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A dozen streets in the Village of Williamsville will be milled and repaved this month, officials said. They are: Two alleyways between Eagle Street and Swan Place; Belmont Place, between Mill and Evans streets; Chalmers Street, between N. Ellicott and Evans streets; Edward Street, between Mill and N. Ellicott streets; Glen Avenue, between North Long an…

An $11 million hotel planned for the Northtown Center faces an uncertain future after the Amherst Planning Board on Thursday night recommended denying the rezoning change required for the project to move forward. The vote was 6-1. The Town Board will make the final decision on the zoning change, and it can overrule the opinion of the Planning Board. But several membe…

Hammers will be thrown and cabers tossed during the Buffalo Heavies Highland Games, a highlight of this weekend's 33rd annual Buffalo Niagara Scottish Festival. The festival opens at 10 a.m. both days at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755, Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. Other highlights includes entertainment by Red Hot Celtic Night, fiddler Mari Black, piper Cra…

Thirty-six names will be added to the Amherst Veterans Memorial Wall during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday in Amherst State Park. They are: Marine Corps: Douglas J. Parker, Gerard P. Styn. Army Air Force: William M. Smith, Joseph R. Coppola. Air Force: William D. Woodworth, Philip V. Vullo, Gerhardt H. Kaese. Army: Richard J. Dentinger, Harold M. Wagner, Cliffo…

The owners of Northtowns Cardiology intend to build a one-story, 11,000-square-foot medical office building at 190 Maple Road, according to a site plan they filed for a project that spurred opposition from some residents when it was initially proposed. Dr. Dennis Chugh, co-owner of the practice, said the project in the Town of Amherst would cost about $2.5 million, incl…

When we wrote about the surprising cluster of chain stores that sell groceries in a 1.5-mile stretch of the Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor in west Amherst, we thought we had covered them all: Whole Foods (coming in September), Aldi, Feel-Rite Fresh Markets, Target, Tops Friendly Markets, Trader Joe's, Walmart and Wegmans. That's eight of them. Whew. It turns out th…

The state canal schooner Lois McClure has added a Pendleton stop to the local schedule for its Erie Canal bicentennial tour. The state Canal Corp. announced Wednesday that the 88-foot replica of an 1862 vintage canal sailing ship will dock from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at West Canal Marina and Park on Tonawanda Creek Road. Pendleton Supervisor Joel Maerten and Amherst Su…

Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III said he has heard enough concern from constituents about the "dangerous" condition of New Road in East Amherst and he wants the county to reconstruct the road. New Road is a two-lane road that doesn’t have shoulders or sidewalks between Smith and North French roads. The Amherst Republican on Aug. 4 wrote to William Geary, E…

The prospects for a land swap between Williamsville and a housing developer that is bitterly opposed by some village residents dimmed this week after estimates for parkland improvements came in significantly higher than expected. The estimated cost of putting South Long Park back together after a land swap was put at as much as $1.25 million – much higher than village…

Owners of 190 commercial and upscale residential properties in Amherst have gone to State Supreme Court seeking assessment reductions totaling $194 million. It's the final battleground over this year's townwide reassessment. And the outcome could affect the tax bills sent to all other Amherst property owners. Town officials say they’ll aggressively defend their …

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency is set to vote Friday on $1.3 million in tax breaks for a computer product testing lab's $9.1 million expansion project. The project would allow Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services to consolidate its operations from three sites in the town into an expanded building in the Northpointe Commerce Park. Zaepfel Development Co.…

If you're shopping for groceries in Amherst and you can't find what you're looking for, you probably can't find it anywhere. That's because once Whole Foods Market opens its store in the Northtown Plaza next month, eight chain stores that sell groceries will be located within 1.5 miles, on or near the Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor in the town. It's a dizzying amou…

A vacant home in Amherst is slated for demolition, unless a judge halts it. The Town Board awarded a $28,000 bid by Regional Environmental Demolition of Niagara Falls to demolish the home at 46 Royal Parkway West. Just before the vote, Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa told the board his office was expecting a judicial order preventing the demolition. At a public hearin…