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Democrats and Republicans have settled on their candidates for the special election to replace Marjory Jaeger as Amherst town clerk. Town Republicans on Monday endorsed Jeff Zeplowitz for the race, said Amherst GOP Chair Joe Heins. Zeplowitz, 49, is a longtime state Assembly aide and executive with firms that do consulting and polling for political and business clients.…

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Catholic Health System and community leaders Monday dedicated its new drug treatment center in Amherst. The Sisters of Charity Hospital clinic, which will provide daily methadone doses and other services to people with addictions, opened in mid-August in an industrial park on John Glenn Drive. The dedication comes 17 months after news of the system's plans to open a …

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An Amherst woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated and several other charges early Saturday morning after her persistent horn-honking drew the attention of Buffalo police, officers said. At approximately 3:45 a.m. Saturday morning, Syndronica Redd, 30, was continuously honking her car horn near the intersection of Allen and College streets, police said. Buff…

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Amherst is getting tangled up in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's campaign to bring art to the community. Town and gallery officials have tentatively agreed to install Shayne Dark's "Tanglewood," a cluster of logs painted bright blue, in Bassett Park. The piece, which previously was displayed at the Albright-Knox and at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, w…

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Local Republicans, facing a looming deadline to act, increasingly are focusing on a post in Clarence as the electoral landing spot for Rep. Chris Collins, sources told The Buffalo News. Three sources familiar with party deliberations said Wednesday that the Collins replacement efforts have centered on the Clarence Town Board. The sources said that at least two of its GO…

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Crews expect to start construction later this week on the state Department of Transportation's planned "road diet" for South Union Road in Amherst and Williamsville, one of several road projects beginning or expanding now. The South Union project restripes a section of the street between Wehrle Drive and Main Street to reduce the road from two lanes in each direction to…

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The Town of Amherst Assessor's Office is holding information sessions to help seniors navigate enrollment changes for the state's Enhanced STAR and Low Income Senior property-tax exemptions. A new state law requires people over 65 to verify their income this year to continue receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption. Further, people have to register separately for Enhanc…

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The first Arab-American Muslim woman to hold public office in this area will speak at North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Road, Amherst, later this month. Mona Abdulla, a member of the Lackawanna School Board and the daughter of immigrant parents from Yemen, will speak at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 about the effects of the Arab Spring on Yemen and about its civil war. A light…

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In Amherst, it took a village to raise a playground. The playground at West Royal Park reopened after a $188,000 upgrade and after a group of neighbors spent the day installing equipment. The town last year tore down the outdated playground at West Royal Park, at 187 Royal Parkway West just east of the I-290, said Mary-Diana Pouli, executive director of Amherst's You…

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Amherst residents can dispose of their old TVs and computer monitors at an electronics recycling event later this month. The event is open only to people who live in Amherst or the Village of Williamsville, with proof of residency required. The limit is two TVs or monitors per vehicle. Amherst officials particularly want to help dispose of older-style TV sets or moni…

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Five Star Urgent Care plans to nearly double its clinic footprint by the end of next year as part of a rapid expansion into this area, across upstate New York and outside the state. The chain has 19 locations throughout upstate New York, according to its website. Four are in Western New York, but none is in Erie County and the closest is in Niagara Falls. The company…

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University at Buffalo fans have another reason to cheer on the school's football team. Price Rite Marketplace said it will donate a bag – or "sack" – of perishable and and nonperishable food items to an Amherst food pantry every time the Bulls defense sacks the opposing team's quarterback this season. Price Rite sponsors the new "Fueling Station" located in the Murch…

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Outwardly, not much seems different about Siena restaurant, a favorite among the region's most well-regarded restaurants and a fixture on Main Street in Snyder for more than 25 years. But behind the scenes, and in courtrooms and lawyers' offices, the restaurant has been at the center of a legal drama that has threatened its future and exposed a rift in a prominent local…

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A former Canisius High School football coach and disbarred financial adviser faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in November for bilking three clients out of $870,000. Prosecutors say Raymond T. Clark, 42, of East Amherst, took hundreds of thousands of dollars that he was supposed to invest on behalf of clients and, instead, used it for personal expenses…