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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 public will get a rare chance to step inside a privately owned castle on an island in Ellicott Creek in Williamsville this weekend. An estate sale began at 9 a.m. Thursday in the stone home known alternately as "Cambria Castle" or "Oechsner's Castle." It was built on 1.3 acres of Dream Island beginning in 1917 by a German-born mason named Ignatz Oechsner. Oechsne…

A deteriorating road bordering a park in Williamsville will be rebuilt thanks to remaining funds from a previous project, village officials said. Rock Street, between Spring Street and Glen Avenue, forms the western boundary of Glen Park and is in poor condition, Mayor Brian J. Kulpa said. The Village Board awarded a contract for improvements to Millherst Construction f…

Amherst's zoning code will be reviewed – and changes may be proposed – to limit the locations of future drug treatment clinics in the town. Monday's directive by the Town Board comes after Catholic Health filed plans to open a clinic that will distribute methadone on Millersport Highway, on the edge of a residential neighborhood. A committee of the town attorney,…

Jackson Buyea was born 16 weeks early in a small hospital outside of Indianapolis while his parents were on a road trip to pick up their two older sons visiting relatives in Kansas. The baby, weighing 1 pound, 12 ounces, was kept alive by a respiratory therapist. “She stood for an hour or an hour and a half with two fingers on Jackson’s chest and a little pump j…

The battle over cell towers is moving closer to your front door. Growing demand for cellular data by smartphones, tablets and other devices has led wireless carriers across the country to deploy a new kind of wireless transmitter called "small cells" to provide better coverage in densely populated areas. About 4 feet tall and weighing about 400 pounds, small cells…

A retired Tonawanda city police officer who serves as the Common Council's Fourth Ward councilman announced Saturday he will run for mayor. Timothy Toth, a Republican, is seeking to unseat Mayor Rick Davis, a Democrat, who is expected to campaign for a second four-year term. Toth was born and raised in the City of Tonawanda and retired after 24 years in the city's p…

Help is available to Amherst residents for spring cleanup and outdoor to-do lists. The Amherst Youth Work$ program has youth 12 to 19 years of age from Eggertsville, Snyder, Williamsville and East and West Amherst ready to help with chores including lawn and yard work, housework, cleaning, organizing, babysitting, party preparation, computer tutoring, errands and more.…

The World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship tournament begins Saturday, April 22 at Amherst's Northtown Center and continues through April 29. Teams from three continents are converging on Amherst for the tournament. Participating teams are from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Kazakhstan and the United States. Teams arrived Wednesday and began practicing Thursday. …

There are seven candidates for three seats on the Williamsville School Board, and none of the candidates is an incumbent. Patricia Losito, Michael Schmidt and Ronald Shubert are not seeking re-election to the nine-member board. Petitions were due Monday. The seven candidates are: Julie Algubani, a paralegal for Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo. Shonda L. Brock, a …

Planning a major infrastructure project like the Metro Rail extension to Amherst isn't like painting a house, but it does provide a useful analogy. Just as a painter starts with the broad strokes of a sprayer, followed by a roller and, finally, a small brush, details on the proposed $1.2 billion extension to the University at Buffalo North Campus will become finer in ea…

The Williamsville Central School District is seeking nominations for its Wall of Fame honoring graduates for extraordinary achievements in career and public service. The deadline for nominations is May 1. To be eligible, candidates must have graduated at least 10 years ago from Williamsville South, North, or East high school, or be a graduate of the original Williamsvil…

Learn about plans to extend Metro Rail to Amherst during a public meeting Tuesday hosted by Citizens for Regional Transit. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the panel discussion from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, 742 Delaware Ave. Scheduled speakers include Rachel Maloney Joyner, a transportation planner at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Auth…

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…