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With the official opening of the 2013-14 theater season just weeks away, several companies have firmed up their production schedules.The New Phoenix Theatre will open the season with the comedy “Venus in Fur” on Sept. 13, which runs through Oct. 5. Next up is “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer-winning play about a dysfunctional …

Andre Thomas has been appointed the new assistant principal at the Williamsville District’s Heim Middle School, effective Sept. 23.Thomas has served as the assistant principal at Burgard Vocational High School in Buffalo since 2010.Thomas replaces Jeffrey Jachlewski, who was named principal at Heim Middle in June.

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July 14, 1925 – Aug. 25, 2013Sigmund M. Potembski, an Army veteran of World War II and retired television station art director, died Sunday under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 88.Born in Buffalo, he was a 1943 graduate of Burgard Vocational High School. During the war, he served with the Army’s 550th Engineer Light Pontoon Company in F…

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Like it or not, Ellicott Development Co.’s controversial mixed use project on Main Street in Amherst is officially open for business.The six-story building at 5195 Main St. at South Forest Road in Amherst houses a 120-room Wyndham Garden hotel and 33 high-end apartments.On Wednesday, hotel staff were busy readying the hotel for the arrival of its first big VIP booking.“We’…

A car plunged into Tonawanda Creek Wednesday afternoon in Amherst, but the two people in the vehicle got out safely before police and volunteer firefighters arrived, authorities said.The car was northbound on Sweet Home Road when the driver failed to turn and headed into the creek at about 1 p.m. Firefighters said neither the driver nor the passenger was harmed. Sweet Home…

The Wyndham Garden Williamsville/Buffalo, the 120-room hotel built by Carl Paladino’s Ellicott Development on Main Street in Amherst, has opened for business.The hotel at the corner of South Forest Road is a six-story, $35 million project that includes apartments and retail space.The project sparked some controversy from residents who said the building’s height did not fit…

WASHINGTON – Nearly 600 people who live near Buffalo Niagara International Airport will live a quieter life in the years ahead thanks to a $5.2 million federal grant that New York’s U.S. senators announced Tuesday.The federal money will be used to insulate or otherwise improve 187 homes in Cheektowaga, Amherst and Williamsville that are so close to the airport that the roa…

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The Sonoma Grille, the restaurant that sits alongside the Lord Amherst Hotel on Main Street in Snyder, will permanently close Saturday night after 10 years in business, the restaurant’s operator and its new landlord said Wednesday.The restaurant will “undergo extensive renovations” and reopen under a new name and concept, according to a joint news release from Iskalo Devel…

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The State Thruway Authority should waive the 15-cent toll at the Williamsville toll barrier as it seeks its own waiver on the repayment of $6 million in federal aid that it spent on toll relocation studies, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, said Tuesday.“After more than a decade of study and after burning through $6 million in taxpayer support, the authority owes it to the dr…

More than a week has passed since Williamsville threw its pedestrian block party, but efforts to “take back Main Street” show no signs of slowing down.The village board Monday discussed new measures aimed at protecting Main Street from sloppy development and regulating signs put out by businesses and political candidates.The village is coming off Picture Main Street Live, …

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Saying that Chaquiel “Chaq” Nettles beat the odds is an understatement.The 19-year-old didn’t just graduate from Williamsville South High School. He didn’t just earn a coveted football scholarship to a Division I university.He did so while escaping poverty, homelessness and gang life on tough city streets, at times not knowing where he would sleep at night.“I decided I wou…

AmherstResidents are encouraged to drop off their electronic waste Saturday and Sunday at the Eggertsville Hose Company, 1880 Eggert Road, at the rear of the fire hall.Residents will be responsible for unloading their electronic items and placing them in the designated area. Television sets, computers and other items can be brought to this location. In accordance with stat…

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Mr. and Mrs. Louis Cacciato of Williamsville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner in Rizotto Ristorante, Amherst. Mr. Cacciato and Jane Marinaccio were married Aug. 17, 1963, in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is an attorney in Tonawanda; she is a retired nurse. They have three children and six grandchildren.

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Germeroth of Williamsville celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a dinner in Siena Restaurant, Snyder. Mr. Germeroth and Anne J. Davey were married June 14, 1958, in St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Bridgeport, Conn. He is a retired geologist for D&B Associates, Syosset; she is a retired teacher for Sachem schools in Lake Ronkonkoma. Th…

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Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Martlock of East Amherst celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner in their daughter’s East Amherst home, affectionately known as “Halt Gardens.” Mr. Martlock and Marie Scalisi were married Aug. 17, 1963, in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda. He is a retired tool designer for Moog Inc., East Aurora; she is a r…