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The Williamsville School Board holds its third and final community forum of the school year from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the cafeteria at Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road. The town-hall style meeting gives the public a chance to have a two-way conversation directly with decision-makers. School Board members and Superintendent Scott Martzloff will…

A 63-year-old man is missing from an Amherst nursing home, town police said Friday. Paul M. Cieslak got dropped off in front of Williamsville Suburban Health Care Facility, 163 South Union Road, at about 6:42 p.m. Thursday but he walked up South Union Road instead of going inside, Amherst police said. Security video showed him getting dropped off by Buffalo Transport ab…

Bank on Buffalo has pushed back the opening date for two additional branches. Its Orchard Park and Amherst locations probably won't open until late August or early September, said Martin T. Griffith, Bank on Buffalo's president. The bank had targeted opening a branch at 5190 Sheridan Drive in late May, followed by a location at 3049 Orchard Park Road in Orchard Park a f…

A transplant surgeon who is quietly becoming a major developer in the Buffalo area has received the final approvals he needs to build an upscale apartment complex on Transit Road in East Amherst. The Amherst Planning Board last week approved the site plan application for Dr. Fadi Dagher's Creek View Luxury Apartments and determined the $4 million project would not harm …

There's nothing like a good draft. Except maybe two. Or 34. In advance of the NFL Draft Thursday night, 34 craft breweries – half from southern Ontario, half from Western New York – joined forces in Niagara Falls on Wednesday to begin the process of making 34 collaborative beers for the first CanAm Craft Beer Festival next year. The Buffalo Niagara Brewers …

The Village of Williamsville is hosting two community meetings over the next week where residents can discuss a proposed land swap between Natale Development and the village. They are the latest forums on a potential public-private agreement that would clear the way for Natale's planned $30 million development of apartments and townhomes on California Drive and South Lo…

The public will get a rare chance to step inside a privately owned castle on an island in Ellicott Creek in Williamsville this weekend. An estate sale began at 9 a.m. Thursday in the stone home known alternately as "Cambria Castle" or "Oechsner's Castle." It was built on 1.3 acres of Dream Island beginning in 1917 by a German-born mason named Ignatz Oechsner. Oechsne…

The Amherst Planning Board has delayed voting on a mixed-used project of 152 apartments and retail stores proposed for the northwest corner of town because its members want more details about how the development will affect wetlands that mark the property. The board voted 4-2 to table Rane Management's application at last week's meeting. But Rane President Anthony Cutai…

West Herr Jaguar's plans to expand its showroom and make additional improvements to the parking and landscaping at its Getzville dealership received the green light from the Amherst Planning Board. The board voted 6-0 at last week's board meeting to approve the the dealership's plans to add 2,020 square feet of showroom space on the north and east sides of its 38,460-sq…

A deteriorating road bordering a park in Williamsville will be rebuilt thanks to remaining funds from a previous project, village officials said. Rock Street, between Spring Street and Glen Avenue, forms the western boundary of Glen Park and is in poor condition, Mayor Brian J. Kulpa said. The Village Board awarded a contract for improvements to Millherst Construction f…

Amherst's zoning code will be reviewed – and changes may be proposed – to limit the locations of future drug treatment clinics in the town. Monday's directive by the Town Board comes after Catholic Health filed plans to open a clinic that will distribute methadone on Millersport Highway, on the edge of a residential neighborhood. A committee of the town attorney,…

Plans to expand the Metro rail from the University at Buffalo South Campus in Buffalo to the North Campus in Amherst ran aground in the 1980s and 1990s in the face of stiff community opposition and a lack of funding. Residents and officials who didn't support bringing the Metro rail into Amherst back then say they didn't want construction tearing up their neighborhoods …

Memories of the Holocaust were combined with concern for today's refugees and immigrants during an annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony Sunday. Six "Buffalo Upstanders," as the organizers of the event called them, were honored for their work on behalf of newcomers and those subject to prejudice and persecution. Each came to Temple Beth Tzedek in Amherst to l…

The battle over cell towers is moving closer to your front door. Growing demand for cellular data by smartphones, tablets and other devices has led wireless carriers across the country to deploy a new kind of wireless transmitter called "small cells" to provide better coverage in densely populated areas. About 4 feet tall and weighing about 400 pounds, small cells…