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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw headlines the next installment of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Leaders of Western New York series. The comptroller will be the keynote speaker at a lunch and presentation Wednesday at La Galleria, 3923 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m. The comptroller does not report to the county executive or …

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A Hamburg mechanical systems company has purchased a small warehouse building on Amsdell Road that was previously home to Hamburg School Car Service. McAllister Plumbing and Heating paid $900,000 to acquire the single-story, 13,914-square-foot building at 3080 Amsdell from Joan Jarvis, the car service's former operator, according to Erie County Clerk records and William…

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Some of the area's newest and planned recreation destinations are described as "slam dunks" and "home runs." But they have nothing to do with basketball or baseball. The Town of Tonawanda's 4-mile rails to trails path has been getting rave reviews from joggers, bicyclists and dog-walkers for nearly two years. The City of Tonawanda is trying to capitalize on its confl…

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Ulta Beauty will leave its space at McKinley Mall next month and relocate to Quaker Crossing. The cosmetics retailer will have about 2,000 more square feet for its hair, skin, beauty, nail, massage and salon products in the new Orchard Park location. It will close the McKinley Mall store on March 27 and open at 3489 Amelia Drive on March 28. The move will leave a yaw…

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Gibraltar Industries swung back into the black for the fourth quarter of last year, reporting a profit of $25.2 million compared to a net loss a year earlier of $7.7 million. The Hamburg-based maker and distributor of building products said it earned 78 cents per share in the fourth quarter, reversing a 24-cent-per-share loss in the fourth quarter of 2016. Revenues r…

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Real estate investors Dimitri and Nicholas Tzetzo snapped up two more apartment properties in the Southtowns late last week, buying the Creekside Court Apartments in Boston and a 12-unit building in West Seneca. Tzetzo Companies, through their Oakridge MFR Holdings LLC entity, paid $1.6 million for Creekside, at 5400, 5450, 5451, 5454 and 5466 Creekside Court. Locate…

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Gladys Ball has a collection of 30,000 hats she sells out of her Hamburg home to clients ranging from apparel companies to walk-up customers. Brian Gordon profiled Ball for Vice Sports: "Known as 'the Hat Lady' to many, Ball accumulated her collection over a career buying hats from the New Era factory in nearby Derby and selling them at markets throughout Western New…

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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…

Michael J. Bartlett, the executive director of the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency, died Tuesday after being stricken at home. Bartlett, 71, had headed the IDA since 1994. "It just crushed us," said Hamburg village Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. "He was just a great guy." Bartlett, a Canisius College graduate, worked on hundreds of projects to attract and retain …

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Evans Bancorp is raising its dividend by 15 percent. The parent company of Evans Bank said it is increasing its semiannual dividend by 6 cents per share to 46 cents. The higher dividend will be payable April 3 to shareholders of record on March 13.

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Reported or rumored threats of violence roiled four area school districts on Thursday, one day after a teenager shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Florida. Officials found no merit to the reports in the Buffalo, Williamsville, Frontier and Lake Shore school districts. Evans police will have a presence on Lake Shore High School's campus on Friday, the schoo…

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Fallout from texting, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media is to blame for several fights and altercations at Frontier Central High School, administrators told the School Board Tuesday night. And some parents are to blame for spreading misinformation over social media, School Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said. "I have to ask the parents, instead of spr…

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The Town of Hamburg is looking into buying the 17-acre Willow Bend Club on Taylor Road. The nonprofit swim, tennis and social club is dissolving and needs to sell its property, said Martin Denecke, director of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services. He said the club also needs to pay outstanding debts of $70,000. "It needs work, but it's a very beautiful piece of prop…

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The fracas over who will run Hamburg's Buildings and Grounds Department – and for how much – has been settled: Highway Superintendent Ted Casey will continue for the foreseeable future, and he'll receive the $2,500 stipend. The Town Board also made a promise to Casey: "We will take a good look at the demands of the operation during this calendar year and give a good fai…