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The developer that plans to transform Amherst's Northtown Plaza into a regional shopping and entertainment destination has started removing asbestos from the aging, largely vacant retail buildings that remain on the site. Massachusetts-based WS Development wants to start demolition on the old buildings and construction on the new buildings in the next 60 days, with a ho…

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With CannonDesign looking into the possibility of leaving Grand Island, the Grand Island Town Board is starting to make a wish list for the site. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray stressed that Cannon isn’t moving at this point, but he said he did reach out to the company after a recent news report suggested the company is looking at real estate in Buffalo. The bo…

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Racing fans must wait two more weeks to hear those engines roar, said Timothy R. Packman president of Lancaster Speedway. "Queen City Clash," originally scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, was pushed to May 5, said Packman, adding that unseasonable weather was the factor. "We can't get in there with the snow cover," said Packman. "And it's cold." More than $500,000 wor…

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Work can now proceed on a $15.5 million Hampton by Hilton hotel planned for Amherst's Northtown Center. The town's Planning Board Thursday approved the project's site plan and found it would not harm the environment. The Planning Board tabled its review last month to give Uniland Development Co. time to submit a revised site plan. The project had received a mixed rea…

Buffalo

In February, a state agency ranked the Erie County jails among the worst-run in New York. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard told county lawmakers Thursday that the ranking says more about the state Commission of Correction than it does about the lockups he oversees. "I ask that this body remain open-minded to the possibility -- at least the possibility -- that the state is b…

Amherst

The financially troubled CCS Oncology, once one of the region's largest private cancer practices, will shut down operations next week. CCS Oncology and CCS Medical, its non-oncology branch, began mailing notices of the closing to about 1,000 patients on Thursday, two weeks after the practice filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. That figure includes patients activ…

Buffalo

The driver in a high-speed crash that left a victim with a traumatic brain injury was sentenced to a year in jail, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said Thursday. Marshawn Levy, 34, of Buffalo, was driving north on Bailey Avenue on May 13 when he crashed head-on into another car that was waiting in the southbound lane to make a left turn onto East Delavan Ave…

Erie County

Erie County has released an initial list of road paving and repair projects, with special focus on roads damaged over the winter, along with a pavement preservation program for outlying areas. For greater cost savings and efficiency, the Department of Public Works said, this year's work will be done by county highway crews rather than contractors. “As the winter weather…

Buffalo

Caleb Basiliko, who died March 5 at age 44, left a void in a lot of people's lives. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo State and a fine cabinet maker, Basiliko ran CP Basiliko Custom Woodworking. He also ran a farm in Colden called Basiliko Family Farms, and was a firefighter with the Colden Fire Department. People called him "Captain Caleb," because of his passion for wate…

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Inquiring minds want know: What can you tell me about the filming of ABC's "The Bachelorette" here? Not too much without ruining the fun for viewers when the romantic reality show starts running, reportedly May 28. Becca Kufrin, who became next season's "The Bachelorette" after she first was proposed to and then ditched for another woman by Arie Luyendyk Jr. in last…

Buffalo

Are students in Buffalo Public Schools disciplined too much? Or not enough? A group focused on social justice issues is weighing in. VOICE Buffalo, a community organizing network, says there are way too many student suspensions in the Buffalo school district and is offering to lend a hand in training more teachers, staff and parents in "restorative" practices, lik…

Amherst

Democrats in the Amherst-based 146th Assembly District on Wednesday nominated attorney Karen M. McMahon as their candidate against Republican incumbent Raymond W. Walter in November. The move ends the potential for a Democratic primary featuring Susan J. Grelick after the former Amherst supervisor said Thursday that the possibility of a Democratic takeover of the Senate p…

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Al Roker of NBC's "Today" came to Buffalo on Thursday morning to highlight a 96-year-old volunteer as part of the program's "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" series. During the segment, Daisy Estelle Anderson explained she came to Buffalo in 1943. "I fell in love with Buffalo," she said in a clip before Roker briefly interviewed her at Ladies for Charity, a volunteer org…

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A City of Tonawanda man was charged early Thursday morning with driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over in a stolen car on Longs Avenue, police said. Paul T. Dibble, 27, of Benton Street, drove over a curb and tried running from the officer who pulled him over, according to City of Tonawanda police. The 2014 Ford Taurus he was driving was reported stol…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man has been accused of raping a woman on the city's West Side. Michael A. Hurst, 43, was charged with attacking a woman on Arnold Street at about 10:30 p.m. Monday. He was arrested a short distance away on Grant Street about 45 minutes later, according to the police report. The victim was treated at Erie County Medical Center. Hurst, whose address on th…