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Joseph Popiolkowski

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


A proposed Delta Sonic that would replace Menne Nursery on Niagara Falls Boulevard cleared a key hurdle Monday night. The Amherst Town Board agreed to rezone the 10-acre property between Niagara Falls Boulevard and Old Niagara Falls Boulevard from general business to motor service. The rezoning is subject to nine conditions, mainly concerning fencing and landscaping. …

A plan to build two three-story buildings on Transit Road in East Amherst received approval Monday night from the Town Board. The buildings would have a combined 38 upscale apartments, open to residents of any age, on the second and third floors and 17,000 square feet of office and commercial space on the first floors. The board agreed to rezone 1.8 acres of the 6.8-…

Amherst

The current Amherst Town Board on Monday night put its final stamp on the Westwood project – less than three weeks before three new members join the board as of Jan. 1. The board voted unanimously to accept the findings statement of the environmental review of the project, which calls for transforming the former country club into housing for 1,700 people, retail and com…

Politics

For as long as anyone can remember, Amherst was usually a reliable Republican stronghold. Town GOP leaders are still scratching their heads, trying to figure out what went wrong on Election Day 2017. Democrats surprised many by sweeping the Amherst races for supervisor and two Town Board seats, resulting in what will be an all-Democratic board on Jan. 1 for the first ti…

Sports

While the attention of most Western New Yorkers turns to skating, skiing and sledding, Lily Zhang is thinking of driving, chipping and putting. The fourth-grader at Forest Elementary in Williamsville is looking forward to April 1, when she'll compete at Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters Tournament, in the national Drive, Chip & Putt contest. She'll…

The state Liquor Authority on Wednesday ordered the emergency suspension of a Cheektowaga strip club's liquor license after a series of fights and other disturbances. Town police have been called to Tryst on Aero Drive 77 times over the eight months between February and October, including calls for assaults, fights and shots fired, the authority said in a news release. …

Amherst

Amherst's newest road, Shoreline Parkway, connects residents of the Dockside Village apartment and townhome complex to Millersport Highway and the Lockport Expressway to the south. But Highway Superintendent Pat Lucey says making a left turn from Shoreline onto the five-lane, 55 mph state highway is unsafe for motorists. It's the only intersection of a town road and sta…

Amherst

Amherst residents may obtain a 2018 ID card from the town's Youth and Recreation Department starting Dec. 18. The cards may be purchased for $5 at the department's office at the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive. Proof of residency and a new photo taken at the time of registration are required for new and renewal cards. A resident ID card is required to regi…

High Schools

Katy Knoll didn't think she had much of a chance being named to the United States Under-18 Women's National Hockey Team. The junior Nichols High School forward didn't advance from a June camp of 66 girls to an August camp at Lake Placid from which the roster is usually pulled. "I kind of thought I was almost out of the picture," she said. But she had a good fall w…

Amherst

East Amherst's traffic-blocking turkey is now East Concord's "free-ranging" turkey. And he's doing just fine there, said Kate Watson, operator of Nora's Ark, a wildlife rehabilitation center. The male Eastern wild turkey known as Tom to many was for years a regular sight at the intersection of Paradise and Klein roads where he blocked lanes, pecked at tires and circl…

Amherst

Tom the turkey has a new home far from the East Amherst roost he ruled for years, authorities said. The male Eastern wild turkey routinely seen blocking traffic at Paradise and Klein roads was relocated Wednesday to the Nora's Ark rescue and wildlife rehabilitation center in East Concord,  Amherst Police Animal Control confirmed Thursday. Nora's Ark, on its website, …

The daylong "Holiday in the Village" is Saturday in Williamsville and it includes special activities throughout the village. Photos with Santa are from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the historic Water Mill on Spring Street, where horse and wagon rides will also be offered. Stuff your stockings "trick-or-treat style" from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at merchants throughout the villag…

Amherst

Amherst's notorious traffic-blocking wild turkey is in custody. The wild turkey known to most locals as Tom -- beloved by some and disdained by others -- has been a fixture at the intersection of Paradise and Klein roads in East Amherst for years. But after Amherst Police received an increased number of complaints about Tom over the last week, he was trapped Wednesda…

The Town of Tonawanda utilized "poor internal controls" in recording $4.5 million in recreation fees, according to an audit released Tuesday by the State Comptroller's Office. No wrongdoing was uncovered by the audit, which analyzed cash receipts received by the town's Youth, Parks and Recreation Department from Jan. 1, 2016 to April 18, 2017. But it found that the dire…