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One man was taken to the hospital for treatment after he was pistol-whipped during a home invasion in Amherst Monday night, Amherst police reported.The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. Monday at the Villas on Rensch apartment complex located across the street from the University at Buffalo north campus, police said.The victim, a 21-year-old Lackawanna man, was vi…

Information-technology specialists for the U.S. Postal Service and Verizon believe they have fixed a telecommunications problem that bedeviled the Williamsville Post Office for much of today, knocking the facility’s self-service kiosks out of service and preventing payments with credit or debit cards, a postal service spokeswoman said this afternoon.The problem with a da…

Bob Walker grew up in a “cat family” in Niagara Falls, but found his love and his life’s work at dog shows.Walker – “R. Leigh Walker” to the thousands of people all over the world who collect his detailed etchings on soft metal of dogs and other subjects – could never have imagined the path his life would take when he attended his first dog show in Niagara Fa…

Hundreds of pairs of used ice skates were pulled from basements, closets and garages this weekend and given new life.The ice skates – as many as 400 pairs and counting – were donated by the community as part of the Good Neighbor Skate Drop-Off to benefit a new skating program at Martin Luther King Park.Organizers were overwhelmed.“It just reflects what a great city w…

Twenty years after Kevin Michael Patrick Curry and Paul Michael Bliss teamed up to create what they called an “elite” new residential and commercial construction company, the last vestiges of their Patrick Homes and Patrick Group have been sold off.Iskalo Development Corp. earlier this month completed its purchase of the former headquarters of the luxury homebuilder, c…

Motorists traveling on Main Street in Williamsville may encounter some delays as a result of a westbound lane closure on Route 5 near Union Road.The right lane will be closed tonight until 6 a.m. and will be closed down again between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday to accommodate utility work.State Department of Transportation officials want to remind motorists that fines are dou…

State police have arrested five people following an investigation into a check forgery scam.The owner of convenience store in Hartland reported having received and cashed five suspicious checks, after which it was determined that the checks were counterfeit, according to state police.Arrested and charged with 2nd degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petit …

A 39-year-old East Amherst man was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with driving while intoxicated after his car landed in a ditch on Transit Road at Lapp Road in the Town of Clarence, Erie County Sheriff’s deputies said.A deputy concluded that the driver, Ryan Garrigan, was drunk, but Garrigan refused to submit to a breath test to determine his blood alcohol conte…

Buffalo-area hotel restaurants are not exactly playgrounds of adventurous cuisine. There is so much filet-with-potato that chicken Parmesan qualifies as an ethnic specialty. ¶ Brioso by Butterwood, on the ground floor of Williamsville’s shiny new Wyndham Hotel, went the other way when it opened in early November. Pitched as an upscale restaurant featuring South Americ…

Buffalo-area hotel restaurants are not exactly playgrounds of adventurous cuisine. There is so much filet-with-potato that chicken Parmesan qualifies as an ethnic specialty. ¶ Brioso by Butterwood, on the ground floor of Williamsville’s shiny new Wyndham Hotel, went the other way when it opened in early November. Pitched as an upscale restaurant featuring South Americ…

The Town of Amherst received a pretty nice Christmas present this year from the New York State Insurance Fund.Two checks totaling $17.79 million finally came in this week as reimbursement for what is known as the Bissell case, a long and costly legal dispute with the state insurance agency over a 2002 accident in Amherst State Park.“Assuming the checks were good, it’s …

The water of Tonawanda Creek is slowly going down today after causing widespread flooding Tuesday throughout parts of northern Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and portions of southern Niagara County.Tonawanda Creek was well over the 12-foot flood stage when it crested at 15.13 feet Tuesday afternoon, bringing what the National Weather Service called “moderate flooding.”“…

A paved path that meanders through an Amherst golf course and the backyards of some adjoining residential properties is in the legal rough again.For years, golfers and residents alike shared the path, with golfers from Glen Oak Golf Course allowed on the property owners’ portion of the path and Ransom Oaks residents allowed to take walks or ride bikes along the path in t…

The 50-acre site along Hopkins Road in Amherst has been known as Margaret Louise Park for nearly a quarter-century.Now the town has decided to change the name to Hopkins Road Park.But in a few weeks, it may be Margaret Louise Park again.If you’re confused, it’s because the park is caught in the middle of a political squabble.Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein said the park …

AmherstAmherst has extended its nearly half-million dollar subsidy to the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village for another year.The town had a contract to provide the non-profit organization on Tonawanda Creek Road – formerly the Amherst Museum – with $475,000 a year for four years ending in 2014.But now, the town has agreed to extend that contract through 2015, because th…