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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.


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The new owner of the Clarence Blueberries U-pick farm plans to build a subdivision of nine single-family homes on the property. A concept plan filed with the town shows the proposed houses spread out on the 34-acre property on Shimerville Road north of Roll Road. But neighbors say they're concerned about the loss of the blueberry patch and about the proposed construc…

Amherst

Benderson Development Co. will expand a retail building in the Eastgate Plaza in Clarence to make room for a City Mattress store, part of a musical-chairs shifting of three businesses along the Amherst-Clarence border. Benderson this week received approval from the Clarence Planning Board for an addition that would double the size of its 4,500-square-foot building at 49…

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The Town of Amherst will hold its Winterfest celebration on Jan. 20. The free event takes place from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Highlights include horse-drawn wagon rides, outdoor winter games, indoor gym activities, face painting, crafts, cookie decorating and snacks such as hot chocolate and doughnuts. At 2:30,…

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Dan DeLano doesn't look like your run-of-the-mill politician, and he doesn't have the typical background, either. The new 51-year-old mayor of Williamsville works in construction, plays music professionally, owned a tavern in Kenmore and was a stay-at-home dad. And his ample coif of rock-star hair makes him stand out from other Village Board members. But DeLano, who …

Amherst

Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa opposes a plan to redefine "family" in the town and said there are better ways to tackle the housing problems that spurred the proposed code change. Kulpa said he doesn't want the Town Board to bring the zoning code change up for a vote, effectively killing the proposal by leaving it in limbo. He said he believes other board members sha…

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The Williamsville Village Board could vote as soon as its Jan. 22 meeting to reduce the speed limit on some streets that run along parks in the village. The Village Board on Monday held public hearings on lowering the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on five streets near South Long, Glen and Garrison parks. They include sections of Park Drive, South Ellicott Street, So…

Amherst

Amherst has hired a new police officer who will start training at Erie County's Central Police Services training academy on Jan. 22. The Town Board voted last week to appoint Qusayye Fahmawi to the town's Police Department at a starting salary of $58,092. The appointment takes effect Monday, and he begins his training at the academy one week later. That should take unti…

Local News

The Town of Amherst and Village of Williamsville are working out a deal to share an employee who would focus on economic development in both communities. Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa plans to hire Maggie Hamilton Winship — who served as Williamsville's director of community development when Kulpa was the village's mayor — for a new town job as director of strategic plannin…

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Price Rite Marketplace plans to open a grocery store in Amherst early this year. The store at 4220 Maple Road, in the plaza at Sweet Home Road that includes the AMC Maple Ridge 8, will be the fourth Price Rite in the area. The company already has stores on Elmwood Avenue and Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo and in Cheektowaga. Price Rite plans to hire 85 workers for full- a…

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 Amherst waited 200 years for its bicentennial celebration, so it probably can wait two more weeks. The town had planned to start the party on Jan. 2, but the event was canceled because of severe winter weather. The rescheduled event will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 19 in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The celebration will …

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A Lackawanna teenager has been accused of stabbing someone in the lower back Jan. 1 and causing serious injury, according to Buffalo Police. Officers said Samantha Clements, 18, is accused of stabbing the victim on the right side of the lower back while they were on Seneca Street in South Buffalo, between Indian Church Road and Duerstein Street, according to Buffalo Pol…

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A 46-year-old Albion man who authorities charged maintained a collection of more than 600 images of child pornography was sentenced Monday by a federal district judge in Buffalo to 11 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Agents found the images, including some depicting prepubescent minors and others featuring violent activity, in January 2017, said…

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City of Buffalo crews on Monday began breaking up ice in the Buffalo River to help prevent possible flooding. The Buffalo Fire Department fireboat Edward M. Cotter worked at breaking up ice on the lower section of the Buffalo River, from the Michigan Avenue lift bridge to the mouth of the river at Erie Basin Marina. Michael J. DeGeorge, a spokesman for Mayor Byro…

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The owners of a 57-acre property in East Amherst where a developer wants to build an 80-house subdivision are threatening legal action against the town over its refusal to let the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals review the project. The Richard Jacobs Family Trust has a contract to sell the former farm at 284 New Road to Natale Builders. The project, which is opposed by …

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The Williamsville School Board is inviting the public to a community forum on Jan. 31. The town hall-style meeting will let attendees meet with district officials to discuss and offer feedback on issues affecting Williamsville schools. The forum will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road, Amherst. This is the second…