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Yard waste totes are available to Amherst residents as part of a pilot program, officials said this week. The 35-gallon totes are high-density polyethylene recycling totes converted to handle small amounts of yard waste. The totes are appropriate for smaller properties, seniors, or for small amounts of sticks or brush, officials said. The totes are to be used for non-…

Work is underway this summer to give motorists a smoother ride on the Lockport Expressway in Amherst, officials said. The project will crack and seat the concrete pavement on Lockport Expressway (the I-990) and then place a multicourse of asphalt between the Youngmann Expressway and North French Road. Crack and seat is a process used to prepare the existing concrete sur…

Canalside has become the center of the summer outdoor fitness craze in Western New York, but those who don’t often frequent the downtown Buffalo waterfront won’t be left in the cold in the coming weeks. Independent Health will continue to sponsor Fitness in the Parks group fitness classes in several counties. State parks have a slate of hikes, kayaks and other event…

Shirley Carnall’s family wasn’t sure what to make of it five years ago when she joined the Buffalo Outdoor Meetup group. “My dad put it this way: ‘You’re meeting people online and going into the woods with them?’” Carnell was in her late 40s when she clicked on Meetup.com and gained access to dozens of groups for hundreds of outings. It was a welcome…

A Williamsville warehouse that functioned as a brewery until the 1890s could begin producing cold beers once again. The building at 34 W. Spring St. is being eyed by village officials as the future home of a microbrewery, as well as a food cooperative, artisan market and artists' studio and gallery space. The village is seeking a $10 million grant through the state's…

A lengthy process meant to guide future growth and redevelopment in Amherst may reach a critical point at a special Planning Board meeting on Thursday, June 22. Board members will review proposed amendments to the town's comprehensive plan during a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The amendments were …

Dunn Tire has received the final approvals the company needs for its new store planned for Sheridan Drive in Amherst. The town Planning Board last week approved the site plan for the store at 3424 Sheridan, just east of Sweet Home Road, which will take over space that now houses Color-Tech Photo Lab. And the town Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday approved a variance al…

Two Williamsville trustees running unopposed were re-elected Tuesday to the Village Board. Trustees Basil J. Piazza and Deborah Rogers will serve four-year terms on the five-member board. A village resident of 42 years, Piazza has served three consecutive terms on the board since 2005. Prior to that he served two terms as mayor from 1995 until 2003. He is a retired E…

Sales of most homes in the Town of Amherst will soon require an inspection of the drainage system for compliance with the local sewer use law. The Town Board on Monday approved several amendments to the law, including one requiring the town Engineering Department to inspect homes built prior to 1975 at the time of a sale. The purpose is to eliminate the discharge of …

Construction may start this fall on the 2.2-mile gap in the Erie Canalway trail in Pendleton, the last missing link in the trail in Western New York. State Canal Corp. spokesman Steven Gosset said that the agency soon will seek bids for the project, with hopes of starting work in October on the connection between Tonawanda Creek and Fisk roads. Once that portion is com…

A local contractor who was sentenced to 16 months in prison in 2005 for what prosecutors called one of the largest home-improvement fraud cases in Western New York history is again in trouble with the law. A federal grand jury Monday returned a 15-count indictment charging Todd A. Cameron, 46, of Amherst, with filing false tax returns, as well as transporting and harbor…

The company building the new Whole Foods Market in Amherst expects to finish construction by late August. Scott Finn, the project manager for Picone Construction Co., told The Buffalo News the company is on track to turn over the completed store to Whole Foods in the weeks before Labor Day. That is "pretty close" to the original construction timeline, Finn said in the f…

The Amherst Town Board is hiring an attorney to sue the town's Zoning Board of Appeals over a recent decision on a proposed apartment building. The Town Board in March denied an application to rezone 4400 North French Road and build two, 2-story apartment buildings of 12 units each. But the Zoning Board on May 16 considered the project and issued five variances, which w…

The Park School of Buffalo plans to start construction on its new science center in August now that the project has received final approval from the Amherst Planning Board. The private institution in 2015 unveiled plans for the Knopp-Hailpern Science Center, named in honor of the late math teachers Jacky Knopp and Raoul Hailpern. The Park School filed detailed plans…

Amherst is considering acquiring the former Westwood Country Club site through eminent domain, but that is just one option being considered, town officials said Monday. Mensch Capital Partners, which owns the 171-acre property, has proposed a $250 million mixed-use development of Westwood that has drawn stiff opposition from neighbors. The Town Board on Monday night…