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The math behind Amherst’s push to plant 1 million new trees in the town over the next five years is eye-catching. In a town of about 34,000 total acres, it requires planting 29 trees on each acre of land. It means putting 549 trees in the ground every day for the next five years – or 730 trees daily if you don’t count the winter months. And to put that in context,…

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The developer reviving the former Northtown Plaza in Amherst plans to break ground on its planned lifestyle center later this month. The project dates to WS Development's 2015 acquisition of the Sheridan Drive property. The company finished the first stage of its redevelopment when Whole Foods Market opened in 2017. WS Development had cleared tenants out of the retai…

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Jeanne M. Vinal, a political newcomer, won election Tuesday to represent Amherst in the Erie County Legislature. Vinal, a Democrat, defeated Republican Shelly D. Schratz to capture the 5th Legislative District seat. The district is currently represented by Democrat Thomas Loughran, who did not seek re-election. Vinal, 55, an attorney in private practice, has been cam…

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A Democratic incumbent won re-election but the race for the second Amherst Town Board seat on the ballot Tuesday was too close to call. Councilwoman Deborah Bruch Bucki was in first place and and Republican Joseph Spino had the slightest of leads over Democrat Mike Szukala with Republican Steven D. Sanders trailing. The issue likely will be settled by absentee ballots. …

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Edward A. Rath III declared victory in his re-election bid for the Erie County Legislature on Tuesday. Rath, 52, a Republican who was also on the Conservative and Independence lines, defeated Democratic challenger William N. Freeman to capture the 6th Legislative District seat, representing Amherst, Clarence and Newstead. Rath, a vice president and energy broker/cons…

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Dec. 17, 1917 – Oct. 25, 2019 Magdalene Hettler, of Snyder, a mathematics professor at Daemen College for 20 years, died Oct. 25 in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Clarence, after a short illness. She was 101. Born at home on her grandfather’s farm in the Town of Grove in Allegany County, the former Magdalene MacTarnaghan grew up in Castile and attended Castile High Sc…

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An East Amherst man was arrested on a DWI charge Sunday after State Police said he had allegedly been driving on the Niagara section of the state Thruway with a blood alcohol content level three times over the legal limit. Troopers on Grand Island said shortly before 8 p.m. they responded to a report of a disabled vehicle on the Interstate 190, where 23-year-old Andrew …

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Rosemary Maloney-Hoffman is undeterred. She still believes in magic, even as the rest of Western New York is taking down the last soggy, windblown remnants of Halloween. Throughout her life, magic has transcended seasons. Certainly, it explains why Rosemary would join her parents in dressing up as clowns each year for Halloween while she was growing up in Cheektowaga. O…

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An East Amherst man pleaded guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court to fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 36-year-old Brent Dewitt admitted that, while working as a captain for the Swormville Fire Company between Nov. 1, 2018, and April 30, he stole $23,725 b…

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Essex Homes of Western New York said Wednesday that its Villas at Essex Woods housing development in Amherst was approved for condo status by the state attorney general, clearing the way for sales of the first new units. Located at 2350 Sweet Home Road, near North French Road, the project will feature 14 separate three- and four-unit villa buildings, with a total of 48 …

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Amherst has agreed to pay $1 million to buy the Amherst Youth Foundation building on Sheridan Drive. The Town Board last week voted to buy the 2.6-acre property for $780,000, with an additional $220,000 for building improvements. Supervisor Brian Kulpa said the town pays the foundation $120,000 per year to rent the facility, which hosts the town's after-school and su…

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National Traffic Service, a freight auditing and payment service based in Amherst, has been acquired by Target Freight Management. The sale price was not announced, but Target Freight Management said NTS will maintain its operations on John James Audubon Parkway, in Amherst, as a division of its new owner. NTS was founded in 1956 and has 33 employees. Target Freig…

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Dr. Todd Shatkin, a cosmetic dentist and Amherst businessman who launched a mini-dental implant laboratory, has acquired an 11,000-square-foot office building  on a dead-end court down the street from his own East Amherst home. Shatkin, co-owner of Aesthetic Associates and Shatkin First, paid $1.46 million through Shatkin Land Development Co. to purchase the 2.5-acre pr…

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Amherst Police Friday identified James Booker III, 31, of Amherst as the victim of the fatal shooting Thursday night at a Springville Avenue house. Booker was father to five daughters, the youngest of whom was 9 months old, according to his Facebook page. He regularly posted pictures of him with his baby, beaming about spending time with her. He had been renting the …

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Crews this weekend plan to replace a pedestrian bridge running along Tonawanda Creek in north Amherst that closed 14 months ago. Town officials in August 2018 shut down the pedestrian bridge that carries the Erie Canalway Trail across Ransom Creek because an engineering consultant determined the span wasn't safe. Starting Friday, a contractor will remove the existing…