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A Buffalo woman was charged with drug possession and a Buffalo man was charged with driving offenses after they were stopped on Main Street in Amherst early Thursday morning. Monique J. Miller, 21, a passenger in the car stopped at 4:16 a.m. in the 3500 block of Main Street, was charged with a felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance an…

The slate of candidates for fall races in the Town of Amherst continues to grow and could feature a rematch between two political foes. A familiar name in town politics for half a century, William L. Kindel, is attempting a return to office with a run for one of two Town Board seats to be vacated. Kindel served five four-year terms as a town councilman during 50 years o…

Natale Builders plans to construct up to 80 single-family and patio homes on 57 acres off New Road in East Amherst, according to an application filed with the town Planning Department. The development requires Town Board approval to rezone 49 acres of the site, which near where the Lockport Expressway ends at Millersport Highway and just west of Ransom Oaks and the Glen…

At least one name will be on the ballot for May's election of three seats on the Williamsville Board of Education, with petitions due in less than four weeks. Susan McClary, a retired Sweet Home teacher and current assistant to Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein, has submitted petitions to run, District Clerk Mitzie Serafin said. The school board election will …

Programs that serve the Williamsville Central School District's "most vulnerable students" would be at risk if the district loses any of its $4 million in federal aid, officials said this week. The Trump administration proposes cutting $9.2 billion — or 13.5 percent — from the Education Department’s budget, the Washington Post reported last week. That could mean …

The developer of the former Westwood Country Club has added townhouses, shifted a senior housing complex to the interior part of the site and removed an office building altogether in the latest version of its controversial plan to reuse the former golf course in Amherst. This is the fourth version of the project that Mensch Capital Partners has filed with the town, and …

A 24-unit apartment complex planned for East Amherst has stalled after the Amherst Town Board on Monday night voted against rezoning the project site. The Green Organization wants to construct two, 12-unit apartment buildings and eight detached garages at 4400 N. French Road, just west of Transit Road, on 2.7 acres of land. The property is now zoned for suburban agricul…

A dryer fire Sunday at a hotel in Amherst caused $25,000 in damage. After receiving a fire alarm activation at the Staybridge Suites, 1290 Sweet Home Road, firefighters from the Getzville Fire Co. arrived on the scene at 6:15 to find a dryer in a first-floor laundry room on fire and heavy smoke filling the hotel. A second alarm was called to assist with the removal of s…

Natale Development's proposal to build dozens of townhouses and apartments on the site of a former construction yard in Williamsville ran into opposition last year from some neighbors and never gained approval from planners. Now, a deal has been hashed out to revive the stalled California Drive housing project, but it hinges on a land swap between Natale Development and…

Two Amherst playgrounds will get improvements this year , but some volunteer muscle will be needed to make it happen. New playground equipment valued at $180,000 will be purchased for Billy Wilson Park on Hopkins Road. The equipment should be ready to use by June, said Mary-Diana Pouli, executive director of the town's Youth and Recreation Department. "It's going to …

A proposal to construct a new hotel at Amherst's Northtown Center took the first step forward Monday night, when the Town Board agreed to begin the process of removing the parkland designation from 3 acres at the ice rink facility. The Town Board authorized the town attorney to initiate the process of "alienation," which would require the town to transfer the parkland …

The Town of Amherst is looking to improve how it handles contracts for everything from office supplies to big-ticket items like sewer pipes. The Town Board at its meeting Monday, March 20 will consider abolishing its Purchasing Department and the position of purchasing director. The proposal was initiated by Councilmember Ramona Popowich and has support from the board's…

President Trump’s proposed budget eliminates a key transit funding program and points a “dagger” at the possibility of extending Buffalo’s Metro Rail to Amherst, according to Sen. Charles E. Schumer. And Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials warn that a separate plan to extend Metro Rail at the other end of the line into the Delaware, Lackawanna an…

A large, upscale student housing project planned for a site near the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst moved one step closer to reality Thursday night as the town Planning Board recommended two key approvals for the development. Core Spaces, a major out-of-town developer of student housing, proposes building a 154-unit complex on North Forest Road that woul…

Open auditions for the Amherst teen idol search will be held April 7 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Boulevard Mall's Center Court near Macy’s. The contest is open to all amateur youth soloists ages 12 to 20. Participants must be prepared to sing a cappella on stage for up to 2 minutes. Finalists will be chosen to compete in a final round on May 5 for prizes of a…