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By Denise Jewell GeeNews Staff ReporterNo more pencils. No more blue books. No more bubble tests or red pen scores.Schools, already pressed to prepare students for tougher state exams, are also getting ready for an entirely new way of administering standardized tests.Bubble sheets and No. 2 pencils will make way for tablets and keyboards. Students will wear headphones and …

AmherstWilliamsville residents notified by the village are reminded to make appointments for free water-meter replacement work, if they have not already done so.The work on the village water system is needed, as part of the consolidation with the Erie County Water Authority.Most Williamsville homes have had the water meters replaced, but the small number that have not will…

BATAVIA – A 23-year-old Akron man was remanded to the Genesee County Jail Friday afternoon, hours after his capture in Amherst. Patrick R. Krieger fled from an upper apartment on East Main Street in Corfu about 7 a.m. and was tracked down in Amherst. After a brief foot chase by State Police, Amherst and Cheektowaga police officers and Erie County sheriff’s deputies, he wa…

Two men from Iran – one an illegal immigrant, the other a naturalized U.S. citizen – were sentenced Friday to 3½ years in prison for robbing a woman last March in the Boulevard Mall parking lot.One of the men held a loaded BB gun to her head as her purse was stolen.State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia sentenced Fardat Vahdat, 23, of Allenhurst Street, Amherst, …

As a veterinarian for nearly 24 years, Kevin Kuhn has performed CPR on animals plenty of times.But he had never done the procedure on a human – until Friday.It was around 8:30 a.m., and Kuhn was at his business, Afton Animal Hospital at 6543 Main St., Amherst, when his staff heard a crash.A vehicle traveling east on Main struck a mailbox and tree, then crossed five lanes o…

With its moratorium on providing incentives for senior citizen housing projects set to expire in a little more than a month, the Amherst Industrial Development Agency is poised to let the temporary ban expire.But that doesn’t mean the agency is ready to start approving tax breaks for that type of housing project that has proliferated in recent years.James J. Allen, the IDA…

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The owners of one of the last privately owned green spaces in the Town of Amherst – the Westwood Country Club – say they want to develop it as a mixed-use project.Mensch Capital Partners LLC, an investor group that bought the 68-year-old country club from its members in 2012, informally approached the town Planning Board two weeks ago with the idea.No formal plans have bee…

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Aug. 21, 1931 – Nov. 18, 2013Shortly before Richard C. Vivacqua died Monday in the Hospice inpatient unit in Cheektowaga, one of his daughters took a walk in a hallway at the facility.Mr. Vivacqua’s loved ones had been at his Hospice bedside for 12 days, but until his daughter’s walk, no one had noticed his name on a plaque at the facility recognizing those who had contrib…

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Holiday fashion stories often begin something like this: “How to look festive – without looking overdone.” Or “Different ways to wear sequins – without looking like an ornament.”In this season of sparkle, shine and, yes, even silly seasonal sweaters, it’s easy to go a little overboard. And sometimes that’s OK. “It depends on your personality. I’m an over-accessorizer,” sai…

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Let the holiday theater season begin.The first entry in this year’s spate of local yuletide productions comes from Family Life Ministries, a faith-based organization out of Bath, south of Rochester. The company will mount a dinner theater production of the musical “Gifts of the Magi,” which opens tonight and runs through Saturday in the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church (8445 …

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Let the holiday theater season begin.The first entry in this year’s spate of local yuletide productions comes from Family Life Ministries, a faith-based organization out of Bath, south of Rochester. The company will mount a dinner theater production of the musical “Gifts of the Magi,” which opens tonight and runs through Saturday in the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church (8445 …

Dec. 31, 1927 – Nov. 17, 2013Patricia Ann Kelly, who traveled the world for about 30 years as a flight attendant, died Sunday at Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 85.Born in Buffalo, Miss Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State Teachers College in the late 1940s and worked for a few years as a home economics teacher in the Southtowns.She went t…

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Now here’s some Christmas music you can get behind without treating it as a guilty pleasure! For the past 10 years, former Stray Cat, rockabilly legend and flat-out brilliant guitarist Brian Setzer has been leading his big band around the country teaching St. Nick how to jump, jive and wail, and spreading holiday cheer while simultaneously redefining seasonal music as hip …

Teachers, administrators and parents from all over Western New York made their way Tuesday night to Akron High School to discuss the rollout of the controversial Common Core standards.New York is one of 45 states to enact the Common Core standards, which ostensibly look to better prepare students for college and job placements through testing and developing critical thinki…

Amherst police were continuing Tuesday to try to track down three suspicious men, including two would-be armed robbers, who were spotted in the Cranburne Lane-Delamare Road area of the town Monday night. Calls came in about a man dressed in dark clothing and periodically looking over his shoulders in a suspicious manner. While checking on those calls, officers were told by…