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An active member of the Amherst Democratic Party and the local Indian American community reported receiving a vulgar note objecting to his ethnicity and political leanings. Sibu Nair, campaign manager for an Erie County Legislature candidate, told police he found the note in his Eggertsville mailbox April 22 and friends encouraged him to report it. "Take your brown a…

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An Eggertsville man who was badly hurt when a tree branch fell on his head as he walked in his neighborhood blames the accident on the Town of Amherst's negligence. Grant Reed and his wife, Nicole, filed a notice of claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, in April. The Reeds were walking with their son in front of 135 High Park Blvd., off Main Street, at 10:20 p.m. Feb. 4 w…

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The Town of Amherst will pay $45,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a Rochester law firm, over the bill for its legal services. The dispute stemmed from the Amherst Town Board's 2017 lawsuit against the town's Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning Board granted variances for a controversial planned apartment complex. The Town Board hired Hancock Estabrook of Syracus…

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Amherst is ready to seek state permission for a future exchange of town parkland that would make way for development in the area near the town's Northtown Center athletic facilities and preserve most of the former Westwood Country Club as green space. The Town Board on Monday will hold a public hearing and a vote on whether to begin that process, known as alienation, Su…

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Homebuilder Essex Homes of WNY has broken ground on a 48-unit housing development near North French Road in Amherst. Located at 2350 Sweet Home Road, near North Ellicott Creek Road, the Villas at Essex Woods will consist of 14 separate buildings with a total of 48 three- and four-unit villas. The project features two distinct open floor plans, with 2.5 bathrooms and eit…

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The days when the networks unveiled a large number of new shows in the fall apparently are over. ABC became the third broadcast network Tuesday to announce it is planning to air only three new series in the fall. And one of them has a Western New York angle. Williamsville East graduate Michele Fazekas and her writing partner Tara Butters are the writers and execut…

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If a six-pack of Mighty Taco restaurants wasn't enough for Amherst diners, don't worry: A seventh is on the menu. The chain behind the Super Mighty burrito and the Nacho Buffito plans to open its 22nd location in a former Burger King restaurant at 5117 Sheridan Drive, at Mill Street, the project architect told The Buffalo News. The chain has a restaurant less than a …

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The deputy City of Tonawanda attorney and a retired engineer are the newest members of the Amherst Planning Board. The Town Board last week named Brittany Penberthy and Harbinder Singh Gill to the Planning Board, which reviews development plans, requests for zoning changes and related matters. Penberthy, a criminal defense and personal injury lawyer, takes the place …

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Joseph Stojek Jr. had dropped out of school, was going from job to job, but not getting anywhere when he joined the Army Reserve. "It gave me purpose. My children and relationship, education and career, now at Channel 4, it all stems from joining the military. I don't know where I would be now," said Stojek, a photojournalist with WIVB-TV since 2017. Stojek had just …

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As town officials take the next key step in reshaping the neighborhood they've branded Amherst Central Park, new details are emerging about big changes on the horizon for the former Westwood Country Club and Amherst's main recreational facilities. Amherst is preparing to seek state permission for a future exchange of town parkland – possibly involving shifting around No…

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An Amherst man who pleaded guilty to drugs and weapons possession charges has been sentenced in State Supreme Court to a five-year prison sentence, followed by five years of post-release supervision, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that on May 7, 2018, narcotics officers from the Erie County Sheriff's Office executed search warr…

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Nearly $30 million worth of commercial real estate transactions closed within the last two months in Erie County, ranging from restaurants and oil-change shops, to medical office and manufacturing buildings, to apartments, nursing homes and even vacant land for future housing. The $28.5 million in deals stretched from Buffalo, Kenmore, Tonawanda and Amherst in the north…

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The Buffalo and Williamsville school boards do it. Ken-Ton does it. North Tonawanda, Niagara Wheatfield and Niagara Falls do, too. Others don't. What is it? A simple wonky government action to help people know what is going on in their school districts: posting meeting agendas online with all the supporting documents that board members receive. That's one of th…

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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…