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Where We Live: Amherst


Sixth graders at Sweet Home Central Schools will get iPads Tuesday night as the district rolls out a new initiative to infuse technology in daily classroom instruction.

Sweet Home will assign an iPad to each student in grades sixth through 12th by September 2014. The first phase of the plan includes the distribution of the devices to sixth and ninth graders this school year.

About 100 sixth grade students and their parents will participate in the Grade 6 iPad Deployment Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sweet Home Middle School, 4150 Maple Road.

The students will format the devices and see a short demonstration on how to use them in the classroom. Sixth grade teachers will illustrate the use of apps and answer parent questions.

Elsewhere, the Amherst Central Alumni Foundation honored five people this past week with its 2013 Distinguished Educator Emeritus Award.

The recipients were Rosemary Dayton, retired choral director; Bruce Barr, retired principal at Smallwood Elementary; Paul Wietig, retired teacher and assistant superintendent; the late Victor Lalli, a retired high school art teacher; and Morton Klayman, retired drama and speech teacher.

The Williamsville Central School District also will honor 12 alumni by inducting them into the district’s Wall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 8 during a breakfast at the Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road.

Tickets for the breakfast are $25 and may be reserved by calling the Amherst Chamber of Commerce at 632-6905.

The 2013 inductees are: Anthony Bannon, Williamsville South Class of 1960; Howard B. Cohen, ’75; Colleen DiPirro, ’68; Gina Bronkie Hammond, ’66; Randolph A. “Murph” Piazza, ’93; Michael L. Joseph, Williamsville East, Class of 1977; Gregg Lipsitz, ’77; Sujata Yalamanchili, ’85; Atif Zafar, ’84; Col. Mary J. Bradley, Williamsville North, Class of 1985; JoAnn M. Kelsch, ’80; David T. Evans, ’88.

Meanwhile, the Town of Amherst’s leaf pickup program – which started Oct. 15 – will run through Nov. 30.

Crews usually go through the 52 square miles of Amherst at least five times during this seven week period. Residents are reminded to rake the leaves by the side of the road, but not into the street.

Here’s another sign of the changing season: The Audubon Golf Course closes at the end of business today.

Also this week:

• The Williamsville Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville.

• The Information Technology Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

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