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June 1, 1940 – Nov. 4, 2019 Sandra “Sandee” Sheldon, the first woman to serve on the Erie Community College Board of Trustees, had a passion for details on a grand scale. According to her son Alan, she considered her greatest achievement to be the 1984 Buffalo Philharmonic Ball, which she oversaw as chairman. Under the theme, “Dancin’ Downtown,” it was an extravag…

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An anti-abortion organization that provides basic medical care and counseling to pregnant women in Rochester is expanding into the Buffalo area and merging with three previously independent crisis pregnancy centers here. CompassCare has a goal of reducing the number of abortions performed in the Buffalo area by 50% over the next five years. The Christian organization ha…

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The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has refused to change its mind on the damages a former Amherst woman can seek because a doctor declared her husband dead when he was still alive. In August, the Appellate Division barred Tammy A. Cleveland from seeking punitive damages from Kaleida Health. The widow's attorney, Charles F. Burkwit, asked the court to reconsid…

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April 25, 1931 – Nov. 9, 2019 Richard R. Stenclik, who built an industrial design firm that he founded into an international staffing and recruitment company, died Nov. 9 in his Buffalo home. He was 88. Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Kaisertown and was a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School, where he learned drafting and tool design. After attending the Unive…

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A Williamsville man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to 25 years in prison, following his conviction on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing 500 grams or more of cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 34-year-old Richard Lucas also was fined $60,000 and will forfeit about $30,000. Search warrants for L…

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John A. Catsimatidis is a billionaire investor and radio talk show host in New York City who owns supermarkets, gas stations, convenience stores, an oil refinery and valuable real estate. So why does he care so much about a quarter-acre piece of vacant land in Eggertsville? And why has he spent the last 18 months battling the Amherst town government over a parcel worth …

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Three times Cheryl Callahan applied for teaching jobs in Williamsville Central School District, and three times she lost out on the jobs to people she said were younger and less qualified. Each time, Callahan contends, district officials either offered no explanation for hiring someone else or manufactured a reason to reject her. She said the Heim Elementary School's pr…

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A dormitory fire in Dewey Hall on the University at Buffalo's North Campus led to the temporary evacuation Sunday of some 800 students from the Governors Complex residency buildings, according to the university. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but "it is believed to have started in one room of a suite on the first floor …

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Joseph Spino is an endangered political species in the Northtowns. Assuming his 48-vote lead over his Democratic opponent holds up after absentee ballots are counted, Spino would join the Amherst Town Board as its only Republican. Amherst would have the only town board with a dissenting voice in the most populated of Erie County's northern suburbs. In Tuesday's el…

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A 16-year-old Sweet Home High School student was arrested Friday for allegedly making a terroristic threat, according to the Amherst Police Department. Detectives from the Amherst Police's Special Victims Unit made the arrest following an extensive investigation of a threat that was reported Monday to Sweet Home High School administrators, police said. The unidentifi…

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It’s a time-honored tradition in Off Main Street: Someone introduces an elected official at a news event and butchers the title. This happened again Thursday at Daemen College in Snyder during the announcement of Amherst’s plan to plant one million trees over the next five years. Michael S. Brogan, Daemen’s senior vice president of academic affairs and dean of the co…

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The math behind Amherst’s push to plant 1 million new trees in the town over the next five years is eye-catching. In a town of about 34,000 total acres, it requires planting 29 trees on each acre of land. It means putting 549 trees in the ground every day for the next five years – or 730 trees daily if you don’t count the winter months. And to put that in context,…

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The developer reviving the former Northtown Plaza in Amherst plans to break ground on its planned lifestyle center later this month. The project dates to WS Development's 2015 acquisition of the Sheridan Drive property. The company finished the first stage of its redevelopment when Whole Foods Market opened in 2017. WS Development had cleared tenants out of the retai…

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Jeanne M. Vinal, a political newcomer, won election Tuesday to represent Amherst in the Erie County Legislature. Vinal, a Democrat, defeated Republican Shelly D. Schratz to capture the 5th Legislative District seat. The district is currently represented by Democrat Thomas Loughran, who did not seek re-election. Vinal, 55, an attorney in private practice, has been cam…