2020-04-09 E-Edition

A watchful eye

Southgate Plaza Security Agent Autumn Kraft keeps an eye on the closed businesses in the plaza as well as the ones that are still open on a recent afternoon.

Resident aiming to force referendum on demolishing Burchfield

While it appeared the majority of the West Seneca Town Board put a plan in motion to start repairs on the Burchfield Nature and Art Center this year, not all West Seneca residents are convinced that’s the best way forward. One such resident, Dan Warren, has announced plans to circulate a petition with the goal of getting a question as […]

Case numbers rise in Erie County, but social distancing helping to flatten curve

Coronavirus cases continue to increase within the borders of Erie County, but county health officials are seeing a “leveling off” of hospitalizations as a result of the virus, as social distancing measures show signs of flattening the virus’ curve. As of Tuesday evening, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein stated there are 1,234 […]

Distance learning implementation a challenge for administrators, teachers and students

The social distancing measures taken in New York state have changed the way nearly everyone goes about their business. Schools are no exception. Schools across Erie County have been closed since March 16 and will remain so through at least April 29. In the place of actual classroom interaction, distance learning is being implemented in the district. Before dismissal on […]

Places you can explore without actually leaving your house

At this point, most of us have started to feel at least a little stir crazy while in quarantine. Here’s a list of museums, parks, classes and more that are still open to the public. Just because you can’t leave your house doesn’t mean you can’t have new experiences, right?  Actor and Director John Krasinski creates a YouTube series […]

Sen. Gallivan applauds decision to allow corrections officers to use PPE

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is allowing correctional officers, supervisors and parole officers to use basic personal protection equipment while on duty to reduce the possible spread of the coronavirus. The announcement from the DOCCS comes one day after Senator Patrick Gallivan wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci calling for the change […]

Burstein: ‘It’s going to be a long haul, not just another week’

Health officials envision several months of distancing in order to successfully curb spread

At the forefront of the county’s fight against the novel coronavirus is a Kenmore native who took a meandering, international medical journey that eventually landed her back in her native Western New York as Erie County health commissioner. Dr. Gale Burstein’s path back home was anything but linear – it took her across the African continent as a pediatric resident […]

Main Street needs a hand from Albany

Bee Editorial

Covid-19 has completely changed the way we all live. But along with worrying about keeping themselves and their families healthy, thousands of small business owners across New York state are losing sleep over how to keep this virus from killing the businesses they have worked so hard to build. At the same time, lawmakers in Albany are trying to craft […]

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 GETTING OUT THE VOTE – Each week, The Bee runs a poll on a topic relevant to that time. Often, the poll will relate to a news story in that week’s paper. The most recent poll received much more attention than usual. The poll was based on the recent town board resolution, passed by a 3-2 margin, committing to […]