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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…

Plans for a new gymnasium at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, a sore point for neighbors who live behind the project site, will move ahead after a key approval Tuesday night by Amherst leaders.The $3 million project was green-lighted by the town’s Historic Preservation Commission, whose members said a garage that needs to be demolished for the new gym to be built was n…

A University at Buffalo spin-off company whose software helps university admissions officers sort and analyze data from thousands of applicants has moved out of UB’s Technology Incubator into nearby offices in Amherst.Academic Software Plus and its 30 employees moved into office space on John James Audubon Parkway while taking the name of Liaison International, a software …

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The latest development flap in Amherst pits determined residents against a project that would overlook their backyards.But unlike other recent controversies, this one has nothing to do with six-story hotels.Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart plans a $2.5 million gymnasium at the rear of its Main Street campus to replace an aging facility that was built in the 1930s.Neighb…

A Tennessee man who was found with numerous fraudulent credit cards has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced.Omoruyi Ogbeide, of Knoxville, faces a mandatory penalty of two years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, when he appears for sentencing Nov. 20.Prosecutors said t…

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 24th annual Gelatin Splash last month raised $115,000 for the fight against blood cancers, organizers report.More than 1,000 spectators watched as 80 participants dived into 1,000 gallons of strawberry gelatin at Banchetti by Rizzo’s in Getzville. Participants had to raise at least $400 in donations. The top fundraiser for the eighth strai…

AmherstThe Williamsville Board of Education has elected new officers for the 2013-14 school year.Michael Littman, a business professor at Buffalo State College, was elected board president. He joined the board in 2006 and served as president two years ago.Patricia Losito, the head of the nursing department at Erie Community College, was elected vice president. She joined t…

The Town of Amherst is in good financial shape despite a lawsuit that has been a drain on town finances, according to a recent audit.The audit, prepared for the town by the Drescher & Malecki firm, identified “no current year material weaknesses” and instead pointed to a number of strong points.• The town generated a surplus of $1.1 million – excluding capital – in its gov…

An 11-year-old Amherst boy rode his bike into oncoming traffic Friday morning and was struck by a car on Burroughs Drive, Amherst police reported. The young bicyclist, whose name was not released, was taken to Women & Children’s Hospital, where he was treated for left leg fractures, along with scrapes and bruises, authorities said. At around 11:20 a.m., the boy was riding …

Buffalo-area developer E. Richard Gicewicz has acquired the Royalite strip plaza on Sheridan Drive in Amherst for $1.395 million.Gicewicz, president of Falcon Land Development LLC, bought the 23,627-square-foot retail property at 3333-3355 Sheridan, which is located near the intersection with Sweet Home Road.The property is anchored by Shanor Electric Supply, a long-standi…

The state Department of Transportation has good news and bad news about the daily lane restrictions on Main Street (Route 5) near the Youngmann Highway (I-290) in Amherst.The good news is that the daytime lane closures are over. The bad news is that the lanes are being restricted at night, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.Maintenance work on the bridge over the Youngmann will take abo…

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When Gwen Stefani wrote her 2003 hit song “Just a Girl,” chances are she didn’t have the struggles of a 19th century female pianist in mind. But Randall Kramer and Theresa Quinn did.The duo collaborated on a new musical, “Talk to Me Now,” which opened on the MusicalFare Theatre stage Wednesday night. The bold show, which pulls from a broad swath of singer-songwriter materi…