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Amherst Town Clerk Marjory H. Jaeger is not barred by term limits from running for town supervisor this year, a state Supreme Court judge ruled. Justice Emilio Colaiacova rejected on Thursday a petition from town Democratic leaders who were trying to block Jaeger, a Conservative, from getting on the ballot as a Republican candidate. The town's term limit law allows e…

The Amherst town supervisor wants to jump-start its long-delayed review of the proposed redevelopment of the former Westwood Country Club, a move that is raising the ire of the developer and the Planning Board chairman. The developer's complicated plan to transform the 171-acre site into a $250 million mixed use development has stalled since the Planning Board last held…

Some high school seniors fret all year over one number – their class rank. It's a statistic that can be considered during the college admissions process. But the Williamsville School Board is considering eliminating class rank, starting with the district's incoming high school students. The proposal follows a nationwide trend toward ending calculation of class rank…

When Whole Foods Markets opens its new store in the Northtown Plaza next month, less than a handful of stores will remain open in the high-profile Amherst shopping center. Here's the latest developments there: The 65-year-old Federal Meats shop closed on Saturday, with the store shifting its five full- and part-time workers to the chain's nine other locations. W…

Tax rates in the Williamsville Central School District have decreased as a result of Amherst's townwide reassessment, officials said. The total assessed value of all properties in the district increased by 6.88 percent, allowing the $120.4 million tax levy for 2017-18 to be distributed across a wider base. Even so, a property owner's school tax bill may increase, dec…

Main Street in Williamsville will be shut down to traffic from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, between Cayuga Road and Mill Street, for the fifth annual Picture Main Street Block Party. The party starts at 6 p.m. The village started the annual event in 2013, largely as a symbolic gesture in its crusade to take back Main Street from all the traffic. The state Department of Tran…

Two men pleaded guilty in Erie County Court on Monday to a gunpoint robbery in the restroom of an Amherst restaurant last October. Edward Burton, 26, and Deshawn Foots, 25, pleaded to robbery in the first degree for taking jewelry and cash from two men early in the morning of Oct. 15 in Denny's, 4445 Main St. near Harlem Road, according to the District Attorney's Of…

National Fuel Gas's profits during the third quarter topped analyst forecasts slightly, but the Amherst-based energy company also warned that low natural gas prices will take a toll on its profits next year. National Fuel's operating profits rose by 3 percent to $59.7 million, or 69 cents per share, compared with $58.1 million, or 68 cents per share, a year ago, excludi…

Whole Foods Market will offer much more than organic produce and health-oriented groceries when it opens its new store at Northtown Plaza at 9 a.m. Sept. 15, store officials announced Friday. Expect a tap room called Bar 1818 to wet the whistles of thirsty shoppers with a selection of locally-based microbrews. Bar 1818 will also feature a locally-sourced menu wit…

A large subsidized affordable housing community aimed at seniors in Williamsville has been acquired by a New York City-based property manager. Forest City Residential Group of Cleveland sold the Village Square Apartments at 5403 Main St. to an affiliate of the Jonathan Rose Companies. The buyer, represented through Rahf Iv Village Square LLC, paid $3.89 million, accordi…

A $4.2 million makeover of Main Street in Williamsville will begin in the spring, state officials said this week. The improvements will include milling and paving from curb to curb, enhanced crosswalk pavement markings, new curb ramps and upgraded traffic signals. Traffic-calming curb extensions called bump-outs will be installed at various intersections to improve v…

Amherst will borrow up to $255,000 to pay for improvements to Dann Lake Park in the town's northeast corner. The project is meant to make it easier for people to fish, canoe or kayak on the 22-acre, man-made lake largely hidden from view. A developer in 2003 donated the land for the undeveloped park off Dann Road, between Smith and Transit roads. The improvements wi…

Free screenings, health information and services will be available Saturday morning in Amherst during a family health fair. Services will include blood pressure check; bone density heel scan; cholesterol screening; foot screening; glucose test; hearing screening; medicine/prescription review; depression screening; flu shot; Prevnar vaccination; prostate cancer screening…

Should Amherst add more athletic fields? How about athletic courts or aquatic facilities? Residents are invited to provide input for an update of the town's Parks and Recreation Master Plan through a survey available online at amherstparks.org/open. Survey questions center around the types of programs, facilities and services residents want in their parks system an…

Blood lines and rail lines run through the story of the newest brewery in Western New York, a small space filled with beer tanks, historic photos and an already well-worn bar in Clarence Hollow. The tale starts with Anthony Borysik, who emigrated from Poland to Detroit in 1912, at age 15, before landing a railroad job six years later and moving to Buffalo. local, who…