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There will be another Tim Hortons Coffee and Bake Shop in Hamburg, with the Planning Board's approval of the proposal for the former Lake View Post Office. The project did not need a rezoning, but residents living near the building at 6550 Southwestern Blvd. objected to the shop with its drive-thru lane, contending it was not allowed in a commercial zone. Neighbors also…

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A Hilbert College freshman who is accused of making threats to fellow students was arrested by Town of Hamburg Police this week. Breandan Mantz, 19, of Newark, N.Y., was arraigned Friday in Hamburg Town Court on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and one charge of menacing, all misdemeanors. Town Justice Gerald P. Gorman set bail at $…

Buffalo

Construction is to begin soon on the two-year bridge rehab of the Skyway, and that means lane closures and detours. Motorists can get a firsthand look at the plans and detour routes and talk to Department of Transportation representatives during an open-format community forum from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Gateway Building, 3556 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg. The $29.8 …

Hamburg

Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett is warning residents of clever telephone scams that trick people into sending money. "It breaks my heart every time I read one of these reports where people have sent them thousands and thousands of dollars," he said at Monday's Town Board meeting. "Those are the people who are reporting it to us. We suspect a lot of people are embar…

Crime

A Hamburg woman is due in court next week to face an aggravated driving while intoxicated charge. Shereen M. Fox, 46, was arrested March 25 after a traffic stop on Route 20A in the Wyoming County town of Sheldon, the State Police said. A trooper pulled Fox over for having a headlight out and for impeding traffic. She failed field sobriety tests and was taken to b…

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How do you repurpose more than 700,000 square feet of suburban retail space and save a major asset and taxpayer? The Town of Hamburg has a suggestion for McKinley Mall, which is in risk of "imminent monetary default" on its mortgage: Think sportsplex. Should the 32-year-old mall fall into even harder times, and there is a lot of space to fill, the town's quest for a …

Crime

When it comes to falls from grace, Michael H. Wilson's was a big one. Wilson arrived on the scene 10 years ago, a 21-year old investment wunderkind from Cleveland. A few months later, his purchase of a $6.3 million, 126-acre estate in Hamburg garnered headlines. It was a record for home sales in Erie County at the time. And then came the FBI raid. Wilson, now 3…

Business

The McKinley Mall is in financial trouble. The owner of the McKinley Mall is at risk of "imminent monetary default" on the largest piece of a $35.5 million commercial mortgage, according to a special bulletin just issued by national debt research firm Fitch Ratings. The email alert by Fitch and a subsequent notice from commercial real estate advisory Trepp warned inv…

The Village of Hamburg wants to get you ready to walk on its new Hub & Spoke Fitness Trail Network. Residents can get a preview of the trail network from 10 a.m. to noon April 7 at the Hamburg Memorial Youth Center, 200 Prospect Ave. at the corner of Hawkins Street and across from the hub of the trail network. April 7 is National Rails to Trails Conservancy Opening …

Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve opens for the season with an Earth Day cleanup April 21. The former cement quarry will be open weekends for fossil collecting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Visitors can bring their own gear or rent equipment in search of trilobites and other prehistoric creatures at the 54-acre site in Hamburg. …

Clarence

"Welcome to Potholeville," says the sign on a bad stretch of Lakeview Road in Hamburg. It could be a sign in virtually every Western New York community. That's because cracks that were just bumps in the road a few weeks ago have opened into craters on city streets, county highways and state byways. "It is a safety hazard," said Hamburg Highway Superintendent Ted C…

Hamburg's town attorney and former supervisor Steven J. Walters is joining Colby Development as partner and chief legal officer. Robert Marcus, CFO and vice president of the real estate development company headquartered in Buffalo, announced the appointment Tuesday. He said Walters will focus on site plan reviews, use permits, area and use variances and zoning is…

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Even the state Department of Transportation admits it will be confusing at first navigating around the Skyway when it is under construction for the next two summers, but a spokeswoman said the DOT said has come up with a reasonable and effective plan. But Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, is calling on the DOT to do more during the $29 million rehabilitation of the deck. …

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An altercation caught on video is prompting Town of Hamburg officials to think of bringing constables to town court to keep the peace. The incident occurred about 10:25 a.m. March 15 in the lobby of Hamburg Town Hall outside the courtroom, where court officers were on duty. The video shows several people sitting and standing, someone walking through the metal detecto…