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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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Thermo Fisher Scientific will take over CannonDesign's headquarters on Grand Island after the nationally known architecture firm completes its move to downtown Buffalo. The life sciences company will retain its location on Staley Road, where it has about 800 workers, while leasing the Cannon building on Whitehaven Road, a Thermo Fisher spokesman said. The shift of some …

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The billionaire founder of a pharmaceutical company who is one of the University at Buffalo's largest donors was found guilty Thursday of a scheme to bribe doctors to overprescribe a highly addictive opioid medication. A jury in Boston found John Kapoor and his four co-defendants guilty of a racketeering conspiracy, according to National Public Radio. A verdict came Thu…

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will visit Buffalo in August, the University at Buffalo announced Thursday. Ginsburg will engage with students at UB's Law School and address the local legal community at Kleinhans Music Hall on Aug. 26. Event and ticket information for the Kleinhans program will be announced later. Ginsburg, an associate justice on the …

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Town of Tonawanda police responded numerous times to domestic incidents at a Sheridan-Parkside apartment in the years before a man was accused this week of fatally shooting his wife there, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said Thursday. Flynn identified the 49-year-old victim as Renee Taschetta, who lived on Dumas Place with Mario Turner Sr., 51, who is charg…

Courts

A former supervisor at a Town of Grand Island senior center was sentenced Thursday morning to five years probation for stealing $116,000 in cash over a six-year period to feed her gambling habit. Barbara Gannon, 71, pleaded guilty Feb. 19 before Erie County Judge Sheila DiTullio to second-degree grand larceny, a felony. She faced 15 years in prison. "This whole situa…

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The Buffalo History Museum and the Richardson Olmsted Campus are joining together to offer monthly "Fridays on Forest" tours. The tours, now beginning their second year, provide a chance for the public to look inside the museum's resource center, at 459 Forest Ave., and the campus at 444 Forest. Visitors to the resource center will get a guided tour of "Spirit of the…

Crime

A 51-year-old man was charged Wednesday in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found Tuesday night in a home on Dumas Place in the Sheridan Parkside neighborhood in the Town of Tonawanda. Mario Turner was arraigned in Town of Tonawanda Court before Justice Daniel T. Cavarello on charges of criminally negligent homicide and criminal possession of a weapon…

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Amherst officials view plans to build town house-style apartments on the vacant site of a former Pizza Hut as an opportunity to boost the fortunes of that section of Bailey Avenue. A development group that includes architect David Sutton wants to build a nine-unit town house building at 3980 Bailey Ave., at Grover Cleveland Highway, according to documents filed with Amh…

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A restaurant promising authentically prepared Mexican food is set to open within a week in the former Shenannigans Bar & Grill in Amherst. Fernando Guzman, his father and an uncle are opening El Toro Mexican Grill and Bar at 1009 Niagara Falls Blvd., where a host of restaurants have come and gone over the years – Barnaby's, Buffalo Tap Room and Grill, Thai Bistro an…

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The internet marketing company LocalEdge has put up for sale its two buildings in the Town of Tonawanda as it weighs moving those employees to the company's Amherst offices. The company, started as the White Directory Publishers in 1968, was headquartered for years at 1945 Sheridan Drive, just west of Colvin Boulevard. It expanded next door, to 1965 Sheridan, in 1998. …

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Airbnb visits in Buffalo Niagara are growing sharply, but most communities in the area had no way of tracking who and where the hosts are and couldn't get into the homes to check for safety issues. Now, after months of collaborating, Buffalo and Amherst have settled on new home-sharing regulations that they hope could set a standard for smaller towns, villages and citie…

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Next school year, for the first time, a private company will provide all bus service in the Williamsville Central School District. A sharply divided Williamsville School Board earlier this month agreed to lay off the 25 bus drivers, head bus drivers and mechanics who remained in the district's transportation department. Student Transportation of America, which alread…

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The organization that puts on Canal Fest has agreed to pay $8,000 more to the cash-strapped City of Tonawanda to further offset the cost of municipal services provided for the event. Council President Jenna Koch this month said the city spends nearly $50,000 annually to provide police, fire and parks and recreation aid for the eight-day event, the Tonawanda Sun reported…

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The Town of Tonawanda police will participate in next week's "2019 No Empty Chair" campaign to encourage teen driving safety. The initiative is meant to bring attention to highway dangers during high school prom and graduation season and to make sure there aren't any empty chairs – representing teens who died in automobile crashes – at those celebrations. The educati…

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The Brighton Fire District in the Town of Tonawanda is preparing to construct a new, $1.75 million fire substation on McConkey Drive. The district has a main station at 50 Jamaica Road and substations at 26 McConkey Drive and 978 Ellicott Creek Road. The 2,900-square-foot No. 2 station on McConkey was built in 1954 and renovated 40 years later to raise its roof, remodel…