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Amherst police are investigating an unusual burglary in which thieves gained entry through the roof of the Best Buy store at 1585 Niagara Falls Blvd. some time early Monday morning.The rooftop entry allowed the thieves to steal an undetermined amount of electronic equipment from the store.Police provided no more details about the incident, including how the burglars descen…

VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP: The Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State and the Veteran One-stop Center of Western New York will sponsor Operation Entrepreneur, a veterans’ Small Business Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at VOC-WNY, 1280 Main St., second Floor, Buffalo. Lunch will be provided. To register, email Dee Jones Davis at jonesdd@buffalostate…

NCO Financial Systems will lay off 104 workers at its Getzville site, instead of 101 as initially announced, according to an updated notice posted by the state Department of Labor.NCO will continue to have 278 employees at the CrossPoint Business Park location once the layoffs are completed in late January, the Labor Department said. The debt collection company first gave …

Sovran Self Storage has signed a deal to operate four self-storage facilities on Long Island and in western Connecticut as part of its push to expand in the metro New York City market.Under the deal, Sovran will run four Westy Self Storage facilities in Danbury and Milton, Conn., and Hicksville and Farmingdale, N.Y., and rebrand them under its Uncle Bob’s banner. Sovran, i…

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart has been ordered to stop work on its new $2.5 million gymnasium until the school submits its plans for parking to the Town of Amherst.The project under construction at the rear of the school on Main Street previously had received site plan approval from the town’s Planning Board, but it wasn’t until recently the Building Department disco…

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Two suburban school districts have told Buffalo Public Schools leaders they are willing to explore taking a limited number of city students whose parents want them transferred out of their underperforming schools.Buffalo school leaders haven’t identified which districts are expressing interest because formal discussions have yet to take place, but superintendents in severa…

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To answer the top three questions you have about Satish Mohan:Yes, no and maybe.Yes, the former supervisor is alive and well and living in Amherst.No, he doesn’t maintain a highly visible public profile these days – for one thing, he’s too busy as a full-time faculty member at the University at Buffalo.And maybe – just maybe – he might consider stepping back into the publi…

For all the talk about who’s going to cut taxes or who’s opposed to big development, Tuesday’s election for Town Board in Amherst will come down to what it always does:Who will get out the votes?“That’s the key,” said Carl M. Balmas, chairman of the Amherst Republican Committee.“The No. 1 factor is turnout,” agreed Dennis E. Ward, Democratic commissioner for the Erie Count…

LOCKPORT – An Amherst man was sentenced Friday to a year behind bars for violating the terms of his probation on a guilty plea for selling cocaine in the City of Lockport twice in May 2011.Rodriguez A. Bembo, 41, of North French Road, was sent to the Niagara County Jail by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.“It’s just not working on probation,” Kloch said, alt…

Men and women from the Amherst Central School District who served in the armed forces will be honored by the Amherst Central Alumni Foundation in a “Salute to Our Veterans” program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Amherst High School, 4301 Main St., Snyder. For information or to add a veteran to the list of honorees, call Chris Byrd at 362-8259 or email alumni@amherstschools.org.

Willow Ridge Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Boulevard and Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda. The business meeting will include nominations of club officers. Patty Moran, public information officer at the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center, will speak. Erin Heaney will discuss local environmental and justice issu…

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Tim and Sandy Nelson figured they would get a lot more living out of their living room if they turned it into a party room. Other people decide that their dining room would make a better home office. Their den, the guest room they always wanted.And that spare bedroom? How about turning it into a craft room? A man cave? Or even a large walk-in closet?Great things can happen…

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The Jewish Community Center’s 47th annual Book and Arts Fair kicks off Sunday and runs for more than a month, largely in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2640 North Forest Road, Getzville).This year’s fair features 15 events and readings, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday with a presentation from archivist Chana Revell Kotzin of the Jewish B…

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The Jewish Community Center’s 47th annual Book and Arts Fair kicks off Sunday and runs for more than a month, largely in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2640 North Forest Road, Getzville).This year’s fair features 15 events and readings, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday with a presentation from archivist Chana Revell Kotzin of the Jewish B…

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Buffalo’s first family of sports – the fun-loving Gronkowskis of Amherst – are making news off the football field this week after a promotional video touting a proposed animated TV series called “The Gronks” was leaked.The three-minute trailer was broadcast Tuesday on the sports website Deadspin. It introduces the Gronkowskis – Gordy Jr., Chris, Dan, Glenn and Rob, all ath…