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The Town of Amherst will hold its Winterfest celebration on Jan. 20. The free event takes place from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Highlights include horse-drawn wagon rides, outdoor winter games, indoor gym activities, face painting, crafts, cookie decorating and snacks such as hot chocolate and doughnuts. At 2:30,…

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Dan DeLano doesn't look like your run-of-the-mill politician, and he doesn't have the typical background, either. The new 51-year-old mayor of Williamsville works in construction, plays music professionally, owned a tavern in Kenmore and was a stay-at-home dad. And his ample coif of rock-star hair makes him stand out from other Village Board members. But DeLano, who …

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Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa opposes a plan to redefine "family" in the town and said there are better ways to tackle the housing problems that spurred the proposed code change. Kulpa said he doesn't want the Town Board to bring the zoning code change up for a vote, effectively killing the proposal by leaving it in limbo. He said he believes other board members sha…

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The Williamsville Village Board could vote as soon as its Jan. 22 meeting to reduce the speed limit on some streets that run along parks in the village. The Village Board on Monday held public hearings on lowering the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on five streets near South Long, Glen and Garrison parks. They include sections of Park Drive, South Ellicott Street, So…

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Amherst has hired a new police officer who will start training at Erie County's Central Police Services training academy on Jan. 22. The Town Board voted last week to appoint Qusayye Fahmawi to the town's Police Department at a starting salary of $58,092. The appointment takes effect Monday, and he begins his training at the academy one week later. That should take unti…

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The Town of Amherst and Village of Williamsville are working out a deal to share an employee who would focus on economic development in both communities. Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa plans to hire Maggie Hamilton Winship — who served as Williamsville's director of community development when Kulpa was the village's mayor — for a new town job as director of strategic plannin…

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Price Rite Marketplace plans to open a grocery store in Amherst early this year. The store at 4220 Maple Road, in the plaza at Sweet Home Road that includes the AMC Maple Ridge 8, will be the fourth Price Rite in the area. The company already has stores on Elmwood Avenue and Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo and in Cheektowaga. Price Rite plans to hire 85 workers for full- a…

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 Amherst waited 200 years for its bicentennial celebration, so it probably can wait two more weeks. The town had planned to start the party on Jan. 2, but the event was canceled because of severe winter weather. The rescheduled event will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 19 in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The celebration will …

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The owners of a 57-acre property in East Amherst where a developer wants to build an 80-house subdivision are threatening legal action against the town over its refusal to let the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals review the project. The Richard Jacobs Family Trust has a contract to sell the former farm at 284 New Road to Natale Builders. The project, which is opposed by …

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The Williamsville School Board is inviting the public to a community forum on Jan. 31. The town hall-style meeting will let attendees meet with district officials to discuss and offer feedback on issues affecting Williamsville schools. The forum will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road, Amherst. This is the second…

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Kevin O'Brien started an unwelcome collection of cheater glasses in his 50s when he started to struggle to read, scan his emails and text messages, and handle some of the small instruments he uses at work. He propped cheaters on his head, hung them in his shirt pockets, and set them on his desk, nightstand and dashboard of his Jeep. "They were everywhere," said O'Bri…

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Williamsville is planning to reduce the speed limit on some streets that run along parks in the village in an effort to improve safety. New Mayor Daniel DeLano recently learned the village has the authority to do that, said Maggie Winship, Williamsville's director of community development. The Village Board will hold public hearings at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 on proposals t…

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Amherst officials are continuing to discuss changing how a family is defined in the town zoning code to make it easier to restrict homes where large groups of students and other renters live. The proposed changes are welcomed by residents in the Eggertsville neighborhood near the University at Buffalo South Campus who complain about "slumlords" converting single-family …

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WASHINGTON — America's new ambassador to Zambia used to keep the peace at Melanie's Pub in Amherst and Third Base in Buffalo. "I got great diplomatic training as a Buffalo bar bouncer," said Daniel L. Foote, still tall and hulking and bouncer-like at 54. And America's new envoy to Mauritania, a somewhat smaller 56-year-old diplomat named Michael J. Dodman, thinks his…