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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.

Parking at the University at Buffalo's South Campus will be limited Wednesday due to an emergency response exercise. Spaces at the faculty and staff parking lots adjacent to Diefendorf and Clark halls will be limited from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. due to the exercise that will be conducted around Clark. Approximately 250 spaces in the Diefendorf lot and 20 faculty and staff s…

Amherst has appointed a Boca Raton, Fla.-based company as its consultant on applications for cell towers and other wireless infrastructure. The Town Board selected CityScape Consultants from five responses to a request for proposals issued in May. CityScape "specializes in serving governmental entities and public sector for all issues relating to wireless telecommuni…

A proposal to build a large, upscale student housing complex near the University at Buffalo's North Campus in Amherst was unanimously rejected Monday night by the Town Board. Board members denied a request to remove deed restrictions on the parcels at 2949, 2925 and 2915 North Forest Road. Core Spaces, an out-of-town developer of student housing, had proposed a four-…

The fate of a large, upscale student housing project planned for a site near the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst could be decided Monday night. Core Spaces, an out-of-town developer of student housing, proposes building a 154-unit complex on North Forest Road that would serve students attending the UB campus, which is about one mile south. For the proje…

Amherst's unregistered dogs might want to get their paperwork in. The town's dog census has started. The census takers, who go door-to-door, are town employees who carry proper identification, said Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger. If an unregistered dog is present at a home, they will leave information on how to register their dog with the town, she said. “We currently h…

The little white house at 10375 Main St. in Clarence has seen better days. Its exterior paint is peeling, several windows are broken and its roof is worn. The Town Board in April asked for demolition bids. But the house, built in 1890, is a good example of a Colonial Revival Cape Cod style home. It’s also the former home of Tom Todoroff, a producer, director and ac…

A Chautauqua County man has been charged with second-degree manslaughter following a collision that killed a North Tonawanda woman riding a motorcycle on Route 20A in Wyoming County, State Police said Wednesday. Joshua D. Huntress of Mayville also was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and several other vehicle and traffic law violations, troopers…

The annual Old Home Days festival continues through 11 p.m. Friday at Island Park in Williamsville. Wednesday features a bicycle rodeo for kids age 12 and under from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Town Hall parking lot, 5583 Main St. Barnstorm Country Band performs in the band shell from 8 to 10 p.m. while Joyryde performs in the beer tent from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday: A …

Amherst residents are being asked for their input on an update this year of the town's Parks and Recreation Master Plan. A random selection of residents have been mailed a survey from GreenPlay, the town's Colorado-based consultant for the update. Residents should know the survey is legitimate and their cooperation in completing it is appreciated, said Mary-Diana Pouli…

Amherst's Board of Assessment Review has issued decisions on 2,950 grievances filed by property owners who thought their assessments were set too high this year during the townwide reassessment of 44,000 parcels. The grievances came from owners of 1,043 condominium units in 32 condo complexes and 1,930 other residential properties, said Amherst Town Assessor Dave Marra…

Sister Mary Nelson Harlach met Father Nelson Baker and considered him such "a real blessing" that she chose to make him her namesake in religious life. The sister of the St. Francis of the Neumann Communities celebrated her 104th birthday Thursday at St. Mary of the Angels Convent in Williamsville. Before becoming a Sister of St. Francis, she worked as a nurse at…

Akron Community Band will hold a memorial concert Friday, July 7 for its former director, James F. Gerber, who died in February. An oboe, bassoon, English horn, clarinet and sax player, Gerber joined the band in June 1958. He became music director in 1967 and announced his retirement from that position last year after 50 seasons. The free memorial concert begins at 8…

A 6-month-old baby and her mother suffered second-degree burns Tuesday night in the Town of Lancaster when they were struck by fireballs from malfunctioning fireworks, police said. Lancaster Town Police Capt. William J. Karn Jr. said a 38-year-old male was lighting fireworks about 9:40 p.m. at a home on Westwood Road when one malfunctioned and began shooting fireballs t…

The Kenmore Children's Concert Series kicks off its four-week run on July 11 with German-American show band The Frankfurters. The series continues on July 18 with Higher Mountain Bluegrass; on July 25 with ragtime band Fredtown Stompers; and concludes on August 1 with a surprise band and visits from the Kenmore police and fire departments for National Night Out. All …

The Buffalo Police Department reported that they arrested Kenmore parents who left a child in a hot car late this afternoon at Hertel and Virgil avenues. Police said the 4-year-old boy appears to be OK after being treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel. The parents, who are both in their late 20s, were charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The…