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I read menus for a living, and when I scanned Tabree’s, I gave a little sigh.It’s a stiff card with a small list of dishes, only seven entrees. Practically everything on the menu you’ll see at lots of places in town. Calamari, gnocchi, seafood stew, pappardelle with bolognese.There were chalkboard specials. Braised beef with mashed potatoes, arancini, yellowfin tuna, pork …

The historic water mill has sat vacant in Williamsville for the better part of six years, but the old gal has suddenly become the talk of the village with the emergence of a new suitor:A popular village ice cream and chocolate shop.Howard and Tara Cadmus, owners of Sweet Jenny’s Ice Cream, at 5732 Main St., have submitted a proposal with the Village of Williamsville to rel…

Amherst has appointed a new town assessor.Ann Terranova was given a six-year contract that runs through Sept. 30, 2019, and pays an annual salary of $79,283.Terranova has been serving in the interim since April 2012, after the retirement of long-time Town Assessor Harry Williams.Her appointment was unanimously approved Monday by the Amherst Town Board.When asked why a form…

The University at Buffalo’s Center for Assistive Technology has been given a second $4.7 million federal grant to help bring new inventions for the disabled to the market during the next five years.The U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitative Research initially supported the program with a $4.7 million grant in 2008.The center test…

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Since Swedish millionaire Alfred Nobel’s will stipulated that each Nobel Prize can go to no more than three people, the physics prize announced Tuesday goes to Peter Higgs of Great Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium for a scientific prediction they first made back in 1964.But if there were no such numerical limit, the prize could be awarded to several thousand researc…

A 23-year-old Amherst man was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance after police approached his illegally parked car in the first block of Dorchester Road Monday evening and allegedly found he had a hypodermic needle containing heroin and a glassine envelope with heroin residue. Alexander D. Maragliano, formerly of Liston Street, was arrested in front …

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Oliver’s, one of the best dinner places in town, started serving lunch last week. It’s been about 10 years since that happened, said owner David Schutte, the Creekview owner who bought Oliver’s (2095 Delaware Ave., 877-9662) in February.So from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, the fine dining establishment will give the neighborhood another choice besides Bagel…

Two films dealing with the issue of the bullying of teenagers will be presented in screenings that are free and open to the public in conjunction with a conference on bullying that will be presented by the University at Buffalo.The Buffalo premiere of “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the Screening Room of the Center for the Arts on the UB Nort…

Some of the region’s most widely known choral groups will perform Oct. 27 during “Singing for a Promise,” a fundraising program for Family Promise of Western New York, an organization that rescues families adrift in the despair of homelessness.The Unitarian Universalist Choir, Friends of Harmony and Amherst Central High School’s Sweet Sixteens and Varsity Singers will tak…

A new state audit criticizes Amherst for how it accounts for certain reserve funds and for failing to effectively manage its fleet of vehicles.Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein feels the report released late last week from the State Comptroller’s Office raises relatively minor issues.But this being election season, the audit has taken on a more political tone.Council M…

AmherstThe Amherst Town Clerk’s Office will have alternative methods of payment and extended office hours for collection of school taxes, which are due on or before Oct. 15.Taxes can be paid by mail, in person, online or at a local Key Bank branch, said Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger.Online payments by e-check, credit and debit cards can be made at www.amherst.ny.us.Full paymen…

Taxpayers in the Sweet Home Central School district will go to the polls this month to vote on $18.7 million worth of capital projects on buildings and grounds across the district.The money will be used for a variety of construction, including replacing roofs, rebuilding parking lots, updating athletic facilities and improving security at district schools.If approved, Swee…

Date Change: The sixth annual Monster Bash Ball hosted by the Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled for people with developmental disabilities age 18 and older will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn Buffalo-Downtown, 620 Delaware Ave. This year’s Halloween dance theme is “The Wizard of Oz.” The $15 ticket includes food, beverages, music an…

A spike in Amherst’s tax base will help drop town taxes a bit for most residents next year.The town tax levy – the amount to be raised by taxes – would decrease $140,000, or less than a half percent, to $71.65 million, under a preliminary 2014 budget proposed by Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein.But Amherst also saw its taxable assessed value grow 1.8 percent, or about $150 mi…

On Aug. 13, the leaders of two small Buffalo cultural groups received an email announcing that each had won a surprise $30,000 grant from the New York City-based Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.“It is not junk mail, it is not a hoax,” the email promised. “Your community believes you do good work and we want to recognize it with unrestricted support for the next three years.…