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In March, Eric Hamric and his wife Diane Notto-Hamric opened Hotroxs Buffalo Bistro (5489 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 649-1742) in a space formerly occupied by Pronto Pizza.The menu is stocked with “Buffalo-style food,” mainly dishes inspired by Notto-Hamric’s “It’s a Wing Thing” cookbooks. As you may have guessed, chicken in various forms and wing sauce are well represe…

In March, Eric Hamric and his wife Diane Notto-Hamric opened Hotroxs Buffalo Bistro (5489 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 649-1742) in a space formerly occupied by Pronto Pizza.The menu is stocked with “Buffalo-style food,” mainly dishes inspired by Notto-Hamric’s “It’s a Wing Thing” cookbooks. As you may have guessed, chicken in various forms and wing sauce are well represe…

Patrick Kaleta has been rebuffed in his attempt to locate a sports center at the former Walmart in Hamburg.State Supreme Court Justice Patrick H. NeMoyer dismissed Kaleta’s challenge to a change in the zoning code the Town of Hamburg made earlier this year.The Sabres forward, his family members and the foundation they created wanted to buy the former big-box store and conv…

Bernard T. “Bernie” Grucza, the accused killer of the Hamburg Toys R Us assistant manager, has been indicted by an Erie County grand jury and will not be returned to Hamburg Town Court.Grucza, 38, a regional loss prevention manager for the toy store chain, will remain held without bail at the Erie County Holding Center awaiting arraignment on the indictment, which has not…

Ninth District Erie County Legislator Lynne M. Dixon prides herself on being an independent voice in the Legislature, even though she caucuses exclusively with the Republican minority.Dixon, an Independence Party candidate, was first elected to the Legislature in 2009. She was recruited by former Republican County Executive Chris Collins to take down then-incumbent Democra…

The separation incentive that resulted in 132 people leaving their jobs in the West Seneca School District earlier this year drained $4.6 million from the fund balance, an independent auditor told the School Board on Monday.Matthew J. Montalbo, a senior manager with Drescher & Malecki, provided a glimpse of the draft 2012-13 audit report, which will not be made public unti…

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Walter L. Rooth III said he was a little hesitant when Democrats asked him to run for Hamburg town supervisor this year.“It’s in the paper an awful lot, it has been for a couple years, and it makes the rest of Hamburg look bad,” he said of the Town Board.The perception of a dysfunctional Town Board is one Supervisor Steven J. Walters has heard before, but the two-term incu…

HamburgA community forum will be held by the Frontier Central School District to gather the public’s input on the superintendent search at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in the auditorium of the High School on Bayview Road.The board does not expect to appoint a new superintendent until next May.The meeting will be led by consultants from School Leadership, represented by Howard S. Smith an…

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Bernard T. “Bernie” Grucza’s wife experienced his violent and bizarre nature, authorities say.Early last June, he pushed and shoved her, then ran upstairs to the master bedroom in their sprawling, hillside Elma home. The next thing Heather R. Grucza heard was a gunshot from the bedroom.She rushed upstairs and found him face down on the floor. When she rolled him over, he s…

The voice comes on the telephone line, abruptly announcing a “Code Blue” alert to Hamburg residents.Is it a missing child? A release of hazardous gas? A road closed? No. The caller says it’s an “identity theft alert,” but it’s quickly clear that this is a political call, and the identity in question is that of a well-known Hamburg political family.The call is a pre-recorde…

A divided Frontier School Board has left in question just what the current base salary is for one of the district’s assistant superintendents.In limbo is the amount of pay for Myra Pinker, assistant superintendent for personnel, whose current base salary had been set at $115,047 - effective this past February.The board this week failed to formally approve her current base…

Bernard T. “Bernie” Grucza, who is under 24-hour supervision at the Erie County Holding Center, appeared in Hamburg Town Court Friday morning with his hands cuffed to a chain around his stomach and his feet shackled.Grucza, 38, formerly of Elma and most recently living in Allegany, has been charged with second-degree murder in the June killing of Laurence C. “Larry” Wells …

Lewiston Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. Master gardener John Farfaglia will discuss pruning. New members and guests are welcome. For further information, call 297-5925....Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Forest Elementary School, 250 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Master gardener Ken Kurbs of Lockp…

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Bernard T. “Bernie” Grucza was certainly around the Toys R Us store in the hours after the assistant manager was slain, helping police and consoling workers.But in the days, weeks and months afterward, Hamburg police had a difficult time finding him.Other co-workers of the victim came forward to give DNA samples, but it took months for police to find Grucza. He took a leav…

When Mary Jane Hagler faced state prison for her second felony drunken-driving conviction in 2006, her employer appealed to the court for leniency.She was sentenced to just six months in jail.So how did she repay her boss at Pearce & Pearce Co.?She kept stealing from the Town of Tonawanda property management company.The 58-year-old Hamburg woman, who pleaded guilty in June…