohdes, Mckenzie Riegle, Brynn Wormley, Emily Janes, Kennedy Kolb, Destiny Griffin. Not pictured are Mia Rhinehart, Bella Phillips, Hailey Thornley, Nashiya Rhimm.</p> <p>The team&#39;s sponsors are Big Pauly&#39;s Pizza and NYSCOPBA.</p> basketball batavia sports Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:28:50 +0000 Howard Owens 42314 at Batavia resident opens new barber shop on West Main Street <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/smithbarberapril182014.jpg" /></p> <p>Batavia has a new barber. Terry Smith has opened his own shop, Fresh Cutz, on the second floor at 218 W. Main St., above House of Kolor Tattoo and Piercing. Smith graduated from barber school in October and was eager to open his own shop. He said he saw a need for another barber shop in the city.&nbsp; &quot;Whoever needs a haircut, I&#39;ll cut it,&quot; he said. Getting a haircut yesterday was Kwame Richardson.</p> batavia business Fresh Cutz Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:01:23 +0000 Howard Owens 42313 at Open burn reported on Oak Street, Batavia <p>An open burn is reported in the area of 139 Oak St., Batavia.</p> <p>City fire and Batavia PD being dispatched.</p> <p>UPDATE 7:28 p.m.: The fire is behind 131 Oak St. and firefighters will be putting it out with a canister.</p> batavia Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:20:56 +0000 Howard Owens 42306 at Alleged assault on Jackson Street prompts request for Mercy Flight in the city <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/jacksonassaultapril172014.jpg" /></p> <p>An alleged assault at an apartment on Jackson Street, Batavia, prompted responding Mercy medics to inquire about the availability of Mercy Flight. The intended destination would be Strong Memorial Hospital. City police and fire on scene.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:46 p.m.: City Engine 16 back in service. Mercy medic #1 is taking the victim via ambulance to the Mercy Flight hangar for transport to Strong.</p> <p>UPDATE 5:53 p.m. (by Howard): At this point, police can&#39;t even say for sure it was an assault. Officer Chad Richards said the patient showed up at the apartment and was unresponsive by the time police arrived, so he couldn&#39;t be interviewed. &quot;We don&#39;t even know how he got here,&quot; Richards said. He suffered some sort of apparent head trauma. Police will be interviewing people to try and determine what happened. No further information available at this time.</p> <p>UPDATE 10:15 p.m.: Sgt. Chris Camp says the victim was not injured as seriously as it initially appeared. He&#39;s at Strong Memorial Hospital and has been interviewed.&nbsp; However, he&#39;s not yet able to provide much information. Camp said police are leaning toward a possible assault but haven&#39;t ruled out other explanations. The victim&#39;s name is being withheld pending further investigation.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/jacksonassaultapril172014-2.jpg" /></p> batavia crime Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:43:26 +0000 Billie Owens 42303 at Vandals knock down 25 headstones at Elmwood Cemetery <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/elmwoodvandapril17.jpg" /></p> <p>Among the headstones knocked over in the Elmwood Cemetery this weekend, according to Superintendent Steve Davis, was one marking the grave of a toddler.</p> <p>In all, some 25 headstones were knocked over sometime over the weekend.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;ve been here almost 20 years and every year we get some form of vandalism,&quot; Davis said.</p> <p>It&#39;s not always headstones getting knocked over, Davis said. Makers have been spray-painted; glass bottles have been broken on graves; and flower pots have been stolen. One time, somebody even vandalized the veterans memorial at Elmwood.</p> <p>&quot;I don&#39;t know, maybe it&#39;s just a bad neighborhood,&quot; Davis said.</p> <p>In 2009, five 12-year-olds were identified as the youths who knocked over 75 headstones, but usually, the vandals are never caught.</p> <p>Davis has already put the smaller headstones, including the 2-year-old&#39;s, back in place, but other will need the base leveled and the headstones epoxyed back in place.</p> <p>That will cost some $500 to $600, Davis said.</p> <p>With every internment in New York, there&#39;s a $5 fee paid to the State of New York for a vandalism fund. The cemetery board will have the option of applying for reimbursement from that fund, but payment could take up to a year, Davis said.</p> <p>In 2009, Elmwood received about $1,000 for the damage caused by the 12-year-olds.</p> <p>Davis did file a police report. Anybody with information about the vandalism can contact BPD at (585) 345-6350.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-2/elmwoodvandapril17-2.jpg" /></p> batavia Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:06:32 +0000 Howard Owens 42300 at