Local Matters

Recent comments

Community Sponsors

advertisement

September 12, 2012 - 9:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

Open Letter from Chad Zambito, candidate for the Republican line in the Town of Batavia board race:

As you probably know, there is a primary for a position on the Batavia Town Board on Thursday and the polls are open from noon-9 p.m. This position was left open when my opponent, John Gerace, resigned after an incident that occurred at the Town of Batavia Fireman’s Installation Dinner. I was not at this event and have heard several accounts of what happened but will take Mr. Gerace at his word that the incident has been blown out of proportion and was actually a “hiccup” and not characteristic behavior.

I certainly appreciate John’s service, he and I served together beginning in 2003 and he had spent a few years on the planning board prior to his election. I am, however, disappointed with his efforts to exploit my failing business for his political gain. The people of the Town of Batavia deserve better than muckraking politics. This type of campaign hurts the system and discourages good people from running for public office. I have attempted to run a clean campaign and not engage in dirty politics. I do, however, feel I need to set the record straight on some level.

I take issue with several statements made by Mr. Gerace. In a recent interview, he stated that the consolidation charter effort, which he supported every step of the way, wasted $100,000 of taxpayer money to produce a document that he says he has never seen. This is simply not the case. A $54,000 state grant was awarded to the City of Batavia for the study and the work only came to a halt when the Town Board failed to act on a home rule legislation request that simply would have allowed the process to continue. It concerns me that my opponent has not read this document since it easily available online. My sense is that he realizes consolidation is an unpopular issue in the town and he hopes to connect me to that effort regardless of the fact that he has supported it at several junctures.

Upon my appointment, Mr. Gerace went to great lengths to have the appointment nullified claiming that the process used was invalid. That claim was quickly dismissed by the town’s attorney as unfounded. I also take issue with a political postcard Mr. Gerace has issued. He claims a “Zero Tax” rate for in town as one of his top accomplishments but the town has enjoyed a zero tax rate for decades. He has asked voters to “Re-elect” him and also labeled himself “Councilman John Gerace” in a recent political postcard. That statement is inaccurate and misleading.

I have always felt that I was the best candidate for this position. I have been appointed by the Town Board and have the endorsement of the Town Republican Committee. I am a dedicated professional that has three years of economic development experience and I have had a direct hand in the town’s growth. I worked diligently to resolve issues related to Gateway II while serving on the board, paving the way for Ashley Furniture to open its doors and provide nearly 80 jobs. I wrote the grant that led to the design of the Med-Tech Center Building and negotiated an easement that brought much needed sewer capacity to the Ag Park. I have generously volunteered my time to Chamber of Commerce, an Advisory Committee for GCC’s BEST Center, the GLOW Region’s Workforce Investment Board and numerous career days and community events. I currently work for Paragon Advertising in Buffalo and also serve as the Director of Advancement for St. Joseph School of Batavia, a position I find extremely rewarding.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported me every step of the way, including my wife, Jennifer. My one regret is that the issues brought forward in this election have caused her undue stress and frustration.

I encourage you to head to the polls from noon-9 p.m. on Thursday and hope you will give me your support when you do. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or comments at [email protected] Thank you.

Paid for by Chad Zambito.

September 11, 2012 - 1:33pm

An Open Letter to Town of Batavia Residents:

As you probably know, there is a primary for a position on the Batavia Town Board on Thursday and the polls are open from noon-9 p.m.  This position was left open when my opponent, John Gerace, resigned after a now infamous incident that occurred at the Town of Batavia Fireman’s Installation Dinner.  I was not at this event and have heard several accounts of what happened but will take Mr. Gerace at his word that the incident has been blown out of proportion and was actually a “hiccup” and not characteristic behavior.

I certainly appreciate John’s service, he and I served together beginning in 2003 and he had spent a few years on the planning board prior to his election.   I am, however, disappointed with his efforts to exploit my failing business for his political gain.  I was forced to close Grammy’s Laundromat in July and the subsequent auction raised far less than I expected.   I am currently working to resolve the issues that have stemmed from the closing. Like most of you, I have been knocked down from time to time but have consistently stood back up and dusted myself off and I will continue to do so. 

The people of the Town of Batavia deserve better than muckraking politics.  This type of campaign hurts the system and discourages good people from running for public office.  I have attempted to run a clean campaign and not engage in dirty politics.  I do, however, feel I need to set the record straight on some level.

