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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…

Law enforcement agencies this afternoon searched for a burglary suspect in the area of Roll Road, near Transit Road, in Clarence.The search started in Amherst and spread into Clarence, where Amherst police received assistance from State Police, one law enforcement official said at about 4 p.m.No other information was available.

Expert Global Solutions and its subsidaries, which include a company with a Getzville location, will pay a $3.2 million fine, which the Federal Trade Commission says is the largest civil penalty it has ever obtained against a third-party debt collector.Texas-based Expert Global Solutions is the corporate parent of NCO Financial Systems, which has a location in CrossPoint B…

Plans to make Main Street in Williamsville a more walkable commercial strip moved ahead Monday with the groundbreaking of a new pocket park.The small park will be located between the Williamsville Library and Village Hall in an area that has been used as one of two driveways for the library. The other driveway will remain.Town and village leaders say the park will give vil…

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When Richard J. DiChristina’s dad died at age 52, the 16-year-old son quit Lafayette High School and took a job at his uncle’s West Side bakery to help support the family.He learned everything there was to know about running a bakery and, in time, purchased Maria’s Bakery at Forest and West avenues from his uncle, Tommy DiChristina.But before that happened, another relativ…

Amherst The Williamsville Board of Education will hold its annual reorganizational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district office boardroom, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst.The three board members elected in May – incumbents Carrie Kahn and Dr. Mohan Devgun and newcomer Anthony Lafornara III – will take the oath of office. The Board will also elect its officers and address …

NIAGARA FALLS – At a time when the region pins much of its economic future on tourism, some Niagara Falls lawmakers appear ready to sever the official relationship between the city and its tourism promotion agency.City Council Chairman Glenn A. Choolokian on Friday said that the three-member majority on the Council may either table or vote down a proposed one-year contract…

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As chicken wing devotees thank Teressa Bellissimo for the hands that created the first Buffalo chicken wings, fans of the truffled Parmesan tater dice at Soho Burger Bar (64 W. Chippewa St., 856-7646, www.sohoburgerbar.com) may come to honor the name Linda Hayes.Besides giving birth to Jay Manno, Soho’s owner, she also concocted the recipe for his metropolitan burger joint…

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A top-level commission armed with subpoena power and the authority to investigate anything and everything is about to examine New York’s often sordid brand of politics and government.And because the state’s new “Moreland Commission” is conceived and organized by two of the state’s most powerful figures – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman – it’s…

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Opponents of the Hyatt Place hotel in Amherst were dealt a blow Tuesday when a judge denied their request to stop the project.But the feisty neighbors say they have more tricks in their bag – and the sound of noisy bulldozers clearing the site appears only to have emboldened them to try harder.“I hate these guys,” resident Michele Marconi said Wednesday. “I am certainly do…

The University at Buffalo Alumni Association has elected the organization’s first out-of-town president.Carol Gloff, of Natick, Mass., was elected to serve a two-year term as president of the association, which represents more than 230,000 alumni around the world.Gloff earned her undergraduate degree in pharmacy from UB in 1975 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical…