Some other area schools have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Day, and now it is Williamsville's turn to tackle the topic. The school board has put the name change on the agenda for a vote next month, but at least four of the nine board members have signaled their opposition to the proposal. No matter how the vote goes, some board members are  treating it is a tea…

Autism Services will start moving into its new school in Amherst next week. The nonprofit, which provides educational and support services for children and adults with autism-spectrum disorders, is moving from its longtime location at 4444 Bryant and Stratton Way near the Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence to Uniland Development Co.'s Audubon Business Centre. Autism Serv…

A four-story, 107-room hotel planned for Rensch Road near the University at Buffalo North Campus cleared its last hurdle Thursday night when the Amherst Planning Board approved the site plan for the project. The board also agreed the project would not significantly harm the environment. Ellicott Development previously said it plans to start construction in March and …

If you're one of the 44,000 property owners in the Town of Amherst, don't toss aside a letter from the town you'll be receiving as early as Saturday. It contains an important number - your new assessment. And Town Assessor David C. Marrano has just one question for you: Does that number accurately reflect the price you could realistically sell your property for? I…

Tyler Doogan, 20, a University at Buffalo senior, pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in Amherst Town Court Thursday afternoon. Justice Geoffrey K. Klein fined Doogan $635 fine after reducing a driving while intoxicated charge stemming from the 3:30 a.m. Dec. 3, 2016, incident on Main Street in Amherst. He also suspended Doogan's driving privileges for 90 days, but…

In the Ransom Oaks community of Amherst, the raging neighborhood argument isn’t about schools, suburban sprawl or crime. It is about a golf cart trail. A 4-year-old lawsuit over the trail is causing turmoil in this community of about 1,100 residents next to the Glen Oaks Golf Course. Neighbors are taking on the Ransom Oaks homeowners’ association over the laws…

Sara Kozlowski, 23, of Cheektowaga, was convicted of a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired, fined $735 and had her license suspended for 90 days following a bench trial before Amherst Town Court Justice Geoffrey K. Klein Wednesday. Kozlowski had been arrested by New York State Police on a charge of driving while intoxicated about 4 a.m. Oct. 2, 2016, on Rou…

Additional street lighting is being planned for a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard north of I-290 where five pedestrians have been killed by cars since June 2013 and a woman was injured while crossing Wednesday morning, officials said. "Everybody recognizes there's a need for additional lighting in that stretch," said James Hartz, director of the Town of Tonawanda's O…

The Independent Health Family Branch YMCA will host its fifth annual Zumbathon from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday to support of the Buffalo Niagara YMCA’s 2017 Annual Campaign. This family-friendly event includes high-energy music, fitness, and fun. The Oasis Dance Center will present belly dancing demonstrations from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a Zumbathon led by Y instru…

Sun Cuisines, a popular Burmese and Thai restaurant in Buffalo, has opened a new restaurant at 5759 Main St. at the corner of Evans Street in Williamsville. Sun Cuisines was Buffalo's first Burmese restaurant and this is the third location to open under its umbrella. The Williamsville restaurant follows the original restaurant, which opened in Black Rock in 2010, and Su…

Christopher J. Duquin, who took a leave as deputy mayor in Williamsville, on Tuesday took full responsibility for driving drunk at around 2 a.m. Sept. 17, when his vehicle struck a parked car in the village and left a trail of fluid away from the scene. Duquin pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clarence Town Court to a misdemeanor DWI charge, the most serious charge he faced. …

Northwest Bank plans to spend $1.5 million to renovate and outfit a new regional headquarters in Amherst, according to project details filed with the Amherst Industrial Development Agency. The bank is seeking $87,500 in sales tax breaks for the project from the agency, which is set to vote on the request at its board of directors meeting Friday. The bank has a 10-year l…

New York’s age of consent to become an organ donor drops from 18 to 16 years old under a new law that takes effect Tuesday. New York has the nation’s lowest percentage of registered organ donors, and waiting lists for some organs, such as kidneys, can stretch years. New teen drivers applying for permits and licenses had been unable to check a box indicating their en…

Town and county taxes for Amherst residents are due by Wednesday, said Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger who announced alternative methods and extended hours for collection. Residents may pay by mail, in person, online and at select M& T bank branches, said Jaeger. Full payments can be made by check or money order at select M & T Bank locations (check the back of y…