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Some people buy their loved ones a bouquet of flowers. Dave Davis gave his beloved alma mater a whole garden center. The former owner of Queen City Garden Town Nursery donated its Harlem Road property to Hobart & William Smith Colleges, allowing the schools to make $200,000 by reselling it. This is the second time that Davis, also well known locally as a boost…

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Tops Markets' reorganizational bankruptcy filing includes a list of the company's 20 largest creditors. The list ranges from a commercial banking services company to suppliers and union funds. The 20 largest creditors, in order, are: U.S. Bank National Association 9 percent notes due 2021, $70.7 million C&S Wholesale Trade debt, $54.7 million …

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Glen Oak Golf Course in East Amherst has been sold to a team led by the former head golf professional at Transit Valley Country Club. Tim Fries leads the limited liability company that purchased the golf club at 711 Smith Road for $2.78 million in a transaction that closed Friday, according to a deed filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. Fries said that he and h…

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The Town of Amherst should link its neighborhood parks and recreation amenities via a system of trails and pathways for bicyclists and pedestrians. That recommendation is among the key takeaways from a new draft report – to be released Wednesday – that lauds the town's current parks and recreation system as adequate, but notes where access improvements could be made. …

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Noticed a bumpier ride than usual in Amherst lately? Motorists can call the town Highway Department at 631-7117 or email hdispatch@amherst.ny.us to report a pothole on a town roadway. Potholes on roads in the town maintained by Erie County should be reported by calling 823-4243 or emailing potholes@erie.gov, officials said. Erie County's roads in Amherst include B…

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The Williamsville Central School District is poised to eliminate class rank for 10th and 11th graders, five months after the district made the change for students in all of its younger classes. The School Board is set to decide on the matter at its March 13 meeting. Board members this week agreed to hold the vote after reviewing the results of a recently completed di…

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The Amherst Industrial Development Agency is throwing itself a party. Friday marked the 499th meeting of the agency's board of directors. That means next month's meeting will be the big 5-0-0. David Mingoia, the IDA's executive director, pointed out the looming milestone at the end of Friday's board meeting, and said the agency would have to do something special. …

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The Village of Williamsville is overhauling its sign code. The Village Board earlier this month appointed a nine-member committee to oversee the revision. That committee includes representatives from the village Planning Board, sign companies, business owners and others, said Trustee Deborah Rogers. The village also hired the Steinmetz Planning Group of Rochester to …

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The group that plans to open a co-operative market in Williamsville has received $5,000 toward a study that will help determine where the store should go and who is likely to shop there. The Amherst Development Corp. on Friday agreed to spend the money, one month after organizers from the Village Co-Op Market of Williamsville made their case for the grant to the corpora…

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Reported or rumored threats of violence roiled four area school districts on Thursday, one day after a teenager shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Florida. Officials found no merit to the reports in the Buffalo, Williamsville, Frontier and Lake Shore school districts. Evans police will have a presence on Lake Shore High School's campus on Friday, the schoo…

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A physician who plans to move his family-medicine practice into the former Alternative Brews building in Amherst has acquired the property for $450,000. Dr. Tajinder Pal Singh acquired the property at 3488 Sheridan Drive last week, according to a deed filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. Singh purchased the property through a limited liability company that has the…

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Mitzie Serafin, the district clerk for the Williamsville Central School District for 24 years, is retiring next month. Serafin on Tuesday attended her final School Board meeting, where district employees and board members past and present lauded Serafin for her attention to detail, knowledge of school policies, words of encouragement – and enforcement of the rule requir…

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A Buffalo woman who was slashed in the face with a box cutter outside the Chuck E. Cheese's in Amherst has sued town police for improperly responding to a fight in the restaurant that preceded the violent confrontation in the parking lot. Rhondesia Betton claims in her lawsuit that officers didn't make sure the people who were kicked out of the restaurant following the …

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The group that wants to open a cooperative market in Williamsville is seeking $5,000 from the Amherst Development Corp. to help pay for a feasibility study and for a consultant to help them act on the study's findings. Village Co-Op Market of Williamsville organizers made their case for the grant to the corporation's board last month. The corporation board is set to con…

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The tax levy would rise by 2.24 percent – just under the state cap of 2.26 percent – under the draft 2018-19 budget for the Williamsville Central School District. The draft budget would increase spending by 3 percent from the current school year but district officials still must close a $1.3 million deficit. School Board members and district officials reviewed the dr…