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Williamsville trustees on Monday proposed a $3.76 million budget for the new fiscal year that would reduce the general fund tax rate to $3.88, a drop of 30 cents per $1,000 from last year. "The decrease is due, in part, to the reassessment completed by the Town of Amherst in 2017, which becomes effective in the village's 2018-19 fiscal year," said Mayor Dan DeLano. T…

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The owner of the Northtown Plaza expects to start work in the coming months on its ambitious plans to transform the Amherst center into an upscale shopping destination that would include L.L.Bean, Williams-Sonoma and West Elm. Documents filed with the town Planning Department show WS Development in May would begin tearing down the existing buildings on the 19-acre site,…

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Many middle school students enjoy the pop songs of Bruno Mars, LMFAO and Justin Bieber. Their teachers? Not so much. Except at Casey Middle School in Amherst. A group of Casey teachers led by Harry O'Malley under the name Teachers Beat Cancer late last month posted on their website a trio of videos in which they lip sync and dance to megahits by those artists. …

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Amherst says it has an un-welcome mat greeting visitors at its front door. The vacant former Red Apple gas station property at the corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Kenmore Avenue has long annoyed Amherst officials. Surrounded by concrete barriers and often home to an abandoned shopping cart, it is not the first impression the town wants to present to the tens of…

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Flip Burger will open its second area location later this year in a former Subway restaurant in the Maple Forest Plaza in Amherst. Flip Burger, which opened its first restaurant in Niagara Falls in 2015, will move into the space at Maple and North Forest roads that housed a Subway franchise until a 2015 fire heavily damaged the space, said Eric Recoon, a vice president …

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A 37-year-old Buffalo attorney hopped in his kayak and tried to conquer the 27-foot waterfall in the Glen Park on Thursday. James Ratchford took the plunge over Glen Falls and ended up in an ambulance with a broken collarbone. Ratchford was one of two whitewater kayakers who went over the waterfall in a park known for the picturesque scenes of its ponds, trees and wa…

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One of the most recognized figures in Amherst politics is “very seriously” considering a challenge to Republican incumbent Raymond W. Walter for the State Assembly in November. Democrat Susan J. Grelick, who served nine years as Amherst supervisor and five as clerk, said she is rethinking an earlier decision not to run after more discussions with supporters urging her c…

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CCS Oncology and its related practices employed 60 physicians at their peak, but will shrink to just eight physicians within a few weeks as the financially struggling CCS refocuses on treating cancer patients. The company plans to cut its overall workforce from the 181 employees it had in the months before it filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday to 74 employees in …

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Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village's collection on Thursday during a reception celebrating Amherst's bicentennial. The museum and grounds, featuring 35 acres, four historic gardens, 10 major exhibits, a preserved historic village and a working farmstead, will open at 5 p.m. Guided tours of the collections building and historic villag…

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The owners of the Northtown Plaza in Amherst have paid $550,000 for a former KeyBank branch within the shopping center from the bank. The bank branch at 3051 Sheridan Drive was next to the former Payless ShoeSource in a low-slung retail building along the western side of the plaza. It was a First Niagara Bank branch and an HSBC and Marine Midland branch before that. …

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CCS Oncology, the financially battered private cancer practice that is under federal investigation, has filed for voluntary bankruptcy protection, according to court records. The company said that the filing positions it to continue to serve its oncology patients with no interruption to the practice's day-to-day operations. CCS said in a statement Monday afternoon it wo…

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An 18-year-old driver suffered a serious head injury when he crashed into a tree Sunday night in Amherst, police said. The one-vehicle crash happened at 11:15 p.m. on the 300 block of Capen Boulevard, north of Kenmore Avenue and two blocks east of Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst police said. He was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center. Police withheld th…

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Mark Wisniewski, a self-employed eBay entrepreneur, runs his errands on foot, taking the back roads and side streets of Cheektowaga, where there is less traffic and fewer traffic signals. "Honestly, those signals don't work the way they're supposed to," said Wisniewski. "When they're prompting you to walk, the cars are still coming. They're confusing. I honestly don't e…

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This March had a dismal streak of 30-degree days, but it has nothing on February 2015 – the coldest month in the region's recorded history. That month, the snow never had a chance to melt as it piled higher and higher on lawns, driveways and sidewalks. In Amherst, the deep snow pack prompted hundreds of complaints to the town about unpassable sidewalks – and led the …

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May 15, 1942 – March 27, 2018 Dr. Nelson L. Banks of Amherst, a retired Dunkirk ophthalmologist, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center following complications from surgery. He was 75. Born in Williamsport, Pa., he grew up in Milton, Pa., and graduated from Wyoming Seminary. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and earned bachel…