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Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca.

A $2.84 million project to reconstruct part of Sweet Home Road in Amherst is complete. The project on Sweet Home, between Maple Road and the University at Buffalo entrance, involved replacing the existing pavement, installing two-way, center left turn lanes to reduce the number of accidents and rebuilding crosswalks and sidewalks. In addition, pedestrian signals and …

Amos Hertzler was born with a rare condition in which the esophagus does not connect to the stomach. But on May 2, the 6-year-old boy from Cattaraugus County underwent a successful surgery at Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass., to attach a piece of his small intestine to his esophagus. His parents are hopeful their son's feeding pump can soon be removed as he learns …

Williamsville is officially a Clean Energy Community. The state conferred the title on the village for its efforts to reduce energy use, cut costs and promote renewable energy. The village completed four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions identified by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as part of the initiative. To earn the designat…

An Amherst businessman hopes to force a Republican primary in September for two seats on the Town Board. Christopher A. Drongosky said his central goal is proceeding with eminent domain of the former Westwood Country Club and transforming it into a recreation park of athletic fields, rather than see it developed into housing. His candidacy sets up a potential primar…

It's still unclear whether a proposed land swap between Natale Development and Williamsville will go forward. But if it does, it won't be enacted until at least early 2018, village officials said. Two options have been presented to the Village Board. "Option A" is a proposal for up to 100 apartments and 30 townhomes on the former Darling Construction site, which N…

Yard waste totes are available to Amherst residents as part of a pilot program, officials said this week. The 35-gallon totes are high-density polyethylene recycling totes converted to handle small amounts of yard waste. The totes are appropriate for smaller properties, seniors, or for small amounts of sticks or brush, officials said. The totes are to be used for non-…

Work is underway this summer to give motorists a smoother ride on the Lockport Expressway in Amherst, officials said. The project will crack and seat the concrete pavement on Lockport Expressway (the I-990) and then place a multicourse of asphalt between the Youngmann Expressway and North French Road. Crack and seat is a process used to prepare the existing concrete sur…

A Williamsville warehouse that functioned as a brewery until the 1890s could begin producing cold beers once again. The building at 34 W. Spring St. is being eyed by village officials as the future home of a microbrewery, as well as a food cooperative, artisan market and artists' studio and gallery space. The village is seeking a $10 million grant through the state's…

Two Williamsville trustees running unopposed were re-elected Tuesday to the Village Board. Trustees Basil J. Piazza and Deborah Rogers will serve four-year terms on the five-member board. A village resident of 42 years, Piazza has served three consecutive terms on the board since 2005. Prior to that he served two terms as mayor from 1995 until 2003. He is a retired E…

Sales of most homes in the Town of Amherst will soon require an inspection of the drainage system for compliance with the local sewer use law. The Town Board on Monday approved several amendments to the law, including one requiring the town Engineering Department to inspect homes built prior to 1975 at the time of a sale. The purpose is to eliminate the discharge of …

The Amherst Town Board is hiring an attorney to sue the town's Zoning Board of Appeals over a recent decision on a proposed apartment building. The Town Board in March denied an application to rezone 4400 North French Road and build two, 2-story apartment buildings of 12 units each. But the Zoning Board on May 16 considered the project and issued five variances, which w…

The nonprofit Daily Bread Food Truck is entering its second summer season of offering homemade breakfast specialties from the window of its signature purple truck. The truck will be parked each Sunday through Labor Day at 4007 Main St., near Eggert Rd., in Eggertsville. The truck was created to address poverty and hunger in an area of the Amherst Central School Dis…

Williamsville is spending nearly $1.13 million to purchase two engines for its Fire Department. This week, the Village Board awarded a bid to 4 Guys Inc. of Meyersdale, Pa. It was the only bid received for the equipment. Two 2003 Ferrara engines will be replaced. The department's heavy-duty rescue truck is also being downsized to a medium-size rescue with a F-650 cha…