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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.

The state Department of Transportation has offered to donate a 2.9-acre parcel of land on Millersport Highway to the Town of Amherst. The town would use the land for a planned trail that would complete a loop around the University at Buffalo. The vacant land at 1320 Millersport is between the Buffalo Marriott Niagara and Youngmann Expressway. The town's Bicentennial C…

Amherst has a new law on the books to deter unruly parties of underage drinkers. The "social host liability" law holds property owners, landlords, tenants and others responsible when police are called to break up a gathering. "It gives the police another tool to address this problem of underage drinking," said Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa. The civil ordinance requi…

Two Williamsville trustees are running unopposed in village elections on June 20. Trustees Basil J. Piazza and Deborah Rogers are seeking four-year terms on the five-member Village 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 …

Josephine C. Vizzi's childhood home on Myrtle Avenue in Buffalo was so cold in wintertime, ice would coat the thin frame windows. It was the 1920s, before the comforts of central heating. Vizzi's mother would heat a brick over a fire, wrap it in a towel and place it in the bed she shared with her three sisters to warm it. "We were four girls sleeping in one bed," she…

No new cell towers or other wireless telecommunication facilities will be installed in Amherst for at least the next 140 days. The Town Board on Monday night approved the temporary moratorium as town officials there grapple with how to regulate the rapidly changing wireless industry. A newly formed committee composed of various stakeholders has been tasked with study…

Catholic Health System is willing to consider another location for a planned substance abuse treatment clinic that has stirred opposition from neighbors in Amherst, Erie County officials said late Monday. Catholic Health's plan calls for relocating a clinic that provides drug and alcohol counseling services from Sheridan Drive to 910 Millersport Highway. It would expan…

In Amherst this year, Grievance Day turned into Grievance Week and beyond. Sparked by a townwide reassessment, property owners filed grievances on about 4,500 properties, so the day that Amherst normally sets aside for property owners to challenge their assessments before a panel of real estate professionals stretched instead from May 23 until Thursday. By compariso…

New York State's highest court on Thursday ruled that an arbitrator should decide whether the Town of Amherst or an insurance company receives $3.13 million in interest from a settlement paid after a 2002 accident in Amherst State Park. The town in 2002 was insured under an excess liability policy issued by Granite State, when a contractor fell from the roof of a buil…

Oct. 25, 1930 - April 14, 2017 "A '59 dump truck and a dream." That's how Richard A. Salmon in 1968 referred to his new landscape design business and garden center on Dodge Road in Getzville. "That first year was tough," he told The Buffalo News in 1992. "I unloaded the deliveries, watered the plants, sold the job by going door-to-door at night, and came back the …

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. unveiled its site plan Wednesday for 133 single-family homes in the massive Muir Woods property in the northwest corner of Amherst. Nearby homeowners, some of whom have waged a 17-year battle against development of Muir Woods, got a look at the plan during a presentation Wednesday night at Audubon Library. Named "The Preserve at Muir Woods…

Valerie Biden Owens, manager of her brother Joe Biden's seven senatorial and two presidential campaigns, will deliver the commencement address at the Park School of Buffalo's 95th commencement exercises on June 16, the school announced Wednesday. Owens serves as executive vice president at media consulting firm Joe Slade White & Company and has been a fellow at …

Amherst is looking to hire a consultant to help review applications for cell towers and other wireless telecommunications facilities. The town has issued a request for proposals by June 23 from "qualified firms or individuals" to work on a community Master Plan for telecommunications facilities, drafting ordinances, negotiating wireless lease agreements and reviewing ap…

If there was any doubt that chaotic Washington politics would be a central theme during local races this year in Amherst, that doubt was erased late last week. On the same night the Amherst Republican Committee endorsed Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger for supervisor, the Erie County Democratic Committee issued a news release condemning the selection and branding her and t…

Red Cross volunteers were called Monday to assist families displaced by fires in Buffalo and Kenmore. Two adults and five children were displaced following a fire Monday morning at a home on the city's East Side, fire officials said. Firefighters were called at 10:39 a.m. to 16 Theodore Street for a report of fire on the second floor of the two-story home. Damage wa…

The tractor-trailer driver who died Sunday night when his rig veered off the I-90 westbound Thruway and crashed into a home in the Town of Hamburg has been identified as David K. Raney, 57, of Owen Sound, Ont. Raney was traveling westbound near Exit 56 just before 8 p.m. when he suffered an apparent medical emergency and drove off the north shoulder of the roadway, St…