I take issue with several statements made by Mr. Gerace.  In a recent interview, he stated that the consolidation charter effort, which he supported every step of the way, wasted $100,000 of tax-payer money to produce a document that he says has never seen.  This is simply not the case.  A $54,000 state grant was awarded to the City of Batavia for the study and the work only came to a halt when the Town Board failed to act on a home rule legislation request that simply would have allowed the process to continue.  In addition, the document is easily available online and for someone who claims to “do his homework,” it strikes me as peculiar that my opponent has not bothered to read that document.  My sense is that he realizes consolidation is an unpopular issue in the town and he hopes to connect me to that effort regardless of the fact that he has supported it at several junctures. 

Upon my appointment, Mr Gerace went to great lengths to have the appointment nullified claiming that the process used was invalid.  That claim was quickly dismissed by the town’s attorney as unfounded.  I also take issue with a political postcard Mr. Gerace has issued.  He claims a “Zero Tax” rate for in town as one of his top accomplishments but the town has enjoyed a zero tax rate for decades.  He has asked voters to “Re-elect” him and also labeled himself “Councilman John Gerace” in his postcard.   That statement is inaccurate and misleading.

I have always felt that I was the best candidate for this position.  I am a dedicated professional that has three years of economic development experience and I have had a direct hand it the town’s growth.  I worked diligently to resolve issues related to Gateway II while serving on the board, paving the way for Ashely Furniture to open its doors and provide nearly 80 jobs.  I wrote the grant that led to the design of the Med-Tech Center Building and negotiated an easement that brought much needed sewer capacity to the Ag Park.  I have generously volunteered my time to Chamber of Commerce, an Advisory Committee for GCC’s BEST Center, the GLOW Region’s Workforce Investment Board and numerous career days and community events.  I currently work for Paragon Advertising in Buffalo and also serve as the Director of Advancement for St. Joseph School of Batavia. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those that have supported me every step of the way, including my wife Jennifer.  My one regret is that the issues brought forward in this election have caused her undue stress and frustration. 

I encourage you to head to the polls from noon-9 p.m. on Thursday and hope you will give me your support when you do.  Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or comments at [email protected].  Thank you.

September 6, 2012 - 10:52am

St. Joseph Catholic School will hold its 53rd Annual Popcorn Ball on October 13th of this year at 6 p.m. at the school, which is located at 2 Summit St. in Batavia. The theme of this year's ball will be “A Taste of Genesee” and will feature food from several area restaurants.

Those that have already agreed to participate include TF Brown's, Center Street Smoke House and Alex’s Place. Organizers are still hoping to add a few more restaurants in the next few weeks and are also looking for donations in the form of prizes and gift baskets. 

The school will also honor outstanding alumni and present the first “Spirit of St. Joseph” award at this year’s Popcorn Ball. Nominations are still being accepted on the school’s Web site, www.sjsbatavia.org.

Anyone interested in participating should contact the school at 343-6154 or email Chad Zambito at [email protected]

September 3, 2012 - 11:04pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, advertisement, Shop Local.

Think Local - Buy Local - Be Local

Support community groups: Nonprofit organizations receive an average 250 percent more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

This week's featured businesses:

ALBERTY DRUGS -- Established by Mr. Guy Alberty in 1922, Alberty Drugs has always worked hard to serve our friends and neighbors with excellent, personalized customer service. Paul Gluck built on that tradition when he bought the pharmacy in 1967 and now his son Greg is continuing this philosophy today.  Our pharmacists and staff care about you and are always available to help with your healthcare needs. Alberty Drugs also offers daily prescription delivery service, immunization clinics, home health equipment as well as a full line of greeting cards and gifts. Located in the heart of Batavia, Alberty Drugs is proud to be your hometown pharmacy since 1922. Visit us online: http://www.albertydrugstore.com

EMPIRE TRACTOR -- We have moved to a NEW location at 5072 East Main Street Batavia, NY. Please stop in and see our NEW facility. We have been serving farm and homeowners with parts, service and equipment for over 100 years in Western New York. We are proud to say we make YOUR buying experience a pleasurable one, along with giving you continued support of all your purchases. Empire Tractor has six locations in the WNY area to support all your needs. Visit us online: http://www.empiretractor.com

GOLD RUSH -- Opened on 10/1/2011 to try and help Genesee County residents with other alternatives to sell broken or unwanted jewelry and coins instead of being mistreated or misled by "fly-by-night buying events" at local hotels and typical "pawn shops." We try to make the  experience pleasant and educational. We like to show the consumer the resources on how to find out what the item may be and its worth. We can tell you, like every other store, that we will give you the best deal in town but if you give us a chance we can prove it to you. We also will  guarantee that we will beat any legitimate offer from any store in New York State, not just Genesee County. We are senior friendly, have a private, safe and well lit parking lot. The Gold Rush is now Batavia's local coin shop and sells all numismatic hobby items. Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm & Sunday 12pm-5pm. Special appointments can be made for any hours not list for appraisals.

