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Stephen T. Watson

Stephen T. Watson is a staff reporter who writes about development, real estate and business in the towns of Amherst and Clarence. 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.


Business

The parent company of Buffalo Crushed Stone has paid $1.4 million to buy the neighboring Greatbatch Medical Inc. plant in Clarence which is set to close. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. on Thursday bought the 13.7-acre property at 4098 Barton Road, at Wehrle Drive, from a trust that benefits a relative of Wilson Greatbatch, the founder of the battery and medical devic…

Clarence

A developer plans to start work this winter on a walkable community of apartments and retail shops on the site of the former Fountain Court Motel in Clarence. Stephen Development's proposal to build at 9560 Main St., at Gunnville Road across from Clarence High School, received approval from the town Planning Board last week. The company bought the 7.4-acre site in 20…

Local News

A worker at the new Amazon sorting center in Lancaster drunkenly threatened other employees, spat at a police lieutenant, threw a 30-pound scanner at an officer and stopped fighting only after they Tasered him, Lancaster police said Wednesday. Robert P. Mendlewski, 45, of Lackawanna, faces an extensive list of charges following the episode that began at 4 p.m. Tuesd…

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A local nonprofit that works to help children in other other countries is holding a fundraising movie event on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Screening Room in Amherst. The theater at 880 Alberta Drive is showing the holiday favorite "Home Alone" during its Family Movie Matinee at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include the film, pizza, popcorn and a photo with Santa Claus. There…

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Natale Builders' proposal to construct 30 patio homes in a new subdivision at Roll and Newhouse roads in Clarence has received the final approvals it needs from town officials. The town Planning Board unanimously approved the development plan for the project at last week's meeting, said James B. Callahan, Clarence's director of community development. That came after Na…

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CCS Oncology and a related company owe the Internal Revenue Service and New York State a combined $1.78 million in back taxes, according to documents filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. Two weeks after the Internal Revenue Service filed a $1 million tax lien against CCS Oncology, the IRS has placed a new $461,000 lien against a related company, CCS Medical, that …

Local News

CoreLife Eatery, a fast-casual restaurant chain that touts its healthy food options, will open in Amherst later this month. The CoreLife at 1595 Niagara Falls Blvd. will open Nov. 25. The restaurant will host a pre-opening, "pay what you choose" day for guests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22, with proceeds benefiting the Buffalo City Mission. This is the second CoreLi…

A veteran Williamsville North High School math and computer science teacher who has pushed her district to add new computer science courses has received a state honor for excellence in teaching. Susan Recoon, who has taught at Williamsville North since 1992, is one of seven teachers in New York selected as finalists for the 2016-17 Presidential Awards for Excellence…

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Uniland Development Co. said it hopes to start work in the spring on its 105-room, $13 million hotel at the Northtown Center, after the Amherst Town Board last week granted the rezoning required for the project. Uniland would build and own a $13 million, four-story Hampton by Hilton hotel at 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, at the ice rink complex off Millersport Highway, and …

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A proposal to build 50 single-story townhouses at the site of Average Joe's tavern and a neighboring property on Sweet Home Road will receive another review from the Amherst Planning Board this month. RAS Development has worked since January to gain approval for its plans to build at 2360 Sweet Home, at North Ellicott Creek Road. The project changed to accommodate neigh…

Local News

A while back, we published our own list of the most unloved buildings in Buffalo. We included structures that appeared dated, that looked out of place or that only a mother could love. As we learned from the reader response to the original list, people have strong opinions about Buffalo's architecture and you thought there were a lot of buildings that deserved some un-l…

Obituaries

Nov. 9, 1939 – Oct. 24, 2017 Patricia A. Sciandra, a former teacher, artist and respected member of the local arts community, died unexpectedly Oct. 24 in her Clarence home. She was 77. The former Patricia Sturm, known as "Pat," was born in Gowanda and graduated from Pine Valley High School. She graduated from what is now SUNY Buffalo State, where she earned a d…

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Angelo S. Natale is in Florida, but that hasn't stopped several fellow developers from calling him this morning to express concern about the results from Tuesday's elections in Amherst. Democrats swept the town supervisor's race and the two Town Board seats that were up for grabs, giving them all five seats on the board for the first time in recent memory. Natale, th…

Far more adult Western New Yorkers didn't vote Tuesday than did. Only 33 percent of the 624,281 registered voters in Erie County bothered to vote in the race for Erie County sheriff, for example. And there's more than 100,000 other adult Erie County residents who aren't even registered to vote. Here's how some Buffalo area residents explained their lack of intere…

Amherst

Critics of a day care center eyed for a heavily trafficked corner in Amherst are getting another chance to block the project, two weeks after it won the blessing of town planners. The Town Board  this week took the unusual step of directing the Planning Board to reconsider their decision to approve EduKids' plan to build a $2.5 million day care center at 6286 Main St. …