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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.


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…

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…