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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 spring roadwork season begins Monday in the Town of Amherst with the milling of four streets, town officials said. Crews will remove the top layers of asphalt from Stony Creek Drive, Greenboro Court, Carolilly Court and Lehn Springs Drive, said Highway Superintendent Patrick G. Lucey Jr. They are four of the town's roads identified as being in the worst condition…

After learning the state Comptroller's Office had unclaimed funds in her deceased aunt's name, Lois J. Reid set out to collect. But it took Reid 10 months and two court orders before the Amherst town clerk would give Reid a copy of her aunt's 30-year-old death certificate, a document she needs to obtain a payout from her aunt's life insurance policy. "It's like Da…

Tiny Williamsville, population 6,000, has been affected by the opioid crisis, just like most towns, villages and cities. Thirty-four Amherst and Williamsville residents died of opioid related overdoses from 2014 until 2016, according to the Erie County Health Department. "We've got a problem ... it's a suburban problem as much as it's an urban problem," Mayor Bria…

Artists are invited to apply by May 8 for a booth at Williamsville's annual Glen Park Art Festival. This year's festival will be held the weekend of July 29-30 at Glen Park on Main Street. Over 30,000 people attend the annual festival, according to village officials. The application is available online and requires a $100 fee. For more info, call 632-4120. &n…

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has raised $7.9 million, but is a little behind schedule in its annual fundraising appeal, officials said Tuesday. The organization on Tuesday said it has raised 72 percent of its $11 million goal. About 80 percent of the goal is typically raised by the end of a big Lenten push in parishes called Appeal Week, which concluded Sunday, …

Williamsville's Farmers Market opens May 20, but vendors will not be setting up this summer along Main Street in front of Amherst Town Hall. The weekly market on Saturday mornings is moving back to its original home in front of the Williamsville Water Mill on East Spring Street, north of Main, now that work to improve drainage and stormwater management on Spring Street …

Williamsville is purchasing an electric vehicle and  will be eligible for a state grant that more than covers the cost. "By doing this, we're going to receive a $50,000 NYSERDA grant, which more than covers the balance of the vehicle," said Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. "The vehicle is going to be used by our Building Department." The village is working toward becoming a Cl…

Plans for a book commemorating Amherst's bicentennial next year have been scrapped due to a lack of interest from the town's business community, the publisher said. HPN Books of San Antonio, Texas withdrew March 20 from its agreement to publish a book. "Despite a strong effort over the past weeks, our project manager, Bob Sadoski, has concluded that there is simply n…

A Maryland private equity firm has offered to purchase Amherst's Northtown Center ice rink complex for up to $8.5 million, but town officials aren't interested. "This facility is worth far in excess of $8.5 million, and I think it's almost insulting," said Deputy Supervisor Steven D. Sanders. Blackstreet Capital Holdings, in an April 2 letter to Supervisor Barry A. W…

The Williamsville School Board unanimously adopted a budget with a 1.7 percent increase in spending, and will put it before voters on May 16. The district stayed at the tax cap and maintained the current level of academic and extracurricular programming. The proposed budget also: Reduces class size for kindergarten through grade three. Funds a new summer scho…

Voters in November may have to choose between two Williamsville neighbors in electing the next supervisor of Amherst. Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger announced her bid for supervisor Tuesday on the steps of Amherst Town Hall. Jaeger, a registered Conservative, is expected to seek her party's endorsement as well as that of the Republicans. Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa…

Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa has the unanimous backing of Amherst's Democratic Committee in his bid for town supervisor. Kulpa, an architect and urban planner with Buffalo firm Clark Patterson Lee, received the endorsement during the committee's meeting Monday night. "He's an outstanding candidate who brings skills, professionalism and vision for the future of…

A 26.6-acre parcel of wooded land between North French Road and Casey Road in the East Amherst Conservation Area is the town's newest park. The Amherst Town Board on Monday night agreed to remove the parkland designation from 3 acres of land adjacent to the Northtown Center and give it to the much larger parcel -- just west of Transit Road and bounded by Got Creek to th…

The towns of Tonawanda and Amherst are in the early stages of improving lighting along a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard where five pedestrians have been killed by cars in nearly four years. But Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger is asking the state Department of Transportation to do more. He wants the DOT to make Niagara Falls Boulevard a priority in th…