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Stephen T. Watson is a business reporter who writes about the business of health care for The News. He is a native and resident of the Town of Tonawanda and a graduate of the University at Buffalo and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

John Pawlowski won't return to his favorite tree on his favorite Town of Tonawanda street for his weekly lunch break on Thursday – or for probably the next six weeks. But it's not because suspicious neighbors scared off America's most famous sub eater. (Yes, we're serious, and more later on how the story of the Town of Tonawanda submarine sandwich standoff has gone…

The merged congregation of Temple Beth Tzedek and B'nai Shalom plans to build a new, 10,210-square-foot synagogue on North Forest Road that will connect to the existing synagogue on the site. The construction will allow Temple Beth Tzedek to move from its longtime Getzville Road home, which the congregation is selling to Northtown Automotive. The combined congregation h…

Northtown Automotive is moving ahead with its plans to build 468 parking spaces on land at Getzville Road and Sheridan Drive that it is buying from Temple Beth Tzedek, as it negotiates a lease with Dent Neurologic Institute for 300 of the spaces. The dealership has filed a site plan with the town, and the Amherst Planning Board must review the project. Northtown is b…

Dunn Tire has filed plans with the Town of Amherst for its proposed 10,500-square-foot store on Sheridan Drive. The new store at 3424 Sheridan Drive is 50 percent larger than the company's existing store at 3045 Sheridan Drive in the Northtown Plaza. The new building, which currently houses Color-Tech Photo Lab, is just east of Sweet Home Road. The Town Board already ha…

The owner of the Northtown Plaza has reeled in one of the big-name retailers from its wish list. L.L. Bean has signed a lease to open its first store in the area at the Amherst shopping plaza, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. The venerable outdoor retailer is the second tenant publicly identified for the plaza on Sheridan Drive near …

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has submitted its plan to build a subdivision of 133 single-family homes on the Muir Woods property for review by the Amherst Planning Board. The board could start to review the project's environmental impact at its June 15 meeting now that Ciminelli has filed an application with the town's Planning Department. It is the first of several rev…

The Clarence Industrial Development Agency board of directors on Thursday approved nearly $183,000 in tax breaks for a Rochester-based mortgage company to support its 2-mile move from Amherst into a former bank branch in Clarence. Premium Mortgage is expected to spend about $3 million to purchase and upgrade the former KeyBank at 4401 Transit Road, near Main Street, an…

Seal & Design, the Clarence-based gasket and seal maker, has received $26,000 in sales tax breaks from the town's Industrial Development Agency to support $300,000 in infrastructure improvements to the company's production facility. The incentives will retain the 88 jobs at the company's Clarence location and create three jobs, according to Paul Leone, a consultant …

John Pawlowski was ready to take his ham and turkey sub and leave Zimmerman Boulevard behind. Western New York's most famous sub eater planned to return one last time on Thursday to the street in the Town of Tonawanda, park under his favorite tree, deliver a gift of thanks to the homeowner and then go on his way to find a new spot of shade for his weekly lunch break. Bu…

Menne Nursery is planting the seed for a move from its longtime home on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst to make way for a Delta Sonic car wash, gas station and restaurant. The family-owned nursery, which started at the site in northwest Amherst in 1939, would move its landscaping business to a smaller property in East Amherst and move its retail store to one in Nort…

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency has canceled its May board of directors meeting scheduled for Friday, May 19. Executive Director David S. Mingoia said the agency canceled the meeting because no action item was ready for a board vote. The next board of directors meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 16.

The Zimmerman Boulevard submarine sandwich standoff could end after this week. John Pawlowski has eaten his lunch once a week parked in the same spot for the past 18 months, to the growing annoyance of at least one set of neighbors. Now, he is thinking about changing up his routine and may – reluctantly – find a new tree to eat lunch under in the Town of Tonawanda. …

WS Development has a picture on its website of a bustling shopping plaza in Amherst with two rows of shops lining a packed parking lot. The Massachusetts-based developer calls it a "highly visible retail destination" that hosts the region's only Whole Foods. The reality at the former Northtown Plaza is far different. Although Whole Foods is under construction and is …

Amherst residents will have a chance to say what they think about changes proposed to the town's comprehensive plan at two upcoming meetings. The town is hosting public information meetings Wednesday in the Transit Middle School cafeteria, 8730 Transit Road, East Amherst, and May 23 in the Amherst Middle School library, 55 Kings Highway, Snyder. Both sessions start at 6…

A seaplane practicing takeoffs and landings near the Lake Erie shore in Hamburg caused a brief stir Friday. At about 2:15 p.m., word came over emergency radio channels that authorities were investigating reports of a small plane in the lake at Route 5 and Old Lake Shore Road in Hamburg. The Lake View Fire Department responded, along with a water rescue team, and wor…