L&L TRANSMISSION -- L&L Transmissions, Inc., has been family owned and pperated since 1978. They are a AAA Approved, complete automotive repair facility. Transmission and drive line specialists, they also work on transfer cases, differentials, brakes, front- and rear-wheel drives, electric computer diagnostics, automatic and standard, RVs and oversized vehicles, and do complete clutch repair. They give free code scans and estimates. They are currently having a used tire sale with used tires from $5 to $20. Please call 585-343-1735 or check them out on the Web at www.landltransmissions.com

SUZANNE'S SCHOOL OF DANCE --Suzanne`s School of Dance and Tutu Tots  has been in business for 25 years, located at 33 Center St., Batavia. We pride ourselves with professionally teaching dance in a caring family atmosphere, where every child is like our own. We specialize in preschool movement with a program created by Miss Suzanne called Tutu Tots! The teachers also teach ballet, jazz,modern, hip hop and tap. We are truly a cut above the rest! You can register for fall classes by going to our Web site at suzschoolofdance.com or by calling 344-4060. Reference this article for $5 off your registration fee!

Be sure to regularly check the ads on the site to be alerted to special offers from our sponsors. A complete list of our sponsors can be found on the lower left side of this page. Supporting our sponsors helps us continue to bring you the news of Genesee County.

August 27, 2012 - 6:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement.

The winner of the contest to "Like" Graham Careers on Facebook is Tonette Stone.

Tonette wins a $100 gift card to Alex's Place.

Local business owners: Want to increase the reach of your Facebook business page by sponsoring a Facebook "Like" contest on The Batavian? Call Lisa Ace at 250-4118 for more information.

August 24, 2012 - 8:04am
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, advertisement, Shop Local.

We've said it before, when you support the local businesses that sponsor The Batavian, you're helping us continue to bring you the news about Genesee County you enjoy.

We're starting a new feature to highlight a few of The Batavian sponsors each week and remind readers of the importance of supporting local businesses.

Think Local - Buy Local - Be Local!

Buy Local -- Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

This week's featured businesses:

VALLE JEWELERS -- has been proudly serving Western New York since 1951. For three generations, the Valle family has been dedicated to offering excellent service. Our goal is to consistently provide our customers with great selection and value. Valle Jewelers offers a tremendous selection of diamond jewelry, unique sterling silver jewelry, hundreds of CHAMILIA beads, and fine gifts. With two full-time bench jewelers, Valle Jewelers offers the security and convenience of ON-SITE repairs. Stop in today to browse our selection or turn some of your GOLD into CASH! Visit us online: http://www.vallejewelersbatavia.com

TURNBULL -- We are locally owned and operated with locations on 50 Franklin St., Batavia, and 59 Genesee St., Avon. We use industry standard flat-rate pricing – there are no hidden fees. Our gas furnace tune-ups and inspections start at only $60. Call us today at 343-2005 or 226-8160 to make an appointment that works with your schedule. Take $5 off the tune-up price when scheduling online with a confirmation from our office. And go on Facebook and “Like Us” today! Visit our page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turnbull-Heating-Air-Conditioning/320903574654459

CEDAR STREET SALES & RENTALS -- We are proud to be celebrating 19 years of business in 2012. Cedar Street has been locally owned and operated by your friends and neighbors since 1993. Whether it's equipment rental, parts, sales or service, our professional team is ready to help. "We promise a lot ... and give you more." It's not only our slogan but our everyday philosophy and way of doing business. Whether it's online, on the phone, or in person, we are always happy to serve you and will give you our very best every time. Visit us online: http://www.cedarstreetonline.com/

MAX PIES FURNITURE - is a 4th-generation family owned business that has been in the same location on the southside of Batavia since 1905. We offer a full line of furniture, bedding and flooring to make your house a home. We also deliver free of charge and offer flexible financing for qualified buyers. Stop by our showroom at 400 S. Jackson St. and take advantage of our half-price warehouse sale going on now. Check out our Web site at http://www.maxpiesfurniture.com and like us on Facebook.

Be sure to regularly check the ads on the site to be alerted to special offers from our sponsors. A complete list of our sponsors can be found on the lower left side of this page.

August 23, 2012 - 11:39am

(Photo: bottom row,seated: Sandy (mom), Alisa (sister). Back row: Christine (owner), Theresa, Christine, Jack and Jody.)

