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Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs will unveil the Erie County Auto Bureau’s newest on-site mobile location at a ceremony at 10 a.m. today at the AAA Western and Central New York location on International Drive.Jacobs has teamed up with the AAA to make auto bureau services more convenient in Amherst with “Reservation Saturdays.”The Mobile Auto Bureau will serve Amherst and sur…

A 40-year-old Amherst man was arrested on marijuana possession and trespassing charges Thursday night in a store at East Ferry Street and Goodyear Avenue. Anthony Page of Fairgreen Drive was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in public. He was also charged with trespass for being in the store without a purpose about 11:10 p.m.

Ellicott Development Co. plans to redevelop the former Cantalician Center for Learning on Eggert Road in Amherst into apartments and office space.The development company, owned by Carl and William Paladino, plans “substantial interior and exterior” renovations on the three-story building at 1350 Eggert Road, near Crosby Boulevard, said Sean W. Hopkins, attorney for the dev…

The same day the biggest prescription painkiller “pill mill” for oxycodone in the Northeast was dismantled in New York City, one of the doctors under investigation mysteriously died at the home of Amherst relatives.Dr. Tomasito Virey, 59, of Long Island, was found dead in a bedroom at his family’s residence the night of Feb. 4, authorities said. A prescription bottle conta…

A driver lost control and rammed into the Sheridan Drive side of the Stanton Optical business at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Sheridan, injuring one worker, about 9:30 a.m. Friday, according to Town of Tonawanda police. The worker, who remained conscious but was shaken up, was taken for medical treatment. The business was closed for a damage assessment and the start of repa…

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March 10, 1933 – Feb. 5, 2014Dennis C. Murphy, a leader in highway safety issues, died Feb. 5 in Sarasota, Fla. He was 80.Mr. Murphy, of Williamsville, was born in Detroit. He graduated from Kensington High School, the University at Buffalo, Northwestern University and Loyola University, where he earned a doctorate.He served as an Air Force officer during the Korean War.Ov…

When it comes to beer, most days Buffalo Niagara residents don’t mind patronizing their friendly neighbor to the north, helping make Canadian brews like Labatt’s and Molson mainstays at local establishments.Hockey, however, is a different story.And it was evident in bars throughout the area during Friday’s Olympic men’s semifinal game that when it comes to this sport, area…

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs will unveil the Erie County Auto Bureau’s newest on-site mobile location on Saturday.Jacobs has teamed up with the AAA Western and Central New York to make auto bureau services more convenient in Amherst with “Reservation Saturdays.”The Mobile Auto Bureau will serve Amherst and surrounding areas every Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the AA…

Plans for 55 apartments on four acres just outside the Village of Williamsville have been given new life.The controversial project was dead two months ago, when the Amherst Town Board listened to the wishes of nearby residents and denied rezoning the property just south of Linwood Avenue, between South Forest and South Union roads.But the Planning Board on Thursday ruled t…

PHH Mortgage Corp. is cutting 135 jobs in Amherst, but said it remains committed to a new building under construction in the town.“We have reduced capacity in our mortgage business to align with lower industry-wide demand,” said Dico Akseraylian, a PHH spokesman. Akseraylian said the affected employees “will receive 90 days of continued pay and benefits.” He did not answer…

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FORT ERIE, Ont. – Oh, Canada, how could you?Moments after their women’s hockey team broke the hearts of American hockey fans in the 2014 Olympic final, our friendly neighbors to the north were pledging to do it all over again today – this time in the men’s semi-final game.“You’re going to lose that one, too. It’s our sport,” Jay Payne said to an American reporter between s…

A 25-year-old Buffalo man and a 21-year-old East Aurora woman were arrested Thursday afternoon by Amherst police for allegedly methodically breaking into vending machines at a number of East Amherst public sites over the weekend. Joseph Wilson and Lauren Lind were taken into custody about 3 p.m. and charged with burglary and petit larceny, according to the Amherst Police F…

Amherst Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Amherst. Following the business meeting, members Marcia Saran and Evelyn Mietlowski will present a workshop on propagating houseplants. Bring newspaper, digger and gloves. Guests and newcomers welcome....If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin,…

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For a 1994 production of the Who’s rock opera “Tommy” in the Pfiefer Theatre on Main Street, directors Michael Hake and Lynn Kurdziel-Formato put together an eclectic cast of rock musicians and musical theater pros. The result, as reviewer Anthony Chase wrote in his review, was “a rocking good show.”For the first local production of the show in 20 years, MusicalFare Theatr…

With the 2013-14 theater season little more than half over, two local companies already have finalized plans for their upcoming seasons.Torn Space Theater, the experimental company known for its unorthodox and often site-specific productions, claims that it is “redefining the theater season” by launching its new spate of shows in March rather than September.On March 20 in …