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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…

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A restaurant promising authentically prepared Mexican food is set to open within a week in the former Shenannigans Bar & Grill in Amherst. Fernando Guzman, his father and an uncle are opening El Toro Mexican Grill and Bar at 1009 Niagara Falls Blvd., where a host of restaurants have come and gone over the years – Barnaby's, Buffalo Tap Room and Grill, Thai Bistro an…

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The internet marketing company LocalEdge has put up for sale its two buildings in the Town of Tonawanda as it weighs moving those employees to the company's Amherst offices. The company, started as the White Directory Publishers in 1968, was headquartered for years at 1945 Sheridan Drive, just west of Colvin Boulevard. It expanded next door, to 1965 Sheridan, in 1998. …

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Chuck "Sully" Sullivan has a hook instead of a right hand and he can't see out of his left eye. His injuries serve as reminders of the cost of the Vietnam War on the anniversary of the last U.S. combat deaths there. But instead of discussing the enormity of what the war cost him, Sullivan prefers to talk about the politicians. He says they ordered American troops int…

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Airbnb visits in Buffalo Niagara are growing sharply, but most communities in the area had no way of tracking who and where the hosts are and couldn't get into the homes to check for safety issues. Now, after months of collaborating, Buffalo and Amherst have settled on new home-sharing regulations that they hope could set a standard for smaller towns, villages and citie…

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Next school year, for the first time, a private company will provide all bus service in the Williamsville Central School District. A sharply divided Williamsville School Board earlier this month agreed to lay off the 25 bus drivers, head bus drivers and mechanics who remained in the district's transportation department. Student Transportation of America, which alread…

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Level Financial Advisors, a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm in Amherst, plans to open a Southtowns satellite office in Hamburg in July. The firm, with six financial planners, said its assets under management exceed $400 million for the first time – just over two years after achieving $300 million in late 2016. The 40-year-old company, which re…

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Amherst Democrats failed in their attempt to use the town's term limits law to knock Republican Town Board candidate Steven Sanders off the ballot. Sanders served two, four-year terms on the Town Board, from January 2010 to December 2017. He was barred from seeking re-election in 2017, but hopes to win election this fall to a new term beginning in January. Democratic…