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Traffic has emerged as a key issue in the race for Amherst town supervisor, but neither candidate supports a moratorium on building in the town while traffic is studied. "Moratoriums send a signal that the town is closed to business and closed to economic development," said Democratic candidate Brian J. Kulpa. "We have got to be open for business," said Marjory H. Ja…

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The developer remaking the Northtown Plaza shopping center wants to construct six buildings around a central parking area and create a common green where customers could do yoga, watch movies and ice skate. The concept plan recently filed with the Town of Amherst is the first detailed look at WS Development's plans for the high-profile property on Sheridan Drive, which …

Ever wanted to lace up a pair of skates and learn the Lutz jump? Get to know the figure skaters of Amherst Skating Club on Nov. 4 during the organization's inaugural ASC Club Day. The free event geared toward club ice skaters runs from 3 until 5 p.m. at the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive. Anyone interested in learning more about ice skating and the Amh…

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Republican Amherst supervisor candidate Marjory H. Jaeger thinks the town's IDA should "pivot" away from encouraging development of green space, while her Democratic opponent, Brian J. Kulpa, is pushing for a "targeted approach" specific to developing individual neighborhoods. Redevelopment of vacant commercial buildings in Amherst should be the focus of the IDA, accord…

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A developer has received approval to construct a mixed-used building of retail and apartments in East Amherst at a site that now hosts a small video business. Paul Bliss of Bliss Construction plans to tear down the ranch-style house now on the 2-acre property at 6790 Main St., at Tennyson Terrace near Transit Road, and to construct a 29,665-square-foot building in its p…

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Here's what you can do with all that Halloween candy that your children collect: Give it to a dentist. Dr. Michael Foley and his staff at Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry will host their 11th annual Halloween candy buy-back event Wednesday, Nov. 1. Children are invited to exchange their candy for $1 per pound, a toothbrush and more. Last year, the group collected m…

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When Erie County polls open on Nov. 7, voters probably won't encounter the long lines that they saw in the 2016 presidential election. Voter enthusiasm over countywide contests for comptroller, clerk and sheriff is gauged as low, while a dearth of races in the City of Buffalo is tamping down any expectations of substantial turnout there. Amherst, Hamburg and Lancast…

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A California real-estate investment trust has purchased the AMC Maple Ridge 8 movie theater building in Amherst for $18.1 million, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. San Diego's Realty Income, which invests in shopping centers, dollar stores and drug stores, bought the property at 4276 Maple Road, at Sweet Home Road, from American Multi-C…

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The public can sip coffee and hear from candidates for elected offices at an event Friday morning in Amherst. The forum, dubbed "Coffee with the Candidates," starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. Confirmed candidates who will be participating, as of Tuesday morning, include: Erin Peradotto for State Supreme C…

Unused or expired medications may be turned in for safe disposal Saturday in Amherst. Amherst police and the DEA are holding the drop off from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the front parking lot of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road. Accepted medications include prescriptions, over-the-counter meds, veterinary medications, vitamins and homeopathic treatmen…

New lighting would be installed in Williamsville's parks -- if the village receives a $50,000 state grant. The village became eligible for the grant this year, when it was named a Clean Energy Community by NYSERDA. The Village Board Monday agreed its application would propose using the money for new LED light fixtures at South Long, Island and Garrison parks, as well…

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Amherst police have made an arrest in a shooting in January on Hartford Road. Police from Amherst and Cheektowaga served a search warrant Friday morning on Marne Road in Cheektowaga and took Raaquim McCrayer into custody, according to Amherst police. McCrayer, 25, of Cheektowaga, is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the Jan. 28 shooting of a…

EduKids, the region's largest day care business, has won approval to build a new, $2.5 million day-care center on Main Street in Amherst just outside the town's only gated community. EduKids plans to move its center now located at 235 College Parkway to a building it would own at 6286 Main St., near Stonham Way, on a 1.7-acre parcel along the driveway that leads into Ma…

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Street lights will be installed next year along a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard where five pedestrians have been struck and killed since 2013. The nearly $1 million project between the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda calls for new lights along the 3.3 miles from the I-290 north to the border with Niagara County to improve pedestrian safety and driver visibility. …