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Former TV news anchor Erika Brason blames her daughter, Sydney, for falling hard for boutique indoor cycling studios. Brason first set her feet in one almost four years ago, when Sydney was attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and introduced her mother to SoulCycle, a higher-end cycling chain. "People ask, 'Have you always wanted to do this?' …

Amherst's supervisor wants to build a community center in Northwest Amherst, but several issues have to be resolved first. The town and Sweet Home Central School District have identified a possible location on Sweet Home Road, just north of Westwind Lane, but the district-owned parcel contains wetlands. Officials are waiting to see if the state will allow a center to bu…

A new boutique hotel is coming to Delaware Avenue. Developer Noel Sutton, who has previously specialized in restoring long-neglected homes and other buildings in Allentown, has acquired a three-story brick-and-masonry building at 1296 Delaware Ave., which he plans to convert into the nine-room Viceroy Hotel, with off-street parking. Sutton paid $415,000 to buy it from J…

The Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday granted a pair of variances to allow construction of a proposed five-story apartment building at the corner of Hertel and Parkside avenues in North Buffalo, despite opposition by a few neighbors. John and Ruth Ann Daly, through O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build the 32-unit apartment complex on the site of a longtime f…

Linda McMahon, the former pro wrestling executive who heads the Small Business Administration, is scheduled to visit Buffalo on Tuesday. McMahon has been visiting SBA districts around the country on her "SBA Ignite" tour, meeting with small businesses to hear their concerns. She is scheduled to visit the SBA's offices on South Elmwood Avenue. McMahon and her husba…

A Cheektowaga man who sought city permission to open a halal slaughterhouse in Buffalo withdrew his application to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance. Masaab Darwish wanted to convert a garage building at 822 Walden Ave. into a butcher shop, while putting a restaurant in a separate building in front that had formerly been a Dairy Queen and later a cellphone stor…

Enbridge Inc., a Canadian fossil fuel delivery company, has given the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Department an $8,000 grant to purchase an extractor drying cabinet that will be used to remove carcinogens from firefighters' gear. "At one time, wearing a sooty, dirty helmet might have been considered the cool thing to do, almost like a battle scar," said Grand Island Dep…

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath III wants to make impersonating a veteran or member of the military a crime. Rath will introduce Thursday a proposed "Theft of Valor" law that makes it a crime to impersonate a veteran or member of the military for financial gain. Those found guilty would face criminal misdemeanor charges and fines. "Erie County is joining municipal…

KeyCorp is benefiting from its deal for First Niagara Financial Group, but additional mergers are "not a priority," Beth E. Mooney, Key's chairman and CEO, said Thursday. "We do not yet feel like we are fully complete realizing the value of First Niagara for our shareholders," Mooney said, as the Cleveland-based bank released its third quarter earnings. Key's qua…

The sale of a nearly 15-acre parcel owned by the Williamsville Central School District that will allow Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. to build a second access road into its proposed Muir Woods development was approved Tuesday by the School Board. Ciminelli purchased the land at 520 Campbell Blvd., between North French and Dodge roads, for $220,000, more than three times it…

Buffalo police say the public is invited to Officer Craig Lehner's wake and funeral next week. Lehner's funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at KeyBank Center, Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards said at a briefing Thursday morning. Interment will be in Forest Lawn. Calling hours will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Lakeside Memorial Funeral…

One of four planes taking 125 members of the New York Army National Guard left the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Thursday morning for Puerto Rico. Two more flights were scheduled to leave in the 11 o'clock hour, though the departure times were weather dependent. The final flight is scheduled to leave around midnight. Soldiers with the 152nd Engineer Support Co…

A 14-year-old student faces criminal charges after being accused of setting a paper towel on fire in a bathroom at Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington on Wednesday afternoon. A teacher noticed the smell of smoke before the fire alarm went off, school officials said in an email to parents. Students were evacuated from the school on Suffolk Street when the alarm we…

Colvin Cleaners' 22nd annual "Coats 4 Kids" program is collecting gently used or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves for children. The donation drive continues through Dec. 1. Donations may be made at Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, or at Allstate Insurance agencies and Fidelis Care. A complete list of drop-off sites is available at www.coat…

The race for the Erie County comptroller's seat continues to rack up endorsements on both sides. Stefan Mychaliw has, for the first time, snagged a coveted endorsement from the Good Government Club of Western New York. The incumbent Republican comptroller said he was delighted to receive the endorsement since many of its members are Democrats who recognize his hard work…