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Construction and Growth

Como Park Townhouses, a six-unit residential development in the Village of Lancaster, received a green light from the Lancaster Planning Board. The single-story structure will be located on Como Park Boulevard west of Penora Street on a .92-acre parcel, said Kevin Loftus, Lancaster Town attorney. Developer Kulback's Construction Inc. plans two-bedroom units with a ga…

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The Lancaster Town Board approved the appointment of a Rochester police officer by a 4-1 vote Tuesday night, but one Council member objected to the potential cost to the town. Veteran Councilman Ronald Ruffino voted against the resolution because of the reimbursement cost the town may incur in hiring Officer Philip J. Carcaci from another police agency. "I'm voting n…

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Lancaster town officials have set a public hearing for 7:15 p.m. Jan. 16 on a proposed new law that would revive a property tax exemption for Cold War Veterans. The exemption expired at the end of 2017 because of a sunset provision mandated by the state, said Lancaster Supervisor Johanna Coleman. "We're considering a law that would amend the Lancaster code and contin…

Business

Commercial real estate investors Nicholas and Dimitri Tzetzo have acquired a Tudor-style commercial mixed-use building in Lancaster from veteran bankruptcy attorney Peter Grubea, who will remain a tenant. Tzetzo Companies LLC, through Oakridge MFR Holdings LLC and RDNW LLC, partnered with Wayne Keller's WKP2 LLC to purchase the English Park Village property at 338 Harri…

Business

Noco Express has unveiled the interior remodel of its store at 1199 French Road in Depew. It remained open during the three-week project, and is the latest in a series of makeovers at area Noco stores. The renovations updated the store's look and putting a greater focus on the store's fresh, grab-and-go foods. There's a new floor plan, along with a cooler island filled …

Crime

A Lancaster man who went to Niagara Falls on Aug. 16, planning to have sex with a 12-year-old girl, was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. "You look benign, but you're a dangerous man," State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told Larry J. Thompson, 60, of Cedarbrook Drive. Thompson had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal sexual act. …

Local News

Theresa Adamec, assistant principal at Lancaster High School, was recently selected as secondary assistant principal of the year by two state education associations. The School Administrators of New York State and the National Association of Secondary School Principals recognized Adamec for her role in facilitating the school's 60 clubs and activities. Adamec was an …

Business

Ecology & Environment's first-quarter profits fell by 40 percent as a slowdown in its U.S. environmental services work offset a rebound in its South American business. The Lancaster environmental services firm said its profits fell to $533,000, or 12 cents per share, during the quarter that ended in October, down from $888,000, or 21 cents per share, a year earlier.…

Obituaries

July 21, 1936 – Nov. 30, 2017 Salvatore A. Valvo was a career officer with the Buffalo Police Department whose work as McGruff the Crime Dog sent home an important message to hundreds of  schoolchildren throughout the city. "He was one of the first McGruffs," said Gina Rath, his daughter. "He'd go to the schools dressed up like McGruff telling kids how to stay safe. …

Construction and Growth

A public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday will address the comprehensive plan for the Town of Lancaster and the villages of Depew and Lancaster, said John Abraham, Lancaster town councilman. The plan will help guide zoning and development decisions for the next five to 10 years, said Abraham. Discussion topics will include village revitalization, trails and parks, and economic …

Local News

Lancaster police have identified the motorist killed Nov. 15 in a head-on collision as Julie Rybarczyk-Smith, 55, a town resident. Rybarczyk-Smith was driving east on Broadway near Woodlawn Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. when a pickup heading west driven by Ryan T. McGuire, 23, of Buffalo, crossed over into oncoming traffic, Detective Capt. William J. Karn Jr. said. Ryb…

Erie County

A $33.4 million spending plan for the Town of Lancaster was approved by the Town Board with one official sounding off about runaway spending. "We're still a growing town and our revenues are coming in healthy, but I am concerned," said Council Member Ronald Ruffino. "The bottom line is our spending has increased 7.3 percent over two years." Tax rates for non-village …

Ecology & Environment's fourth-quarter profits more than quadrupled as the Lancaster-based environmental services firm's sales grew by 15 percent and the company kept a lid on operating costs. E&E earned $2.2 million, or 51 cents per share, during the quarter that ended in July, up from $529,000, or 13 cents per share, a year ago. Sales rose to $29.9 million …

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A worker at the new Amazon sorting center in Lancaster drunkenly threatened other employees, spat at a police lieutenant, threw a 30-pound scanner at an officer and stopped fighting only after they Tasered him, Lancaster police said Wednesday. Robert P. Mendlewski, 45, of Lackawanna, faces an extensive list of charges following the episode that began at 4 p.m. Tuesd…