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   The proposed $44 million Amherst Town Centre development, proposed for the 32-acre, lead-contaminated Buffalo Shooting Club property on Maple road has been a target of both praise and criticism in recent months.     Benderson says the privately funded project will bring in $1.6 million in much-needed school, county and town property tax revenue…

   It's not easy to make Lancaster Supervisor Robert Giza speechless, but he almost was Monday when I asked him if he knew why so many town and village boards meet on that day.    "It's been that way for at least 27 years here," he said.   There's nothing wrong with that. But there is something wrong when a village resident has to choos…

   Amherst Town Supervisor Satish Mohan presented himself as a proud, independent Republican when he ran for office two years ago. In one speech, he said, “The Republican Party stands for less government, less taxes, more business and more jobs. My agenda is all about these Republican values.”    Well, Mohan may still believe in many of these same …

   Marty Powers has succeeded in many things, except one.    "He's a complete and total failure as a retiree," said his wife Pat.    That's why he keeps getting on airplanes to do computer consulting work for pharmaceutical companies. "They have more money than God," he explained. If not for that work, fighting to keep hi…

   I jokingly wrote a few months back that you know you're a suburbanite if you have never set foot on a Metro Bus.    But obviously some suburban residents take the bus. I'm one of them, although it's usually when my car is not available. I find the bus to be not only convenient and clean and reliable, but almost absurdly cheap given the current cost …

   Sex is a protected form of speech - sort of.    Adult video and book stores, shops selling sex toys, and even strip clubs enjoy protections under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.    When Amherst town officials tried to relegate sex-themed stores to an industrial part of town years ago, they were told their zoning laws were un…

   There's no question they're serious about farmland preservation in Marilla. It now has 773 acres in permanent easements that can never be anything but farmland.    The process has been largely grant-funded, but the town has still had to pay 25 to 35 percent of the cost for making sure the hay and corn fields don't turn into mini-mansions. The lates…

    It seems like every time a Wal-Mart is proposed, there's an outcry and a group is organized to oppose it.    Then Wal-Mart claims it has the support of the silent majority.    Then "Yes Wal-Mart" signs pop up.    That's certainly the case in Evans, where a Wal-Mart has been proposed for the site of the Grandview Dri…

   The neighborhood is changing.     If you ever hear that, ask "How is it changing?" and you'll likely get a response like, "Changing. You know. Changing."        What they're probably not saying is, "What has changed is that black people live here."        You don't need …

   There is no move afoot in Depew to ban the book "Looking for Alaska," but the 2006 novel has stirred up a bit of controversy in the school district.    Parents were asked to sign a permission slip to allow their 11th-grade students to read it, because the book includes some sexual content. (Predictably, some of the kids signed their parent…

   If your children go to bed with their pajamas on backwards and ask for a spoon which they then place under their pillows, do not be alarmed. Those two superstitions are meant to ensure a snow day when wintry weather is coming.    This is serious stuff. The snow day is one of the best days of childhood. Snow days on Fridays and Mondays are good. Snow…

    In Amherst's State of the Town address Friday, Supervisor Satish Mohan said he plans to introduce budgets for 2009 and 2010 that would freeze spending at this year's levels. He said he and new Council Member Guy Marlette are committed to keeping spending down.    Though town spending has consistently gone up for nearly a decide, Mohan said he hope…

   When the Sabres played the Ice Bowl a couple of weeks ago, the television announcers spent a lot of time talking about pond hockey and how many of today's professionals got hooked on hockey by playing outside.    That got me thinking about Ives Pond and wondering whether the City of Tonawanda still operated it.    It was reassuring to fin…

       The Williamsville Business and Professional Association will take advantage of one of the region's great resources - University at Buffalo students - to figure out how to market itself.    If the project the marketing students develop is a success, the students will get to see how their skills work outside the classroom and Williamsvi…

   It should come as no surprise that in a cold, hockey town like ours, girls want to be more like Ryan Miller than Kimmie Meissner.    But even with roughly 900 girls ages 18 and under donning the hockey skates in Western New York alone, no Upstate New York public school has sponsored a girls varsity ice-hockey team between here and Skaneateles. &n…