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An Amherst man pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to what federal prosecutors call the biggest synthetic marijuana bust in Western New York history.Fawzi A. Al-Arashi, 35, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.Al-Arashi was charged last July, after a search of his warehouse on Ri…

Fans of goat milk in all its forms – raw, pasteurized, cheese, yogurt – have started to notice Castle Farms, a small farm in Brant with a big menu of products.Customers buy milk at the farm (1051 Route 249, Brant, 549-3282), and cheese and yogurt at farmers’ markets. “Right now we’ve got 76 goats, and we’re milking 32 of them, getting about 15 gallons a day,” said George C…

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Site work has continued uninterrupted for the controversial Hyatt Place in Snyder because the temporary restraining order granted recently by a State Supreme Court justice had not been signed.The order, which Justice John L. Michalski issued last Wednesday, was to stop site-clearing and foundation work at the Main Street site of Iskalo Development’s proposed six-story hote…

An Amherst woman was arrested and a resident of her home was hospitalized Sunday evening following a stabbing in the 4800 block of Harlem Road.Amherst police said Darin M. Herndon, 25, was stabbed in the abdomen at about 5:40 p.m. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center for surgery. Cana C. Collins, 29, was charged with first-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal po…

Amherst Council Member Mark A. Manna has raised more money in his bid for supervisor than incumbent Barry A. Weinstein – thanks in large part to opponents of a controversial hotel.But that doesn’t mean Weinstein will be crying poor this election season – quite the opposite.Weinstein comes into the race with $25,000 his wife loaned him late last year and he says he has more…

AmherstThe Williamsville Central Schools district offices have been temporarily relocated to either North High School or Casey Middle School due to roof-replacement and other construction work. The relocation started June 18 and was expected to last up to two weeks.Office phones are being forwarded to the temporary locations for central offices and personnel, school offici…

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One week before Western New York’s biggest and best-known gardening showcase, Garden Walk Buffalo, green-thumbed homeowners from Amherst to Lancaster proved Saturday that it doesn’t take an Olmsted-designed parkway in your front yard to have a landscape worth showing off. The tail end of a storm early in the day did not deter gardening enthusiasts from flocking to suburban…

National Grid crews were repairing a downed power line this afternoon that left about 2,500 customers in Amherst without power as temperatures reached the high 80s.A power company spokesman said the repair of the line, near Niagara Falls Boulevard and the Youngmann Highway, was expected to be completed by 4:30 p.m. The company was investigating the cause of the break, whic…

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Ingram Micro is getting nearly $1 million in tax breaks through the Amherst Industrial Development Agency for its $11 million expansion project that is expected to bring 250 new jobs to its offices in the town.The agency approved a package of sales and mortgage tax breaks Friday for the California-based technology company, which already employs more than 1,500 people at it…

Opponents of Erie Community College’s plan to expand in Amherst brought their cause to sympathetic city lawmakers this week, urging them to use their influence to get the college to reverse course. The plan will deprive city residents of accessible opportunities to learn skills needed at the nearby Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will contribute to sprawl and will impede r…

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This weekend is a busy one for local self-guided garden tours. Six of them are scheduled. The real biggie – Garden Walk Buffalo with more than 380 gardens – takes place July 27 and 28; see www.gardenwalkbuffalo.com. But there are plenty of gardens in local communities to enjoy this Saturday and Sunday. And the Ninth Annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens and Starry …

Workers at Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home will vote July 23 on a tentative labor agreement that union and management negotiators reached Wednesday.About 200 workers covered by the agreement are represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. The union’s negotiating committee is unanimously recommending approval of the deal.The union says details of the deal wi…

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Despite the expansion of Indian and Pakistani dining options in Western New York in recent years, their collective exploration of lesser known regional cuisines has been limited. ¶ Taraq and Ashfaq Khan, owners of the Super Bazaar Indian-Pakistani grocery at Sheridan and Bailey, set out to change that. They’re Indians from the Kashmir region, which includes parts of nort…

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Temporary as it may be, opponents of a six-story Amherst hotel got their first big victory Wednesday in a long fight to stop the controversial project.The ruling by a State Supreme Court justice halts construction on the Hyatt Place on Main Street and will stop backhoes from tearing up more land for at least a month.Justice John L. Michalski’s decision also marks the first…

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With the massive menu of the Taste of Buffalo festival only a memory now, allow us to suggest a few more focused taste sensations that Western New York’s adventurous eaters may consider before summer runs out.• Consider broadening your stand-up eating repertoire to include kabobs, cabbage rolls and cheese pies from ethnic church festivals.• Wine lovers might consider a day…