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Welcome Spring Weather!
The calendar doesn’t say Spring but the native’s of Western New York know Spring when they feel the weather change.
Unit 116 is moving along with 2017 plans.
Weeks of Unit Games – The weeks of March 20 to 25 and November 13 to 18
will be unit rated games held at the clubs. This year the Unit has
given 20 unit sanctions to the clubs to run unit rated events. Enjoy!!
Sectional April 21, 22, 23 at Main Transit Fire Hall. You will find
full information and a flier on this web site. We are again
offering a Food Truck for purchase of lunch (menu will be posted after
April 1). To save time have decision and correct payment ready.
Once again, Sunday will feature Dupli Swiss with prepared hands and
Non Life Masters get ready for your own special
sectional. May 20 and 21 this will be held at the Bridge Center of
Buffalo. This is your chance to collect Silver Points. On Sunday
afternoon, a single session Swiss Team will be held. Come give it a
try, volunteers will be available to assist in the mechanics of the
Thanks to the many volunteers who make these events possible.
President, Unit 116
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New York Unit 116
Non-Life Master (0-500) Sectional
May 20-21, 2016
at Bridge Center of Buffalo • • •
Saturday, May 20
10:30am Single Session Pairs
2:30pm Single Session Pairs
Bagels/Coffee - 10 am and Lunch - 1:30pm
Sunday, May 21
10:30am Single Session Pairs
2:30pm Single Session Swiss Teams
Bagels/Coffee – 10am and Lunch – 1:30pm
Information Denise Slattery 716-602-8629 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chip Kean 716 -695-2610 email@example.com
Partnership Joyce Greenspan 716-688-4896 firstname.lastname@example.org
Update on school bridge program
School Bridge Program Report
Finishing up at Transit Middle School (Williamsville School District)
class began Thursday, October 6, 2016 and will run until March 16, 2017.
It is an extra-curricular activity. Extra-curricular activities at
Transit Middle School take place from 3:45-4:45 PM. There are 10
students currently on the roster. After much thought, we have come to
the conclusion that in order to have a meaningful bridge class, you
need more than one hour of instruction. Therefore, we will not be
pursuing any other bridge programs in the public schools. Contrary to
the Toronto school system as well as other states, the NYS Education
Department does not allow bridge to be part of the school day.
Second Follow-up Class at The Bridge Center of Buffalo
class is currently underway and is held Sunday mornings from
9:30-11:30AM. There are nine students on the roster. All of these
students took the previous follow-up class. Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen are the instructors. The class began January 15 and continues until March 12, 2017.
Summer School Bridge Program at The Bridge Center of Buffalo
Bridge Class – This class will be held on Thursday mornings from 9-11
AM beginning July 6 and running till August 21, 2017. Sharon Benz
will be the instructor. Students in grades 5-10 will be eligible for
this class. I will begin recruiting students next week. Time
permitting, I would appreciate your input re: recruitment (brain
storming session). As always, we will need bridge buddies to help out
at this class.
Follow-Up Class – This class is open to students who
have completed a beginner class who are motivated and interested in
learning more. Students from Transit Middle School and students who
have completed other follow-up classes are invited to attend this
class. Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen
will be the instructors. The class will be held on Tuesdays June 27
Thru August 29, 2017 from 9-11 AM. As always, we will need bridge
buddies to assist students in this class.
*If you are interested in being a bridge buddy, contact Ruth Nawotniak (email@example.com).*
2017 Youth NABC – Toronto ON – July 27-29 2017
year we have a unique opportunity for students participating in our
school bridge program. Students 19 years and under are eligible to
participate in this program. Because Toronto is driving distance, the
cost will be minimum. A room at the hotels cost $149 Canadian dollars
plus taxes. There is no charge for students to play. Free lunches will
be served. Participating students must join ACBL—a $5
Investment. What a wonderful opportunity for students to feel the excitement of a national tournament!
Speaking to Stephanie Threlkeld
(Education Manager for ACBL), I found out that in addition to the more
advanced games, they offer games at the YNABC called Cardrook
Pairs. These are for rookies. There is a bridge mentor assigned
to each table in case participants have questions during the game. In
other words, they are encouraging students who have completed a
beginner bridge class on up to more sophisticated players to
participate in the youth games. Yes, you can get master points.
Stephanie suggests that I be in touch with Barbara Clark from NJ who brings a group of kids to the YNABC every year. Will do!
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Check the Duplicate Bridge
column in The Buffalo News each Saturday for weekly game
other announcements. Unfortunately, space there is limited,
but additional results, more complete
announcements and other information can be
found in the weekly Internet version of the column at www.buffalonews.com.
For quickest results, search the words "duplicate bridge" and
Saturday's date. For the latest information and detailed game
results directly from the clubs, check the web sites of clubs in Western
to the Western New York Unit 116 website. Our unit of over
dedicated bridge players is part of the American Contract Bridge
League’s District Five. Geographically, we encompass the
of Erie and Niagara, at the eastern end of Lake Erie and western end of
Lake Ontario, in New York State. We often have players from
across the Canadian border playing at our clubs.
Our goal is to
promote bridge and support local bridge clubs.
We have six open, active clubs. We host three sectionals each year –
April/May, and September – as well as a Non-Life Master sectional in
the summer. The District Five Regional is held at the end of
October and famously titled “Spooktacular”. Numerous unit
are held throughout the year.
We publish a quarterly newsletter,
for and about its members. It regularly includes extensive
interviews with several members, an interesting bridge hands and
analysis, and perhaps a good recipe enjoyed at a Unit game.
The "Bridge Buff" issues were retrieved
Kathy Pollock, Alex Kowal and Mark Pascale) starting
with issues back in the past. You can read old and
current issues to see where
were and where we are going as a bridge community. There was a gap in
publishing from March to October 2007, when the bridge community was
torn apart by controversy and the Buff was on hold.
Help preserve the bridge history of Unit 116 by downloading the files
and saving them - you will never know when and who from the future
generations will read them.
Coming to Unit 116!
BUFFALO NON-LIFE MASTER SECTIONAL
May 20-21, 2017
Bridge Center of Buffalo
August 20, 2017 - Sunday
Unit 116 Summer picnic 2 session Unit Championship games
at Rescue Fire Hall, North Tonawanda NY,