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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz is urging Amherst officials to reject local personal injury attorney William Mattar’s request for $550,000 in tax breaks for the law firm’s proposed $4 million office expansion project on Main Street.“Lawyer’s offices should not get tax breaks,” Poloncarz said in a letter to Amherst Supervisor Barry Weinstein, a member of the Amherst…

WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration plans to close its Amherst field office on March 28, and Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, isn’t happy about it.“The announced closing of the Amherst Social Security office would create real access barriers to seniors and people with disabilities in Western New York,” Higgins said on Wednesday after receiving word of the propose…

The Village of Williamsville has received an offer of $450,000 for the old Williamsville Water Mill on East Spring Street.The owners of Sweet Jenny’s – the popular village sweet shop currently leasing space in the historic mill – submitted the formal purchase proposal earlier this month, and are awaiting a decision by the Village Board.“We can be as patient as they want wi…

Frustrated ramen slurpers of Western New York, take note: A chef who grew up in a Japanese noodle shop plans to get her stockpot bubbling in the Elmwood Village by February.“That’s my specialty,” Satomi Smith said of the iconic broth-intensive Japanese noodle soup. “I am trying to bring the real Japanese ramen to the Buffalo area.”Sato, a Japanese restaurant with a diverse…

Frustrated ramen slurpers of Western New York, take note: A chef who grew up in a Japanese noodle shop plans to get her stockpot bubbling in the Elmwood Village by February.“That’s my specialty,” Satomi Smith said of the iconic broth-intensive Japanese noodle soup. “I am trying to bring the real Japanese ramen to the Buffalo area.”Sato, a Japanese restaurant with a diverse…

Two Catholic Health hospital system adult homes and one nursing home will be sold to a private Long Island company pending state approval, officials announced Monday.The sale includes St. Francis of Williamsville, a 142-bed skilled nursing/subacute-care facility; and two adult homes, 117-bed St. Elizabeth’s Home of Lancaster and 40-bed St. Vincent’s Home of Dunkirk.Togethe…

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WBEN talk show host Tom Bauerle took to the airwaves during his usual time slot Monday, reiterating to listeners that he has “been under a lot of physical duress” and underscoring that he will continue as host of the station’s afternoon talk show.Bauerle alluded to a “certain article in a certain newspaper,” obviously referring to a Sunday story in The Buffalo News indicat…

AmherstThe Williamsville Central School District held a reopening last week for its Space Lab Planetarium at Williamsville North High School to mark the completion of $290,000 in renovations.A ribbon-cutting and presentation were held Friday under the planetarium’s new dome ceiling. The money for the renovations was secured by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer.The 75-se…

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We know where the Amherst, Cheektowaga and West Seneca school districts are, but how about districts where the name doesn’t give you a clue, like Iroquois, or Starpoint?Most of the districts centralized in the last 60 years or so seem to have adopted their names in an attempt to unify the new district, which could have been made up of a half-dozen or more smaller districts…

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Psychic medium Karyn Reece has seen dead people since she was a child. At age 7, she foresaw the death of her father. Reece calls these abilities her “gift” and today they have become her livelihood.Reece who operates the Mystic Shop in Snyder has conducted at least 10,000 readings and consulations. Her clients range in age from 35 to 55 and include politicians, entertaine…

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March 19, 1922 – Dec. 29, 2013Eugene J. Zdybowicz Sr., of Williamsville, a retired postal worker, died Dec. 29 in St. John Baptist Hospice House. He was 91.Born in Buffalo to Polish immigrants who operated a family fruit and vegetable business in the old open-air Broadway Market, he contracted polio at age 2. Although the illness left him without the use of his right arm a…

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Ellicott Creek will rise.But Village of Williamsville officials anticipating an upcoming thaw took pre-emptive action Friday morning by having an excavator break up the creek’s ice cover and push accumulated debris downstream – a sight unseen since the surprise October storm of 2006.“If we don’t keep the water flowing, it basically overflows the banks and we end up with fl…

Kenmore Garden Club will hold a breakfast meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore. Following the meeting, club member Maryann Jumper will conduct a PowerPoint presentation featuring the Butchart Gardens near Victoria, British Columbia. Guests are welcome. ...Evans Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the home of Deb K…

A Maple Road motel was held up by masked man who displayed a handgun as he entered, Amherst police reported Thursday.The robbery occurred at about 8 p.m. Wednesday at Motel 6, police said. After walking in the main entrance, the robber stole an unspecified amount of cash from the drawer and fled.Officers were told the robber was about 6 feet 3 inches tall and had a large b…

Unyts is urging blood donors to make contributions today to help ensure an adequate supply of blood locally after donations were halted for a day this week by the blizzard. Type O blood is especially needed.Unyts will hold blood drives today from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 1540 Maple Road, Amherst; from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in unyts Buffalo …