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The Amherst Industrial Development Agency is throwing itself a party. Friday marked the 499th meeting of the agency's board of directors. That means next month's meeting will be the big 5-0-0. David Mingoia, the IDA's executive director, pointed out the looming milestone at the end of Friday's board meeting, and said the agency would have to do something special. …

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The Village of Williamsville is overhauling its sign code. The Village Board earlier this month appointed a nine-member committee to oversee the revision. That committee includes representatives from the village Planning Board, sign companies, business owners and others, said Trustee Deborah Rogers. The village also hired the Steinmetz Planning Group of Rochester to …

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The group that plans to open a co-operative market in Williamsville has received $5,000 toward a study that will help determine where the store should go and who is likely to shop there. The Amherst Development Corp. on Friday agreed to spend the money, one month after organizers from the Village Co-Op Market of Williamsville made their case for the grant to the corpora…

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Reported or rumored threats of violence roiled four area school districts on Thursday, one day after a teenager shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Florida. Officials found no merit to the reports in the Buffalo, Williamsville, Frontier and Lake Shore school districts. Evans police will have a presence on Lake Shore High School's campus on Friday, the schoo…

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A physician who plans to move his family-medicine practice into the former Alternative Brews building in Amherst has acquired the property for $450,000. Dr. Tajinder Pal Singh acquired the property at 3488 Sheridan Drive last week, according to a deed filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. Singh purchased the property through a limited liability company that has the…

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Mitzie Serafin, the district clerk for the Williamsville Central School District for 24 years, is retiring next month. Serafin on Tuesday attended her final School Board meeting, where district employees and board members past and present lauded Serafin for her attention to detail, knowledge of school policies, words of encouragement – and enforcement of the rule requir…

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A Buffalo woman who was slashed in the face with a box cutter outside the Chuck E. Cheese's in Amherst has sued town police for improperly responding to a fight in the restaurant that preceded the violent confrontation in the parking lot. Rhondesia Betton claims in her lawsuit that officers didn't make sure the people who were kicked out of the restaurant following the …

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The group that wants to open a cooperative market in Williamsville is seeking $5,000 from the Amherst Development Corp. to help pay for a feasibility study and for a consultant to help them act on the study's findings. Village Co-Op Market of Williamsville organizers made their case for the grant to the corporation's board last month. The corporation board is set to con…

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The tax levy would rise by 2.24 percent – just under the state cap of 2.26 percent – under the draft 2018-19 budget for the Williamsville Central School District. The draft budget would increase spending by 3 percent from the current school year but district officials still must close a $1.3 million deficit. School Board members and district officials reviewed the dr…

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Marrano Marc Equity Corp. has kicked off construction on its new $14 million Windstone townhouse project in Amherst, just days after receiving final state approval to begin marketing and sales. The West Seneca-based high-end homebuilder plans to construct 40 new luxury homes in the community located between Sheridan Drive and Main Street, directly connected to Marrano's…

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A long-awaited $30 million science building that opened in January on the North Campus of Erie Community College is the most expensive single construction project in the history of the college and the first new freestanding building on the Amherst campus in decades. Maybe now the wisecracks will stop about the campus looking like a glorified high school. The project …

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Homeowners often don't notice the fire district taxes on their property tax bill, but they're a burning issue on Schoelles Road in Amherst. David Prisaznuk, like everyone else who lives on the north side of the road, is part of the North Amherst fire district. His neighbors on the south side of the street are in the Getzville fire district. For that reason, Prisaznuk…

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A pair of Daemen College assistant professors who have studied with some of the top autism experts in the nation have launched a new program at the Amherst school that should help improve autism treatment in the region – and beyond. “There’s just so much hope in what we do,” said Vicki Madaus Knapp, head of the new Applied Behavior Analysis Program. Knapp and Vanessa…

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An Amherst youth hockey coach, who is better known around the National Hockey League as a player agent, has been accused of grabbing the throat of a parent of another team's player last month during a tournament in Niagara Falls, according to authorities. Michael Wulkan, coach of an Amherst 8 and Under team, was charged in connection with an alleged locker room altercat…