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Tops Markets said Wednesday its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing would not affect the more than 14,000 employees at its headquarters in Amherst and its network of stores in three states. But those workers, most represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local One, will keep a close eye on proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern Di…

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Delta Sonic has closed on its $4.88 million purchase of the former Menne Nursery property in Amherst, and Menne has found a new home in Wheatfield. Delta Sonic plans to build a car wash, gas station, oil change building, convenience store and drive-thru restaurant at 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., just north of East Robinson Road. Delta Sonic this week bought three parcels t…

Five Erie County high schools and one in Chautauqua County have been named Reward Schools by the state Education Department. They are among 155 schools in New York identified for the distinction, which indicates they have high academic achievement or the most progress in the state and without  significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. Akron, Amherst,…

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The Williamsville Central School District projects spending would increase by 4 percent, or $7.4 million, under a 2018-19 budget that preserves all programs and adds support for several items. Officials held their first discussion of the district's budget at its last School Board meeting. The district's 2017-18 budget is $186.1 million. The district would face $5.4 m…

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A developer plans to build 17 houses on seven acres between Sheridan Drive and Maple Road in Amherst. James Gesel wants permission to build the subdivision at 150 Ayer Road, a rectangle of vacant land that stretches from Ayer west to Youngs Road. Gesel has owned the land, which is zoned for residential housing, since 2015. Gesel said he would build 16 of the houses o…

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Many of New York's poorest children are saying yes to the state English and math assessments, while students in schools in wealthier districts are opting out in far larger numbers. Those are the findings of a study by High Achievement New York, a coalition of business, urban and community groups that advocates for rigorous standards and against opting out of state asses…

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A water main break on North French Road in Amherst is affecting traffic Monday afternoon, according to the Erie County Water Authority. The authority reported the break at 2610 North French Road at about 2:20 p.m. The authority cautioned drivers to keep an eye out for a lane shift in that section of North French between Hopkins and Dodge roads.

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From the revival of a shopping center in Amherst to the reopening of a former retreat for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in Evans, from a new community gathering space in West Seneca to manufacturing expansions in the Town of Tonawanda, 2018 will see significant development in Buffalo’s suburbs and in Niagara County. Here are some of the major development proposals and p…

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Tracy Waring wasn't going. It was impossible. There was no way to run the race. She couldn't imagine finishing it without Devin, her oldest son. Her brothers, all part of the Matre family, helped found Sunday's Penguin Run/Waddle in Amherst. It started in 1995 almost as a joke, a sort of eureka moment from a few friends who weren't runners in any serious way. They hu…

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In his first State of the Town address on Friday, new Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa laid out an agenda of proactive planning and forecasting to deal with the most pressing development and fiscal issues the town faces. Kulpa called for redeveloping the Westwood Country Club site as a "magnetic," memory-creating destination venue that fits within an overall "Central P…

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Another 16 businesses have been selected for the state's Start-Up NY program, which allows those companies to operate virtually tax free for up to 10 years. The companies have established relationships with either the University at Buffalo. SUNY-Buffalo State or SUNY-Fredonia to meet one of the eligibility requirements for the program. The companies are: Utilant -…

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The George F. Lamm American Legion Post No. 622 in Amherst has received permission to erect a 13-foot digital message sign, but members of the town Zoning Board of Appeals rejected the organization's request to display on the sign ads from outside businesses. The 400-member post at 962 Wehrle Drive wanted to erect the sign to attract new members and increase revenues fr…

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Oct. 16, 1931 – Jan. 20, 2018 Donald F. Carpenter was a school custodian, a volunteer firefighter and a credit agency worker, but the Meadow Spring neighborhood knew him as “The Cotton Candy Man.” Beginning in 1963, he hosted a cotton candy party every August for children in the area and their parents. He continued until 2016. “That created a community in our neig…

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Alexis, Audriana and Abigail Kagels decided last year they wanted to explore more of what life has to offer. Their mother, Andrea, started looking for a gym where the girls – now ages 8, 6 and 4, respectively – could start gymnastics without the early pressure that can come with the sport. “We also dance and I couldn’t do something that was so time-consuming that you co…

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When A.J. Baynes arrived at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce last fall to begin serving as the organization's president and future CEO, he didn't know where his office would be. Baynes asked Colleen DiPirro, who had given up the president's job but was keeping the CEO's title during a transition period, and he was surprised by her answer. "I walked in and she said, 'L…

Sykes Enterprises, a Tampa, Fla.-based operator of call centers, is closing its Amherst location and laying off its 89 workers there, effective March 31, according to a notice filed with the state Labor Department that was made public this week. A Sykes representative said Friday morning that the company plans to offer the employees the chance to reapply to work from ho…