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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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Lombardo Funeral Home is further expanding into the Northtowns by buying a Snyder funeral home that was considered as a new home for Siena restaurant. A limited liability company tied to Lombardo Funeral Home and company President Joseph P. Lombardo paid $900,000 for the Schlager DiVito Funeral Home at 4614 Main St., just east of Harlem Road, according to Lombaro and a …

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John Pawlowski still eats the same sub, from the same deli, and on sunny days once a week he still parks under same shady tree on the same Town of Tonawanda street for his lunch break. One year later, the country's most famous sub eater remains a creature of habit. "I don't have another good spot," Pawlowski said. http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/16/tonawanda-sub-ea…

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CCS Oncology saw its revenue decline by 38 percent in 2017, the first year after Independent Health dropped the practice from its network. That was a $10.6 million drop in gross revenue for CCS Oncology, once one of the area's largest private cancer practices, according to documents filed recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Buffalo. In fact, when counting CCS Medica…

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Three people were wounded in five shootings between late Thursday and Sunday in northeast Buffalo and on the city's East Side, police reported. The first happened late Thursday at East Amherst Street and Clarence Avenue and the second happened early Friday at Fillmore and Victoria avenues. In both cases, the victims were taken to Erie County Medical Center by private ve…

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Three Allegany County residents were charged with burglary after they allegedly stole cash from a 68-year-old homeowner in Angelica, according to state police. Troopers say two people entered a house on West Main Street in the Village of Angelica shortly before 6:40 a.m. Saturday, while the victim was sleeping. The homeowner woke up to see the intruders taking money. St…

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A thief stole an SUV, electronics, designer accessories and other items after breaking into a home early Saturday on Buffalo's far East Side, police reported. The victim told Northeast District officers the burglary took place between midnight and 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the home on Berkshire Avenue, off Bailey Avenue. She said the thief stood on a cabinet to get acces…

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Marrano/Marc Equity plans to build more townhouses near its Windstone and Greythorne developments in Amherst. The builder recently paid $1.2 million for the 3.8-acre parcel at 6286 Main St., at Stoneham Way, according to county records. President Patrick A. Marrano said Sunday the project will be an extension of its Windstone development of town houses and patio home…

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Christopher's Family Restaurant in Amherst has bought its Maple Road home from its landlord. The company behind the restaurant paid $300,000 to Lakeland Supply Inc. to buy the property at 820 Maple Road, just east of North Forest Road, according to a deed filed  with the Erie County Clerk's Office. Christopher's, which is known for its Greek-themed breakfasts and lun…

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A report of a vehicle parked in the road with an unresponsive driver led deputies to charge a 48-year-old South Dayton woman with driving while intoxicated Saturday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported. Deputies say they received a complaint at about 5:40 p.m. Saturday that led them to a vehicle on Prospect Street in Forestville. They identified the driver a…

Amherst

Four months ago, there was a large for lease sign outside Siena restaurant in Snyder and the restaurant's owners were eyeing a move two blocks to the east. Today, Siena remains open for business at 4516 Main St., the sign is gone and the restaurant's owners no longer plan to buy the building at 4614 Main. Chuck Mauro, one of Siena's owners, said the restaurant is sta…

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Starbucks fans in Williamsville and Snyder soon won't have to get out of their cars to get their coffee. The coffee conglomerate is closing its longtime location in Williamsville, which lacks a drive-thru, and is moving into a new space just over the village border that has one. A developer last week filed plans with the Amherst Planning Department seeking approval f…

Amherst

A Domino's Pizza that will feature a drive-thru for customers to pick up their food without leaving their cars has opened in Amherst across from the University at Buffalo South Campus. The relocated Domino's restaurant at 3608 Main St. opened this month. An employee said the drive-thru isn't in use yet but should open within a month. The drive-thru won't have an outd…

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The Benchmark Group has paid $10.3 million to the Weinberg Campus to buy an apartment complex in Getzville that allows seniors to live independently. Amherst-based Benchmark Group bought the 123-unit Turtle Creek independent-living complex at 2730 North Forest Road late last week, public records show. Turtle Creek is located just north of Weinberg's main campus. It w…

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Brynn Weitzsacker looked every bit a cheerful and healthy 8-month-old baby when Dr. Michael Markiewicz examined her earlier this month. But seven months ago, Brynn had two thin, metal arms sticking down from her lower jaw following an innovative surgery to stretch the unusually short lower jaw she was born with. Brynn has a rare condition, known as Pierre Robin seque…

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The developer that plans to transform Amherst's Northtown Plaza into a regional shopping and entertainment destination has started removing asbestos from the aging, largely vacant retail buildings that remain on the site. Massachusetts-based WS Development wants to start demolition on the old buildings and construction on the new buildings in the next 60 days, with a ho…