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None of the three Republican candidates in Tuesday's primary election for two seats on the Amherst Town Board want to see the former Westwood Country Club developed into a mix of housing for 1,700 people, retail and commercial space. They all want to see the privately-owned 171-acre site between Sheridan Drive and Maple Road remain as green space, either as a recreation…

A Williamsville man walking across Maple Road late Friday night was struck and killed, Amherst police reported. Jeffrey Lyons, 68, of Williamsville was crossing Maple Road in the 1300 block about 11:10 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle driven by John Murray of Amherst, police said. Lyons was pronounced dead at the scene. No charges have been filed and the inciden…

There are no pay raises planned for Amherst's elected officials in 2018. Last year the Town Board in a 3-2 bipartisan vote approved 40 percent raises for council members, as well as pay increases for all elected town officials. The supervisor will continue to earn $105,000. The four councilmembers will each earn $35,000, with a $4,000 stipend for the deputy superviso…

An out-of-town developer is suing the Amherst Town Board over its rejection of a $50 million student housing development. Core Spaces wanted to build a 154-unit complex on North Forest Road, about one mile north of the University at Buffalo North Campus, but needed the Town Board to lift deed restrictions on the property and to issue a special use permit for the project…

The Amherst Town Board will hold a public hearing on Oct. 9 on the rezoning change required for an $11 million hotel proposed for the Northtown Center. The 3-acre parcel at 1615 Amherst Manor Drive would change from recreation conservation to general business zoning to make way for the four-story, 105-room Hampton by Hilton hotel. Uniland Development Co. would build and…

The New York Times on Wednesday named Amherst native Michelle Goldberg one of its Opinion columnists, one of the more high-profile positions in journalism. Goldberg is a University at Buffalo graduate who has a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She has a column at Slate and previously worked as a senior writer for Salon.com, and …

Interest in adopting tough new restrictions on where drug treatment clinics can locate in the Town of Amherst appears to have waned among members of the Town Board. The proposed Amherst local law wouldn't allow a drug treatment clinic to locate within 400 feet of a residence or within 1,000 feet of a school, playground or library. At the conclusion of a public hearin…

Cheeseburger competition along the Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor gets more crowded with next week's planned opening of Five Guys Burgers and Fries. The restaurant aims for a Sept. 9 opening at 1551 Niagara Falls Blvd., in the space in Amherst's Burlington Plaza formerly occupied by Corner Bakery Café. Work on the restaurant began in June. It will employ about 50 …

The state has named Amherst a Clean Energy Community -- recognizing the town's efforts to reduce energy use, cut costs and promote clean energy. The designation by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority gives the town a chance to apply for up to $250,000 toward future clean energy projects, with no local cost share. To receive the NYSERDA desig…

The Town of Amherst is considering tough new restrictions on where drug treatment clinics can locate, but a review of police data shows there's been few crimes at existing treatment centers in the town and a methadone clinic in Buffalo over the past half-dozen years. The four treatment centers in the town were the source of just six calls to Amherst police between 2010 …

If this were the Onion, we'd start this news brief with something like, "Gullible people plan mass protest at Onion editor's lecture at Daemen." But since it isn't, we'll just tell you the founder and longest-serving editor-in-chief of the satirical online news publication will speak Sept. 7 at Daemen College. Scott Dikkers will give a presentation, "The Funny Story…

The Town of Amherst will hold its annual “9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance” at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Amherst Memorial Hill Grove, a living memorial to the victims of the terror attacks that is located along the Ellicott Creek Trailway. The grove is seven-tenths of a mile from the trailway's entrance at North Forest Road, between West Klein and Maple roads. The p…

When Officer Jonathan Klein was injured trying to arrest a suspected drunk driver in 2012, the Town  of Amherst paid nearly $112,000 in wages and medical expenses before he returned to work 13 months later. Now the town is collecting that amount from the driver, who is insured. Amherst also is trying to collect from others who were involved in incidents that sidelin…