Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Niagara Falls' Bobby Anderson dismissed from Hell's Kitchen

I have to tell you, I'm really disappointed in the fact that Niagara Falls' own Bobby Anderson was dismissed on tonight's episode of Hell's Kitchen.

Anderson was one of the show's strongest contenders from the beginning of the season, but one bad dinner service cost him his dream job.

The 37-year-old Wegman's executive chef recently told Mark Scheer of the Gazette, that his recent stint in television has opened up several avenues, including a possible book deal and opportunities to work in several restaurants across the country. For the full story, printed April 18, click here.

I spoke with Bobby by phone tonight. He obviously feel Chef Gordon Ramsay made the wrong choice, and agreed to be my guest tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. on Reason on Hometown 1230, WECK.

By the way, Anderson was one of two WNYers among the 12 contestants of this season of Hell's Kitchen. Twenty-eight-year-old Shayna was dismissed from the show during the season's sixth episode.

Ohio Gov. Doesnt Want to Be V.P. - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog

Ted Strickland, the Democratic governor of that battleground state of Ohio, a longtime supporter of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, signaled his disinclination to be on the Democratic ticket in an interview on National Public Radio today, according to a story in the New York Times.

I had mentioned Strickland's name as a potentional VP candidate based solely on the electoral votes that Ohio could bring to the Obama camp.

The fact that Strickland took his name out of contention so early could be a bad sign for Obama.

Fact of the matter is, there aren't that many qualified candidates who have the name recognition to be Veep.

We'll continue to follow the VP selection story ...

New coins ...

Today's show notes ...

I'm late in getting to today's show notes, so I'm combining them.

On both Reason, I interviewed Sheriff Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. His solution to things was simple ... if people break the law, arrest them. And once they're in jail, don't coddle them. I re-played the interview on Dialog at 11:15. For a direct link to Joe's book on Amazon, click here.

Following Sheriff Joe on Reason, I talked with Toni Lyn Frain about this coming Sunday's Kidney Walk at Dunn Tire Park. I've known Toni since i was "this tall," and she shared some embarrasing stories from my youth ... as did I. For more on the Kidney Walk, click here.

Back at WLVL, following Sheriff Joe, I interviewed Patrick Robinson about his new book, "To the Death." It dealt with Guantanamo ... and let's just say Patrick and I disagreed on some things. Nonetheless, if you'd like a copy of Patrick's book, click this link.

Tomorrow, we've got the Niagara County Historial Society on Dialog ... and I'm planning on winging it during Reason.


In the Town of Lockport, residents involved with Smart Growth are appealing the recent State Supreme Court ruling upholding Town approvals of a proposed WalMart Supercenter at the vacated Lockport Mall. Smart Growth attorney Dan Spitzer says he filed a notice of appeal late last week.

The notice essentially puts WalMart and the Town on notice that the group will argue some aspect of Judge Richard Kloch's ruling supporting planning and zoning approvals to put a Supercenter at the mall. Spitzer says the initial appeal notice doesn't have to be specific, and they now have up to nine months to make a specific claim to the Appelate Court. The filing is quote, 'the start of a long process,' according to Spitzer.

Story as reported at wlvlnews.blogspot.com

I gotta tell you, these NIMBY's are really annoying. I wonder if there's any way for WalMart to sue them for lost profits once the Super WalMart IS built ... as we all know it's going to be.

Sabres ink affiliation with Maine team

The long-awaited joining of the Buffalo Sabres and Portland Pirates became official this afternoon in Maine. The Pirates held a news conference at 1 p.m. to announce the Sabres will be their new parent club.

'We are just thrilled for this announcement,' Pirates managing owner Brian Petrovek said by phone. 'There's a lot of energy and high xpectations. I think it's going to be a good turning point for us.'

The minor-league affiliation agreement has been rumored since December, when the Sabres announced their 29-year relationship with Rochester would end after the 2007-08 season. Portland was eliminated from the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference playoffs late last month, and it ended its three-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks last week.

Story as published at http://www.buffalonews.com/

Springtime - when education turns to ...

I love this time of year. The weather gets warmer. Women start to wear more revealing clothes. And there's music all over Western New York.

But there is certainly one part of springtime that bothers me ... as a parent.

I send my kids to school every day under the misguided belief that they'll come home better educated than when they left.

For the most part, from September until late May, the education system lives up to their end of this unwritten deal. But come June ... once the weather turns ...

On Monday, I went to a spelling bee that my eight-year-old daughter was taking part in. Today my 11-year-old has talent show practice. Tomorrow, too. And then Thursday, there's something else ... non-education related. A field trip, maybe?

Strange that the number of field trips increases exponentially as the school year starts to come to a close.

And not just field trips. There's movies ... and TV. My youngest told me today they were watching National Geographic at school today.

Now, granted, National Geographic, spelling bees, and even certain field trips could have an educational component to them. But do you really think this is anything other than simply extending the school year a couple extra weeks for the sake of state aid?

I seriously get the impression that my children - and likely all children in Western New York - were finished "learning" about a week ago or so ... and now they're in coast mode. Just "getting their time in" so the state pony's up with the right amount of coin.

But hey, at least this week they're full days. Next week, too. But the week after that - the last week of school - it's all half days. Half days filled with Disney movies and picnics.

As if it's not annoying enough knowing that my tax dollars are going towards my kids watching movies that we probably already have at home, the half-day-marathon at the end of the year is a real pain as far as transportation goes.

I mean - if there's a full day of school, that cool. I take them to school. I go to work. I pick them up after work. If there's no school, I line up child care for the day and go about my business. But on a half day? Either my wife or I has to figure out a way to leave work at 11:15 to pick the kids up at 11:30. Usually, my wife has to request those days off ... and if not, I have to go pick them up and then bring them back to work with me. This is even further complicated by the fact that I'm supposed to be live on the radio during that 11 a.m. hour.

I was midly amused today during the spelling bee. Because the teacher reading the sentences to accompany the spelling bee references this half-day-marathon twice. As I sat in the audience and fumed about it.

I swear to God, she was mocking me.

I spoke with my sister in Florida last week. She told me the kids down there have been out of school for weeks. Made me wonder ... why are ours still in school. And sadly, the only answer I could think of ... is that it's all about state aid.

But, hey. As long as they have their priorities straight.