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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 heavy trucks and machinery are gone now that work on Williamsville East High School's new sportsplex is complete. What remains, neighbors say, are dirty windows, awnings and air ducts from all the earth-moving, as well as bad memories of a summer ruined by noise and cleanup. "Dump trucks, backhoes and machinery slamming dirt to the ground from dawn to dinner six …

Food safety and advancing sustainability in farming will be the focus of the 14th annual World On Your Plate conference Oct. 6 and 7 in the Wick Campus Center at Daemen College. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with a showing of the documentary “Cesar Chavez,” about the labor organizer and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association. The Saturday afternoon key…

A Williamsville street is slated for a makeover with "green infrastructure" improvements, including stormwater retention planters and permeable paving. South Long Street and Village Square Lane will also be paved and parking and sidewalks will be added to both sides of the roads, which border South Long Park. The Village Board  awarded the work to Occhino Corp. for …

Casey Zmich likes to say he traded 18 wheels for two. The retired longhaul truck driver returned home to Cheektowaga last week after logging 16,000 miles during a yearlong bicycle tour spanning the U.S. "I wanted to stay healthy for retirement and see the country by bicycle, instead of from a truck cab," said Zmich, 66. He retired in 2009, after 35 years hauling f…

News Football Polls Brackets indicate first-place votes; *– Indicates tie in voting Large Schools Rk. School (Cl.) Record Pts LW 1. Lancaster [5] (AA) 4-0 95 1 2. Canisius [5] 3-1 94 2 3. West Seneca West (A) 4-0 75 3 4. South Park (A) 4-0 65 5 5. Starpoint (A) 4-0 60 4 6. Williamsville North (AA) 4-0 54 6 7. Jamestown (AA) 4-0 36 9 8. St. Joe’s 2-2 11 8 …

This week’s Character Athletes of the Week, as sponsored by Intense Milk and Cross Training Athletics, are Griffin Chudy (Franklinville/Ellicottville), Jacob Skinner (Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton), Miles Haynes (McKinley), Tyler Hedlund (Salamanca), Austin Eggleston (Silver Creek/Forestville), Devonte Fountain (South Park), Keith Murphy (Sweet Home) and Joe Shifflet (Willi…

Three more national chains are coming to the gradually revamped Northtown Plaza in Amherst, including the first Buffalo area location for home furnishings retailer West Elm. Williams Sonoma, a gourmet kitchenware and home decor seller, and home furnishings store Pottery Barn will be moving to the plaza from their exiting locations at Walden Galleria, said Brian Sciera, …

Looking for Williamsville's Oktoberfest? Just follow the wagon-drawn ceremonial "first keg" down Main Street during a parade at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 from Williamsville's Village Hall to Island Park. Live music on the Main Stage will follow from the Frankfurters at 4 p.m. and Nerds Gone Wild at 7 p.m. The 2017 Follow the Lederhosen 5K run and 1-mile fun walk beg…

Two firefighters were injured Wednesday afternoon battling a barn fire that caused an estimated $350,000 in damage in Wyoming County, authorities said. Silver Springs firefighters were called about 12:11 p.m. to Broughton Farms in the Town of Gainesville and remained at the scene for eight hours, fire officials said in a news release. One firefighter suffered a brok…

The new home for Williamsville East High School athletics includes about 260,000 square feet of artificial turf for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, softball and football. A grand opening ceremony, including a ribbon-cutting and brief remarks from school officials, begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the school at 151 Paradise Road, Amherst. Overflow parking will be …

Universal prekindergarten spots are still available in the Amherst Central Schools' program for the 2017-18 school year, district officials said. Pre-K is provided at Amherst Community Church Child Care Center, 77 Washington Highway; Amherst Nursery School, 350 Saratoga Road; and Windermere Elementary School, 291 Windermere Blvd. Transportation is available only to th…

A judge has upheld a hearing officer's determination that a former high-level administrator in the Williamsville Central School District should be fired for misconduct and other charges, the school district's attorney said. State Supreme Court Judge Timothy J. Walker on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by former Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Kim A. Kirs…

Written public comment on the proposed development of the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst will be accepted through Oct. 2. A developer has requested the town rezone 141 of the 171 acres at the former golf course between Maple Road and Sheridan Drive for a mixed-use project. A public hearing on the project's environmental impact held Monday by the Town Board …

The owners of the former Westwood Country Club asked a judge to put the brakes on the Amherst Town Board's "accelerated" review of their proposal to redevelop the 170-acre site, mostly into homes. Mensch Capital Partners filed suit Monday in State Supreme Court — hours before a public hearing on the project's environmental impact — seeking to prevent the hearing and…