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An apparent murder-suicide Friday involving an elderly couple has shocked a quiet Amherst neighborhood.It was a surreal scene for the residents of Dawnbrook Lane, who in the early-morning hours saw their quiet, tree-lined street off North Forest Road turn into a hub of activity.Police cruisers swarmed the neighborhood as Amherst police descended on 107 Dawnbrook, a small b…

Dozens of students, teachers and school administrators gathered Thursday morning in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery auditorium to celebrate the culmination of a regionwide project to fight bullying through the arts.The program, “Healing Hearts: From Hurt to Hope,” included more than 500 students and 18 teachers from middle schools and high schools across Western New York. Th…

Willow Ridge Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Boulevard and Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda. Gerri Hens, of Hens Honeybee Farm, will discuss the importance of insects in our environment. Guests welcome....Williamsville Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in the home of Gloria Gannon, 110 Fruitwood Terrace, Amherst. He…

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North Council Member Joseph Golombek on Thursday called for the city to use casino revenue to entice Erie Community College to expand downtown, instead of expanding in Amherst. The message from ECC? That won’t be happening. “Everything’s been signed, this is all in motion,” said Michael Farrell, ECC public information officer. Golombek, who announced his plan on the steps …

Two of the region’s prominent public accounting firms will merge on Nov. 1, creating a combined firm that will rank among the six biggest in the Buffalo Niagara region.The Bonadio Group, upstate New York’s largest independent firm, and Gaines Kriner Elliott LLP, Buffalo’s 11th-largest firm, announced their merger Thursday. “Our presence in the Western New York market will …

Two UB students have died in the last week, spreading grief among faculty, staff and students.The two unrelated deaths came three days apart – one at the North Campus and one at the South Campus – and do not appear to involve foul play. Paul Englert Jr., was found unresponsive at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 during an engineering class in Knox Lecture Hall on the North Campus in Amhers…

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Electric car advocates have an important hurdle to overcome to get more drivers to buy the vehicles: expanding the number of recharging stations, so drivers don’t have to worry about running out of juice while away from home.A new effort is taking on that issue, adding more than 80 recharging stations across the state. The stations will be publicly accessible, and, in most…

Amherst will not stop work on the site of the Hyatt Place project on Main Street in Snyder, despite complaints from adjoining residents that construction runoff has caused a distinct “chocolate milk” appearance in their private pond.The Livingston Parkway Homeowners Association believes that runoff from the hotel construction site has polluted Mike’s Pond.It’s the latest i…

South Davis Elementary School in Orchard Park and Maple West Elementary in Amherst have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools.The schools are among 286 to be recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The recognition is based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement.“Excellence in education matters, and …

A well-traveled, one-mile stretch of road in the northwest corner of Amherst is getting ready for a major makeover.East Robinson and North French roads, between Niagara Falls Boulevard and Sweet Home Road, will undergo a $9.4 million reconstruction that includes widening the road from two lanes to five.The project has been in the pipeline since the late 1990s, as the volum…

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Buffalo’s outpost of the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que smoked pork empire won’t open until 2014, according to Dinosaur CEO John Stage.The planned 180-seat restaurant, under construction at 301 Franklin St., was previously expected to start serving customers in October. Now the company is targeting the third week in January, Stage said.• Larkin Square is extending its Food Truck Tuesd…

A small fire in the engine of a Williamsville school bus forced the driver to evacuate the bus and move the students safely down the street in Amherst on Tuesday morning, the Main-Transit Fire Department reported.Firefighters responding to a 7:12 a.m. alarm reached the scene on Sagewood Terrace within two minutes and quickly put out the fire.No injuries were reported, and …

A Buffalo-area company is among 19 firms across the state that have agreed to pay fines and stop creating fake online reviews for businesses, State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Monday. Utilities International Inc. of Amherst, doing business as Main Street Host, will pay a $43,000 fine. The companies entered into assurances of discontinuance following a y…

Opponents of a senior citizen apartment complex planned for Youngs Road in Amherst may have won Round 1, but now they’re waiting for the developer’s next move.Days after residents came to the town to voice opposition to the project, Young Development Inc. has pulled its request for variances on the senior apartments planned at 1055 Youngs.Amherst officials were notified of…

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July 4, 1941 – Sept. 20, 2013Dr. James P. Giambrone, a doctor of internal medicine and president of Associated Physicians of WNY, died Friday in his Amherst home after a brief illness. He was 72.Born in Buffalo, Dr. Giambrone was a graduate of Cleveland Hill High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963 from the University at Buffalo, and a doctorate in 1967 …