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The owners of one of the last privately owned green spaces in the Town of Amherst – the Westwood Country Club – say they want to develop it as a mixed-use project.Mensch Capital Partners LLC, an investor group that bought the 68-year-old country club from its members in 2012, informally approached the town Planning Board two weeks ago with the idea.No formal plans have bee…

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Aug. 21, 1931 – Nov. 18, 2013Shortly before Richard C. Vivacqua died Monday in the Hospice inpatient unit in Cheektowaga, one of his daughters took a walk in a hallway at the facility.Mr. Vivacqua’s loved ones had been at his Hospice bedside for 12 days, but until his daughter’s walk, no one had noticed his name on a plaque at the facility recognizing those who had contrib…

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Holiday fashion stories often begin something like this: “How to look festive – without looking overdone.” Or “Different ways to wear sequins – without looking like an ornament.”In this season of sparkle, shine and, yes, even silly seasonal sweaters, it’s easy to go a little overboard. And sometimes that’s OK. “It depends on your personality. I’m an over-accessorizer,” sai…

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Let the holiday theater season begin.The first entry in this year’s spate of local yuletide productions comes from Family Life Ministries, a faith-based organization out of Bath, south of Rochester. The company will mount a dinner theater production of the musical “Gifts of the Magi,” which opens tonight and runs through Saturday in the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church (8445 …

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Let the holiday theater season begin.The first entry in this year’s spate of local yuletide productions comes from Family Life Ministries, a faith-based organization out of Bath, south of Rochester. The company will mount a dinner theater production of the musical “Gifts of the Magi,” which opens tonight and runs through Saturday in the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church (8445 …

Dec. 31, 1927 – Nov. 17, 2013Patricia Ann Kelly, who traveled the world for about 30 years as a flight attendant, died Sunday at Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 85.Born in Buffalo, Miss Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State Teachers College in the late 1940s and worked for a few years as a home economics teacher in the Southtowns.She went t…

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Now here’s some Christmas music you can get behind without treating it as a guilty pleasure! For the past 10 years, former Stray Cat, rockabilly legend and flat-out brilliant guitarist Brian Setzer has been leading his big band around the country teaching St. Nick how to jump, jive and wail, and spreading holiday cheer while simultaneously redefining seasonal music as hip …

Teachers, administrators and parents from all over Western New York made their way Tuesday night to Akron High School to discuss the rollout of the controversial Common Core standards.New York is one of 45 states to enact the Common Core standards, which ostensibly look to better prepare students for college and job placements through testing and developing critical thinki…

Amherst police were continuing Tuesday to try to track down three suspicious men, including two would-be armed robbers, who were spotted in the Cranburne Lane-Delamare Road area of the town Monday night. Calls came in about a man dressed in dark clothing and periodically looking over his shoulders in a suspicious manner. While checking on those calls, officers were told by…

The outcome of the Nov. 5 elections changed little Tuesday after the absentee ballots were opened and counted for five suburban races still hanging in the balance.Those leading on Election Day in Amherst, Hamburg, Orchard Park, the City of Tonawanda and Newstead were either declared winners or maintained a large enough lead that victory is all but official.That means Hambu…

A man armed with a handgun forced his way into a KFC restaurant on Bailey Avenue in Eggertsville Monday morning, robbed the store and forced two workers into a freezer, Amherst police said today.The robbery occurred at about 8:50 a.m. at the fried chicken eatery, located at 3962 Bailey Ave.The robber, who had what police said was a “small handgun,” ordered the employees to…

The pastor of the largest Catholic parish in Western New York has been named the new head of Christ the King Seminary in Aurora.The Rev. Joseph C. Gatto, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Church in Amherst, will become president and rector of the seminary on June 1, 2014, succeeding the Rev. Peter J. Drilling. Bishop Richard J. Malone, chairman of the Christ the King Seminar…

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Many young people who love animals want to become veterinarians, although few of them know exactly what that involves.“Most young students believe that veterinarians just hold puppies and kittens all day,” said Rene van Ee, DVM a veterinary surgeon at Sheridan Animal Hospital in the Town on Tonawanda.Those myths are dispelled every year for about 50 young people age 14 to …

A mix of market-rate apartments and townhouses is being proposed on four acres at the end of Linwood Avenue and South Forest Road in Amherst.The 55-unit project is being planned by developer Andrew Romanowski on two vacant, wooded parcels at 170 Linwood and 186 South Forest.The Amherst Town Board on Monday night was asked to rezone the property from residential to multi-fa…

An apparent electrical problem sparked a bedroom fire that displaced seven people from their homes in an Amherst duplex late Sunday night, Amherst fire officials reported.Volunteer firefighters from Ellicott Creek, Getzville and the North Amherst Fire Co. responded to a 10:59 p.m. alarm at 38 Berehaven Drive, just west of Sweet Home Road, between East Robinson and Tonawand…