As we celebrate our six-month anniversary, we would like to thank the community for their continued patronage. We have been welcomed with new friends and loyal followers. Because of all of you, I am able to continue doing what I love.

All of us here at The Yngodess promise to keep customer service our #1 priority. We are a family here and we are proud to welcome yours to ours. 

Mark your calendars for September 15th! The 3rd Annual Wine Walk - sponsored by B.I.D, it is from 6 'til 9 Saturday evening. There are 500 tickets available and they will go on sale Aug. 23 for $20, you can pick them up at Valle Jewelers, T-Shirts, Etc., or Coffee Culture. We are very excited for this event!

Nice wines and great people = a fabulous evening in the heart of Batavia!

The Yngodess Shop is located at 73 Main St., Batavia, NY • 343-3170.

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheYngodessShop

August 14, 2012 - 3:26pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sale, Sponsored Post, advertisement, Dan's tire.

 

Throughout the month of August, Dan’s Tire & Auto is making your tire buying experience plain and simple.  We won’t be undersold.  We will BEAT anybody’s price on comparable tires, plain and simple.  For a limited time only, when you buy a new set of four tires you’ll get the following absolutely 100% free

• Free Tire Mounting

• Free Tire Balancing

• Free Valve Stems

• Free Tire Pressure Monitoring System Reset

• Free Alignment (Not Just An Alignment Check)

• Free Road Hazard / Flat Repairs

• Free Rotations For The Life Of The Tires

We want your tire business, plain and simple.  After 35 years there’s one thing we’ve learned, keep it plain and simple and everybody wins.

As an added bonus Goodyear is giving pre-paid Visa cards for up to $160 as a rebate on the purchase of four select Goodyear or Dunlop Tires.  Don’t forget that you can sign up for a Goodyear Credit Card right here at Dan’s Tire & Auto.  Goodyear Cards are accepted nationwide and offer 6 months with no interest.

Call us today at (585) 343-7210 for your quote or visit us online at www.danstire.com.

August 13, 2012 - 11:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Sponsored Post, advertisement, graham corp..

REMINDER: You must "Like" Graham Careers on Facebook and register for the contest to be eligible to win. Click here.

August 10, 2012 - 9:31am
posted by The Batavian in batavia, downtown, Sponsored Post, advertisement, City Slickers.

City Slickers welcomes everyone for a weekend full of events and drink specials!

Friday:

Country/ Southern rock DJ from 7 p.m. to close.

Meet the Labatt Blue girls from 10 p.m. to midnight and the Sweet Revenge girls from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Saturday:

Hot Dog Cup 2012- "Batavia's largest hot dog eating contest"- To enter call City Slickers at 345-6788 or stop in before the event to register. $10 to enter and the winner will receive their name on the Hot Dog Cup and a free 1 year Next Level Fitness Membership. The contest is at 1 p.m. 

Meet the Bud Light girls from 2 to 4 p.m., then meet the Labatt Blue girls from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sailor Jerry's girls from 9 to 11 p.m.

Country/ Southern rock DJ from noon-close. 

Enjoy 16 oz. cans of Budweiser, Bud Light, Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light for just $3 all weekend long! Tent is up and the patio is open! 

(...and don't forget, every Wednesday from 8 to 11 p.m. is karaoke!)

August 9, 2012 - 5:03pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sale, Sponsored Post, advertisement, Dan's tire.

 

Throughout the month of August, Dan’s Tire & Auto is making your tire buying
experience plain and simple. We won’t be undersold. We will BEAT anybody’s price
on comparable tires, plain and simple. For a limited time only, when you buy a new set
of four tires you’ll get the following absolutely 100% free…
 
• Free Tire Mounting
• Free Tire Balancing
• Free Valve Stems
• Free Tire Pressure Monitoring System Reset
• Free Alignment (Not Just An Alignment Check)
• Free Road Hazard / Flat Repairs
• Free Rotations For The Life Of The Tires
 
 
We want your tire business, plain and simple. After 35 years there’s one thing we’ve
learned, keep it plain and simple and everybody wins.
 
As an added bonus Goodyear is giving pre-paid Visa cards for up to $160 as a rebate
on the purchase of four select Goodyear or Dunlop Tires. Don’t forget that you can
sign up for a Goodyear Credit Card right here at Dan’s Tire & Auto. Goodyear Cards
are accepted nationwide and offer 6 months with no interest.
 
Call us today at (585) 343-7210 for your quote or visit us online at
August 9, 2012 - 10:36am
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, advertisement, IR Systems.

