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Several males – armed and masked – forced their way into an Amherst apartment Thursday night, when they fought with five of the occupants before running from the scene.Police believe the attack may be connected to a large party hosted at the apartment last weekend.The home-invasion happened at around 10:10 p.m. Thursday in an apartment on Kaymar Drive in the town’s Willow …

Western New York Hosta Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Town of Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Award-winning leading hosta breeder Olga Petryszyn of Valparaiso, Ind., will present “My Hosta Journey.”...East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Monday in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora, for a Christmas arrangement demon…

An Amherst woman was knocked unconscious Wednesday while in the backyard of her Harlem Road home and police are asking for help in finding the attacker.The 22-year-old woman said a man came up behind her at about 9 a.m. and grabbed her, then pulled her down, causing her head to strike the ground and making her briefly lose consciousness.When she came to, police said, she l…

An East Amherst man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Erie County Court to four felony charges of sexually abusing several children over an extended period of time, bringing to a conclusion an 18-month investigation by detectives in the Amherst Police Department’s Special Victims Unit.Ken F. Lee, 50, of Dodger Place, which is in a subdivision off Transit Road, admitted to two fe…

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The University at Buffalo’s Zodiaque Dance Company, a student performance group of uncommon commitment and skill, will celebrate its 40th anniversary next week with a series of concerts in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts in Amherst. The company, founded in 1973 by dancer and choreographer Linda Swiniuch, began as a modest troupe and gradually grew into a co…

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The University at Buffalo’s Zodiaque Dance Company, a student performance group of uncommon commitment and skill, will celebrate its 40th anniversary next week with a series of concerts in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts in Amherst. The company, founded in 1973 by dancer and choreographer Linda Swiniuch, began as a modest troupe and gradually grew into a co…

Republicans will stay in control, Democrats will pick up a seat and the conversation over irresponsible development in Erie County’s largest suburb will carry over from the polls.That’s what the political landscape looks like in Amherst now that the dust has settled from Tuesday’s election, which saw Republican incumbent Barry A. Weinstein win a second term as supervisor.T…

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Sovran Self Storage’s stores are bursting at the seams, and that’s pushing the Amherst self-storage company’s profits up.Sovran’s earnings jumped by 24 percent during the third quarter as the company’s Uncle Bob’s self-storage facilities ended the summer with occupancy levels that topped 90 percent for the second straight quarter.And with demand on the upswing, Sovran was …

Western New York voters on Tuesday elected the first Native American state judge in New York.Mark A. Montour, a Lancaster town justice for six years, defeated Paul B. Wojtaszek, a law clerk and a Niagara County legislator, by a margin of 132,426 to 118,914, capturing 52 percent of the total votes.Montour won on the strength of a 27,843-vote advantage in Erie County. He als…

Yes, she is angry. That is why she took the time late Tuesday afternoon to drive down Harlem Road, pull into the parking lot and walk through the smoke billowing from a voter-enticing chicken barbecue to the polling place door.Voting is a civic duty, or so most people think when there is a presidential race on the ballot. Or a congressional contest to pull them off the co…

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Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein – a Republican who campaigned on his record of cutting taxes and reducing the cost of town government – appeared headed for re-election Tuesday night, and control of the Town Council probably will remain Republican, with 100 percent of the votes cast Tuesday counted. Absentee ballots still need to be tallied, however.Weinstein, a phys…

Amherst police are investigating an unusual burglary in which thieves gained entry through the roof of the Best Buy store at 1585 Niagara Falls Blvd. some time early Monday morning.The rooftop entry allowed the thieves to steal an undetermined amount of electronic equipment from the store.Police provided no more details about the incident, including how the burglars descen…

VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP: The Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State and the Veteran One-stop Center of Western New York will sponsor Operation Entrepreneur, a veterans’ Small Business Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at VOC-WNY, 1280 Main St., second Floor, Buffalo. Lunch will be provided. To register, email Dee Jones Davis at jonesdd@buffalostate…

NCO Financial Systems will lay off 104 workers at its Getzville site, instead of 101 as initially announced, according to an updated notice posted by the state Department of Labor.NCO will continue to have 278 employees at the CrossPoint Business Park location once the layoffs are completed in late January, the Labor Department said. The debt collection company first gave …

Sovran Self Storage has signed a deal to operate four self-storage facilities on Long Island and in western Connecticut as part of its push to expand in the metro New York City market.Under the deal, Sovran will run four Westy Self Storage facilities in Danbury and Milton, Conn., and Hicksville and Farmingdale, N.Y., and rebrand them under its Uncle Bob’s banner. Sovran, i…