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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 "zombie home" in the Village of Williamsville that has been a nuisance to neighbors will be demolished, the Village Board decided this week. The home at 96 S. Long St., south of the Lehigh Memorial Trail, has been the subject of numerous complaints from residents about rats and the tattered tarp covering the roof, said Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. A "zombie home" is a vac…

Amherst Democrats are trying to get the Republican candidate for town supervisor thrown off the ballot, arguing in a court filing that the town's term limits law bar her from running. In a petition filed July 20 in State Supreme Court, the Democrats allege that Marjory H. Jaeger is "ineligible" to run for supervisor because she is midway through her second consecutive t…

The 8th annual Glen Park Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in Williamsville, on Glen Avenue, behind Glen Park and the Williamsville Water Mill. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The event includes live street performers and music. Over 140 vendors and artists will display their works at this year’s festival. A pre-festival concert from Seren…

Conventional wisdom says a candidate for Amherst Town Board needs to raise at least $15,000 to run a competitive race. One candidate has already raised more than four times that amount. Erin Baker, a Republican candidate for Town Board, had amassed $64,735, according to campaign reports filed last week with the state Board of Elections. That's more than all the othe…

Four Williamsville properties are under consideration for local landmark status, including a warehouse that village officials want to remake as a brewery. The village's Historic Preservation Commission has recommended the designation for the building at 34-42 W. Spring St., which is being eyed by village officials as the future home of a microbrewery, as well as a food …

Residents of Oakgrove Drive in Williamsville in late May called for parking restrictions on their street after an estate sale drew thousands of antiques hunters and curiosity seekers to a privately owned castle on an island in Ellicott Creek. A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 24 in Village Hall on a proposal to ban parking on the east and north sid…

Amherst's newest playground is ready for action. A formal dedication of the Billy Wilson Playground begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 in the park that also bears the name of the Army staff sergeant killed in Afghanistan in 2012. Over 200 volunteers built the playground over several days in early June. Many of them knew William R. “Billy” Wilson III, who grew…

The parents of a University at Buffalo student struck and killed in May as she crossed an accident-prone intersection in Amherst have filed a notice of claim against the town and Erie County. The traffic and pedestrian lights at the intersection of Sweet Home and Chestnut Ridge roads were "in a defective and unsafe condition," according to the claim filed by Marcia and…

A middle school science teacher in the Williamsville Central School District is one of 10 teachers nationwide chosen to help promote the STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Kenneth L. Huff, a teacher at Mill Middle School, was named this week to serve as a 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador. The program aims to train the teachers in communicat…

A plan to build a fifth ice rink at the Northtown Center in Amherst depends on the town receiving nearly $2.2 million from the  state, town officials said this week. "If we get that funding, then there's no question that the project will pay for itself," said Mary-Diana Pouli, executive director of the town’s Youth & Recreation Department. "It'll cover not only c…

A Niagara Falls man was charged Sunday with boating while intoxicated in the City of Tonawanda, authorities said. Steven Villont, 46, was arrested at about 7:15 p.m. by deputies from the Erie County Sheriff's Marine Unit patrolling the Erie Barge Canal, Sheriff's Office spokesman Scott Zylka said in a news release. The arrest was the unit's first of the season for t…

A global expert on climate change and a TV icon are among the highlights of the 31st annual University at Buffalo Distinguished Speakers Series, which was announced Tuesday. Photographer James Balog, founder in 2007 of the Extreme Ice Survey, will appear April 12 in Alumni Arena on UB's North Campus in Amherst. His appearance is sponsored by UB College of Arts & Sc…

Until the early 1960s, Josephine G. Coppola and her husband, James, were raising their eight children in a three-bedroom home in the Town of Amherst. She has a lot more room now. Today, the co-founder of Len-Co Lumber lives in her dream house, a custom-built mansion on Village Pointe Lane. At $2.75 million, the home's new assessment is by far the highest of any re…