IR Systems is a DIRECTV Local Authorized Dealer for home/residential accounts as well as business/commercial accounts throughout WNY and Northern PA. We Offer the same unbeatable prices that DIRECTV offers and MORE!

If you’re a business owner, it makes sense to make the switch. No matter what your customer’s favorite sport or team, your customers can watch them play with DIRECTV. With exclusive programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, MLB EXTRA INNINGS®,and NASCAR HotPass™, as well as the most sports in crystal clear HD, you'll bring in the crowd and ring up the sales with us!

More after the jump (click on the headline to read more):

August 7, 2012 - 11:50am

The first day of classes for the fall semester is August 27, 2012 — just three-weeks away — but there is still time to enroll at Genesee Community College to launch or boost a career in any one of 67 different degree and certificate programs. Scholarships and grants are still available for students who qualify, and the admissions staff can help with the application process.

GCC offers a wide range of flexible class options to fit an individual’s time, interests and location. Students can attend classes full-time, part-time, online or on Sunday. Visit online to check out all the options.

 
GCC also has seven campus centers to make programs even more accessible:
  • Albion – 456 West Ave. (585) 589-4936 
  • Arcade – 25 Edward St. (585) 492-5265 
  • Batavia – One College Rd. (585) 343-0055 
  • Dansville – 31 Clara Barton St. (585) 335-7820 
  • Lima – 7285 Gale Rd (585) 582-1226 
  • Medina – 11470 Maple Ridge Rd. (585) 798-9765 
  • Warsaw – 115 Linwood Ave. (585) 786-3010
The main campus in Batavia also offers on-site child care, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, student housing, a new art gallery, theater space and an outstanding library that also provides online access to more than 86,000 volumes, ebooks, reference materials and electronic resources.
 
GCC offers small class sizes to allow for greater interaction with instructors and more than 40 clubs and organizations providing excellent opportunities for real-world experience in a variety of interests from animation to human services, adventure club to veterans.
 
With everything GCC has to offer, plus student completion rates that are among the highest in the country for similar schools, there’s no time like the present to lay the foundation for a solid future by enrolling in GCC before fall classes begin.
 
For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: [email protected].
July 4, 2012 - 1:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Sponsored Post, advertisement, City Slickers.

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO: Email a photo by July 10th of you or a loved one showing American pride, to [email protected]. It could be enjoying your favorite American pastime or even just something that you're proud to have the freedom to do (sports, fishing, family picnic, hanging by the pool, etc).
 
Starting July 11th, we will then gather all the photos and post them in a photo album on our Facebook page, facebook.com/CitySlickersBar. Get your friends and family to "like" your photo. The photo with the most likes on July 18th at 5 p.m., will be the winner of a gift card and T-shirt package! All ages are invited to participate in this contest! 
 
Keep your eye out for karaoke, bands, and a live country DJ starting next week!
June 21, 2012 - 7:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement, contests, Shop Batavia.

Is there a local business you just love? Do you want to make sure other Genesee County residents know how great it is? Would you like a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to that business?

Go to Shop Batavia right now, find that business listing, leave a five-star review and be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate.

On June 25, we'll select one review in a random drawing. The person who wrote it will win a $100 gift certificate to the business.

June 13, 2012 - 6:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Sponsored Post, advertisement.

This morning I realized, gee, we haven't picked the winners yet of our two most recent Facebook contests.

So, here they are:

Sam Tambe wins the Bontrager Auction content. Sam wins a $100 gift certificate to be redeemed at an auction.

Joshua Martin wins the Hardcor Audio contest. Joshua wins a Parrot Minikit from Hardcor.

Both winners became eligible by Liking the respective businesses on Facebook and then registering for the contest.

Business owners: What to boost the number of followers you have on Facebook? Contact Lisa Ace at 250-4118 and ask about our Facebook contests.

May 29, 2012 - 10:11am

To be eligible to win, you must Like Bontrager's page on Facebook (no other Like qualifies) and register for the contest. To enter the contest, click here.

April 9, 2012 - 7:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in alex's place, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

Congratulations to Julia Matusak, who wins the Alex's Place Facebook Like Contest.

Julia wins dinner for 4 / $100 gift card (does not include alcohol or gratuity) from Alex's Place.

The winner was selected at random from among a group of people who "Liked" Alex's Facebook page and then completed the online registration form.

Any Genesee County business that would like to participate in a Facebook contest, call The Batavian at 250-4118.

Subscribe to

Calendar

S M T W T F S
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 
 

Copyright © 2008-2019 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
 

blue button