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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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A water main break on North French Road in Amherst is affecting traffic Monday afternoon, according to the Erie County Water Authority. The authority reported the break at 2610 North French Road at about 2:20 p.m. The authority cautioned drivers to keep an eye out for a lane shift in that section of North French between Hopkins and Dodge roads.

Amherst

From the revival of a shopping center in Amherst to the reopening of a former retreat for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in Evans, from a new community gathering space in West Seneca to manufacturing expansions in the Town of Tonawanda, 2018 will see significant development in Buffalo’s suburbs and in Niagara County. Here are some of the major development proposals and p…

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In his first State of the Town address on Friday, new Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa laid out an agenda of proactive planning and forecasting to deal with the most pressing development and fiscal issues the town faces. Kulpa called for redeveloping the Westwood Country Club site as a "magnetic," memory-creating destination venue that fits within an overall "Central P…

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The George F. Lamm American Legion Post No. 622 in Amherst has received permission to erect a 13-foot digital message sign, but members of the town Zoning Board of Appeals rejected the organization's request to display on the sign ads from outside businesses. The 400-member post at 962 Wehrle Drive wanted to erect the sign to attract new members and increase revenues fr…

Amherst

When A.J. Baynes arrived at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce last fall to begin serving as the organization's president and future CEO, he didn't know where his office would be. Baynes asked Colleen DiPirro, who had given up the president's job but was keeping the CEO's title during a transition period, and he was surprised by her answer. "I walked in and she said, 'L…

Sykes Enterprises, a Tampa, Fla.-based operator of call centers, is closing its Amherst location and laying off its 89 workers there, effective March 31, according to a notice filed with the state Labor Department that was made public this week. A Sykes representative said Friday morning that the company plans to offer the employees the chance to reapply to work from ho…

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Shawn Lavin, one of the new members of the Amherst Town Board, wants to hear from his constituents. Lavin, a Democrat who won election in November and took his seat on the board this month, plans to meet with the public every Wednesday in February at the Audubon Public Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway. Lavin has reserved a study room for the sessions, which wi…

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A member of the Amherst Planning Board whose term expired Dec. 31 is considered a member in good standing as a "holdover" appointee under state law, and he can continue to serve until he is replaced. That's according to the state Department of State, which cited New York's Public Officers Law Section 5. Several residents had questioned whether Dal Giuliani could rema…

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Niagara Falls Boulevard is a heavily traveled thoroughfare with extensive commercial and residential development that serves as the boundary line between the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda. Officials on both sides of the road are wrestling with issues ranging from the future of the Boulevard Mall to pedestrian safety to drainage. That's why Amherst and Tonawanda are …

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Joanna Pasceri, the longtime Channel 7 anchor, has left her communications job with the Erie County District Attorney's Office to take a similar position with the Amherst Chamber of Commerce. Pasceri started last week as the Chamber's senior director of marketing and communications. She spent the past two years as the first-ever public information officer employed by th…

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One year ago, thousands of people in Buffalo joined millions of people across the country in marches held to protest the inauguration of President Trump. On Sunday, the anniversary of the initial round of Women's Marches, thousands of protesters gathered again in Buffalo to decry the president's first 12 months in office and to promote equal rights for all. A diverse…

The Amherst Planning Board could begin its review of a North French Road apartment project as soon as next month after a state appellate judge denied the Town Board's attempt to stall the project. Justice Patrick H. NeMoyer of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, last week rejected the Town Board's request for a temporary restraining order. The Town Board last …

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Plans to open a co-operative market in Williamsville are moving ahead, but any store opening is at least five years away as the volunteers behind the effort seek to raise more money and build more support for the project. The leaders of the group that is pushing to build the Village Co-Op Market of Williamsville on Friday said they've signed up 55 members so far. The…

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There's an art to the banter that TV news announcers engage in between broadcast segments. Channel 2 anchors Maryalice Demler and Scott Levin and meteorologist Kevin O'Connell were in rare form during a recent 6 p.m. newscast. Sitting at the news desk, Levin said, "I'll admit the warmer temperatures feel better, but I hate it when you get that slushy snow around your…

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The owner of Antique World is seeking tax breaks for a $1.5 million expansion into a neighboring building that includes seven luxury apartments and a store featuring his most valuable items. The Clarence Industrial Development Agency would grant a payment in lieu of taxes agreement along with sales and mortgage recording tax breaks to Kelly Schultz for the project at 10…