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Stephen T. Watson

Stephen T. Watson reports on development, real estate and business in the towns of Amherst and Clarence, along with development, government and school districts throughout the Northtowns. A native of the Town of Tonawanda, he worked at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse before starting at The Buffalo News in 2001.


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The new owner of the Clarence U-pick blueberry farm is tending to the property's 18,000 bushes himself and is getting ready for the start of the pick-your-own season in the coming weeks. Damian Baird paid $2.1 million for two adjoining properties totaling 34 acres on Shimerville Road, north of Roll Road, in January with plans to construct a nine-unit subdivision. The…

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SUNY Erie Community College wants to construct a mixed-use building at its North Campus to forge deeper ties between the college, the business community and the Town of Amherst. The college would build a structure on, or near, the campus to host ECC's first student housing, a business incubator and space for a grocery store or other retail options. "The innovation hu…

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The Village of Williamsville is holding a special election Tuesday, but the candidates won't have to hold their breath about the outcome. Mayor Dan DeLano is running to fill the last year of Brian J. Kulpa's term in the job. DeLano was appointed to replace Kulpa late last year after Kulpa won election as Amherst supervisor. DeLano said next year he would have to run for…

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A Buffalo transport company says a Town of Tonawanda woman made up her claim that one of its employees stole from her, and Buffalo police say they are looking into the questions raised about the initial report. The 39-year-old woman told officers she was picked up by Buffalo Transportation on Friday afternoon at Niagara and Hudson streets but, after leaving the vehicle …

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Amherst, N.Y., is holding a contest to pick an official town slogan, as part of its bicentennial celebration. Amherst, Mass., has gone down this road before. The communities share a namesake, Lord Jeffery Amherst, best known for saying the British should provide smallpox-laced blankets to Native Americans. The Massachusetts town has for a decade used the informal …

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You've come a long way, Amherst? Keep Amherst weird? Amherst: For real? After 200 years, the region's largest suburb wants an official slogan. There's plenty of fodder for a memorable motto. This is, after all, the town known for gridlock at the Big Blue Water Tower, top-rated schools, sprawling office parks, crowded retail corridors, the historic Williamsville…

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The state Liquor Authority has launched an investigation into the latest outbreaks of violence at the Chuck E. Cheese's in Amherst as a member of the state Assembly wants to bar the sale of alcohol there. Assemblyman Raymond Walter has joined Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa in asking the authority to revoke the venue's license to sell beer and wine. "A liquor licen…

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The last holdout tenant at the Northtown Plaza is moving to a building in Amherst once proposed as the site of a drug treatment clinic. Treats Unleashed has leased 910 Millersport Highway, off Sheridan Drive, where Catholic Health wanted to open the clinic before intense opposition prompted its move to 210 John Glenn Drive. The pet store couldn't negotiate an afforda…

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A Darien town justice has dismissed the driving while intoxicated charge filed against a scout with the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs who was accused of a drunken spree involving a stolen golf cart last summer at Darien Lake. Darien Town Justice Michelle Krzemien on April 3 dismissed the most serious of the five charges that Lindsay Hofford, then 53, of N…

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The developer seeking to open a Starbucks with a drive-thru in Amherst just outside Williamsville has paid $1.6 million to purchase the building, public records show. An out-of-town investment group that includes Matthew J. Lester of Rochester bought the property, Lester said. The group bought 5165 Main St., at South Forest Road, last week from Sarjudas Main Street LLC.…

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The attorney for the retired Wyoming County sheriff's deputy accused of fatally shooting an acquaintance in March plans to claim at trial that his client was suffering from an extreme emotional disturbance at the time. That defense is not intended to win Joseph S. Mlyniec's acquittal but is meant to reduce the Perry resident's culpability in the case and to limit how mu…

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Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa said he is frustrated over the latest troubling incident at the Chuck E. Cheese's in Amherst, and town officials will consider every measure possible to rein in problems at the venue. Kulpa said in an interview that he challenged a top Chuck E. Cheese's executive on Sunday to take significant steps to curb violence at the Harlem Road restaurant…

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The new owners of Arrowhead Golf Club in Newstead aren't golf professionals and haven't managed a golf course before. But the friends, both in their 30s, have business experience, fresh ideas – and faith. And they say they're excited about the changes they want to make to Arrowhead, one of the premier public courses in the area. Partners Clinton M. Holcomb and Lucas …

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When 10 people poured out of a party bus early Sunday on Buffalo's East Side, they weren't looking to spread the fun. Instead, according to Buffalo police, the group beat up and robbed two men who were in a vehicle trailing the bus. A 64-year-old Niagara Falls man told Northeast District officers he was driving on Roslyn Street, off East Delavan Avenue, at about 2 a.…

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Note: Buffalo Transportation denies the woman's claims and Buffalo police are looking into questions raised about the police report. See this update for more information. A Town of Tonawanda woman says a hired driver took her for a ride Friday afternoon on Buffalo's West Side. The 39-year-old victim told police she called for a ride from Buffalo Transportation, which…