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Sales of most homes in the Town of Amherst will soon require an inspection of the drainage system for compliance with the local sewer use law. The Town Board on Monday approved several amendments to the law, including one requiring the town Engineering Department to inspect homes built prior to 1975 at the time of a sale. The purpose is to eliminate the discharge of …

Construction may start this fall on the 2.2-mile gap in the Erie Canalway trail in Pendleton, the last missing link in the trail in Western New York. State Canal Corp. spokesman Steven Gosset said that the agency soon will seek bids for the project, with hopes of starting work in October on the connection between Tonawanda Creek and Fisk roads. Once that portion is com…

A local contractor who was sentenced to 16 months in prison in 2005 for what prosecutors called one of the largest home-improvement fraud cases in Western New York history is again in trouble with the law. A federal grand jury Monday returned a 15-count indictment charging Todd A. Cameron, 46, of Amherst, with filing false tax returns, as well as transporting and harbor…

The company building the new Whole Foods Market in Amherst expects to finish construction by late August. Scott Finn, the project manager for Picone Construction Co., told The Buffalo News the company is on track to turn over the completed store to Whole Foods in the weeks before Labor Day. That is "pretty close" to the original construction timeline, Finn said in the f…

The Amherst Town Board is hiring an attorney to sue the town's Zoning Board of Appeals over a recent decision on a proposed apartment building. The Town Board in March denied an application to rezone 4400 North French Road and build two, 2-story apartment buildings of 12 units each. But the Zoning Board on May 16 considered the project and issued five variances, which w…

The Park School of Buffalo plans to start construction on its new science center in August now that the project has received final approval from the Amherst Planning Board. The private institution in 2015 unveiled plans for the Knopp-Hailpern Science Center, named in honor of the late math teachers Jacky Knopp and Raoul Hailpern. The Park School filed detailed plans…

Amherst is considering acquiring the former Westwood Country Club site through eminent domain, but that is just one option being considered, town officials said Monday. Mensch Capital Partners, which owns the 171-acre property, has proposed a $250 million mixed-use development of Westwood that has drawn stiff opposition from neighbors. The Town Board on Monday night…

Roughly 90 percent of upstate New York adults think taking medications as prescribed is “very important” or “extremely important,” yet four of 10 missed one or more doses of medications they were prescribed, according to a new survey commissioned by Univera Healthcare. “It seems obvious that people should take their medications as directed,” said Dr. Richard…

The Amherst Planning Board on Thursday night put on hold a Delta Sonic proposed for Niagara Falls Boulevard to give the developer time to meet with neighbors to address their concerns about the project. Delta Sonic is planning to build a car wash, gas station, oil change and lube building, convenience store and drive-thru restaurant at the longtime home of Menne Nursery…

The nonprofit Daily Bread Food Truck is entering its second summer season of offering homemade breakfast specialties from the window of its signature purple truck. The truck will be parked each Sunday through Labor Day at 4007 Main St., near Eggert Rd., in Eggertsville. The truck was created to address poverty and hunger in an area of the Amherst Central School Dis…

The merged congregation of Temple Beth Tzedek and B'nai Shalom received the Amherst Planning Board's approval Thursday night to move forward with a proposed synagogue addition on North Forest Road, over the objections of some neighbors of the property. Temple Beth Tzedek is selling its longtime home at 621 Getzville Road to Northtown Automotive and is combining with B'…

The Amherst Planning Board on Thursday adjourned until its August meeting a review of the site plan for Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.'s proposed development of 133 single-family homes in the Muir Woods property in the town's northwest corner. The 6-0 vote came after 15 residents commented on the subdivision, named "The Preserve at Muir Woods," which would be built on 46 a…

National Fuel Gas Co. is increasing its quarterly dividend by 2.5 percent, the Amherst-based energy company said Thursday. The company is raising its quarterly dividend by a penny per share, to 41.5 cents per share – the 47th straight year that National Fuel has increased its payment to shareholders. The increased dividend will be payable July 14 to shareholders of…

Williamsville is spending nearly $1.13 million to purchase two engines for its Fire Department. This week, the Village Board awarded a bid to 4 Guys Inc. of Meyersdale, Pa. It was the only bid received for the equipment. Two 2003 Ferrara engines will be replaced. The department's heavy-duty rescue truck is also being downsized to a medium-size rescue with a F-650 cha…